The BEST episodes of Archive 81

Every episode of Archive 81 ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Archive 81!

An archivist takes a job restoring damaged videotapes and gets pulled into the vortex of a mystery involving the missing director and a demonic cult.

Last Updated: 12/25/2023Network: NetflixStatus: Ended
Spirit Receivers
617 votes

#1 - Spirit Receivers

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/14/2022

In the woods, Dan encounters the unexpected. In the tapes, Melody learns about the cult and makes contact during a shocking séance.

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The Circle
575 votes

#2 - The Circle

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/14/2022

A circle tightens, panic grows: Dan learns about his predecessor, and Melody tries to track the source of the Visser's dangers. Yet the evil spreads.

Writer: Helen Leigh
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The Ferryman
566 votes

#3 - The Ferryman

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/14/2022

The veil drops from a cursed film's origins. At the Vos Mansion in 1924, Iris recruits Rose for a blood ritual. Dan knows he must find Anabelle.

Directors: Rebecca Thomas
Through the Looking Glass
574 votes

#4 - Through the Looking Glass

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/14/2022

The past blurs into the present when Melody visits a forbidden floor in search of an inspired Anabelle. Music leads to lost souls — and revelations.

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What Lies Beneath
584 votes

#5 - What Lies Beneath

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/14/2022

The Otherworld beckons. Melody circles back to the Visser, where a new device captures a sacrifice. So much depends on Dan's journey into the unknown.

Directors: Rebecca Thomas
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Terror in the Aisles
638 votes

#6 - Terror in the Aisles

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/14/2022

The past loops back around as Melody returns to Steven with Jess. Mark checks out a find. Dan tries to map his situation, but he may be losing his way.

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698 votes

#7 - Wellspring

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/14/2022

Messages from the dead arrive while Dan follows Melody on her investigation into the Visser. But who's watching the watcher — and what lies below?

Directors: Rebecca Thomas
Mystery Signals
793 votes

#8 - Mystery Signals

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/14/2022

Haunted by a family tragedy, Dan begins to restore videotapes for a cryptic firm. Then he's startled to learn of his connection to their missing creator.

Directors: Rebecca Thomas
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