The BEST Episodes of Jack Taylor

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2021

Network: TV3 (IE)

Jack is an Irish ex-cop, on the wrong side of forty who has become a finder with a sharp tongue and a soft heart. He takes on the cases The Guards won´t touch, no matter how hopeless. He´s pig stubborn. He defends the lost and the broken. He´s good because he looks where no one else looks, talks to the people no one else talks to. Moreover, he knows every back street in his hometown, Galway, knows the seed and breed of everyone in it. But small towns have big memories, and like Jack they are quick to anger and slow to forgive. This series of feature length crime dramas follows Jack´s odyssey through the mean streets of Galway. Based on novels by Ken Bruen.

Shot Down

#1 - Shot Down

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 1, 2013

Jack has slid further down the slope of despair. Someone is systematically slaughtering young travellers and dumping their bodies in the city centre. Even in the state he´s in, Jack has an uncanny ability to know where to look, what questions to ask – but time proves to be his toughest opponent…

star 8.72
96 votes

#2 - Priest

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 10, 2013

The decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen. Jack, devastated by a recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. An eerie mix of exorcism, a predatory stalker, and an unlikely attraction conspires to lure him into a murderous web of dark conspiracies.

star 8.60
100 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marteinn Thorisson
The Dramatist

#3 - The Dramatist

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 3, 2013

The impossible has happened: Jack is living clean and dating a mature woman – rumour suggests he is even attending mass! The accidental deaths of two students appear random, tragic events, except that in each case a copy of a book by John Millington Synge is found beneath the body. Jack begins to believe that a calculating killer is out there, enticing him to play.

star 8.54
116 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marcus Fleming
The Magdalen Martyrs

#4 - The Magdalen Martyrs

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 15, 2011

Jack is hired by the daughter of a former inmate of the infamous Magdalen Laundries, a home for wayward girls, to find the identity of a former nun, known only as Lucifer. The seemingly simple case grows complicated when two young boys are murdered. Jack sets out on the old nun´s trail, uncovering religious hypocrisy and abuse.

star 8.53
160 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marteinn Thorisson
The Pikemen

#5 - The Pikemen

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 1, 2011

Jack is returning to his beloved Galway clean and sober after having been away for a year. It is not long before Jack is dragged back under when he uncovers a group of vigilantes calling themselves The Pikemen, after old Irish Freedom Fighters. Jack is pushed to the brink like never before. He soon realizes that the only way to see justice done is to do the very thing he has been trying to avoid: to become like the Pikemen.

star 8.24
168 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marteinn Thorisson
In Purgatory

#6 - In Purgatory

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 1, 2016

Jack and Darragh are hired by the head of a large software company to find out who has stolen valuable games data from the company. Jack takes an liking to the main suspect, but when she is killed, Jack suspects his employer and vows to bring him down.

star 8.12
108 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marteinn Thorisson

#7 - Headstone

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 24, 2016

Jack is asked to locate a former nemesis of his who has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom, while also supporting Kate as she prepares for a major operation of her own.

star 8.11
104 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marteinn Thorisson
The Guards

#8 - The Guards

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 2, 2010

Former garda Jack Taylor investigates the disappearance of a woman's teenage daughter, a task that leads him into the underworld of Galway City. When four bodies turn up in the river and Jack's favourite barman dies in mysterious circumstances, everything he believes in begins to unravel - making him question those closest to him.

star 7.85
188 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Anne McCabe, Ken Bruen, Ralph Christians, Tom Collins
Blood Cross

#9 - Blood Cross

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 17, 2016

When a man is found crucified, Jack’s investigations reveal that the dead man’s brother was responsible for the death of Nora Mitchell- and the surviving members of the Mitchell family are in town, seeking revenge.

star 7.69
101 votes
Directors: Stuart Orme
Writers: Marteinn Thorisson