The Best Episodes of Aquarius (2015)

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

A gritty 1960s cop drama about LAPD detective Sam Hodiak and his trainee, who must deal with gangs, brutal crimes, changing times, family crises and unhinged manipulative small-time crook Charles Manson, who's slowly building his cult.

I Will

#1 - I Will

Season 2 - Episode 13

A newly "retired" Hodiak tracks down the serial killer who has been tormenting him for months, without the protection and authority of his police position. Manson sends Tex, Sadie, Emma and Patty to 10050 Cielo Drive, where they are swept up in one of the most infamous crimes in the country's history. (Series Finale)

star 7.95
249 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara, Mike Moore
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Why?

#2 - Why?

Season 1 - Episode 9

Charmain's first ride-along ends when her fellow officers are gunned down, the first in a series of cop killings. Her resolve is put to the test as Hodiak and Shafe enlist the Panthers to help find the shooter.

star 7.75
311 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara, Mike Sheehan
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Can You Take Me Back?

#3 - Can You Take Me Back?

Season 2 - Episode 11

Changes within the police department land Hodiak back in hot water with Internal Affairs, which forces him to adjust to a neutered role in the precinct. Meanwhile, the Manson family's misfortune seems to take a turn for the better when Terry Melcher arrives and wants to record Charlie's music.

star 7.72
258 votes
Writers: David Reed
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Revolution 9

#4 - Revolution 9

Season 2 - Episode 6

While Shafe's addiction problems mount, Hodiak helps an old war buddy find his blackmailer. Meanwhile, Karn gathers information to use against Bobby Kennedy and Grace finds a new love for politics.

star 7.69
307 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Rafael Yglesias
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Old Ego Is a Too Much Thing

#5 - Old Ego Is a Too Much Thing

Season 1 - Episode 13

Emma returns to the family just as Mary goes into labor; Hodiak's deal for Walt goes south; the conclusion to Hodiak and Shafe's murder investigation has unforeseen consequences; Karn takes care of an old problem.

star 7.69
296 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara, Rafael Yglesias, David Reed
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Revolution 1

#6 - Revolution 1

Season 2 - Episode 4

On the day of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, Hodiak must investigate a murder in a black neighborhood while trying to prevent an imminent riot. In the midst of the crisis in the black community, Kristin's involvement with the Black Panthers drives a wedge between her and Shafe's marriage. Meanwhile, Charmain brings the drug case to a close and discovers the full cost of undercover work.

star 7.69
306 votes
Writers: Rafael Yglesias
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Mother Nature's Son

#7 - Mother Nature's Son

Season 2 - Episode 12

Hodiak decides to take matters into his own hands and shows up on the doorstep of the mysterious serial killer who has been sending him obscene pictures. Meanwhile, Manson sends Bobby, Mary and Sadie to go to extreme measures to get money from Gary Hinman.

star 7.64
244 votes
Directors: David Duchovny
Writers: Sera Gamble
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Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

#8 - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

Season 2 - Episode 5

Internal affairs turns up the heat on Hodiak, but a tragedy interrupts the investigation. Meanwhile, Dennis Wilson's courtship with Emma ignites jealousy in Manson. Dennis takes Emma and Manson to meet a record producer who lives at 10050 Cielo Drive- the future home of the Tate family.

star 7.63
305 votes
Writers: David Reed
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Helter Skelter

#9 - Helter Skelter

Season 2 - Episode 1

Hodiak receives some disturbing fan mail as Charmain takes a dangerous plunge undercover and Brian discovers Roy's true intentions. Ken takes aim at Hal as Charlie fears an old prison mate is back to collect a debt.

star 7.61
361 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara
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Why Don't We Do It in the Road

#10 - Why Don't We Do It in the Road

Season 2 - Episode 3

Charlie bonds with a Beach Boy, while "Tex" joins the Manson Family. Hodiak and Grace tread familiar territory as Brian takes a stab at a killer and gets rewarded for his sharp work.

star 7.61
200 votes
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
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Sexy Sadie

#11 - Sexy Sadie

Season 2 - Episode 9

Sharon Tate begs for her life but Sadie has no mercy. Manson tries to track down Dennis Wilson. Meanwhile Hodiak finds Emma in a sanatorium, but will need help to get her out. While, an unemployed Ken Karn reunites with an old friend.

star 7.61
255 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: John McNamara
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Piggies

#12 - Piggies

Season 2 - Episode 7

Manson and the Family receive two surprises: one a blessing, one a threat. As Hodiak tries to investigate a new clue in the case of the photographer killer, a series of roadblocks forces him to take a proactive measure. Meanwhile, Grace makes plans for Emma. A shootout between the Black Panthers and LAPD reverberate in Shafe and Kristin's marriage.

star 7.56
306 votes
Directors: Jon Amiel
Writers: Sera Gamble, Mike Moore
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(Please Let Me Love You and) It Won't Be Wrong

#13 - (Please Let Me Love You and) It Won't Be Wrong

Season 1 - Episode 12

Emma's absence is felt when the Manson family makes a documentary; Hodiak makes a deal with Ken Karn to save his son.

star 7.56
295 votes
Directors: Lukas Ettlin
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham, Sera Gamble
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Blackbird

#14 - Blackbird

Season 2 - Episode 10

Ken and Emma reconcile but Emma wants to find Charlie. At the expense of Charmain's career, Hodiak is determined to find the truth behind Bunchy's murder. Meanwhile, Shafe sees an old friend at rehab.

star 7.55
254 votes
Writers: Rafael Yglesias
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Happiness Is a Warm Gun

#15 - Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Season 2 - Episode 2

Charlie cooks up a plan for Ralph and his crew; Hal wakes to a nightmare; and Hodiak gets leverage for his son.

star 7.53
208 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara
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Sick City

#16 - Sick City

Season 1 - Episode 8

Karn buries secrets; failing to impress a record producer, Manson takes his disappointment out on his family; Shafe catches a tough break; Hodiak loses an old friend.

star 7.48
304 votes
Directors: Jon Amiel
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham, Mike Sheehan
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It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

#17 - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

Season 1 - Episode 10

Charlie tests Emma's loyalty; Shafe passes Guapo's test; after his first acid trip, courtesy of Manson, Hodiak helps a fellow detective with a secret.

star 7.46
295 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Rafael Yglesias
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

#18 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Season 2 - Episode 8

Shafe, alone at the bloody Tate crime scene, is confronted by his own demons. As Manson searches for a missing Emma, he ends up on Hodiak's doorstep. Meanwhile, Ken Karn goes to new levels for international diplomacy.

star 7.45
276 votes
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
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Your Mother Should Know

#19 - Your Mother Should Know

Season 1 - Episode 11

Trust is an issue when Bunchy asks Hodiak to solve his brother's murder; the Hodiak family comes together to help Walt; Guapo puts Shafe to work; Charlie's mother visits; Sadie sets up Emma.

star 7.44
295 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: David Reed
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Cease to Resist

#20 - Cease to Resist

Season 1 - Episode 7

Cutler gets a surprise visitor; Hodiak and Shafe work the murder of a Hollywood star; Charlie goes gun shopping.

star 7.41
304 votes
Directors: Michael Waxman
Writers: Sera Gamble
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A Whiter Shade of Pale

#21 - A Whiter Shade of Pale

Season 1 - Episode 6

Charlie recovers; Charmain finds a case; Hodiak seeks the man who's been harassing Shafe's family; Shafe helps Hodiak get a message to his son.

star 7.40
302 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: David Reed
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Never Say Never to Always

#22 - Never Say Never to Always

Season 1 - Episode 3

Drug dealer Art Gladner is found murdered, and the chief suspect is Shafe's snitch, Mike Vickery. Hodiak agrees to help Shafe exonerate Vickery. In exchange, Shafe takes rookie Charmain Tully undercover into the Manson Family to find out where Manson has Emma. They succeed, but not without consequences, especially for Charmain.

star 7.40
463 votes
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
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A Change Is Gonna Come

#23 - A Change Is Gonna Come

Season 1 - Episode 5

A South Central murder investigation ratchets up tension with the Black Panthers; Emma goes MIA; Hodiak loses control... and Shafe comes to the rescue.

star 7.38
348 votes
Writers: Rafael Yglesias
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The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game

#24 - The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game

Season 1 - Episode 2

Hodiak and Shafe investigate a complicated murder case amidst rising racial tensions. Meanwhile, Manson forces Emma's father, Ken Karn, to introduce him to an executive in the music business.

star 7.34
562 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara
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Home Is Where You're Happy

#25 - Home Is Where You're Happy

Season 1 - Episode 4

Hodiak investigates Art Gladner's murder through his late wife Lucille, who runs a burlesque club. Manson hides Emma but Hodiak, under pressure from Grace, ultimately finds her and brings her home.

star 7.32
387 votes
Writers: Sera Gamble
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