The BEST Episodes of The Philanthropist

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Network: NBC

Teddy Rist (portrayed by James Purefoy), is a billionaire playboy haunted by the death of his only child. His life changes when he rescues a young boy during a hurricane in Nigeria. As a result, Rist begins using his fortune to personally change the lives of others.

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Nigeria Part I

#1 - Nigeria Part I

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 24, 2009

A wealthy philanthropist's life is changed when a hurricane hits the Nigerian town he was visiting. During the storm the billionaire rescues a young boy. These events lead him to pursue his new found passion for helping those in need.

star 8.05
155 votes
Directors: Peter Horton
Writers: Tom Fontana

#2 - Kosovo

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 22, 2009

Teddy meets his ex-wife Julia and tells her about his journey to Kosovo where he tried to get Serbians and Albanians to work together, but learned that the hatred runs deep.

star 7.83
59 votes
Directors: John Strickland
Writers: John McNamara

#3 - Myanmar

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 1, 2009

Teddy visits Myanmar to ask for guidance from a local leader after his company is accused of forced labor.

star 7.61
89 votes
Directors: Ed Fraiman
Writers: Tom Fontana

#4 - Paris

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 8, 2009

Olivia is reunited with an old friend who is caught in a sex-trafficking ring on a visit to Paris. Teddy does everything in his power to save the helpless young women.

star 6.84
117 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Hannah Shakespeare
San Diego

#5 - San Diego

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 29, 2009

Teddy and Dax travel to San Diego and try to find the thief who stole Teddy's identity. In the meantime, Olivia and Philip find out that Maidstone Rist is in trouble.

star 6.40
5 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Brant Englestein, Kyle Bradstreet

#6 - Kashmir

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 5, 2009

When Teddy tries to close a deal with the Indian and Pakistani governments to rebuild a water system in Kashmir, he disappears on his mission.

star 5.56
59 votes
Directors: Andy Wilson
Writers: Jim Juvonen
Nigeria Part II

#7 - Nigeria Part II

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 15, 2009

Teddy heads to Kujama, Nigeria, to help rescue his old friend, Doctor Chima Balo. Balo was kidnapped because the local rebels didn't like Teddy and his oil refinery doing good for their town. Back at home, Philip helps an old acquaintance keep his head above water after being laid off from work.

star 5.18
61 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Tom Fontana

#8 - Haiti

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 12, 2009

Food shortage leads Teddy and Philip to Haiti where they try to help, but Philip's estranged brother, a powerful island senator named Jean Beauvais, interferes.

star 5.10
59 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: John McNamara