The BEST Episodes of Firefly
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2022
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.
#1 - Objects in Space
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2002
A bounty hunter named Jubal Early sets his sites on capturing River Tam and manages to sneak aboard the Serenity in deep space.
#2 - Serenity
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 2002
In desperate times, the crew of Serenity is transporting passengers to another planet, only to discover that one of them has smuggled something strange in their cargo.
#3 - Ariel
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2002
On return to Ariel, Simon hires the crew out to smuggle River into a hospital so Simon can figure out what the Alliance did to her.
#4 - 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.
#5 - Trash
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 21, 2003
Mal has to make a tough choice in whether he should trust Saffron when she offers the Serenity crew an opportunity to make a lot of money on a risky job.
#6 - War Stories
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2002
Tensions begin to run high on board the Serenity when Wash finds himself feeling threatened by the closeness between Mal and Zoe.
#7 - Shindig
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2002
On a mission to transport some goods on the planet Persephone, the Serenity crew attend a ball where Mal finds himself at odds with one of Inara’s “clients.”
#8 - The Train Job
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2002
The Serenity crew is coerced into pulling a train robbery. When they discover the stolen cargo is actually medicine intended for refugees, they are forced to reevaluate their priorities.
#9 - Bushwhacked
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2002
The Serenity crew drifts upon the ruins of a colony ship and goes on a salvage mission. The expedition turns from bad to worse when the entire crew massacred… except for one.
#10 - The Message
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 28, 2003
What starts out as a nice day at a space station goes very wrong when Mal and Zoe receive the corpse of their old war buddy in the mail.
#11 - Our Mrs. Reynolds
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2002
Mal unwittingly marries a beautiful village girl during a job in the backwater. But the surprises don’t end there.
#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.
#13 - Safe
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2002
Things go terribly wrong during a job on an outer planet; both Simon and River are kidnapped by the locals in need of a doctor, while the rest of the crew finds themselves in need a doctor of their own.
#14 - Heart of Gold
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 23, 2003
The Serenity goes to the moon of Deadwood to answer a distress call from Inara’s old friend who runs a brothel.