The BEST Episodes of Angels in America

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2021

Network: HBO

New York City, 1985. Prior Walter announces to his boyfriend Louis Ironson that he has been diagnosed with AIDS. Unable to cope with this, Louis leaves. This abandonment leaves Prior shattered. At the same time, Roy Cohn, a powerful lawyer and a right-wing political conservative is diagnosed with AIDS but demands that his doctor say that he has liver cancer as he does not want his homosexuality known in the circles he moves in. Cohn grooms his assistant, the milquetoast Mormon lawyer Joe Pitt, to go to Washington in order to protect him from a disbarment trial. At the same time Joe's wife Harper has become deeply unhappy and addicted to valium over the fact that Joe does not seem to want her sexually. Joe finally comes out and admits that he is fighting homosexual desires. When he calls to tell his mother that he is gay, she sells up everything she has in Salt Lake City and rushes to New York to help, but Joe has vanished - in fact has met and taken up with Louis. As he becomes increasingly more ill, Prior receives visitations from a female angel who has sex with him and then implants a holy book inside his body, telling him that he is a prophet and must sound the warning that human progress be stopped. And as Cohn falls ill in hospital, the ghost of the Communist spy Ethel Rosenberg, whom he helped convict and execute, comes to gloat at his nearing death.

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Millennium Approaches - The Messenger

#1 - Millennium Approaches - The Messenger

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 7, 2003

Prior returns home and is visited by a pair of spectral namesake ancestors who herald the arrival of the messenger; a tussle with Joe leaves Roy with the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. Later, Joe and Louis hook up in Central Park while Prior meets the angelic messenger.

star 8.32
50 votes
Directors: Mike Nichols
Writers: Tony Kushner
Millennium Approaches - In Vitro

#2 - Millennium Approaches - In Vitro

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 7, 2003

Louis abandons a hospitalized Prior; Joe and Roy confide in each other over drinks. Later, Prior hears voices from his hospital bed while Louis solicits sex from strangers, and Joe makes a drunken confession to his mother.

star 8.15
62 votes
Directors: Mike Nichols
Writers: Tony Kushner
Millennium Approaches - Bad News

#3 - Millennium Approaches - Bad News

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 7, 2003

New York City, 1985. A gay couple's relationship is rocked by the revelation that one has AIDS; a young man named Joe Pitts is offered a job by conservative icon Roy Cohn — who also learns he has AIDS.

star 8.09
77 votes
Directors: Mike Nichols
Writers: Tony Kushner
Perestroika - Heaven, I'm in Heaven

#4 - Perestroika - Heaven, I'm in Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 14, 2003

A fight with Joe leaves Louis badly scarred; Roy plays a final practical joke on Ethel; Prior wrestles the Angel and then addresses a review board in Heaven; Harper heads out West; Prior, outliving his diagnosis, pays a visit to his favorite angel and vows to keep living--free of secrets.

star 7.91
47 votes
Directors: Mike Nichols
Writers: Tony Kushner
Perestroika - Stop Moving

#5 - Perestroika - Stop Moving

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 14, 2003

While Joe is being seduced by Louis, Prior is being aroused by the baffled Angel. Meanwhile, Roy's health worsens; Harper's hallucination is interrupted by reality; Prior tells Belize about his divine mission; and Hannah tries to help Harper.

star 7.72
47 votes
Directors: Mike Nichols
Writers: Tony Kushner
Perestroika - Beyond Nelly

#6 - Perestroika - Beyond Nelly

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 14, 2003

Louis arranges a meeting with Prior; Joe visits Roy in the hospital and gets an unwelcome father's blessing; Prior drags Belize to the courthouse for a surprise meeting with the clerk and later strikes up a friendship with Hannah. High on morphine, Roy paints a different picture of heaven.

star 7.67
43 votes
Directors: Mike Nichols
Writers: Tony Kushner