The Best Episodes of Halt and Catch Fire

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

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.

Who Needs a Guy

#1 - Who Needs a Guy

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 8.41
892 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Lisa Albert
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Ten of Swords

#2 - Ten of Swords

Season 4 - Episode 10

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

star 8.31
581 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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Up Helly Aa

#3 - Up Helly Aa

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 8.27
1,239 votes
Writers: Jason Cahill
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Heaven is a Place

#4 - Heaven is a Place

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.22
1,170 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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The Threshold

#5 - The Threshold

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 8.20
1,249 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Michael Saltzman
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NeXT

#6 - NeXT

Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 8.19
1,194 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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The 214s

#7 - The 214s

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 8.16
1,248 votes
Writers: Dahvi Waller, Zack Whedon
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You Are Not Safe

#8 - You Are Not Safe

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.11
1,259 votes
Directors: Reed Morano
Writers: Lisa Albert, Alison Tatlock
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And She Was

#9 - And She Was

Season 3 - Episode 6

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
1,260 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Angelina Burnett
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Search

#10 - Search

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 8.08
746 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty
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NIM

#11 - NIM

Season 3 - Episode 9

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
1,217 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty
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I/O

#12 - I/O

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.02
1,893 votes
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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Goodwill

#13 - Goodwill

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

star 8.01
815 votes
Writers: Zack Whedon
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1984

#14 - 1984

Season 1 - Episode 10

As Gordon and Joe prepare to ship the Giant, a suspicious defect calls their partnership into question. Cameron takes her future into her own hands.

star 7.99
1,219 votes
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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Close to the Metal

#15 - Close to the Metal

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.98
1,372 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
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10Broad36

#16 - 10Broad36

Season 2 - Episode 6

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

star 7.93
1,105 votes
Writers: Jamie Pachino
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Kali

#17 - Kali

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.92
1,106 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Jason Cahill
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Adventure

#18 - Adventure

Season 1 - Episode 5

Cameron bristles under a new manager as Joe and Gordon attempt to procure a key piece of new technology for the computer.

star 7.92
1,333 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Dahvi Waller
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One Way or Another

#19 - One Way or Another

Season 3 - Episode 2

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
1,327 votes
Writers: Michael Saltzman
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Limbo

#20 - Limbo

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.89
1,129 votes
Writers: Zack Whedon
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Flipping the Switch

#21 - Flipping the Switch

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 7.89
1,253 votes
Directors: Jeff Freilich
Writers: Lisa Albert
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FUD

#22 - FUD

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 7.88
1,596 votes
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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Working for the Clampdown

#23 - Working for the Clampdown

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.86
1,117 votes
Directors: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers
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Landfall

#24 - Landfall

Season 1 - Episode 6

A breakthrough by Cameron places her at odds with Gordon, leaving Joe to make a tough decision. Meanwhile, Hurricane Alicia spurs some personal revelations.

star 7.85
1,293 votes
Writers: Zack Whedon
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Play with Friends

#25 - Play with Friends

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

star 7.84
1,085 votes
Writers: Dahvi Waller
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