The Best Episodes of Smash (2012)

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018

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 8.87
128 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 8.70
191 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 8.64
123 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 8.59
98 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Joshua Safran
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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 8.54
123 votes
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Opening Night

#6 - 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
130 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Bathsheba Doran and Noelle Valdivia
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#7 - 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 8.48
125 votes
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The Callback

#8 - 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 8.48
143 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 8.43
116 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Bryan Goluboff
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The Cost of Art

#10 - 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 8.42
130 votes
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Hell On Earth

#11 - 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 8.42
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 8.41
116 votes
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The Phenomenon

#13 - The Phenomenon

Season 2 - Episode 14

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

star 8.40
128 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Jordon Nardino & Joshua Safran
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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 8.35
114 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 8.34
117 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 8.26
114 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 8.22
116 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 8.16
118 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Becky Mode
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The Bells and Whistles

#19 - 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 8.15
123 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Noelle Valdivia
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Musical Chairs

#20 - 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 8.14
132 votes
Directors: Casey Nicholaw
Writers: Becky Mode
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The Dress Rehearsal

#21 - 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
118 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Julia Brownell
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The Surprise Party

#22 - 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 8.09
116 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky
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The Transfer

#23 - 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
119 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Justin Brenneman & Julia Brownell
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On Broadway

#24 - On Broadway

Season 2 - Episode 1

Back from a successful run in Boston, Eileen, Julia and Tom are blindsided by both personal and professional obstacles as they seek to take "Bombshell" to Broadway. Karen consults her new mentor, Broadway star Veronica "Ronnie" Moore, as she finds herself on the brink of fame, but her success may come at cost to Ivy. A new talent is discovered in an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Derek copes with a damaging accusation.

star 8.03
138 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Joshua Safran
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The Coup

#25 - 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 8.03
119 votes
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