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Poll: TV Episodes Directed by Women (Part 1)

These are the highest rated live action television episodes* directed by a woman. Which episode is your favorite?

*min. 1000 votes, TV shows with at least 50,000 votes

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See part 2 here.

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    To'hajiilee (2013)

    episode 5.13 of Breaking Bad (2008), directed by Michelle MacLaren

    Jesse and Hank come up with an idea to take Walt down. Walt hires Todd's uncle to kill Jesse.

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    Blink (2007)

    episode 3.10 of Doctor Who (2005), directed by Hettie Macdonald

    Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.

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    The Suitcase (2010)

    episode 4.7 of Mad Men (2007), directed by Jennifer Getzinger

    Don deliberately delays returning an important call from California, because he knows it's bad news about Anna. Instead, he keeps himself occupied by forcing Peggy to miss her birthday dinner to pull an all-nighter with him for a client.

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    Broken (2009)

    episode 6.1 of House (2004), directed by Katie Jacobs

    House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he's forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license.

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    Wilson's Heart (2008)

    episode 4.16 of House (2004), directed by Katie Jacobs

    The team works to save someone close to a central character's heart. The key is inside House's head, but he is in a bad way himself.

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    The Interview (2019)

    episode 1.10 of The Morning Show (2019), directed by Mimi Leder

    TMS faces a fateful day as a plan to shake up UBA is set in motion.

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    Golden Frog Time (2017)

    episode 2.11 of Billions (2016), directed by Karyn Kusama

    Chuck finds he has much at stake in the success of a new business venture; Axe takes out a massive short and takes steps to insure its failure. Wendy wrestles with a familiar and uncomfortable position: caught between Axe and Chuck.

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    Heaven Sent (2015)

    episode 9.11 of Doctor Who (2005), directed by Rachel Talalay

    Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone...

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    Gliding Over All (2012)

    episode 5.8 of Breaking Bad (2008), directed by Michelle MacLaren

    Walt expands his business overseas, and the money is pouring in.

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    Miguel (2022)

    episode 6.15 of This Is Us (2016), directed by Zetna Fuentes

    Miguel's story over the entire course of his life is told.

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    Salud (2011)

    episode 4.10 of Breaking Bad (2008), directed by Michelle MacLaren

    Jesse, Gus, and Mike fly down to Mexico, and Jesse cooks the blue meth for the cartel. Walt misses his son's 16th birthday after his fight with Jesse.

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    One Minute (2010)

    episode 3.7 of Breaking Bad (2008), directed by Michelle MacLaren

    Jesse ends up in the hospital after getting beaten up by Hank. Now he is threatening to press charges against the DEA. To stop him, Walt decides to bring Jesse on as his partner, once again.

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    Silent All These Years (2019)

    episode 15.19 of Grey's Anatomy (2005), directed by Debbie Allen

    When a trauma patient arrives at Grey Sloan, it forces Jo to confront her past. Meanwhile, Bailey and Ben have to talk to Tuck about dating.

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    As I Have Always Been (2020)

    episode 7.9 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), directed by Elizabeth Henstridge

    A time storm ravages the Zephyr, propelling it toward destruction while simultaneously forcing Daisy and Coulson to relive their failed attempts to save the team.

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    Part Four (2019)

    episode 1.4 of When They See Us (2019), directed by Ava DuVernay

    Korey is in adult prison and struggles with it. Eventually, the real truth comes out about what really happened. Events that had been ignored finally come to light.

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    The Box (2018)

    episode 5.14 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013), directed by Claire Scanlon

    Jake and Holt spend all night trying to get a confession out of a suspect.

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    Home (2017)

    episode 1.12 of The Punisher (2017), directed by Jet Wilkinson

    Frank makes a damning confession. A shootout leaves Sarah wondering what to believe. Rawlins goes in for the kill, once and for all.

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    The Book of Nora (2017)

    episode 3.8 of The Leftovers (2014), directed by Mimi Leder

    Nora wishes to step into Dr. Eden and Dr. Bekker's machine. But, what are the consequences?

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    I Live Here Now (2015)

    episode 2.10 of The Leftovers (2014), directed by Mimi Leder

    The tensions between Kevin and John reach a climax, as the fourth anniversary of the Departure brings an unsettling threat to Miracle.

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    Leslie and Ron (2015)

    episode 7.4 of Parks and Recreation (2009), directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller

    The gang locks Leslie and Ron in the old Parks Department office overnight and force them to settle their differences and end their feud.

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    How Your Mother Met Me (2014)

    episode 9.16 of How I Met Your Mother (2005), directed by Pamela Fryman

    The story of The Mother, from her traumatic 21st birthday to a number of close calls with meeting Ted to the night before Barney and Robin's wedding.

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    Hello, Dexter Morgan (2009)

    episode 4.11 of Dexter (2006), directed by S.J. Clarkson

    Dexter must buy time to protect himself when Debra's investigation brings the department one step away from identifying Arthur as the Trinity Killer; Rita confides in Dexter, but is disappointed in the result.

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    The Last Day Pt 2 (2021)

    episode 8.10 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013), directed by Claire Scanlon

    The squad takes stock of their eight years together and look towards their future.

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    The Better Feelings of My Heart (2019)

    episode 3.10 of Anne with an E (2017), directed by Amanda Tapping

    Anne steps into the next chapter of her life.

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    The Cabin (2020)

    episode 4.14 of This Is Us (2016), directed by Catherine Hardwicke

    The Big Three reconnect at the family cabin.

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    Protocol Omega (2018)

    episode 3.10 of Travelers (2016), directed by Amanda Tapping

    Shattered by recent losses and a sweeping new protocol, the Travelers face a bleak future with only one long-shot chance to succeed in their mission.

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    A God Walks into Abar (2019)

    episode 1.8 of Watchmen (2019), directed by Nicole Kassell

    Doctor Manhattan meets Angela, setting the stage for future events.

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    Save Lucifer (2019)

    episode 4.9 of Lucifer (2016), directed by Lisa Demaine

    Lucifer's so-called epiphany has Chloe worried, but it's his physical transformation that's really freaking her out. Also, Maze gives Eve a pep talk.

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    HalloVeen (2017)

    episode 5.4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013), directed by Jamie Babbit

    The Nine-Nine has their fifth annual Halloween heist, and everyone has until midnight to claim the title of "Amazing Human/Genius".

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    Prisoners of War (2020)

    episode 8.12 of Homeland (2011), directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

    Tensions rise and truths are revealed in this explosive series finale.

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    Thanksgiving (2017)

    episode 2.8 of Master of None (2015), directed by Melina Matsoukas

    Over a series of Thanksgivings from the '90s to the present, Denise settles into her sexuality and faces the challenge of coming out to her family.

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    Hero or Hate Crime? (2017)

    episode 12.6 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), directed by Jamie Babbit

    The gang go to a professional arbitrator to decide who's the rightful owner of a scratch-off lottery ticket.

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    Dramatics, Your Honor (2014)

    episode 5.15 of The Good Wife (2009), directed by Brooke Kennedy

    Alicia agrees to a deposition with Nelson Dubeck, Will struggles to find a winning theory as he defends an accused killer, and Kalinda has new doubts about her future with Lockhart Gardner.

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    The Lord of the Tides (2022)

    episode 1.8 of House of the Dragon (2022), directed by Geeta Vasant Patel

    Six years later. With the Driftmark succession suddenly critical, Rhaenyra attempts to strike a bargain with Rhaenys.

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    Slap Bet (2006)

    episode 2.9 of How I Met Your Mother (2005), directed by Pamela Fryman

    The gang discovers that Robin's been hiding a huge secret, but they have no idea what it is. Marshall thinks she is married, and Barney thinks she was a porn star.

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