1,956 votes


WGN America 2014

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, 'Salem' explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Salem

Salem - S1E13

#1 - All Fall Down


Season 1 - Episode 13

Alden comes to learn Mary's biggest secret.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Salem from 667 votes.

Salem - S1E12

#2 - Ashes Ashes


Season 1 - Episode 12

Alden’s trial begins, triggering a chain of events that breaks nearly every remaining allegiance left in Salem. While Mary arms the Malum for the Grand Rite, the coven elders urge her to use Alden as the final sacrifice. Increase seizes Mercy’s acolytes for information to use against Alden – an act that carries more consequences than anyone anticipated.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Salem from 631 votes.

Salem - S2E13

#3 - The Witching Hour


Season 2 - Episode 13

Mary refuses to believe that her son is still alive while the Countess does everything she can to impress the boy. Ann tries to convince Cotton that she uses her powers for good and Alden balances between life and death.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Salem from 583 votes.

Salem - S1E9

#4 - Children, Be Afraid


Season 1 - Episode 9

Salem sees a second death since Increase's arrival in town, and Mary struggles to get George back under her control. Mercy and her acolytes flex their growing power while Increase grows closer with Isaac, putting Isaac’s loyalty to Mary in question.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Salem from 670 votes.

Salem - S1E11

#5 - Cat and Mouse


Season 1 - Episode 11

Increase’s warpath continues as Alden finds himself the target of fresh accusations – and at the mercy of the Selectmen, thanks to a surprise move by a healthier George Sibley – leading Mary to hatch a desperate plan to save him. Cotton finds himself frozen in a tug of war between his father and his loyalty to Alden. Meanwhile, Anne learns the truth about her father.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Salem from 647 votes.

Salem - S2E10

#6 - Til Death Do Us Part


Season 2 - Episode 10

When Mary and Alden join forces, Alden gets his first test in fatherhood.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Salem from 578 votes.

Salem - S1E10

#7 - The House of Pain


Season 1 - Episode 10

Increase gets closer to understanding who really runs things in Salem; at the same time, Anne finds herself in danger, and in need of Alden's help, while investigating a mystery.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Salem from 649 votes.

Salem - S1E8

#8 - Departures


Season 1 - Episode 8

Increase Mather makes it his first order of business to catch a real witch, and starts by pinpointing a prominent figure from Salem’s most sinful district. Mary worries that Increase will detect that his old friend George is under a spell and enlists the help of Isaac to deter Increase from uncovering the truth. Meanwhile, accusations within Salem intensify and Cotton must deal with a painful turn of events – and Anne’s suspicions of her father reach a fever pitch.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Salem from 679 votes.

Salem - S3E10

#9 - Black Sunday


Season 3 - Episode 10

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Salem from 676 votes.

Salem - S3E3

#10 - The Reckoning


Season 3 - Episode 3

Mary’s penance for her betrayal takes a deadly turn while Cotton is forced to perform an exorcism of his own.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Salem from 794 votes.

Salem - S1E5
#11 - Lies
Season 1 - Episode 5

The witches of Salem’s coven meet in the woods – without Mary and Tituba – and agree that they have no choice but to eliminate one of their most dangerous threats: Alden. Meanwhile, Alden and Cotton realize the true, dangerous nature of the mysterious object they uncovered – and use it to ensnare something of much graver importance. Mary realizes that her own coven has been plotting without her… and the relationship between Mary and Mercy is no longer what it seems.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Salem from 767 votes.

Salem - S2E12
#12 - Midnight Never Come
Season 2 - Episode 12

Mary makes a last ditch effort to stop Countess Marburg's attempts while alliances shift as surprising truths are revealed.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Salem from 554 votes.

Salem - S3E7
#13 - The Man Who Was Thursday
Season 3 - Episode 7

Anne's pregnancy starts to show as her house-guest goes to work for Mercy. Isaac finds himself in a new role and seems to enjoy it. Plans are made to defeat the dark child and the boy goes to pieces.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Salem from 692 votes.

Salem - S1E6
#14 - The Red Rose and the Briar
Season 1 - Episode 6

Alden and Cotton find themselves face-to-face with a real witch, and an unlikely ally keeps the coven from tracking down their missing sister. Tituba feels left out when Mary decides to initiate a new member into the coven. As Mary takes her new acolyte under her wing, she recalls her own path after the fateful events surrounding Alden’s departure from town seven years ago. Meanwhile, Alden and Cotton learn to their horror that the trials have actually been helping the witches – and soon find themselves under attack after they lose control of their captive.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Salem from 736 votes.

Salem - S3E8
#15 - Friday's Knights
Season 3 - Episode 8

Mortal enemies are forced to work together to keep the door to hell locked.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Salem from 672 votes.

Salem - S3E4
#16 - Night's Black Agents
Season 3 - Episode 4

Cotton discovers life-altering news while Mary learns the power of her femininity.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Salem from 796 votes.

Salem - S2E8
#17 - Dead Birds
Season 2 - Episode 8

Countess Marburg's achilles heel is revealed.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Salem from 529 votes.

Salem - S2E11
#18 - On Earth As in Hell
Season 2 - Episode 11

Mary has a public fall from grace. Alden and Cotton try to save the boy's soul.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Salem from 548 votes.

Salem - S2E9
#19 - Wages of Sin
Season 2 - Episode 9

Mary makes a sacrifice to save her son from Marburg.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Salem from 549 votes.

Salem - S2E5
#20 - The Wine Dark Sea
Season 2 - Episode 5

Mary and her tormentor, Countess Marburg, meet face-to-face.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Salem from 566 votes.

Last updated: mar 02, 2021



The last couple of episodes of the first season really stepped it up. Mainly because of the addition of Increase Mather. I hope they don't kill him off too soon or at all in the second season. The character's great. The middle was rather lackluster but the recent episodes make me eager to see where this is going.


I really hope that they make a third season! I love this show!


As someone who is interested in and knows a lot about witchcraft, I love how they took the approach to it in this show. I agree with many other commentors that the show indeed starts a little slow.. But there are just a ton of things that happen that many of us didn't expect or saw coming! I love how this show got me hooked, I just had to continue watching because I wanted to know what was going to happen. I can't wait till spring 2015 where there will probably be a witch war between all these different little parties.


Great, watched the 1st ep and the plot is intriguing, engaging. Enjoying and waiting for the 3rd season


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Haven't seen the plot twist like this since Saw franchise. Literally, one of the best plot twists ever written. Too bad it really end in such short period. Definitely worth a watch!


Got cancelled too soon & I hated how often Mary "damp cheeks" Sibley teared up, but this is one of the best witch based series ever.


Increase Mather is really awesome


Mary Sibley cries in almost every single scene. Terrible, was the actress in pain during filming or what?


This program started slowly, so much so that I at first failed to finish watching the first episode. After letting a couple of months pass, I decided to begin watching from the beginning once again and am now in the middle of the 10th episode of the first season. It has become addicting. WGN has been coming up with some pretty good shows lately, and this is one of them. Time to get back to it. 1692...

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