The BEST Episodes of Manhattan

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 21, 2020

Network: WGN America

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 - Aired Dec 15, 2015

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

star 8.23
419 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Sam Shaw
The Second Coming

#2 - The Second Coming

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 14, 2014

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 8.04
666 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason
Last Reasoning of Kings

#3 - Last Reasoning of Kings

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 17, 2014

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 7.99
807 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: Tom Spezialy, Gideon Yago
Acceptable Limits

#4 - Acceptable Limits

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 31, 2014

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 7.79
723 votes
Writers: Dustin Thomason
Perestroika

#5 - Perestroika

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 19, 2014

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

star 7.79
644 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Sam Shaw
The Gun Model

#6 - The Gun Model

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 12, 2014

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

star 7.79
664 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Lila Byock
You Always Hurt the Ones You Love

#7 - You Always Hurt the Ones You Love

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

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 7.78
989 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Sam Shaw
The Understudy

#8 - The Understudy

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 28, 2014

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

star 7.75
613 votes
Writers: Tom Spezialy
A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology

#9 - A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 24, 2014

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 7.75
768 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Mark Lafferty, Noelle Valdivia
Tangier

#10 - Tangier

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 5, 2014

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 7.74
606 votes
Writers: Scott Brown
Spooky Action at a Distance

#11 - Spooky Action at a Distance

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 21, 2014

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 7.72
633 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty
The Prisoner's Dilemma

#12 - The Prisoner's Dilemma

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 3, 2014

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 7.70
867 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Sam Shaw
The New World

#13 - The New World

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 7, 2014

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

star 7.69
712 votes
Writers: Lila Byock, Dustin Thomason
Human Error

#14 - Human Error

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 1, 2015

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

star 7.67
376 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty
33

#15 - 33

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 17, 2015

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

star 7.66
377 votes
Directors: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Megan Ferrell Burke, Scott Brown
Fatherland

#16 - Fatherland

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 20, 2015

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

star 7.65
459 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Scott Brown
The Hive

#17 - The Hive

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 10, 2014

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 7.64
800 votes
Writers: Nathaniel Halpern, Lisa Melamed
Brooklyn

#18 - Brooklyn

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 2015

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

star 7.63
406 votes
Writers: Dustin Thomason
Behold the Lord High Executioner

#19 - Behold the Lord High Executioner

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 24, 2015

The hunt for a Soviet spy turns deadly.

star 7.61
415 votes
Writers: Lila Byock, Vinne Wilhelm
Damnatio Memoriae

#20 - Damnatio Memoriae

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 13, 2015

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

star 7.60
535 votes
Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writers: Sam Shaw
The Threshold

#21 - The Threshold

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 27, 2015

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

star 7.60
447 votes
Writers: Lila Byock
Overlord

#22 - Overlord

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 3, 2015

Oppenheimer puts Charlie in a precarious position.

star 7.56
397 votes
Writers: Alexander Woo
The World of Tomorrow

#23 - The World of Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 10, 2015

Frank attempts to navigate his new place on the Hill.

star 7.51
397 votes
Directors: Daniel Stern
Writers: Mark Lafferty