The BEST Episodes of Dear White People

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2019

Network: Netflix

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 8.46
427 votes
Directors: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
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 8.41
148 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Jack Moore
Chapter IX

#3 - 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 8.12
130 votes
Directors: Janicza Bravo
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Yvette Lee Bowser
Chapter X

#4 - 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 8.03
345 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter V

#5 - 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 7.96
132 votes
Writers: Leann Bowen
Chapter VI

#6 - 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 7.95
366 votes
Directors: Steven Tsuchida
Writers: Leann Bowen
Chapter X

#7 - 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 7.88
130 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Njeri Brown, Justin Simien
Chapter VI

#8 - 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 7.86
132 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Jack Moore, Chuck Hayward
Chapter IV

#9 - 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
154 votes
Directors: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Njeri Brown
Chapter VII

#10 - 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
350 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Jack Moore
Chapter VII

#11 - 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 7.79
136 votes
Directors: Steven Tsuchida
Writers: Yvette Lee Bowser , Nastaran Dibai
Chapter I

#12 - 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 7.73
181 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter IV

#13 - 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 7.72
398 votes
Directors: Tina Mabry
Writers: Njeri Brown
Chapter I

#14 - 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
680 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter IX

#15 - 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 7.69
318 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
Chapter II

#16 - 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 7.67
484 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter II

#17 - 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 7.61
159 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Chuck Hayward
Chapter III

#18 - 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 7.58
155 votes
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter VIII

#19 - 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 7.58
338 votes
Writers: Nastaran Dibai
Chapter III

#20 - 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 7.54
437 votes
Directors: Tina Mabry
Writers: Chuck Hayward
Chapter VIII

#21 - Chapter VIII

Season 3 - Episode 8

A sexual assault allegation stirs up fierce debate at Armstrong-Parker House and drives Joelle and Reggie even farther apart.

star 7.31
52 votes
Directors: Sam Bailey
Writers: Njeri Brown
Chapter V

#22 - Chapter V

Season 3 - Episode 5

On Parents Weekend, Coco sets out to win a recommendation from the toughest professor on campus -- while contending with an unexpected visitor.

star 7.21
56 votes
Directors: Cheryl Dunye
Writers: Nastaran Dibai
Chapter IV

#23 - Chapter IV

Season 3 - Episode 4

After landing his first cover story in Pastiche, Troy makes an unsettling discovery. Money troubles prompt Gabe to join a campus labor movement.

star 7.20
56 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: Chuck Hayward
Chapter X

#24 - Chapter X

Season 3 - Episode 10

A bombshell story in the debut issue of Fried Chichanery leads to a moment of reckoning. Sam and Lionel learn there's more to the Order than they knew.

star 7.20
56 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter IX

#25 - Chapter IX

Season 3 - Episode 9

Brooke takes a new approach with Muffy, a guilt-stricken Gabe tries to make up for his mistake, and Troy woos an investor for his new magazine.

star 7.19
52 votes
Writers: Njeri Brown, Nastaran Dibai