The BEST Episodes of Cruel Summer

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: Freeform

An unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers — 1993-95 — in a small Texas town when a beautiful popular teen, Kate, is abducted and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette, goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America.

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Hostile Witness

#1 - Hostile Witness

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 15, 2021

Kate and Jeanette's worlds collide as the court date arrives, finally forcing the two young women to answer the question on everyone's mind, but the answer comes with a price that not everyone can pay.

star 7.89
179 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Bert V. Royal
A Secret of My Own

#2 - A Secret of My Own

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 8, 2021

Kate's closely held secrets and fragmented memories of her time in Martin's captivity are brought to the surface.

star 7.78
179 votes
Writers: Matthew Antonelli
Happy Birthday, Kate Wallis

#3 - Happy Birthday, Kate Wallis

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 25, 2021

Kate struggles with a family secret she's been holding on to. Joy tries to convince Kate to go on The Marsha Bailey Show. Mallory has a birthday surprise.

star 7.65
173 votes
Writers: Savannah Ward
You Don't Hunt, You Don't Eat

#4 - You Don't Hunt, You Don't Eat

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 2021

Kate, reeling from the lawsuit, prepares her defense and finds friendship in an unlikely source. The annual Wallis hunting trip becomes the setting for an important first meeting.

star 7.55
193 votes
Directors: Laura Nisbet
Writers: Imogen Binnie
As The Carny Gods Intended

#5 - As The Carny Gods Intended

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 11, 2021

Jeanette and Kate cross paths at the Skylin High takeover of the County Fair, where one is desperate to prove herself, and the other to lose herself.

star 7.53
184 votes
Directors: Daniel Willis
Writers: Tia Napolitano
Proof

#6 - Proof

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 1, 2021

On the first day of school, everyone learns that the drama of the summer is anything but over and that some people will pay more for the consequences of Jeanette and Kate's deception than others.

star 7.52
159 votes
Directors: Daniel Willis
Writers: Addison McQuigg
An Ocean in Me

#7 - An Ocean in Me

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 18, 2021

A new deposition threatens Jeanette's case. A discovery causes Cindy's suspicions about her own daughter to reach new heights as her relationship with Greg becomes further strained.

star 7.49
176 votes
Directors: Kellie Cyrus
Writers: Brian Otaño
A Smashing Good Time

#8 - A Smashing Good Time

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 20, 2021

It's time for the annual Skylin Garden Club Party! Year after year after year, the residents of Skylin struggle with the truth around what happened to Kate, keeping their secrets buried and maintaining appearances.

star 7.45
252 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Bert V. Royal
Happy Birthday, Jeanette Turner

#9 - Happy Birthday, Jeanette Turner

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 20, 2021

Taking place over 3 summers in the 90s when a popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America.

star 7.40
291 votes
Directors: Max Winkler
Writers: Bert V. Royal
Off With a Bang

#10 - Off With a Bang

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 27, 2021

Victim or villain? Jeanette continues to add fuel to the fire as her reckless behavior causes her friends and family to question her even more.

star 7.35
230 votes
Directors: Kellie Cyrus
Writers: Bert V. Royal