Mayor of Kingstown

10 Best Episodes of Mayor of Kingstown - Season 1

Mayor of Kingstown is a critically acclaimed drama series available on Paramount+. The show is set in a small Michigan town where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry, and the McClusky family are the power brokers between the police, criminals, inmates, prison guards, and politicians. Since its first airing in 2021, the show has developed a cult following, with many viewers eagerly anticipating each season. With two seasons currently released, viewers have now had the chance to rank the best episodes of Mayor of Kingstown. Here, we will take a look at the top-ranked episodes of the show.

From the gripping pilot episode to the season two finale, Mayor of Kingstown has kept viewers on the edge of their seats. The show's unique blend of drama and suspense has made each episode an experience to remember. Here, we'll take a look at the best episodes of Mayor of Kingstown, ranked according to their reviews from viewers and critics alike.

Whether you're a loyal fan of the show or a new viewer just getting into the series, these are the episodes you won't want to miss. Here, we'll break down the top-ranked episodes of Mayor of Kingstown, and explain why these episodes are the best of the best.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jul 16, 2024.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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#10 - The Price (Season 1 - Episode 4)

In this episode of Mayor of Kingstown, Mike is put to the test as everyone wants something from him and he is reminded of who is in control. The episode starts off with Iris visiting Mike's office and then Mariam and Mike discussing Kyle's future. This episode takes a darker turn as Mike is put in a position to make a tough decision.

The scene in which Mike meets Iris is a great one. Mike is faced with a difficult choice and Iris makes a bold statement that she'll give Mike one year. It really paints a picture of the tense situation Mike is in and imagines what it would be like to live in Kingstown. The show keeps getting darker and darker as Mike is faced with increasingly difficult decisions.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 1170 votes.

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#9 - The Mayor of Kingstown (Season 1 - Episode 1)


The Mayor of Kingstown is the pilot episode of the show Mayor of Kingstown. This episode follows brothers Mitch and Mike McLusky as they act as the middlemen between prisoners and the community. When a young guard, Sam, is caught up in a difficult situation, Mike works to help clear his name.

The first episode has been met with mixed reviews. Some find it an excellent start for the show, while others find it difficult to root for anyone due to the bleak setting. F-bombs are used too frequently for some viewers, leaving them feeling uncomfortable. Despite the mixed reviews, the show continues to move forward with the story of Mitch and Mike McLusky.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1531 votes.

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#8 - The End Begins (Season 1 - Episode 2)

In the episode "The End Begins" of the show Mayor of Kingstown, local gang leader Bunny is unhappy when one of his men is taken away. However, Mike is able to make a deal and is later visited by two FBI agents who worked with Mitch. Milo also gives instructions to Josef to get closer to Mike.

The episode builds tension as Bunny's men are taken away, and Mike works to broker a deal. The episode culminates in a tense scene as Mike is visited by the FBI agents, and Milo gives instructions to Josef. The episode ends with the quote, "Once you been in the jaws of the beast, someday you are gonna finish his meal," a powerful reminder of the stakes in the show. This episode is a solid example of why Mayor of Kingstown has become so popular.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 1318 votes.

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#7 - Orion (Season 1 - Episode 5)


In the episode "Orion" of the show Mayor of Kingstown, Kyle and Ian are questioned by internal affairs in the wake of a shootout. Meanwhile, Bunny asks Mike for help with a close family member. During the episode, Mike and a hockey player have a memorable exchange in which the player calls Mike "sir" and Mike responds with a firm "Don't call me that!"

The episode is full of tension as Kyle and Ian are interrogated, while Bunny seeks help from Mike. The exchange between Mike and the hockey player is a brief moment of levity in the midst of the drama. Mike's response provides an insight into his character, revealing his disdain for being addressed with formal titles. It also provides a bit of comic relief, reminding the audience that despite the serious themes of the show, humor is still present.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 1118 votes.

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#6 - Simply Murder (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The episode Simply Murder from the show Mayor of Kingstown starts off with a tragic accident that has deadly consequences. This leads to an all-out manhunt as the search for the culprit intensifies. Meanwhile, Mike reaches out to a former prison contact, remembering his wise words “the enemy of my enemy is not my friend”.

The episode is intense and full of suspense. It takes on a unique twist when a well-done kid is thrown into the mix. This is definitely a first and adds to the mystery and mystery of the episode. It's definitely a must watch.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 1237 votes.

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#5 - Along Came a Spider (Season 1 - Episode 7)


In this episode, Mike pays Milo a visit, hoping to find answers. However, tensions at the men's prison reach a tipping point and Mike discovers something disturbing. The stakes are high and danger lurks around every corner, making this a gripping and exciting episode.

The episode has been praised for its grim, dark and tense atmosphere. Despite some criticism of Mike's decisions, viewers have praised the show for its incredible writing. One particular scene, where a female prisoner is surprisingly allowed to have a handheld mirror, has been met with some disbelief, as such a thing would unlikely be allowed in a real prison.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 1066 votes.

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#4 - Every Feather (Season 1 - Episode 6)

In the episode “Every Feather” of the show Mayor of Kingstown, a fight breaks out on the yard, and Sam finds himself in a difficult situation. In an effort to get what he wants, Milo decides to take extreme measures. Mike sends a strong message in the form of his words “Every feather, Mike. Every feather.”

The show has been praised for its excellence and excitement, and this episode does not disappoint. Taylor Sheridan’s writing and direction keep viewers on the edge of their seats for this intense episode. With Mike’s powerful words lingering in the air, viewers are left to ponder what will happen next and if Sam will be able to get out of the difficult situation he finds himself in.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 1096 votes.

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#3 - The Devil is Us (Season 1 - Episode 8)


In the episode "The Devil is Us," Kyle and the Kingstown Police Department are trying to unravel the crime scene. Meanwhile, Mike takes matters into his own hands, and Sam makes a costly mistake. Ed's comment points out that the criminals need to be dealt with before they continue to commit more crimes. Another viewer comments on Mike's attachment to the girl, mentioning that Mike made it clear he didn't care about her at first.

The episode reveals the consequences of not dealing with criminals effectively and quickly. Mike's sudden change of heart towards the girl might hint at a possible back story between them. Ed's comment brings up the importance of standing up for justice, as the criminals have already demonstrated their propensity to commit more crime. Sam's costly mistake might be a consequence of not being able to make the right decision in a tough situation.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 1066 votes.

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#2 - The Lie of the Truth (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Tracy has some good news for Kyle, but Mike and Iris are unaware of the trouble escalating in Kingstown. In a peaceful moment, Mike and Iris are discussing the birds in the area, with Mike pointing out that a goldfinch looks yellow, but is not a yellow finch.

The episode is a rollercoaster of emotions, with two very different worlds clashing as the anticipation of the trouble in Kingstown builds. The audience is left wondering what is going to happen next as the episode reaches its climax.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 1097 votes.

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#1 - This Piece of My Soul (Season 1 - Episode 10)


In the heart pounding episode of Mayor of Kingstown titled “This Piece of My Soul”, Kingstown Prison descends into total chaos and Mike desperately works to help stop a riot with serious consequences for all involved. Taylor Sheridan’s brilliant writing makes this episode intense and well executed. In a powerful scene, Mike McLusky and Iris have an emotional exchange. After a hundred guys swore to die for Iris, Mike killed for her without swearing to do so. Mike said he did it because they deserved it and Iris was moved by his actions. Another highlight of the episode is the prison yard shutout scene which was intense. However, the ending wasn’t as exciting as the rest of the episode.

Throughout the episode, viewers experience a roller coaster of emotions. Mike’s actions show his commitment to justice and protection of the people of Kingstown. His determination to protect the innocent and take down the criminal is an inspiring sight. This episode is a great example of how far Mike is willing to go to protect the people of Kingstown. Overall, this episode is truly a thrilling experience, from the intense scenes to the emotionally charged conversations.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 1129 votes.

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