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Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire

AMC 2014

Set in the early 1980s, and about a fictional visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations confronts the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire - S4E7

#1 - Who Needs a Guy


Season 4 - Episode 7

Joe and Gordon discuss Comet's future; Donna takes a vacation; a new collaborator challenges Cameron; Bos and Diane make a life-altering choice.

The episode was rated from 973 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S4E10

#2 - Ten of Swords


Season 4 - Episode 10

In the series finale, Donna celebrates a milestone with her closest allies; Cameron contemplates saying goodbye as Joe confronts an uncertain future.

The episode was rated from 659 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S1E9

#3 - Up Helly Aa


Season 1 - Episode 9

Unforeseen opponents and new complications threaten to derail the Cardiff Electric team's work at COMDEX.

The episode was rated from 1293 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S2E10

#4 - Heaven Is a Place


Season 2 - Episode 10

When the Clark family descends into crisis, Gordon helps Joe. Cameron envisions a new future for Mutiny.

The episode was rated from 1222 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S3E7

#5 - The Threshold


Season 3 - Episode 7

Joe and Ryan deal with the consequences of Joe's decision. Cam and Donna fight about the future and Gordon has a crisis of conscience.

The episode was rated from 1308 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S3E10

#6 - NeXT


Season 3 - Episode 10

While Donna's vision inspires a spirited discussion about the next big thing, the end result may not make everyone happy.

The episode was rated from 1243 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S1E8

#7 - The 214s


Season 1 - Episode 8

Scandal hits Cardiff Electric as the team finalizes preparations for COMDEX. Meanwhile, Bosworth makes a sacrifice for the good of the PC program.

The episode was rated from 1302 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S3E8

#8 - You Are Not Safe


Season 3 - Episode 8

Diane, Bos, and Donna hit the road in hopes of building support for Mutiny; everyone else awaits the big day, and Joe approaches Cam for a favor.

The episode was rated from 1317 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S3E6

#9 - And She Was


Season 3 - Episode 6

Tensions rise over an offer to buy Mutiny. Donna has a weekend alone, while Gordon and Cameron bond over video games. Joe has a standoff with the board.

The episode was rated from 1315 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S4E9

#10 - Search


Season 4 - Episode 9

Donna faces a professional crossroads; Joanie takes a trip; Joe unveils Comet's new look; Cameron asks a favor from a one-time collaborator.

The episode was rated from 824 votes.

Halt and Catch Fire - S4E8
#11 - Goodwill
Season 4 - Episode 8

Cameron helps Donna pack up; Bos makes his famous chili; Joe helps Haley recover a memorable keepsake.

The episode was rated from 889 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S3E9
#12 - NIM
Season 3 - Episode 9

Donna tries to bring everyone together at Comdex with her vision of the Internet's future, and Gordon faces a strong-willed Joanie.

The episode was rated from 1269 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S1E1
#13 - I/O
Season 1 - Episode 1

Cardiff Electric gets a new employee. He's apparently worked for the likes of IBM. But after he gets the new job, it's clear that he is not exactly what he claims to be.

The episode was rated from 1993 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S1E10
#14 - 1984
Season 1 - Episode 10

As Gordon and Joe prepare to ship the Giant, a suspicious defect calls their partnership into question. Cameron takes her future into her own hands.

The episode was rated from 1273 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S1E4
#15 - Close to the Metal
Season 1 - Episode 4

As Cameron nears completion of the BIOS, a crisis threatens the project's future and requires all hands on deck to save the machine.

The episode was rated from 1449 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S2E6
#16 - 10Broad36
Season 2 - Episode 6

Gordon is back in California, hoping to reconnect with his brother. Joe uses the leverage that he has.

The episode was rated from 1154 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S2E9
#17 - Kali
Season 2 - Episode 9

Left reeling by the launch of a rival, Mutiny takes measures to ensure its survival. Meanwhile, Gordon pays a price in an attempt to quell his paranoia.

The episode was rated from 1159 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S1E5
#18 - Adventure
Season 1 - Episode 5

Cameron bristles under a new manager as Joe and Gordon attempt to procure a key piece of new technology for the computer.

The episode was rated from 1397 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S2E8
#19 - Limbo
Season 2 - Episode 8

Cameron and Tom try to come to terms at Mutiny's user picnic. Meanwhile, Gordon searches for answers, as Joe and Sara say goodbye to Dallas.

The episode was rated from 1178 votes.
Halt and Catch Fire - S3E2
#20 - One Way or Another
Season 3 - Episode 2

While Cameron and Donna struggle to find venture capital, Joe hires a key coder, leaving the rest of the team at a loss.

The episode was rated from 1384 votes.

Last updated: jun 16, 2022



I am so hooked on this show! It appeals to both the business man in me and the nerd in me :)


I finally got why I love this show so much. Not because of computer stuff and not because of business stuff. I love it because everyone in the show feels _real_. The dramatic stare and silence for a minute are absent here (well, except for Joe, but that's part of his charm). Characters act fast and natural, their small talk is believable – never once I've seen a show which portrays such things so perfectly. Hell, this is a rare kind of a show where I laugh at the jokes, not at how terrible they are. And only after that I should mention that, yeah, there's some computer stuff and business stuff which I like too.


This show had big shoes to fill replacing breaking bad in it's time slot. So far, it's doing well. Very, very character driven, yet in a way that isn't so slow that it bores me.


I've waited a long time to say anything about Halt and Catch Fire. It seems too easy or pointless to use a word like "underrated." It's hard to say the most compelling aspects are "subtle." No matter how many times I try to dismiss the whisper "masterpiece," it still returns. This isn't a show that wastes time trying to "work its angle" well enough that you get cheap glimpses into "the computer world." It doesn't try to impress you with talk that makes you think of a snobbish adviser they consult with too often. It doesn't try to make profound statements about family or entrepreneurship. Halt and Catch Fire is the grind. It's the thing that gets you to the thing. I crave entertainment that makes me think. Halt puts me into a kind of meditation. I can adopt the skin of practically any character and feel like I know how I'd react to any other. I want to forgive and grow and try and disappear as they did. I want to root for them, and be cut deeper and deeper each time I try to believe again. I want to feel like my home is where my heart is, and my heart can reside in so many people and everything we've tried to create together. This show can let you feel a dynamic and chaotic beauty and drive for every ounce of the pain it takes to do so. I've reached a point where I can't find anymore words to wrap the swelling in my chest with that will quell what I'm going to miss now that it's over. What these characters have, what this story shows, is human perfection. Bloody, confusing, tumultuous and heartfelt perfection. While the show can end, what it represents is everything I want my life to be, and I feel humbled that they were able to strike the chord so soundly.


Well, here we are, another show that finished its run. I'm sad that it's over, but at the same time happy that it got the run it got. I remember I started watching it on a whim and now, 40 episodes later, I have this "I'm so glad on that day, I just went and started it". Because whenever you get to think like that, you know how meaningful a show was. This show has inspired me to a level that is hard to describe, especially seasons 3 and 4. I'm now working on my own website, and while it's not the only thing that led me to do it, it is definitely the one that gave me the final push. Expect another Comet soon. Goodbye Joe, Gordon, Cameron, Donna & Bos! (and everyone else)


Love this show. I was hoping for a third season, but it doesn't look likely. Its a shame. I started in computers in 1979 and lived this time period in my career. Believe me, it WAS very much like this. Technology was exploding in the 80's and I witnessed all this come about, including the cut-throat moves of businesses, particularly, IBM, Microsoft, Atari, Commodore (yes I said Atari), Compaq, Apple, and many many other smaller companies that no longer exist. It was a revolution in the computer industry, going from Unix based mainframe type computers to independent PCs. It changed the landscape of the day. It was an incredible time and this show allows me to relive this time in our history. Back when us "techs" performed component level board repairs. Don't see that anymore either. Yes, the second season seemed to have less direction then the first, but guess what....so did we. There was so much going on and so many new choices it was hard to choose the right path. Remember, there was no standard at the time. This show was one of my favorites and has a lot of potential.


Hands down best show. love the plot and the acting is spectacular. First show in a very long time that I can't wait for the next episode and go through withdraws at the end of each season.


Renewed for a fourth and final season! Glad we'll get to see the story ending on its own terms..


Obsessed with this show!


Most underrated show on TV right now. Brilliantly written, well-cast, and character driven. The way they have depicted the 80's is spot-on.

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