The BEST Episodes of Prodigal Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2021

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.

Like Father...

#1 - Like Father...

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 27, 2020

Malcolm continues to unravel as the mystery of the girl in the box comes to a head. As Nicholas Endicott's true colors continue to show, the Whitlys must decide to what lengths they are willing to go in order to take him down.

star 8.29
500 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Chris Fedak, Elizabeth Peterson, Sam Sklaver
Take Your Father to Work Day

#2 - Take Your Father to Work Day

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 2, 2021

Martin is delighted when a murder at Claremont Psychiatric brings the NYPD into his territory, allowing him direct involvement with one of Malcolm's cases. While working the same job, Ainsley's suspicion grows when she feels Malcolm may be hiding something from her. All the while, Malcolm and Ainsley must dodge their mother, who's wondering why they got rid of her favorite rug.

star 8.00
249 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Elizabeth Peterson
Alone Time

#3 - Alone Time

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 20, 2020

The FBI and NYPD collaborate to save Malcolm from the 'Junkyard Killer'—aka John Watkins—who reveals shocking details about his involvement in the camping trip memories that have been plaguing his psyche. Gil looks for answers from The Surgeon. Ainsley and Jessica search through their memories of the past, hoping to find some sort a clue to where Malcolm could be hidden.

star 7.99
600 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Lilla Zuckerman, Nora Zuckerman
The Professionals

#4 - The Professionals

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 20, 2020

After a catastrophic turn of events, Malcolm and Ainsley are convinced there's more to Nicholas Endicott than meets the eye. Their only hope just might be an impromptu Whitly family reunion.

star 7.90
491 votes
Directors: Lily Mariye
Writers: Lisa Randolph

#5 - 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 7.90
785 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Elizabeth Peterson

#6 - Scheherazade

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 30, 2020

When an up-and-coming ballet dancer is mysteriously poisoned, the NYPD dives deep into the rigorous world of dance. Jessica reunites with an old friend. Bright and Eve turn to Martin for answers regarding the girl in the box.

star 7.89
500 votes
Directors: Dermott Downs
Writers: Lilla Zuckerman, Nora Zuckerman
Stranger Beside You

#7 - Stranger Beside You

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 23, 2020

The NYPD dives into a case surrounding a famous blogger, whose husband was mysteriously stabbed just days after their baby was born. Bright finds his way back to Eve, but can't shake his paranoia that there's more to her than meets the eye. To help ease his nerves, Ainsley helps him do some investigating and uncovers a secret she has been keeping.

star 7.89
485 votes
Writers: Lauriel Harte Marger, Sabrina Deana-Roga
Bad Manners

#8 - Bad Manners

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 9, 2021

Malcolm and Ainsley both race to find the killer in the so-called 'Debutante Slayings', but Ainsley's persistence has Malcolm worried about what her actual motive might be. While Martin is thrilled to see his daughter's passion in the field, Jessica suggests she and Ainsley take a vacation. JT meets with his union rep to decide if he should file an official complaint against the cop who discriminated against him.

star 7.87
164 votes
Directors: Chris Grismer
Writers: Marcus Dalzine
Silent Night

#9 - 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 7.86
646 votes
Directors: Valerie Weiss
Writers: Sabrina Deanna-Roga
Alma Mater

#10 - Alma Mater

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 26, 2021

When the headmaster of Bright's alma mater is found murdered, he is forced to face a troubling secret from his past. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with her decision to end things with Gil, Martin grows closer to Friar Pete and JT eagerly anticipates the birth of his baby.

star 7.85
273 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Lisa Randolph
Eye of the Needle

#11 - Eye of the Needle

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 10, 2020

Jessica continues to search for more information on the 'Girl in the Box', but is confronted by the 'Carousel Killer'. While the NYPD investigates families tied to Martin's victims, it's ultimately up to Malcolm and Jessica to track down the tip-line caller—turned killer—who is blackmailing her. Ainsley receives a big promotion at work, but quickly realizes she may never escape the high demand for serial killer reports.

star 7.83
563 votes
Directors: Lisa Robinson
Writers: Wyatt Cain

#12 - 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 7.82
704 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Lauriel Harte Marger
Death's Door

#13 - Death's Door

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 17, 2020

When a body is found professionally preserved and embalmed, the NYPD teams up with Edrisa to go undercover at a convention of funeral directors. Martin revisits his past through a series of hallucinations.

star 7.80
558 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Elizabeth Peterson
Internal Affairs

#14 - Internal Affairs

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 27, 2020

Following a mysterious and catastrophic incident in the precinct, Bright faces an internal affairs review as Gil and the team worry about his mental health.

star 7.77
562 votes
Directors: David Tuttman
Writers: Alexis Siegel, Lisa Randolph
The Job

#15 - The Job

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 16, 2020

When a motorcycle gang robbery turns into a murder, Malcolm and team are called to the scene to investigate. While he's working on a profile, he runs into an old friend from boarding school—a licensed insurance investigator. Martin blackmails Jessica, exchanging his silence about who stabbed him for more quality time with his son.

star 7.77
496 votes
Directors: Satya Bhabha
Writers: Justin W. Lo
Wait & Hope

#16 - Wait & Hope

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 3, 2020

Malcolm takes a detour from his mandated vacation time when he finds out a killer on the loose is mimicking homicides from one his favorite children’s books. With added help from a very excited Martin Whitly, the NYPD trace the case to a high-society family planning one of the biggest weddings of the season. Jessica scores an invitation and is eager to make her return to the New York elite.

star 7.76
562 votes
Directors: Glen Winter
Writers: Sam Sklaver
Family Friend

#17 - 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 7.75
709 votes
Directors: Rob Hardy
Writers: Wyatt Cain
Speak of the Devil

#18 - Speak of the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 19, 2021

When a priest is found murdered in his place of worship, Bright grapples with its effect on his own trauma. Martin, trying to help with the case, consults his fellow inmate, Friar Pete, whom he learns is keeping a secret of his own. Meanwhile, Ainsley grows worried that Jessica is keeping something from her regarding her relationship with Gil. And Dani, Gil and Malcolm rally behind JT, urging him to speak to his union rep about the discrimination he's been facing.

star 7.72
286 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Eileen Jones
It’s All in the Execution

#19 - It’s All in the Execution

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 12, 2021

Bright finds his personal life in disarray after his sister's shocking actions. Now, he has to "take care" of her and protect his mother, Jessica, from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. To distract himself, Malcolm takes on a new case and must find the killer behind a recent beheading in the city.. and the only person he can turn to for help with the case is his father. Meanwhile, Martin returns to Claremont to a surprise new roommate and JT faces discrimination while on the job.

star 7.70
343 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver

#20 - 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 Whitly, 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 Whitly, an annoyingly normal sister, Ainsley Whitly and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son.

star 7.69
1,316 votes
Writers: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver

#21 - 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 7.66
1,088 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver
All Souls and Sadists

#22 - 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 7.65
805 votes
Directors: Megan Griffiths
Writers: Justin W. Lo
The Trip

#23 - 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 7.65
860 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Jeremy Carver
Designer Complicity

#24 - 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 7.62
897 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Wendy Calhoun
Fear Response

#25 - 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 7.61
1,005 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Lisa Randolph