Showtime’s Your Honor is a gripping drama series that follows the life of New Orleans judge, Michael Desiato, as he faces a moral dilemma when his son is involved in a hit and run. Since its first episode aired in December 2020, the show has received a great deal of praise. With two seasons now available, viewers are starting to rank the best episodes from the series.
The best episodes of Your Honor are often those that explore the moral and ethical implications of Desiato’s decisions as he navigates his situation with his son. While there are plenty of suspenseful and thrilling moments, the show excels in its exploration of the complexity of making difficult choices in a morally ambiguous world.
So which episodes should be at the top of your list? We’ve ranked the best episodes of Your Honor according to viewers, critics, and industry professionals. Read on to find out more.
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Part Seventeen of Your Honor was an incredible rollercoaster of emotions. Michael's pursuit of the truth leads him and Nancy Costello down a dangerous path. His investigation culminates in an intense bus ride during which Michael breaks down in tears. This episode is directed by Carrie Preston, adding to its already stellar production quality. The audacity of the show's season finale also left viewers stunned and amazed. It's no wonder that this episode is being hailed as one of the best of the entire show.
The episode was rated 7.92 from 478 votes.
In the tenth and final episode of Your Honor, Adam is left reeling from new information about his mother’s death. His father, Michael, and Adam are all in danger of having their secrets revealed. Meanwhile, Eugene is desperately trying to find justice for his family. Finally, Carlo’s trial comes to a close, leading to a satisfying and unexpected conclusion for the show.
The season finale brings the story full circle, with it all starting from an accident and ending in an accident. While some viewers may be left wanting more, the poetic justice of the finale was the perfect way to cap off the show. The ending was unexpected, but it was the perfect way to wrap up the season.
The episode was rated 7.85 from 1295 votes.
Your Honor's premiere episode, Part One, starts off with a tragic accident involving Judge Michael Desiato's teenage son Adam. This event puts the judge in an impossible situation that will affect the dynamics of his family, his oldest friend Charlie, and Adam's secret relationship with his girlfriend Frannie. Coincidentally, crime lord Jimmy Baxter and his wife Gina Baxter's birthday present results in their son Rocco getting involved in a similar situation.
Despite some minor issues, such as detectives not retrieving the inhaler from the crime scene and a questionable moment involving a dog and a rag, the show's pilot episode was well-received by viewers. Many were impressed with the intensity of the episode and the promise of more to come in the later episodes. This premiere episode is an excellent start to what seems to be a promising show.
The episode was rated 7.82 from 1778 votes.
Michael exposes shocking information that impacts everyone. A startling revelation pushes Fia to make a life-altering decision. Big Mo proposes a deal with Jimmy Baxter. Gina manipulates her father Carmine to make a move of her own.
The episode was rated 7.81 from 155 votes.
Part Sixteen of Your Honor was an intense episode filled with drama and suspense. Michael and Elizabeth pursued a lead in Robin's murder case, while the Baxters made arrangements to silence Eugene. Pushed by Gina and Carmine, Jimmy entered into a dangerous alliance. All this led to a tragic overdose that caused a major rift with the trusted lieutenants of Big Mo. Fans of the show were surely at the edge of their seat during this episode as the tension between characters and the consequences of their actions rose to a fever pitch. Even Breaking Bad fans were impressed, as this episode got one fan's son hooked on the show and rating it highly. This episode was truly one that no one should miss.
The episode was rated 7.78 from 501 votes.
Prompted by Olivia, Michael goes to see Jimmy Baxter, who makes him an unexpected offer. Shifting loyalties in Big Mo’s crew force her hand. Lee urges Michael for help.
The episode was rated 7.78 from 364 votes.
In the seventh episode of Your Honor, Michael attempts to solve his blackmail dilemma, only to discover that it comes with a more serious cost. Meanwhile, Eugene finds a new family amongst Big Mo's crew, and Adam's secret is at risk of being revealed due to a problematic relationship.
The court scene in this episode was certainly captivating, with a judge who is as cold as ice. It is clear that there is no line that he won't cross to get the job done. For viewers, it was a great scene that proved to be full of suspense and intrigue. However, viewers were left disappointed by the way Cranston's role was diminished throughout the episode, as it felt like his character was being pushed to the backburner.
The episode was rated 7.75 from 1281 votes.
In episode nine of the show "Your Honor", Michael is faced with the pressure of keeping Carlo out of prison. To achieve this, Michael finds an answer. Charlie, who is helping Adam with his relationship troubles, makes a shocking discovery.
The episode leaves viewers with many questions, particularly around a scene featuring photos that wasn't included in the previous episodes. This surprise scene has left viewers confused and wondering what it could mean. Many fans have gone as far as to go through the subtitle files of all the previous episodes to try and find any dialogue associated with the scene, but it was nowhere to be found.
The episode was rated 7.75 from 1207 votes.
In Part Two of Your Honor, Judge Michael Desiato and his son Adam create an alibi on the anniversary of his wife's death. This brings two of his close friends and colleagues, Charlie and Lee, into a web of deception. Kofi is also approached about a job. The episode was intense, but some viewers found it dragged on a bit. Despite the four episodes so far, viewers are still not sure what the purpose of D'jango and the other canine characters is, or what they may be up to.
The episode has left many viewers hanging, wondering what will happen next. Will the characters be able to keep up the web of lies, or will the truth be revealed? Will Kofi take the job he was offered? Will D'jango and the other canine characters play a larger role in the show? Will the show pick up pace and become even more intense? These are all questions viewers have been left with as they wait for the next episode to come out.
The episode was rated 7.75 from 1526 votes.
In part six of Your Honor, Adam has a dangerous new love interest, while Michael searches for his blackmailer. Lee is determined to get justice for Kofi’s case. The episode is filled with tension and excitement, though the on-screen chemistry between Adam and Fina may leave something to be desired. The episode ends on a gripping note, with Walter White-esque intensity, though some viewers are not thrilled with Adam's decision making.
The ending of part six proved to be the highlight of the episode, as it left viewers at the edge of their seats. Bryan's decision to kill the man from the boat was met with mixed reactions, with some viewers being taken aback by the sudden change in Bryan's character. Despite this, the ending was praised by many viewers, who found it thrilling and intense.
The episode was rated 7.75 from 1256 votes.
In Part Five of Your Honor, Michael attempts to return to business as usual until he discovers that someone is blackmailing him. Jimmy Baxter and Gina Baxter, determined to avenge their son's death, are still on the case. With the police knowing whose car it was and Little Mo knowing where it was to be stolen from, the list of suspects is easily narrowed down to two people. Despite the convoluted plot, viewers are able to enjoy Bryan Cranston's return to his Breaking Bad character.
The episode takes a shocking turn when it is revealed that Adam's photo was next to the kid's, causing viewers to question why exactly this was the case. Adam's character is also intensifying, leading viewers to suspect that he might end up dead or in jail. With the mystery of Adam's photo looming, Part Five of Your Honor leaves viewers with more questions than answers, and they are sure to be on the edge of their seats for the following episodes.
The episode was rated 7.69 from 1306 votes.
In Part Fourteen of Your Honor, Michael gets closer to the Baxter family when he is invited to Jimmy Baxter’s 50th birthday party. His presence at the party brings a surprise guest, Carmine Conti, the father of Gina. Eugene is determined to do something kind for Little Mo in return for his kindness, but his good intentions could expose a corruption scandal in the city of New Orleans.
The tension between Michael and Jimmy is palpable in this episode, especially when Michael and Fia share an affectionate moment. Jimmy’s expressions and reactions to their interactions are truly priceless. It’s clear that Jimmy’s heart is really aching over his daughter’s relationship with Michael, and with the judge. The drama between Jimmy and the judge only intensifies this episode, as the audience can feel the pain in Jimmy’s chest.
The episode was rated 7.68 from 570 votes.
In Your Honor Part Fifteen, Michael Desiato's life is in danger when Jimmy Baxter's birthday party is interrupted. After this life-threatening event, Michael decides to no longer aid Olivia. Michael's warning goes to Charlie, who makes an unexpected move in response. Eugene gets help from Little Mo, but this puts him in the bad graces of Big Mo. Nancy is determined to get to the bottom of the murder of Michael's wife, Robin Desiato, and takes on a lead she hopes will provide answers.
Viewers of Your Honor have been eagerly awaiting Part Fifteen as they hope to get answers to questions that were left unanswered in Season 1. This episode promises to bring suspense and action as Michael and Charlie face life-threatening events and Nancy pursues her investigation of Robin's murder. Tune in to see if these characters will get the answers they seek in Part Fifteen!
The episode was rated 7.67 from 543 votes.
In Part Three of the show Your Honor, Michael continues to use his power to obscure the details of the accident, while crime lord Jimmy Baxter and his wife Gina scheme to seek their revenge. Meanwhile, Lt. Nancy Costello is struggling to piece together her investigation. Adam, the protagonist, makes a bold move in response to bad advice, whilst Gina strikes a deal for her son Carlo.
The episode has been met with mixed reviews, with some viewers finding Adam's attitude dumb and self-sabotaging. Others criticize his decision to take matters into his own hands rather than go to the authorities. The one rule he was given - to not tell anyone - has been broken, and many viewers feel he needs to see a psychiatrist to deal with his self-sabotage syndrome.
The episode was rated 7.67 from 1451 votes.
In Part Eighteen of Your Honor, Eugene finds himself in another dangerous situation after narrowly avoiding the last one. Meanwhile, Olivia is getting frustrated with Michael and turns her attention to an unexpected source of help. Big Mo's opening night celebration is overshadowed by a sudden and unexpected darkness. Gina Baxter's character is a force to be reckoned with, as Hope Davis manages to make her both terrifying and captivating.
The episode was rated 7.66 from 433 votes.
Your Honor's Part Eleven episode begins with the aftermath of a tragic accident, and Michael Desiato is in a state of grief. He is soon aided by helpful strangers, including the new Mayor Charlie Figaro, Big Mo, and the police. Jimmy Baxter is looking to expand his criminal activities, while Gina Baxter is trying to cope with her son's death. The arrival of Assistant U.S. Attorney Olivia Delmont will drastically change Michael's life in ways he can't even imagine.
Despite some negative comments, this episode was well-received by many viewers. Even though some people didn't feel that a second season was necessary, the first season ended well and many are looking forward to seeing how the story progresses in the second season. With the introduction of new characters and a thrilling plot, this episode is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The episode was rated 7.64 from 680 votes.
In Part Four of Your Honor, Adam is complicit in multiple deceptions and tortured by guilt. As the tension rises, Elizabeth steps in to protect her grandson. A family dinner at the Desiatos' home is marred by secrets and lies.
The intense atmosphere at the dinner scene is so palpable that it feels like one could cut it with a knife. The actors deliver convincing performances that further reinforce the tension, which is also exemplified by the clever writing. The ending of the episode is satisfying, despite Adam and Old Heg's irritating personalities. Unfortunately, the episode also marks the end for the beloved Pretty Volvo, a loss that is sure to be felt by viewers.
The episode was rated 7.63 from 1319 votes.
In Part Eight of Your Honor, Jimmy puts pressure on Michael regarding Carlo’s trial. At a family dinner, Adam announces his future plans and Nancy and Lee discover that some of the cops are not what they seem. This episode leaves viewers with mixed feelings, as some are done with Adam’s story line, while others express their opinion that the show didn’t need to include the COVID-19 pandemic.
The episode brings a sense of tension and suspense as the audience is left to wonder what Adam’s future plans are and if the cops are trustworthy. Despite this, some viewers feel the need to distance themselves from Adam’s story and to ignore the COVID-19 subplot. The inclusion of the virus within the show is seen as unnecessary and detracts from the overall plot.
The episode was rated 7.63 from 1254 votes.
In Part Thirteen of the show, Your Honor, Michael Desiato is pushed by Olivia Delmont to exploit a newfound connection despite his initial hesitation. Meanwhile, Little Mo's deal goes wrong, and it's up to Eugene to fix the situation. The episode culminates in a tense face-off between Michael and Jimmy, resulting in an unexpected confession.
The scene between Michael and Jimmy standing side by side and gazing at their grandson was a moment of pure emotion. The tension between them was palpable, and the audience could feel the impact of the confession that came out of this intense confrontation. It was truly a moment that left everyone shocked and amazed, as this episode of Your Honor had taken a wild turn.
The episode was rated 7.54 from 573 votes.
In Part Twelve of Your Honor, Michael Desiato discovers a shocking secret, forcing him to make a difficult decision. Olivia Delmont takes advantage of the situation to push Michael to make a dangerous decision. Little Mo and others from the Desire Crew come up with a desperate business plan that puts Eugene in danger, while Elizabeth shelters Michael from the consequences. Meanwhile, Big Mo's ambitious plans puts Gina in the crosshairs.
The audience comments suggested that they felt the episode was a step up from Season 1. However, one commenter noted their discomfort with the number of gay couples depicted in the show. They believed that it felt forced and that not every show needs to include this representation. It was also mentioned that it is harder to watch gay men in television shows than gay women.
The episode was rated 7.49 from 637 votes.
Last updated: mar 24, 2023
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