The BEST episodes directed by Michael Nankin

I Almost Prayed
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8.12
1377 votes

#1 - I Almost Prayed

Defiance - Season 2 - Episode 13

The fate of Defiance hangs in the balance; Nolan must fight against the republic and old friends to stop Irisa.

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Shutt Down
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8.07
15 votes

#2 - Shutt Down

Chicago Hope - Season 1 - Episode 6

Aaron, the staff, and the patients are caught in the crossfire when Antoine Metcalf, a gangbanger and career criminal, follows his latest victim into the E.R. to finish off the job he started, and sprays a room with automatic gunfire before hospital security shoots him down; Karen joins the staff, and successfully teams with Paula to remove hematomas that are preventing Marcus Lavelle from walking, but the trauma of witnessing his mother's being injured in the E.R. shooting leaves the little boy afflicted with hysterical paralysis and still unable to move although the surgery has left him physically fine; reluctantly operating on the shooter, Aaron jokes about how easy and perhaps appropriate it might be to cause Metcalf's death through a surgical hiccup, a remark which comes back to haunt him later when Metcalf dies soon after surgery and his family sues Aaron and the hospital for failure to provide adequate care; Arthur engages in a little ex parte communication to put in a good word

Sometimes a Great Notion
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8.02
3136 votes

#3 - Sometimes a Great Notion

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 4 - Episode 11

Kara struggles with the foreboding prediction of the Cylon Hybrid, while Adama and the Colonial fleet face despair over their shocking discovery.

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All Things Must Pass
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7.99
1833 votes

#4 - All Things Must Pass

Defiance - Season 2 - Episode 12

Nolan races to save Tommy’s life and stop Irisa before her growing forces can put their devastating plan into motion. Meanwhile back in town, Amanda learns the heart-breaking truth about her sister’s murder leading to a daring showdown between Amanda and Stahma.

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Chapter Three: Let 'Em In
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7.94
2786 votes

#5 - Chapter Three: Let 'Em In

The Exorcist - Season 1 - Episode 3

Kat struggles to confront the realization that her friend, Julia, is dead. Shopping for a dress to wear to Julia's memorial service, Casey is given a sexy, expensive and slightly inappropriate dress by a salesman at the store. Seeking permission to conduct an exorcism, Marcus and Tomas take footage from the Rance home to papal emissaries, only to be met with shocking news that will change Marcus' life forever.

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The Railroad Job
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7.93
2067 votes

#6 - The Railroad Job

Hell on Wheels - Season 2 - Episode 5

Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.

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Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today
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7.90
1650 votes

#7 - Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 2 - Episode 8

Cromartie kidnaps Sarah and races to Mexico to find John. When Derek, Cameron and Ellison discover what has happened, they come to their defense, which leads to one final deadly confrontation with Cromartie.

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Faith
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7.90
2998 votes

#8 - Faith

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 4 - Episode 6

The dying President Roslin and the aggressive Viper pilot Kara Thrace try to accept the new terms of the relationship with the Cylons.

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Flight of the Phoenix
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7.90
3113 votes

#9 - Flight of the Phoenix

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 2 - Episode 9

Sharon informs Adama that the Galatica has been infected with a computer virus that is tampering with the basic ship functions and is scanning them for weaknesses. All this is preparation for a major assault by the Cylon Raiders. So with the clock ticking

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The Cord and the Ax
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7.84
2089 votes

#10 - The Cord and the Ax

Defiance - Season 2 - Episode 3

Irisa’s terrifying black-outs escalate, driving a wedge of secrecy between her and a worried Nolan. Meanwhile, the Tarr family business thrives under Stahma’s self-appointed direction while an increasingly suspicious Datak remains in jail.

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In My Secret Life
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7.83
2186 votes

#11 - In My Secret Life

Defiance - Season 2 - Episode 2

Irisa returns to Defiance and is arrested; Mayor Pottinger offers Nolan her release in exchange for capturing those responsible for nearly killing him; Stahma plots to keep Datak behind bars.

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Irradiator
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7.80
1832 votes

#12 - Irradiator

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 10 - Episode 17

When the CSI team investigates the brutal murder of a family, they trace the killer to the house next door, which might belong to the "Dr. Jekyll" serial killer.

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Chapter Two: Lupus In Fabula
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7.77
2984 votes

#13 - Chapter Two: Lupus In Fabula

The Exorcist - Season 1 - Episode 2

When Bishop Egan denies Tomas permission to perform the exorcism on Angela's daughter, Father Marcus breaks out of Saint Aquinas and joins forces with Tomas, though he urges him to get his ex, Jessica, out of his life and heart. The Rance family's relationship with the demon deepens and when Marcus catches Angela stealing holy water, he instructs her on how to use it. On Chicago's south side, a series of bizarre ritual killings begin taking place.

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Love Bites
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7.76
1294 votes

#14 - Love Bites

Van Helsing - Season 2 - Episode 3

Vanessa makes a horrific decision to save her daughter; Axel and a former ally struggle to survive in the wild; a group of juvenile delinquents come face to face with a sadistic vampire.

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The Cage
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7.75
4 votes

#15 - The Cage

Roar - Season 1 - Episode 12

Conor, Catlin, Fergus & Molly moments travel to Molly's villiage to welcome the village's help in the Confederation.

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Finale
star
7.75
4 votes

#16 - Finale

The Agency - Season 1 - Episode 22

A CIA Agent is taken Hostage.

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Everything is Broken
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7.75
3120 votes

#17 - Everything is Broken

Defiance - Season 1 - Episode 12

The citizens of Defiance prepare to cast their votes for mayor; Nolan’s past violently rears its head; Irisa must decide whether or not to embrace her destiny.

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Under Color of Law
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7.74
1393 votes

#18 - Under Color of Law

Hell on Wheels - Season 4 - Episode 8

Cullen makes a decision to ensure his family's safety. Campbell hires a new federal marshal to clean up the streets.

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Someone to Watch Over Me
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7.74
3431 votes

#19 - Someone to Watch Over Me

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 4 - Episode 17

Kara feels lost while she struggles to cope with Sam's continued coma, meanwhile Boomer faces charges of treason from the Cylons onboard the base ship who blame her for voting against her model during the civil war causing the deaths of thousands of Cylons.

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The Quick and the Dead
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7.74
2678 votes

#20 - The Quick and the Dead

Alphas - Season 2 - Episode 2

On the hunt for a killer, the team realizes the search has lead him directly to them with a deadly consequences.

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Here Be Dragons
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7.72
2087 votes

#21 - Here Be Dragons

Caprica - Season 1 - Episode 17

The Graystones' search for Zoe leave them oblivious to the danger of Clarice and her two husbands invading their home. At the same time, the Adamas are targeted by the Ha'la'tha. One family will finally begin the move forward, while the other will experience yet another tragedy.

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Past is Prologue
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7.72
3357 votes

#22 - Past is Prologue

Defiance - Season 1 - Episode 11

Amanda’s mayoral campaign is threatened when Nolan is involved in an accident on the eve of the election, prompting the town to question Amanda’s decision to appoint him as Lawkeeper.

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Two Soldiers
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7.70
1621 votes

#23 - Two Soldiers

Hell on Wheels - Season 5 - Episode 8

The Swede's murderous rampage on the Hatch homestead results in a long overdue showdown with Cullen.

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Dog Day
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7.70
4122 votes

#24 - Dog Day

The Last Ship - Season 3 - Episode 6

Chandler's mission comes to a head as he prepares the final part of his plan. President Michener ponders the fate of his presidency.

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The Opposite of Hallelujah
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7.68
2428 votes

#25 - The Opposite of Hallelujah

Defiance - Season 2 - Episode 1

Nolan's search for Irisa leads him to New Chicago and AngelArc. Meanwhile, back in Defiance, the Earth Republic appoints a charming, calculating, and ambitious man named Niles Pottinger as mayor.

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The Fourth Man
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7.68
332 votes

#26 - The Fourth Man

Somewhere Between - Season 1 - Episode 7

Laura convinces Nico that they need to find the fourth man from the tattoo photo; while doing so, they learn more about the case 10 years ago against Danny. Also, Laura gives Tom a chance to explain his actions and must decide whether she – and Serena – can trust him.

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The Old Man and the Key
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7.67
581 votes

#27 - The Old Man and the Key

Witches of East End - Season 2 - Episode 3

Ingrid prepares to move out while Freya tracks down Killian. Dash discovers the identity of his blackmailer and plans revenge. Wendy and Joanna follow Frederick to figure out what his motives are since reconnecting with the family.

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I Awake
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7.67
736 votes

#28 - I Awake

Van Helsing - Season 3 - Episode 3

Vanessa relives the memories of her ancestor, Lily Van Helsing, in Colonial Hong Kong. There, she learns to control her dark side and fights the B'ah, the second vampire Elder.

Whatever Happened to Maggie Rennie
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7.67
550 votes

#29 - Whatever Happened to Maggie Rennie

Ghost Wars - Season 1 - Episode 5

The town leans on sceptical and steadfast handyman Doug after Port Moore's social structure begins to collapse. But when Doug's dead daughter persuades Roman to deliver a message, Doug's well-being rapidly deteriorates, sending him over the edge.

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Fate
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7.66
305 votes

#30 - Fate

Billy the Kid - Season 1 - Episode 6

Billy bumps into a new character called Pat Garrett, who is riding with Jesse and the 7 Rivers Gang. Billy joins them – but law makers are already closing in. They plan to flee to Lincoln County – but not before Billy fulfils one last promise.

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A Little Bit of Paradise
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7.63
317 votes

#31 - A Little Bit of Paradise

Billy the Kid - Season 1 - Episode 5

Billy, on the move again, ends up in Chihuahua, Mexico, with a new Mexican friend called Segura. Together they enjoy several risky escapades – but in the end, Billy risks losing his life.

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Charm School
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7.63
832 votes

#32 - Charm School

Taken (2017) - Season 2 - Episode 6

When the wife of a war hero senator is taken, Bryan and the team must determine if her disappearance was orchestrated by a foreign government or someone closer to home. Meanwhile, Christina's meeting with an old friend brings up painful memories.

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One Blood
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7.62
1918 votes

#33 - One Blood

Killjoys - Season 1 - Episode 6

Top Killjoys are pitted against each other in a race to find a rogue Killjoy; Khlyen uses Dutch.

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There is Another Sky
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7.61
2783 votes

#34 - There is Another Sky

Caprica - Season 1 - Episode 5

The avatar of Tamara Adama wanders V-World, unaware that she died nearly a month ago in the MagLev bombing and discovers a new side to V-World -- New Cap City, a place where people live random lives of violence and crime in search of the game’s elusive meaning.

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The Last Temptation of Barry Allen (2)
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7.60
1564 votes

#35 - The Last Temptation of Barry Allen (2)

The Flash (2014) - Season 6 - Episode 8

With The Flash freshly infected by the monstrous Bloodwork, Iris and Cisco battle to help Barry take control of himself before he’s lost forever to Ramsey’s influence. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Flash fight to reclaim control of Central City from Bloodwork’s growing army.

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The Dredge
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7.58
380 votes

#36 - The Dredge

Invasion (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 9

Russell is suspected of committing a double murder. Larkin discovers Russell's criminal history and wonders about who he really is. Mariel insists that she saw a body in the water and demands that the bay be dredged.

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XIV.
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7.57
3175 votes

#37 - XIV.

Black Sails - Season 2 - Episode 6

Eleanor brokers a peace. Rackham learns the hard way. Flint breaks a promise. Bonny loses control.

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The Ties That Bind
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7.57
3138 votes

#38 - The Ties That Bind

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 4 - Episode 3

Kara Thrace seeks her own path in the search for Earth while the Cylons face the threat of sentient Centurions. A member of Galactica's crew learns a dark secret about a loved one.

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Try, Try Again
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7.56
2919 votes

#39 - Try, Try Again

Eureka - Season 2 - Episode 2

Carter requests Stark's help after Fargo accidentally activates a personal force field, which causes mayhem.

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Novissima Solis
star
7.56
293 votes

#40 - Novissima Solis

Van Helsing - Season 5 - Episode 13

Vanessa, Violet, and Jack face off with The Dark One in the ultimate battle to save humanity.

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A Well Respected Man
star
7.56
4190 votes

#41 - A Well Respected Man

Defiance - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kenya is kidnapped, while Rafe moves a step closer to learning the truth about his son's death.

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The Keeper
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7.54
289 votes

#42 - The Keeper

Chapelwaite - Season 1 - Episode 10

Jakub and his army come out of the dark and attack Charles and his fighters. Charles must make a decision to free his family of the ancient book's curse.

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Crossed Wires
star
7.54
314 votes

#43 - Crossed Wires

Trauma - Season 1 - Episode 18

Communications breakdown throws everyone into chaos and scrambling to the wrong locations.

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Hair of the Dog
star
7.53
487 votes

#44 - Hair of the Dog

The Dresden Files - Season 1 - Episode 3

A series of ritualistic murders starts to look a lot like werewolves so Harry, of course, gets dragged in. Thing is, it looks like the lycanthropes aren't the killers... they're the victims.

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The Pain Connection
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7.52
416 votes

#45 - The Pain Connection

Ghost Wars - Season 1 - Episode 10

Lambda's attempts to use their confiscated pod lead to disaster as they bring back a grotesque Norm from the ghost vessel and he unleashes havoc.

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Icicle
star
7.52
1198 votes

#46 - Icicle

Stargirl - Season 1 - Episode 3

After a dangerous run-in with the Injustice Society of America, Pat warns Courtney to back down from her attempts to go after them. Barbara impresses her new boss, Jordan.

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The Heavens Will Rise
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7.51
2254 votes

#47 - The Heavens Will Rise

Caprica - Season 1 - Episode 16

As the "Avenging Angels" change code inside New Cap City, Daniel is able to track them down, but an early snafu in trying to reach out to Zoe leave the Graystones to enter the game only under its strict rules. With only one chance, Daniel asks help from Sam who has no interest in disturbing his brother's peace of mind.

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Bump and Grind
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7.51
2150 votes

#48 - Bump and Grind

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 11 - Episode 7

When shredded remains of a man are discovered, evidence leads to multiple possible suspects.

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In Redemption
star
7.51
1394 votes

#49 - In Redemption

Van Helsing - Season 2 - Episode 2

Vanessa fights to get her daughter out of the citadel; Dmitri and Antanasia hatch a plot to stop Vanessa; Mohamad risks his life to save Vanessa and Dylan.

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Maelstrom
star
7.50
2611 votes

#50 - Maelstrom

Battlestar Galactica (2003) - Season 3 - Episode 17

Kara continues to have dreams about Leoben Conoy and the mandala she painted at her old apartment on Caprica. While on patrol in her Viper, she encounters a Cylon Heavy Raider. When Tyrol cannot verify Kara's claim that the Cylon ship struck the Viper, Admiral Adama and Lee become concerned about her mental stability.

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