The BEST Episodes of Big Love

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2022

Network: HBO

Bill Henrickson seems like a typical suburban husband and father, except for the fact that he has three wives, seven kids and three homes to maintain. The Salt Lake City polygamist has to juggle his families' needs while overseeing his growing chain of home-improvement stores and attempting to reconnect with his fundamentalist relatives.

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#1 - Sacrament

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 22, 2009

Bill convinces Ray Henry to go along with his idea to rescue a kidnapping victim; Nicki has a surprise visitor; Alby hatches a deadly plot to consolidate his power; Sarah makes a surprise announcement that shocks the family.

star 8.26
384 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Victoria Morrow
Under One Roof

#2 - Under One Roof

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2010

Ana resurfaces with a surprise revelation. Meanwhile, Bill tries to get Tommy and Jerry to rebrand the casino; Marilyn makes yet another impressive pitch; Lois and Frank take Ben and Jodean south of the border; Nicki is infuriated by Alby; Margene worries about her booming business; and, with a flourish, Bill shows his wives the family's collective future.

star 8.09
433 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Coleman Herbert
End of Days

#3 - End of Days

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 2010

With the election only days away, Bill puts the squeeze on Paley to protect his candidacy. But Marilyn has an ace up her sleeve that threatens to wreck Bill's chances. Meanwhile, Nicki gets news that seems too good to be true; and a late-breaking polygamist scandal forces Bill and his three wives to rethink their bold post-election plans.

star 7.95
320 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Eileen Myers
Where Men and Mountains Meet

#4 - Where Men and Mountains Meet

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 20, 2011

In the series finale of Big Love, Margene plans on going on a cruise by herself to help people, Barb prepares to get baptized in the new church, and Nikki fears that she will be left alone if Bill goes to prison.

star 7.93
454 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Strange Bedfellows

#5 - Strange Bedfellows

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 24, 2010

Bill, Nicki and Cara Lynn travel to Washington, D.C., where Bill tries to land an endorsement from Congressman Clark Paley while mending things with Nicki. Meanwhile, Margene's on-air triumph is tempered by a case of mistaken identity; Joey goes to extremes to safeguard a secret; and Barb and Sarah hit a young Native American woman with their car.

star 7.91
309 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Free at Last

#6 - Free at Last

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 10, 2010

With the grand opening of the Blackfoot Magic Casino only days away, the Henricksons make last-minute preparations. Meanwhile, the feds probe the whereabouts of Roman Grant; Adaleen shares a shocking secret with Nicki; Margie makes an on-air slip-up; Bill and Nicki's smarmy ex, J.J. Walker, work out an arrangement allowing Cara Lynn to stay at the Henrickson's.

star 7.88
278 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Rough Edges

#7 - Rough Edges

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 2009

Bill petitions the DA's office to charge Roman with murder; Margene starts a jewelry business; Don's fact-finding mission about the casino license reveals the possible involvement of Bill's brother-in-law; Sarah considers her options for the future.

star 7.84
460 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Til Death do Us Part

#8 - Til Death do Us Part

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 27, 2011

Bill eyes a wedding as a chance to reseal his commitment to his wives; Alby makes a game-changing power play.

star 7.78
409 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Aaron Allen
The Noose Tightens

#9 - The Noose Tightens

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 6, 2011

Bill fights for his family and his freedom; Alby looks to settle unfinished business; Nicki plans a new future for Cara Lynn.

star 7.76
309 votes
Directors: David Knoller
Writers: Seth Greenland

#10 - Exorcism

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 13, 2011

Alby gets Adaleen on his side against Bill and his family. Rhonda asks Ben to marry her which results in Ben & Heather breaking up. Bill faces the possibility of a 20 year sentence, as his family tries to cope. Cara Lynn breaks down after Nikki tells her that Mr. Ivy never loved her.

star 7.74
386 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Sins of the Father

#11 - Sins of the Father

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 7, 2010

Bill pulls out all the stops to win Paley's support for the State Senate nomination, while Nicki continues as his campaign's 'secret weapon.' Meanwhile, Margene gets the cold shoulder; Marilyn pitches to represent the casino's interests in Washington; Frank picks a bad time to drop by the casino; and Bill absorbs a last-minute sucker punch from Coburn.

star 7.72
327 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Seth Greenland
Oh, Pioneers

#12 - Oh, Pioneers

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 26, 2007

In the season finale, the family prepares for the annual Pioneer Week. Bill and Alby butt heads over the control of UEB. Meanwhile, Margene reveals the truth to Ana.

star 7.70
360 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Dustin Lance Black, Eileen Myers, Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
The Mighty and Strong

#13 - The Mighty and Strong

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 31, 2010

Pressed by Coburn to state his intentions, Bill gets his family to stage an elaborate rally announcing his candidacy. He isn't so lucky when an audit uncovers insurance discrepancies caused by his multiple wives. To protect his secret and save his candidacy, he ends up asking Don to take the fall, and moves up his announcement by three days.

star 7.69
352 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Melanie Marnich
The Greater Good

#14 - The Greater Good

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2010

Ignoring pleas from Nicki to become Juniper Creek's next prophet, Bill contemplates running for the vacant Utah State Senate seat. Joey and Wanda return to Juniper Creek, but a suspicious J.J. is lurking. Sarah and Scott forgo a wedding in Bill's church in favor of a civil ceremony, shocking Barb. Margene confronts Nicki about her feelings for Ray Henry.

star 7.64
353 votes
Directors: David Knoller
Writers: Paul Redford

#15 - D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 20, 2011

Bill refuses to give in to Barb's vision of the church; Nicki chafes at the status quo; Margene looks to rally the children of polygamy.

star 7.63
299 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
The Ceremony

#16 - The Ceremony

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 4, 2006

To Roman's surprise, Bill and Joey attend the UEB priesthood council meeting. Alby's visit to Wanda brings out her old habits, which could potentially land Bill in big trouble. Rhonda uses the acting competition as an excuse to leave the compound but she discovers that her family isn't willing to let her go. Finally, Barb attends the Mother of the Year awards ceremony but not all goes as expected.

star 7.63
311 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Will Scheffer, Mark V. Olsen
The Oath

#17 - The Oath

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 6, 2011

Bill fights for his right to be sworn in as senator; Barb, Nicki, and Margene struggle with personal revelations and changed public profiles.

star 7.62
379 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Melanie Marnich
Take Me as I Am

#18 - Take Me as I Am

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 19, 2007

Barb finds out that her mother is about to re-marry. Bill hears disturbing news about Weber Gaming. Meanwhile, Nicki is upset by outside influences on her children.

star 7.56
303 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Eileen Myers
Come, Ye Saints

#19 - Come, Ye Saints

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 22, 2009

Bill takes the wives and kids on a cross-country journey to connect to their roots - and save his family.

star 7.55
330 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Melanie Marnich
The Baptism

#20 - The Baptism

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 14, 2006

The Henrickson's prepare Teenie's baptism with friction and surprises from Barb's judgmental sister. Bill decides to take preemptive action against Roman with his brother. Margene continues to butt heads with Nicki, and her misfortunes pile up. Ben wants to show his affection to Brynn but is surprised when she demands something more.

star 7.53
343 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Dustin Lance Black
The Happiest Girl...

#21 - The Happiest Girl...

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 13, 2007

Bill takes Margene to a convention. Frank is looking for a new wife. Meanwhile, Nicki throws a party.

star 7.52
319 votes
Directors: Tom Vaughan
Fight or Flight

#22 - Fight or Flight

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 2009

Nicki's problems escalate at home and on the job; Alby's wife Glory reacts to her reduced stature at Juniper Creek by showing a secret document to Bill; Joey's plans to make Kathy his second wife could be derailed by Roman and Hollis Greene.

star 7.47
405 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Patricia Breen
For Better or for Worse

#23 - For Better or for Worse

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 15, 2009

Sarah, Ben, Heather and Frankie attempt a risky mission to Juniper Creek to find Frankie's mother; the Henricksons adjust to cramped living conditions after a recent arrival; Bill turns to his brother-in-law for help in securing a loan; Nicki mulls going back to her job at the DA's office; Roman hints at plans for a comeback.

star 7.46
304 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

#24 - Winter

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 16, 2011

After being elected state senator, Bill Henrikson announces that he is a polygamist, and he and his families are attacked from every side; Alby Grant returns from living in the desert with the idea of purifying the compound and getting revenge.

star 7.46
443 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Kingdom Come

#25 - Kingdom Come

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 30, 2007

Bill is stressed out by work, and Frank tries to get a hold of Lois' money. Meanwhile, the family discovers Ben and Brynn's secret.

star 7.44
386 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Dustin Lance Black