The BEST episodes of I May Destroy You

Every episode of I May Destroy You ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of I May Destroy You!

After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, her life changes irreversibly and Arabella is forced to reassess everything: her career, her friends, even her family. As Arabella struggles to come to terms with what has happened, she begins a journey of self-discovery.

Last Updated: 6/30/2023Network: HBOStatus: Ended
Ego Death
331 votes

#1 - Ego Death

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/24/2020

When Arabella's memory of January 22nd comes rushing back to her, she drags the last of her demons out from under the bed – once and for all.

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…It Just Came Up
324 votes

#2 - …It Just Came Up

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/6/2020

A tumultuous day finds Arabella reassessing a sexual encounter with Zain and, following a promising new lead in the investigation, opening up to Biagio about her assault. Later, after a meeting with Susy Henny, Arabella threatens to break the internet when she goes off script at a writing summit. Meanwhile, Kwame's prompted to report his own assault to the police.

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Would You Like to Know the Sex?
295 votes

#3 - Would You Like to Know the Sex?

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/17/2020

Arabella's obsession with a fellow young author, Della, leads to unexpected progress on her book, despite a devastating setback. Kwame wades into uncharted waters with Tyrone and attempts to make amends with a disgruntled ex-flame. Terry has some luck in work and romance – and joins Arabella in staking out the bar where she was spiked.

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The Alliance
313 votes

#4 - The Alliance

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/13/2020

Much to Terry's disapproval, Arabella attends a support group for rape and sexual assault survivors run by their high school acquaintance, Theo. In a flashback to 2004, teenage Arabella and Terry intervene when a resourceful, troubled young Theo attempts to flip the narrative on consensual sex gone sideways.

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Someone is Lying
400 votes

#5 - Someone is Lying

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/14/2020

Disturbed by what little she remembers of the previous night, Arabella attempts to retrace her steps, but Simon seems reluctant to help her. Meanwhile, Terry has a lousy audition.

Directors: Sam Miller
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Line Spectrum Border
310 votes

#6 - Line Spectrum Border

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/27/2020

Reeling from a demoralizing development in the investigation, Arabella hatches a risky plan to "spark joy" – and convinces an adverse Terry to bankroll it. Still navigating the fallout of his own assault, Kwame challenges himself to explore the full spectrum of his sexuality.

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The Cause the Cure
300 votes

#7 - The Cause the Cure

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/10/2020

After Simon inadvertently drops a bomb on Arabella, she heads to her mom's birthday dinner, where painful, long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface. Kwame's no-strings-attached hookup bender leads him to Tyrone a stranger in search of a different kind of connection.

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Social Media Is a Great Way to Connect
300 votes

#8 - Social Media Is a Great Way to Connect

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/3/2020

Arabella's bloated social media presence finds her more glued to her phone than ever, perpetually internalizing the stress of her followers. At a Halloween "paint and wine" organized by Terry, Kwame opens up to the girls about his recent sexual experiment – and Arabella's reaction lands her in an emergency session with Carrie.

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Happy Animals
314 votes

#9 - Happy Animals

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/20/2020

Strapped for cash and still unable to produce a draft of her book, Arabella takes a job working alongside Theo at a vegan delivery start-up. Birthday girl Terry takes covert measures to ensure Simon won't make a surprise appearance at her party. The festivities find Kwame avoiding reminders of his assault while Terry airs her suspicions about Theo.

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That Was Fun
339 votes

#10 - That Was Fun

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/29/2020

Back in London and two months after the incident, Arabella meets with a therapist who encourages her to find relaxing and creative ways to cope with her trauma. Still anticipating the first draft of Arabella's book, her agents assign another client, Zain, to help her with the writing process. Kwame introduces his modest new love interest, Damon, to a stranger he met online.

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Don't Forget the Sea
376 votes

#11 - Don't Forget the Sea

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/22/2020

Three months earlier, Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, Italy, where she's living large on her agents' dime. After procuring party favors, Arabella and Terry each have a wild night of their own.

Directors: Sam Miller
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Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes
441 votes

#12 - Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/7/2020

After visiting her aspirational long-distance boyfriend in Italy, writer Arabella returns to London, where she is greeted by a deluge of frantic messages from her literary agents. With a matter of hours left to finish a draft of her second book, she plans to pull an all-nighter - but is soon tempted to join a friend on a night out.

Directors: Sam Miller
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