The Best Episodes of Silicon Valley
Last Updated: May 23, 2019
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge's own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
#1 - Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency
Season 1 - Episode 8
Poised to compete at TechCrunch Disrupt, the guys of Pied Piper become worried after an impressive presentation by Gavin Belson. As Jared tries to pivot the company, Richard is inspired to make big changes at the last minute.
#3 - Two Days of the Condor
Season 2 - Episode 10
As the guys await the verdict on Pied Piper’s fate, an unexpected real-life drama draws a spike in traffic to their livestream and leaves them fighting to hold things together – literally. While Erlich considers his future, Richard scrambles to save Pied Piper’s.
#4 - The Uptick
Season 3 - Episode 10
Pied Piper’s future is hazy, but Erlich’s industry profile begins to rise, creating a moral dilemma for Richard as Dinesh’s new app starts to catch on. Meanwhile, Laurie makes plans for her exit; and Gavin’s pompous personality haunts his comeback at Hooli.
#5 - Proof of Concept
Season 1 - Episode 7
At TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard feels the pressure to finish his demo, but finds himself distracted by a girl he dated briefly, who’s now spreading rumors about him. Jared worries that Monica is taking his place in the company. Dinesh develops a crush on a girl at a neighboring booth. Erlich’s scandalous past connection to one of the judges threatens Pied Piper’s chances.
#6 - Terms of Service
Season 4 - Episode 2
Richard butts heads with Dinesh, whose new position goes to his head. Richard discovers interesting data about PiperChat's users. Erlich makes a play to be involved in Jian-Yang's new app. Jared sets ground rules in his friendship with Richard. Gavin's paranoia over Jack's enthusiasm causes him to make a rash decision.
#9 - Binding Arbitration
Season 2 - Episode 9
When Pied Piper and Hooli enter binding arbitration, Erlich demands to be put on the stand. Big Head finds himself propped up. Richard worries Hooli’s claim could have legs.
#10 - To Build a Better Beta
Season 3 - Episode 7
A beta version of Pied Piper gets an unexpected reception as Dinesh's lack of friends worries him, but Gilfoyle thinks he's stretching the truth. Amanda isn't sure she can dole out criticism. A strapped Erlich mulls a big decision. The Nucleus team tackles a difficult challenge from Gavin.
#11 - Adult Content
Season 2 - Episode 7
With the Pied Piper team fielding job offers and Russ distracted by financial news, Richard faces the prospect of either merging with a nemesis or folding. Gavin attempts to turn Nucleus’ failure into a success. Dinesh tries his hand at wooing a woman online. After Gilfoyle suggests a risky move, Richard reaches out to an unconventional client.
#12 - Hooli-Con
Season 4 - Episode 9
Erlich goes on a trip to get his mojo back while the guys head to Hooli-Con, where Jared faces a moral dilemma. Gilfoyle and Dinesh are distracted by Keenan. and Richard becomes obsessed with an ex's new beau.
#13 - Bachman's Earning's Over-Ride
Season 3 - Episode 8
Erlich tries to be honest with Richard, who has mixed emotions about their friendship and the future of Pied Piper. Jared's new company apparel turns heads but fuels yet another clash between Dinesh and Gilfoyle.
#14 - Chief Operating Officer
Season 5 - Episode 3
Encouraged by Jared to strike up a friendship with Dana, a like-minded CEO, Richard instead finds himself charmed by Dana's COO, who challenges his loyalty to Gilfoyle. Facing limited housing options thanks to his impulse purchase, Dinesh searches for a new roommate.
#15 - Success Failure
Season 4 - Episode 1
The guys struggle to find funding for Pied Piper's video chat app to keep up with their rapidly growing user base. Erlich faces resistance from Big Head's father. Jack steps on Gavin's toes at Hooli. Richard gets sage advice.
#16 - Intellectual Property
Season 4 - Episode 3
Richard continues to explore his new project. Gavin tries to come out of the new problem he has gotten himself into. The chemistry between Richard and Monica takes a new turn.
#17 - The Blood Boy
Season 4 - Episode 5
Richard tries to convince Gavin of his strategy for the new internet, but finds himself blocked by meddling from an annoying associate of Gavin's. Erlich connives his way into Laurie's baby shower and tips her off to a hidden agenda. Dinesh struggles to free himself of Mia.
#18 - Signaling Risk
Season 1 - Episode 5
Erlich taps a graffiti artist to design Pied Piper's logo, with predictably controversial results. Meanwhile, Richard learns he doesn't have much time to prepare for a live demonstration at TechCrunch Disrupt; Gavin Belson and Peter Gregory have an unexpected encounter; and Jared works on the company's efficiency.
#19 - The Keenan Vortex
Season 4 - Episode 8
An unexpected increase in data traffic leads Richard to turn the Ehrlich for help in garnering a deal with Keenan Feldspar, Silicon Valley's latest 'it' boy, but when he makes a too-good-to-resist offer, Richard must weigh Pied Piper's future against a potential mutiny. Jack faces setbacks while preparing for Hooli-Con.
#22 - Third Party Insourcing
Season 1 - Episode 6
Richard feels threatened when the team hires The Carver a hacker with a notorious reputation, to help with Pied Piper’s cloud. Jared finds himself taken for a ride when he seeks out Peter Gregory’s signature. Erlich and Dinesh compete for the attention of Tara, Gilfoyles visiting girlfriend. Later, Dinesh faces a sexual dilemma.
#23 - Facial Recognition
Season 5 - Episode 5
Overshadowed by Jared in an on-camera interview, Richard’s confidence wavers further when Laurie and Monica force him to work with a new artificial-intelligence company. Gilfoyle worries about the prospect of introducing AI into Pied Piper. Dinesh makes Jared self-conscious ahead of a second interview. Gavin questions his future beyond Hooli.
#24 - Daily Active Users
Season 3 - Episode 9
Shocking stats are revealed and prompt Richard to bridge the gap between Pied Piper and its users, but Jared must go to extremes to keep everything intact. Gavin tries to recapture his former glory by bringing in new talent after discovering secrets about the competition.
#25 - The Patent Troll
Season 4 - Episode 7
When Richard decides to stand up to a patent troll, his defiance ends up coming back to haunt him. Gilfoyle goes to desperate measures to battle Jian-Yang's new smart refrigerator. Jared embraces multiple identities in in his quest to reduce costs. Erlich tries to hang with the alpha males.