The BEST episodes directed by Michael Cuesta

The Choice
8606 votes

#1 - The Choice

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 12

Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.

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Born Free
6062 votes

#2 - Born Free

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 12

Dexter follows clues left for him by the Ice-Truck Killer in an attempt to find the hostage. Paul tries to convince Rita that she and the children are not safe around Dexter.

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Marine One
9905 votes

#3 - Marine One

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 12

While Carrie is near catatonic and confined to bed, Saul investigates the unsettling implications of her timeline; Walker secures a perch for his mission; Brody makes his final preparations for the Vice President's policy summit at the State Department.

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The Conversation
3598 votes

#4 - The Conversation

Billions - Season 1 - Episode 12

Axe learns that Chuck has new evidence against him that could land him in prison. As Lara makes plans for the Axelrod family to flee the country, Axe accuses Wendy of leaking the info to Chuck. A defiant Wendy realizes how far Chuck has gone in his pursuit of Axe and threatens to expose him. Having sacrificed so much to this case - including possibly his marriage - Chuck finds Axe for an explosive confrontation.

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Falling into Place
735 votes

#5 - Falling into Place

Six Feet Under - Season 4 - Episode 1

Bruno Baskerville Walsh 1951 - 1972 Nate is having a difficult time with Lisa's death. When problems arise in how to handle her remains, he comes up with a unique solution that satisfies everyone. Brenda is attracted to her neighbor, David and Keith discuss their relationship. Claire has an uncomfortable discussion with Russell.

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The English Teacher
2026 votes

#6 - The English Teacher

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 11

Saul backchannels; Carrie seeks out one final favor.

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Beirut Is Back
9355 votes

#7 - Beirut Is Back

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 2

Fatima tells Carrie about a meeting her Hezbollah commander husband will be having in Beirut with Abu Nazir and Carrie and Saul request a special forces team to capture him.

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Seeing Red
6170 votes

#8 - Seeing Red

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 10

The Ice Truck Killer is back. He leaves a crime scene that brings back some horrifying repressed memories for Dexter. Paul sues Rita for sole custody of Astor and Cody.

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678 votes

#9 - Static

Six Feet Under - Season 5 - Episode 11

Paul Ronald Duncan 1983 - 2005 Billy returns to help Brenda through her difficult time. An inebriated Claire rejects Ted. Rico is eager to discuss the future of the business. George wants to help Ruth tend to Maya while David is consumed with fear.

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The Weekend
10676 votes

#10 - The Weekend

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 7

The relationship between Carrie and Brody becomes more complicated when they head into the countryside for the weekend, while Mike and Jessica face the fallout of the truth about their relationship, and Saul catches Aileen on the run to Mexico.

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9296 votes

#11 - Dexter

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 1

Dexter is a forensic expert in blood patterns who works with the Miami Police Department. He is also a serial killer, who kills people that the police can't bring to justice. He has to hide his double life from his sister, his girlfriend and his co-workers. He is intrigued by a killer who has found a way to kill girls without leaving blood behind.

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873 votes

#12 - Pseudo-Addiction

Dopesick - Season 1 - Episode 4

Sky-high OxyContin sales are threatened by reports of abuse, prosecutors investigate a claim central to OxyContin marketing, and Finnix begins to question the safety of the drug.

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I'll Fly Away
8556 votes

#13 - I'll Fly Away

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 8

Brody heads towards meltdown as he struggles to keep his complicated alliances clear. Carrie stages a risky intervention to keep Brody in line, forcing both of them to confront their mixed emotions. Dana turns to an unlikely source for comfort.

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The 5th Vital Sign
894 votes

#14 - The 5th Vital Sign

Dopesick - Season 1 - Episode 3

Doctor Finnix begins to taper Betsy off OxyContin, Bridget sees the toll the drug is taking on communities, Rick and Randy investigate the world of “pain societies”, and with sales climbing, Richard Sackler makes bigger plans for his new drug.

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A Suitable Donor
1469 votes

#15 - A Suitable Donor

Second Chance - Season 1 - Episode 1

A retired cop is brought back from the dead, with a younger, stronger body, and must decide what to do now that he has a new lease on life... and the super-strength and invulnerability that comes with his new body.

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12793 votes

#16 - Pilot

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 1

After missing and presumed dead for eight years, Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody is rescued in Iraq, and returns home to his family. But CIA agent Carrie Mathison suspects he might have been turned by his terrorist captors, and believes he could be part of a plan to attack America.

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Popping Cherry
7037 votes

#17 - Popping Cherry

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 3

Dexter's on the trail of a recently released murderer who plans to kill again when he's sidetracked by the Ice Truck Killer's latest crime - a cut-up hooker found in a hockey ice rink.

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6986 votes

#18 - Pilot

Elementary - Season 1 - Episode 1

Detective Sherlock Holmes, along with his sober companion, Dr. Joan Watson, uses his uncanny ability to read people and analyze crimes to assist the NYPD on some of their more difficult cases. In the season premiere, Holmes consults on a home invasion that resulted in murder.

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7729 votes

#19 - Crocodile

Dexter - Season 1 - Episode 2

Being wrapped up in preparing for his next victim, Dexter, finds out that the Ice Truck Killer is aware of Dexter's dirty little secret.

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The Smile
9263 votes

#20 - The Smile

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 1

Months after undergoing Electroconvulsive Therapy, former CIA case officer Carrie Mathison has found a modicum of peace in her family's suburban embrace. But the strides she's made towards mental health are threatened when an asset from her former life comes in from the cold. Meanwhile, freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy. Brody's daughter Dana lets a vital secret slip.

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11895 votes

#21 - Grace

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 2

Carrie continues to surveil Brody but is unable to follow his actions into his garage which is a blind spot, where Brody begins to perform an Islamic prayer. Meanwhile, Carrie receives visual confirmation from an undercover agent that shows Al-Qaeda member Abu Nazir on video meeting with the Royal Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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2734 votes

#22 - Pilot

Blue Bloods - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the pilot of Blue Bloods we are introduced to a new kind of crime family the Reagan’s just as Jamie is graduating from the Police Academy and joining the NYPD, after deciding not to pursue his career as a lawyer. Frank is questioned by the press over the trust that the Latino community of New York has of the police department. And when a young Hispanic girl goes missing Danny soon finds himself being questioned over his interrogation methods. First by his sister Erin who has strong opposing views to his methods and this soon leads to quite a heated discussion during a family dinner. Will justice prevail and will this tight-knit family be able to continue to function with their conflict of values, find out this fall.

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Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
3814 votes

#23 - Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

True Blood - Season 2 - Episode 12

Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill's inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt struggles with Maxine's endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam places his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally

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The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice
910 votes

#24 - The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice

City on a Hill - Season 1 - Episode 1

In early ‘90s Boston, racism is endemic and crime is widespread. Jackie Rohr, a renowned FBI agent whose methods are not exactly by the book, does not mind the status quo. But Decourcy Ward, the new Assistant District Attorney in town, wants to uproot the corrupt system. The two form an unlikely, and obligatory, alliance to take down a gang of armored truck robbers from Charlestown.

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Driving Mr. Mossback
701 votes

#25 - Driving Mr. Mossback

Six Feet Under - Season 2 - Episode 4

Harold Mossback February 1, 1942 - September 18,2001 Nate brings Claire to his old stomping ground in Seattle to help him retrieve the body of a man who feared flying. There, they stay with Lisa (Lili Taylor), a woman who still carries a torch for Nate.

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Someone Else's Eyes
773 votes

#26 - Someone Else's Eyes

Six Feet Under - Season 2 - Episode 9

Dwight Edgar Garrison 1945 - 2002 Ruth continues to help an injured Nikolai recover, but her patience is tested when she discovers just how he broke his legs. Brenda's escapades help her to write, but her feelings about being engaged grow more muddled--especially after Billy's release from the hospital.

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Scott's Story
434 votes

#27 - Scott's Story

Accused (US) - Season 1 - Episode 1

A father confronts the limits of unconditional love when he comes to believe his teenage son may be planning an unimaginable crime.

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You Never Know
780 votes

#28 - You Never Know

Six Feet Under - Season 3 - Episode 2

Matthew Clark Hazen 1962 - 2003 Martin Jacobs 1978 - 2003 Andrew Wayne Milne 1952 - 2003 Daniel Grant Showalter 1978 - 2003 Lisa & Nate are having a few problems finding times to be alone. Lisa is still having to deal with all of her employer's issues that seem to pop up at all inappropriate times. Ruth's sister Sarah makes contact with Ruth, and through her Ruth meets a new friend, Bettina. Claire and her new beau Phil seem to be getting hot and heavy, or are they? Claire finds a friend in a fellow art student, Russell. Rico is experiencing the difficulties of being a partner at Fisher & Diaz. Keith ends up having a counseling sessions sans David. Keith is able to voice his opinions a bit better without him.

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A Place Called Heritage
62 votes

#29 - A Place Called Heritage

Promised Land (2022) - Season 1 - Episode 1

Alliances and loyalties are tested as Joe Sandoval assesses the future of his family-run Sonoma Valley wine business. Just a few hundred miles south but a world away, Carlos Rincón and sisters Juana and Rosa Sánchez cross the U.S. border from Mexico in search of a better life.

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