The BEST episodes of Mission: Impossible (1988)

Every episode of Mission: Impossible (1988) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Mission: Impossible (1988)!

In this update of the original 60's series, Peter Graves returns as Jim Phelps, head of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). Brought out of retirement by the death of his successor and protege, he brings together a team of four skilled operatives and leads them as they travel the globe conducting "impossible" covert missions for the U.S. His new team consists of Nicholas Black, master of disguise; Max Harte, self-trained soldier; Grant Collier, technological genius and son of former IMFer Barney Collier; Casey Randall, femme fatale (and killed in action in episode 1.10), and Shannon Reed, another femme fatale and former newscaster and Secret Service Agent.

Last Updated: 12/9/2022Network:ABC (US)
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Countdown
star
9.14
14 votes

#1 - Countdown

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/26/1989

To prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb by a fanatic unaware that she is being mislead by a general seeking to take over his country, Grant must get close to the woman and find the location of the bomb.

Writer: Chip Hayes
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Deadly Harvest
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8.92
13 votes

#2 - Deadly Harvest

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/6/1990

Terrorist Jouseff K., a native of the country of Orambach, plans to release a deadly virus over the wheat fields of the U.S. The team must stop the production of the virus in Orambach and destroy the terrorist cell.

Directors: Arch Nicholson
Writer: Jan Sandi
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Spy
star
8.46
13 votes

#3 - Spy

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/18/1989

An ex-MI6 agent sells lethal chemical weapons and the IMF must team up with a Russian spy whose people also want to eliminate the threat.

Directors: Rob Stewart
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The Fuhrer's Children
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8.44
16 votes

#4 - The Fuhrer's Children

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/1989

The head of a neo-Nazi organization plans to ally similar groups with an elaborate computer scheme, and has a ""master plan"" which guarantees him success.

Directors: Don Chaffey
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Gunslinger
star
8.28
18 votes

#5 - Gunslinger

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/3/1990

An arms dealer who runs a mock-Western town in Nevada is the team's next target.

Directors: Colin Budds
Writer: Ted Roberts
Watch Now:iTunes
Target Earth
star
8.18
11 votes

#6 - Target Earth

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/9/1989

When an IMF operative at a commercial orbital launch site goes missing, Shannon takes her place, only to find herself trapped on a space shuttle in orbit when terrorists take it over to launch a global blackmail scheme.

Directors: Colin Budds
Watch Now:iTunes
The Golden Serpent (2)
star
8.18
17 votes

#7 - The Golden Serpent (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/28/1989

The team turn Selimun against his Golden Serpent masters, but when they kill him they must deal with the head of the organization to recover the hidden gold and destroy the Serpent once and for all.

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The Princess
star
8.11
19 votes

#8 - The Princess

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/1989

A militant group hires an assassin, Coyote, to take out the princess of a country who she is turning toward Western ways. The IMF must go undercover to infiltrate the group, find out the identity of the assassin, and take him out before he can complete his assignment.

Directors: Colin Budds
Writer: Ted Roberts
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For Art's Sake
star
7.93
14 votes

#9 - For Art's Sake

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/14/1989

A valuable painting and a foreign country's national treasure is stolen by a master thief during its exhibition in the U.S., and the team must recover it before the situatioin turns hostile.

Directors: Don Chaffey
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The Assassin
star
7.87
16 votes

#10 - The Assassin

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/20/1990

The team must discover the cause of a series of bizarre assassinations caused by seemingly innocent people, but Nicholas is targeted as the next killer.

Directors: Arch Nicholson
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Command Performance
star
7.82
17 votes

#11 - Command Performance

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/12/1989

The IMF team must rescue an imprisoned holy man and recover a holy relic which holds evidence of the Defense Minister's atrocities.

Directors: Arch Nicholson
Watch Now:iTunes
The Golden Serpent (1)
star
7.81
21 votes

#12 - The Golden Serpent (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/21/1989

The IMF must take down Selimun, who works for the Golden Serpent triad running drugs. Complicating matters, Grant's father Barney has already infiltrated Selimun's operation, but is captured and the team must weigh whether to help him or complete the mission.

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Reprisal
star
7.80
15 votes

#13 - Reprisal

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/15/1989

A deranged ex-IMFer targets retired IMF agents, killing them and framing Jim Phelps for the crimes. The IMF gives Jim only a little time to prove his innocence before they must turn him over to the authorities.

Directors: Rob Stewart
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Bayou
star
7.71
14 votes

#14 - Bayou

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/6/1989

The IMF must use voodoo rituals to break up a white slavery ring run by a sadistic Louisiana bar owner and millionnaire.

Directors: Don Chaffey
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Killer
star
7.67
67 votes

#15 - The Killer

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/23/1988

When an IMF team leader is assassinated, Jim Phelps comes out of retirement and assembles a new team to bring the killer to justice.

Directors: Cliff Bole
Writer: Arthur Weiss
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War Games
star
7.56
18 votes

#16 - War Games

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/2/1989

The IMF must stop the general of a European country from using a series of war games as a cover to invade a neighboring country.

Directors: Rod Hardy
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Submarine
star
7.53
17 votes

#17 - Submarine

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/29/1989

A retired admiral prepares to sell a computer virus that can sink any naval vessel, but the plan goes awry when he destroys the computer ""cure"" before the IMF can get it. Now they must force the admiral to reveal the ""cure.""

Directors: Colin Budds
Writer: Dale Duguid
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Cattle King
star
7.52
23 votes

#18 - The Cattle King

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/18/1988

The IMF teams up with Australian aborigines to bring down a superstitious cattle king and arms dealer.

Directors: Mike Vejar
Writer: Ted Roberts
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Banshee
star
7.50
14 votes

#19 - Banshee

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/30/1989

An Irish arms dealer plays both sides of the country's conflict against each other, and the IMF must trick them into uniting to defeat him.

Directors: Colin Budds
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Church Bells in Bogota
star
7.44
43 votes

#20 - Church Bells in Bogota

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/10/1990

The IMF team is sent to Bogota in order to destroy a vicious druglord's operation. All attempts to even meet the druglord is met with failure - Nicholas as an arms dealer, Max as a drill sergeant for the troups. Finally, Shannon is set up as a singer, but her plane to Bogota crashes, and she loses her memory. She is brought to the druglord, and his nephew sees this as an opportunity to woo her, and eventually he proposes to her. She says yes. On the wedding day, the team makes their move. Jim poses as a doctor, restores her memory, and under cover of Nicholas'impression of a priest, they manage to sneak her out while destroying the operation.

Directors: Arch Nicholson
Watch Now:iTunes
The Legacy
star
7.43
46 votes

#21 - The Legacy

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/26/1988

When the sons of four Nazis come together to recover a fortune in gold and create the Fourth Reich, the team must infiltrate the group and locate the gold.

Directors: Kim Manners
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Pawn
star
7.42
45 votes

#22 - The Pawn

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/15/1989

When a Russian scientist and chess player decides to defect, Nicholas must take his place under the watchful eyes of the KGB while the rest of the team gets the scientist and his daughter out of the country.

Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Holograms
star
7.42
48 votes

#23 - Holograms

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/6/1988

The IMF must lure a canny drug lord on to U.S. territory so he can be arrested for his crimes.

Directors: Kim Manners
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The Lions
star
7.41
46 votes

#24 - The Lions

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/4/1989

A king's son returns to his Asian country to take the test that will confirm him as the king, but his uncle, a rabid anti-American, has rigged it so that he can fail, so the IMF must rig it back.

Writer: James Crown
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The System
star
7.38
56 votes

#25 - The System

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/30/1988

The team must force a mobster to turn evidence against his partner and mentor.

Directors: Cliff Bole
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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