The WORST Episodes of Silicon Valley

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Network: HBO

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.

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Maximizing Alphaness

#1 - Maximizing Alphaness

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

Richard's authority is threatened by his former Hooli manager. Monica tries to prove her support of other women. Gavin sets his sights on the literary world.

star 7.50
1,739 votes
Directors: Liza Johnson
Writers: Daisy Gardner
The Lady

#2 - The Lady

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 3, 2015

Richard butts heads with Erlich over a prospective hire, while Dinesh and Gilfoyle become suspicious that a new employee they recommended is commanding a higher salary. Big Head gets a surprising promotion at Hooli. At a board meeting, Monica and Richard find themselves outvoted; Jared institutes a workplace harassment policy.

star 7.61
4,627 votes
Directors: Alec Berg
Writers: Carson Mell
Tech Evangelist

#3 - Tech Evangelist

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 15, 2018

Attempting to woo a gaming company to PiperNet, Richard inadvertently angers a prized ally. Dinesh deals with a betrayal. In preparation for a big launch, Gavin leaves his underlings with a cryptic message. Jared gets inside information from Big Head.

star 7.63
3,058 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Josh Lieb
Tethics

#4 - Tethics

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 24, 2019

Richard fumes at Gavin's new ethical stance. Dinesh's trip turns into a nightmare. Gilfoyle and Monica work on their peer review scores.

star 7.64
1,754 votes
Directors: Pete Chatmon
Writers: Lewis Morton
Bad Money

#5 - Bad Money

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 26, 2015

While considering Gavin’s proposal, Richard is approached by Russ Hanneman, an image-conscious billionaire who wants to back Pied Piper, but may not be as “hands-off” as he claims. Gilfoyle and Dinesh play hardball to get what they want; Gavin finds a new strategy in dealing with the enemy.

star 7.65
4,780 votes
Directors: Alec Berg
Writers: Alec Berg
Minimum Viable Product

#6 - Minimum Viable Product

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 6, 2014

Attending an elaborate launch party, Richard and his computer programmer friends - Big Head, Dinesh and Gilfoyle - dream of making it big. Instead, they're living in the communal Hacker Hostel owned by former programmer Erlich, who gets to claim ten percent of anything they invent there. When it becomes clear that Richard has developed a powerful compression algorithm for his website, Pied Piper, he finds himself courted by Gavin Belson, his egomaniacal corporate boss, who offers a $10 million buyout by his firm, Hooli. But Richard holds back when well-known investor Peter Gregory makes a counteroffer.

star 7.65
7,565 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Dave Krinskey, John Altschuler, Mike Judge
Runaway Devaluation

#7 - Runaway Devaluation

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 19, 2015

In the wake of Hooli’s bombshell, Richard and the guys struggle to find a backer as they face legal and financial woes. Monica attempts to balance her interest in Pied Piper with her job. A cash-strapped Dinesh tries to put an end to the Kickstarter campaign for his cousin’s new app, Bro. Richard gets a surprising offer.

star 7.66
4,901 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Ron Weiner
Artificial Lack of Intelligence

#8 - Artificial Lack of Intelligence

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 27, 2019

Richard discovers his promise that Pied Piper won't collect user data is under threat; Jared longs for the past; Gilfoyle gets creative in dealing with Dinesh.

star 7.69
1,976 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Ron Weiner
The Cap Table

#9 - The Cap Table

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2014

After a celebratory party at the Hacker Hostel, Richard and Erlich learn that Peter Gregory won't pay up until they deliver a viable business plan that includes a slimmed-down staff. A desperate Richard hires former Belson underling Jared, and they set about trying to trim the fat. While Gilfoyle and Dinesh prove essential, Big Head's place in the company is less certain.

star 7.69
6,314 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Carson Mell
Server Space

#10 - Server Space

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 10, 2015

Gavin’s interference causes Pied Piper to struggle with securing their expansion, while a nosy neighbor puts the guys at risk. Gilfoyle takes on the task of building servers, and an overstressed Richard reluctantly takes in Jared as a roommate. Big Head’s management skills are questioned, and Nucleus’ debut zeroes in on a big event.

star 7.69
4,397 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Sonny Lee
Sand Hill Shuffle

#11 - Sand Hill Shuffle

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 12, 2015

Following their success at TechCrunch Disrupt, the guys of Pied Piper find themselves aggressively courted by every VC in Silicon Valley. With Peter Gregory’s company facing major changes, Monica tries to do what’s best while dealing with new managing partner Laurie, a competitive bigwig who will do anything to hold onto Pied Piper. Later, Richard makes a decision about the company’s future and faces big news from Hooli.

star 7.72
5,101 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Clay Tarver
White Hat/Black Hat

#12 - White Hat/Black Hat

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 31, 2015

When Richard takes pity on a competitor, he accidentally sparks a feud that finds him paranoid about security. Jared exaggerates Pied Piper’s size to get results. Facing pressure from board members, Gavin looks to place responsibility elsewhere.

star 7.73
4,505 votes
Directors: Alec Berg
Writers: Dan Lyons
Articles of Incorporation

#13 - Articles of Incorporation

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 20, 2014

While Gavin Belson begins to hype Nucleus, a competing compression platform, Richard learns that the name Pied Piper is already registered to a sprinkler company, forcing him to negotiate. Meanwhile, Erlich goes on a vision quest for a new company name, and Peter Gregory proves elusive when one of his companies asks for money.

star 7.73
5,859 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Matteo Borghese, Rob Turbovsk
Reorientation

#14 - Reorientation

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 1, 2018

Panicked by suddenly leading a much larger team, Richard finds himself managing a number of small conflicts in his efforts to unite his new employees. Dinesh celebrates a new purchase that Gilfoyle looks to spoil. Jian-Yang goes to court. Gavin meets pushback over his signature and what it says about him.

star 7.74
3,209 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Carson Mell
Two in the Box

#15 - Two in the Box

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 1, 2016

The new and improved Pied Piper impresses Dinesh and Gilfoyle, but worries Richard; Jared and Erlich both face housing issues; Gavin suggests a controversial move.

star 7.74
5,377 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Ron Weiner
Bachmanity Insanity

#16 - Bachmanity Insanity

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 29, 2016

Richard’s new relationship is threatened by neuroses. Big Head and Erlich’s launch party has snags. Dinesh falls for a foreign coworker.

star 7.75
5,344 votes
Directors: Eric Appel
Writers: Carson Mell
Blood Money

#17 - Blood Money

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

Richard meets a potential investor; Gilfoyle butts heads with HR; Gavin explores a leaner Hooli's future.

star 7.76
1,858 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Carson Mell
Artificial Emotional Intelligence

#18 - Artificial Emotional Intelligence

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 29, 2018

Richard decides to help when Laurie gets in a jam, but his lack of emotional discipline threatens to backfire on Pied Piper. Gavin tries to make a deal with a stubborn partner while abroad. Dinesh relishes a rare win. Jared bonds with a surprising figure.

star 7.76
2,881 votes
Directors: Matt Ross
Writers: Anthony King
Grow Fast or Die Slow

#19 - Grow Fast or Die Slow

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 25, 2018

Now that Pied Piper has ample funding and new offices, the pressure to get things right stymies Richard and forces him to grow the company in a way he hadn't planned. A picky Dinesh and Gilfoyle question their ability to make good decisions. After returning to Hooli, Gavin worries about becoming antiquated.

star 7.76
3,320 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Ron Weiner
Initial Coin Offering

#20 - Initial Coin Offering

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired May 6, 2018

Richard gets unsettling news as the Pied Piper guys prepare to close their Series B funding. Meanwhile, Gilfoyle suggests a risky proposition; Dinesh goes to great lengths to compete with a coworker; Jared keeps an eye on Richard's new assistant; and Gavin tries to charm small-town America.

star 7.77
2,858 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Clay Tarver
Fiduciary Duties

#21 - Fiduciary Duties

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 27, 2014

At Peter's toga party, Richard drunkenly promises to make Erlich a board member, which he regrets the next morning. After being unassigned at Hooli, Big Head finds others like him who have made careers out of doing nothing. Richard struggles to put Pied Piper's vision into words for a presentation without Erlich; later, he discovers an interesting connection between Peter and Gavin Belson.

star 7.78
5,535 votes
Directors: Maggie Carey
Writers: Ron Weiner
Hooli Smokes!

#22 - Hooli Smokes!

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 10, 2019

The Pied Piper team races to close a major deal. Dinesh considers being a better person. An angry Jared reluctantly helps Richard.

star 7.80
1,791 votes
Directors: Liza Johnson
Writers: Sarah Walker
Customer Service

#23 - Customer Service

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 28, 2017

The guys struggle for funding to launch the latest iteration of Pied Piper. Erlich seeks to join the new VC firm formed by Laurie and Monica. Dinesh and Gilfoyle clash over the alpha build.

star 7.81
5,110 votes
Directors: Clay Tarver
Writers: Graham Wagner, Shawn Boxe
The Empty Chair

#24 - The Empty Chair

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 22, 2016

Richard lets his ego get in the way at an interview. Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared misplace hardware. Erlich pitches his plans to Big Head.

star 7.82
5,303 votes
Directors: Eric Appel
Writers: Megan Amram
Founder Friendly

#25 - Founder Friendly

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 24, 2016

After being unceremoniously fired, an angry Richard faces a tough decision: accept the diminished role of CTO, or leave Pied Piper for good. Erlich takes a shine to Jack Barker, Laurie’s new choice of CEO, while Dinesh and Gilfoyle weigh their options in Richard’s absence. At Hooli, Gavin tries to improve his image by admitting failure, and Big Head gets wind of major changes.

star 7.82
5,642 votes
Directors: Mike Judge
Writers: Dan O’Keefe