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The Best Episodes of Nashville

Every episode of Nashville ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Nashville!

Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes face personal and professional challenges as they navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them, and often complicating their lives, are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Nashville" is "I'll Fly Away", rated 9.1/10 from 263 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Liberty Godshall. "I'll Fly Away" aired on 3/2/2017 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Beyond the Sunset".

  • I'll Fly Away
    9.1/10 263 votes

    #1 - I'll Fly Away

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-03-02

    A legal dispute threatens to break apart the family. Juliette demands to perform at the CMT Music Awards. Will and Zach are drawn closer together.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Liberty Godshall

  • Beyond the Sunset
    8.8/10 236 votes

    #2 - Beyond the Sunset

    Season 6 Episode 16 - Aired 2018-07-26

    Deacon gets a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. Juliette makes a crucial decision. Daphne preps for the final round. Alannah confronts Brad. Avery, Gunnar, and Will discuss their future.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
    8.7/10 263 votes

    #3 - If Tomorrow Never Comes

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-02-23

    After her life-changing experience, Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the concept album with Deacon. Juliette's leg starts to hurt inexplicably. Gunnar fights for Scarlett.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Fire and Rain
    8.6/10 206 votes

    #4 - Fire and Rain

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-03-09

    Juliette helps Maddie navigate the wave of attention she receives after her performance at the CMT Music Awards. Zach demands the masters from Rayna and Deacon's unfinished album.

    Director: Timothy Busfield

    Writer: Jesse Zwick

  • I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
    8.5/10 296 votes

    #5 - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2013-05-22

    A shadow has been cast over country music’s biggest night: Juliette discovers a letter from Jolene revealing her mother’s true feelings; Rayna and Deacon’s fairytale evening at the CMA Awards, even performing with Brad Paisley – who guest stars as himself — may not end in a happily-ever-after; and Gunnar will do whatever it takes to win Scarlett’s heart back — but is it too late? Meanwhile the U.S. Attorney’s office is closing in on Teddy, and Peggy returns with a secret of her own.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday
    8.5/10 206 votes

    #6 - Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 2016-05-25

    Rayna resorts to drastic measures when she learns that Maddie has crossed paths with a duplicitous figure from her past. Juliette must choose how to publicly reckon with the truth of Jeff Fordham’s death—a decision that directly affects Layla. Scarlett and Gunnar consider parting ways as bandmates, and Will finally decides to do what he should have done long ago—step up as the leader of a cause and a community.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Wayfaring Stranger
    8.4/10 239 votes

    #7 - The Wayfaring Stranger

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-12-15

    Rayna and Deacon face a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 is struggling financially. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville and sets Rayna off on a journey of discovery.

    Director: Callie Khouri

    Writer: N/A

  • On the Other Hand
    8.3/10 219 votes

    #8 - On the Other Hand

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2014-05-14

    As Will Lexington’s album climbs the chart with the help of Jeff Fordham’s deep pockets, Rayna enlists Teddy’s help to plan a huge, free concert at LP Field to draw attention to her Highway 65 debut. She will perform with Luke Wilson and duet with Juliette before thousands of fans. Zoey, Avery and Gunnar rock out at a benefit for Deacon’s favorite charity, Sober House, and Avery plans to serenade Juliette with a song he wrote for her. But when he attempts to sing it, he doesn’t understand why she is not present, and Scarlett makes a decision about her future in Nashville.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Before You Go Make Sure You Know
    8.3/10 192 votes

    #9 - Before You Go Make Sure You Know

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2015-05-13

    Juliette is laser-focused on finishing her album – and when she puts everything and everyone she loves behind it – Avery makes a decision that impacts their lives forever. Deacon’s life hangs in the balance, but Rayna and the girls are by his side. With the clock ticking and the future uncertain, will they celebrate a life together?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Picture From Life's Other Side
    8.2/10 251 votes

    #10 - A Picture From Life's Other Side

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2013-05-15

    Rayna finds an unlikely ally in Lamar when he sides with her against Teddy about the girls. Jolene sees Juliette struggling and tries to find a way to help. Avery and Will, separately, both get a chance to shine with bigger stars -- but will it translate to career gold? And Tandy takes her own agenda to the board of Wyatt Industries.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • It's All Wrong, But It's All Right
    8.2/10 223 votes

    #11 - It's All Wrong, But It's All Right

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-01-29

    Jeff is expecting Juliette to formally apologize for her behavior during her Grand Ole Opry ceremony, but at the last minute she has a change of heart and decides to standby the choices she's made. Luke introduces Rayna to a power player that could help her get her distribution deal off the ground, and then surprises her with a NASCAR that is wrapped in Rayna Jayme's graphics. Deacon is discovering his record deal might not be what he expected and Scarlett's collaboration with Liam gets off to a rocky start. Will and Layla discover they aren't all that different and find comfort in one another's company and Teddy will stop at nothing to reveal Lamar's connection to Peggy's death.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Crazy
    8.2/10 240 votes

    #12 - Crazy

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2014-04-02

    Maddie’s news goes viral and stirs a media frenzy including being a “Hot Topic” on “The View,” and the real-life Ladies of “The View”— Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Barbara Walters guest-star as themselves. Rayna tries to manage the fallout by going on “Good Morning America” and real-life anchor Robin Roberts guest stars as herself. When Juliette faces more empty seats on her tour, she reaches out to Charlie Wentworth (Charlie Bewley) for a favor, and Scarlett’s mother, Beverly surprises her daughter in San Francisco

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • How Can I Help You Say Goodbye
    8.2/10 180 votes

    #13 - How Can I Help You Say Goodbye

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-10-07

    A second aneurysm leaves Beverly brain dead and Deacon consumed with guilt, while Scarlett is forced to decide whether or not to keep Beverly on life support. Meanwhile, Juliette continues a destructive pattern of erratic behavior, pushing Avery to make the heart-wrenching decision to file for divorce.

    Director: Stephen Cragg

    Writer: Debra Fordham

  • Please Help Me, I'm Fallin'
    8.2/10 164 votes

    #14 - Please Help Me, I'm Fallin'

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-10-28

    Juliette gets into a brawl with a fan that goes viral, but Jeff sees damage control as an opening for his own career. Maddie is grounded and misses Colt who is on tour with his dad. Markus butts heads with Rayna over his sound, and the two consider whether they can continue working together.

    Director: Callie Khouri

    Writer: Taylor Hamra

  • Stand Beside Me
    8.2/10 164 votes

    #15 - Stand Beside Me

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-02-16

    Rayna and Deacon take precautions as Hockney tests the limits of the restraining order. Juliette asks the church choir to work with her on an album. Scarlett finds herself drawn to Damien.

    Director: Mike Binder

    Writer: Matthew Ross

  • You Can't Lose Me
    8.2/10 134 votes

    #16 - You Can't Lose Me

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2017-07-20

    Juliette takes great pains to keep Maddie from learning the truth. Deacon considers a new artist for Highway 65. Scarlett's pregnancy faces complications and Gunnar searches for the mugger.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Reasons to Quit
    8.2/10 126 votes

    #17 - Reasons to Quit

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2017-08-10

    With Deacon and the artists of Highway 65 taking a stand, Zach sends a message. Maddie and Juliette's conflict comes to a head. Daphne goes to a pool party. Gunnar returns from Avery's tour.

    Director: Callie Khouri

    Writer: Scott Saccoccio

  • Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down
    8.1/10 205 votes

    #18 - Your Wild Life's Gonna Get You Down

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2014-03-26

    Rayna plays a mini-set on Luke’s tour, and her girls meet his son, Colt, a moody teenager who has a big social media following. Juliette’s growing jealous of Avery’s connection to Scarlett and takes it out on her while they tour together to help raise awareness of Highway 65. Will and Layla make a plan that Gunnar refuses to support, and Teddy forbids Maddie from attending Deacon’s latest concert

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • First to Have a Second Chance
    8.1/10 207 votes

    #19 - First to Have a Second Chance

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-12-10

    Rayna is feeling conflicted about leaving the children behind to go back on tour. Sadie runs into a former partner.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Farther On
    8.1/10 122 votes

    #20 - Farther On

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2017-08-03

    Juliette shoots a mascara commercial but takes issue with the direction. Deacon gets invited to play the Opry but hesitates to answer. Avery and Gunnar embrace life on the road.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Liberty Godshall

  • Take These Chains From My Heart
    8.0/10 258 votes

    #21 - Take These Chains From My Heart

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2013-05-01

    Liam invites Rayna to run away with him to finish her album, and Deacon is surprised by his own reaction, as well as Stacy’s accusations; Jolene warns Juliette about Dante’s loyalty, which only drives the two women further apart; Teddy faces off with Peggy about the leaks, and in the wake of her father’s illness, Tandy proposes a new alliance to Coleman. Meanwhile Gunnar tries out some new music, and Avery and Scarlett reconnect.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Tomorrow Never Comes
    8.0/10 219 votes

    #22 - Tomorrow Never Comes

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-12-11

    Juliette is the main act at Teddy’s first annual Music City Festival, but the blowback by the fans and press over the Wentworths throws her for a loop and drags down the event. She demands that Glenn find out who leaked career-killing gossip to the tabloids so she can get ahead of the bad press by calling them out. Rayna is determined to buy herself out of her Edgehill contract once and for all, even though Tandy and Luke counsel otherwise. Should she risk all her assets on Highway 65? Deacon and Gunnar find themselves marginalized at the Festival and team up to to put on an unauthorized show, and Scarlett is freezing out Zoey and Gunnar but drawing closer to Avery.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • 'Til the Pain Outwears the Shame
    8.0/10 172 votes

    #23 - 'Til the Pain Outwears the Shame

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-09-30

    Juliette breaks down during an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael,” prompting Avery’s concern. But when she continues her pattern of irrational and volatile behavior, she leaves Avery with a struggle of his own. Meanwhile, Rayna is determined to show the world that Highway 65 is not just a vanity project and devises a plan to sign Markus Keen, one of the biggest rock artists around.

    Director: Jean de Segonzac

    Writer: David Gould

  • Forever and for Always
    8.0/10 167 votes

    #24 - Forever and for Always

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-03-16

    It’s the wedding viewers have longed for when Deacon and Rayna tie the knot, complete with captivating music performances by series regulars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Lennon Stella and Maisy Stella as well as cameos by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale portraying themselves. When the loving couple are ambushed by paparazzi after their intimate rehearsal dinner, Deacon’s hot-headed reaction casts a pall on the plans and forces a change of venue. Meanwhile, wedding guest Avery is struggling to keep up with the lies Juliette is forcing him to message to press in her absence.

    Director: Stephen Cragg

    Writer: Dana Greenblatt, Monica Macer

  • Baby Come Home
    8.0/10 157 votes

    #25 - Baby Come Home

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 2016-04-27

    Rayna and Deacon try everything they can think of to reunite with Maddie and avoid court, even involving Teddy from jail. Juliette tries to rekindle her relationship with Avery, and her success on tour stokes Layla's jealousy, personally and professionally. Luke Wheeler leverages his own appearance on "Good Morning America" with Robin Roberts to try to jump start Will Lexington's career.

    Director: Jet Wilkinson

    Writer: David Gould