The BEST Episodes of Halt and Catch Fire

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Network: AMC

In the early 1980s a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy combine to confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional lives will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie.

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Who Needs a Guy

#1 - Who Needs a Guy

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 30, 2017

Joe and Gordon discuss Comet's future; Donna takes a vacation; a new collaborator challenges Cameron; Bos and Diane make a life-altering choice.

star 8.39
1,130 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Lisa Albert
Ten of Swords

#2 - Ten of Swords

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 14, 2017

In the series finale, Donna celebrates a milestone with her closest allies; Cameron contemplates saying goodbye as Joe confronts an uncertain future.

star 8.36
787 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell
The Threshold

#3 - The Threshold

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 27, 2016

Joe and Ryan deal with the consequences of Joe's decision. Cam and Donna fight about the future and Gordon has a crisis of conscience.

star 8.23
1,537 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Michael Saltzman
Heaven Is a Place

#4 - Heaven Is a Place

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 2, 2015

When the Clark family descends into crisis, Gordon helps Joe. Cameron envisions a new future for Mutiny.

star 8.19
1,609 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell

#5 - NeXT

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 11, 2016

While Donna's vision inspires a spirited discussion about the next big thing, the end result may not make everyone happy.

star 8.16
1,442 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell
And She Was

#6 - And She Was

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 20, 2016

Tensions rise over an offer to buy Mutiny. Donna has a weekend alone, while Gordon and Cameron bond over video games. Joe has a standoff with the board.

star 8.10
1,546 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Angelina Burnett
Up Helly Aa

#7 - Up Helly Aa

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

Unforeseen opponents and new complications threaten to derail the Cardiff Electric team's work at COMDEX.

star 8.08
1,824 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Jason Cahill
You Are Not Safe

#8 - You Are Not Safe

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 4, 2016

Diane, Bos, and Donna hit the road in hopes of building support for Mutiny; everyone else awaits the big day, and Joe approaches Cam for a favor.

star 8.07
1,518 votes
Directors: Reed Morano
Writers: Alison Tatlock, Lisa Albert
The 214s

#9 - The 214s

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 20, 2014

Scandal hits Cardiff Electric as the team finalizes preparations for COMDEX. Meanwhile, Bosworth makes a sacrifice for the good of the PC program.

star 8.06
1,888 votes
Writers: Dahvi Waller, Zack Whedon

#10 - NIM

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 11, 2016

Donna tries to bring everyone together at Comdex with her vision of the Internet's future, and Gordon faces a strong-willed Joanie.

star 8.02
1,467 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty

#11 - I/O

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 1, 2014

Cardiff Electric gets a new employee. He's apparently worked for the likes of IBM. But after he gets the new job, it's clear that he is not exactly what he claims to be.

star 8.01
2,724 votes
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell

#12 - 10Broad36

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 5, 2015

Gordon is back in California, hoping to reconnect with his brother. Joe uses the leverage that he has.

star 7.99
1,580 votes
Writers: Jamie Pachino

#13 - Search

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 14, 2017

Donna faces a professional crossroads; Joanie takes a trip; Joe unveils Comet's new look; Cameron asks a favor from a one-time collaborator.

star 7.97
972 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty

#14 - Kali

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 26, 2015

Left reeling by the launch of a rival, Mutiny takes measures to ensure its survival. Meanwhile, Gordon pays a price in an attempt to quell his paranoia.

star 7.96
1,555 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Jason Cahill
Close to the Metal

#15 - Close to the Metal

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 22, 2014

As Cameron nears completion of the BIOS, a crisis threatens the project's future and requires all hands on deck to save the machine.

star 7.95
2,088 votes
Directors: Johan B. Renck
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Flipping the Switch

#16 - Flipping the Switch

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 30, 2016

Tensions rise at the office, as Gordon and Donna's personal life spills into work. Joe meets with the MacMillan board.

star 7.95
1,535 votes
Directors: Jeff Freilich
Writers: Lisa Albert

#17 - Goodwill

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 7, 2017

Cameron helps Donna pack up; Bos makes his famous chili; Joe helps Haley recover a memorable keepsake.

star 7.94
1,042 votes
Writers: Zack Whedon
Play with Friends

#18 - Play with Friends

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 21, 2015

Joe and Gordon work together to bring about Joe's vision. There is tension between Cameron and Donna.

star 7.94
1,553 votes
Directors: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Dahvi Waller

#19 - Limbo

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 19, 2015

Cameron and Tom try to come to terms at Mutiny's user picnic. Meanwhile, Gordon searches for answers, as Joe and Sara say goodbye to Dallas.

star 7.91
1,574 votes
Writers: Zack Whedon
One Way or Another

#20 - One Way or Another

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 23, 2016

While Cameron and Donna struggle to find venture capital, Joe hires a key coder, leaving the rest of the team at a loss.

star 7.90
1,615 votes
Directors: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Michael Saltzman
The Way In

#21 - The Way In

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 14, 2015

The Clarks receive a surprising invitation as Bosworth tries to reconnect with his former life. Meanwhile, a problem from within Mutiny threatens its survival.

star 7.89
1,603 votes
Directors: Jeff Freilich
Writers: Jason Cahill

#22 - FUD

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 8, 2014

After surviving a visit from IBM, Joe's team must overcome internal differences and begin the technical feat of building the new machine.

star 7.89
2,445 votes
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell
New Coke

#23 - New Coke

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 7, 2015

Joe begins a new job after meeting Sara's father. Gordon grapples with his newfound freedom. Donna is jolted by Cameron's surprising hire at Mutiny.

star 7.89
1,662 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Jonathan Lisco

#24 - SETI

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 31, 2015

Cameron and Donna's gaming company, Mutiny, reaches a critical stage; Joe and Gordon are reunited.

star 7.88
1,792 votes
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell
Working for the Clampdown

#25 - Working for the Clampdown

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 12, 2015

Gordon and Donna harbor secrets from one another as Gordon launches a new venture. Meanwhile, at Mutiny, an acquisition puts Cameron's principles to the test.

star 7.88
1,540 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell