The BEST Episodes of Smash (2012)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Network: NBC

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 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 6, 2012

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 8.45
364 votes
Opening Night

#2 - Opening Night

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 20, 2013

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 8.15
340 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Bathsheba Doran and Noelle Valdivia

#3 - Bombshell

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired May 14, 2012

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 8.11
456 votes

#4 - Chemistry

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 12, 2012

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

star 7.98
369 votes
The Fallout

#5 - The Fallout

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 5, 2013

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 7.90
154 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Elisa Zuritsky, Julie Rottenberg
Musical Chairs

#6 - Musical Chairs

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 19, 2013

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 7.70
343 votes
Directors: Casey Nicholaw
Writers: Becky Mode

#7 - Publicity

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 23, 2012

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 7.68
399 votes
The Workshop

#8 - The Workshop

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 19, 2012

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 7.67
450 votes
The Movie Star

#9 - The Movie Star

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 16, 2012

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 7.66
390 votes
The Surprise Party

#10 - The Surprise Party

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 6, 2013

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 7.60
327 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky
The Fringe

#11 - The Fringe

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 12, 2013

Derek and Karen reach a turning point, so one of them makes a tough decision. Meanwhile, problems emerge in Jerry and Eileen's partnership; complications arise at the "Hit List" debut at the Fringe Festival; and Ivy attempts to save her and Terry's show.

star 7.58
302 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Julia Brownell
The Nominations

#12 - The Nominations

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired May 26, 2013

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 7.58
249 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Bryan Goluboff
The Callback

#13 - The Callback

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 13, 2012

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 7.56
391 votes
The Cost of Art

#14 - The Cost of Art

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 27, 2012

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 7.56
459 votes
The Tonys

#15 - The Tonys

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired May 26, 2013

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 7.55
153 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Joshua Safran
Hell On Earth

#16 - Hell On Earth

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 2, 2012

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 7.55
451 votes
The Phenomenon

#17 - The Phenomenon

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired May 4, 2013

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

star 7.54
287 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Jordon Nardino & Joshua Safran

#18 - Previews

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired May 7, 2012

"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 7.51
442 votes
The Dress Rehearsal

#19 - The Dress Rehearsal

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 13, 2013

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 7.48
407 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Julia Brownell

#20 - Tech

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 30, 2012

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 7.47
469 votes
The Song

#21 - The Song

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 26, 2013

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 7.46
377 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Bathsheba Doran
The Coup

#22 - The Coup

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 26, 2012

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 7.44
420 votes
The Bells and Whistles

#23 - The Bells and Whistles

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 26, 2013

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 7.44
333 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Noelle Valdivia

#24 - Understudy

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 9, 2012

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

star 7.44
444 votes
The Read-Through

#25 - The Read-Through

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 5, 2013

Tom informs Julia that he has doubts about Peter, which intensifies Julia's concerns. Meanwhile, the first reading for "Hit List" takes place; Ivy's hopes are dashed when she meets her new costar; and Karen is unsure if she can place her trust in Jimmy.

star 7.39
424 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Liz Tuccillo