The Best Episodes of Salem

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

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 8.13
651 votes
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Ashes, Ashes

#2 - 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 7.97
612 votes
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The Witching Hour

#3 - 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 7.97
561 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Adam Simon
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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 7.94
656 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Tricia Small
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Cat and Mouse

#5 - 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 7.91
628 votes
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Black Sunday

#6 - Black Sunday

Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 7.90
641 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Adam Simon
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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 7.90
630 votes
Writers: Adam Simon, Joe Menosky
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Til Death Do Us Part

#8 - Til Death Do Us Part

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 7.89
555 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 7.89
767 votes
Directors: Wayne Yip
Writers: Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson
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Departures

#10 - 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 7.88
662 votes
Writers: Jon Harmon Feldman
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Midnight Never Come

#11 - 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 7.88
531 votes
Writers: Donna Thorland, Adam Simon
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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 7.87
747 votes
Writers: Tricia Small, Elizabeth Sarnoff
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The Man Who Was Thursday

#13 - 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
662 votes
Directors: Jen Lynch
Writers: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders
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Night's Black Agents

#14 - Night's Black Agents

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 7.83
767 votes
Directors: Joe Dante
Writers: Joe Menosky, Donna Thorland
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The Red Rose and the Briar

#15 - 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 7.82
718 votes
Directors: PJ Pesce
Writers: Joe Menosky, Adam Simon
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On Earth as in Hell

#16 - 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 7.80
526 votes
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Friday's Knights

#17 - Friday's Knights

Season 3 - Episode 8

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

star 7.80
641 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Adam Simon, Donna Thorland
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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 7.79
523 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers:
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Dead Birds

#19 - Dead Birds

Season 2 - Episode 8

Countess Marburg's achilles heel is revealed.

star 7.79
507 votes
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The Heart is a Devil

#20 - 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 7.78
761 votes
Directors: Tim Andrew
Writers: Adam Simon
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The Wine Dark Sea

#21 - The Wine Dark Sea

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 7.77
543 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Brannon Braga, Adam Simon
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Wednesday's Child

#22 - 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
701 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Donna Thorland, Adam Simon
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Our Own Private America

#23 - 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 7.76
670 votes
Writers: Adam Simon, Brannon Braga
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After the Fall

#24 - After the Fall

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 7.75
858 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Brannon Braga, Adam Simon
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The Witch is Back

#25 - The Witch is Back

Season 3 - Episode 5

A traitor is exposed while a ghost from Salem’s past makes a shocking appearance.

star 7.74
710 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Adam Simon
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