The BEST Episodes of Love/Hate

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2020

Network: RTÉ One

A crime drama serial set in Dublin's gangland. When a catastrophic event ignites the tensions in a small-time drug gang, family, friends and community must live with the impact.

Episode 6

#1 - Episode 6

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2014

Nidge is summoned back to Spain, where Terence demands a terrible price for his continued support, while Siobhan and Moynihan reach an unholy deal of their own.

star 8.32
92 votes
Episode 4

#2 - Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 26, 2014

Nidge uses Scotty as a driver on a new job, while Siobhan learns Tommy will soon wake from his coma and finds herself caught between her quest for revenge and her love for Pauley.

star 8.25
93 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 5

#3 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 2, 2014

In the aftermath of Pauley's death Siobhan must face her most terrifying opponent yet as Terence May flies in from Spain to lay his nephew to rest - and to find the truth.

star 8.16
89 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 6

#4 - Episode 6

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2013

As the shipment of drugs arrives at Dublin port, the deadly game of cat and mouse between Nidge and Moynihan reaches its climax.

star 8.12
76 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 6

#5 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 16, 2012

Nidge hides out in a dingy hotel, contemplating a new life in Spain, but knows it is only a matter of time before Dano and his gang catch up with him. As he sets off for a final showdown, wondering if the pair can reach a deal, a series of betrayals is about to be set in motion.

star 8.10
90 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 4

#6 - Episode 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 2, 2012

Pressure builds on Nidge as the leaders of Dano's organisation send an inquisitor down from the north to thwart him, and matters only get worse as his lies start to catch up with him.

star 8.09
89 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 5

#7 - Episode 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 9, 2012

Donna reports Siobhan's rape to the police. Detectives ascertain what happened to Git and prepare to swoop to arrest the gang. It seems only a matter of time before Dano will discover the truth, so Nidge struggles to hold everything together, while tensions between him and an increasingly volatile Darren break out into open conflict

star 8.06
88 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 3

#8 - Episode 3

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 2013

Fran, still afraid that he could go down for the tiger kidnapping, lashes out looking for someone to blame. Resulting in a serious challenge to Nidge's authority.

star 8.03
86 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 2013

Moynihan's surveillance operation closes in on Nidge and Andrew's dummy run bringing in a shipment of mixing agent, while Fran plots a gruesome revenge.

star 7.96
80 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 4

#10 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 2010

As Nidge and Trish’s wedding day arrives, gangwar is breaking out. John Boy and Hughie generate new plans and new recruits. Who will be with them? Darren is worried about John Boy and Hughie’s volatility, not just for himself but for his sister Mary and the kids. Relations between John Boy and Darren come to a head. Darren decides that it is in everyone’s interest that he heads for London. Can he end the war before he leaves?

star 7.93
99 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 3

#11 - Episode 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 2012

Nidge struggles to remain on good terms with Dano, as his web of lies and excuses threatens to unravel. Siobhan confides in her friend Donna - but it is only a matter of time before the secret gets out

star 7.92
88 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 2

#12 - Episode 2

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 18, 2012

Nidge sets out to persuade Dano he had nothing to do with his father's disappearance. Realising that a scapegoat needs to be found, he turns once more to Darren for help. Meanwhile, Siobhan struggles to cope with recent events.

star 7.90
89 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 2

#13 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 12, 2014

With Pauley's help, Nidge is back in business and arrangements are made for the first shipment under the new deal. Meanwhile Moynihan wrestles with a labyrinthine Garda bureaucracy.

star 7.88
83 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 3

#14 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2010

The gang come back from Nidge’s stag party in Prague to learn that Jimmy Byrne is back in town. His friends think Darren should kill him as soon as, but Darren’s not so sure. Tension mounts as Darren needs to make decisions not only about whether to follow through on his suspicions, but about what he should do about his feelings for childhood sweetheart Rosie. As Darren grows closer to uncovering the truth, tensions and suspicions rise among the gang. Darren in particular faces difficult decisions about his feelings for Rosie, his future and his loyalties.

star 7.88
97 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 2

#15 - Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 13, 2013

Nidge coerces his dentist into cooperating with him, unaware that Detective Inspector Moynihan is setting up a complex undercover operation to track and ultimately bring him down.

star 7.87
84 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 1

#16 - Episode 1

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 5, 2014

After almost losing everything to DI Moynihan's sting operation, Nidge travels to Spain to negotiate with a wholesale supplier for a new drugs shipment. Meanwhile, Patrick has returned to Dublin to exact revenge, and tensions between Fran and Nidge reach boiling point. Drama, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

star 7.85
87 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 1

#17 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 11, 2012

When one of his gang is mistakenly shot by a rival organisation, Nidge plays the diplomat... but a mad drunken Paddy's night slides out of control towards disaster.

star 7.85
86 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 1

#18 - Episode 1

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 6, 2013

Dublin gang boss Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor) has been blooded and has proved his mettle. He has killed friend and foe to become King. But the throne is a dark and lonely place.

star 7.85
124 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 3

#19 - Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 19, 2014

Fran is banged up in prison but he and Nidge both still conspire to have each other killed, while Siobhan finds her dangerous drug fuelled double life is spiralling out of control.

star 7.84
83 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 1

#20 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 6, 2011

A year has passed since Darren's quest for revenge for his brother ended in him being shot by Stumpy as he tried to walk away from John Boy Power's toxic gangland world. Now, almost fully recovered but tortured by PTSD, he is working as a gofer for newcomer on the scene Fran, a mid-level cannabis and hooky cigarettes smuggler and loan shark. Meanwhile John Boy himself is spiralling. He's literally haunted by the death of his brother in the form of a mysterious ghostly figure he keeps seeing on the security CCTV system at his apartment stronghold. Profits are down in the ailing Irish economy and the police are closing in, the forensic accountants of C.A.B. seizing assets and generally making business impossible. John Boy plans to get his money out of the country and to retire to Spain, but his increasing cocaine use is making him more and more unpredictable and paranoid.

star 7.83
104 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 5

#21 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 4, 2011

As tensions come to a head the gang threatens to implode: Luke's obsession with Mary is becoming more dangerous, while Siobhan's panic attack at the airport could get Tommy killed. Paranoid John Boy finally tips over the edge of sanity when he finds Debbie taking heroin.

star 7.82
88 votes
Directors: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 5

#22 - Episode 5

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 2013

Nidge's preparations for the import operation are disturbed by an unwelcome encounter with a ghost from his past, and Nidge will do anything to prevent a terrible truth getting out. Isolated and increasingly paranoid, Nidge finds solace in his relationship with Janet and fails to notice that Moynihan and his undercover team are closing in on one of the conspirators...

star 7.81
80 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 6

#23 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 11, 2011

Nidge swiftly fills the power vacuum and gets the gang back to business as usual. Rosie has realised what her lover has become, and Darren is devastated when she breaks up with him. Meanwhile Mary finally realises the extent of Luke's psychosis as she finds him lurking in her bedroom at night.

star 7.78
89 votes
Directors: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 4

#24 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 27, 2011

The crew are in festive spirits as Trish has the baby on Christmas Eve, while Rosie has come back to Dublin and Darren falls in love with her all over again. However the gang war is still raging, and John Boy orders Tommy - already caught between his friendship with Debbie and his worries about Siobhan's money runs - to kill Fran. The hit goes wrong, and someone else becomes fatally caught up in the aftermath.

star 7.73
84 votes
Directors: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Stuart Carolan
Episode 2

#25 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 13, 2011

Disaster strikes the gang as a drug mixing factory is busted by the gardai. John Boy blames Stumpy who he believes sold them out. Darren, desperate to get out of the game, robs an ATM machine and makes a downpayment to John Boy against the debt he owes. John Boy, however, wants Stumpy taken care of and he wants Darren to be the one to deal with it.

star 7.71
105 votes
Directors: David Caffrey
Writers: Stuart Carolan