The BEST Episodes of BrainDead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2020

Network: CBS

A government employee discovers that the cause of the tensions between the two political parties is a race of extraterrestrial insects eating the brains of the politicians.

The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis

#1 - The End of All We Hold Dear: What Happens When Democracies Fail: A Brief Synopsis

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 11, 2016

In the season finale, Laurel discovers the secret to driving the bugs out of a person's brain and tests the tactic on her father. Armed with new knowledge, Laurel and Gareth attempt to expel the Queen bug out of Red's head once and for all.

star 8.22
800 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold, Jonathan Tolins
The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics

#2 - The Power of Euphemism: How Torture Became a Matter of Debate in American Politics

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 7, 2016

Laurel comes under investigation about her potential involvement with the bug infestation. Also, Gustav and Rochelle discover a unique way to communicate with those infected by the bugs.

star 8.09
923 votes
Writers: Laura Marks
Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies

#3 - Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 4, 2016

Luke and Laurel rush to uncover Red's secret agenda, which is buried in a massive new budget bill. Also, Gareth inadvertently witnesses an unsettling bug encounter in Red's office.

star 7.99
844 votes
Directors: Brooke Kennedy
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold, Jonathan Tolins
Past as Prologue: Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalist, and Loyalty

#4 - Past as Prologue: Notes Toward a Post-Reagan Theory of Party Alliance, Tribalist, and Loyalty

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 31, 2016

When Laurel is infected by the bugs, Gustav and Rochelle work quickly to figure out if there is any way to save her. When the Centers for Disease Control has its funding temporarily cut, Luke attempts to reach a compromise to have the money reinstated, but Red’s political machinations undermine him at every turn.

star 7.95
910 votes
Writers: Aurin Squire
Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel?

#5 - Talking Points Toward a Wholistic View of Activism in Government: Can the Top Rebel?

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 11, 2016

When Laurel discovers that a senate bill is not what it appears, she implores Luke to help, leading to a dramatic Senate sit-in. Also, Red and Ella battle for control of the bug agenda, and Laurel questions whether or not she should leave Washington, D.C. for good.

star 7.89
798 votes
Directors: Felix Alcala
Writers: Larry Kaplow
Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't)

#6 - Back to Work: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Congress and How It Gets Things Done (and Often Doesn't)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 24, 2016

Laurel asks her brother, Luke, for his help to get the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but he insists she first consult Dr. Joanne Alaimo, a leading entomologist, for her perspective on the invasion. Laurel’s relationship with Anthony takes a drastic turn.

star 7.84
910 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold
The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm

#7 - The Path to War Part One: The Gathering Political Storm

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 14, 2016

Rochelle and Gustav capture and question a man they suspect is infected by the bugs. Also, Luke and Red face off in a Senate Intelligence meeting about a potential war.

star 7.82
907 votes
Directors: Brooke Kennedy
Writers: Peter Parnell
The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes

#8 - The Path to War Part Two: The Impact of Propaganda on Congressional War Votes

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 28, 2016

Laurel must work alongside an old boyfriend, Ben Valderrama, when Luke enlists her help in putting together a political documentary to support his anti-war initiative. Also, Laurel worries about the health of Luke and Germaine’s baby.

star 7.79
841 votes
Directors: Felix Alcala
Writers: Larry Kaplow
Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched

#9 - Taking on Water: How Leaks in D.C. are Discovered and Patched

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

Senator Red Wheatus hires a special investigator to dig into the Healy family’s financial and personal history. Also, when Gareth learns some sordid details about Laurel’s romantic past, it puts a strain on their budding relationship.

star 7.78
867 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Aurin Squire, Jonathan Tolins
Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate

#10 - Wake Up Grassroots: The Nine Virtues of Participatory Democracy, and How We Can Keep America Great by Encouraging an Informed Electorate

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 11, 2016

Laurel and Rochelle try to persuade Laurel’s friend Abby to get an MRI so they can uncover the real cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Luke attempts to reopen the government through a secret deal with the Republicans.

star 7.74
996 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Peter Parnell
Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps

#11 - Goring Oxes: How You Can Survive the War on Government Through Five Easy Steps

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 27, 2016

When a bizarre and deadly incident takes place on live television, Agent Onofrio's investigation into it causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to dig deeper into the bug mystery. Luke attempts to cover up his affair with his Chief of Staff, Scarlett, before his opponent for the minority whip position, Senator Ella Poundstone, can make it public.

star 7.67
1,010 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Jonathan Tolins
Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique

#12 - Playing Politics: Living Life in the Shadow of the Budget Showdown - A Critique

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 20, 2016

Laurel continues to investigate the death of esteemed Dr. Daudier, while bugs infect more citizens of Washington, D.C. Rochelle Daudier, the deceased doctor’s daughter and Gustav Triplette, an eccentric genius, both encounter the bugs separately and begin to question exactly what is happening.

star 7.64
1,191 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Larry Kaplow
The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics Is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century

#13 - The Insanity Principle: How Extremism in Politics Is Threatening Democracy in the 21st Century

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 13, 2016

When Laurel Healy returns home to Washington, D.C. to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy, on Capitol Hill, she is caught in the midst of two huge problems: the government has stopped working due to budgetary disagreements, and mysterious bugs are eating the brains of a growing number of Congress members and Hill staffers.

star 7.35
1,488 votes
Directors: Robert King
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King