The Best Episodes of Salem

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, it explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and centers on Mary Sibley, the beautiful, ruthless but vulnerable wife of an ancient, ailing but very wealthy Salem town Selectman.

All Fall Down

#1 - All Fall Down

Season 1 - Episode 13

Alden learns Mary's biggest secret, and Mary discovers a new one of her own.

star 8.15
620 votes
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The Witching Hour

#2 - The Witching Hour

Season 2 - Episode 13

Mary refuses to believe that her son is still alive while the Countess does everything she can to impress the boy. Ann tries to convince Cotton that she uses her powers for good and Alden balances between life and death.

star 7.99
536 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
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Ashes, Ashes

#3 - Ashes, Ashes

Season 1 - Episode 12

Alden’s trial begins, triggering a chain of events that breaks nearly every remaining allegiance left in Salem. While Mary arms the Malum for the Grand Rite, the coven elders urge her to use Alden as the final sacrifice. Increase seizes Mercy’s acolytes for information to use against Alden.

star 7.98
582 votes
Children Be Afraid

#4 - Children Be Afraid

Season 1 - Episode 9

Salem sees a second death since Increase's arrival in town. Mary struggles to get George back under her control. Mercy and her acolytes flex their growing power. Increase grows closer to Isaac, putting Isaac’s loyalty to Mary in question.

star 7.96
623 votes
Directors: David Grossman
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Til Death Do Us Part

#5 - Til Death Do Us Part

Season 2 - Episode 10

When Mary and Alden join forces, Alden gets his first test in fatherhood.

star 7.92
527 votes
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Cat and Mouse

#6 - Cat and Mouse

Season 1 - Episode 11

Increase continiues on his warpath continues as Alden finds himself the target of fresh accusations. Cotton finds himself frozen in a tug of war between his father and his loyalty to Alden. Anne learns the truth about her father.

star 7.92
599 votes
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The House of Pain

#7 - The House of Pain

Season 1 - Episode 10

Increase gets closer to understanding who really runs Salem. Anne finds herself in danger, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale realize that Alden may be the only one who can save her.

star 7.92
602 votes
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Midnight Never Come

#8 - Midnight Never Come

Season 2 - Episode 12

Mary makes a last ditch effort to stop Countess Marburg's attempts while alliances shift as surprising truths are revealed.

star 7.91
507 votes
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The Reckoning

#9 - The Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 3

Mary’s penance for her betrayal takes a deadly turn while Cotton is forced to perform an exorcism of his own.

star 7.91
727 votes
Directors: Wayne Yip
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Black Sunday

#10 - Black Sunday

Season 3 - Episode 10

Series Finale. Everyone prepares on the eve of Salem's demise.

star 7.91
599 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
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Departures

#11 - Departures

Season 1 - Episode 8

Increase Mather makes it his first order of business to catch a real witch, and starts by pinpointing a prominent figure from Salem’s most sinful district. Accusations within Salem intensify. Cotton must deal with a painful turn of events. Anne’s suspicions of her father reach fever pitch.

star 7.91
629 votes
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Lies

#12 - Lies

Season 1 - Episode 5

The members of Salem's coven of witches meets in the woods and decide to eliminate one of their most dangerous threats. Alden and Cotton realize the true, dangerous nature of the mysterious object they uncovered – and use it to ensnare something of much graver importance. Mary realizes that her own coven has been plotting without her.

star 7.90
710 votes
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The Red Rose and the Briar

#13 - The Red Rose and the Briar

Season 1 - Episode 6

Alden and Cotton find themselves face-to-face with a real witch. An unlikely ally keeps the coven from tracking down their missing sister. Tituba feels left out when Mary decides to initiate a new member into the coven. Alden and Cotton learn that the trials have actually been helping the witches – and soon find themselves under attack after they lose control of their captive.

star 7.83
680 votes
Directors: PJ Pesce
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The Man Who Was Thursday

#14 - The Man Who Was Thursday

Season 3 - Episode 7

Anne's pregnancy starts to show as her house-guest goes to work for Mercy. Isaac finds himself in a new role and seems to enjoy it. Plans are made to defeat the dark child and the boy goes to pieces.

star 7.83
620 votes
Directors: Jen Lynch
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On Earth as in Hell

#15 - On Earth as in Hell

Season 2 - Episode 11

Mary has a public fall from grace. Alden and Cotton try to save the boy's soul.

star 7.83
500 votes
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Night's Black Agents

#16 - Night's Black Agents

Season 3 - Episode 4

Cotton discovers life-altering news while Mary learns the power of her femininity.

star 7.83
729 votes
Directors: Joe Dante
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Dead Birds

#17 - Dead Birds

Season 2 - Episode 8

Countess Marburg's achilles heel is revealed.

star 7.82
480 votes
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Wages of Sin

#18 - Wages of Sin

Season 2 - Episode 9

Mary makes a sacrifice to save her son from Marburg.

star 7.82
495 votes
Directors: David Grossman
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Friday's Knights

#19 - Friday's Knights

Season 3 - Episode 8

Mortal enemies are forced to work together to keep the door to hell locked.

star 7.81
601 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
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The Wine Dark Sea

#20 - The Wine Dark Sea

Season 2 - Episode 5

Mary and her tormentor, Countess Marburg, meet face-to-face.

star 7.80
514 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
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The Heart is a Devil

#21 - The Heart is a Devil

Season 3 - Episode 2

Mary leaves the comfort of Alden's embrace, determined to do whatever it takes to keep evil at bay.

star 7.80
722 votes
Directors: Tim Andrew
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Our Own Private America

#22 - Our Own Private America

Season 1 - Episode 7

When a shakeup within the coven leaves Mary with more power than ever, she hatches her most nefarious plan yet to bring the witches closer to achieving the Grand Rite. Alden and Cotton, reeling from the aftermath of their interrogation, question the efficacy of the trials. Alden finds himself weaker by the day, as a victim of Mary's dream spell. Anne makes an eerie discovery about her father’s activities. When Increase Mather makes an unanticipated entrance, Salem and its coven faces the arrival of the most feared witch hunter.

star 7.78
637 votes
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After the Fall

#23 - After the Fall

Season 3 - Episode 1

Salem's only hope to survive the hell that has risen is to raise the dead.

star 7.77
820 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
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Wednesday's Child

#24 - Wednesday's Child

Season 3 - Episode 6

Mary and Alden's twisted love is put to the ultimate test and Anne plunges into dark magic.

star 7.76
659 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
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Book of Shadows

#25 - Book of Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 4

Anne explores her supernatural side. Mary receives a chilling warning.

star 7.74
531 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
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