Under the Banner of Heaven

10 Best Episodes of Under the Banner of Heaven

A devout detective's faith is tested as he investigates a brutal murder that seems to be connected to an esteemed Utah family's spiral into LDS fundamentalism and their distrust in the government.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 14, 2023.

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Under the Banner of Heaven - S1E1

#6 - When God Was Love (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Detectives Jeb Pyre and Bill Taba investigate the brutal, sinister murders of an LDS woman, Brenda Wright Lafferty and her baby daughter in Utah’s typically serene Salt Lake Valley in 1984.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 224 votes.

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#5 - Surrender (Season 1 - Episode 3)


The ongoing investigation leads Pyre and Taba into untrod woods where they unearth information that challenges Pyre's own faith, and draw more Laffertys into suspicion and custody.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 163 votes.

Under the Banner of Heaven - S1E2

#4 - Rightful Place (Season 1 - Episode 2)

With a lead suspect in custody, the investigation uncovers more ominous questions than answers as the hidden history of the once admired Lafferty family is exposed.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 188 votes.

Under the Banner of Heaven - S1E6

#3 - Revelation (Season 1 - Episode 6)


New details emerge about Brenda's attempt to reckon with some of the Lafferty family's most extreme members and beliefs, as Pyre and Taba hunt for those who killed Brenda before they can kill again.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 95 votes.

Under the Banner of Heaven - S1E4

#2 - Church and State (Season 1 - Episode 4)

The investigation intensifies after Pyre uncovers details of the Lafferty family's fundamentalist beliefs, sparking a search for missing Lafferty brothers, Ron and Dan, and putting Pyre at odds with his own church leaders.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 134 votes.

Under the Banner of Heaven - S1E5

#1 - One Mighty and Strong (Season 1 - Episode 5)


With evidence now pointing squarely toward fundamentalist Mormonism, Pyre turns to LDS Church leaders for guidance but is met with roadblocks. Undeterred, he discovers a list of names Brenda's killers plan to murder next.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 115 votes.

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