The BEST episodes written by Alex Gansa

Prisoners of War
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8.50
2153 votes

#1 - Prisoners of War

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 12

Events surrounding Saul and Carrie's final mission come to a conclusion.

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The Choice
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8.43
8559 votes

#2 - The Choice

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 12

Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.

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Marine One
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8.30
9868 votes

#3 - Marine One

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 12

While Carrie is near catatonic and confined to bed, Saul investigates the unsettling implications of her timeline; Walker secures a perch for his mission; Brody makes his final preparations for the Vice President's policy summit at the State Department.

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The Star
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8.15
6942 votes

#4 - The Star

Homeland - Season 3 - Episode 12

Security forces close in on Carrie and Brody. As Saul plans a last ditch rescue operation, Brody struggles to find redemption.

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13 Hours in Islamabad
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8.15
4792 votes

#5 - 13 Hours in Islamabad

Homeland - Season 4 - Episode 10

The security breach at the Embassy has far reaching consequences.

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The Flag House
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8.05
5742 votes

#6 - The Flag House

Homeland - Season 6 - Episode 10

Dar plays his hand. Quinn revisits his past.

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My Enemy, My Friend
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8.00
1 votes

#7 - My Enemy, My Friend

Spenser: For Hire - Season 3 - Episode 2

A streetwise young kid gets involved over his head in the underworld. Spenser and Hawk try to protect him from would-be killers.

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My Brother's Keeper
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8.00
1 votes

#8 - My Brother's Keeper

Spenser: For Hire - Season 2 - Episode 18

Spenser becomes embroiled in the seamy Vietnamese organized crime racket after a Vietnamese crime boss uses Spenser to track down a former soldier.

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Paean to the People
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7.99
3129 votes

#9 - Paean to the People

Homeland - Season 7 - Episode 12

Carrie and Saul's mission doesn't go as planned. Elizabeth Keane fights for her presidency. Season finale.

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The Litvinov Ruse
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7.92
4770 votes

#10 - The Litvinov Ruse

Homeland - Season 5 - Episode 9

The CIA and BND make a play.

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Day 8: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
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7.90
3350 votes

#11 - Day 8: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 20

While the media interview the peace delegates, Jack and Cole have gone rogue to rescue a traitor being tortured by off-the-grid operatives; Logan gets President Taylor to approve putting his aide in charge of the manhunt.

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In Full Flight
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7.88
2044 votes

#12 - In Full Flight

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 9

Hayes has ideas. Carrie goes shopping. Tasneem has problems.

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Game On
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7.87
7630 votes

#13 - Game On

Homeland - Season 3 - Episode 4

Carrie learns that even in its crippled state, the CIA can still exercise power when needed. Dana Brody goes AWOL, forcing Jessica to go to the police. Saul and Fara follow the money trail to an unexpected location, and Carrie has breakfast with a new client.

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A Red Wheelbarrow
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7.87
7366 votes

#14 - A Red Wheelbarrow

Homeland - Season 3 - Episode 8

After new information comes to light, Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect in the Langley bombing. Saul deals with political backlash while Fara discovers the toll an intelligence job can take. Meanwhile, the Brody family gets startling news.

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America First
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7.86
5616 votes

#15 - America First

Homeland - Season 6 - Episode 12

Season Finale. Pieces fall into place.

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A False Glimmer
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7.83
4728 votes

#16 - A False Glimmer

Homeland - Season 5 - Episode 12

The clock runs out.

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Day 8: 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
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7.82
3123 votes

#17 - Day 8: 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 3

Jack and Chloe race against time to try to thwart a well-planned assassination of the President of the Islamic Republic.

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Nor Iron Bars a Cage
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7.81
21 votes

#18 - Nor Iron Bars a Cage

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 7

Vincent is captured and held hostages by two scientists who stick him in a cage. Catherine considers a new job in Providence.

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Pilot
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7.75
12723 votes

#19 - Pilot

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 1

After missing and presumed dead for eight years, Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody is rescued in Iraq, and returns home to his family. But CIA agent Carrie Mathison suspects he might have been turned by his terrorist captors, and believes he could be part of a plan to attack America.

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False Friends
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7.73
2070 votes

#20 - False Friends

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 3

Carrie arranges a meeting. Haqqani finds trouble at home. Saul cuts a deal.

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Orphans
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7.73
11 votes

#21 - Orphans

Beauty and the Beast - Season 2 - Episode 12

Catherine's father dies and Vincent allows her to come below to grieve. He also makes her go back above because he knows that she does not belong there no matter how he feels. Catherine finally agrees and goes back above.

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Tin Man Is Down
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7.72
7426 votes

#22 - Tin Man Is Down

Homeland - Season 3 - Episode 1

Alleged Langley bomber Nick Brody remains at large. Saul plots a risky counterstrike on the terrorists connected to the bombing. Carrie becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation. Humiliated and abandoned by the Marine Corps, the Brody family struggles to cope with Dana's destructive behavior.

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Day 8: 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.
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7.72
3483 votes

#23 - Day 8: 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 14

Kamistani rebels give President Taylor an hour to turn over Hassan, sedition strikes Taylor's administration, CTU harbors a traitor, and Jack walks into an ambush.

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The Drone Queen
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7.70
5230 votes

#24 - The Drone Queen

Homeland - Season 4 - Episode 1

As CIA Chief of Station in Kabul, Carrie makes a critical decision when her counterpart in Islamabad delivers urgent intelligence on a high value target. Saul struggles to adjust to his new role in the private sector.

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Deception Indicated
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7.67
2251 votes

#25 - Deception Indicated

Homeland - Season 8 - Episode 1

Carrie recovers in Germany. Saul negotiates. Max has a new mission.

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The Smile
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7.65
9219 votes

#26 - The Smile

Homeland - Season 2 - Episode 1

Months after undergoing Electroconvulsive Therapy, former CIA case officer Carrie Mathison has found a modicum of peace in her family's suburban embrace. But the strides she's made towards mental health are threatened when an asset from her former life comes in from the cold. Meanwhile, freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy. Brody's daughter Dana lets a vital secret slip.

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Enemy of the State
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7.65
3671 votes

#27 - Enemy of the State

Homeland - Season 7 - Episode 1

Carrie and Franny are living with Maggie's family in DC. Saul and the federal employees detained after the attempt on the President-elect's life are in prison. President Keane's administration comes under scrutiny. Season premiere.

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An Impossible Silence
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7.64
14 votes

#28 - An Impossible Silence

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 11

Laura, a deaf-mute tunnel dweller, witnesses the murder of a police officer, for which another man is framed. She goes above with Catherine, but is kidnapped by the real murderers, who are also police officers. Cuffed to a pipe in the basement of the murderer's house, Laura taps out an SOS, which is heard by Pascal and Vincent rescues her. She decides to return Above to live.

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Day 7: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.
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7.64
2038 votes

#29 - Day 7: 3:00 A.M. - 4:00 A.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 20

The nation remains vulnerable as Starkwood mastermind Jonas Hodges (guest star Jon Voight) remains at the epicenter of the mounting terrorist threat. Meanwhile, the FBI and the administration scramble to provide security and justice, and Jack Bauer questions a key suspect

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Grace
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7.64
11839 votes

#30 - Grace

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 2

Carrie continues to surveil Brody but is unable to follow his actions into his garage which is a blind spot, where Brody begins to perform an Islamic prayer. Meanwhile, Carrie receives visual confirmation from an undercover agent that shows Al-Qaeda member Abu Nazir on video meeting with the Royal Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Day 8: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
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7.63
2916 votes

#31 - Day 8: 8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 5

The Russians mistrust Renee, U.S.-Kamistan negotiations hit a snag, and the past of CTU analyst Dana Walsh becomes her nightmare.

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Oriole
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7.62
4711 votes

#32 - Oriole

Homeland - Season 5 - Episode 7

Carrie reconnects with friends while Saul confides in Allison.

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Better Call Saul
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7.62
4583 votes

#33 - Better Call Saul

Homeland - Season 5 - Episode 5

The hacktivists rise up; Quinn covers for Carrie; Dar and Allison assess the damage.

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Day 8: 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.
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7.61
3327 votes

#34 - Day 8: 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M.

24 - Season 8 - Episode 9

The White House wants a fall guy, Jack tries to protect that person, Dana goes after her ex, Cole follows her, and CTU gets help from an unlikely source.

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Day 7: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.
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7.60
1975 votes

#35 - Day 7: 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 23

Jack Bauer is forced to help Tony escape from custody, only to find Tony plans to use Jack to reconstitute the pathogen. Aaron Pierce and Ethan Kanin work together and discover Olivia's role in Hodges' murder. Kim Bauer takes down her captors, and works with Renee Walker to find her father.

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Day 7: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
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7.58
1990 votes

#36 - Day 7: 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 15

Olivia Taylor, the President’s daughter, becomes increasingly involved in the day’s events, and the administration reels when a high-ranking official delivers devastating news.

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Semper I
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7.55
11104 votes

#37 - Semper I

Homeland - Season 1 - Episode 4

The political powers that be make big plans for national hero Brody, but his increasingly erratic behavior threatens his media darling status; Carrie grows desperate for evidence linking Brody with Abu Nazir, as Saul directs her to focus on Nazir's money trail.

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Super Powers
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7.54
4842 votes

#38 - Super Powers

Homeland - Season 5 - Episode 3

Jonas and Carrie revisit her past. Quinn stalks his prey.

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Crime and Punishment
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7.54
119 votes

#39 - Crime and Punishment

Dawson's Creek - Season 3 - Episode 15

Pacey seeks revenge after a vandalism attack on the mural Joey made at school; Andie's guilt for being unfaithful intensifies after learning the results of her college entrance exam.

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Fallen Angel
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7.52
1173 votes

#40 - Fallen Angel

The X-Files - Season 1 - Episode 10

Mulder puts the future of the X-Files in jeopardy when he heads to a UFO crash site being rapidly covered up by the military. He is arrested, and while in jail he meets Max Fenig, a UFO nut whose NICAP group has followed Mulder's work on the X-Files. When Mulder is released, Scully urges him to return to Washington to face his superiors and try to save his job, but Mulder finds out that Max is more than meets the eye and ignores Scully to try and save him instead.

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Day 7: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
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7.49
2182 votes

#41 - Day 7: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 4

Buchanan takes Jack to "CTU", a secret hideout where he and Chloe had been working with Tony to uncover the conspiracy within the US government. Tony had been undercover with the terrorists aiding Juma to discover the moles. Jack agrees to help get Tony back in play by joining Emerson's crew himself. Taylor is forced to meet with Matobo to inform him that she may be required to withdraw her forces from Sangala to protect American lives. Her Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin agrees with this decision, but Taylor is not yet convinced. Henry meets with Samantha, Roger's former girlfriend, who tells him that Roger was indeed murdered and provides him with proof.

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Sticks and Stones
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7.42
12 votes

#42 - Sticks and Stones

Beauty and the Beast - Season 2 - Episode 6

Laura, a deaf ex-tunnel dweller, falls in with a deaf street gang.

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A Time to Heal
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7.41
17 votes

#43 - A Time to Heal

Beauty and the Beast - Season 3 - Episode 7

Diana notices things in Catherine's apartment that have Vincent's name on them. She begins to realize that Vincent was her lover and probably the father of her child. She then decides to go to where Catherine is buried and wait for Vincent to do the same. One night it works. Vincent is sick and literally falls on top of Catherine's grave. Diana finds him and carries him back to her apartment where she nurses him back to health.

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The Alchemist
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7.40
15 votes

#44 - The Alchemist

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 14

Paracelsus, a former friend of Father's, sells an hallucinatory drug in the world above.

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Day 7: 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
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7.39
2126 votes

#45 - Day 7: 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

24 - Season 7 - Episode 11

Not even at the halfway point of this hellacious day, two planes have collided outside of D.C., there has been an attempt on a chemical plant in Ohio, the President’s husband’s life has been threatened and the nation remains at risk. When Dubaku’s evil plan escalates to his boss, General Juma (guest star Tony Todd), the stakes are raised and steadfast President Taylor faces a deepening foreign policy dilemma.

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Fair Game
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7.33
5594 votes

#46 - Fair Game

Homeland - Season 6 - Episode 1

Carrie returns home to the US with Franny to work as an advocate for Muslim Americans. Dar and Saul brief President-elect Keane. Quinn struggles with his new circumstances.

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Død Kalm
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7.32
726 votes

#47 - Død Kalm

The X-Files - Season 2 - Episode 19

When half the crew of a Navy ship abandon their boat in a life raft and are rescued 18 hours later looking about 60 years older than they should be, Mulder suggests that the ship is caught in a time field which is speeding up their aging.

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Lazarus
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7.31
1062 votes

#48 - Lazarus

The X-Files - Season 1 - Episode 15

When FBI Agent Jack Willis and bank robber Warren Dupre are both shot at the same time during a robbery attempt, Dupre dies when Willis is brought back to life. When Willis rushes out of the hospital and begins acting strangely, Mulder concludes that Dupre has come back to life in Willis' body.

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Secrets and Lies
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7.25
126 votes

#49 - Secrets and Lies

Dawson's Creek - Season 3 - Episode 6

Jen hosts a tea for the former Capeside Prom Queens; Andie tries to get Pacey back.

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To Reign in Hell
star
7.22
9 votes

#50 - To Reign in Hell

Beauty and the Beast - Season 1 - Episode 20

Paracelsus kidnaps Catherine, which causes Vincent to begin a quest to rescue her.

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