The BEST Episodes of Firefly

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: FOX

In the far-distant future, Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a renegade former brown-coat sergeant, now turned smuggler & rogue, who is the commander of a small spacecraft, with a loyal hand-picked crew made up of the first mate, Zoe Warren; the pilot Hoban "Wash" Washburn; the gung-ho grunt Jayne Cobb; the engineer Kaylee Frye; the fugitives Dr. Simon Tam and his psychic sister River. Together, they travel the far reaches of space in search of food, money, and anything to live on.

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Objects in Space

#1 - Objects in Space

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2002

Malcolm Reynolds is a veteran and the captain of Serenity. He and his crew are smuggling goods, but they need to pick up some passengers for extra money. However, not all the passengers are what they seem.

star 8.50
4,530 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#2 - Serenity

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 2002

A Companion-trained friend of Inara's who runs a brothel on a remote planet calls for help from Serenity when a local reveals his intentions to take the baby from a woman he impregnated.

star 8.35
4,696 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#3 - Ariel

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2002

Niska catches up with the Serenity crew.

star 8.33
4,718 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Jose Molina

#4 - Trash

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 21, 2003

Saffron returns to offer the crew a mission but not everyone is willing to trust her again.

star 8.32
4,246 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Ben Edlund, Jose Molina
Out of Gas

#5 - Out of Gas

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2002

When Serenity's life support system fails, Mal orders the crew off the ship - but he stays behind.

star 8.32
5,087 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Tim Minear
War Stories

#6 - War Stories

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2002

Serenity encounters a ruthlessly professional bounty hunter, Jubal Early, who will stop at nothing to retrieve River. But River, feeling unwelcome on the ship, takes a novel approach to escaping from the Alliance.

star 8.24
4,513 votes
Writers: Cheryl Cain
The Train Job

#7 - The Train Job

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2002

Mal has second thoughts after discovering that two boxes of Alliance goods his crew has been hired to steal are full of badly needed medical supplies headed for the mining town of Paradiso.

star 8.13
6,709 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear

#8 - Shindig

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2002

Mal must choose which crew members to save when one is gravely wounded and two others are kidnapped. Simon finds an uneasy haven in a remote village, but River's uncanny perceptions jeopardize the Tams' temporary safety.

star 8.13
4,539 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Jane Espenson

#9 - Bushwhacked

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2002

Serenity is pulled in by an Alliance cruiser while investigating a spaceship that was attacked by Reavers. Simon and River must hide to prevent capture, while something is wrong with the lone survivor of the attacked spaceship.

star 8.12
5,273 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
The Message

#10 - The Message

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 28, 2003

A dying request from an old army buddy turns treacherous for Mal, Zoë, and the rest of the crew.

star 8.10
4,224 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear
Our Mrs. Reynolds

#11 - Our Mrs. Reynolds

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2002

A woman claiming to be Mal's wife appears aboard Serenity.

star 8.08
5,297 votes
Writers: Joss Whedon

#12 - Jaynestown

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2002

When the Serenity crew travels to a planet to strike a smuggling deal, Jayne discovers the populace worships him as a hero; Inara makes a man out of a magistrate's 26-year-old virginal son; Book's nerves fray as he tends to River.

star 7.98
4,928 votes
Directors: Marita Grabiak
Writers: Ben Edlund

#13 - Safe

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2002

Serenity travels to the core world Ariel and Simon comes up with a plan to steal drugs from the hospital.

star 7.96
4,574 votes
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg
Heart of Gold

#14 - Heart of Gold

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 23, 2003

The crew of the Serenity are in for a gunfight when one of Inara's companion colleagues asks for their help. The Serenity crew defends a bordello from a gunslinger who got a prostitute pregnant and now intends to collect the child; Mal falls for the bordello's madam.

star 7.96
4,258 votes
Directors: Tom Wright
Writers: Brett Matthews