The Best Episodes Directed by Sanaa Hamri

Toil and Trouble (2)

#1 - Toil and Trouble (2)

Empire (2015) 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 8.20
1501 votes
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Had It From My Father

#2 - Had It From My Father

Empire (2015) 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 8.18
197 votes
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Past is Prologue

#3 - Past is Prologue

Empire (2015) 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 8.13
1523 votes
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Order Room Service

#4 - 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 8.04
1902 votes
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Slave To Memory

#5 - Slave To Memory

Empire (2015) 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
651 votes
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Et Tu, Brute?

#6 - Et Tu, Brute?

Empire (2015) 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 8.00
969 votes
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The Indecent Proposal

#7 - 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 8.00
20 votes
Brides and Prejudice

#8 - 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 7.97
81 votes
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#9 - 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 7.97
1743 votes
Fortune Be Not Crost

#10 - Fortune Be Not Crost

Empire (2015) 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 7.97
731 votes
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Our Dancing Days

#11 - Our Dancing Days

Empire (2015) 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 7.95
857 votes
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Hate 2 Love

#12 - 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 7.94
93 votes
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Hemlock Diego's Policy Player's Dream Book

#13 - 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 7.86
367 votes
Weird as You

#14 - 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 7.85
451 votes
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Chimes at Midnight

#15 - Chimes at Midnight

Empire (2015) 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
1587 votes
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Like Father, Like Daughter

#16 - 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 7.82
2040 votes
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Light in Darkness

#17 - Light in Darkness

Empire (2015) 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 7.79
1817 votes
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My Bad Parts

#18 - My Bad Parts

Empire (2015) 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 7.78
964 votes
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I'm the Liver

#19 - 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 7.77
1913 votes
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Steal From the Thief

#20 - Steal From the Thief

Empire (2015) 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 7.77
316 votes
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Noble Memory

#21 - Noble Memory

Empire (2015) 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 7.69
1063 votes
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Bleeding War

#22 - Bleeding War

Empire (2015) 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 7.68
845 votes
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Honeymoon Interrupted

#23 - 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 7.66
54 votes
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