The BEST episodes of Pan Am

Every episode of Pan Am ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Pan Am!

Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants on the iconic airline. Set in the 1960s, when air travel represented the height of luxury.

Last Updated: 1/26/2024Network: ABC (US)Status: Ended
Unscheduled Departure
1018 votes

#1 - Unscheduled Departure

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2011

A wealthy passenger charms the stewardesses on a flight to Caracas; when a passenger has a heart attack, the only hope of saving him is to land in turmoil-stricken Haiti.

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Secrets and Lies
891 votes

#2 - Secrets and Lies

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/8/2012

Fate deals a blow to Dean and Colette's budding romance. Maggie writes a critical story for the Village Voice against her congressman's politics but doesn't count on falling for him after she submits it; though she wants to resist, the physical attraction between them is undeniable. Kate finds it hard to move beyond her last spy assignment and is haunted by the repercussions - she faces a fate similar to Bridget's if she cannot fake her way through a lie detector test. And Laura is in a tailspin as Ted thinks he's found the love of his life.

Writer: Mike Daniels
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Truth or Dare
1041 votes

#3 - Truth or Dare

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/6/2011

Sparks fly between Laura and a sailor on a special – and unusually wild -- Pan Am flight bringing servicemen home, leading Laura to realize what she’s really looking for in a man, as well as opening her eyes to the malicious racial climate in the country. Meanwhile Kate’s complicated mission to turn Niko to work for the U.S. government culminates in dramatic fashion, threatening their personal relationship.

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697 votes

#4 - 1964

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/19/2012

Ted becomes increasingly nervous as wedding plans race forward; Kate wrestles with suspicions about those around her; Laura receives a startling offer from Amanda; Maggie is placed is a perilous position.

Directors: Andrew Bernstein
Writer: Nick Thiel
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New Frontiers
946 votes

#5 - New Frontiers

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/22/2012

Maggie tells Ted why she has reservations about Amanda, and Dean pines for Colette, who reveals she's asked for a transfer to the Hong Kong hub. On a flight to Rome, Colette befriends a handsome, mysterious man, Omar, and agrees to show him the city. Meanwhile, Dean is accosted by the local customs officials, who are looking for a smuggler; Kate needs to learn a new talent as a pickpocket; and Laura is shocked to discover that the Life Magazine photographer, Graham, sold the nude photos he took of her to a gallery, where they are on display.

Directors: John Fortenberry
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
1096 votes

#6 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/4/2011

Ted asks Laura to help him make a woman from his past jealous; a dangerous mission puts Kate and Anderson in jeopardy; Maggie clashes with a congressman; Colette meets Dean's parents.

Directors: John Fortenberry
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The Genuine Article
962 votes

#7 - The Genuine Article

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/30/2011

Maggie is perilously close to losing her job for insubordination, but still manages to maneuver her way onto the flight down to Rio de Janeiro. She reflects back on the rocky path she took to land her dream job, but it's her decision to do whatever it takes to keep it that surprises even her. Meanwhile, Kate has earned her stripes as a courier, but when she is given a difficult mission involving Niko, a Yugoslavian diplomat, she's unsure how to manage the task, as she tries to juggle their deepening personal relationship with her assignment. Finally, Ginny and Dean continue to play with fire in Rio, but Ginny's game playing with both Dean and her boss and lover, a Pan Am executive, is a source of contention with Dean.

Directors: Matt Penn
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Romance Languages
690 votes

#8 - Romance Languages

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/12/2012

In their individual quests for adventure, the crew juggle their lives, their loves, their hopes and dreams while flying around the world.

Directors: John David Coles
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One Coin in a Fountain
1046 votes

#9 - One Coin in a Fountain

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/23/2011

The Pan Am crew rolls the dice in more ways than one in glamorous Monte Carlo: Kate and Maggie square off for the attentions of a handsome passenger, but things get more complicated when Kate learns the sexy stranger is involved in her next covert mission; and Dean gambles with his career when an attractive, wealthy woman on the flight tempts him -- and he later discovers who her flying companion is.

Directors: Andrew Bernstein
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Diplomatic Relations
890 votes

#10 - Diplomatic Relations

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/15/2012

Dean is tapped to fly the first-ever commercial flight to Moscow, but the day of departure, a blowhard veteran pilot, Broyles, takes the controls and makes Dean co-pilot. While in Russia, Kate tries to pull off an important mission, but when Laura and another Pan Am stewardess are mistaken for spies, Kate tries to expedite their release with the help of an unlikely ally. Back at home, Congressman Rawlings and his staff work to track down whoever anonymously wrote the negative new story about him, and Maggie agrees to be his date at a fund-raiser. Can she keep her temper dealing with so many conservative political supporters and retain her cover as the article's author? Ted's relationship with Amanda gets serious, but Maggie learns something about her that may hinder this whirlwind romance.

Directors: David Petrarca
Writer: Jack Orman
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We'll Always Have Paris
1471 votes

#11 - We'll Always Have Paris

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/2011

On a trip to Paris, Kate and Laura have a surprise passenger—their mom—who has come to settle some unfinished business with Laura; Maggie faces the unwanted attentions of an aggressive passenger, and Dean and Colette share a momentary flirtation as he tries to track down some leads on Bridget

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Ich Bin Ein Berliner
1173 votes

#12 - Ich Bin Ein Berliner

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/9/2011

When the crew gets a flight taking journalists to Berlin to cover an important speech by President Kennedy, Maggie, who campaigned for him, is determined to meet JFK no matter what. Meanwhile, when her contact's safety is compromised, Kate tries to help the young woman escape East Germany; and painful memories of World War II force Colette to face her tragic past.

Directors: Alex Graves
Writer: Yahlin Chang
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Eastern Exposure
1142 votes

#13 - Eastern Exposure

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/2011

After a last minute change sends the crew on a flight to Rangoon, a routine courier mission for Kate turns harrowing as she struggles to make a drop by the deadline. Meanwhile, Maggie takes naive Laura under her wing and shows her the wilder side of the city; and news of a space mission leads Ted to reflect on his own past and what his powerful family connections have cost him.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
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1838 votes

#14 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2011

Dean takes on his first assignment since his promotion, piloting the Clipper Majestic on its inaugural New York to London flight. Bridget is supposed to be his lead stewardess, until she's a no-show for the flight. Grounded purser Maggie is called in to fill in for her. On the same fateful flight, Kate adds another dimension to her work as she takes on her first assignment from U.S. intelligence. Her stress is compounded when she discovers that newly minted stewardess, Laura, her sister, is also working the same flight.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
Writer: Jack Orman
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