750 votes
I May Destroy You

I May Destroy You

HBO 2020

Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella, a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

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The 10 Best Episodes of I May Destroy You

I May Destroy You - S1E12

#1 - Ego Death (Season 1 - Episode 12)

When Arabella's memory of January 22nd comes rushing back to her, she drags the last of her demons out from under the bed – once and for all.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 151 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E11

#2 - Would You Like to Know the Sex? (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Arabella's obsession with a fellow young author, Della, leads to unexpected progress on her book, despite a devastating setback. Kwame wades into uncharted waters with Tyrone and attempts to make amends with a disgruntled ex-flame. Terry has some luck in work and romance – and joins Arabella in staking out the bar where she was spiked.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 138 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E5

#3 - …It Just Came Up (Season 1 - Episode 5)

A tumultuous day finds Arabella reassessing a sexual encounter with Zain and, following a promising new lead in the investigation, opening up to Biagio about her assault. Later, after a meeting with Susy Henny, Arabella threatens to break the internet when she goes off script at a writing summit. Meanwhile, Kwame's prompted to report his own assault to the police.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 154 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E2

#4 - Someone is Lying (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Disturbed by what little she remembers of the previous night, Arabella attempts to retrace her steps, but Simon seems reluctant to help her. Meanwhile, Terry has a lousy audition.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 192 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E9

#5 - Social Media Is a Great Way to Connect (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Arabella's bloated social media presence finds her more glued to her phone than ever, perpetually internalizing the stress of her followers. At a Halloween "paint and wine" organized by Terry, Kwame opens up to the girls about his recent sexual experiment – and Arabella's reaction lands her in an emergency session with Carrie.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 137 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E10

#6 - The Cause the Cure (Season 1 - Episode 10)

After Simon inadvertently drops a bomb on Arabella, she heads to her mom's birthday dinner, where painful, long-forgotten memories bubble to the surface. Kwame's no-strings-attached hookup bender leads him to Tyrone a stranger in search of a different kind of connection.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 130 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E4

#7 - That Was Fun (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Back in London and two months after the incident, Arabella meets with a therapist who encourages her to find relaxing and creative ways to cope with her trauma. Still anticipating the first draft of Arabella's book, her agents assign another client, Zain (Karan Gill), to help her with the writing process. Kwame introduces his modest new love interest, Damon, to a stranger he met online.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 161 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E6

#8 - The Alliance (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Much to Terry's disapproval, Arabella attends a support group for rape and sexual assault survivors run by their high school acquaintance, Theo. In a flashback to 2004, teenage Arabella and Terry intervene when a resourceful, troubled young Theo attempts to flip the narrative on consensual sex gone sideways.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 146 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E8

#9 - Line Spectrum Border (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Reeling from a demoralizing development in the investigation, Arabella hatches a risky plan to "spark joy" – and convinces an adverse Terry to bankroll it. Still navigating the fallout of his own assault, Kwame challenges himself to explore the full spectrum of his sexuality.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 142 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E7

#10 - Happy Animals (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Strapped for cash and still unable to produce a draft of her book, Arabella takes a job working alongside Theo at a vegan delivery start-up. Birthday girl Terry takes covert measures to ensure Simon won't make a surprise appearance at her party. The festivities find Kwame avoiding reminders of his assault while Terry airs her suspicions about Theo.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 144 votes.

I May Destroy You - S1E3
#11 - Don't Forget the Sea
Season 1 - Episode 3

Three months earlier, Terry visits Arabella in Ostia, Italy, where she's living large on her agents' dime. After procuring party favors, Arabella and Terry each have a wild night of their own.

The episode was rated from 177 votes.
I May Destroy You - S1E1
#12 - Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes
Season 1 - Episode 1

After visiting her aspirational long-distance boyfriend in Italy, writer Arabella returns to London, where she is greeted by a deluge of frantic messages from her literary agents. With a matter of hours left to finish a draft of her second book, she plans to pull an all-nighter - but is soon tempted to join a friend on a night out.

The episode was rated from 221 votes.

Last updated: jul 04, 2022



Michaela Coel sets the table for a necessary conversation about the true nature of drugs, sex, rape, identity, friendship and the complex moral and psychological issues surrounding victims of sexual abuse. Raw, brilliantly written and fulled with daring performances by the complete cast, I MAY DESTROY YOU invites audiences to talk about it and take action.


_“Your birth is my birth, your death is my death”_


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