The Best Episodes of Smash (2012)

Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a Smash


#1 - Bombshell

Season 1 - Episode 15

Tom and Julia work to save the show, while Derek makes a decision that will forever change Karen's and Ivy's lives; Ellis tries to save the show.

star 8.88
121 votes
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#2 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the pilot of Smash we are introduced to Tom Levitt and Julia Houston, a song-writing duo who had planned on taking a break from the business of Broadway but, find themselves drawn back in when they get the desire to produce a musical based around the life of Marilyn Monroe. When a demo of one of the tracks goes viral the project attracts the eye and ear of tenacious producer Eileen Rand and, although causing a conflict that of director Derek Wills. But the biggest and most important task is to find their Marilyn after, auditioning a range of girls they whittle it down to two but, who do they go for. Ivy Lynn a veteran of the stage who wants to break away from the chorus line to get her break as a lead or Karen Cartwright a fresh talent who is trying to follow her dream of becoming a star.

star 8.75
184 votes
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The Workshop

#3 - The Workshop

Season 1 - Episode 7

Eileen, Derek and the team present ''Marilyn the Musical'' to would-be investors. Ivy struggles to perform. Karen must make a difficult choice. Julia and Michael face the consequences of their actions.

star 8.71
117 votes
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The Tonys

#4 - The Tonys

Season 2 - Episode 17

On Tony night, the awards might not provide the answers everyone is looking for. As Jimmy faces a final reckoning, Tom, Julia, Derek, Karen, Ivy, and most of all, Eileen wait to see if the ceremony will confirm their place in the Broadway pantheon once and for all.

star 8.63
94 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
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#5 - Chemistry

Season 1 - Episode 6

Ivy faces major vocal issues, while Julia struggles to avoid Michael. Meanwhile, Karen books a side gig at a bar mitzvah.

star 8.61
116 votes
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The Callback

#6 - The Callback

Season 1 - Episode 2

Ivy and Karen jump through hoops for the brilliant but temperamental director Derek Wills as they pursue the role of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Julia and her husband Frank, are frustrated by the red tape of an international adoption process, and Eileen fights to finance her new musical in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

star 8.56
135 votes
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Opening Night

#7 - Opening Night

Season 2 - Episode 12

It's "Bombshell's" opening night. As Ivy's nerves get the better of her, support comes from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Tom and Julia look to their next project. "Bombshell's" success may be in jeopardy as Eileen's issues with Richard come to a head. Jimmy finally opens up to Karen about his past, but is it too little too late?

star 8.51
124 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
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#8 - Publicity

Season 1 - Episode 12

Karen finds herself seduced by the glamorous life of new BFF Rebecca Duvall -- but can Rebecca be trusted? What will Karen's ascent mean to her relationship with Dev? And will Rebecca drive Derek insane? Eileen introduces new beau Nick to ex-husband Jerry, while Julia panics when her son Leo goes missing.

star 8.51
120 votes
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The Nominations

#9 - The Nominations

Season 2 - Episode 16

It's a crucial moment for both shows as Tony nominations loom, but keeping your eye on the prize can be hard. As Tom crosses an influential Tony voter and Ivy copes with some very distracting news, Derek's past has repercussions for the entire "Hit List" team.

star 8.47
112 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
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Hell On Earth

#10 - Hell On Earth

Season 1 - Episode 9

Julia and Tom must find a title for the recently reinvigorated musical; Ivy and Karen compete for an orange juice commercial; Frank makes a discovery.

star 8.44
116 votes
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The Cost of Art

#11 - The Cost of Art

Season 1 - Episode 4

Karen must learn to advance in the high-stakes world of Broadway, as Derek hosts a party for hot young star Lyle. Eileen tries a sly new strategy for raising funds, while Tom goes on a first date.

star 8.44
123 votes
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Let's Be Bad

#12 - Let's Be Bad

Season 1 - Episode 5

Karen finds a new use for her acting talents as she joins Dev at a high-powered government party. The drama between Michael and Julia heats up, as Eileen and Tom's ambitious assistant Ellis forge an alliance. Ivy senses trouble in her relationship with Derek.

star 8.42
111 votes
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The Phenomenon

#13 - The Phenomenon

Season 2 - Episode 14

An unexpected event bonds both "Bombshell" and "Hit List."

star 8.38
121 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
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#14 - Previews

Season 1 - Episode 14

"Bombshell" faces its first audience just as a major crisis hits Rebecca Duvall. The team of Tom and Julia scramble to fix the show when the first preview falls short, and Frank must adjust to the unwelcome return of Michael Swift to his life. Dev seeks reconciliation with Karen, but explosive information about Ivy lurks just beneath the surface.

star 8.36
108 votes
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#15 - Understudy

Season 1 - Episode 10

When the show's new star gets stuck in Cuba, Derek puts Karen in as understudy; Tom and Julia celebrate their anniversary.

star 8.36
113 votes
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#16 - Tech

Season 1 - Episode 13

Ivy worries as Derek grows closer to Rebecca and Karen has to choose between Dev and the show. Ellen and Julia fight over Michael's possible return and Sam brings Tom to a family dinner.

star 8.29
109 votes
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The Movie Star

#17 - The Movie Star

Season 1 - Episode 11

The arrival of a movie star turns ``Bombshell'' upside-down; Ivy and Karen try to overcome their history and unite against their new rival; Tom and Sam's romance heats up.

star 8.23
110 votes
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The Producers

#18 - The Producers

Season 2 - Episode 13

An off-the-rails Jimmy threatens "Hit List's" future, as Karen, Derek, Ana and Kyle try to help him before something bad happens. Tom and Julia's partnership is strained to the breaking point just as Ivy, Eileen, and the entire "Bombshell" team are running themselves ragged to outshine the competition.

star 8.18
114 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
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The Dress Rehearsal

#19 - The Dress Rehearsal

Season 2 - Episode 11

Tom’s overeagerness may hurt “Bombshell” as he and Julia prepare the show for previews. Meanwhile, Ivy has an on-stage blunder, which leads her to make an important decision; and Karen begins to question Derek’s true motives.

star 8.13
111 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
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The Bells and Whistles

#20 - The Bells and Whistles

Season 2 - Episode 8

Ivy brings Sam back to New York City which makes things uncomfortable for Tom. Jimmy finds himself at odds with Derek regarding "Hit List". Ana and Karen struggle with being assertive.

star 8.11
117 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
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Musical Chairs

#21 - Musical Chairs

Season 2 - Episode 7

Karen, Tom, Julia and Derek adapt to a new environment, where clashes arise. Meanwhile, pressure mounts at "Liaisons"; and Katie's assistance leads Eileen to discover how to salvage "Bombshell."

star 8.10
128 votes
Directors: Casey Nicholaw
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The Transfer

#22 - The Transfer

Season 2 - Episode 15

With his sights set on the Tony, Tom pulls out all the stops at a Houston & Levitt tribute night, but can Julia turn away from "Hit List" long enough to help? Ivy is afraid of damaging her reputation when Tom asks her to perform a risqué number. The cast of "Hit List" is rocked by a betrayal close to home.

star 8.09
112 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
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The Surprise Party

#23 - The Surprise Party

Season 2 - Episode 10

Tom plans a surprise for Ivy in an attempt to find a balance between their work life and their friendship. Relations between Karen, Jimmy, and Derek explode just as "Hit List's" rehearsal process nears its close. While Richard asks Eileen to spend less time at work and more time with him, Julia finds herself also pulled away from "Bombshell" by an unlikely source.

star 8.07
108 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
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The Coup

#24 - The Coup

Season 1 - Episode 8

The team deals with the workshop's after-effects; Derek asks Karen to help him steal the show from Tom and Julia; Eileen's daughter's surprise visit forces her to deal with her ex-husband.

star 8.05
113 votes
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The Song

#25 - The Song

Season 2 - Episode 4

Derek calls in help for a special event, but Jimmy's pride might get in the way of a huge opportunity Karen orchestrates for him and Kyle. Peter challenges Julia's pride as they continue to work together. Meanwhile, Ronnie struggles to assert her independence from a powerful mother, as Eileen finds herself at a moral crossroads with huge ramifications for "Bombshell."

star 8.02
106 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
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