The BEST Episodes of Firefly

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2022

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

A bounty hunter named Jubal Early sets his sites on capturing River Tam and manages to sneak aboard the Serenity in deep space.

star 8.50
4,560 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Serenity

#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.

star 8.35
4,730 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
Ariel

#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.

star 8.33
4,748 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Jose Molina
Out of Gas

#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.

star 8.32
5,118 votes
Directors: David Solomon
Writers: Tim Minear
Trash

#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.

star 8.32
4,275 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Ben Edlund, Jose Molina
War Stories

#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.

star 8.25
4,544 votes
Writers: Cheryl Cain
Shindig

#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.”

star 8.13
4,566 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Jane Espenson
The Train Job

#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.

star 8.13
6,750 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear
Bushwhacked

#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.

star 8.12
5,309 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
The Message

#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.

star 8.10
4,249 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear
Our Mrs. Reynolds

#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.

star 8.08
5,324 votes
Writers: Joss Whedon
Jaynestown

#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 7.99
4,957 votes
Directors: Marita Grabiak
Writers: Ben Edlund
Safe

#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.

star 7.97
4,602 votes
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg
Heart of Gold

#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.

star 7.97
4,289 votes
Directors: Tom Wright
Writers: Brett Matthews