10 Best Episodes of Salem

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 28, 2023.

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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 7.80 from 672 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 7.81 from 736 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 7.82 from 692 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 7.86 from 554 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 7.87 from 767 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 7.88 from 794 votes.

Salem - S3E10

#9 - Black Sunday (Season 3 - Episode 10)

The episode was rated 7.88 from 676 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 7.89 from 679 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 7.89 from 649 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 7.89 from 578 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 7.90 from 647 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 7.95 from 670 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 7.96 from 583 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 7.97 from 631 votes.

Salem - S1E13

#1 - All Fall Down (Season 1 - Episode 13)

Alden comes to learn Mary's biggest secret.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 667 votes.

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