The BEST Episodes of Succession

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Network: HBO

A drama about a dysfunctional media family dynasty in the 21st century. The Roy family – Logan Roy and his four children – controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. "Succession" tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their ageing father begins to step back from the company.

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This Is Not for Tears

#1 - This Is Not for Tears

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

Logan weighs whether a member of the family—or a top lieutenant—will need to be sacrificed to salvage the company's tarnished reputation. Roman shares his hesitations about a new source of financing, as Kendall suggests a familiar alternative.

star 8.79
964 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Jesse Armstrong

#2 - DC

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 6, 2019

With the shareholders meeting imminent and Waystar Royco in a precarious position after a whistleblower makes headlines, Logan, Kendall, Gerri and Tom testify before Congress and face tough questions from a determined Gil Eavis. Shiv speaks candidly to Kira, a victim who is set to be a key witness. In Turkey, Roman’s business pitch takes a chilling turn.

star 8.20
877 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Jesse Armstrong
Tern Haven

#3 - Tern Haven

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 8, 2019

Logan attempts to solidify his buyout of PGM at a weekend retreat at the Pierce family home, where Shiv, Roman and Connor veer from their carefully orchestrated roles. As the Pierces question whether an alliance with Waystar Royco will tarnish their legacy, Kendall makes his case to Naomi Pierce during a drug-filled night.

star 8.18
895 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Will Tracy
Nobody Is Ever Missing

#4 - Nobody Is Ever Missing

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 5, 2018

Logan finds himself in crisis mode as news of a hostile takeover breaks; Kendall's siblings are not happy when they find out about the takeover. Kendall turns to drugs to help him escape, with tragic consequences.

star 8.12
1,069 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Jesse Armstrong
Safe Room

#5 - Safe Room

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 1, 2019

Roman begins a six-week management training program in the Parks division and is irritated about spending so much time with “normals.” Logan brings Shiv in for a day at Waystar, raising suspicions with Kendall and Gerri. Connor and Willa attend the funeral of a family friend with a complicated past. Logan and Kendall arrange a covert meeting with PGM CEO Rhea Jarrell, as a controversy surrounding a star anchor leads to a day of chaos at ATN headquarters.

star 8.04
907 votes
Writers: Georgia Pritchett

#6 - Argestes

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 15, 2019

As Logan looks to finalize a deal to buy the Pierce family's papers and TV stations at a media & banking retreat, a threat to the deal arises from an unexpected quarter. Tom worries about ATN's new slogan after learning some distressing news from Greg. Kendall, Shiv and Roman fail to see eye to eye on how to handle damage control ahead of a panel featuring the Roys.

star 8.00
840 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Susan Soon He Stanton
Which Side Are You On?

#7 - Which Side Are You On?

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 8, 2018

With the vote of no confidence against Logan approaching, Roman attempts to sway a neutral board member, while Kendall frantically shores up his "yea" votes. Logan arrives in Washington to meet with the president, but worries he's been snubbed following a last-minute cancellation. After successfully thwarting a potential scandal, Tom introduces Greg to fine dining. Shiv explores her options in D.C.

star 7.97
1,127 votes
Directors: Andrij Parekh
Writers: Susan Soon He Stanton

#8 - Dundee

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 29, 2019

Shiv seeks backup in her battle against Rhea as the family gathers in Logan's hometown in Scotland to celebrate his 50 years of business.

star 7.95
839 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Mary Laws

#9 - Hunting

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 25, 2019

Logan informs his skeptical management team of his plan to make another attempt to acquire Pierce, a rival media company and one of the most respected names in news, and brings back Frank to work on the deal. Convinced the acquisition is a terrible idea, Shiv asks Tom to deliver the message to Logan at a corporate retreat in Hungary. Greg worries his pre-meeting with a Logan biographer puts his standing with the family at risk. Connor’s presidential announcement irritates Logan.

star 7.93
909 votes
Directors: Andrij Parekh
Writers: Tony Roche

#10 - Vaulter

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 18, 2019

Roman and Kendall do a “routine health check” of a new media brand to help Vaulter to determine the future of the company. Tom tasks Greg with sniffing out waste at ATN, as Greg wonders if the divisive media outlet is the right fit for him. Connor and Willa host a soiree to mark their return to New York. Shiv brings Tom in the loop about her future at Waystar and with Gil’s campaign.

star 7.84
913 votes
Directors: Andrij Parekh
Writers: Jon Brown
The Summer Palace

#11 - The Summer Palace

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 11, 2019

Still addled from the events in England, Kendall tries to make amends with his dad for his takeover attempt betrayal. Logan receives some unvarnished advice from his financial banker about the next best move for Waystar Royco. As Tom maneuvers for a new position in the company, Shiv tries to determine whether Logan is playing mind games regarding his successor.

star 7.83
949 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Jesse Armstrong

#12 - Return

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 22, 2019

A trip to the UK finds the Roy kids negotiating with their mother. Logan turns to Rhea for advice. Greg and Tom get spooked by an internal investigation.

star 7.82
840 votes
Directors: Becky Martin
Writers: Jonathan Glatzer

#13 - Pre-Nuptial

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 29, 2018

The Roys assemble at Eastnor Castle in England to prepare for Shiv and Tom’s wedding. The children reunite with their mother, Caroline, who is every bit as acerbic as Logan. As guests mingle and clash, Kendall learns from Stewy and Sandy that their plot for a hostile takeover of Waystar has been fast-tracked in order to catch Logan off-guard.

star 7.82
1,047 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Jesse Armstrong

#14 - Austerlitz

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 15, 2018

In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a family therapy session at Connor's New Mexico ranch, intending it to double as a publicity stunt. Lying low, Kendall spends time with the locals and finds his sobriety tested. Shiv considers putting herself in a precarious situation when Nate pushes her to join the team of Gil Eavis, a potential presidential candidate who goes against everything her father stands for. As Willa spends more time with his family, Connor makes a hard-to-refuse proposal.

star 7.72
1,112 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Lucy Prebble

#15 - Prague

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 22, 2018

Tom has a bachelor party to remember. Kendall eyes a new business opportunity with a pair of idealistic entrepreneurs. Roman looks to land a deal for local TV stations with his father’s longtime nemesis. Logan tasks Greg with acting as Kendall’s babysitter during Tom’s party. Shiv and Gil get ambushed during a TV interview on a Waystar network.

star 7.66
1,071 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Jon Brown
I Went to Market

#16 - I Went to Market

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 1, 2018

After hearing Logan's plan to expand to local TV, Kendall begins to plot a vote of no confidence against his father. Greg drives his ornery grandfather from Canada to New York for a Thanksgiving reunion with Logan. Tom grows increasingly concerned about the terms of his prenuptial agreement with Shiv, and recruits Greg for a clandestine task. The family is surprised by Connor's choice of date at Thanksgiving dinner.

star 7.64
1,136 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Georgia Pritchett
Sad Sack Wasp Trap

#17 - Sad Sack Wasp Trap

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 24, 2018

With the company’s annual foundation gala fundraiser approaching, and his dad out of the picture, Kendall polishes up his speech while enlisting an on-air personality from the Waystar’s ATV Networks to accompany him. Shiv tries to minimize damage from a sordid photo that threatens a client’s political future. Tom inherits a “virus” from his predecessor in the parks and cruises division, and shares a disturbing file with Greg. Logan makes a mark on his return to the office. At the benefit, Connor shows why he’s better off avoiding stressful situations.

star 7.57
1,160 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Anna Jordan

#18 - Lifeboats

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 17, 2018

With Waystar’s stock plunging to dangerous lows, Kendall is confronted with a major crisis involving a secret bank debt. Upset with Marcia for pulling rank in the Roy apartment, Shiv decides to enlist an old paramour to conduct a background check on Logan’s third wife. Kendall, Roman, Tom and Greg attend their first big meeting in their new roles. Kendall tries to convince Rava to give their marriage a second chance, and gets an unexpected reaction from his father to his handling of Waystar.

star 7.47
1,260 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Jonathan Glatzer

#19 - Celebration

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 3, 2018

On his 80th birthday, media magnate Logan Roy – whose imminent retirement was thought to be a given – shocks his family by announcing he’s staying on indefinitely as CEO of Waystar Royco. The news shatters his son, Kendall, the heir apparent, who’s in the midst of negotiating the purchase of a digital-media venture founded by a slick operator. After an impromptu softball game, tempers flare as Logan’s other children – Roman, Shiv and Connor – raise objections over Logan’s intentions, including his desire to change the way his eventual successor will be chosen.

star 7.44
1,667 votes
Directors: Adam McKay
Writers: Jesse Armstrong
Shit Show at the Fuck Factory

#20 - Shit Show at the Fuck Factory

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 10, 2018

Logan’s incapacitation sets off a heated succession debate among his children, as the board rushes to inform the media about leadership contingencies before the stock market opens. Greg is tasked with retrieving important items from the Roy apartment. Kendall makes an impassioned final plea to keep Waystar Royco in the family, and receives sobering news from longtime general counsel Gerri Kellman that dampens a moment of vindication.

star 7.41
1,373 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Tony Roche