The BEST Episodes of Babylon 5

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 8, 2019

Network: Syndicated

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.

Sleeping in Light

#1 - Sleeping in Light

Season 5 - Episode 22

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 8.57
197 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Z'ha'dum

#2 - Z'ha'dum

Season 3 - Episode 22

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 8.57
326 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
War Without End (2)

#3 - War Without End (2)

Season 3 - Episode 17

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 8.54
294 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Severed Dreams (3)

#4 - Severed Dreams (3)

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 8.54
357 votes
Directors: David J. Eagle
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Into the Fire

#5 - Into the Fire

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 8.50
313 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Endgame

#6 - Endgame

Season 4 - Episode 20

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 8.47
286 votes
Directors: John Copeland
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Between the Darkness and the Light

#7 - Between the Darkness and the Light

Season 4 - Episode 19

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 8.36
271 votes
Directors: David J. Eagle
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Fall of Night

#8 - The Fall of Night

Season 2 - Episode 22

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 8.32
309 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
War Without End (1)

#9 - War Without End (1)

Season 3 - Episode 16

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 8.31
296 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Long Night

#10 - The Long Night

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 8.28
297 votes
Directors: John Lafia
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Rising Star

#11 - Rising Star

Season 4 - Episode 21

Clark is dead and the civil war is over, but several issues are unresolved. Ivanova is grief struck at Marcus's death and Lise is missing. And Sheridan must now face the consequences of his actions. He did the right thing - but in the inconvenient way.

star 8.26
283 votes
Directors: Tony Dow
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Shadow Dancing

#12 - Shadow Dancing

Season 3 - Episode 21

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 8.25
301 votes
Directors: Kim Friedman
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
No Surrender, No Retreat

#13 - No Surrender, No Retreat

Season 4 - Episode 15

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 8.24
270 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Chrysalis

#14 - Chrysalis

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 8.22
273 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Point of No Return (2)

#15 - Point of No Return (2)

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 8.21
307 votes
Directors: Jim Johnston
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum

#16 - In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum

Season 2 - Episode 16

Sheridan is shocked to learn that one of the crew of the Icarus, a science ship that exploded with his wife aboard, is alive - namely Mr. Morden. A representative of the Ministry of Peace comes to the station to recruit personnel to the Nightwatch.

star 8.20
289 votes
Directors: David J. Eagle
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Fall of Centauri Prime (2)

#17 - The Fall of Centauri Prime (2)

Season 5 - Episode 18

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 8.20
194 votes
Directors: Douglas E. Wise
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Movements of Fire and Shadow (1)

#18 - Movements of Fire and Shadow (1)

Season 5 - Episode 17

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 8.19
187 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Interludes and Examinations

#19 - Interludes and Examinations

Season 3 - Episode 15

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 8.19
288 votes
Messages from Earth (1)

#20 - Messages from Earth (1)

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.17
298 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

#21 - Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?

Season 4 - Episode 2

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

star 8.17
278 votes
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Matters of Honor

#22 - Matters of Honor

Season 3 - Episode 1

An Earthforce investigator comes to B5 with Lt. Keffer's last recording, asking the ambassadors if they recognize the ship in it. Meanwhile Londo takes steps to remove himself from the Shadows, and Sheridan takes the White Star out for its first mission.

star 8.15
331 votes
Directors: Kevin G. Cremin
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Face of the Enemy

#23 - The Face of the Enemy

Season 4 - Episode 17

After arranging for the arrest of Sheridan's father, Garibaldi gives his former commander the news, and urges him to come to Mars to arrange a rescue operation. But Garibaldi drugs Sheridan as soon as he gets there, and hands him over to Clark's forces. Finally, Edgars reveals his plans to Garibaldi.

star 8.12
246 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
The Coming of Shadows

#24 - The Coming of Shadows

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.12
303 votes
Directors: Janet Greek
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Ship of Tears

#25 - Ship of Tears

Season 3 - Episode 14

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 8.11
291 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski