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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

HBO 2010

An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire - S3E11

#1 - Two Imposters


Season 3 - Episode 11

Gyp makes his move in Atlantic City, forcing Nucky and Eddie to seek refuge with Chalky. With the Artemis Club overrun by Rosetti thugs, Gillian contemplates a business future that includes an unwelcome partner. Luciano makes a deal he’ll come to regret. Harrow loses his house privileges.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 721 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S3E12

#2 - Margate Sands


Season 3 - Episode 12

A gang war erupts in Atlantic City, with Gyp and nine men of his own and 40 of Joe Masseria's against Nucky, Eli, Capone's Chicago crew, and Chalky's men. Gyp's holed up at Gillian's; Nucky at a lumber yard. It's a war of attrition, with Nucky having to keep Capone and Chalky's men from killing each other while he negotiates with Rothstein by phone. Rothstein runs his own game with Luciano, Lansky, and heroin, Margaret calls on an older couple, and Richard is out there somewhere focused on protecting Tommy.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 732 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S4E12

#3 - Farewell Daddy Blues


Season 4 - Episode 12

Eli braces for the worst as Agent Knox launches his plan to bring Nucky down. Capone and Torrio reach an agreement in Cicero. Chalky looks to settle scores. Richard steps forward to save Tommy, at Gillian's expense.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 986 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S5E8

#4 - Eldorado


Season 5 - Episode 8

Nucky plans to relocate to Manhattan. Margaret impresses Nucky and a grain company stockholder.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 1006 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S2E12

#5 - To the Lost


Season 2 - Episode 12

Esther Randolph's case is weakened by the sudden death of one witness and the sudden marriage of another. Jimmy turns away from the influence of others, including his mother. Nucky, acting the family man to Margaret, faces a difficult, bottom-line business decision.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 693 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S2E11
#6 - Under God's Power She Flourishes
Season 2 - Episode 11

With Margaret pondering the consequences of sin, Nucky prepares her for a worst-case scenario as Esther Randolph plays out her trump cards. Jimmy revisits his college days with Angela and Gillian. Mickey Doyle chafes at sharing his liquor profits. Eli refuses to cop a plea. Nelson's past comes back to haunt him, tipping the scale in Nucky's favor.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 676 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S2E10
#7 - Georgia Peaches
Season 2 - Episode 10

Undercut by Nucky, who has a new source for alcohol, Jimmy and his partners look to cultivate a new revenue stream in Atlantic City. With the peak tourist season approaching, the Commodore’s crew faces a choice in dealing with the city’s striking workers; either negotiate or fight back. Fearing that sin has led to misfortune, Margaret approaches Father Brennan with an “act of devotion.” Nucky gets a new lawyer. Van Alden faces an uncertain future. Manny Horvitz takes exception to a debt payment.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 663 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S5E7
#8 - Friendless Child
Season 5 - Episode 7

Nucky tries to hold onto his assets in Atlantic City. Willie and Eli become involved in Nucky's war.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 939 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S4E10
#9 - White Horse Pike
Season 4 - Episode 10

Tipped off by Sally Wheet, Nucky enlists Eli and Agent Knox to check out the extra cargo in Florida shipments. Margaret ponders a deal with Rothstein to improve her family’s living conditions. Capone grows suspicious of Torrio; Nucky faces a dilemma; Eli makes peace with Willie.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 932 votes.

Boardwalk Empire - S4E5
#10 - Erlkönig
Season 4 - Episode 5

Nucky heads to Philadelphia to deal with the fallout from Willie’s liquor fiasco. Eddie Kessler is detained by Agent Knox, who uses physical and psychological tactics to elicit information about Nucky’s organization. A desperate Gillian turns to an unexpected source to score a fix, and is rebuffed in her attempt to reunite with Tommy. In Cicero, Van Alden is recruited by the Capones to pay an election-day visit to local factory workers opposed to the Capones’ candidate of choice.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Boardwalk Empire from 965 votes.

Last updated: may 05, 2021



To me season 2 is even better than season 1. Constant high quality, great plot & of course amazing cinematography by Martin Scorsese makes B.E. an another epic HBO series!


Honestly the best series of all time. I have yet to watch the Sopranos so this may be premature but it is absolutely better than all of the other shows that people say are GOAT. It's better than The Wire, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and Mad Men combined. The acting, writing, directing, thematic value, sound editing, and historical relevance (as well as modern relevance) are strung together impossibly well in this masterpiece of a show. The only way I can see someone not liking this show is either if they have no understanding of film techniques or they just do not pay attention. Word to the wise though, pay VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to the first episode if you just begin watching it. The first episode is the most complicated episode of all time, it's practically its own movie, literally every single scene has relevance to the larger story.


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Funny, I usually adore the combination HBO does about the music & imagery on their tv shows, but the Boardwalk one... I don't know, I don't find quite as appealing as the others.


Brilliantly-written. All of it. Brilliantly-made - the decors, the acting, the soundtrack. It transfers you back in time. Genius work.


it ended way too short I could've went at least another couple so seasons.


So can someone tell me what the point of the Van Alden storyline is? Since Season 2 he is just wandering around.... so unimportant that he didn't even appear in the last episodes of Season 3.


One of the best shows for years.


Sopranos quality show! Definitely in my top ten!


Sopranos quality show! Definitely in my top ten!

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