The Best Episodes of Jericho (2006)

When Jake Green returns to his Kansas small-town home Jericho, where his dad Johnston is mayor, everyone is preoccupied with petty private business and family matters, but that changes drastically after a completely unexpected explosion. It soon becomes clear there has been a nuclear attack, but neither by whom nor on which scale. Suddenly life in Jericho, and as the inhabitants gradually discover all over the disintegrating USA, becomes a more primordial struggle for survival, where unexperienced dangers, primitive as well as technological, have to be weighed against pressing primal needs, such as food, fuel and self-defense against plunderers, invaders and even each-other. Jake, whose private story like that of other main characters slowly becomes disclosed to us, proves extremely resourceful and a smart hero, while his father's mayoral authority and even that of the only available medical professionals is soon challenged and undermined, criminal potentials are tapped into by circumstances and good people must rise to the daunting occasion assertively or perish. Even when contact is made with neighboring surviving towns, desperate rivalry soon cancels out solidarity.

Patriots and Tyrants

#1 - Patriots and Tyrants

Season 2 - Episode 7

Jake and Hawkins have one chance to expose the conspiracy behind the Cheyenne government to the independent Texas administration. However, getting there proves to be the most difficult part of their plan.

star 8.51
153 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
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Termination for Cause

#2 - Termination for Cause

Season 2 - Episode 5

Jake and the Rangers take on Goetz and Ravenwood while a Jericho Ranger makes a choice that will alter his life. Meanwhile, an old friend comes to warn Heather that her loyalties to Major Beck have placed her in serious danger.

star 8.35
142 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
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#3 - Oversight

Season 2 - Episode 4

Hawkins receives a call on from someone who knows who he is, where he is and lets Hawkins know exactly when he'll be caught. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes.

star 8.34
141 votes
Directors: Steve Gomer
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Casus Belli

#4 - Casus Belli

Season 1 - Episode 19

Jake believes something more is wrong after Eric doesn’t return from New Bern. Jake and Hawkins go to New Bern and discover that Jericho is in danger.

star 8.31
149 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
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Coalition of the Willing

#5 - Coalition of the Willing

Season 1 - Episode 21

The residents of Jericho and New Bern fight over precious resources and Gray must make a tough decision after the streets of Jericho are bombed.

star 8.30
156 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
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#6 - Sedition

Season 2 - Episode 6

Following the Rangers' decision to take justice into their own hands, Major Beck goes to extreme measures to prove he's in complete control of the town, while Hawkins receives a call from Chavez telling him that it's time to transport the bomb.

star 8.26
145 votes
Directors: Scott Peters
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One If by Land

#7 - One If by Land

Season 1 - Episode 20

The hostility mounts between the citizens of Jericho and New Bern. A handful of residents of New Bern are shot and injured after getting caught trying to steal from the Jericho salt mine.

star 8.23
150 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
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#8 - Condor

Season 2 - Episode 2

Jericho gets ready for a very important visitor from the new Cheyenne government. Meanwhile, Hawkins and Chavez work to find the new leaderships secrets.

star 8.22
142 votes
Directors: Chris Leitch
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Semper Fidelis

#9 - Semper Fidelis

Season 1 - Episode 15

After a company of Marines show up, the town of Jericho has hopes that life will finally start to return to normal. However, their behavior raises Jake's and Johnston's suspicions.

star 8.21
151 votes
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Why We Fight

#10 - Why We Fight

Season 1 - Episode 22

The battle with New Bern ensues, with Jericho residents out-manned and out-gunned, but not outsmarted. Jericho gains the upper hand but suffers a significant casualty. A friend of Jake's sends help from an unexpected source.

star 8.17
143 votes
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Red Flag

#11 - Red Flag

Season 1 - Episode 10

Supplies are dropped by air into Jericho and the Green's and Hawkins think that they know where they came from. Jonah Prowse returns to Jericho causing even more trouble.

star 8.16
166 votes
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#12 - A.K.A.

Season 1 - Episode 18

Jake finds that Hawkins has not been honest with the residents of Jericho about his past and holds him at gunpoint for answers.

star 8.14
159 votes
Winter's End

#13 - Winter's End

Season 1 - Episode 16

After April collapses and goes into early labor, Jake makes Kenchy face his problems so that they can save April. The wind turbine arrives from New Bern but Heather does not return. Jericho makes a deal with New Bern to send ten of their people to New Bern to make more wind turbines as long as New Bern receives a percentage of their spring crop.

star 8.14
154 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
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Federal Response

#14 - Federal Response

Season 1 - Episode 5

The children of Jericho start to return back to school. A power line that has fallen causes an accident on the playground when the power returns. Jake has an argument with his mother regarding a secret that Jake hasn't disclosed to his dad.

star 8.08
187 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
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#15 - Crossroads

Season 1 - Episode 9

The residents of Jericho receive a visit from a group of questionable outsiders and they realize that they need to form a plan to keep the outsiders out. Emily has a dream about her wedding morning to Roger. She wakes up and realizes that he is probably dead.

star 8.06
157 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
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Rogue River

#16 - Rogue River

Season 1 - Episode 8

Jake and Eric head out of Jericho to the nearby town of Rogue River to try and acquire some medicine for their father. While the brothers are at the hospital they encounter a combative group of individuals who call themselves Ravenwood. The brothers find that they’re trapped and must find a way back to Jericho.

star 8.02
163 votes
Directors: Guy Bee
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#17 - Fallout

Season 1 - Episode 2

The fallout from the nuclear blast in Denver will hit Jericho in an hour and Jake has to get the residents inside. The official shelter is not adequate and Jake must find another shelter to protect them. Emily faces troubles of her own while being picked up by who she thinks are two officers.

star 8.01
221 votes
Directors: Jon Turteltaub
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Black Jack

#18 - Black Jack

Season 1 - Episode 13

Jake, his dad, Heather and Dale visit Black Jack to try and find the parts needed to fix the windmill. Sarah goes home with Hawkins against the rest of his family's wishes.

star 7.99
160 votes
Directors: Helen Shaver
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Heart of Winter

#19 - Heart of Winter

Season 1 - Episode 14

While on a hunting trip outside of Jericho, Jake, Stanley and Mimi find themselves in a dangerous situation when they run into some strangers. Meanwhile, Hawkins realizes that his family is in danger because of him. Emily and Roger work on their relationship.

star 7.98
152 votes
Directors: Steve Gomer
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Vox Populi

#20 - Vox Populi

Season 1 - Episode 11

Some of the residents of Jericho are concerned that Gray's actions may actually make Gray the new mayor. In other news, Mitchell claims that Jonah is the killer under much speculation.

star 7.97
163 votes
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#21 - 9:02

Season 1 - Episode 6

Hawkins must step in when an argument between Jake and an adversary becomes heated. After an electromagnetic pulse leaves Jericho in the dark crime runs rampant. Later, Jake is held at gunpoint and is rescued.

star 7.97
183 votes
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Four Horsemen

#22 - Four Horsemen

Season 1 - Episode 3

After seeing a broadcast via satellite from Asia, Jake gathers a group of people together for information gathering. After finding out that there is information out there, Jake suggests having four search parties to go out to get a better understanding what is going on outside of Jericho. The search parties set off in four different directions.

star 7.96
195 votes
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#23 - Reconstruction

Season 2 - Episode 1

Following the battle of New Bern, Jericho begins the rebuilding process, while the Cheyenne government shows a particular interest in the town. While the dispute between Jericho and New Bern is being sorted out by the Cheyenne government, Heather returns. Meanwhile, an old friend of Rob comes to Jericho.

star 7.96
154 votes
Directors: Steve Boyum
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Jennings & Rall

#24 - Jennings & Rall

Season 2 - Episode 3

The deadly Hudson River virus hits the area and a vaccine is being withheld from the citizens by a government official. Jake and the Rangers find a way to protect Jericho.

star 7.94
146 votes
Directors: John Peters
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Pilot: The First Seventeen Hours

#25 - Pilot: The First Seventeen Hours

Season 1 - Episode 1

After a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks wipes out most of North America, residents of a small Kansas town have to come to terms with a very different reality.

star 7.90
296 votes
Directors: Jon Turteltaub