The BEST Episodes of The Family (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The return of Adam, a politician’s son, presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sends shockwaves through his tight knit family. His parents, John and Claire, struggle to deal with the emotional weight of Adam’s return; his brother, Danny, is slow to welcome him as Adam seems so different than the brother he knew; while his sister, Willa, holds the family together as she hides secrets of her own. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released, and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened. But the bigger question remains, is Adam really who he says he is?

What Took so Long?

#1 - What Took so Long?

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 15, 2016

Nina closes in on Jane. Claire suffers an emotional breakdown when visiting Ben and Adam's prison. Secrets finally arise.

star 8.30
386 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
All the Livelong Day

#2 - All the Livelong Day

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 10, 2016

Flashbacks reveal details of Adam's return to Red Pines, playing out against the backdrop of Willa's deceitful ways. John drops some major news on Claire, driving her to struggle with an agonizing decision.

star 8.09
381 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain
Fun Ways to Tell Boyfriend You're Pregnant

#3 - Fun Ways to Tell Boyfriend You're Pregnant

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 1, 2016

Bridey ends up betraying Willa for some press attention. Hank thinks that he has found important evidence in Adam's case.

star 7.92
382 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Jeannine Renshaw
Election Day

#4 - Election Day

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 8, 2016

Nina is at turmoil with the Warrens as she and Hank try to expose Adam's kidnapper. Willa and Claire's conspiracy reaches a breaking point.

star 7.91
370 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Sweet Jane

#5 - Sweet Jane

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 17, 2016

Claire deals with the emotional ramifications of Willa's scheming. Nina is determined to find out where Adam disappears to every night. Willa exposes another family secret. Hank's role in Adam's kidnapping is revealed.

star 7.86
361 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Nicole Paulhus
Nowhere Man

#6 - Nowhere Man

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 3, 2016

Adam is used as bait to lure a pock-marked man but things don't go as planned; the police continue pursuing Doug; Adam reveals unexpected news to Claire.

star 7.85
390 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Bill Krebs
Feathers or Steel

#7 - Feathers or Steel

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 20, 2016

Meyer and Clements hunt a child kidnapper whose MO is similar to Adam's abductor. Bridey arouses Willa's suspicions while seeking information on Adam. In the past, Claire pushes Hank to share more about Adam's kidnapping and makes a painful discovery about John.

star 7.84
373 votes
Directors: John Gray
Writers: Corey Miller

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 3, 2016

Ten years on from disappearing without trace, a politician's son returns causing repercussions through their family and the local community.

star 7.81
493 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Jenna Bans
Betta Male

#9 - Betta Male

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 24, 2016

Detective Meyer follows Adam's therapy sessions as he attempts to find some clues about his past. Claire attempts to keep an eye on Ben.

star 7.72
378 votes
Directors: Michael Offer
Writers: Davita Scarlett, Mark K. Turner
I Win

#10 - I Win

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 27, 2016

Hank blames a member of the Warren family when he ends up being badly beaten. Bridey receives the paternity test results she had done on Adam.

star 7.68
359 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Jeannine Renshaw
Of Puppies and Monsters

#11 - Of Puppies and Monsters

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 13, 2016

Gabe Clements lets Nina know how he would like to deal with the investigation. Adam goes back to the bunker to see if it can help him to remember anything. Claire's motives end up being questioned.

star 7.67
395 votes
Directors: Andrew McCarthy
Writers: Alexandra Cunningham
All You See Is Dark

#12 - All You See Is Dark

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 6, 2016

Hank meets Adam. Danny reveals his suspicions about Adam to Bridey. Nina feels haunted by her past.

star 7.67
423 votes
Directors: John Gray
Writers: Jenna Bans