The Best Episodes of 13 Reasons Why

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

Tape 7, Side A

#1 - Tape 7, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 13

Hannah seeks help from Mr. Porter, the school counselor. Clay plays the new tape for Tony and weighs what to do next.

star 8.40
3,484 votes
Writers: Brian Yorkey
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Tape 6, Side A

#2 - Tape 6, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 11

Clay and Hannah grow closer. While Clay spends a heartbreaking night listening to his tape with Tony, tensions boil over at Bryce's house.

star 8.19
3,404 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Diana Son
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Tape 6, Side B

#3 - Tape 6, Side B

Season 1 - Episode 12

Hannah winds up at a party after an argument with her parents. The students are served with subpoenas, and Justin wrestles with conflicting loyalties.

star 8.18
3,251 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Elizabeth Benjamin
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Tape 5, Side B

#4 - Tape 5, Side B

Season 1 - Episode 10

A distraught Hannah gets a ride home from the party. Jessica's behavior grows increasingly erratic, and Clay learns the truth behind a tragedy.

star 8.00
3,228 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Nathan Jackson
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Bryce and Chloe

#5 - Bryce and Chloe

Season 2 - Episode 11

Chaos erupts at school in the aftermath of Bryce's testimony. Jessica tells Chloe about the clubhouse. Alex's memories come rushing back.

star 8.00
1,038 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Marissa Jo Cerar, Thomas Higgins
The Box Of Polaroids

#6 - The Box Of Polaroids

Season 2 - Episode 12

Threats against Clay and the others escalate. Tyler faces disciplinary action. Justin testifies about Bryce, putting his own future at risk.

star 7.98
1,013 votes
Directors: Jessica Yu
Writers: Hayley Tyler, Brian Yorkey
Tape 5, Side A

#7 - Tape 5, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 9

Hannah witnesses a traumatic event at a summertime party. Clay tries to reason with Justin, and Marcus warns him that the worst is yet to come.

star 7.96
3,235 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Hayley Tyler
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The Missing Page

#8 - The Missing Page

Season 2 - Episode 9

Tyler goes out with Cyrus's sister. Chloe confronts Bryce about the tapes. Jess wonders if she's ready to date again. Mr. Porter wrestles with regret.

star 7.90
1,030 votes
Directors: Kat Candler
Writers: Rohit Kumar
Tape 4, Side A

#9 - Tape 4, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 7

Another student sabotages Hannah during a class project. Clay's nightmares about Hannah spill over into the daytime.

star 7.86
3,315 votes
Directors: Gregg Araki
Writers: Elizabeth Benjamin
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Tape 4, Side B

#10 - Tape 4, Side B

Season 1 - Episode 8

Inspired by a friend's poetry reading, Hannah pours her heart out. Tony confides in Clay about the night of Hannah's death.

star 7.82
3,333 votes
Directors: Gregg Araki
Writers: Kirk A. Moore
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Smile, Bitches!

#11 - Smile, Bitches!

Season 2 - Episode 10

Tony opens up about his past. Sheri devises a plan to get into the clubhouse. Mr. Porter tries to help Justin. Zach and Bryce butt heads.

star 7.80
997 votes
Directors: Kat Candler
Writers: Kirk Moore
Tape 1, Side A

#12 - Tape 1, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 1

As the school mourns the death of Hannah Baker, her friend Clay receives a box of tapes with messages she recorded before she committed suicide.

star 7.75
4,478 votes
Directors: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Brian Yorkey
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Tape 2, Side B

#13 - Tape 2, Side B

Season 1 - Episode 4

Hannah thinks someone is stalking her and sets a trap. Hannah's mother confronts the principal, and Clay strikes back at someone who wronged Hannah.

star 7.73
3,496 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
Writers: Thomas Higgins
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The Smile At The End Of The Dock

#14 - The Smile At The End Of The Dock

Season 2 - Episode 6

Clay tries to figure out where the Polaroids were taken. Justin shows up at school. Zach's revelation about Hannah takes everyone by surprise.

star 7.73
1,098 votes
Directors: Eliza Hittman
Writers: Julia Bicknell
Tape 3, Side A

#15 - Tape 3, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 5

Hannah and Clay connect at the school dance, but a crass rumor ruins the mood. Clay takes Courtney to visit Hannah's grave.

star 7.72
3,420 votes
Writers: Nic Sheff
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Tape 1, Side B

#16 - Tape 1, Side B

Season 1 - Episode 2

Hannah makes friends with Jessica and Alex, two other new students. Justin doesn't show up at school, and Hannah's mother finds something troubling.

star 7.71
3,926 votes
Directors: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Brian Yorkey
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Tape 3, Side B

#17 - Tape 3, Side B

Season 1 - Episode 6

Hannah's date on Valentine's Day doesn't go as planned. Alex gets in a big fight at school and has to face the honor board.

star 7.70
3,315 votes
Writers: Nic Sheff
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Tape 2, Side A

#18 - Tape 2, Side A

Season 1 - Episode 3

Jealousy and gossip take a toll on Hannah's relationships. As Alex struggles with feelings regret, the guys pressure Clay into getting drunk.

star 7.68
3,655 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
Writers: Diana Son
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The Little Girl

#19 - The Little Girl

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Hannah's parents come under scrutiny, Jessica reaches out to Mrs. Baker. Justin struggles to stay clean. Clay reconnects with Skye.

star 7.65
1,052 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Felischa Marye
Bye

#20 - Bye

Season 2 - Episode 13

One month later, Hannah's loved ones celebrate her life and find comfort in each other. Meanwhile, a brutal assault pushes one student over the edge.

star 7.63
1,056 votes
Writers: Brian Yorkey
The Third Polaroid

#21 - The Third Polaroid

Season 2 - Episode 7

Alex blows up at Bryce. Someone blackmails Marcus. Clay testifies about a night he and Hannah spent together. Jessica experiences a flashback.

star 7.60
1,071 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Brian Yorkey
The Second Polaroid

#22 - The Second Polaroid

Season 2 - Episode 4

Clay hides a secret from his parents. Concerned about his reputation, Marcus lies in court. Jessica and Alex skip school together.

star 7.49
1,159 votes
Writers: Hayley Tyler
The Drunk Slut

#23 - The Drunk Slut

Season 2 - Episode 3

Worried about threats against them, Alex and Clay urge Jessica to testify about Bryce. Clay enlists Tony's help to find a potential witness.

star 7.47
1,184 votes
Writers: Marissa Jo Cerar
Two Girls Kissing

#24 - Two Girls Kissing

Season 2 - Episode 2

Courtney makes a brave decision. Clay's memories of Hannah drive a wedge between him and Skye. Someone trashes the yearbook office.

star 7.46
1,257 votes
Directors: Gregg Araki
Writers: Thomas Higgins
The Chalk Machine

#25 - The Chalk Machine

Season 2 - Episode 5

Tyler and Cyrus embrace their outsider status. Alex fights to recover his lost memories. Ryan and Mrs. Baker look to Hannah's poems for clues.

star 7.45
1,108 votes
Directors: Eliza Hittman
Writers: Nic Sheff