The BEST Episodes of Escape at Dannemora

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Network: Showtime

This limited series is based on the stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015 that spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers. The prisoners were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.

Part 7

#1 - Part 7

Season 1 - Episode 7

Matt and Sweat run for their lives as the tension between them is pushed to the extreme. Tilly gets out of the hospital and does her best to evade the authorities. But as the law closes in, all three are confronted with hard truths about who they really are.

star 8.08
474 votes
Directors: Ben Stiller
Writers: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Part 5

#2 - Part 5

Season 1 - Episode 5

On the day of the escape, Matt and Sweat know the smallest mistake can derail their whole plan, but when a stern corrections officer takes over the post in the tailor shop and fellow inmate Murder gets out of the Special Housing Unit, Matt seems attracted to the danger. Tilly and Lyle have a fateful dinner at an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant.

star 7.90
509 votes
Directors: Ben Stiller
Writers: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Part 3

#3 - Part 3

Season 1 - Episode 3

Matt and Sweat run into walls and other obstacles as they search for a way out, but the power of positive thinking helps to keep them on track. Tilly begins to feel guilty about her mounting indiscretions, but she has a funny way of showing it.

star 7.70
523 votes
Directors: Ben Stiller
Writers: Jerry Stahl, Michael Tolkin
Part 4

#4 - Part 4

Season 1 - Episode 4

Excited by the possibility of a new life, Tilly tries her best to avoid Lyle, who is planning something special for their anniversary. Sweat makes progress on the escape route, but feels like he's doing all the work. Matt likes the arrangement just fine.

star 7.65
525 votes
Directors: Ben Stiller
Writers: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Part 2

#5 - Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

Matt has an idea to get out of Dannemora, but Sweat is not interested in taking the risk. Matt helps Tilly with an inmate she doesn't get along with in the shop. Sweat comes to miss the freedoms that come with Matt's protection.

star 7.59
568 votes
Directors: Ben Stiller
Writers: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Part 1

#6 - Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 1

After the June, 2015 prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell is questioned about her involvement with the two men. Months earlier, Tilly enjoys her job at the prison tailor shop, balancing the temptations of David Sweat, a younger inmate, and her obligations to her husband, Lyle. Richard Matt, an inmate with an artistic talent, supplies oil paintings to guards in exchange for special treatment. Ultimately his attentions turn to Tilly.

star 7.47
658 votes
Directors: Ben Stiller
Writers: Brett Johnson, Michael Tolkin
Part 6

#7 - Part 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

A deep dive into the minds of these individuals, we finally see what Matt and Sweat are capable of outside the prison walls. Tilly's natural instincts aren't much better.

star 7.44
496 votes