The BEST Episodes of Solitary

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2021

Network: FOX Reality

This new reality competition by FOX pits nine people against each other in the ultimate battle of endurance. Nine contestants are isolated from the rest of the world -- and also from each other. The players then become subjects in a series of strange and taxing experiments. They must endure challenges involving hunger, pain, sleep deprevation, mind control, and more! All for the coveted $50,000 prize. Though there are nine players in this game, the real battle lies between each contestant and his or her own self.

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#1 - Brainwashing

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 26, 2006

Six remaining guests are told that everything they know is wrong as Val attempts to reprogram their minds. They engage in a battle of wills until someone cracks and leaves Solitary in the most surprising ending yet.

star 8.25
8 votes
Headspin / Tailspin

#2 - Headspin / Tailspin

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 3, 2006

The grand experiment continues as Val makes her guests' heads spin. First, the contestants lose their marbles in a maddening test of concentration, and then they lose their equilibrium in the most turbulent treatment yet. All are pushed to the very brink, but only one will fall.

star 8.00
6 votes
Handcuffs Across America

#3 - Handcuffs Across America

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 8, 2007

A test of mathematical madness teaches one Solitarian that quitters never win. Then Val spins one guest out of control and out of Solitary forever in Solitary's latest Treatment.

star 7.75
4 votes
The Experiment Begins

#4 - The Experiment Begins

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 5, 2006

Nine guests enter Solitary and begin their new life of isolation. Their only contact with the outside world is a female computer, Val. They compete in a psychological game that tests their kindness or cruelty. Ultimately, a macabre sleep deprivation treatment causes one of them to break and quit the game forever.

star 7.69
13 votes
To Eat or Not to Eat

#5 - To Eat or Not to Eat

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 19, 2006

After days of near starvation, Val's seven remaining guests ride a vicious culinary roller-coaster as they are forced to continue eating until at least one of them literally explodes.

star 7.64
11 votes
Val Turns Up the Heat

#6 - Val Turns Up the Heat

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 10, 2006

The final four guests enter their own personal mansions of fear, and discover their inner demons. Then Val turns it up a notch with a fiery experiment that tests each person's threshold for pain.

star 7.60
5 votes
Bed of Nails

#7 - Bed of Nails

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 12, 2006

Eight contestants continue on a grueling physical and psychological journey. They must use their wits to solve a mind-bending puzzle embedded in a horror film and then withstand endless hours lying on a torture table until one of them crumbles.

star 7.57
14 votes
Everyone Goes Mad

#8 - Everyone Goes Mad

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 17, 2006

After days without human contact, a test forces Val's guests to begin raving like mad men. Then they face off in a grueling battle of physical endurance that isn't over until someone collapses.

star 7.50
4 votes
Pinch Me, I Must Be Nightmaring

#9 - Pinch Me, I Must Be Nightmaring

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 24, 2009

The remaining eight guests are put to the test - a nearly impossible one with over forty-thousand possible solutions - before they feel the sting of forty excruciating "Flesh Clips" in Val’s most painful treatment ever.

star 7.50
2 votes
Open Wide and Say Ouch

#10 - Open Wide and Say Ouch

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 1, 2007

Val has the Solitarians running like rats -- in a race to break their animal companions OUT of Solitary. Then Val issues a "gag order" that shuts everyone up in the most perverse treatment ever.

star 7.40
5 votes
The Final Experiment

#11 - The Final Experiment

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 24, 2006

In the most difficult challenge yet, the final two guests are locked in Extreme Solitary and only one emerges with the ultimate prize: $50,000.

star 7.33
6 votes
Hello, My Name Is Chubby

#12 - Hello, My Name Is Chubby

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 21, 2009

Change is good for some guests…and bad for others, as two break down and two bulk-up to win a suffocating test. Then, a new Valphabet teaches them that “P” is for “Painful” and “Q” is for “Quit”.

star 7.33
3 votes
Rest In Pieces

#13 - Rest In Pieces

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 28, 2009

Val’s most macabre challenge yet has the final three guests attend their own funeral - they build their own coffins before having to lie in them. Later, Val spins a spine-tingling treatment that leaves two lives cliffhanging in the balance.

star 7.33
3 votes
Welcome to Solitary... Now Go Home

#14 - Welcome to Solitary... Now Go Home

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 4, 2007

The experiment begins where season one ended as the guests are locked into individual black boxes. One guest freaks out and quits before the first elimination treatment even begins, but when it does, the footbed-of-nails has everyone else suffering the agony of da' feet.

star 7.25
4 votes
Don't Let This Happen to You

#15 - Don't Let This Happen to You

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 25, 2007

Val's Solitary Auction puts the guests at each other's throats as they fight over comforts for themselves...and discomforts for each other - before Val's brutal "grump rope" treatment causes another guest to bite the dust.

star 7.25
4 votes
Battle of the Pods

#16 - Battle of the Pods

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 17, 2009

The experiment begins with a shocking twist. This season’s guests enter Solitary two by two and must fight for their very existence from the moment they arrive. Then two guests are sacrificed at the Solitary altar before this 90-minute special concludes.

star 7.00
3 votes
The W Of S 3.0

#17 - The W Of S 3.0

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 7, 2009

The conclusion to Val's relentless experiment begins with one guest falling from grace. The final two go head-to-spinning-head in an "a-maze-ing" test that gives one of them an advantage in the electrifying final treatment.

star 7.00
3 votes
The Union 2.0

#18 - The Union 2.0

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 29, 2007

The nine guests from "Solitary 2.0" meet for the first time to reveal their secrets and share their experiences from their pods. Hosted by Todd Newton.

star 7.00
2 votes
Unchained Malady

#19 - Unchained Malady

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 30, 2010

Val's new guests are shocked to find themselves locked in chains. The surprises keep coming when one guest is quickly eliminated... only to be replaced by a Solitary veteran.

star 7.00
5 votes
Fight Club

#20 - Fight Club

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 6, 2010

The guests are under the gun in Solitary’s version of "Russian Roulette" before Val's most perverse treatment ever forces the guests to literally beat themselves up.

star 7.00
2 votes
A Pain in the Neck

#21 - A Pain in the Neck

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 13, 2010

The guests get scrambled trying to text on Val's "computer from hell," and life in solitary is so hard one guest may even quit before the treatment; a fiendishly twisted game of Twister.

star 7.00
4 votes
From Dusk 'til Dominoes

#22 - From Dusk 'til Dominoes

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 18, 2007

A child's game becomes the most frustrating test yet as the guests try to steady their nerves and build an impossibly long chain of dominoes. Then Val turns up the cruelty in a treatment that blends the guests' favorite foods together into a vile smoothie that will "throw up" one of them for an exit from Solitary forever.

star 6.80
5 votes
Hell Night: Morning, Afternoon

#23 - Hell Night: Morning, Afternoon

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 22, 2007

The final two Solitarians compete in a vicious gauntlet of tests that pushes one to their limit. Then Val's Hammock from Hell promises to destroy one guest and make the other fifty thousand dollars richer.

star 6.67
3 votes
The Head of Nails

#24 - The Head of Nails

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 6, 2010

The Guests step into the Matrix as Val turns a virtual maze into a mind-bending reality, before a skull crushing treatment of medieval proportions.

star 6.67
3 votes
All Locked Up and Nowhere to Go

#25 - All Locked Up and Nowhere to Go

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 15, 2007

Val puts the remaining guests under lock and key... fifty times over. Then a relentlessly puzzling treatment with lots of ups and downs will help shape the final two.

star 6.60
5 votes