The BEST Episodes of The Politician

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2019

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

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 8.29
107 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
The Assassination of Payton Hobart (2)

#2 - The Assassination of Payton Hobart (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 7.92
101 votes
The Assassination of Payton Hobart (1)

#3 - The Assassination of Payton Hobart (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 7.88
100 votes
October Surprise

#4 - October Surprise

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

star 7.68
120 votes
Directors: Janet Mock
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan

#5 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.65
178 votes
Directors: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
The Harrington Commode

#6 - The Harrington Commode

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 7.65
131 votes
Directors: Brad Falchuk
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan
Gone Girl

#7 - Gone Girl

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 7.49
117 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
The Voter

#8 - The Voter

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.41
113 votes
Directors: Ian Brennan