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The Best Episodes of Prodigal Son

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

The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers think to help the NYPD.


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The best episode of "Prodigal Son" is "Like Father...", rated 9/10 from 1032 user votes. It was directed by Adam Kane and written by Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver, Elizabeth Peterson. "Like Father..." aired on 4/27/2020 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Sun and Fun".

  • Like Father...
    9.0/10 1,032 votes

    #1 - Like Father...

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2020-04-27

    Malcolm continues to unravel as the mystery of the girl in the box comes to a head. As Nicholas Endicott's (guest star Dermot Mulroney) true colors continue to show, the Whitlys must decide to what lengths they are willing to go in order to take him down

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver, Elizabeth Peterson

  • Sun and Fun
    8.9/10 550 votes

    #2 - Sun and Fun

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2021-05-11

    As the search intensifies for a serial killer on the run, so does Malcolm's tenacity, causing U.S. Marshal Emily Ruiz to kick him off the case. However, Malcolm doesn't back down that easily.

    Director: Chris Grismer

    Writer: Lisa Randolph

  • The Last Weekend
    8.9/10 603 votes

    #3 - The Last Weekend

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2021-05-18

    The search for a serial killer known as "The Woodsman" might help the NYPD find one of their own.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Q&A
    8.5/10 895 votes

    #4 - Q&A

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-11-04

    Bright's quest for answers about his childhood leads him to a junkyard, where he's bombarded with gunshots. Ainsley's exclusive interview with Martin takes an unexpected turn, forcing her to team up with Bright.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Elizabeth Peterson

  • Silent Night
    8.5/10 817 votes

    #5 - Silent Night

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-12-02

    Knowing that the “Junkyard Killer” was in cahoots with his father, Malcolm goes against the FBI’s wishes and continues to investigate. His findings reconnect him with a disgruntled ex-detective who was once heavily involved in the search for “The Surgeon,” delivering them both into danger.

    Director: Valerie Weiss

    Writer: Sabrina Deana-Roga

  • Alone Time
    8.5/10 822 votes

    #6 - Alone Time

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2020-01-20

    The FBI and NYPD band together to save Malcolm from the "Junkyard Killer," aka John Watkins, who reveals shocking details about his involvement in the camping trip memories that have been plaguing his psyche. Meanwhile, as Gil looks for answers from The Surgeon, Ainsley and Jessica search through their memories of the past, hoping to find some sort of clue as to where Malcolm could be hidden.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Nora Zuckerman, Lilla Zuckerman

  • Take Your Father to Work Day
    8.5/10 630 votes

    #7 - Take Your Father to Work Day

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2021-02-02

    Martin is delighted when a murder at Claremont Psychiatric brings the NYPD into his territory, allowing him direct involvement with one of Malcolm's cases. While working the same job, Ainsley's suspicion grows when she feels Malcolm may be hiding something from her. All the while, Malcolm and Ainsley must dodge their mother, who's wondering why they got rid of her favorite rug.

    Director: Omar Madha

    Writer: Elizabeth Peterson

  • Exit Strategy
    8.5/10 508 votes

    #8 - Exit Strategy

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2021-04-27

    As Malcolm distances himself from Martin, Jessica does the opposite, diving head-first into the past for the sake of her tell-all book. Meanwhile, Martin is desperate to get in touch with his son ahead of his imminent plans, as Dr. Vivian Capshaw grows increasingly suspicious. Meanwhile, the NYPD investigates a crime of passion.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • You Can Run...
    8.5/10 494 votes

    #9 - You Can Run...

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2021-05-04

    After a terrifying incident at Claremont, Malcolm is in a race against time to track down multiple killers. The NYPD realizes someone close to home might be the key to finding them.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Professionals
    8.4/10 662 votes

    #10 - The Professionals

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2020-04-20

    After a catastrophic turn of events, Malcolm and Ainsley are convinced there's more to Nicholas Endicott than meets the eye. Their only hope just might be an impromptu Whitly family reunion.

    Director: Lily Mariye

    Writer: Lisa Randolph

  • Wait & Hope
    8.3/10 755 votes

    #11 - Wait & Hope

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2020-02-03

    Malcolm takes a detour from his mandated vacation time when he finds out a killer on the loose is mimicking homicides from one his favorite children's books, "The Count of Monte Cristo." With added help from a very excited Martin Whitly, the NYPD trace the case back to a high society family planning one of the biggest weddings of the season, so Malcolm and Dani get dressed up to attend the event and track down their culprit.

    Director: Glen Winter

    Writer: Sam Sklaver

  • Head Case
    8.3/10 623 votes

    #12 - Head Case

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-02-16

    The team investigates the murder of an architect who was tasked with renovating a supposedly haunted hotel.

    Director: Lisa Robinson

    Writer: Wyatt Cain

  • Family Friend
    8.2/10 806 votes

    #13 - Family Friend

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-11-11

    Malcolm realizes the suspect in the "Junkyard Killer" case may have a connection to his father.

    Director: Rob Hardy

    Writer: Wyatt Cain

  • Internal Affairs
    8.2/10 751 votes

    #14 - Internal Affairs

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2020-01-27

    Following a mysterious and catastrophic incident in the precinct, Bright faces an internal affairs review as Gil and the team worry about his mental health.

    Director: David S. Tuttman

    Writer: Lisa Randolph, Alexis Siegel

  • Eye of the Needle
    8.1/10 723 votes

    #15 - Eye of the Needle

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2020-02-10

    Jessica continues to search for more information on the "Girl in the Box," but is confronted by the "Carousel Killer," who has a very public vendetta against the Whitlys. While the NYPD investigates families tied to Martin's victims, it's ultimately up to Malcolm and Jessica to track down the tip-line caller, turned killer, who is blackmailing her. Meanwhile, Ainsley receives a big promotion at work, but quickly realizes she may never escape the high demand for serial killer reports.

    Director: Lisa Robinson

    Writer: Wyatt Cain

  • Pied-A-Terre
    8.0/10 768 votes

    #16 - Pied-A-Terre

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-11-25

    When Martin is locked away in solitary confinement and the FBI takes over the Junkyard Killer case, Malcolm uses his spare time as an excuse to try out a “normal” lifestyle.

    Director: Antonio Negret

    Writer: Lauriel Harte Marger

  • Scheherazade
    8.0/10 664 votes

    #17 - Scheherazade

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2020-03-30

    When an up-and-coming ballet dancer is mysteriously poisoned, the NYPD dives deep into the rigorous world of dance. Meanwhile, Jessica reunites with an old friend, socialite Nicholas Endicott, and Bright and Eve turn to Martin for answers regarding the girl in the box.

    Director: Dermott Downs

    Writer: Nora Zuckerman, Lilla Zuckerman

  • Alma Mater
    8.0/10 596 votes

    #18 - Alma Mater

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2021-01-26

    When the headmaster of Bright's alma mater is found murdered, he is forced to face a troubling secret from his past. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with her decision to end things with Gil, Martin grows closer to Friar Pete and JT eagerly anticipates the birth of his baby.

    Director: Omar Madha

    Writer: Lisa Randolph

  • Face Value
    8.0/10 578 votes

    #19 - Face Value

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2021-03-02

    Malcolm focuses on a case in which a famous plastic surgeon is murdered; Martin gets a new job working in the infirmary with Dr. Vivian Capshaw; Jessica is surprised to learn her younger sister is in town.

    Director: Lou Diamond Phillips

    Writer: Lauriel Harte Marger

  • Ouroboros
    8.0/10 545 votes

    #20 - Ouroboros

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2021-04-13

    When world-famous Europol profiler Simon Hoxley shows up in New York and claims that Major Crimes' current case is connected to the discovery of Endicott's body overseas, Bright fears he and Ainsley's secret is about to be exposed. Meanwhile, Martin gets to know Dr. Vivian Capshaw.

    Director: Chris Grismer

    Writer: Nora Zuckerman, Lilla Zuckerman

  • Pilot
    7.9/10 1,471 votes

    #21 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-09-23

    Bright deals with the repercussions of seeing his father for the first time in years.

    Director: Lee Toland Krieger

    Writer: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver

  • Death's Door
    7.9/10 670 votes

    #22 - Death's Door

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2020-02-17

    When a body is found professionally preserved and embalmed, the NYPD teams up with Edrisa to go undercover at a convention of funeral directors. While there, they discover their top suspects - morticians Tilda and Dev - who used to be in business with the victim. Then, enter the mind of a serial killer as Martin revisits his past through a series of hallucinations.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Elizabeth Peterson

  • The Job
    7.9/10 650 votes

    #23 - The Job

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2020-03-16

    When a motorcycle gang robbery turns into a murder, Malcolm and team are called to the scene to investigate. While he's working on a profile, he runs into an old friend from boarding school, licensed insurance investigator Vijay (guest star Dhruv Singh). Together they work to uncover the identity of the murderer and his accomplices who stole millions in watches. Meanwhile, Martin blackmails Jessica, exchanging his silence about who stabbed him for more quality time with his son.

    Director: Satya Bhabha

    Writer: Justin W. Lo

  • Stranger Beside You
    7.9/10 655 votes

    #24 - Stranger Beside You

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2020-03-23

    The NYPD dives into a case surrounding a famous mommy blogger, whose husband was mysteriously stabbed just days after their baby was born. Meanwhile, Bright finds his way back to Eve, but can't shake his paranoia that there's more to her than meets the eye. To help ease his nerves, Ainsley helps him do some investigating and uncovers a secret she has been keeping.

    Director: Pamela Romanowsky

    Writer: Lauriel Harte Marger, Sabrina Deana-Roga

  • Annihilator
    7.8/10 1,091 votes

    #25 - Annihilator

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-09-30

    As Bright slips into the mind of a serial killer, he must deal with the repercussions of seeing his father for the first time in years.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Chris Fedak, Sam Sklaver