It’s definitely time for Sam Esmail’s Mr.Robot to be considered among the best TV series of all time.
The unique storyline is tremendously gripping – and add a Rami Malek’s masterful performance to it. It makes a very successful recipe. Not to forget to mention the scintillating sound effects and the incredible cinematography.
Mr.Robot released its final season just last year, following Elliot’s progress after he successfully reversed the Five/Nine Hack in the previous season. It’s the show’s best season yet, with no doubt.
Here are the 7 best episodes of Mr.Robot ranked from the reviews and ratings:
- “407 Proxy Authentication Required” – (Season 4, Episode 7)
- “Hello, Elliot” – (Season 4, Episode 13)
- “Eps3.4_runtime-error.r00” – (Season 3, Episode 5)
- “Eps3.9_shutdown -r” – (Season 3, Episode 10)
- “Eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx” – (Season 2, Episode 10)
- “Eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt” – (Season 1, Episode 9)
- “Eps3.2_legacy.so” – (Season 3, Episode 3)
- “Eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v” – (Season 1, Episode 8)
Note: SPOILERS BELOW! If you haven’t finished the series stop reading!
“407 Proxy Authentication Required” (Season 4, Episode 7)
One word – the seventh episode of season 4 was epic. Definitely deserves to top the “The best episodes of Mr.Robot” list.
It takes place in Krista’s apartment, and yet, it was visually stunning to watch. Vera’s obsession with Elliot is pretty relatable and understandable because it’s with him that he felt the most alive.
But, he revelation about Elliot’s past came out of the blue! Elliot was made to confront his most horrifying demons – and Rami Malek nails every single frame of the episode.
After all, you know an episode is going to be amazing when you see it’s formatted in a 16:9 and Sam Esmail is producing it.
“Hello, Elliot” (Season 4, Episode 13)
The series finale is a fitting end to one of the best mystery series of the last decade. It’s absolutely perfect in every way. It found a perfect way to stay honest with its twisted nature.
Definitely gave the viewers a couple of shocks along the way. If anything, Sam Esmail created one of the most complex characters in Elliot Alderson – and succeeded in telling his story.
The series ends with Darlene saying “Hello, Elliot” – goosebumps. Really no surprise here to see it placed second in the “best episodes of Mr.Robot” list.
Eps3.4_runtime-error.r00 (Season 3, Episode 5)
My absolute favorite.
It’s told almost in completely real-time. Features a ruthless pace and fractured perspective as we move through Elliot’s plan to shut down Stage 2, and simultaneously Angela’s plan to activate Stage 2.
The result is a tense, breathless, and so masterfully composed episode that has its roots deep in the nightmare of corporate bureaucracy. And, it ends in the jaws of a terrorist takedown.
Absolutely one of the best episodes of Mr.Robot, if not the best.
Eps3.9_shutdown -r (Season 3, Episode 10)
The finale of the 3rd season will not leave you time to take a breath with everything that’s going on.
Dom is suffering the consequences of Darlene’s manipulation, though still resisting execution even if her life is down the dumps. The Dark Army, on the other hand, fails to get Elliot to do their bidding. The whole episode is stacked with moments of impossible tension and revelation which leads to an amazing moment.
A vivid post-credits scene is shown where Darlene is confronted by Fernando Vera, known for killing Elliot’s girlfriend Shayla in the first season.
Eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx (Season 2, Episode 10)
The episode starts with intrigue and plotting, but its final scenes remain one of the most memorable of the whole series. Angela kissing Elliot after they share a devastating conversation on the subway regarding Mr. Robot’s unfaithfulness. She also plans to confess about being involved in the FBI hack. This is, with no doubt, one of the most tender moments in the whole season.
Meanwhile, the final scene finds Dom tracking down Darlene and Cisco at a restaurant. Here’s the twist. Just as she’s about to go in, the Dark Army shooter opens fire.
The whole scene is one of the most masterfully shot sequences in a show full of singular cinematography and framing.
Eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt (Season 1, Episode 9)
Are you disappointed by the reveal that Elliot has been Mr.Robot the whole time? Well, you’re clearly missing the point. Badly.
The grand reveal is less intended to be a shocking bombshell. It’s rather a way to bring us into the fold of the narrative as though we’ve been in cahoots with Elliot this whole time – and hiding all of this from him.
The character breaks the fourth wall just to ask us: “You knew all along, didn’t you?”. Well, we did but that doesn’t make the repercussion any less unsettling for us.
Elliot faces his truth and finally agrees to work with Tyrell. And as a bonus, Maxence Cyrin’s piano cover of The Pixies’s “Where is My Mind” will give you goosebumps.
Eps3.2_legacy.so (Season 3, Episode 3)
Keeping the show’s proclivity for doing, well whatever the hell it wants with a narrative at any time, this episode finally reveals where Tyrell has been hiding all along.
It’s a taut, captivating episode where it seems the infallible character is broken down by a psych evaluation. Of course, led by none other than Wallace Shawn!.
He’s forced into a monotonous isolated existence where he had to keep his distance to Joanne and their child. This starts to splinter his world and trouble begins.
Eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v (Season 1, Episode 8)
Two bombshells are dropped in this episode:
- Mr. Robot is Elliot’s father
- Darlene is Elliot’s sister
Of course, the second revelation is done through a very awkward attempt of tongue kissing from Elliot. Nevermind. The eights episode of the first season only highlights the flexible nature of truth and reality in the show. Pretty much anything is possible.
It also perfectly sets up the somewhat obvious twist of a later episode where Elliot is established as a supremely unreliable narrator. You know, one of whose sense of reality is distinctly warped.
Where to watch Mr. Robot?
Now that you’ve read and know the best episodes of Mr.Robot, you’re probably eager to start watching (or rewatching it).
Currently, all four seasons of USA Network’s critically acclaimed series Mr.Robot are streaming on Amazon. Note that they are included with your Prime membership.
While there is currently no single venue online where all four seasons of the series can be seen for free, Amazon Prime Video includes the exclusive streaming rights and all 45 episodes remain there. The first three seasons are free to Prime members, and if you’re not already one, Amazon Prime offers a one-month free trial to their services. Unless canceled, regular rates of $119 per year or $13 per month go into effect following the trial period. Season four is not included in Prime Video, though, and has to be purchased at $2 (SD) or $3 (HD) per episode of $17 (SD) or $25 (HD) for the entire season.
Mr. Robot is also available to stream for purchase from the following platforms:
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