Best Television Episodes: Drama

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1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Innocence (1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Buffy and her friends battle the Judge and face unexpected danger from Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Votes: 3,124

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Passion (1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends as Jenny searches for a way to restore his soul.

Director: Michael Gershman | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Votes: 3,418

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Hush (1999)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When everyone in Sunnydale loses their voice, the Scooby Gang must silently solve the mystery of the monsters who stole their ability to speak.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Votes: 5,677

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: The Body (2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Buffy, Dawn, and their friends deal with the aftermath of Joyce's death.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield Ford

Votes: 4,897

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: The Gift (2001)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

As Glory prepares Dawn for a bloodletting ritual that will open a portal to another dimension, Buffy and her friends prepare for battle.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield Ford

Votes: 3,544

6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Once More, with Feeling (2001)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In this musical extravaganza, Sunnydale residents find themselves bursting into song, and flame, when a demon attempts to make Dawn his bride.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 7,797

7. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: The Sundance Kids (2005)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The boys attend the Sundance Film Festival, in snowy season. Eric makes friends with golden touch-producer Harvey Weingard, who might buy Vince's movie, but actually wants him for an old ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 836

8. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: One Day in the Valley (2006)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy, Drama

It's Aquaman's opening day. Initial box office projections, already "Titanic"-sized, get even higher after the East Coast numbers stream in, giving everyone hope that the film has a chance ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 1,023

9. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: Welcome to the Jungle (2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

While filming Medellin on location in Colombia, a documentary crew captures the behind-the-scenes action. Caught on film is tension between Billy and Eric, the pursuit of a beautiful actress and Drama's attempt to land a part in the film

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 948

10. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: The All Out Fall Out (2008)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

A cash-strapped Vince searches high and low for any type of paying job. Ari and Adam Davies battle it out.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 771

11. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: Give a Little Bit (2009)

TV-MA | 38 min | Comedy, Drama

Vince prepares to film in Italy. Eric's luncheon date with Sloan doesn't go as planned. Drama considers leaving the business, and Turtle tries to win back Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Ari and his wife debate on whether or not to buy his old company.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 987

12. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Bloody Harlan (2011)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The bad blood between the Bennetts and the Crowders reaches its boiling point and results in bloodshed, and Loretta returns from Lexington to avenge her father's death.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 1,111

13. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: The Gunfighter (2012)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Still recovering from his gunshot, Raylan takes himself off of desk duty when one of Wynn Duffy's associates is involved in a murder. Meanwhile, Ava takes over Boyd's business while he is back in jail.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 1,039

14. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Decoy (2013)

TV-MA | 40 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Drew Thompson is now in custody of the marshals, but can Raylan get him out of Harlan before Theo Tonin and Boyd's men can get their hands on them?

Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 932

15. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: The Promise (2015)

TV-MA | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Raylan is captured by the authorities, but Art reluctantly lets him go and puts him back on the case. Avery gets to Ava and questions her about his missing money, but she winds up leading Boyd straight to them.

Director: Adam Arkin | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Jere Burns, Joelle Carter

Votes: 1,699

16. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Tome-wan (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

During a therapy session, Will shares a vision of how he would kill Hannibal. Meanwhile, an increasingly impatient Jack brings in a surprise witness to help Will catch Hannibal.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 4,097

17. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Mizumono (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Jack devises a plan to apprehend Hannibal, while Hannibal prepares for his departure. Will makes his decision, and it results in devastating consequences.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 14,199

18. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Digestivo (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Captured in Italy, Hannibal and Will are brought to Muskrat Farm, where Mason awaits.

Director: Adam Kane | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 4,277

19. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: The Wrath of the Lamb (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will hatches a cunning plot to slay Francis Dolarhyde, using Hannibal Lecter in his ploy. Bedelia voices concern about the perilous plan as Will continues his game with Hannibal, though Will may have to face his darkest fears.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 10,896

20. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: To the Lost (2011)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, History

Jimmy tries to make things right with Nucky, the KKK murderers get justice, and Nucky marries Margaret to avoid her testimony at his trial.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon

Votes: 1,977

21. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Sunday Best (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, History

Easter Sunday allows for several families to share dinner" Nucky, Margaret and the kids with Eli, Richard with the Sagorskys, and Gyp with his wife and kids.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,199

22. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Margate Sands (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, History

After promising Rothstein Mellon's distillery, Masseria is persuaded to withdraw his support for Gyp, and Margaret finds an abortionist in Brooklyn.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,852

23. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Farewell Daddy Blues (2013)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, History

Eli braces for the worst as Agent Knox launches his plan to bring Nucky down. Capone and Torrio reach an agreement in Cicero. Chalky looks to settle scores. Richard steps forward to save Tommy, at Gillian's expense.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,950

24. Deadwood (2004–2006)
Episode: Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking (2004)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, History

Alma's father, Otis Russell, arrives from New York to "help" with her claim. Swearengen strikes a bargain with Adams to rid him of some legal baggage involving the arriving magistrate. ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver

Votes: 1,208

25. Deadwood (2004–2006)
Episode: Here Was a Man (2004)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, History

Swearengen directs Farnum to buy back the Garret claim. Garret's wife, Alma, prevails on Calamity Jane and Wild Bill for help with the claim issue. Hickok's respect for Bullock grows and, ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver

Votes: 1,505

26. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: I Will Remember You (1999)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel must make a difficult decision regarding Buffy when a demon's blood makes him mortal once more.

Director: David Grossman | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Glenn Quinn, Carey Cannon

Votes: 2,486

27. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In the 1950s, Angel aids a woman hiding from her past in a hotel with a long history of death and mayhem. In the present, Angel hunts a demon.

Director: David Semel | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,565

28. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: You're Welcome (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Cordelia awakens from her magically induced coma and returns to help Angel fight an old enemy who has reappeared even more powerful than ever.

Directors: David Fury, John Blush | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,134

29. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Destiny (2003)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Spike receives a mysterious box of "flashy" in the mail and is shocked when it somehow recorporealizes him. He's thrilled to be solid again, but when odd things start happening at Wolfram &... See full summary »

Director: Skip Schoolnik | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,410

30. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: A Hole in the World (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When an ancient sarcophagus arrives in the laboratory at Wolfram & Hart, Fred opens a small compartment and is infected by an ancient disease that slowly begins to kill her. As Angel and ... See full summary »

Directors: Joss Whedon, John Blush | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,794

31. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Not Fade Away (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

In the series finale, Angel reveals that his questionable moral behavior has been part of a bigger plan: to destroy The Circle of the Black Thorn and show the Senior Partners that the power... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bell | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,698

32. Banshee (2013–2016)
Episode: The Truth About Unicorns (2014)

TV-MA | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Carrie is let out of prison. Lucas is waiting on her. They take a detour to the house they talked about so long ago. They are not alone in their dream. Someone has followed them there. Is it Rabbit? Is it Gordon? Is it Agent Racine?

Director: Babak Najafi | Stars: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison

Votes: 1,370

33. Banshee (2013–2016)
Episode: Tribal (2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Cadi becomes a war zone when Chayton and the Red Bones attack the station with Hood, Brock, Proctor, Siobhan and the others trapped inside.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison

Votes: 1,809

34. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
Episode: Possession (2014)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Over the course of four harrowing weeks, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene do everything they can to save Vanessa from what's within her.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 2,648

35. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
Episode: And They Were Enemies (2015)

TV-MA | 57 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Vanessa must rely on her strength in order to defeat the demon.

Director: Brian Kirk | Stars: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 2,026

36. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
Episode: A Blade of Grass (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

With the help of Dr. Seward, Vanessa undergoes hypnosis to relive her time in the Banning Clinic.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 2,648

37. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: The Long Bright Dark (2014)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 2012, former detective partners Rust Cohle and Martin Hart recap one of their very first cases together involving a serial killer, back in 1995.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 16,565

38. True Detective (2014– )
Episode: Form and Void (2014)

TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts

Votes: 17,503

39. Band of Brothers (2001)
Episode: The Breaking Point (2001)

TV-MA | 69 min | Action, Drama, History

Easy Company remains in the Ardennes Forest preparing for an inevitable attack on German forces in the town of Foy. However, morale is low due to cold weather, constant shelling, poor leadership, and numerous casualties.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Nicholas Aaron, Kirk Acevedo, Doug Allen, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 4,944

40. Band of Brothers (2001)
Episode: Why We Fight (2001)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Drama, History

As the Allies move into Germany and the war comes closer to an end, disillusionment and anger set in for Easy Company - until they stumble onto a concentration camp abandoned by the German military.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Doug Allen, Nicholas Aaron, Eion Bailey, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 5,326

41. Westworld (2016– )
Episode: The Original (2016)

TV-MA | 68 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The park staff begin to notice strange behavior from the hosts; A mysterious Man in Black roams the park, wreaking havoc.

Director: Jonathan Nolan | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden

Votes: 18,497

42. Californication (2007–2014)
Episode: The Apartment (2009)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

Jackie and two of her friends arrive to party. The next day, one of the girls is unconscious, and then Runkle & Rick Springfield arrive. They all have to hide when Jill suddenly arrives. And the knocks on the door just don't stop.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin

Votes: 1,728

43. Californication (2007–2014)
Episode: Mia Culpa (2009)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

As the Moodys at last prepare to move to New York, Becca tells Hank about an intimate coming of age experience she had. Hank's stunned when Mia shows up at the house unannounced, in town ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin

Votes: 1,403

44. Californication (2007–2014)
Episode: Suicide Solution (2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

Hank polishes off a day of flaky neediness with a creative meeting about his potential new movie that ends with him hiding in a starlet's bathroom and accidentally overdosing on booze and sleeping pills.

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin

Votes: 773

45. Californication (2007–2014)
Episode: ...And Justice for All (2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

In the Season 4 finale, as Hank awaits sentencing, the lines between his real life and the movie based on his life blur as the film's star hits on his ex-wife and he feels stirrings of passion for the actress hired to play Karen.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Pamela Adlon, Madeleine Martin

Votes: 974



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