The Best Episodes of Dear White People

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018

At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a diverse group of students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.

Chapter V

#1 - Chapter V

Season 1 - Episode 5

Friends drag Reggie out on the town to stop him from brooding over the revolution and Sam's new beau. But the night takes a harrowing turn.

star 8.49
396 votes
Directors: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
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Chapter VIII

#2 - Chapter VIII

Season 2 - Episode 8

Gabe finally gets a chance to interview Sam for his documentary, but they both have trouble sticking to their promise not to make things personal.

star 8.32
124 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Jack Moore
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Chapter X

#3 - Chapter X

Season 1 - Episode 10

With tensions running high before the town hall, Sam tries to patch up her relationship, Coco steals Troy's thunder, and Lionel makes a bold move.

star 8.04
316 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
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Chapter IX

#4 - Chapter IX

Season 2 - Episode 9

A family emergency draws Sam home, where she wrestles with feelings of guilt and stumbles across a piece of Winchester history.

star 8.03
106 votes
Directors: Janicza Bravo
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Yvette Lee Bowser
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Chapter VI

#5 - Chapter VI

Season 1 - Episode 6

Shell-shocked, Sam and company plan a protest against the campus police, while Reggie finds his own way to process the ordeal.

star 7.97
339 votes
Writers: Leann Bowen
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Chapter V

#6 - Chapter V

Season 2 - Episode 5

Tired of living in Sam's shadow, Joelle strikes up a flirtation with a student outside the A-P circle who treats her like a queen.

star 7.94
105 votes
Writers: Leann Bowen
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Chapter VI

#7 - Chapter VI

Season 2 - Episode 6

Lionel puts his fledgling romance in jeopardy as he teams up with Brooke to hunt down @AltlvyW's identity for an exposé.

star 7.82
107 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Jack Moore, Chuck Hayward
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Chapter IV

#8 - Chapter IV

Season 2 - Episode 4

With her political capital on the rise, Coco sets her sights on a new role. But a startling discovery forces her to rethink her future at Winchester.

star 7.82
125 votes
Writers: Njeri Brown
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Chapter VII

#9 - Chapter VII

Season 1 - Episode 7

Picking up on the chemistry between Sam and Reggie, Gabe obsesses over the state of his relationship; and makes a startling confession to Joelle.

star 7.81
320 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Jack Moore
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Chapter VII

#10 - Chapter VII

Season 2 - Episode 7

After bombing at a stand-up comedy set, Troy sets out on a shroom-fuelled quest to find his true voice, connecting with friends and exes along the way.

star 7.74
108 votes
Writers: Yvette Lee Bowser , Nastaran Dibai
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Chapter IV

#11 - Chapter IV

Season 1 - Episode 4

As Coco gears up for an exclusive soiree, a fight with Sam stirs up memories of their friendship; and the differences that drove them apart.

star 7.73
369 votes
Directors: Tina Mabry
Writers: Njeri Brown
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Chapter I

#12 - Chapter I

Season 1 - Episode 1

As college radio host Samantha White leads the outcry over a blackface party by a campus fraternity, a revelation about her love life puts her in an awkward spot.

star 7.72
646 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
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Chapter IX

#13 - Chapter IX

Season 1 - Episode 9

Coco jumps at the chance to join Troy at a party for wealthy donors, but the evening leaves her questioning his priorities.

star 7.71
290 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
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Chapter X

#14 - Chapter X

Season 2 - Episode 10

As the campus braces for Rikki Carter's speech, Sam and Lionel piece together the clues they've gathered on the secret society known as Order of X.

star 7.70
105 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Njeri Brown, Justin Simien
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Chapter II

#15 - Chapter II

Season 1 - Episode 2

Buoyed by his front-page story on the blackface party, shy reporter Lionel begins to come out of his shell and embrace his true identity.

star 7.68
450 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
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Chapter I

#16 - Chapter I

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the wake of the town hall protest, Sam finds herself at the center of an alt-right backlash and goes to war with a social media troll.

star 7.67
145 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
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Chapter VIII

#17 - Chapter VIII

Season 1 - Episode 8

To show just how pervasive Winchester's race problems are, Lionel sets out to write a feature on Troy and makes some unexpected discoveries.

star 7.57
308 votes
Writers: Nastaran Dibai
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Chapter III

#18 - Chapter III

Season 1 - Episode 3

Golden boy Troy schmoozes his way around campus at his father's behest, campaigning for student body president. But his smile hides nagging doubts.

star 7.56
400 votes
Directors: Tina Mabry
Writers: Chuck Hayward
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Chapter III

#19 - Chapter III

Season 2 - Episode 3

While party-hopping on Pride Night, Lionel struggles to make small talk with strangers and decipher mixed signals from Silvio.

star 7.53
129 votes
Writers: Justin Simien
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Chapter II

#20 - Chapter II

Season 2 - Episode 2

Still haunted by flashbacks to the house party, Reggie bounces from therapy to Bible study to drinking as he seeks an outlet for his pent-up emotions.

star 7.52
129 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Chuck Hayward
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