The BEST episodes directed by Michelle Maclaren

11417 votes

#1 - To'hajiilee

Breaking Bad - Season 5 - Episode 13

Things heat up for Walt in unexpected ways.

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12773 votes

#2 - Salud

Breaking Bad - Season 4 - Episode 10

Walt's family worries when he doesn't turn up for Walter, Jr.'s 16th birthday. Jesse is forced to put his lab skills to the test without Walt's help.

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One Minute
13664 votes

#3 - One Minute

Breaking Bad - Season 3 - Episode 7

Hank's increasing volatility forces a confrontation with Jesse and trouble at work. Skyler pressures Walt to make a deal. Gus' actions have severe consequences.

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Gliding Over All
12137 votes

#4 - Gliding Over All

Breaking Bad - Season 5 - Episode 8

Walt ties up loose ends. Seeing the evidence of his success, he makes a startling and dangerous decision.

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John D.O.A.
278 votes

#5 - John D.O.A.

John Doe - Season 1 - Episode 11

Lenny renews his duel of wits with John, kidnapping Lt. Avery and sending a series of cryptic clues with a fatal deadline. A new captain makes things hard for John and he and Digger go off on their own to hunt down the killer. John meets up with Frank and they figure both that the police are on the wrong trail going into a booby trap and where Lenny really is. But Frank accidentally shoots John, killing him and letting Lenny escape. It's a ruse to draw Lenny out at the cemetery with no one in the way, one that (more or less) works. We do find out that Lenny branded himself with John's mark and didn't have any deep connection to him.

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The Well-Tempered Clavier
13996 votes

#6 - The Well-Tempered Clavier

Westworld - Season 1 - Episode 9

Dolores and Bernard reconnect with their pasts; Maeve makes a bold proposition to Hector; Teddy finds enlightenment, at a price.

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8169 votes

#7 - A

The Walking Dead - Season 4 - Episode 16

Many paths collide. Rick faces sheer brutality. The group struggles to survive.

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Pretty Much Dead Already
12594 votes

#8 - Pretty Much Dead Already

The Walking Dead - Season 2 - Episode 7

Hershel sets a deadline. All secrets are out in the open. Glenn stands up for himself and Shane takes charge.

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10846 votes

#9 - Buried

Breaking Bad - Season 5 - Episode 10

While Skyler's past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt.

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Second Sons
17037 votes

#10 - Second Sons

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 8

King’s Landing hosts a wedding, and Tyrion and Sansa spend the night together. Daenerys meets the Titan’s Bastard. Davos demands proof from Melisandre. Sam and Gilly meet an older gentleman.

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The Bear and the Maiden Fair
17171 votes

#11 - The Bear and the Maiden Fair

Game of Thrones - Season 3 - Episode 7

Daenerys exchanges gifts with a slave lord outside of Yunkai. As Sansa frets about her prospects, Shae chafes at Tyrion’s new situation. Tywin counsels the king, and Melisandre reveals a secret to Gendry. Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal.

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15215 votes

#12 - Oathkeeper

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 4

Jon welcomes volunteers. Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor seek shelter. Jaime and Brienne discuss his honor. Daenerys balances justice and mercy.

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4 Days Out
13980 votes

#13 - 4 Days Out

Breaking Bad - Season 2 - Episode 9

The Whites await news about Walt's cancer treatment progress. Walt and Jesse retreat to the desert for a marathon cook.

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First of His Name
15473 votes

#14 - First of His Name

Game of Thrones - Season 4 - Episode 5

Jon starts a new mission. Cersei and Tywin consider the next move for the Crown. Daenerys makes plans for the future after hearing the latest news from King's Landing. Lord Baelish and Sansa reach their destination.

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2453 votes

#15 - Revelations

Hell on Wheels - Season 1 - Episode 7

With Elam's life in the balance, Cullen must decide how much he’s willing to risk. Meanwhile Durant faces financial ruin as Lily confronts the family of her late husband.

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12624 votes

#16 - Shotgun

Breaking Bad - Season 4 - Episode 5

When Jesse goes missing, Walt fears the worst. Skyler has an unlikely reunion. Hank shares some bad news with Detective Tim Roberts.

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11672 votes

#17 - Madrigal

Breaking Bad - Season 5 - Episode 2

Walt and Jesse seek out an unlikely partner for a new business venture. The DEA follows up new leads in its investigation.

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3546 votes

#18 - Breathe

Better Call Saul - Season 4 - Episode 2

Jimmy seeks new employment; Gus navigates the fallout from Hector's collapse; Kim endeavors to support Jimmy in the wake of Chuck's death.

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Midnight Sun
186 votes

#19 - Midnight Sun

Without a Trace - Season 1 - Episode 10

When a man leaves his home in the morning with his daughter to take her to school and then to open his dry-cleaning store, but they both of they never make it there .

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6441 votes

#20 - Mijo

Better Call Saul - Season 1 - Episode 2

As his troubles escalate to a boiling point, Jimmy finds himself in dire straits. An act of carelessness puts Chuck at risk.

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16554 votes

#21 - Guts

The Walking Dead - Season 1 - Episode 2

Rick unknowingly causes a group of survivors to be trapped by walkers. The group dynamic devolves from accusations to violence, as Rick must confront an enemy far more dangerous than the undead.

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My Name Is Ruby
1198 votes

#22 - My Name Is Ruby

The Deuce - Season 1 - Episode 8

Vincent balks at getting in deeper with Rudy, as expansion fever hits Frankie and Bobby. Candy gets a taste of directing, and enjoys the red-carpet perks of a major premiere. Alston finds himself in limbo at his precinct. Abby changes up the Hi-Hat’s clientele. Sandra faces editorial and legal hurdles. Barbara and Thunder Thighs connect with the wrong sort of clients. Vincent settles a score. C.C. encourages Ace, a former pimp, to get back in the game.

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3078 votes

#23 - Cairo

The Leftovers - Season 1 - Episode 8

Kevin fears he's losing touch with reality after finding himself, inexplicably, in a difficult situation involving Patti Levin, a leader of the Guilty Remnant. Meg loses control during another encounter with Matt; Jill confronts Aimee about her relationship with Kevin; Nora stands up to Laurie, and finds her privacy invaded.

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13837 votes

#24 - I.F.T.

Breaking Bad - Season 3 - Episode 3

Walt ignores Skyler's demands, furthering the rift between them. Hank crosses a line at work.

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Doctor Emmet Cole
833 votes

#25 - Doctor Emmet Cole

The River (2012) - Season 1 - Episode 6

The Magus crew arrive at Sahte Falls and find footage that Emmet filmed of the days leading up to his disappearance. Lincoln and Tess have no choice but to watch as Emmet battles for survival on his way to the mysterious Source of all magic. Meanwhile, Lena has a confession to make to one of her crewmates.

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13211 votes

#26 - Abiquiu

Breaking Bad - Season 3 - Episode 11

Skyler gets more involved in Walt's business. Hank struggles with his recovery. Jesse takes an active role in his new enterprise, leading him to a startling discovery.

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Blame It on the Rain
665 votes

#27 - Blame It on the Rain

Kyle XY - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kyle becomes frustrated when he experiences his first brief flashes of memory, and he ultimately finds comfort from Amanda. It's the day of Lori's birthday, but she's not excited about it while Kyle on the other hand, wishes he even knew the date of his birthday.

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Lonely at the Top
1661 votes

#28 - Lonely at the Top

The Morning Show - Season 1 - Episode 8

TMS celebrates the birthday of one of their own as the country struggles with a tragic event.

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Suspicious Minds
221 votes

#29 - Suspicious Minds

Memphis Beat - Season 1 - Episode 7

When a private plane is found abandoned in a riverside park, the squad hits the trail in search of a pair of the owners, a couple of elderly lottery winners who may have been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Greenback catches a close friend in a compromising position. And Lt. Rice catches the eye of a handsome Coast Guard officer.

Thirty-Eight Snub
13360 votes

#30 - Thirty-Eight Snub

Breaking Bad - Season 4 - Episode 2

Walt attempts to form a new alliance as he plans his next move. Skyler pushes Walt towards a business opportunity, in hopes of protecting the family.

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Colin - Week 1
52 votes

#31 - Colin - Week 1

In Treatment - Season 4 - Episode 2

Colin, a self-proclaimed therapy enthusiast and proud child of hippies, arrives for the first of four court-mandated sessions, but his evasiveness makes a recommendation regarding his recent release from prison difficult for Brooke.

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287 votes

#32 - Infected

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 7 - Episode 12

Monica Phelps is found dead in her apartment, her son Nathan hiding in the closet behind her body. Detectives soon link Monica's death to philanthropist Ted Carthage, who runs an organization dedicated to helping people get off the streets. Benson is certain that Carthage is the killer, but a shaky ID from Nathan puts him back on the street. After Nathan kills Carthage himself, Sophie Devere argues that Nathan committed the killing because he saw Carthage shoot his mother -- something the gun manufacturers don't like.

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1877 votes

#33 - Igraine

Camelot - Season 1 - Episode 8

Pursuing the power of her dark magic, Morgan hides in plain sight at Camelot where she begins her plan to drive a wedge between Arthur and his men. Igraine tries to find a way out of Castle Pendragon.

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Brooke - Week 1
47 votes

#34 - Brooke - Week 1

In Treatment - Season 4 - Episode 4

After failing to honor a commitment, Brooke receives an unexpected visit from her friend Rita. Worried that Brooke is teetering on the edge of a bad decision, Rita illuminates an unexpected connection between Brooke's personal and professional lives.

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2344 votes

#35 - Nippy

Better Call Saul - Season 6 - Episode 10

A new player gets in the game.

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Laila - Week 1
47 votes

#36 - Laila - Week 1

In Treatment - Season 4 - Episode 3

Brooke struggles to draw genuine answers out of her newest patient Laila, who's been dragged to therapy by her concerned grandmother over recent "life choices," before switching gears and empowering the 18-year-old to seize her agency.

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2166 votes

#37 - Pilot

The Deuce - Season 1 - Episode 1

Twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino navigate their way through the rough-and-tumble world of 1971 Times Square. Vincent crosses paths with other midtown denizens while plotting to improve his situation. Abby gets enlisted to buy amphetamines.

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544 votes

#38 - Evergreen

Shining Girls - Season 1 - Episode 2

After new evidence supports Kirby's theory, reporter Dan Velazquez weighs using her as a source. Kirby takes a closer look at the victim.

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Need to Know
2753 votes

#39 - Need to Know

NCIS - Season 9 - Episode 17

Top-secret clearance from a Naval research laboratory is jeopardized when the murder of a Chief Petty Officer is connected to an international arms dealer. Meanwhile, Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget tries to butter up Gibbs in hopes of joining the team.

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Silver or Lead
389 votes

#40 - Silver or Lead

Coyote (2021) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Pursued by trackers, Ben and Maria Elena embark on a dangerous journey through the desert in order to reach the U.S.

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Dirty Loyal
3326 votes

#41 - Dirty Loyal

Lie to Me - Season 3 - Episode 3

Internal Affairs officers lean on Lightman to hopefully force him to flip on Wallowski.

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Call of the Void
449 votes

#42 - Call of the Void

Coyote (2021) - Season 1 - Episode 1

Forced into mandatory retirement, Ben goes to a small coastal town in Mexico to finish construction on his ex-partner's fishing cabin and in the process, crosses paths with a young woman who needs his help.

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All Things Being Equal
3593 votes

#43 - All Things Being Equal

Modern Family - Season 8 - Episode 20

Gloria, Claire, Haley, Alex, Lily, Luke and Manny are equally committed to showing their support for gender equality and the women’s movement in very different ways. Meanwhile, Jay and Phil are at odds on how their parking lot attendant, Joan, should be running their lot, and jealousy ensues when Pam prefers Mitchell’s help over Cam’s with her baby.

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Eladio - Week 1
56 votes

#44 - Eladio - Week 1

In Treatment - Season 4 - Episode 1

After a troubling dream finds home health aide Eladio reaching out in the middle of the night, Brooke reestablishes boundaries as his therapist. Later, when Eladio requests medication, Brooke switches her focus to his history of insomnia.

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651 votes

#45 - Cutline

Shining Girls - Season 1 - Episode 1

Kirby Mazrachi suspects her attacker from years earlier may be responsible for a recent murder, but she's challenged by her shifting reality.

Your World to Take
4556 votes

#46 - Your World to Take

The Event - Season 1 - Episode 9

President Martinez reacts to the knowledge of who betrayed him within his administration. Meanwhile, after revealing her plan for the Sleepers' future, Sophia learns of dissension among her people. She sets a trap for the perpetrators and acts decisively to quell any future mutiny. Elsewhere, Sean and Leila try to unravel the mystery of Samantha's kidnapping, while evading Dempsey's nefarious clutches.

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John Doe
857 votes

#47 - John Doe

The X-Files - Season 9 - Episode 7

Scully and Reyes join forces to try and find Doggett when he goes missing. Doggett has his own problems, having woken up in jail in Mexico suffering from amnesia. With no knowledge of who he is, Doggett is befriended by a local who soon has him working smuggling illegal immigrants across the border.

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