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The Best Episodes of Silicon Valley

Updated May 7, 2020 955 votes 190 voters 12.4k views49 items

You don't need to go on a vision quest to find out what the best episodes of Silicon Valley are! There are so many good episodes of Silicon Valley, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Two Days of the Condor" the best, or is "Proof of Concept" your favorite episode of Silicon Valley? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Silicon Valley are, let's rank every Silicon Valley episode from best to worst.

People had high hopes for Silicon Valley when it was announced that Mike Judge was one of the co-creators. Judge actually worked for a startup company in the '80s called Parallax, and his dislike of the culture there eventually inspired him to create this modern masterpiece. If you are a programmer or have ever worked in a startup company, Silicon Valley is a must-watch. The show is serialized, but popular episodes include "Hooli-Con" from Season 4, and "Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency" from Season 1. If you've finished the series, check out more shows like Silicon Valley.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Silicon Valley, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Silicon Valley episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. This should include all Silicon Valley episodes.

  • 1

    Season 1, Episode 8

    Season One Finale. Poised to compete at TechCrunch Disrupt, the guys of Pied Piper become worried after an impressive presentation by Gavin Belson. As Jared tries to pivot the company, Richard is inspired to make big changes at the last minute.

  • 2

    Season 2, Episode 10

    Season Two Finale. An unexpected real-life drama draws a spike in traffic to Pied Piper's livestream and leaves them fighting to hold things together--literally, and while Erlich considers his future, Richard scrambles to save Pied Piper's.

  • 3

    Signaling Risk

    May 4, 2014

    Season 1, Episode 5

    Erlich convinces a graffiti artist to create Pied Piper's logo, with controversial results. Jared tries to make the company more efficient. Richard learns he only has eight weeks to prepare for a live demo at TechCrunch Disrupt.

  • 4

    Terms of Service

    April 30, 2017

    Season 4, Episode 2

    HD. 'Terms of Service.' (Season Four) Dinesh and Richard butt heads over PiperChat; Erlich's interest is piqued by Jian-Yang's new app.

  • 5

    Adult Content

    May 24, 2015

    Season 2, Episode 7

    Richard finds himself with few options and pursues an unconventional client; Gavin looks for success in failure; Dinesh woos a woman online.

  • 6


    May 17, 2015

    Season 2, Episode 6

    When Monica encourages the guys to pounce on a livestream opportunity, Erlich reconnects with his old mentee, Double-A, an energy drink billionaire, but Richard finds out their friendship isn't quite what Erlich thinks.

  • 7

    The Blood Boy

    May 21, 2017

    Season 4, Episode 5

    HD. 'The Blood Boy.' (Season Four) Richard deals with an unexpected interloper; Dinesh searches for a way out; Monica considers her options.

  • 8


    June 18, 2017

    Season 4, Episode 9

    HD. 'Hooli-Con.' (Season Four) The Pied Piper guys try to pull off a stealth plan at Hooli-Con; Erlich takes a trip to get his mojo back.

  • 9

    The Lady

    May 3, 2015

    Season 2, Episode 4

    Richard butts heads with Erlich over a prospective hire. Big Head gets a promotion, but faces the consequences of becoming part of the tech elite. At a board meeting, Monica and Richard are outvoted; Jared institutes a workplace-discrimination policy.

  • 10

    Season 2, Episode 9

    When Pied Piper and Hooli enter binding arbitration, Erlich demands to be put on the stand, while Big Head finds himself propped up and Richard faces a moral dilemma. Meanwhile, Jared, Dinesh and Gilfoyle debate philosophy and their livestream.

  • 11

    The Cap Table

    April 13, 2014

    Season 1, Episode 2

    After a celebratory party at the Hacker Hostel, Richard and Erlich learn that Peter Gregory won't pay up until they deliver a viable business plan--one that includes a slimmed-downed staff. A desperate Richard hires former Belson underling Jared.

  • 12

    Season 3, Episode 8

    Erlich struggles to come clean to Richard, who is forced to make a choice between their friendship and the company's future. Jared's new Pied Piper apparel makes a splash, and divides Dinesh and Gilfoyle. Gavin faces major life changes.

  • 13

    Season 1, Episode 6

    Richard feels threatened when the team hires a hacker with a notorious reputation to help with Pied Piper's cloud. Jared is taken for a ride when he seeks out Peter Gregory's signature. Erlich and Dinesh compete for the attention of Gilfoyle's girlfriend.

  • 14

    Fiduciary Duties

    April 27, 2014

    Season 1, Episode 4

    At a toga party thrown by Peter, Richard drunkenly promises to make Erlich a board-member--a decision he regrets the next morning. Richard discovers an interesting connection between Peter and Gavin Belson.

  • 15

    Season 3, Episode 4

    The Pied Piper guys struggle to phone it in; Erlich faces competition; Monica takes a stand; Gavin makes a decision about Nucleus.

  • 16

    Proof of Concept

    May 18, 2014

    Season 1, Episode 7

    At TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard feels the pressure to finish his demo, but finds himself distracted by a girl he dated briefly who's spreading rumors about him. Erlich's scandalous past connection to one of the judges threatens Pied Piper's chances.

  • 17

    Sand Hill Shuffle

    April 12, 2015

    Season 2, Episode 1

    Season 2 Premiere. Following their success at TechCrunch Disrupt, the guys of Pied Piper find themselves aggressively courted by every VC in Silicon Valley. Later, Richard makes a decision about the company's future and faces big news from Hooli.

  • 18

    Bad Money

    April 26, 2015

    Season 2, Episode 3

    While considering Gavin's proposal, Richard is approached by Russ Hanneman, an image-conscious billionaire who wants to back Pied Piper. Monica must face a high-strung Laurie. Gavin finds a new strategy in dealing with the enemy.

  • 19

    Daily Active Users

    June 19, 2016

    Season 3, Episode 9

    Upon discovering some surprising stats, Richard attempts to bridge the gap between Pied Piper and its users, leading Jared to take drastic measures to hold everything together. Gavin learns secrets about the competition and decides to bring in a new face.

  • 20

    Exit Event

    December 8. 2019

    Season 6, Episode 7

    Ahead of a career-defining moment, Richard makes a startling discovery that changes everything and sends the entire Pied Piper team racing to pull off the biggest bait-and-switch that Silicon Valley has ever seen.

  • 21

    Server Error

    June 25, 2017

    Season 4, Episode 10

    [HBO] HD. 'Server Error.' Season Four Finale. Richard finds himself in a web of lies; Jared plans his exit; Jack bets big; Gavin plots a comeback.

  • 22

    Season 2, Episode 8

    Richard grows paranoid when Pied Piper competes for a client; Erlich and Jian-Yang work on a pitch.

  • 23

    Season 3,Episode 3

    Facing the bleak future of Pied Piper's new business agenda, Richard tries to appeal to Laurie for help. Gilfoyle opens himself up to recruiters' pursuits. Dinesh's latest flashy purchase brings him unwanted attention.

  • 24

    The Empty Chair

    May 22, 2016

    Season 3, Episode 5

    Richard lets his ego get in the way at an interview; Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared misplace some hardware; Erlich pitches his plans to Big Head.

  • 25

    Season 1, Episode 1

    Series Premiere. When unknown Silicon Valley computer programmer Richard develops a powerful compression algorithm for his website, he finds himself courted by two major Silicon Valley investors.