The BEST Episodes of Big Love

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019

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.

End of Days

#1 - End of Days

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 8.15
40 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Eileen Myers
The Noose Tightens

#2 - The Noose Tightens

Season 5 - Episode 8

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

star 8.12
52 votes
Directors: David Knoller
Writers: Seth Greenland
Rough Edges

#3 - Rough Edges

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.05
53 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Where Men and Mountains Meet

#4 - Where Men and Mountains Meet

Season 5 - Episode 10

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 8.02
74 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Under One Roof

#5 - Under One Roof

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 7.97
51 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Coleman Herbert

#6 - Sacrament

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.94
53 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Victoria Morrow
Certain Poor Shepherds

#7 - Certain Poor Shepherds

Season 5 - Episode 3

The Henricksons' holiday cheer is tested by family revelations. Alby's purification of Juniper Creek leads to a defection.

star 7.94
55 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Jami O'Brien

#8 - Exorcism

Season 5 - Episode 9

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 7.93
56 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Strange Bedfellows

#9 - Strange Bedfellows

Season 4 - Episode 3

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 7.88
52 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Take Me as I Am

#10 - Take Me as I Am

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.83
47 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Eileen Myers
Fight or Flight

#11 - Fight or Flight

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 7.81
49 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Patricia Breen
Free at Last

#12 - Free at Last

Season 4 - Episode 1

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 7.79
48 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Mark V. Olsen , Will Scheffer
The Greater Good

#13 - The Greater Good

Season 4 - Episode 2

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 7.79
47 votes
Directors: David Knoller
Writers: Paul Redford

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

Season 5 - Episode 6

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 7.77
43 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer

#15 - Winter

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 7.74
61 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Mark V. Olsen, Will Scheffer
Sins of the Father

#16 - Sins of the Father

Season 4 - Episode 5

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
47 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Seth Greenland
The Oath

#17 - The Oath

Season 5 - Episode 4

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

star 7.69
49 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Melanie Marnich
Block Party

#18 - Block Party

Season 3 - Episode 1

Bill wants to add a Native American businessman as a partner for his casino and sniffs for a clue of why his family has been snubbed for a big upcoming block party. Meanwhile, Barb would love to add Ana to the fold, and Adaleen has Nicki doing some spying for her. Also, Alby's secret life has gotten him in trouble.

star 7.69
56 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Will Scheffer, Mark V. Olsen
Oh, Pioneers

#19 - Oh, Pioneers

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.69
56 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Dustin Lance Black, Eileen Myers, Will Scheffer, Mark V. Olsen
Blood Atonement

#20 - Blood Atonement

Season 4 - Episode 7

With a revenge-minded Joey in tow, Bill makes an emergency trip to Mexico after Lois and Frank's latest smuggling escapade backfires. Nicki is jolted by a doctor's news, but even more flummoxed by Adaleen's shocking revelation. Margene offers up a novel remedy to keep Ana from leaving the country with her fiance, Goran. A bomb scare rocks the casino.

star 7.68
48 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Julia Cho
The Ceremony

#21 - The Ceremony

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.67
57 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Will Scheffer, Mark V. Olsen
For Better or for Worse

#22 - For Better or for Worse

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.66
47 votes
Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Come, Ye Saints

#23 - Come, Ye Saints

Season 3 - Episode 6

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

star 7.65
50 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Melanie Marnich
The Baptism

#24 - The Baptism

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.62
62 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Dustin Lance Black
Til Death do Us Part

#25 - Til Death do Us Part

Season 5 - Episode 7

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

star 7.61
53 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Aaron Allen