The Best Episodes of Manhattan

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

Set against the backdrop of the greatest race against time in the history of science — the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb — “Manhattan” follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families in Los Alamos as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Jupiter

#1 - Jupiter

Season 2 - Episode 10

A new era is ushered in with the first test of an atomic weapon.

star 8.16
332 votes
Writers: Sam Shaw
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Perestroika

#2 - Perestroika

Season 1 - Episode 13

Frank is given a life-changing opportunity. Charlie finds himself in the U.S. Army's hot seat.

star 8.15
374 votes
Writers: Sam Shaw
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The Gun Model

#3 - The Gun Model

Season 1 - Episode 12

Akley becomes vulnerable when he tries to fix Thin Man's shortcomings.

star 8.03
368 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Lila Byock
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The Second Coming

#4 - The Second Coming

Season 1 - Episode 8

When British scientists, who have done extensive work on an Implosion model similar to Frank’s, visit The Hill, Frank gains some unsettling perspective. Charlie grapples with whether to tell Akley about the revelation he made about Plutonium, as well as his fate with their group. As Charlie and Frank both face grim predictions about the future of their prototypes, the stakes at home are raised when Abby discovers what is really happening to the Jews in Europe.

star 7.94
370 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason
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Last Reasoning of Kings

#5 - Last Reasoning of Kings

Season 1 - Episode 4

Frank grapples with haunting memories from his past and his erratic behavior gets called into question, putting his team’s loyalty to the test. The Hill receives a visit from a famed physicist, whose sudden arrival sparks curiosity among the scientists – and Charlie is assigned to escort him around the compound. Callie plots an escape.

star 7.92
428 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Tom Spezialy, Gideon Yago
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Acceptable Limits

#6 - Acceptable Limits

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Charlie is chosen to go on an important trip to Tennessee to see the country’s first plutonium reactor, tensions in the Isaacs’ marriage only deepen when Abby learns that Charlie is accompanied by Helen on his trip. Fritz has a medical emergency, and Frank’s attempt to intervene leads to a shocking discovery.

star 7.83
399 votes
Writers: Dustin Thomason
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Brooklyn

#7 - Brooklyn

Season 2 - Episode 9

Days before the world's first nuclear explosion, everyone races to secure their place in history.

star 7.83
319 votes
Writers: Dustin Thomason
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Spooky Action at a Distance

#8 - Spooky Action at a Distance

Season 1 - Episode 9

Charlie and Frank are forced to work together for the good of the project. When they run into a problem, Frank turns to an unconventional resource.

star 7.82
363 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty
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The Understudy

#9 - The Understudy

Season 1 - Episode 10

Wives explore their inner desires. Visit from dead "spy's" spouse. Winter explores an unusual solution to ignition problem.

star 7.81
369 votes
Writers: Tom Spezialy
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The Hive

#10 - The Hive

Season 1 - Episode 3

As the news of Sid’s death reverberates through the compound, the base begins cracking down on security on The Hill, which creates new complications for the scientists’ work. With all files and case studies on lockdown, Frank’s team is locked in an uphill battle to resolve the Implosion experiment without Sid’s expertise, leading Frank to resort to creative measures. Charlie grapples with unsettling feelings about his group. Abby starts a new chapter. An MP looks for penance for his actions.

star 7.79
425 votes
Writers: Nathaniel Halpern, Lisa Melamed
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The New World

#11 - The New World

Season 1 - Episode 7

Helen and Charlie deal with a crisis. Abby embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

star 7.79
390 votes
Writers: Lila Byock, Dustin Thomason
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Tangier

#12 - Tangier

Season 1 - Episode 11

A development overseas re-invigorates the hunt for a spy on The Hill. Charlie and Abby make a sacrifice when the plan with Frank is threatened.

star 7.78
361 votes
Writers: Scott Brown
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A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology

#13 - A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology

Season 1 - Episode 5

Tensions between Charlie and Frank escalate after Charlie takes a public jab at Babbit’s past, raising red flags and drawing the attention of Occam – leading Frank to find creative ways to protect his mentor. Liza suffers several blows of her own – and points the finger at the army.

star 7.74
391 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Mark Lafferty, Noelle Valdivia
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Fatherland

#14 - Fatherland

Season 2 - Episode 2

Frank discovers the real reason he's been taken captive.

star 7.73
373 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Scott Brown
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Human Error

#15 - Human Error

Season 2 - Episode 8

As the project falters, Charlie turns to an unlikely partner for help.

star 7.73
314 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty
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#16 - 33

Season 2 - Episode 6

The scientists and the Army battle for control of the bomb.

star 7.71
316 votes
Writers: Scott Brown, Megan Ferrell Burke
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Behold the Lord High Executioner

#17 - Behold the Lord High Executioner

Season 2 - Episode 7

The hunt for a Soviet spy turns deadly.

star 7.71
323 votes
Writers: Lila Byock, Vinne Wilhelm
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The Prisoner's Dilemma

#18 - The Prisoner's Dilemma

Season 1 - Episode 2

A special shipment of the first sample of plutonium arrives at The Hill – one that could change everything. With the future of his team up in the air, Frank knows that having some of the precious material could make all the difference. As Frank desperately tries to keep his team alive, he learns that Liao has been detained by a covert outside party. Liza helps Abby find creative ways to survive life on The Hill. As the wives grow closer, competition escalates between Frank and Charlie in the lab.

star 7.71
490 votes
Writers: Sam Shaw
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You Always Hurt the Ones You Love

#19 - You Always Hurt the Ones You Love

Season 1 - Episode 1

Frank Winter and his team have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival. Once inside “The Hill,” a middle class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment. In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map, a place where men and women are torn between duty and their moral values, husbands and wives conceal the truth from each other and their families, the military keeps secrets from the scientists they chaperone, and the scientists keep secrets from each other.

star 7.68
631 votes
Writers: Sam Shaw
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The Threshold

#20 - The Threshold

Season 2 - Episode 3

Liza faces off against Darrow as Abby learns a secret about Oppenheimer.

star 7.68
360 votes
Writers: Lila Byock
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Overlord

#21 - Overlord

Season 2 - Episode 4

Oppenheimer puts Charlie in a precarious position.

star 7.66
335 votes
Writers: Alexander Woo
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The World of Tomorrow

#22 - The World of Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 5

Frank attempts to navigate his new place on the Hill.

star 7.62
337 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Mark Lafferty
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Damnatio Memoriae

#23 - Damnatio Memoriae

Season 2 - Episode 1

Charlie is forced into a new leadership role in the race to build the world's first atomic bomb.

star 7.56
421 votes
Writers: Sam Shaw
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