The Best Episodes Directed by Sanaa Hamri

Toil and Trouble (2)

#1 - Toil and Trouble (2)

Empire Season 3 - Episode 18

As Lucious gets ready to launch EMPIRE Las Vegas with Giuliana at his side, Cookie pulls together her own team of allies to wreak havoc on the opening. The final five minutes will leave viewers speechless.

star 8.21
1555 votes
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Past is Prologue

#2 - Past is Prologue

Empire Season 2 - Episode 18

After a life-changing experience, Jamal refuses to make music until his family ends its seemingly endless cycle of violence and fighting. Meanwhile, the Feds are tailing Anika because they want to force her to testify against Lucious. In order to protect her family, Cookie organizes a meeting at Hakeem and Laura’s wedding with various people from her and Lucious’ past.

star 8.17
1599 votes
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Et Tu, Brute?

#3 - Et Tu, Brute?

Empire Season 2 - Episode 10

Lucious makes a reckless play for the streaming service that he believes will make him the most powerful man in music, only to learn that the entire business strategy was part of a scheme that might bring Hakeem’s ex, Camilla, back into the picture. Meanwhile, Cookie decides to plan a concert at the prison where she spent 17 years locked away from her family and a tragic “accident” leaves Rhonda in a scary state.

star 8.08
1105 votes
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One Day

#4 - One Day

9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 - Episode 13

Owen helps Tommy through a personal emergency.

star 8.06
385 votes
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Had It From My Father

#5 - Had It From My Father

Empire Season 5 - Episode 9

The financial security of the Lyon family is on the line as their LFM showcase quickly approaches. Kai’s research for an expose on Empire uncovers some dirty activity within the company and causes conflict with Jamal. Meanwhile, Hakeem and Tiana finally reach an agreement on how best to move forward with their relationship, Andre struggles with his decision to let a new love interest in and Kingsley strikes a deal with Giselle.

star 8.04
294 votes
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Slave To Memory

#6 - Slave To Memory

Empire Season 4 - Episode 9

Cookie and Lucious devise an elaborate plan to take down Diana Dubois and her family once and for all. Andre recovers from his mental breakdown in the hospital, Shine tries desperately to protect his secret and Eddie Barker is concluding his tenure at Empire. Amidst the chaos, someone’s life hangs in the balance.

star 8.03
682 votes
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Weird as You

#7 - Weird as You

Rectify Season 2 - Episode 7

Daniel continues to seek answers. Stern meets with the DA. Sen. Foulkes undertakes a disreputable task. Amantha and a coworker bond.

star 8.01
602 votes
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Our Dancing Days

#8 - Our Dancing Days

Empire Season 1 - Episode 7

Tension mounts between Hakeem and Jamal, as Lucious attempts to brand Empire Entertainment as a tight-knit, “family-run” company. Meanwhile, Cookie and Anika don’t hold anything back when it comes to taking over the company.

star 8.01
1041 votes
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The Indecent Proposal

#9 - The Indecent Proposal

Men in Trees Season 1 - Episode 17

While Jack and Lynn's relationship gets more complicated, Patrick decides that he wants Annie's father to agree to their marriage. Meanwhile, a new visitor, Cash, moves into Marin's cabin temporarily in exchange for repairing it.

star 8.01
186 votes
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Order Room Service

#10 - Order Room Service

Shameless (US) Season 3 - Episode 11

Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip. Essentially homeless, Frank seeks out Carl who sneaks him into the Gallagher van for the night.

star 7.94
3140 votes
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More Than Kin

#11 - More Than Kin

Empire Season 2 - Episode 15

With help from Andre, Lucious hosts a fundraiser, as part of his campaign to prove to the board that he should return as Empire’s CEO. Meanwhile, Hakeem must decide whether he wants to be a father to his and Anika’s child.

star 7.93
1505 votes
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Fortune Be Not Crost

#12 - Fortune Be Not Crost

Empire Season 4 - Episode 6

The Lyon family stands together as Anika and Hakeem begin a custody battle for Bella. Although they’re confident in Hakeem’s ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations her team brings to the trial. Meanwhile, Claudia grows more possessive over Lucious, who has unlocked a new way to understand music through his paintings. Also, Jamal introduces Warren to Lucious, Andre begins seeing a new therapist, and one of Becky’s old flames returns.

star 7.93
786 votes
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The Devil Quotes Scripture

#13 - The Devil Quotes Scripture

Empire Season 1 - Episode 3

The Lyons head to Philadelphia and get a taste of what their life could have been if Lucious hadn’t made it big. Lucious promotes Hakeem’s new relationship with hip-hop star Tianna, but tensions rise when another woman tries to catch Hakeem’s eye.

star 7.91
1150 votes
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#14 - Details

Elementary Season 1 - Episode 16

Sherlock investigates what he believes will be an open-and-shut case after Detective Bell is attacked. However, the case takes an unexpected turn when the suspected assailant is found dead. Meanwhile, Sherlock encourages Joan to learn self-defense.

star 7.86
4885 votes
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A Furnace For Your Foe

#15 - A Furnace For Your Foe

Empire Season 3 - Episode 9

Cookie attempts to help Angelo appeal to the masses and win the mayoral bid, by hosting a free park concert. Meanwhile, the FBI continues to investigate Lucious and freezes all of Empire’s assets, which has major repercussions.

star 7.86
1654 votes
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Daddyz Girl

#16 - Daddyz Girl

Shameless (US) Season 1 - Episode 11

Tony comes closer to discovering what Steve is doing, while Fiona makes a new friend. In the meantime, Lip helps Ian look for his father.

star 7.86
4161 votes
Difficult Conversations

#17 - Difficult Conversations

9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 - Episode 5

Judd is shocked at the latest victim of an emergency call, Grace and Carlos must save a woman literally trapped in a domestic abuse situation and the 126 arrive at a horrific highway crash that threatens the lives of a father and daughter. Meanwhile, Owen and Gwyneth face a difficult decision in their relationship and Mateo regrets his new tattoo.

star 7.85
448 votes
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My Bad Parts

#18 - My Bad Parts

Empire Season 2 - Episode 8

Lucious, eager to assert his power, releases a rap by Freda challenging Hakeem as his heir. Not to be outdone in Lucious’ eyes, Hakeem fires back at Freda with a rap battle challenge that could put Lyon Dynasty’s future in danger. Meanwhile, Cookie gets a special visit from her spitfire sister, Candace, Jamal is working on landing a major sponsorship deal and Anika receives some life changing news

star 7.84
1121 votes
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Chimes at Midnight

#19 - Chimes at Midnight

Empire Season 3 - Episode 6

Empire is hacked and the leak creates feuds between artists and among the Lyon family. Andre takes advantage of the leak to step up and prove his worth to the company. Meanwhile, Lucious continues to try and drive a wedge between Cookie and Angelo, and Jamal finds himself in a love triangle.

star 7.83
1637 votes
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Hate 2 Love

#20 - Hate 2 Love

90210 Season 5 - Episode 5

As Dixon continues to recuperate, Adrianna confides in Annie that she and Dixon are having intimacy issues. Annie grows closer to Colin, but Riley suspects that Colin isn’t who he appears to be. Colin discovers that Alex installed a GPS tracking app on Naomi’s phone so he can track her whereabouts, but Colin reconfigures her phone so she can secretly read Alec’s emails, which exposes Alec’s efforts to sabotage Max’s relationships. Navid hopes to show Silver how successful he’s become with the launch of the Pop Up, but he becomes suspicious that Silver and Liam are secretly seeing each other. Lindsey comes to the opening event to discuss Liam’s business plan, and their animosity gives way to passion.

star 7.81
421 votes
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Light in Darkness

#21 - Light in Darkness

Empire Season 3 - Episode 1

Lucious pursues his music legacy with his streaming service, while clashing with his half-brother, Tariq, who is leading a federal task force investigating him.

star 7.81
1924 votes
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Steal From the Thief

#22 - Steal From the Thief

Empire Season 5 - Episode 1

Two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker, Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces. The family is now completely dispersed and coping in their own ways after experiencing unimaginable tragedies. Meanwhile, in an effort to reclaim the Lyons’ position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper, Treasure.

star 7.80
387 votes
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I'm Sorry for You, My Friend

#23 - I'm Sorry for You, My Friend

Nashville (2012) Season 1 - Episode 10

Rayna and Juliette get ready to perform in San Diego in their first arena concert on the same bill. Rayna finds that working without Deacon is too disruptive and makes an interesting proposal to Liam, while Juliette sends Sean a message through the press. Gunnar takes a road trip to Austin to visit his brother, and Scarlett tags along for the ride so she can catch Deacon's performance in Texas with the Revel Kings. Meanwhile Avery makes his move to sign with Dominic, and Teddy and Coleman's campaigns find them in a dead heat.

star 7.78
648 votes
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Friends With Benefits

#24 - Friends With Benefits

9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 - Episode 4

The 126 is on the scene when a disastrous wedding comes crumbling down, as Grace helps a dominatrix and her slave involved in a shocking situation. Meanwhile, Owen and Gwyneth struggle to label their new relationship and a man from Marjan's past re-enters back in her life.

star 7.77
444 votes
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Cold Cold Man

#25 - Cold Cold Man

Empire Season 6 - Episode 10

Cookie becomes frustrated with Lucious, who is struggling to accept that their relationship is over. Upon being shut out of the ASA nominations, the women of Bossy choose Melody to take their performance slot at the ASAs, causing Tiana to question all of her decisions over the past few months. Meanwhile, Teri confronts Andre over his lies and elsewhere, an emotional confrontation ends with a bang.

star 7.75
177 votes
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The Marchioness

#26 - The Marchioness

Elementary Season 2 - Episode 7

Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, arrives in New York and enlists Holmes and Watson to help solve a case involving his former fiancée. Meanwhile, Sherlock has a difficult time accepting Mycroft and Joan’s relationship.

star 7.73
4427 votes
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Noble Memory

#27 - Noble Memory

Empire Season 4 - Episode 1

On the brink of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary, Lucious is making his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia, have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties. Crossover episode with Star Season 2, Episode 1.

star 7.70
1121 votes
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Ancient History

#28 - Ancient History

Elementary Season 2 - Episode 5

Holmes and Watson find themselves digging through the dark world of the mob to find a killer when they discover the body of a former assassin. Meanwhile, Watson helps a close friend track down a mystery man who swept her off her feet.

star 7.70
4451 votes
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I'm the Liver

#29 - I'm the Liver

Shameless (US) Season 5 - Episode 2

Sheila gets an offer to buy her home. Plus, Fiona is off house arrest!

star 7.70
2487 votes
Like Father, Like Daughter

#30 - Like Father, Like Daughter

Shameless (US) Season 4 - Episode 3

Frank stalks his daughter, Sammi; Fiona and Mike get serious; Carl tries to hear money for Frank; Sheila has a successful date.

star 7.70
3067 votes
Hemlock Diego's Policy Player's Dream Book

#31 - Hemlock Diego's Policy Player's Dream Book

Hemlock Grove Season 2 - Episode 5

Miranda and Roman seek medical advice. Peter and Destiny must find a new way of helping Lynda when her attorney informs them the case is hopeless.

star 7.67
603 votes
Bleeding War

#32 - Bleeding War

Empire Season 4 - Episode 4

The race is on when Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire’s 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label’s top artists, giving Jamal a bold idea for his newest song. On the heels of Bella’s first birthday, the family plans a special “Prince and Princesses”-themed birthday party, including a special Prince tribute, but the special day brings back haunting memories for one of the Lyons. Meanwhile, Lucious is at a crossroads, as he tries to put to rest the anger from his past life.

star 7.67
905 votes
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No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds

#33 - No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds

Desperate Housewives Season 3 - Episode 11

Tom and Lynette try to make Kayla feel like a part of the family. Alma Hodge decides to pay Orson and Bree a visit. Susan visits Mike in jail to tell him about the lawyer Ian got him. Gabrielle accuses Carlos of trying to sabotage her relationship with Bill. Bree organizes a dinner party to show Susan that Alma is alive.

star 7.65
1057 votes
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What Is Love

#34 - What Is Love

Empire Season 6 - Episode 1

Lucious, who is now a wanted fugitive, is on the run from the Feds. Cookie keeps busy by focusing on her brand outside of Empire, which now includes a daytime talk show and a community center. Andre, currently sitting on the Empire throne, is confronted by several people who now want to get in on the company and Hakeem sets his sights on the lead role in the first EMPIRE movie. Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle search for their first Bossy Media artist.

star 7.64
275 votes
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No Lack of Void

#35 - No Lack of Void

Elementary Season 2 - Episode 20

A pickpocket dies of anthrax poisoning, putting Holmes and Watson on the trail of the toxin’s source in order to prevent more deaths.

star 7.63
3489 votes
New New York

#36 - New New York

Glee Season 5 - Episode 14

Glee-club alumni members are followed in New York City several months after leaving New Directions: Blaine and Sam move in with Kurt; Artie struggles to get around Manhattan; Rachel settles into the life of a Broadway star; and Mercedes moves to NYC to work on her album.

star 7.62
736 votes
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Heart of Stone

#37 - Heart of Stone

Empire Season 6 - Episode 6

Candace and Carol take Cookie on a girls' trip to Miami to have some fun and take her mind off Lucious. After an unsettling visit with Leah, Lucious is left to deal with some inward self-reflection. Meanwhile, Andre makes a bold decision regarding Treasure's upcoming album and Giselle goes behind Becky's back to find Tiana a new audience.

star 7.57
180 votes
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Brides and Prejudice

#38 - Brides and Prejudice

90210 Season 4 - Episode 21

Naomi’s friends worry that she is rushing to get married, so Naomi and P.J. decide to throw a small party so everyone can get to know him. Austin returns to Los Angeles and offers to be Adrianna’s new manager, suggesting she give country music a try. Caleb is concerned Ivy might not be emotionally stable, while Annie finally admits to Caleb that she is falling for him. Meanwhile, Silver feels conflicted about her feelings for Navid who is back in town.

star 7.50
462 votes
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My Heart Would Know

#39 - My Heart Would Know

Nashville (2012) Season 1 - Episode 17

A personal crisis in Nashville causes Rayna to leave the tour in New York City before her sold-out concert with Juliette, but for Juliette, the show must go on. Jolene stakes a claim on her sober counselor Dante as Juliette gets closer to him personally and professionally, and Deacon doesn't like the woman Juliette has become and tells her point-blank. Gunnar declares the next 24 hours a "Scarlett O'Connor party" to celebrate her success, and she brings Will along to join the fun. Meanwhile Avery becomes a roadie for Juliette, and secrets involving the men in Rayna's life see the light of day.

star 7.50
646 votes

#40 - Pilot

Hit the Floor Season 1 - Episode 1

The lives of a professional Los Angeles basketball team's female dance squad are charted in this drama series. In the premiere, newbie dancer Ahsha Hayes (Taylour Paige) auditions for the topflight Devil Girls against the wishes of her mother. Dean Cain and Charlotte Ross also star.

star 7.42
119 votes
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Honeymoon Interrupted

#41 - Honeymoon Interrupted

Life UneXpected Season 2 - Episode 6

Cate and Ryan go on a staycation to a local hotel to help make up for the fact that they never had a proper honeymoon. Unfortunately for them, Baze’s work retreat is at the same hotel.

star 7.30
434 votes
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#42 - BA'AL

American Horror Stories Season 1 - Episode 5

A Wife does the unthinkable for a chance at a successful pregnancy.

star 7.04
430 votes
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