The BEST episodes written by Alice Birch

Episode 12
622 votes

#1 - Episode 12

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 12

Marianne and Connell are back in Dublin. Connell receives news that he has been offered a place to study in New York.

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Episode 10
610 votes

#2 - Episode 10

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 10

Connell receives news that a friend has passed away and struggles with the emotional fallout of their death. Marianne attempts to reassure him over Skype. Through counselling and Marianne’s friendship, Connell begins to see a way forward.

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Episode 5
653 votes

#3 - Episode 5

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 5

Connell and Marianne start socializing as friends in Dublin.

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Episode 3
706 votes

#4 - Episode 3

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 3

Connell becomes anxious when his friends tease him about Marianne, suspecting they’ve guessed about their relationship. Fueled by anxiety, Connell makes an unexpected decision that hurts Marianne.

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Episode 8
619 votes

#5 - Episode 8

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 8

It’s the summer holidays and Connell and Niall arrive at Marianne’s family house in Italy. The obvious chemistry between Connell and Marianne causes friction with Jamie, despite Connell’s evident happiness with his girlfriend Helen.

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Episode 4
660 votes

#6 - Episode 4

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 4

Months later, Connell arrives at Trinity College. His new classmate Gareth invites Connell to a party and offers to introduce him to someone else he knows from Sligo and so he comes face-to-face with an unexpected guest.

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Episode 7
616 votes

#7 - Episode 7

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 7

Connell bumps into Marianne back in Sligo. It’s the first time they have seen each other since they broke up. Despite the awkwardness between them, Connell offers to attend Marianne’s father’s anniversary mass the next day and they agree to stay friends.

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Episode 2
762 votes

#8 - Episode 2

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 2

Connell and Marianne’s relationship continues in secret. Meanwhile, Marianne must find a way to explain her unplanned absences to her prying brother.

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Episode 6
609 votes

#9 - Episode 6

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 6

Connell and Marianne are back together. Connell has gained confidence in college; giving presentations in class and getting good grades but is reluctant to show Marianne affection in front of her friends. Will they be able to admit that they are together?

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Episode 1
885 votes

#10 - Episode 1

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 1

In a school in small town west of Ireland, Connell is a well-liked, good looking and an athletic student. Marianne is a proud, intimidating, and unpopular loner. An attraction sparks between them, but they are determined to conceal from their peers.

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Episode 9
602 votes

#11 - Episode 9

Normal People - Season 1 - Episode 9

Marianne is on a student exchange program in Sweden for a year. Her breakup with Jamie has cost her some of her friends, but she is still in touch with Connell. She is in a relationship with Lukas, a photographer who she meets at a college party.

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Episode 1
92 votes

#12 - Episode 1

Conversations with Friends - Season 1 - Episode 1

In the summer before their final year in college, Frances and her best friend, Bobbi, meet an impressive writer, Melissa. Frances finds herself drawn to Melissa’s husband, Nick.

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