The WORST Episodes of Falling Skies

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2021

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.

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The Armory

#1 - The Armory

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 19, 2011

While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts’ weapons. Leading the gang is an ex-con named John Pope, who decides to use his hostages as bargaining material.

star 7.19
4,614 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Graham Yost
Live and Learn

#2 - Live and Learn

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 19, 2011

The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet’s remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose.

star 7.34
10,232 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Robert Rodat
Prisoner of War

#3 - Prisoner of War

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 26, 2011

Dr. Michael Harris joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens. But the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers to questions that have haunted him since the early days of the invasion. The 2nd Mass comes face to face with skitters and mechs when they attempt to rescue Ben.

star 7.36
8,772 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Fred Golan
Silent Kill

#4 - Silent Kill

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 10, 2011

Hal comes up with a risky new plan to rescue captured teenagers from the aliens, but it might require putting someone at risk. Meanwhile, a sudden tragedy causes Anne to make an enormous discovery that proves instrumental to Hal’s risky plan.

star 7.36
8,265 votes

#5 - Grace

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 3, 2011

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 7.37
8,324 votes
Sanctuary (1)

#6 - Sanctuary (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 17, 2011

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 7.46
7,976 votes
Writers: Joel Thompson
Ghost in the Machine

#7 - Ghost in the Machine

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 22, 2014

On the outskirts of Charleston, just steps away from perceived safety, The Mason Clan and the remaining 2nd Mass suddenly find themselves under brutal attack by a new Espheni war machine – and a new, deadly creation unlike anything previously encountered. Divided like cattle and spread to the winds, The Masons must each forge new relationships and abilities to survive.

star 7.46
4,333 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: David Eick
Door Number Three

#8 - Door Number Three

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

After months apart, Tom finally reunites with his family and the 2nd Mass. But the joyous reunion is cut short as Lexi undergoes a health crisis tied to her hybrid DNA. The crisis pits family members against one another as they fight over how to deal with Lexi’s illness. Anne goes to great lengths to save her daughter.

star 7.53
3,610 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Melissa Glenn
Pope Breaks Bad

#9 - Pope Breaks Bad

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 19, 2015

A mission to procure vehicles and fuel goes awry. Cochise shares troubling news with Anne that will test both her medical and leadership skills. Anthony's mental stability and his loyalties are brought into question. Meanwhile, a desperate Pope takes things into his own hands.

star 7.54
2,592 votes
Directors: Peter Leto
Writers: Jack Kenny
Young Bloods

#10 - Young Bloods

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 1, 2012

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 7.56
6,125 votes
Writers: Heather V. Regnier

#11 - Mutiny

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 7, 2011

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 7.56
7,870 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Joe Weisberg
Non-Essential Personnel

#12 - Non-Essential Personnel

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 26, 2015

The 2nd Mass leaves Chinatown en route to what they hope will be the final Espheni battle. Along the way, they encounter a deranged and desperate gunman who takes Weaver hostage. Meanwhile, Tom sets off to rescue Hal from Pope and his dangerous group of survivors.

star 7.59
2,651 votes
Writers: Jim Barnes
Find Your Warrior

#13 - Find Your Warrior

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 28, 2015

On the heels of Tom and Lexi's successful albeit tragic mission to destroy the Espheni power core on the moon, we pick up with Tom's life hanging in the balance as his Beamer drifts into space. While onboard the beamer, Tom encounters a surprising guest who urges him to find his inner warrior. Meanwhile, back on earth, Anne reluctantly steps into Tom's shoes to help lead the 2nd Mass in his absence. Against all odds, Tom makes a miraculous, yet mysterious return to earth. Once reunited with the 2nd Mass, Tom shares a new plan for winning the war. The Espheni, for the first time, are on their heels, and the 2nd Mass will not rest until they are gone from this planet for good.

star 7.60
2,744 votes
Writers: David Eick

#14 - Reborn

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 30, 2015

The final standoff brings the Masons, the 2nd Mass and their new allies into the bowels of an iconic American location, wrought with new and unpredictable obstacles. Despite great loss along the way, they must persevere with hopes of once and for all reclaiming Earth and humanity.

star 7.61
2,730 votes
Writers: David Eick
Saturday Night Massacre

#15 - Saturday Night Massacre

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 3, 2014

Lexi emerges more powerful and ruthless than ever. Tom and the 2nd Mass must work together with the Volm to hold off the invading Espheni forces in what becomes the bloodiest battle of the series.

star 7.61
3,577 votes
Writers: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle
Mind Wars

#16 - Mind Wars

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 20, 2014

After freeing Matt from the Espheni Youth Camp, Tom encounters two mysterious strangers in the woods, who attack his family before embarking with him on a violent journey. Hal faces almost insurmountable odds as he tries to lead the remaining Volm and 2nd Mass to a place of perceived safety. Lexi and Anne have a difference of opinions – resulting in dangerous consequences.

star 7.61
3,655 votes
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans
The Eye

#17 - The Eye

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 29, 2014

The Espheni reveal their new plan to Tom, and he is faced with an impossible decision. Meanwhile, Weaver and Pope investigate a way out of the Espheni prison, while Matt struggles to hide his true allegiance from the “Team Leaders” at the Espheni Youth Camp. Elsewhere, Anne leads an exhausting search for her daughter Lexi, while Ben’s concerns about Lexi’s increasing powers uncovers a devastating secret she’s been keeping.

star 7.62
3,922 votes
Writers: Carol Barbee

#18 - Hatchlings

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 12, 2015

The 2nd Mass discovers the source for the seemingly endless supply of enemy forces. With the Volm's help, Tom's leadership begins to spread to remaining human militias around the world. Hal disobeys his father to help Maggie on a personal mission. Meanwhile, Tom has to make an agonizing choice that ultimately risks one of their own, leaving lasting repercussions for them all.

star 7.62
2,670 votes
Writers: Jonathan Glassner
Strange Brew

#19 - Strange Brew

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

Things seem much too calm for Tom, making him suspicious of his surroundings. On his way back to Charleston, he makes a number of discoveries, some incredibly surprising and others utterly horrifying. Meanwhile, Weaver and Pope butt heads over how to handle the suspected mole.

star 7.63
5,043 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: John Wirth
Evolve or Die

#20 - Evolve or Die

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 13, 2014

After breaking out of the Espheni Ghetto, Tom and the 2nd Mass seek refuge in a Volm hideout, where tensions run high between the Volm and humans. Tom sets off with Weaver and Cochise to find Matt, leaving Hal in charge. Meanwhile in Chinatown, Anne is reunited with Lexi, and comes to realize that the little girl she saw 6 months ago is now a grown woman.

star 7.64
3,972 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: M. Raven Metzner
A Thing with Feathers

#21 - A Thing with Feathers

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 10, 2014

The 2nd Mass picks up the pieces after a devastating alien attack leaves Maggie fighting for her life…and Hal fighting for Maggie. Meanwhile, Tom and Dingaan are cut off from the rest of the group, buried under tons of rubble, where they must rely on an Enemy Ship to rescue them.

star 7.64
3,499 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Ryan Mottesheard
Sanctuary (2)

#22 - Sanctuary (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 24, 2011

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 7.65
7,671 votes
Writers: Melinda Hsu Taylor

#23 - Compass

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 24, 2012

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 7.65
6,488 votes
Writers: Bryan Oh
Death March

#24 - Death March

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 5, 2012

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 7.66
6,303 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Heather V. Regnier

#25 - Respite

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 2, 2015

Injured, Tom takes refuge with a unique family who has distanced themselves from the fight, giving him a glimpse of life without war. Hal and Isabella's romance grows as they search for a missing Tom. Meanwhile, The 2nd Mass locates an Espheni device that could be a linchpin to winning the war... if they can figure out how to use it. And Maggie makes a decision that has consequences for her and the entire 2nd Mass.

star 7.67
2,542 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Ayanna Floyd