The Best Episodes Directed by Michelle Maclaren


#1 - To'hajiilee

Breaking Bad Season 5 - Episode 13

Things heat up for Walt in unexpected ways.

star 8.63
11829 votes
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#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.

star 8.51
12953 votes
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One Minute

#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.

star 8.43
13808 votes
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Gliding Over All

#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.

star 8.37
12426 votes
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John D.O.A.

#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.

star 8.32
278 votes
The Well-Tempered Clavier

#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.

star 8.30
16034 votes
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#7 - A

The Walking Dead Season 4 - Episode 16

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

star 8.28
8833 votes
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Pretty Much Dead Already

#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.

star 8.20
12969 votes
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#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.

star 8.11
11187 votes
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Second Sons

#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.

star 8.09
18355 votes
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The Bear and the Maiden Fair

#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.

star 8.04
18465 votes
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#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.

star 8.03
16708 votes
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4 Days Out

#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.

star 7.96
14129 votes
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#14 - 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.

star 7.94
2484 votes
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First of His Name

#15 - 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.

star 7.93
16933 votes
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Midnight Sun

#16 - 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 .

star 7.93
181 votes
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#17 - 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.

star 7.91
12768 votes
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#18 - 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.

star 7.90
11913 votes
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#19 - 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.

star 7.88
6411 votes
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#20 - 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.

star 7.87
3225 votes
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#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.

star 7.87
17064 votes
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My Name Is Ruby

#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.

star 7.84
1283 votes
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#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.

star 7.82
3286 votes
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Blame It on the Rain

#24 - 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.

star 7.82
665 votes
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Doctor Emmet Cole

#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.

star 7.81
841 votes
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Laila - Week 1

#26 - 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.

star 7.81
36 votes
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#27 - 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.

star 7.80
13966 votes
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#28 - 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.

star 7.79
13340 votes
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Lonely at the Top

#29 - 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.

star 7.74
1486 votes
Suspicious Minds

#30 - 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.

star 7.72
222 votes

#31 - 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.

star 7.71
281 votes
Brooke - Week 1

#32 - 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.

star 7.70
37 votes
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Thirty-Eight Snub

#33 - 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.

star 7.69
13520 votes
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#34 - 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.

star 7.62
1892 votes
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Colin - Week 1

#35 - 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.

star 7.58
43 votes
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#36 - 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.

star 7.54
2388 votes
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Need to Know

#37 - 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.

star 7.51
2782 votes
Eladio - Week 1

#38 - 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.

star 7.46
48 votes
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Silver or Lead

#39 - 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.

star 7.45
347 votes
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Dirty Loyal

#40 - Dirty Loyal

Lie to Me Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 7.43
3352 votes
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Call of the Void

#41 - 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.

star 7.41
399 votes
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All Things Being Equal

#42 - 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.

star 7.40
4065 votes
John Doe

#43 - 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.

star 7.32
829 votes
Your World to Take

#44 - 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.

star 7.32
4573 votes
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