The BEST Episodes of Caprica

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019

Network: Syfy

Set nearly 60 years before the events depicted in Battlestar Galactica, Caprica tells the story of how the Cylons came to be, set against the backdrop of the Greystones and the Adamas, two families that are changed in an act of tragedy that takes the lives of their daughters.


#1 - Apotheosis

Season 1 - Episode 18

Clarice and Olaf move forward with the plan to blow up Atlas Arena when they learn of their powerful ally in the GDD. Singh covers their tracks by framing the Graystones as terrorists, forcing them to go on the run. The grieving Adamas confront the Guatrau for his string of recent decisions in the hopes of avoiding further violence.

star 8.33
329 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Jane Espenson, Kevin Murphy
Here Be Dragons

#2 - Here Be Dragons

Season 1 - Episode 17

The Graystones' search for Zoe leave them oblivious to the danger of Clarice and her two husbands invading their home. At the same time, the Adamas are targeted by the Ha'la'tha. One family will finally begin the move forward, while the other will experience yet another tragedy.

star 7.91
308 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Michael Taylor
End of Line

#3 - End of Line

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Daniel finally sets a deadline for resetting the U-87 Cylon - and unknowingly ending Zoe-A’s existence as she knows it - she makes a desperate attempt to save herself. But when her plan backfires, she finds herself out of time and out of options.

star 7.82
355 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Michael Taylor

#4 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

58 years before Battlestar Galactica, an astonishing breakthrough is taking shape on the planet Caprica. The creator of a failing urban combat robot project tries to bring a virtual copy of his dead daughter into the real world, using a stolen processor, his combat chassis and her code. He thus creates the Cybernetic Life form Node or CYLON. The rapidly evolving spheres of human and mechanical engineering have collided, along with the fates of two families. Joined by tragedy in an explosive instant of terror, two rival clans led by powerful patriarchs, Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) and Daniel Greystone (Eric Stoltz) duel in an era of questionable ethics, corporate machinations and unbridled personal ambition as the final war for humanity looms.

star 7.81
506 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Reiner
Writers: Remi Aubuchon, Ronald D. Moore

#5 - Blowback

Season 1 - Episode 14

Amanda tries to get more information from Clarice, but can't get close enough. In order to provide her with the equipment to do so, Duram would have to give her up as his CI, a dangerous confession given the possible leak within the department.

star 7.72
308 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Kevin Murphy
There is Another Sky

#6 - There is Another Sky

Season 1 - Episode 5

The avatar of Tamara Adama wanders V-World, unaware that she died nearly a month ago in the MagLev bombing and discovers a new side to V-World -- New Cap City, a place where people live random lives of violence and crime in search of the game’s elusive meaning.

star 7.70
345 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Kath Lingenfelter
Ghost in the Machine

#7 - Ghost in the Machine

Season 1 - Episode 8

Daniel is beginning to suspect that Zoe-Avatar is in the robot, but his pleas for his daughter to reveal herself go ignored. In an effort to flush her out, he launches a campaign of psychological torture, resulting in escalating tests that force Zoe into a choice she cannot take back.

star 7.67
336 votes
Directors: Wayne Rose
Writers: Michael Taylor
The Imperfections of Memory

#8 - The Imperfections of Memory

Season 1 - Episode 7

Amanda’s life spirals out of control as she begins to see visions of her brother, who died years earlier. As a result, Clarice sees an opportunity to gain her trust and we learn a dark secret from Amanda’s past that could have major implications for her life with Daniel.

star 7.65
339 votes
Directors: Wayne Rose
Writers: Matthew B. Roberts
The Heavens Will Rise

#9 - The Heavens Will Rise

Season 1 - Episode 16

As the "Avenging Angels" change code inside New Cap City, Daniel is able to track them down, but an early snafu in trying to reach out to Zoe leave the Graystones to enter the game only under its strict rules. With only one chance, Daniel asks help from Sam who has no interest in disturbing his brother's peace of mind.

star 7.65
314 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Patrick Massett, John Zinman
The Dirteaters

#10 - The Dirteaters

Season 1 - Episode 15

As the Adama brothers rise to new positions in the Ha'la'tha, they are haunted by the mission of their late parents and the different direction the Guatrau is taking them. Daniel hopes to use this with Sam by offering Cylons for Tauron, in exchange for refraining to carry out the ordered hit.

star 7.63
307 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Matthew B. Roberts
Things We Lock Away

#11 - Things We Lock Away

Season 1 - Episode 12

Lines of loyalty have been drawn. Where do you stand?

star 7.61
327 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg

#12 - Unvanquished

Season 1 - Episode 10

Having lost both his wife and company, Daniel approaches the Ha'la'tha with a deal to capitalise on virtual avatars as a means of defeating grief.

star 7.57
346 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Ryan Mottesheard
False Labor

#13 - False Labor

Season 1 - Episode 13

Graystone Industries provides an opportunity to never lose a loved one thanks to breakthrough technology. Others are staring down the same path as the deceased when held at gunpoint, and even still others are doing the gun-holding against another life-force. What the frak will they do?

star 7.57
331 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Remi Aubuchon, Ronald D. Moore

#14 - Rebirth

Season 1 - Episode 2

Zoe's avatar tries to adapt to her new life inside a robot's body while the Graystones and the Adamas cope with their losses. Elsewhere, Lacy dines with Sister Clarice, and young Will Adama spends some quality time with his shady uncle.

star 7.50
431 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Mark Verheiden, Ronald D. Moore
Know Thy Enemy

#15 - Know Thy Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 6

Tomas Vergis confronts Daniel over the theft of the meta-cognitive processor and the two workers who were murdered in the robbery. However, his means of revenge aren't quite what Daniel expects.

star 7.45
330 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Matthew B. Roberts

#16 - Retribution

Season 1 - Episode 11

Daniel's deal with the Ha'la'tha leads to some unpalatable choices.

star 7.40
331 votes
Directors: Jonas Pate
Writers: Patrick Massett, John Zinman
The Reins of a Waterfall

#17 - The Reins of a Waterfall

Season 1 - Episode 3

Following Amanda's public revelation that their daughter was responsible for the MAGLEV tragedy, the Graystones must face the wrath of angry Capricans.

star 7.31
400 votes
Directors: Ronald D. Moore
Writers: Michael Angeli

#18 - Gravedancing

Season 1 - Episode 4

Daniel preps himself to go on the popular Backtalk with Baxter Sarno to put a good spin on his daughter's role in the bombing tragedy, despite protests from Amanda who is unaware that Sam is waiting for his moment to carry out his brother's requested hit.

star 7.29
365 votes
Writers: Michael Angeli, Jane Espenson