The Best Episodes of The Son

Last Updated: May 10, 2019

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.

Scalps

#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
710 votes
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No Prisoners

#2 - 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
982 votes
Writers: Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman
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Honey Hunt

#3 - Honey Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 8

Prairie Flower is torn between love and duty in 1849. In 1915, Pete grows closer to Maria while Eli brings Phineas in on a dangerous secret.

star 7.71
863 votes
Writers: Daniel C. Connolly
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The Prophecy

#4 - 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 7.64
798 votes
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Numunuu

#5 - 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 7.64
147 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Kevin Murphy
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The Buffalo Hunter

#6 - 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
909 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Julia Ruchman
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Marriage Bond

#7 - 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 7.61
900 votes
Directors: Jeremy Webb
Writers: Kevin Murphy, Julia Ruchman
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Death Song

#8 - 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 7.60
1,031 votes
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
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The Plum Tree

#9 - 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 7.56
1,273 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
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Second Empire

#10 - 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 7.54
1,126 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
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Ten Dollars and a Plucked Goose

#11 - 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 7.52
95 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Daniel C. Connolly
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First Son of Texas

#12 - 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
1,677 votes
Directors: Tom Harper
Writers: Phillipp Meyer
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