The BEST Episodes of The Politician

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2020

Network: Netflix

A wealthy student has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States. But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, he will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image.


#1 - Vienna

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

Payton reevaluates his life after a reckoning, but when a window of opportunity opens, he grapples with a big decision about his political aspirations.

star 8.14
162 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Election Day

#2 - Election Day

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

With the senate race up for grabs, Payton and Dede prepare for an unconventional showdown, but a last-minute decision suddenly changes everything.

star 7.84
31 votes
The Assassination of Payton Hobart (2)

#3 - The Assassination of Payton Hobart (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

Payton faces his darkest hour and the fight of his life as transgressions are revealed, backs stabbed and confessions made.

star 7.75
150 votes
Hail Mary

#4 - Hail Mary

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

McAfee's prurient sleuthing uncovers an explosive secret, Payton's tangled affairs turn fruitful, and Georgina's link to Tino proves problematic.

star 7.69
29 votes
The Assassination of Payton Hobart (1)

#5 - The Assassination of Payton Hobart (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

As Payton confronts hard truths about his ambition following an election day bombshell, he reconnects with a former ally -- and becomes a target.

star 7.64
151 votes
New York State of Mind

#6 - New York State of Mind

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

Frustrated with his polling numbers, Payton goes to Georgina for help as he weighs using his opponent's hush-hush love life to score political points.

star 7.64
50 votes
Cancel Culture

#7 - Cancel Culture

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

Payton scrambles to salvage his campaign when he suffers a credibility crisis over a compromising photo and his commitment to fixing climate change.

star 7.59
32 votes
Conscious Unthroupling

#8 - Conscious Unthroupling

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

As Astrid pumps Payton for details about their long-ago dalliance, Hadassah hatches a cover-up for Dede, and McAfee seeks a healthier work-life balance.

star 7.57
37 votes
The Voters

#9 - The Voters

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

On Election Day, a mother and daughter argue over whether Payton or Dede is the better pick, motivating each to spend time with her chosen candidate.

star 7.57
30 votes
October Surprise

#10 - October Surprise

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

While Payton plays hardball with Harvard admissions, shocking betrayals and a scandalous videotape take the election to a new level of ruthlessness.

star 7.54
182 votes
Directors: Janet Mock
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy
The Harrington Commode

#11 - The Harrington Commode

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

Amid escalating concerns about his vice presidential pick, Payton gets plunged into a family crisis that stokes long-seething resentments.

star 7.51
193 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy

#12 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

After a charismatic candidate joins the race for student body president, Payton searches for a running mate who will make him seem more authentic.

star 7.49
262 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ryan Murphy
What's in the Box?

#13 - What's in the Box?

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 19, 2020

A shocking ballot-box twist positions Payton at a moral and ethical crossroads that could define the rest of his political career — and life.

star 7.42
24 votes
Gone Girl

#14 - Gone Girl

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

With the election just days away, Payton faces tough questions about just how far he's willing to go to defeat his opponent.

star 7.41
174 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
The Voter

#15 - The Voter

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 27, 2019

Payton makes an eleventh-hour push to lock down the school's undecided voters, including one student who has other things on his mind besides politics.

star 7.36
171 votes
Directors: Ian Brennan