The BEST Episodes of Babylon 5
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#25 - In the Shadow of Z'ha'dum
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired May 11, 1995
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.