The BEST Episodes of Dear White People

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020

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 VIII

#1 - Chapter VIII

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 4, 2018

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 8.39
153 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Jack Moore
Chapter IX

#2 - Chapter IX

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 4, 2018

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

star 8.10
134 votes
Directors: Janicza Bravo
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Yvette Lee Bowser
Chapter V

#3 - Chapter V

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 8.04
490 votes
Directors: Barry Jenkins
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
Chapter V

#4 - Chapter V

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 4, 2018

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 7.99
137 votes
Writers: Leann Bowen
Chapter VI

#5 - Chapter VI

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 4, 2018

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

star 7.87
137 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
Chapter X

#6 - Chapter X

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 4, 2018

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 7.87
134 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien, Njeri Brown
Chapter IV

#7 - Chapter IV

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 2018

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 7.83
159 votes
Directors: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Njeri Brown
Chapter VII

#8 - Chapter VII

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 4, 2018

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
140 votes
Directors: Steven Tsuchida
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Yvette Lee Bowser
Chapter I

#9 - Chapter I

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 4, 2018

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 7.75
186 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter X

#10 - Chapter X

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.73
405 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter II

#11 - Chapter II

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 4, 2018

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 7.62
162 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Chuck Hayward
Chapter III

#12 - Chapter III

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 4, 2018

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

star 7.60
159 votes
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter VI

#13 - Chapter VI

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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

star 7.54
429 votes
Directors: Steven Tsuchida
Writers: Leann Bowen
Chapter I

#14 - Chapter I

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.51
744 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter IX

#15 - Chapter IX

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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

star 7.42
379 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Chuck Hayward, Jack Moore
Chapter II

#16 - Chapter II

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.37
551 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter VIII

#17 - Chapter VIII

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 2, 2019

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

star 7.33
58 votes
Directors: Sam Bailey
Writers: Njeri Brown
Chapter VII

#18 - Chapter VII

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.32
411 votes
Directors: Nisha Ganatra
Writers: Jack Moore
Chapter IV

#19 - Chapter IV

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.31
461 votes
Directors: Tina Mabry
Writers: Njeri Brown
Chapter III

#20 - Chapter III

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.24
502 votes
Directors: Tina Mabry
Writers: Chuck Hayward
Chapter IX

#21 - Chapter IX

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 2, 2019

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 7.21
58 votes
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Njeri Brown
Chapter X

#22 - Chapter X

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 2, 2019

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 7.21
63 votes
Directors: Justin Simien
Writers: Justin Simien
Chapter VIII

#23 - Chapter VIII

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 28, 2017

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 7.21
400 votes
Writers: Nastaran Dibai
Chapter V

#24 - Chapter V

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 2, 2019

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

star 7.17
64 votes
Directors: Cheryl Dunye
Writers: Nastaran Dibai
Chapter IV

#25 - Chapter IV

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 2, 2019

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

star 7.13
61 votes
Directors: Justin Tipping
Writers: Chuck Hayward