The BEST Episodes of Falling Skies

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Network: TNT (US)

The series tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by several races of extraterrestrials that neutralizes the world's power grid and technology, quickly destroys the combined militaries of all the world's countries, and apparently kills over 90% of the human population within a few days. It's a chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.

A More Perfect Union

#1 - A More Perfect Union

Season 2 - Episode 10

When skitters approach the newly combined resistance force, the groups’ interaction surprises everyone. Meanwhile, Tom finds out life-changing news just as the 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with their most dangerous threat to date.

star 8.41
1,088 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Remi Aubuchon
Eight Hours

#2 - Eight Hours

Season 1 - Episode 10

With Weaver leading several squads of fighters against the aliens, Tom remains behind to help protect the civilians as they evacuate. But a major breach in security endangers both the soldiers and the civilians. Tom is confronted with a decision that may lead him to discovering what the aliens want with the captured teenagers, humankind and the planet.

star 8.23
965 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Mark Verheiden
What Hides Beneath

#3 - What Hides Beneath

Season 1 - Episode 8

The 2nd Mass prepares to take the fight to the invaders with an assault on one of their bases. But Weaver’s increasingly strange behavior worries Tom that he might not be fit to command. Hal and Tom encounter a left-behind woman who employed a suspicious means of surviving the invasion, making it unclear whether they can trust her.

star 8.20
976 votes
Writers: Mark Verheiden

#4 - Brazil

Season 3 - Episode 10

When the 2nd Mass destroys a crucial Espheni base, a relentless enemy is taken down and the Mason family is reunited with those who had been lost. But the arrival of more interstellar players puts the fate of the Earth’s remaining survivors in doubt.

star 8.17
1,516 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Remi Aubuchon

#5 - Homecoming

Season 2 - Episode 6

Hal stumbles across bodies of de-harnessed kids and finds someone from his past. Tom and Anne grow closer. And Weaver’s health deteriorates just as Tom discovers he may have been keeping important matters from the group in order to protect them.

star 8.14
1,025 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Bryan Oh
The Price of Greatness

#6 - The Price of Greatness

Season 2 - Episode 9

The 2nd Mass meets new faces, while Tom comes across his former mentor, but it’s difficult to know whom to trust. Maggie realizes that Pope may not be sticking with the group very long. Tector embraces his military past.

star 8.10
986 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Mark Verheiden
Molon Labe

#7 - Molon Labe

Season 2 - Episode 7

Ben is endangered by someone who he thought he could trust. Tom captures another hostage. Weaver offers Matt a job to lift his spirits. The 2nd Mass are trapped in a basement and face a new enemy.

star 8.08
1,011 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
Shall We Gather at the River?

#8 - Shall We Gather at the River?

Season 2 - Episode 2

Tom is haunted by memories of his time with the aliens. Pope plants seeds of doubt about him among the group. Ben’s hatred for skitters grows. The 2nd Mass locate a bridge that will help them cross the river to safety ahead of an impending attack.

star 8.07
1,017 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

#9 - Mutiny

Season 1 - Episode 9

As the 2nd Mass. prepares for a major assault, divisions within the ranks threaten to tear the group apart. Tom has difficulty processing the profound implications of Anne’s latest discovery.

star 8.06
937 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Joe Weisberg
On Thin Ice

#10 - On Thin Ice

Season 3 - Episode 1

Season three of Falling Skies opens seven months after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston. In the interim, Tom has been elected to political office, but he has his hands full as the resistance continues to battle the alien invaders. Tom’s decision to have the rebel skitters fight alongside humans creates tension and raises suspicions that someone may be feeding secrets to the enemy. Meanwhile, Hal struggles with nightmares that seem so real, he has difficulty knowing if he’s awake or dreaming. And Tom and Anne prepare to welcome their baby.

star 8.05
1,471 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Remi Aubuchon
Love and Other Acts of Courage

#11 - Love and Other Acts of Courage

Season 2 - Episode 5

A familiar face returns to the 2nd Mass, but his intentions remain unknown. Meanwhile, a skitter is captured and brought back to the camp as a prisoner. And Hal bonds with Maggie as she begins to open up about her past.

star 8.03
1,038 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Joe Weisberg
Sanctuary (2)

#12 - Sanctuary (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7

Hal takes the lead fighting an unexpected threat against the children of the 2nd Mass. Anne has her hands full when Sarah goes into labor while the 2nd Mass base is being evacuated.

star 8.02
938 votes
Writers: Melinda Hsu Taylor
Worlds Apart

#13 - Worlds Apart

Season 2 - Episode 1

Weaver is still in command of the 2nd Mass, while Anne continues to serve as medic. They have seen many battles and are a much leaner unit now. Pope has taken command of the Berserkers, a renegade group within the 2nd Mass that Weaver doesn’t fully trust.

star 8.00
1,102 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Mark Verheiden
Death March

#14 - Death March

Season 2 - Episode 8

The 2nd Mass pushes on to Charleston, but some are still grieving the group’s recent losses. Weaver learns more about Tector’s background before the invasion. And Matt begins to bond with a harnessed girl who was found recently.

star 7.97
1,024 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Heather V. Regnier
Drawing Straws

#15 - Drawing Straws

Season 4 - Episode 10

Tom and the remnants of the 2nd Mass learn to pilot a Beamer as part of their plan to destroy the Espheni Power Core, and the group draws straws to see who will embark on the dangerous mission. The threat of death hanging over everyone triggers long-simmering confrontations between many of our main characters, ultimately bringing the 2nd Mass closer together.

star 7.96
1,582 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Josh Pate

#16 - Compass

Season 2 - Episode 3

The 2nd Mass moves into an airport hanger. The Berserkers plan to get rid of Tom. While dealing with a loss of one of its own, the 2nd Mass receives a promise of hope from a mysterious visitor.

star 7.94
1,029 votes
Writers: Bryan Oh
Journey to Xilbalba

#17 - Journey to Xilbalba

Season 3 - Episode 9

Tom uncovers confidential intelligence about the heart of the alien operation. Meanwhile, Charleston prepares to mount an offensive against the Espheni, but a massive explosion brings the operation to a halt. And the identity of the mole is finally uncovered, but not before more blood has been shed.

star 7.92
1,484 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
At All Costs

#18 - At All Costs

Season 3 - Episode 4

After the people of Charleston defeat another alien attack with the help of new advanced weaponry, Tom is invited to meet with a powerful leader. While Hal wrestles with an invasive evil, Ben struggles with his identity and the notion of being human again. And Anne uncovers startling new information that puts everyone in jeopardy.

star 7.92
1,464 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Heather V. Regnier
Shoot the Moon

#19 - Shoot the Moon

Season 4 - Episode 12

With the weight of humanity’s survival on Tom and Lexi’s shoulders, they must defeat Tom’s mortal enemy and find a way to destroy the omnipotent Espheni Power Core. Meanwhile, a new, terrifying Espheni Bomb is dropped onto Chinatown, immobilizing the 2nd Mass and preparing them for Human Skitterizaton.

star 7.92
1,598 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: David Eick
Sanctuary (1)

#20 - Sanctuary (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6

Lt. Terry Clayton of the 7th Mass arrives with word that the aliens are on their way to attack the 2nd Mass. Clayton’s plan to lead the children to a safe haven while the adults remain behind to fight is met with some resistance from the parents, including Tom.

star 7.88
985 votes
Writers: Joel Thompson
The Pickett Line

#21 - The Pickett Line

Season 3 - Episode 7

The Masons run into trouble on the road when a family of outlaws intercepts their search-and-rescue mission. Meanwhile, looming doubts over the construction of a massive alien weapon ignite a conflict of interests. And an investigation to apprehend a killer on the loose hits a road block.

star 7.87
1,482 votes
Writers: Heather V. Regnier, Jordan Rosenberg

#22 - Badlands

Season 3 - Episode 3

The two-year anniversary of the alien invasion is fast approaching as the people of Charleston prepare for another potentially devastating offensive. A sniper attack by an unlikely gunman creates questions and doubts within the new government. Hal believes he knows the identity of the mole. And Anne’s concern for her baby continues to grow.

star 7.86
1,469 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: John Wirth
Young Bloods

#23 - Young Bloods

Season 2 - Episode 4

While on patrol together, Ben and Hal try to help a young boy and wind up having their bikes stolen. The hunt to recover them leads them to the discovery of something much bigger. Also, Matt is put in danger, and Weaver is reunited with a family member.

star 7.86
1,019 votes
Writers: Heather V. Regnier
Collateral Damage

#24 - Collateral Damage

Season 3 - Episode 2

With hostilities escalating between the resistance and the alien invaders, Tom calls on a nuclear specialist known as "The Rat King" to come up with a plan that will strip the aliens of their power. As suspicion continues to mount about a mole within the resistance, Tom and his leaders make a drastic decision that jeopardizes trust among the group. Anne, meanwhile, has a feeling that all is not right with her newborn.

star 7.85
1,017 votes
Directors: James Marshall
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle

#25 - Grace

Season 1 - Episode 4

Tom and his team head out to track down more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass., relying on Pope to guide them to a good location. They hit the jackpot until they meet some skitters and harnessed teenagers at the bike shop. Back at the base, Dr. Harris and Anne disagree over the best method to gather more intelligence on the aliens.

star 7.85
1,036 votes
Directors: Fred Toye
Writers: Melinda Hsu Taylor