The BEST Episodes of Babylon 5

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 26, 2020

Network: TNT (US)

Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space. Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, its goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be worked out among duly appointed ambassadors. A council made up of representatives from the five major space-faring civilizations - the Earth Alliance, Minbari Federation, Centauri Republic, Narn Regime, and Vorlon Empire - work with the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to keep interstellar relations under control. Aside from its diplomatic function, Babylon 5 also serves as a military post for Earth and a port of call for travelers, traders, businessmen, criminals, and Rangers.

Z'ha'dum

#1 - Z'ha'dum

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 31, 1996

After he has recovered from the shock of seeing her, Anna gives Sheridan an ultimatum - come to Z'ha'dum with her, or never know what happened to her there.

star 8.53
1,071 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Severed Dreams

#2 - Severed Dreams

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 4, 1996

The renegade destroyer ""Alexander"" arrives at Babylon 5 and Sheridan is forced to announce the station's secession from the Earth Alliance, and prepare for an attack by Clark's forces. Meanwhile Delenn is forced to go to Minbar when the Grey Council refuses to act upon increased Shadow activity.

star 8.50
1,050 votes
Directors: David J. Eagle
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
War Without End (2)

#3 - War Without End (2)

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired May 23, 1996

While Sheridan is unstuck in time, seeing a glimpse of a future Centauri Prime in ruins, the others continue with their plan to take Babylon 4 back in time.

star 8.45
788 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Shadow Dancing

#4 - Shadow Dancing

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Oct 24, 1996

With the Shadows next target known, a massive counterattack is prepared. Ivanova and Marcus scout ahead in the White Star, while the fleet stands by in hyperspace. At the same time, Franklin finally has to face his problems as he lies fatally wounded in Downbelow.

star 8.34
877 votes
Directors: Kim Friedman
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Into the Fire

#5 - Into the Fire

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 6, 1997

In the hours before the Shadows and the Vorlons meet Sheridan's alliance at Corriana 6, Ivanova and Lorien search for the last of the First Ones, and Londo races back to Centauri Prime in hope of removing all Shadow influence before the Vorlon planetkiller arrives.

star 8.30
890 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Endgame

#6 - Endgame

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 16, 1997

The only obstacle remaining between Sheridan and Earth is a fleet near Mars. With the help of the resistance, Sheridan plans to smuggle Shadow modified telepaths onto the fleet, hopefully disabling it long enough for him to take Earth. Meanwhile, Marcus is determined to find a way to help Ivanova.

star 8.30
808 votes
Directors: John Copeland
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Sleeping in Light

#7 - Sleeping in Light

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 25, 1998

Twenty years after his death and resurrection at Z'ha'dum, Sheridan feels his life force ebbing away, and invites some old friends for a final gathering.

star 8.26
435 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Chrysalis

#8 - Chrysalis

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Oct 26, 1994

The Centauri are about to withdraw from a quadrant of space because the Narn are harassing them, when Londo gets an offer to take care of the problem. Meanwhile, Garibaldi tries to find out what his informant stumbled upon that got him killed.

star 8.26
853 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Long Night

#9 - The Long Night

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 30, 1997

As reports that the Shadows are destroying planets too start to come in, Sheridan prepares for one final showdown with the Shadows and the Vorlons. Meanwhile on Narn, Londo makes everything ready - G'Kar's chains have been weakened... an undetectable weapon has been acquired... Tonight Cartagia must die.

star 8.23
790 votes
Directors: John Lafia
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
No Surrender, No Retreat

#10 - No Surrender, No Retreat

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired May 29, 1997

With Clark having killed 10,000 unarmed refugees, Sheridan once again mobilizes for war. The first target is Proxima 3, which is being bombed into submission. At the same time, Londo tries to get G'Kar to partake in a joint Centauri/Narn statement in support of the war against Clark.

star 8.21
818 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Between the Darkness and the Light

#11 - Between the Darkness and the Light

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Oct 9, 1997

Garibaldi is barely able to convince Lyta and Franklin that his recent behavior was caused by Bester, and they organize a rescue for Sheridan. Meanwhile, Ivanova gets word that a trap has been set at the fleets' next rendezvous point, by a group of completely new advanced-technology destroyers.

star 8.18
792 votes
Directors: David J. Eagle
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
War Without End (1)

#12 - War Without End (1)

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired May 16, 1996

Ivanova gets a distress call from herself pleading for help as the Shadows destroy Babylon 5. It is dated eight days into the future. At the same time, on Minbar, Sinclair is given a nine-hundred-year-old letter from Valen, telling him that a drastic action must be taken to prevent that future.

star 8.18
876 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Fall of Night

#13 - The Fall of Night

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 2, 1995

Two officials from the Ministry of Peace come to Babylon 5; one to deal with the Centauri's continued expansion, and the other to check on the local Nightwatch. Meanwhile a Narn heavy cruiser seeks sanctuary while they make repairs, and Keffer continues his search for proof that Shadow ships exist.

star 8.18
942 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Coming of Shadows

#14 - The Coming of Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 2, 1995

The aging Centauri emperor travels to Babylon 5 despite his failing health. Refa sees this as an opportunity to have Londo publicly embarrass the emperor, while G'Kar prepares to assassinate him.

star 8.16
880 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

#15 - Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 14, 1996

On Z'ha'dum, Sheridan floats somewhere in-between life and death. Meanwhile G'Kar risks imprisonment to try to find Garibaldi.

star 8.11
855 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Long, Twilight Struggle

#16 - The Long, Twilight Struggle

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 19, 1995

Draal reveals himself for Sheridan, while Refa and Londo set a plan in motion that will lead to the final defeat of the Narns.

star 8.09
950 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
A Voice in the Wilderness (2)

#17 - A Voice in the Wilderness (2)

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 3, 1994

The situation heats up when an Earth Force heavy cruiser arrives to "protect Earth's interests", and the fusion reactors on Epsilon 3 start going out of control, and may blow up the planet and Babylon 5.

star 8.07
835 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Movements of Fire and Shadow

#18 - Movements of Fire and Shadow

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 17, 1998

Sheridan finally authorizes the White Star fleet to participate in the war. Delenn travels to Minbar to start a Minbari/Earth joint project to build a prototype White Star destroyer class ship. And Vir hires Franklin and Lyta to investigate why the Drazi don't return the bodies from destroyed Centauri ships.

star 8.07
424 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Point of No Return

#19 - Point of No Return

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 29, 1996

Clark has just declared marshal law, and while Nightwatch prepare to take control of the station, Zack has to decide whose side he's on. In an exercise of bad timing, the prophetic widow of emperor Turhan finally comes to the station, granting Londo the visit he's been begging her for for a long time.

star 8.06
968 votes
Directors: Jim Johnston
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Messages from Earth

#20 - Messages from Earth

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 22, 1996

An archeologist is brought Babylon 5 with a grave massage - a dormant Shadow ship has been found on Ganymede. It must be destroyed before it falls into the hands of President Clark.

star 8.05
903 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place

#21 - And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 17, 1996

Londo forces Vir to participate in a plan to kill G'Kar. Sheridan struggles with figuring out the Shadows' tactics.

star 8.04
787 votes
Directors: David J. Eagle
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Ship of Tears

#22 - Ship of Tears

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired May 2, 1996

Bester comes to Babylon 5, this time seeking help against a common enemy - the Shadows. Meanwhile G'Kar demands to be included in the War Council.

star 8.03
839 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Fall of Centauri Prime

#23 - The Fall of Centauri Prime

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Oct 28, 1998

As Centauri Prime is being bombarded, the Drakh, the real masters behind the war, reveal themselves to Londo. They force him to go along with their plan to alienate the Centauri from the Alliance, and use what's left as their new home.

star 8.01
486 votes
Directors: Douglas E. Wise
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Babylon Squared

#24 - Babylon Squared

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 10, 1994

Babylon 4 reappears at the same place it disappeared four years before, and Sinclair and Garibaldi lead an expedition to evacuate its crew. Meanwhile Delenn is summoned by the Grey council. They inform her that they have selected a new leader - her.

star 7.97
816 votes
Directors: Jim Johnston
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Interludes and Examinations

#25 - Interludes and Examinations

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired May 9, 1996

Morden returns to secure Londo's cooperation again, Garibaldi confronts Franklin about the stims and Kosh gives Sheridan a victory against the Shadows - but at a price.

star 7.94
779 votes