The Best Episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Last Updated: May 15, 2019

Agent Phil Coulson, seen in action in Marvel's The Avengers, assembles a team of top S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) agents to investigate bizarre threats.

Beginning of the End

#1 - Beginning of the End

Season 1 - Episode 22

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of Hydra. But when the dust settles, Coulson will find that no one’s leaving this battle unscathed. And just when all hope seems lost, they’re joined by the one man who may be able to turn the tide–Nick Fury.

star 8.64
3,010 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon
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S.O.S. (2)

#2 - S.O.S. (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22

S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever.

star 8.58
1,968 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
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Turn, Turn, Turn

#3 - Turn, Turn, Turn

Season 1 - Episode 17

Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.

star 8.57
3,125 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
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What They Become

#4 - What They Become

Season 2 - Episode 10

Coulson and Whitehall's forces meet in an explosive confrontation that dramatically alters everyone's fates. Meanwhile, Skye discovers shocking secrets about her past.

star 8.38
2,828 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Jeffrey Bell
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S.O.S. (1)

#5 - S.O.S. (1)

Season 2 - Episode 21

S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever.

star 8.31
2,441 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Jeffrey Bell
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Nothing Personal

#6 - Nothing Personal

Season 1 - Episode 20

Just when there's no one left to trust, Agent Maria Hill returns to team up with Coulson as S.H.I.E.L.D. is being destroyed around them.

star 8.28
2,973 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski, DJ Doyle
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End of the Beginning

#7 - End of the Beginning

Season 1 - Episode 16

Agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett are back to help Coulson's team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.'s nefarious enemy--the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master's identity?

star 8.28
3,026 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski
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4,722 Hours

#8 - 4,722 Hours

Season 3 - Episode 5

After her dramatic rescue from another planet, Simmons is still reeling from her ordeal and reveals how she had to fight for her life in a harsh new world.

star 8.24
3,510 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Craig Titley
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World's End

#9 - World's End

Season 4 - Episode 22

With the surprising emergence of Ghost Rider, Coulson and the team attempt to stop Aida from ending the world.

star 8.23
4,080 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jeffrey Bell
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Maveth

#10 - Maveth

Season 3 - Episode 10

S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra go head-to-head in a battle that will change Coulson's world forever. While Daisy and her team of Inhumans fight to keep Hydra at bay, Coulson and Fitz take the ultimate risk.

star 8.21
3,485 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Jeffrey Bell
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Ragtag

#11 - Ragtag

Season 1 - Episode 21

Ward's betrayal and Hydra's shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson's team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.

star 8.19
2,887 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Jeffrey Bell
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T.A.H.I.T.I.

#12 - T.A.H.I.T.I.

Season 1 - Episode 14

Coulson goes on the attack to save Skye--enlisting the aid of Ward's former S.O. John Garrett and uncovers shocking truths about his own life and S.H.I.E.L.D.

star 8.19
2,999 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Jeffrey Bell
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T.R.A.C.K.S.

#13 - T.R.A.C.K.S.

Season 1 - Episode 13

Hot on the trail of the Clairvoyant, Coulson and his team board a mystery train that seems to be headed for certain death.

star 8.16
3,019 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins
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Ascension (2)

#14 - Ascension (2)

Season 3 - Episode 22

Coulson and his team take on Hive before he can set off the warhead and transform the world's population into his Inhuman slaves. However, one team member will sacrifice themselves to stop the Inhuman leader.

star 8.16
4,034 votes
Writers: Jed Whedon
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The End

#15 - The End

Season 5 - Episode 22

Coulson's life or death is the challenge the team finds themselves in, as the wrong decision will cause the destruction of Earth.

star 8.16
2,328 votes
Directors: Jed Whedon
Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
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Providence

#16 - Providence

Season 1 - Episode 18

With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most dangerous secrets--secrets that could destroy them all.

star 8.16
2,941 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Brent Fletcher
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Yes Men

#17 - Yes Men

Season 1 - Episode 15

When Coulson and his team are attacked by Lorelei - a deadly seductress who escaped from Asgard - Lady Sif, her longtime nemesis, steps in to try to save them.

star 8.15
3,059 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: Shalisha Francis
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The Dirty Half Dozen

#18 - The Dirty Half Dozen

Season 2 - Episode 19

Gonzales and Coulson must find a way to put their differences aside and work together against Hydra, even if it means teaming up with someone they don't trust.

star 8.15
2,714 votes
Writers: Brent Fletcher, Drew Z. Greenberg
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The Things We Bury

#19 - The Things We Bury

Season 2 - Episode 8

Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.

star 8.14
2,794 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Daniel J. Doyle
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A Hen in the Wolf House

#20 - A Hen in the Wolf House

Season 2 - Episode 5

Coulson's team is up against the beautiful and deadly Bobbi Morse – Security Chief for Hydra. Skye's father forces Raina to reunite him with his daughter at any cost.

star 8.14
2,868 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Brent Fletcher
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The Only Light in the Darkness

#21 - The Only Light in the Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 19

With their world turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of "The Cellist," which began in Marvel's The Avengers, is finally revealed on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

star 8.12
2,947 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Monica Owusu-Breen
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Self Control

#22 - Self Control

Season 4 - Episode 15

As more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D., suspicion begins to turn to paranoia among the members of Coulson's team.

star 8.10
4,820 votes
Directors: Jed Whedon
Writers: Jed Whedon
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The Writing on the Wall

#23 - The Writing on the Wall

Season 2 - Episode 7

The team discovers murder victims with the alien glyphs on them that Coulson's been etching. All of Coulson's secrets and lies come to a head.

star 8.10
2,771 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Craig Titley
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Rewind

#24 - Rewind

Season 5 - Episode 5

With help from Lance Hunter, nothing will stop Fitz from finding the lost team as his secret journey is revealed.

star 8.10
2,947 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Craig Titley
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No Regrets

#25 - No Regrets

Season 4 - Episode 18

The truth behind Fitz’s turn could bring down all of S.H.I.E.L.D.

star 8.09
4,637 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Paul Zbyszewski
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