The BEST Episodes of Extant

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2019

Network: CBS

Extant is an American science fiction television drama series created by Mickey Fisher and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The story revolves around astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) who returns home to her family inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.

More in Heaven and Earth

#1 - More in Heaven and Earth

Season 1 - Episode 7

Convinced the agency has her baby, Molly is determined to find out where. Meanwhile, John discovers new and startling advancements in Ethan's programming, and Kern holds Kryger hostage in an attempt to recover the incriminating video he stole from the ISEA.

star 7.82
1,231 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Vanessa Reisen

#2 - Ascension

Season 1 - Episode 13

Molly returns to space in an attempt to redirect the Seraphim away from Earth and protect the world’s population from the deadly spores. John discovers that Odin's plan has put Ethan in terrible danger.

star 7.81
1,150 votes
Writers: Mickey Fisher
Double Vision

#3 - Double Vision

Season 2 - Episode 12

Molly reveals disturbing new details about Shepherd’s death to the GSC, and Lucy makes a powerful move against the humans and hybrids that could have devastating global repercussions.

star 7.81
877 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Leslie Bohem, Pamela Davis

#4 - Nightmares

Season 1 - Episode 6

Molly uncovers top-secret footage that reveals the real reason the ISEA chose her for the solo space mission. Meanwhile, Ethan experiences his first dream, an unforeseen event for which he was not programmed; and Julie connects with a mysterious man she meets at a gym.

star 7.79
1,301 votes
Directors: Adam Arkin
Writers: Eliza Clark
What on Earth Is Wrong?

#5 - What on Earth Is Wrong?

Season 1 - Episode 5

John begins to doubt Molly's mental state when the validity of her pregnancy is questioned. Meanwhile, Ethan suffers a serious setback, and John and Julie disagree over how to care for him.

star 7.78
1,345 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Peter Ocko
The Greater Good

#6 - The Greater Good

Season 2 - Episode 13

Season Finale- Molly and JD frantically race to the hybrids to stop a Humanich plot that will destroy the human race. Also, Lucy has a shocking realization about the GSC that forces her to question her allegiance and put Ethan at risk.

star 7.78
632 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Craig Shapiro, Liz Kruger
Before the Blood

#7 - Before the Blood

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Molly finally comes face-to-face with her offspring, she realizes she may be the only one who can stop the coming danger. Julie uncovers grave secrets about Odin.

star 7.76
1,130 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Peter Ocko
Wish You Were Here

#8 - Wish You Were Here

Season 1 - Episode 3

Molly has to decide if she is going to reveal her pregnancy to John after he confronts her about her distant behavior. Meanwhile, John and Molly face parents who are suspicious of Ethan when he goes to school for the first time.

star 7.72
1,472 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Mickey Fisher

#9 - Re-Entry

Season 1 - Episode 1

Astronaut Molly Woods tries to reconnect with her husband, John, and son, Ethan, after returning from a 13-month solo mission in outer space. Molly’s mystifying experiences in space lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history.

star 7.71
1,961 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Mickey Fisher
You Say You Want an Evolution

#10 - You Say You Want an Evolution

Season 2 - Episode 6

Molly panics when she discovers she is changing physically – the question is into what, and whether she can reverse what’s happening to her. Also, JD’s ex-wife, Dorothy, shows up suddenly on his doorstep to discuss their daughter.

star 7.68
915 votes

#11 - Shelter

Season 1 - Episode 4

After Sparks attempts to quarantine Molly, she and her family seek refuge on a remote island with her estranged father, Quinn. When the agency closes in on their whereabouts, Ethan is exposed to grave danger. Meanwhile, Yasumoto experiments with a strange and deadly substance.

star 7.66
1,421 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Greg Walker

#12 - Incursion

Season 1 - Episode 8

When Molly learns that her baby is alive, she sets out with Kern and Kryger to devise a plan to intercept the baby before Sparks and Yasumoto can relocate him. Meanwhile, John struggles to keep up with Ethan’s rapid development.

star 7.66
759 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Gavin Johannsen
The New Frontier

#13 - The New Frontier

Season 2 - Episode 5

Molly discovers Ethan is alive and sets out to get her son back. Also, suspicions about John’s death cause JD to investigate Julie’s potential involvement.

star 7.65
943 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Gianna Sobol
Arms and the Humanich

#14 - Arms and the Humanich

Season 2 - Episode 8

Molly tries to save her son following a raid on the hybrid compound and JD tries to rescue his daughter from Shepherd. Elsewhere, Lucy becomes a bigger threat to humans.

star 7.63
938 votes
Don't Shoot the Messenger

#15 - Don't Shoot the Messenger

Season 2 - Episode 10

Molly has a vision she can't shake following a near-death experience. Also: Shepherd's loyalty to the Global Space Commission is questioned.

star 7.62
909 votes

#16 - Extinct

Season 1 - Episode 2

After Molly collapses and experiences a vision of her encounter on the Seraphim, Sam agrees to give her an ultrasound so she can learn more about her mysterious pregnancy. Also, Molly tracks down Kryger and he reveals the disturbing details of his own solo mission that the International Space Exploration Agency (ISEA) is keeping secret.

star 7.61
1,651 votes
Writers: Leslie Bohem

#17 - Zugzwang

Season 2 - Episode 11

Molly, Ethan, and JD look for John's former colleague -- who may have information that could stop the Humanich threat; Julie asks Charlie to determine where Lucy's orders are coming from.

star 7.60
924 votes
The Other

#18 - The Other

Season 2 - Episode 7

Molly and JD try to convince Shepherd to broker a peace between humans and hybrids. Meanwhile, Lucy tries to manipulate Charlie’s feelings to put him in a compromising position.

star 7.58
659 votes
A New World

#19 - A New World

Season 1 - Episode 11

As the offspring’s powers grow, Molly learns of Yasumoto’s painful path to immortality. When Sparks starts to have doubts about the mission, Anya takes charge. Meanwhile, Odin tries to secretly access Ethan’s circuitry.

star 7.52
1,150 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Eliza Clark
Care and Feeding

#20 - Care and Feeding

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Sparks falls under the influence of the vision of his deceased daughter, he flees with Molly’s baby to a remote location. Now, Yasumoto and Molly must rely on each other to track down the offspring.

star 7.52
1,151 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Mickey Fisher
Cracking the Code

#21 - Cracking the Code

Season 2 - Episode 4

As Molly works to create a virus that will eradicate alien hybrids, she discovers that aliens are trying to communicate with humans through a hidden message in their DNA. Also, Lucy helps Ethan run away from Charlie in order to help him recover memories of his mother, Molly.

star 7.50
971 votes
Empathy for the Devil

#22 - Empathy for the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 3

Molly finally learns the frightening truth about what happened to her son. Also, Julie’s decision to erase Ethan’s memory has disturbing consequences.

star 7.47
974 votes

#23 - Morphoses

Season 2 - Episode 2

Molly and JD discover another pregnant woman suffering from inexplicable and fatal symptoms, while Molly begins to question her own mental stability. Meanwhile, Julie struggles with Ethan’s rebellion.

star 7.44
1,014 votes
The Other Side

#24 - The Other Side

Season 2 - Episode 9

Memories resurface as Molly succumbs to the virus; Julie is confronted with hard choices; and the Hybrids seek revenge.

star 7.43
936 votes
Change Scenario

#25 - Change Scenario

Season 2 - Episode 1

Six months after her life unraveled and dark secrets were revealed, Molly is confined to a psychiatric hospital when she learns of bizarre deaths that sound eerily similar to those she witnessed in space. When she escapes to investigate, she crosses paths with JD Richter, a determined cop who just signed on to the case.

star 7.36
1,042 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Craig Shapiro, Liz Kruger