The BEST episodes directed by Michael Pressman

The Beginning
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8.97
58 votes

#1 - The Beginning

The Guardian - Season 1 - Episode 22

In The Season Finale Burton and Lulu tells Nick damaging information but that deals with a wanted killer. Dr. Reed asks to be his son's (Hunter)Trustee but their future could be in trouble.

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Turpitude
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8.88
8 votes

#2 - Turpitude

Picket Fences - Season 2 - Episode 1

Mayor Pugen is caught between a Brock and a hard place when the Sheriff arrests him for murdering a disarmed carjacker, leaving him to rely on Wambaugh for his defense. Frightened at the level of violence creeping up on the Rome people, Jill buys a gun to protect her family.

The Lullaby League
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8.64
11 votes

#3 - The Lullaby League

Picket Fences - Season 1 - Episode 22

Zach plays horn for an ailing blues legend but Jill is frustrated when the woman takes ill and fails to appreciate medicine's ability to keep her alive. Max delivers a criminal's baby and begins procedures to adopt it.

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The Apparition
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8.53
171 votes

#4 - The Apparition

Alpha House - Season 2 - Episode 5

Gil John tries to right things after the Watts brothers "Swift Boat" his former player. Julie shocks Louis and Louise by announcing she's pregnant from an anonymous donor, while Adriana confronts Marta the housekeeper about Andy. Louis tries to debate Penn Jillette, but he's no match for what the magician has up his sleeves.

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The Bus Stops Here (1)
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8.50
8 votes

#5 - The Bus Stops Here (1)

Picket Fences - Season 3 - Episode 3

As temporary co-mayor, Jill copes with racial tensions from a judge's decision to bus tough black students from Green Bay to Rome's schools.

Missed Conception
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8.42
12 votes

#6 - Missed Conception

Chicago Hope - Season 3 - Episode 16

An old friend of Austin's asks for help in getting pregnant. A cancer patient needs marijuana for her well being. Shutt's friend returns from Italy without his wife.

Miller Time
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8.40
5 votes

#7 - Miller Time

Chicago Hope - Season 6 - Episode 19

The hospital is purchased by an HMO, and immediately suffers budget cuts. During an operation that Miller is filming for a documentary, the heart stops beating on both the patient and her unborn child.

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Remote Control
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8.17
6 votes

#8 - Remote Control

Picket Fences - Season 2 - Episode 12

The debate over crime reaches a fever pitch Wambaugh blames violence in the media for his client's assault on Matthew. Rachel launches a war on crime and moves forward with new legislation to curb violence.

Restitution
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8.14
1638 votes

#9 - Restitution

Justified - Season 5 - Episode 13

Raylan has one last shot at taking down Art's would-be assassin, while cartel killers have Boyd's back against the wall.

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One Hundred and One Damnations
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8.11
9 votes

#10 - One Hundred and One Damnations

Chicago Hope - Season 5 - Episode 5

The hospital prepares for the Doctor of the Year party, and several old friends drop by. Watters goes into a virus-induced coma and gets some words of wisdom from Alan Birch. Camille Shutt returns for the party and Aaron discovers he still has feeling for her. Dr. Nyland returns to the hospital and reveals that he has really changed his life. Geiger also visits the hospital.

Y'Gotta Have Heart
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8.11
9 votes

#11 - Y'Gotta Have Heart

Chicago Hope - Season 6 - Episode 2

A heart becomes available for transplant, but there are two patients waiting and Drs. Geiger and Watters must choose which patient will receive the heart. Jeffrey tries to place Alicia into an exclusive kindergarten. Aaron tries to hold a welcoming party for the new doctors.

Collateral
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8.03
1444 votes

#12 - Collateral

Justified - Season 6 - Episode 12

Raylan and Boyd’s paths cross as they search for Ava in the mountains. Markham recruits an unlikely ally to his cause.

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Starvation
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7.98
1669 votes

#13 - Starvation

Justified - Season 5 - Episode 12

Raylan puts pressure on every criminal in town as a ploy to arrest Darryl Crowe Jr., while Boyd and Duffy enlist an unlikely ally to fight off cartel killers.

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Number One with a Bullet
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7.97
89 votes

#14 - Number One with a Bullet

Kidnapped - Season 1 - Episode 4

The kidnappers target Leopold's bodyguard Virgil once again as he prepares for surgery. Conrad is questioned by the police regarding something from his past. Ellie joins an annoymous group for parents of kidnapped children. Knapp looks into the bullet that was used to shoot Virgil.

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Infection (2)
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7.97
827 votes

#15 - Infection (2)

Chicago Med - Season 5 - Episode 4

An entire apartment complex is forced into quarantine when cases of a deadly virus turn into an epidemic. P.D. chases a lead that could point to a case of bioterrorism, and Will gets dangerously close to the suspect.

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The Menendez Murders: Episode 8
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7.96
291 votes

#16 - The Menendez Murders: Episode 8

Law & Order True Crime - Season 1 - Episode 8

After the first trial ends in a hung jury, the District Attorney refuses to offer the defense a deal. A second trial gets underway as Barry Levin (Harry Hamlin) joins the defense team.

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Part II
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7.93
204 votes

#17 - Part II

The Practice - Season 1 - Episode 2

Eugene tries to protect a client whose husband terrorizes her and their son. Meanwhile, Bobby seeks the help of an old friend who's a loan officer in an attempt to keep the firm afloat.

Never Going Back to Normal
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7.92
732 votes

#18 - Never Going Back to Normal

Chicago Med - Season 5 - Episode 1

Will and Natalie battle for their lives after a car accident. An investigation is launched following the suspicious death of Cornelius Rhodes. Maggie receives life-changing news. Dr. Charles cuts his honeymoon short to tend to a patient.

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Sanctuary (2)
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7.87
1033 votes

#19 - Sanctuary (2)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 18 - Episode 21

In the conclusion of the season finale, the unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.

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Dreamers Often Lie
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7.85
846 votes

#20 - Dreamers Often Lie

Star-Crossed - Season 1 - Episode 5

When Gloria tells the Atrian Seven they are allowed to spend some time outside their sector, Roman sees it as an opportunity to further investigate his father’s mysterious past and makes a stunning discovery. Emery and Grayson go out on a date, but their night is ruined after Eric calls Grayson for help and ends up putting everyone in danger. Drake mistakes Taylor for an undercover Trag, and Lukas makes his move on Sophia. Meanwhile, Teri tries to take over Drake’s mission.

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Zero Tolerance
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7.85
584 votes

#21 - Zero Tolerance

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 20 - Episode 3

After the rescue of a young girl from a sex trafficker, Benson and Stone must take drastic measures to reunite her with her mother. Meanwhile, Rollins decides to give her rocky relationship another chance.

Forty-One Witnesses
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7.84
635 votes

#22 - Forty-One Witnesses

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 17 - Episode 13

A woman is followed home and raped outside her building, where several neighbors witness the crime but fail to call for help.

Star-Struck Victims
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7.84
546 votes

#23 - Star-Struck Victims

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 17 - Episode 16

When a lack of evidence leads Barba to drop rape charges against a popular actor; Rollins takes matters into her own hands.

Melancholy Pursuit
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7.83
595 votes

#24 - Melancholy Pursuit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 17 - Episode 8

The hunt for a missing teenage girl takes an emotional toll on Sgt. Dodds, and DNA evidence becomes a crucial lead in finding the girl's abductor.

Decaying Morality
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7.83
369 votes

#25 - Decaying Morality

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 16 - Episode 13

Two families are left to pick up the pieces of their lives when a rape case goes terribly wrong.

Maternal Instincts
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7.79
605 votes

#26 - Maternal Instincts

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 17 - Episode 6

Rollins' mother Beth throws her a baby shower while the SVU reports to a four-star hotel where a famous violinist was raped by her colleague, Anton Krasnikov. With no memory of the crime, Anton claims a hired escort drugged and robbed him, and evidence leads to the shocking return of Rollins' fugitive sister Kim. Meanwhile, Sgt. Mike Dodds arrives for his first day at SVU.

We Are Everyone
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7.79
4529 votes

#27 - We Are Everyone

Elementary - Season 2 - Episode 3

When Holmes and Watson set out to track down a civil contractor who leaked classified information, their lives are disrupted when they are targeted by the group of cyber-activists protecting him. Meanwhile, Joan takes the advice of a friend and signs up for an online dating service.

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All That Glitters
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7.79
1279 votes

#28 - All That Glitters

Blue Bloods - Season 1 - Episode 20

Frank’s frustrations rise when the media sensationalizes the murder of a tourist shot and killed outside a trendy Lower East Side restaurant.

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Exchange
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7.78
434 votes

#29 - Exchange

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 20 - Episode 21

Benson helps a teenaged exchange student after she’s assaulted by a cab driver.

The Menendez Murders: Episode 7
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7.77
311 votes

#30 - The Menendez Murders: Episode 7

Law & Order True Crime - Season 1 - Episode 7

With Lyle and Erik's juries both struggling to reach a unanimous decision, the possibility of a mistrial leaves Leslie hopeful for the opportunity to work out a deal with the D.A.'s office.

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When Did We Begin to Change
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7.75
460 votes

#31 - When Did We Begin to Change

Chicago Med - Season 6 - Episode 1

The staff adjusts to the new normal of the pandemic. Dr. Choi, Dr. Lanik and April fight on the front lines. Dr. Halstead and Hannah face a troubling reality. Dr. Charles tries to clear the air with his daughter following recent developments.

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Making a Rapist
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7.75
1287 votes

#32 - Making a Rapist

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 18 - Episode 2

Newly tested DNA evidence leads to the exoneration of a prisoner who served 16 years for a rape conviction. However, he's investigated again one day later in the wake of a shocking new crime.

To Serve with Love
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7.75
667 votes

#33 - To Serve with Love

The Closer - Season 7 - Episode 3

Flynn and Provenza get into the usual trouble moonlighting as process servers when a man dies shortly after they serve him.

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Fathers and Sons
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7.75
886 votes

#34 - Fathers and Sons

Blue Bloods - Season 3 - Episode 10

When two motorists driving gas-guzzling cars die at the hands of a sniper, Danny and Kate are put on the case of what the city believes is the work of a radical environmental serial killer. Meanwhile, a bicycle accident sends Danny’s son Sean to the hospital with a life-threatening injury.

Mother's Day
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7.74
987 votes

#35 - Mother's Day

Blue Bloods - Season 2 - Episode 22

Frank must race to stop a biological weapon attack on New York City, while keeping it a secret from his family during their most sentimental holiday, Mother’s Day. Meanwhile, a long-standing conflict between Danny and Jamie comes to a head.

Brothel
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7.74
464 votes

#36 - Brothel

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 20 - Episode 15

Fin teams up with an old colleague to track down the proprietor of a pop-up brothel.

Lesson Learned
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7.74
1612 votes

#37 - Lesson Learned

Chicago Med - Season 2 - Episode 18

Will is troubled with a moral decision when his former teacher, Dr. Bella Rowan, is faced with a life-threating disease. Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Bardovi get involved in a sensitive situation when Rhodes disagrees with the father of a young patient regarding a risky procedure. Dr. Charles and Sarah handle an unusual case with a pilot that causes Sarah to have memories of Jason Wheeler’s suicide. Maggie takes an aggressive approach to training a new nurse.

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Producer's Backend
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7.73
465 votes

#38 - Producer's Backend

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 16 - Episode 3

Amaro's by-the-book handling of a starlet's arrest gets him back on the SVU squad in time to investigate the actress's latest offense, statutory rape.

Pilot
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7.73
48 votes

#39 - Pilot

Chicago Hope - Season 1 - Episode 1

Camille serves Aaron with divorce papers; Phillip benches Arthur from further surgery when Arthur's resting tremor begins to endanger patients; Aaron removes a brain tumor from an elderly patient; Jeffrey and Aaron separate conjoined twins.

Chinatown
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7.73
1597 votes

#40 - Chinatown

Blue Bloods - Season 1 - Episode 8

After meeting with federal agents in a dark edge of Chinatown, Jamie witnesses a crime in progress and his suspect is killed while in pursuit. Now, Danny must solve the case in order for Jamie to avoid an Internal Affairs investigation.

My Maharishi is Bigger than Your Maharishi
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7.72
206 votes

#41 - My Maharishi is Bigger than Your Maharishi

Life on Mars (US) - Season 1 - Episode 3

The murder of a returning Vietnam veteran has Lieutenant Hunt outraged, as he demands a quick resolution to what quickly becomes a complicated and controversial case. As Sam and the squad's team of detectives explore the circumstances surrounding the homicide, Tyler is sent down a mysterious path that may provide clues about his own family's past and why he is back in 1973

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Little Fish
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7.70
1530 votes

#42 - Little Fish

Blue Bloods - Season 1 - Episode 11

A high-end escort’s body is found in the river; Frank vows to get justice in a 25-year-old case.

April: Week Six
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7.70
184 votes

#43 - April: Week Six

In Treatment - Season 2 - Episode 27

When April reveals something about one of her closest friends, Paul questions her ability to rely on other people.

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Sport of Kings
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7.69
134 votes

#44 - Sport of Kings

Law & Order - Season 15 - Episode 22

The shooting of a Panamanian jockey sends Fontana and Falco into the colorful world of horse racing, and they learn that the animal's owner used stolen funds for the purchase.

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Flight Risk
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7.69
650 votes

#45 - Flight Risk

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 19 - Episode 11

An airline pilot accuses her captain of sexual assault, so Barba convenes a grand jury to determine their employer’s complicity in the crime. Fin ensures that Benson is protected at work.

Choice of Evils
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7.69
133 votes

#46 - Choice of Evils

Law & Order - Season 16 - Episode 15

After the body of a teenage boy is found dead in a warehouse, detectives use DNA to connect the boy to a convicted rapist and serial killer, then to the boy's mother, Allison Ashburn, the convict's ex-wife. While trying to solve Danny's murder, Fontana and Green learn that he recently got his girlfriend Tina pregnant, and his mother had seen him recently when she had given him money despite having claimed she hadn't seen him for months. Allison finally admits that she murdered her son after the police arrest her new husband John, but claims she did it to save the world from her son, whom she was convinced would become a monster just like her father. Borgia and McCoy face an uphill battle trying to convict the perfect soccer mom.

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I Will Come to Save You
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7.69
351 votes

#47 - I Will Come to Save You

Chicago Med - Season 6 - Episode 16

Carol receives a second chance at life when a new heart becomes available. Ethan and Archer find themselves in hot water with an old patient. Will faces the consequences of the stolen trial medication.

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Rape Interrupted
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7.68
1172 votes

#48 - Rape Interrupted

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 18 - Episode 5

A sergeant makes Benson choose between loyalty and duty when his son is accused of rape.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished… in Chicago
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7.66
331 votes

#49 - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished… in Chicago

Chicago Med - Season 7 - Episode 10

In the aftermath of the Vas-COM scandal, Goodwin clashes with the hospital’s new compliance officer. Marcel and Blake try to save a patient who has a son with severe autism. A patient’s son lies to his father about his diagnosis.

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Sunk Cost Fallacy
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7.66
585 votes

#50 - Sunk Cost Fallacy

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 19 - Episode 19

The search for an abducted woman and her young daughter leads Lt. Benson to cross paths with an old friend. Stone must make a tough decision on behalf of his sister.