The BEST Episodes of Robotech

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020

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Robotech is the critically acclaimed animated series about mankind's first contact with warring alien races, and the use of alien technology to defend Earth. The series was broken into three chapters, The Macross Saga, The Robotech Masters, and The New Generation. Released in 1985, Robotech was the first anime (Japanese animation) series that many fans had seen, and is often accredited as the cause of the anime fandom that continues to grow today in the United States.

Countdown

#1 - Countdown

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 5, 1985

The aliens strike in full force, and the desperate battle for the planet Earth reaches the very streets of Macross City. Human courage and skill are tested to the limit, against the superior weapons of the Zentraedi. A heroic rescue attempt (by Rick Hunter, to save Lynn Minmei) turns into a nightmare experience.

star 8.00
28 votes
Space Fold

#2 - Space Fold

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 6, 1985

The Zentraedi invaders continue to close in, and the battle for planet Earth becomes even more intense. Attempting to escape the superior alien forces, Rick & Minmei become stranded in space, while trying to rejoin the others. Captain Gloval makes a desperate decision to execute a hyperspace jump, which may take his ship to safety, or which might mean the end for everyone!

star 8.00
28 votes
The Long Wait

#3 - The Long Wait

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 7, 1985

Rick & Minmei learn they have landed in a closed-off and forgotten section of the SDF-1. Try as they may, they can find no way out, and no one aboard the ship has any idea where they are! Time passes slowly and cruelly for the imprisoned pair, as what started out to be a fun adventure, turns into a deadly nightmare of hunger and exhaustion, driving them to the edge of hysteria.

star 8.00
28 votes
Transformation

#4 - Transformation

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 8, 1985

The citizens of Macross Island attempt to normalize their life aboard the giant battle fortress. Human drama is played out against the backdrop of interplanetary war, as the Zentraedi forces follow after the SDF-1, and continue the war begun back on Earth. Captain Gloval must make a life-or-death decision, which will determine the fate of nearly 70,000 refugees!

star 8.00
28 votes
Blitzkrieg

#5 - Blitzkrieg

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 11, 1985

The Zentraedi are still puzzled by the actions of the SDF-1. However, Breetai, their Commander, is beginning to enjoy the challenge. Captain Gloval plans a trap for the marauding aliens, only to have it backfire among the incredible rings of Saturn. And Rick is trapped inside a Zentraedi warship!

star 8.00
28 votes
Bye-Bye Mars

#6 - Bye-Bye Mars

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 12, 1985

The planet Mars is the setting, as Breetai calls for reinforcements in order to capture the SDF-1. Captain Gloval drives his grew to the brink of exhaustion, as he attempts to keep the overwhelming Zentraedi forces at bay.

star 8.00
28 votes
Sweet Sixteen

#7 - Sweet Sixteen

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 13, 1985

As Minmei's 16th birthday approaches, Rick finds himself constantly on duty, defending the hard-pressed battle fortress from attacks by the relentless Zentraedi armada. Rick's thoughts are torn between his duty to the SDF-1, and his waning love for Minmei.

star 8.00
28 votes
Miss Macross

#8 - Miss Macross

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 14, 1985

The charming Minmei prepares herself for a different sort of battle; a battle to determine the most beautiful girl in Macross City! While the beauty contest rages, Rick Hunter is called into action by his superiors, to defend the giant space battle fortress.

star 8.00
28 votes
Blind Game

#9 - Blind Game

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 15, 1985

The crew of the SDF-1 maintain constant vigil against the threat of attack by the ever-present Zentraedi armada. An unauthorized assault by the evil Khyron damages the main radar tower of the space battle fortress.

star 8.00
28 votes
First Contact

#10 - First Contact

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 18, 1985

Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes, and Ben Dixon are captured, and brought before the Supreme Leader of the Zentraedi civilization. Helpless prisoners, they witness the awesome power and destructive capability of their alien adversaries.

star 8.00
28 votes
The Big Escape

#11 - The Big Escape

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 19, 1985

Held captive in a Zentraedi prison cell, Rick, Lisa, and Ben try to figure a way off the massive alien ship, and report their findings to Captain Gloval & the crew of the SDF-1. Breetai & Dolza also begin to make plans to recapture their lost battle fortress.

star 8.00
28 votes
Blue Wind

#12 - Blue Wind

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 20, 1985

Captain Gloval plays a dangerous game of cat & mouse, as he maneuvers the SDF-1 into battle, which will determine the fate of the SDF-1 and its population of 70,000 refugees. If he's successful, he'll return to Earth victorious. If he fails, then his quest will end.

star 8.00
28 votes
Bursting Point

#13 - Bursting Point

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 28, 1985

Captain Gloval begins a journey, which he believes will end with the resettlement of the nearly 70,000 refugees stranded on the SDF-1. Meanwhile, Khyron's flotilla responds to the developments with an attack on the battle fortress. Captain Gloval is torn between saving the citizens of Macross City, and his oath to protect the Earth.

star 8.00
28 votes
Paradise Lost

#14 - Paradise Lost

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 29, 1985

The Zentraedi monitor the activity of the SDF-1, as Captain Gloval prepares to relocate the refugees of Macross City. But everyone's hopes for returning to a normal life back on Earth are dashed forever, as the Zentraedi attack without warning!

star 8.00
28 votes
Boobytrap

#15 - Boobytrap

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 4, 1985

In the year 1999, an abandoned alien battle fortress crash-lands on the planet Earth. Our most brilliant scientists and engineers spend the next ten years reconstructing the damaged ship, and studying its highly advanced technology, known as Robotech! A race of warriors from deep space, the Zentraedi, enter the scene, bent on recovering the lost ship and destroying Earth's civilization. A battle for our planet's survival is on, and young Rick Hunter finds himself caught up in the war, piloting an unfamiliar fighter plane, with sophisticated engineering he can't begin to understand!

star 7.50
56 votes
Writers: Steve Kramer
Gloval's Report

#16 - Gloval's Report

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 21, 1985

Now that the giant space battle fortress has been safely returned to Earth, Captain Gloval looks back on the past two years. Years filled with memories of combat & strategy, while trying to keep the forces of an alien armada from capturing the Earth's defender, the SDF-1.

star 2.00
28 votes
Homecoming

#17 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 22, 1985

Rick is secretly ordered to fly Minmei to Japan to visit her family. The reunion is cut short, when Minmei says she will not leave the SDF-1! Meanwhile, Captain Gloval & Lisa Hayes try to convince the United Earth Government that continued fighting with the Zentraedi will lead to the total destruction of the Earth.

star 0.00
0 votes
Battle Cry

#18 - Battle Cry

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 25, 1985

Lisa meets Minmei's cousin Lynn Kyle, who reminds her of Carl Riber, her lost fiancee. But these melancholy reflections soon fade away, as a Zentraedi raiding party, led by Khyron, plans a sneak attack on the unsuspecting SDF-1.

star 0.00
0 votes
Phantasm

#19 - Phantasm

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 26, 1985

Rick Hunter lies in a hospital bed in critical condition, after barely surviving a Zentraedi attack. While his body fights for life, his mind races through an emotional journey, which tries to make sense out of his relationship with Minmei and his growing attraction to Lisa Hayes.

star 0.00
0 votes
Farewell, Big Brother

#20 - Farewell, Big Brother

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 27, 1985

As Rick recuperates, Roy tries to convince Minmei to break away from her busy schedule, and drop in on her injured friend. But the Zentraedi threat looms large in the skies above Earth, and Roy prepares to go into battle... perhaps for the last time.

star 0.00
0 votes
A New Dawn

#21 - A New Dawn

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 1, 1985

The spotlight is on Minmei, as she prepares for the premiere of her first motion picture. Huge lines form around the theater, and even Rick & Lisa find time to catch a glimpse of a rising star.

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0 votes
Battle Hymn

#22 - Battle Hymn

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 2, 1985

The Zentraedi campaign to capture the SDF-1 escalates out of proportion, as Khyron leads a direct attack against the space battle fortress. Yet, through all the fighting and confusion, Minmei still manages to sing for the bewildered citizens of Macross City, giving them a small ray of hope in their darkest hour.

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0 votes
Reckless

#23 - Reckless

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 3, 1985

Confused by the actions of the orbiting SDF-1, the Zentraedi attack in full force! Captain Gloval's army stands off the attack, as the stage is set for an ultimate showdown between Earth's displaced heroes and the misguided Zentraedi led by Khyron.

star 0.00
0 votes
Showdown

#24 - Showdown

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 4, 1985

Lisa Hayes makes a rash decision to return to Earth, to try for a final time to convince the heads of the United Earth Government to negotiate with the Zentraedi armada. The journey back to Earth is not without incident, as Rick & Max cut a path through the enemy lines.

star 0.00
0 votes
Wedding Bells

#25 - Wedding Bells

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Apr 5, 1985

Max's budding romance with Miriya takes a dramatic turn, as the once-proud Zentraedi warrior considers the unthinkable: marriage with a Micronian! The main Zentraedi likes the idea even less, and plans to do something about it.

star 0.00
0 votes