The BEST Episodes of Lost

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

After their plane, Oceanic Air flight 815, tore apart whilst thousands of miles off course, the survivors find themselves on a mysterious deserted island where they soon find out they are not alone.

Exodus (2)

#1 - Exodus (2)

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 2005

The castaways on the raft run into unexpected trouble. Meanwhile, the remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch. Flashbacks continue to show the survivor's final moments before boarding their fateful flight.

star 8.19
1,167 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
The Incident (2)

#2 - The Incident (2)

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired May 13, 2009

Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

star 8.17
3,602 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Through The Looking Glass (2)

#3 - Through The Looking Glass (2)

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 23, 2007

The castaways are preparing for an invasion by the slightly less mysterious Others, while Charlie and Desmond find more than they were looking for in the underwater "Looking Glass Hatch".

star 8.16
3,030 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Ab Aeterno

#4 - Ab Aeterno

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 23, 2010

Richard Alpert faces a difficult choice.

star 8.11
7,836 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Greggory Nations, Melinda Hsu Taylor
There's No Place Like Home (3)

#5 - There's No Place Like Home (3)

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired May 29, 2008

As the face-off between the survivors and the freighter people continues, the Oceanic Six find themselves closer to rescue.

star 8.10
2,844 votes
There's No Place Like Home (1)

#6 - There's No Place Like Home (1)

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired May 15, 2008

Sayid goes back to the island to bring the rest of the people to the freighter. Ben, Locke, and Hurley go to another Dharma station in order to "move the island".

star 8.09
3,293 votes
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
The Constant

#7 - The Constant

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 28, 2008

Sayid and Desmond hit a bit of turbulence on the way to the freighter, which causes Desmond to experience some unexpected side effects.

star 8.08
3,519 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
There's No Place Like Home (2)

#8 - There's No Place Like Home (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired May 29, 2008

The face-off between the survivors and the freighter people continues, and the Oceanic Six find themselves closer to rescue.

star 8.05
3,193 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Pilot (2)

#9 - Pilot (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2004

Having escaped the "creature" and retrieved the plane transceiver, a group of the survivors travel to higher ground so they can transmit a signal. En route, they receive a mysterious transmission and encounter another of the island's inhabitants. Meanwhile, back at camp, Jack tends to a wounded man who reveals a secret about Kate.

star 8.04
4,714 votes
Directors: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Damon Lindelof, J.J. Abrams
Pilot (1)

#10 - Pilot (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2004

Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic. Some pin their hopes on rescue. A few find inner strength they never knew they had-like Kate who, with no medical training, suddenly finds herself suturing the doctor's wounds. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain. But the intense howls of mysterious creatures stalking the jungle fill them all with fear. Fortunately, thanks to the calm leadership of quick-thinking Jack and level-headed Kate, they have hope. But even heroes have secrets, as the survivors will come to learn.

star 8.03
5,937 votes
Directors: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Damon Lindelof, J.J. Abrams
The Incident (1)

#11 - The Incident (1)

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired May 13, 2009

Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

star 8.02
4,271 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
LA X (1)

#12 - LA X (1)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 2, 2010

A parallel universe, in which the crash never happened, is revealed as an aftermath of the bomb's detonation. Meanwhile, Sawyer blames Jack for the loss of Juliet and the true identity of the monster is revealed.

star 8.00
5,711 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Lockdown

#13 - Lockdown

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 29, 2006

When the hatch suddenly takes on a life of its own, Locke is forced to enlist the help of an unlikely ally to control the matter. Meanwhile, Ana Lucia, Sayid and Charlie go off into the jungle to find out the truth about Henry Gale and see if there really is balloon craft out there in the jungle that carried him and his wife to the island.

star 7.98
3,308 votes
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Live Together, Die Alone (2)

#14 - Live Together, Die Alone (2)

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 24, 2006

After discovering something odd just offshore, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch.

star 7.98
2,707 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Man of Science, Man of Faith

#15 - Man of Science, Man of Faith

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2005

Jack, Locke and Kate explore the mysterious hatch but Jack decides to wait before going down into the hatch. Kate and Locke aren't so patient. When Shannon chases after Vincent the dog, she encounters a familiar face in the jungle.

star 7.97
3,826 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Damon Lindelof
LaFleur

#16 - LaFleur

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 4, 2009

Sawyer perpetuates a lie with some of the other island survivors in order to protect themselves from mistakes of the past.

star 7.94
4,256 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Kyle Pennington
The Candidate

#17 - The Candidate

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired May 4, 2010

After the remaining survivors are reunited, Sawyer and Jack hatch a plan to divert the Man in Black's attention and leave the island without him on Widmore's submarine, but disastrous consequences await them. In the flash sideways, Jack investigates the cause of Locke's paralysis and offers treatment.

star 7.92
7,911 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jim Galasso
Dead Is Dead

#18 - Dead Is Dead

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 8, 2009

To atone for sins of the past, Ben must attempt to summon the smoke monster in order to be judged.

star 7.92
4,022 votes
Writers: Brian K. Vaughan, Elizabeth Sarnoff
Happily Ever After

#19 - Happily Ever After

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 6, 2010

Desmond wakes up to discover he's back on the island.

star 7.91
7,863 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
The Man Behind the Curtain

#20 - The Man Behind the Curtain

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 9, 2007

Ben unwillingly divulges information to Locke about the island, taking him on a journey to various locations including strange monuments and the mysterious Jacob. Flashbacks will show us the origins of DHARMA and the history of the island, including 'the purge.'

star 7.91
3,268 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Drew Goddard, Elizabeth Sarnoff
Two for the Road

#21 - Two for the Road

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 3, 2006

After finding an exhausted Michael in the forest, Jack and Kate bring him back to the main camp. When he finally wakes up, Michael has some new details about "The Others." Also, a lovestruck Hurley plans a date for Libby.

star 7.90
3,473 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Christina M. Kim, Elizabeth Sarnoff
All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

#22 - All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 8, 2004

Survivors wonder why Charlie and Claire have been abducted - and by whom - and a search party ventures into the treacherous jungle to look for the pair. Suspicions focus on Ethan Rom, who, it was recently discovered, was not a passenger on the doomed flight. Jack battles inner demons relating to his father, while Boone and Locke discover another island mystery.

star 7.88
3,707 votes
Writers: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Live Together, Die Alone (1)

#23 - Live Together, Die Alone (1)

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2006

After discovering something odd just offshore, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch. Lastly, Desmond returns and he sheds some more light on his experience on the island in the three years prior to when Locke came down into that hatch.

star 7.88
3,209 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Deus Ex Machina

#24 - Deus Ex Machina

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 30, 2005

Locke thinks he's being sent a sign on how to get the hatch open, and he and Boone venture inland. Jack is reluctant to offer assistance when Sawyer begins to experience excruciating headaches and needs glasses.

star 7.87
3,409 votes
Directors: Robert Mandel
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof
The Shape of Things to Come

#25 - The Shape of Things to Come

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 24, 2008

Jack tries to discover the identity of a body that has washed ashore. Meanwhile, Locke's camp is attacked by Ben's adversaries.

star 7.86
3,312 votes
Directors: Jack Bender
Writers: Brian K. Vaughan, Drew Goddard