The BEST Episodes of Prodigal Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Network: FOX

Malcolm Bright has a gift that gives him the ability to know how killers think, how their minds work. Why? Back in the ‘90s, Malcolm Bright's father was one of the worst—a notorious serial killer called 'The Surgeon'. With the ability to know how killers' minds work, Malcolm is now the best criminal psychologist around. Malcolm uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly-evolving neuroses.


#1 - Q&A

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2019

Bright’s quest for answers about his childhood leads him to a junkyard, where he’s bombarded with gunshots. Narrowly escaping, Bright and the NYPD discover multiple bodies on the scene, with victims spanning decades. Gil, Dani, Frank and Bright must investigate this serial killer who Bright suspects has something to do with “The Surgeon.” Meanwhile, Ainsley’s exclusive interview with Martin takes an unexpected turn, forcing her to team up with Bright.

star 7.95
499 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Elizabeth Peterson

#2 - Pied-A-Terre

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 2019

When Martin is locked away in solitary confinement and the FBI takes over the Junkyard Killer case, Malcolm uses his spare time as an excuse to try out a 'normal' lifestyle. Things go well, until he accepts a challenge to 'profile' his date. The NYPD tracks a new homicide that’s linked to an elite underground sex club.

star 7.87
413 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Lauriel Harte Marger
Silent Night

#3 - Silent Night

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 2, 2019

Knowing that the “Junkyard Killer” was in cahoots with his father, Malcolm goes against the FBI’s wishes and continues to investigate. His findings reconnect him with a disgruntled ex-detective who was once heavily involved in the search for “The Surgeon,” delivering them both into danger. Meanwhile, the holidays are anything but jolly for the Whitly family, when an epic blowout with Ainsley leads Jessica to take matters into her own hands. Also, Colette Swanson, the steadfast FBI detective who’s now in charge of the case, seems to have a personal vendetta against Malcolm.

star 7.83
320 votes
Directors: Valerie Weiss
Writers: Sabrina Deanna-Roga

#4 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2019

Malcom Bright knows how killers think and how their minds work, because his father, Dr. Martin Whilty, was one of the most notorious serial killers, called "The Surgeon." Alongside his longtime mentor, Gil Arroyo, and detectives Dani Powell and JT Tarmel, he helps the NYPD solve crimes by profiling killers, while also dealing with a manipulative mother, Jessica Whilty, an annoyingly normal sister, Ainsley Whilty and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son.

star 7.75
925 votes
All Souls and Sadists

#5 - All Souls and Sadists

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 2019

When Bright uncovers a photo of himself and Martin from when he was a kid, he is forced to focus on the repressed memories from his childhood psyche. He also finds himself bonding with a young boy connected to the NYPD’s latest homicide. Jessica and Malcolm finally agree on one thing—they must put a stop to Ainsley’s idea to interview 'The Surgeon'.

star 7.72
532 votes
Directors: Megan Griffiths
Writers: Justin W. Lo
Family Friend

#6 - Family Friend

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2019

As the NYPD digs into the “Junkyard Killer” case, Malcolm realizes the main suspect may have had a connection to his father. As news regarding this serial killer spreads, Ainsley itches to be the first one on the case, while Jessica panics, fearing she may never be able to leave the past behind.

star 7.72
443 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Wyatt Cain

#7 - Annihilator

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2019

Malcolm jumps at the chance to help Gil solve a quadruple homicide for the NYPD. As Malcolm slips into the mind of this serial killer, he finds himself dealing with the repercussions of seeing his father for the first time in years. Tormented by the terrors of his childhood, he is faced with a question: are his dreams just nightmares or did they actually happen?

star 7.70
763 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver
The Trip

#8 - The Trip

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 2019

Malcolm searches the depths of his mind to unravel the mystery of 'the girl in the box', but with his night terrors and lack of sleep increasing, his real life becomes more and more of a blur. When the NYPD investigates a homicide they assume is linked to a drug cartel, Malcolm discovers a secret about Dani’s past that draws them closer together.

star 7.68
587 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Jeremy Carver
Fear Response

#9 - Fear Response

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2019

Malcolm gets his dream interview opportunity when the NYPD zeroes in on one of his and his father's favorite psychologists, who may be involved in a homicide linked to an LSD-laced psychology trial. As his night terrors continue to evolve, Malcolm checks in with his trusted childhood therapist to discuss new theories on what exactly he witnessed as a child. The consequences of Malcolm's visits with The Surgeon begin to add up when Gil, Jessica and Ainsley catch wind that he has been seeing his father again.

star 7.67
713 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Lisa Randolph
Designer Complicity

#10 - Designer Complicity

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2019

As Malcolm’s childhood memories start to take shape, he realizes his father’s killing spree may not have been a surprise to everyone in his family. While Malcolm continues to investigate his past, the murder of a famous model and social media influencer sends him, Gil, Dani and JT on the hunt for a stalker with a creepy eye for design.

star 7.64
624 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Wendy Calhoun