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The Best Episodes of The Purge

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

Set in a dystopian America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is a mysterious savior who’s impeccably equipped for everything the night throws at them. As the clock winds down with their fates hanging in the balance, each character is forced to reckon with their pasts as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

Genres:MysteryCrimeDrama
Network:USA Network

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Purge" is "Before the Sirens", rated 7.7/10 from 523 user votes. It was directed by Patrick Lussier and written by James Roland, Lindsey Villarreal. "Before the Sirens" aired on 12/3/2019 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "This Is Not a Test".

  • Before the Sirens
    7.7/10 523 votes

    #1 - Before the Sirens

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-12-03

    Purge Night looms; Ryan and Esme put a plan into motion; Marcus readies for a showdown; Ben spirals.

    Director: Patrick Lussier

    Writer: James Roland, Lindsey Villarreal

  • This Is Not a Test
    7.6/10 735 votes

    #2 - This Is Not a Test

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-10-15

    Four interconnected characters navigate the aftermath of the Purge over the ensuing year.

    Director: Tim Andrew

    Writer: Krystal Houghton Ziv

  • Hail Mary
    7.6/10 456 votes

    #3 - Hail Mary

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-12-10

    As Purge Night rages on, Esme, Ryan, Marcus and Ben fight for their lives.

    Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero

    Writer: John Herrera, Nina Fiore

  • House of Mirrors
    7.5/10 553 votes

    #4 - House of Mirrors

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-11-12

    Ryan, Marcus, Esme and Ben learn that some lines can't be uncrossed.

    Director: Christoph Schrewe

    Writer: Lindsey Villarreal

  • 7:01am
    7.5/10 500 votes

    #5 - 7:01am

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-12-17

    As Purge Night rages on, Esme, Ryan, Marcus and Ben fight for their lives and their loved ones.

    Director: Tim Andrew

    Writer: Krystal Houghton Ziv, Nick Zigler

  • Happy Holidays
    7.4/10 534 votes

    #6 - Happy Holidays

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-11-19

    Marcus sinks into darkness. Esme is on the run. Ben returns home. Ryan gets an unexpected visitor.

    Director: Jen McGowan

    Writer: John Herrera, Nina Fiore

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go
    7.3/10 518 votes

    #7 - Should I Stay or Should I Go

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-11-26

    Marcus' family makes a tough decision. Esme and Ryan risk it all. Ben destroys someone he loves.

    Director: Darren Grant

    Writer: Nick Zigler

  • Everything Is Fine
    7.2/10 585 votes

    #8 - Everything Is Fine

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-10-22

    The city cleans up last night's Purge, but Ryan, Marcus, Esme and Ben can't shake its effects.

    Director: Jessica Lowrey

    Writer: James Roland

  • Blindspots
    7.2/10 565 votes

    #9 - Blindspots

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-10-29

    The residual effects of the purge affect the lives of Ryan, Marcus, and Esme.

    Director: Tara Nicole Weyr

    Writer: Jeremy Robbins

  • Grief Box
    7.2/10 547 votes

    #10 - Grief Box

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-11-05

    Marcus confronts his past. Esme learns the truth. Ryan changes his plan. Ben seeks understanding.

    Director: Jaime Reynoso

    Writer: Desta Tedros Reff

  • I Will Participate
    7.0/10 785 votes

    #11 - I Will Participate

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-10-30

    Joe debates the Purge with Jane. Miguel teams up with Pete to rescue Penelope.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: Nick Snyder

  • What Is America?
    6.9/10 1,305 votes

    #12 - What Is America?

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-09-04

    Once a year, any and all crime -- including murder -- is legal in America for a period of 12 hours.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: James DeMonaco

  • The Giving Time Is Here
    6.9/10 804 votes

    #13 - The Giving Time Is Here

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-10-23

    Lila grapples with rejection. Miguel and Penelope seek the safety of the Cantina.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Thomas Kelly

  • A Nation Reborn
    6.9/10 787 votes

    #14 - A Nation Reborn

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-11-06

    Penelope takes charge. Miguel and Pete grapple with an unexpected enemy.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: N/A

  • The Urge to Purge
    6.8/10 945 votes

    #15 - The Urge to Purge

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-09-18

    Penelope prepares for her sacrifice. Rick and Jenna weigh the cost of closing their business deal.

    Director: David Von Ancken

    Writer: Mick Betancourt

  • The Forgotten
    6.8/10 826 votes

    #16 - The Forgotten

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-10-09

    Joe remembers the past while Miguel confronts Henry. Jane learns a dark truth about David Ryker.

    Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado

    Writer: Jeremy Robbins

  • Lovely Dark and Deep
    6.8/10 812 votes

    #17 - Lovely Dark and Deep

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-10-16

    Miguel and Penelope hike the forest. Jane must endure David's party. Rick doubts Lila's intentions.

    Director: Tara Nicole Weyr

    Writer: N/A

  • Rise Up
    6.7/10 845 votes

    #18 - Rise Up

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-10-02

    Catalina warns Jenna. Henry torments Penelope. Jane goes on a ride along with the Matron Saints.

    Director: Julius Ramsay

    Writer: Jamie Chan

  • Take What's Yours
    6.6/10 1,037 votes

    #19 - Take What's Yours

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-09-11

    Jane considers the morality of Purge while Miguel searches for Pete the Cop.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: Thomas Kelly

  • Release the Beast
    6.6/10 893 votes

    #20 - Release the Beast

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-09-25

    Jane must leave the office while Lila consoles Jenna. Penelope is thrust into the Carnival of Flesh.

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: Krystal Houghton Ziv