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The Best Episodes of Black Sails

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The pirate adventures of Captain Flint and his men twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island.” Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

Genres:DramaAction & Adventure

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The best episode of "Black Sails" is "XVIII.", rated 9.6/10 from 3776 user votes. It was directed by Steve Boyum and written by Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg. "XVIII." aired on 3/28/2015 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "XXVIII.".

  • XVIII.
    9.6/10 3,776 votes

    #1 - XVIII.

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-03-28

    Flint acquires an unlikely ally. Vane's crew seeks a sea change. Silver makes a sacrifice.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

    9.5/10 3,404 votes

    #2 - XXVIII.

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-03-26

    Rogers and his forces come for the pirates. Rackham and Bonny face impossible odds. Silver demands answers from Flint. Billy crowns a king.

    Director: Alik Sakharov

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XVII.
    9.2/10 2,530 votes

    #3 - XVII.

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-03-21

    Flint and Miranda come to grips with their past. Bonny makes clear her intentions to Rackham. Vane collects a huge prize. Eleanor issues a declaration of war.

    Director: Lukas Ettlin

    Writer: N/A

  • XXXI
    9.2/10 2,290 votes

    #4 - XXXI

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-02-12

    Max has a run-in with the law. Rogers reckons with the past. Flint and Madi come to an understanding.

    Director: Roel Reiné

    Writer: Brad Kane, Jonathan E. Steinberg

    9.1/10 1,825 votes

    #5 - XXXIV

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-03-05

    Nassau is delivered. Silver makes a painful amends. Madi and Flint are separated. Rogers searches for Eleanor.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XXVII.
    9.0/10 1,897 votes

    #6 - XXVII.

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-03-19

    Eleanor puts everything on the line to save Rogers. Billy recruits allies. Flint and Silver prepare for war.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: N/A

    9.0/10 1,851 votes

    #7 - XXXVII

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-03-26

    Silver and his men hunt for Flint on Skeleton Island. Madi receives an offer. Billy casts his lot.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Dan Shotz, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • VIII.
    8.7/10 2,380 votes

    #8 - VIII.

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-03-15

    The hunt for the Urca begins. Things change for Eleanor. Bonny and Rackham are haunted by their past sins.

    Director: T.J. Scott

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XIX.
    8.7/10 2,095 votes

    #9 - XIX.

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-01-23

    Flint and his crew wage war against the world. Eleanor receives an offer of clemency. Vane objects to Rackham's methods. One of Nassau's most notorious returns.

    Director: Alik Sakharov

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • X.
    8.6/10 2,044 votes

    #10 - X.

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-01-31

    Flint gives Dufresne some advice. Silver must make himself indispensable. Eleanor is asked to depose a captain. Rackham gets ambitious.

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: Michael S. Chernuchin

  • XI.
    8.6/10 1,987 votes

    #11 - XI.

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-02-07

    Flint returns to Nassau and encounters a dilemma. Eleanor turns to an unlikely source for help. Rackham works to restore his reputation. Vane gets an unexpected prize.

    Director: Stefan Schwartz

    Writer: Brad Kane

  • XXI.
    8.6/10 1,726 votes

    #12 - XXI.

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-02-06

    Stranded at sea, Flint pushes Silver to his limit. As Nassau prepares to repel an invasion, Rackham takes the reins, while Max gets her house in order. To stave off defeat, Vane makes a difficult choice.

    Director: Stefan Schwartz

    Writer: Dan Shotz, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XXVI.
    8.6/10 1,591 votes

    #13 - XXVI.

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-03-12

    Rogers comes under attack while moving a prisoner. Violence erupts on the Walrus. Silver and Madi are put to a test. Billy sees a new role for himself in the coming battle.

    Director: Stefan Schwartz

    Writer: Evan Bleiweiss

    8.6/10 2,565 votes

    #14 - XXXVIII

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-04-02

    Flint makes a final push to topple England. Silver seals his fate. Rackham confronts Rogers. Nassau is changed forever.

    Director: Jonathan E. Steinberg

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • IX.
    8.5/10 2,214 votes

    #15 - IX.

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-01-24

    The Walrus crew is stranded, with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the precious Urca gold. With their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret, Flint and Silver must join forces in a desperate bid for survival.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XX.
    8.5/10 1,781 votes

    #16 - XX.

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-01-30

    The Walrus crew battles the elements. Teach and Rackham have a disagreement. Rogers and Eleanor set terms for their partnership. Bonny fears for her future with Max.

    Director: Lukas Ettlin

    Writer: Brad Kane, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XXII.
    8.5/10 1,634 votes

    #17 - XXII.

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-02-13

    Civilization returns to Nassau, and sets its sights on Vane. Flint, Silver and Billy encounter a new enemy. Rackham takes a stand against his crew. Scott finds his place in the new regime.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Lisa Schultz Boyd, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XXV.
    8.5/10 1,600 votes

    #18 - XXV.

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-03-05

    Flint and Silver return to Nassau, and a legend is born. A change in terms puts Rackham and Bonny in jeopardy. Vane’s mission evolves. Eleanor confides in Rogers.

    Director: Rob Bailey

    Writer: Marc Berzenski, Josh Rothenberger

  • XXIX
    8.5/10 1,788 votes

    #19 - XXIX

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-01-29

    The invasion of Nassau results in catastrophe, while Teach and Rackham look to avenge the death of Charles Vane and Eleanor gets acclimated to her new role.

    Director: Lukas Ettlin

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

    8.5/10 1,535 votes

    #20 - XXXIII

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-02-26

    Silver takes Flint's life in his hands. Billy drives a wedge. Eleanor risks everything. Rogers makes a stunning appeal.

    Director: Alik Sakharov

    Writer: Dan Shotz, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • XVI.
    8.4/10 1,761 votes

    #21 - XVI.

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-03-14

    Flint and Miranda prepare for a tough go of it. Silver becomes enlightened. Eleanor learns Max's secret. Vane makes a move.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: N/A

  • XXIV.
    8.4/10 1,561 votes

    #22 - XXIV.

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-02-27

    Flint challenges Teach over the future of piracy. Rogers makes an arrest. Rackham finds new purpose. Madi comes to Silver's aid.

    Director: Lukas Ettlin

    Writer: Dan Shotz

  • XXIII.
    8.3/10 1,588 votes

    #23 - XXIII.

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-02-20

    Facing certain death, Silver pushes Flint to take action. Teach shows Vane a way forward. A new threat puts Eleanor and Rogers on notice. Max makes her play.

    Director: Alik Sakharov

    Writer: Robert Levine, Jonathan E. Steinberg

    8.3/10 1,497 votes

    #24 - XXXII

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-02-19

    Violence engulfs Nassau. Silver demands answers from Billy. Eleanor comes to Max's aid. Bonny and Rackham endure hell.

    Director: Marc Jobst

    Writer: Peter Ocko, Michael Russell Gunn

  • V.
    8.2/10 2,223 votes

    #25 - V.

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-02-22

    Bonny confesses. Rackham makes a life-altering decision. Richard forces Eleanor's hand. A chess match is organized for Flint and the Walrus crew.

    Director: Marc Munden

    Writer: Doris Egan