The BEST Episodes of The Son

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2019

Network: AMC

Based on the New York Times best seller and Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel, The Son is a sweeping family saga that spans 150 years and three generations of the McCullough family. The story of Eli McCullough’s transformation from good-natured innocence to calculated violence, as he loses everything on the wild frontier, setting him on the path to building a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege. The Son deftly explores how Eli’s ruthlessness and quest for power triggers consequences that span generations, as the McCulloughs rise to become one of the richest families reigning in Texas.


#1 - Scalps

Season 1 - Episode 10

In the season finale, the tribe faces an unexpected return; Eli's plan for the future forces Pete into a life-or-death decision about his loyalties.

star 7.97
755 votes

#2 - Legend

Season 2 - Episode 10

In 1852, Young Eli is forced into a life-changing decision; in 1916, Eli wages a final war with Standard Oil, forcing a confrontation with Pete.

star 7.95
200 votes
Directors: Daniel Sackheim
Writers: Kevin Murphy
No Prisoners

#3 - No Prisoners

Season 1 - Episode 5

An enemy forces Young Eli to question his loyalties in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs' past comes back to haunt them with deadly results.

star 7.76
1,038 votes
Writers: Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman
The Bear

#4 - The Bear

Season 2 - Episode 9

In 1852, Young Eli's tribe encounters soldiers that make an unexpected offer; in 1916, Pete makes a decision that could tear the family apart.

star 7.73
190 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julia Ruchman
Scalped a Dog

#5 - Scalped a Dog

Season 2 - Episode 4

A new danger reveals old wounds in Young Eli's tribe in 1852; in 1916, Eli and Phineas try to fight off Standard Oil as Maria Garcia returns.

star 7.72
226 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Wes Brown
Somebody Get a Shovel

#6 - Somebody Get a Shovel

Season 2 - Episode 7

The Comanches go to war in 1852; in 1916, the McCulloughs' fight with Standard Oil reaches a breaking point; Eli takes a scalp.

star 7.72
208 votes
Directors: Ellen Kuras
Writers: Robert Askins
Honey Hunt

#7 - Honey Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 8

Prairie Flower est déchirée entre amour et devoir en 1849. En 1915, Pete se rapproche de Maria tandis qu'Eli fait découvrir à Phineas un secret dangereux.

star 7.71
909 votes
Writers: Daniel C. Connolly
The Blue Light

#8 - The Blue Light

Season 2 - Episode 6

In 1852, Young Eli must protect Ingrid; in 1916, a new attack from Standard Oil forces the McCullough family to come together.

star 7.67
202 votes
Directors: Ellen Kuras
Writers: Julia Ruchman
The Prophecy

#9 - The Prophecy

Season 1 - Episode 9

Young Eli must trust a strange ally to survive; Eli's past guides him to a choice that puts him and Phineas at odds.

star 7.66
843 votes
Marriage Bond

#10 - Marriage Bond

Season 1 - Episode 7

Young Eli must navigate tribal politics in 1849. In 1915, a crisis forces Pete and Sally into a decision that will change the family forever.

star 7.62
953 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Kevin Murphy, Julia Ruchman
The Buffalo Hunter

#11 - The Buffalo Hunter

Season 1 - Episode 6

Young Eli makes a choice with dangerous consequences in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs deal with a tragedy while Jeannie seeks to save the family.

star 7.62
960 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julia Ruchman
All Their Guilty Stains

#12 - All Their Guilty Stains

Season 2 - Episode 8

In 1852, Young Eli's Comanche band are forced to survive on their own; in 1916, the McCulloughs search for Maria; Jeannie discovers a devastating secret.

star 7.61
200 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Kevin Murphy, Nick Mueller
Death Song

#13 - Death Song

Season 1 - Episode 4

Young Eli faces a life-or-death test of survival in 1849. In 1915, the McCulloughs enact a dangerous plan to take the fight to their enemy.

star 7.59
1,078 votes
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
The Plum Tree

#14 - The Plum Tree

Season 1 - Episode 2

Young Eli must learn how to live among the Comanches; Eli and Peter clash over how to respond to an unexpected attack on their home.

star 7.55
1,330 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
Hot Oil

#15 - Hot Oil

Season 2 - Episode 5

In 1852, Young Eli is forced hide a deadly secret; in 1916, Maria's return brings devastating consequences for the McCullough's oil business.

star 7.55
220 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Melanie Marnich

#16 - Numunuu

Season 2 - Episode 1

Young Eli leads a daring Comanche raid into Mexico in 1852; in 1915, the McCullough family confronts a threat to their growing oil business.

star 7.54
293 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Kevin Murphy
Second Empire

#17 - Second Empire

Season 1 - Episode 3

Young Eli trains as a warrior, but makes enemies in 1849. In 1915, Eli and Phineas struggle to help the family in Austin, while Pete faces his demons.

star 7.53
1,183 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
The Blind Tiger

#18 - The Blind Tiger

Season 2 - Episode 3

Young Eli's Comanches must survive a dangerous journey in 1852; in 1915, Eli and Pete are forced to work together to deal with a new enemy.

star 7.50
221 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Anne-Marie Hess
Ten Dollars and a Plucked Goose

#19 - Ten Dollars and a Plucked Goose

Season 2 - Episode 2

After a devastating attack, Young Eli must help the Comanches regroup in 1852; in 1915, Pete's return causes fractures in the McCullough family.

star 7.41
245 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Daniel C. Connolly
First Son of Texas

#20 - First Son of Texas

Season 1 - Episode 1

Eli McCollough must survive a frontier Comanche attack in 1849, and in 1915, leads his family empire through difficult times.

star 7.41
1,752 votes
Directors: Tom Harper
Writers: Phillipp Meyer