The Best Episodes of From the Earth to the Moon

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

This twelve part HBO mini-series tells the story of the United States' space program, from its beginnings in 1961 to the final moon mission in 1972. Tom Hanks served as Executive Producer and introduced each segment.

Spider

#1 - Spider

Season 1 - Episode 5

Having succeeded in getting to the moon's orbit, it was time to begin work on the Lunar Module.

star 8.29
87 votes
Directors: Graham Yost
Writers: Andy Wolk
Mare Tranquilitatis

#2 - Mare Tranquilitatis

Season 1 - Episode 6

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are the crew of Apollo 11 and on July 20, 1969, Neil and Buzz take the historic "small step" onto the moon.

star 8.22
79 votes
Directors: Frank Marshall
Writers: Al Reinert, Graham Yost, Tom Hanks
1968

#3 - 1968

Season 1 - Episode 4

With all that had happened that year, 1968 looked as if it wouldn't be remembered fondly. But then Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman made the first journey toward the moon.

star 8.20
75 votes
Directors: David Frankel
Writers: Al Reinert
Can We Do This?

#4 - Can We Do This?

Season 1 - Episode 1

The Soviet Union has done the unthinkable by sending a man up to space. The United States enters the historic space race and the only way of winning is getting a man on the moon.

star 8.07
153 votes
Directors: Tom Hanks
Writers: Steven Katz
That's All There Is

#5 - That's All There Is

Season 1 - Episode 7

From the perspective of Astronaut Alan Bean, see how he made an unexpected journey to the moon and his friendship with his Apollo 12 crew mates.

star 8.04
70 votes
Directors: Jon Turteltaub
Writers: Erik Bork, Tom Hanks, Paul McCudden
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Galileo Was Right

#6 - Galileo Was Right

Season 1 - Episode 10

Politics were the force behind going to the moon, but some actually wanted to learn something from the experience.

star 8.04
56 votes
Directors: David Carson
Writers: Jeffrey Fiskin, Remi Aubuchon
Apollo 1

#7 - Apollo 1

Season 1 - Episode 2

A horrible accident occurred on January 27, 1967 onboard Apollo 1, causing the deaths of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee and it threatened to end the American space program.

star 8.03
102 votes
Directors: David Frankel
Writers: Graham Yost
We Have Cleared the Tower

#8 - We Have Cleared the Tower

Season 1 - Episode 3

After the tragic Apollo 1 fire, NASA moves forward to get Apollo 7 ready.

star 8.03
89 votes
Writers: Remi Aubuchon
Le Voyage Dans La Lune

#9 - Le Voyage Dans La Lune

Season 1 - Episode 12

The final part in the series focuses on the last Apollo mission, but also on the making of a film about the moon.

star 7.70
33 votes
Writers: Tom Hanks
For Miles and Miles

#10 - For Miles and Miles

Season 1 - Episode 9

Alan Shepard made history by becoming the first American to arrive into space, but his chance to return was denied after becoming sick. Despite that, Alan Shepard worked to make history again.

star 7.63
57 votes
Directors: Gary Fleder
Writers: Erik Bork
We Interrupt This Program

#11 - We Interrupt This Program

Season 1 - Episode 8

A disaster has occurred onboard Apollo 13, putting the lives of it's crew in doubt. While the crew's story is very well known, see how things went on the ground for those that cover the news.

star 7.44
64 votes
Directors: David Frankel
Writers: Peter Osterland, Amy Baker
The Original Wives' Club

#12 - The Original Wives' Club

Season 1 - Episode 11

Astronauts did whatever was asked of them to make the journey into space, despite the risks and sacrifices. But their wives also had to make some tough sacrifices.

star 7.05
38 votes
Directors: Sally Field
Writers: Karen Janszen, Tom Hanks, Erik Bork