The BEST Episodes of Prisoners of War
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 22, 2020
After 17 years in captivity, Israeli soldiers Nimrode Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin return home to the country that made them national icons. They work to overcome the trauma of torture and captivity while settling back into their interrupted family lives. Meanwhile, the military psychiatrist assigned to them finds discrepancies in the soldiers' testimonies, and launches an investigation to discover what they are hiding. The show was sold to 20th Century Fox Television and adapted into the acclaimed series Homeland for cable channel Showtime in the United States.
#1 - The Tape
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 22, 2010
Talia makes Nimrode choose between the miserable past or a future with her, Nurit decides which Zach brother to be with, and Yael confronts the death of her brother, Amiel.
#2 - Our Woman in Damascus
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 2012
Uri's health is failing. Nimrode reveals another detail about what happened with Amiel. Nurit heads to Damascus to deliver the package. Yusuf is followed by Abdullah.
#3 - Homecoming
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 6, 2010
After seventeen years in captivity, Nimrode Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin return home to Israel and reunite with their families.
#4 - Letters From Mom
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 27, 2010
Depressed, Uri refuses to leave his bed, even when Nurit attempts to speak with him. Uri's father, Yoske, gives Uri letters written by his mother when he was held in captivity.
#5 - The Facility (1)
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 13, 2010
Nimrode and Uri are taken to an interrogation facility designed for released Israeli prisoners of war. There, they meet Haim, a military psychologist who tries to understand what Nimrode and Uri experienced while in captivity.
#6 - Operation Yehuda
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 24, 2012
The soldier's kidnapping makes Nimrode feel guilty over what happened with Amiel. Yael is worried about the kidnapped soldier. Ynon embarks upon Operation Judas.
#7 - Halva
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2012
Haim and Ze'ev work together on cracking the code that Atar and Jamal used to communicate with each other.
#8 - Abductees
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 25, 2012
Operation Judas. Amiel returns home to Israel, and wants his wife and Sammy to come with him. Once home, Amiel faces the greatest conflict of his life.
#9 - The Hannibal Procedure
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 2012
A soldier's kidnapping affects everybody. Ynon goes through the final phase of preparations for Operation Judas. The Klein family unites when Hatzav is drafted to the army.
#10 - Company Secretary
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2012
Iris and Haim discover new details in the investigation tying Amiel, Atar Shorer and Dr. Ze'ev Kaplan together. A cat and mouse detective game develops between Haim and Ze'ev, who is busy skillfully training the talented Yinon. Nimrode's violent deterioration continues. His situation crosses red lines, and he's interested in resolving it. Meanwhile, Talia, in a deep depression, is exposed to a ray of light in the form of Dr. Shmuel Ostrovsky, who comes over to help her.
#11 - The Picture
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2012
The mystery of the picture of the man on the shore with his two children, which hangs both in the villa at Jabaliya and at the home in Al Ajar village, continues to trouble Uri, who is ordered by Haim Cohen to investigate the matter with Iris. Across the border, this same picture consoles Yussuf. He's being followed by Abdullah, who's closing in on his secret drop-off spot, and his wife, who's looking into details from his past. Nimrode struggles with adapting to his new life, both economically, when he cannot afford to buy himself new clothes, and socially, when he’s invited over to a dinner party at Michaela's.
#12 - The Facility (2)
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 20, 2010
Haim investigates Nimrode and Uri, while in the process of deciphering their secret language. Talia is desperate to see Nimrode.
#13 - Beaches
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2012
Atar Shorer executes a meticulous recruitment of Yinon, and Iris's investigation leads her to "Operation Judas";. Nurit is fraught with anxiety and guilt over her decision. Nimrode spends a happy, emotionally charged evening with Michaela, the company clerk he had an affair with 17 years ago. Meanwhile, Abdullah hums a Hebrew song to Yussuf. Together, they take another step toward executing a terrorist act, but Abdullah remains unconvinced of Yussuf's true motivations.
#14 - Little Lies
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 22, 2012
The past troubles Yussuf, while Abdullah tries to revive the tradition of recruiting children to be martyrs. Finally, Yussuf is put to a test of faith. Iris extracts information about the Children of the Jihad, and she and Haim Cohen continue Atar Shorer’s investigation and try to solve the mystery of the new leader of the organization. Talia tries to get Nimrode to come back home. Meanwhile, Uri shares the horrors of captivity with Nurit, and the psychological mind games their captors tortured them with.
#15 - Blue
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2012
The connection between Jamal and Amiel is revealed, as well as the process that ended with him becoming Yussuf. He struggles with the consequences of the shooting and the mounting pressure to execute an act of terrorism against Israel. Iris and Haim Cohen turn to an old university professor of his to learn about Stockholm Syndrome, and discover new details about Atar Shorer and the POWs. Yael Ben Horins belongings are stolen from storage.
#16 - Family Portrait
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 8, 2010
Uri and Nimrode disappear, and worry their families. The Klein family find a few joyous moments while Nimrode is missing. Nimrode's nightmares take a physical toll on Talia.
#17 - Death of an Agent
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2012
More insight into Jamal's past. Yusuf does not approve of Ismail's new bond with Abdullah. Talia and Dr. Ostrovsky go out on a date, much to Dana's chagrin. Uri goes to see a doctor about his nose bleeds.
#18 - Awake At Night
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 15, 2010
Nimrode has a nightmare of the night he was killed Amiel. Talia tries to convince Nimrode to talk to her. Yael surprises Ilan at his home.
#19 - A Happy Birthday
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 16, 2012
Talia has a break down while Nimrode is out partying. Uri and Nurit try to bridge the gap formed by the past 17 years. After meeting Yinon, and trying to put the past behind her, Yael packs up all of Amiel’s things and puts them in storage. Haim Cohen interrogates the matter of Amiel, which is full of twists and turns and involves another Mossad agent. Meanwhile, Yussuf and Abdullah head out to handle an arms deal, which Abdullah nearly blows.
#20 - Goodbye, Sweetie
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 15, 2012
The second series of this gripping Israeli drama picks up with Jamal’s death and the release of the terrorist Abdullah Bin-Rashid, which undermines the position of Yussuf in the Children of the Jihad organization. Uri and Nimrode try to push the Ministry of Defense into figuring out where Amiel is by exposing the CD they received from Ruth Shorer. Meanwhile, Nurit leaves her home and moves into a new apartment with Uri, while Nimrode comes to a decision regarding his relationship with Talia.
#21 - A Picture From Hell
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 24, 2010
Talia and Nimrode enjoy some time alone. Dana's intentions for Dr. Ostrovsky becomes more clear. Hatzav prepares for his Army tests.
#22 - Mika's Friend
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 3, 2012
Ze'ev and Haim continue to play mind games with each other when new details regarding Operation Judas and Ynon's true mission are exposed.
#23 - Keep Your Soul
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 10, 2010
The funeral of Amiel Ben Horin. Yael still sees her brother everywhere, and is desperate for him to leave her alone.
#24 - The Journal
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 17, 2010
Talia and Nimrode go on television for an interview, where Talia learns that she doesn't know Nimrode as well as she thought. Dana is taken to meet Dr. Ostrovstky, a psychologist.