Poker Face: Every episode ranked as Rian Johnson's drama lands on Sky

Rian Johnson's sleuth series is finally airing on Sky in the UK

Poker Face (Sky/Peacock)
Poker Face (Sky/Peacock)

Rian Johnson’s TV show Poker Face was the talk of the town when it came out in the US in January, and the thrilling drama has finally made its way to the UK with all episodes coming out at once on Sky Max and NOW.

The show stars Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale, a person with an innate ability to know when someone is lying, who uses her skills whilst on the road after being forced on the run when she becomes embroiled in a sudden, tragic event.

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Lyonne’s Charlie is faced with a case-of-the-week when she come across a new group of people whose wrongdoings she feels compelled to uncover, and a plethora of A-list stars portray these characters.

As such, every episode has a new case for Charlie to crack and will appeal to different viewers for various reasons. Here is Yahoo’s ranking for the show.

Poker Face episodes ranked

10. The Future of the Sport - episode 7

Jack Alcott, Charles Melton and Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Jack Alcott, Charles Melton and Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

The Future of the Sport sees Tim Blake Nelson and Charles Melton portray competing race car drivers whose rivalry takes them to extremes that end in tragedy.

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It's a thrilling watch, the episode sees Charlie have to keep her wits about her while she navigates the dangerous rivalry to find out the truth.

9. Rest in Metal - episode 4

Chloe Sevigny in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Chloë Sevigny in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

Chloë Sevigny stars as a washed up rockstar who is desperate to make a new hit since her band Doxxxology’s only hit track was written by their former bandmate, who earns all of the royalties as sole songwriter. When she hires a drummer off of Craig’s list for their tour, the young musician comes up with a new track that the band will do anything to keep the rights to.

Rest in Metal features a captivating tale of greed and what it can drive people to do, with Charlie stepping in to discover the truth after realising something is afoot.

8. The Night Shift - episode 2

Natasha Lyonne and Chelsea Frei in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Natasha Lyonne and Chelsea Frei in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

Poker Face’s second episode sees Charlie inadvertently help unravel the truth behind the death of a young Subway worker named Damian (Brandon Micheal Hall).

The episode features a captivating story but, compared to the others, still feels like it is finding its feet in terms of how Charlie’s ability to tell a lie can help her crack a case.

7. Escape From S**t Mountain - episode 9

David Castaneda and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
David Castañeda and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt reunites with long-time collaborator Johnson for this thrilling episode, which sees his character, a former trader under house arrest named Trey, go up against Charlie when she discovers a dark secret he and friend Jimmy (David Castañeda) have been hiding.

It’s nice to see Gordon-Levitt back in a prominent role for Johnson as, since Looper, he has only taken cameo roles in the director’s work. The actor proves a great scene partner for Cale and he, Castañeda and Stephanie Hsu are powerful in this gripping episode, but the plot twist is the most satisfying part.

6. The Stall - episode 3

Larry Brown in Poker Face (Sky/Peacock).
Larry Brown in Poker Face (Sky/Peacock).

In The Stall, Charlie starts working at a barbecue joint where she meets business owner Taffy Boyle (Lil rEY Howery) and his brother George Boyle (Larry Brown), Charlie and George bond quickly so when he is later found dead from an apparent suicide shee decides to figure out the truth of the matter.

Poker Face’s third episode is full of drama and intrigue as Charlie begins to crack the case of George’s death and it also has an amusing nod to Bong Joon-ho’s work that can stand proudly alongside the Paddington 2 scene from The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

5. The Hook - episode 10

Natasha Lyonne and Benjamin Bratt in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Natasha Lyonne and Benjamin Bratt in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

The show’s season 1 finale introduces Ron Perlman as Sterling Frost Sr, a figure who has been following Charlie each step of her escape across America, and he makes a lasting impression with his time on screen.

The Hook is a thrilling conclusion to the season that not only wraps up the ten episodes nicely but also sets the stage for more thrilling adventures to come.

4. Time of the Monkey - episode 5

Simon Helberg in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Simon Helberg in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

Charlie gets a job at a retirement home where she meets Joyce Harris (Judith Light) and Irene Smothers (S. Epatha Merkerson), two ex-felons who have a chequered past. While they get on with fellow rebel Charlie like a house on fire at first, she soon realises that the two women might not be as charming as she first thought when she meets undercover FBI agent Luca (Simon Helberg).

Time of the Monkey features stellar performances from both Light and Merkerson, and is thrilling for the way it puts Charlie in some dangerous situations as she begins to unravel a dark plot.

3. Exit Stage Death - episode 6

Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

Exit Stage Death features an intricate revenge plot centred around a production of a play put on by former colleagues and now nemeses Kathryn Townsend (Ellen Barkin) and Michael Graves (Tim Meadows).

Charlie is thrown this way and that in the events of the episode, with each twist proving more thrilling than the last.

2. The Orpheus Syndrome - episode 8

Luis Guzman and Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)
Luis Guzman and Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face (Peacock/Sky)

Lyonne works as actor, co-writer and director in The Orpheus Syndrome, a striking and other-worldly episode that follows Charlie as she uncovers a decades-old secret around an accident that has been weighing on creature feature director Arthur Lipton’s (Nick Nolte) mind.

The episode is whacky, wild, and even reminiscent of some of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic work. It shows Lyonne’s skills as a director as well as her unique style, and it also beautifully pays homage to visual effects and the golden age of cinema.

1. Dead Man’s Hand - episode 1

Adrien Brody as Sterling Frost Jr. & Benjamin Bratt as Cliff Legrand in Poker Face. (Sky/Peacock)
Adrien Brody as Sterling Frost Jr and Benjamin Bratt as Cliff LeGrand in Poker Face. (Sky/Peacock)

The episode that starts it all and introduces the world to Charlie Cale. In this story, Charlie is tasked by casino owner Sterling Frost Jr (Adrien Brody) to help in a scam poker game. Only Charlie realises that he and his right-hand Cliff LeGrand (Benjamin Brett) had a hand in the death of someone she loves.

Johnson wrote and directed Dead Man’s Hand and so it is full of the dramatic twists and funny moments that the filmmaker is known for. It also features stellar acting from Lyonne, Brody and Brett, and lays the groundwork for the rest of the season. There’s no better place to start.

Poker Face is available to watch on Sky Max and NOW.

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