The BEST Episodes of Cruel Summer
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 3, 2021
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.