The BEST Episodes of Space: Above and Beyond

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 4, 2020

Network: FOX

It’s the year 2063. After 50 years of deep space exploration, the people of Earth feel certain they are alone in the universe. Then word comes that two Earth outposts light-years away from home have been brutally attacked by an advanced alien civilization. Now the new young recruits of the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Cavalry are heading for the front lines of space in the toughest battle the world has even faced. Thrust into an intergalactic war beyond imagination, these untested fighter pilots suddenly find themselves waging a life-and-death struggle to protect Earth and to save mankind from total annihilation.

The Angriest Angel

#1 - The Angriest Angel

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 1996

McQueen seeks reinstatement of his pilot status so he can fly what could be a suicide mission: find and destroy a seemingly invincible Chig super-bomber.(Part 2 of 2)

star 8.65
222 votes
Directors: Henri Safran
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Never No More

#2 - Never No More

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 4, 1996

Shane risks her life when she volunteers to fight an enemy spacecraft with another squadron, led by a former boyfriend whose new love was killed during a mission. (Part 1 of 2)

star 8.47
192 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (2)

#3 - ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (2)

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 2, 1996

Conclusion. Tensions increases as Earth forces prepare for peace talks with the alien Chigs, and Shane realizes that the enemy has learned details of Operation Roundhammer.

star 8.21
221 votes
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Stardust

#4 - Stardust

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 19, 1996

The 58th is embroiled in a dangerous, top-secret counteroffensive against the Chigs when the Saratoga takes on some mysterious passengers-a high-profile general, a stern colonel and the corpse of a recently executed criminal.

star 7.97
250 votes
Writers: Howard Grigsby
Sugar Dirt

#5 - Sugar Dirt

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 20, 1996

When Commodore Ross sees there's an opportunity to launch a potentially crippling offensive against the Chigs. Forced to abandon the 58th on a barren planet, Ross leaves the marines to fend for themselves with little ammo, no food-and no hope of rescue.

star 7.88
278 votes
Writers: Joe Reinkemeyer, Matt Kiene
Pearly

#6 - Pearly

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 24, 1996

Stranded on an embattled planet, the 58th must race to reach the rendezvous point in time to save an injured Shane-and their only hope is a marooned officer, who's been on the planet for months, and has developed a possibly suspicious rapport with the enemy.

star 7.82
248 votes
Writers: Richard Whitley
Dear Earth

#7 - Dear Earth

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 3, 1996

In the midst of a mail call, McQueen tells Hawkes to resign himself to being left out of the festivities - InVitros have no families back on Earth. But the mail brings a surprise for the two men. In an effort to bring order to the ranks, the top brass have decided to make a motivational film about the efforts of InVitros fighting alongside natural born humans in the war against the Chigs and they order both men to participate. Hawkes is excited by the opportunity, but McQueen wants nothing to do with the documentary.

star 7.81
166 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Richard Whitley
Hostile Visit (1)

#8 - Hostile Visit (1)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 1995

A commandeered alien battleship provides the 58th with information about an important Chig outpost, giving the Earth forces an opportunity to make a Trojan-horse attack against the enemy-if the 58th can learn to fly the craft in time.

star 7.60
346 votes
Writers: Peyton Webb
And if They Lay Us Down to Rest... (1)

#9 - And if They Lay Us Down to Rest... (1)

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 26, 1996

The 58th is deployed to a seemingly barren moon to make final preparations for a major offensive by the Earth forces, but when they arrive they discover that the moon is home to an unknown species-and that Operation: Roundhammer may cause its extinction.

star 7.53
306 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Stay with the Dead

#10 - Stay with the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 1995

A failed rescue mission leaves the 58th presumed dead, except for Nathan, who lands in the hospital, where a nagging memory that his comrades are still alive is passed off as a result of suffering from severe head trauma.

star 7.50
227 votes
Writers: Joe Reinkemeyer, Matt Kiene
The Farthest Man from Home

#11 - The Farthest Man from Home

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 1995

When the USS Saratoga passes close to the planet, Vesta Colony, where the Earth colonist were attacked, West goes AWOL and flies down to the planet in hopes that his girlfriend, Kylen, somehow survived.

star 7.46
463 votes
Eyes

#12 - Eyes

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 1995

The Saratoga becomes a pressure cooker of violence and political intrigue when an assassination on Earth forces a delegation of UN officials to use the craft as the site of an important conference.

star 7.44
343 votes
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Who Monitors the Birds?

#13 - Who Monitors the Birds?

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 1996

Stranded and practically defenseless on an alien world, Hawkes accepts an assassination assignment that's supposed to buy him an immediate Honorable Discharge from the Marines.

star 7.39
169 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
R&R

#14 - R&R

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 12, 1996

The 58th visits a pleasure ship called the Bacchus for some overdue R&R; but when a sudden call to action puts them in the heat of battle, Cooper discovers that he's addicted to a pain medication that's particularly dangerous for In Vitroes.

star 7.37
271 votes
Writers: Jule Selbo
Toy Soldiers

#15 - Toy Soldiers

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 18, 1996

West discovers that his brother has enlisted in the Corps and is serving under a young, gung-ho lieutenant who's so determined to make a name for himself as a soldier, that he will risk endangering the lives of his entire battalion.

star 7.35
247 votes
Directors: Stephen Posey
Writers: Marilyn Osborn
The River of Stars

#16 - The River of Stars

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 1995

Christmas Eve finds the 58th in dire straits: its transport vehicle, damaged in battle, is hurtling uncontrolled into enemy territory and the pilots must struggle to stay alive with no power, no weapons, and no hope of being rescued.

star 7.29
193 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Marilyn Osborn
Level of Necessity

#17 - Level of Necessity

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 14, 1996

The 58th enters the tunnels to try to find and destroy a Chig ammo dump. In the tunnels on the way to the ammo dump, Lubin is killed, and Damphousse predicts that one more of them will die.

star 7.27
195 votes
Writers: Joe Reinkemeyer, Matt Kiene
Ray Butts

#18 - Ray Butts

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 1995

The Saratoga has a mysterious new passenger: a battle-scarred special-forces commando whose classified mission directives put the 58th at his disposal, even if it means leading them to certain disaster.

star 7.27
370 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Stephen Zito
Choice or Chance (2)

#19 - Choice or Chance (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 1995

After narrowly escaping the crippled alien battleship, the 58th finds itself imprisoned in the catacombs of a Chig penal colony. While Wang suffers in an alien torture chamber, Nathan encounters someone he'd only dreamed of seeing again.

star 7.23
288 votes
Writers: Doc Johnson
The Enemy

#20 - The Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 1995

The soldiers of the 58th become their own worst enemies when a routine supply mission goes awry, leaving them stranded in alien territory and suffering from the effects of a mysterious Chig weapon.

star 7.22
391 votes
Writers: Marilyn Osborn
Pilot (1)

#21 - Pilot (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 1995

In the year 2063, the final frontier is a battle field. An earth united in peace takes its first steps toward interplanetary colonization, only to be threatened by an enigmatic alien race. When an Earth outpost 16 light-years away is destroyed by an unknown alien force, a group of young United States Marine Corps Space Aviators find themselves on the front lines of an intergalactic battle to save their home planet.

star 7.00
214 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
The Dark Side of the Sun

#22 - The Dark Side of the Sun

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1995

Nightmares come to life for Shane when a sentry-duty assignment on an asteroid leads the 58th into a bloody confrontation with a battalion of rogue androids, among which are the AI's who murdered her parents.

star 6.92
533 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Pilot (2)

#23 - Pilot (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 1995

When an Earth outpost 16 light-years away is destroyed by an unknown alien force, a group of young United States Marine Corps Space Aviators find themselves on the front lines of an intergalactic battle to save their home planet.

star 6.91
614 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Mutiny

#24 - Mutiny

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1995

When mutiny erupts aboard a civilian cargo ship carrying 200 In Vitro embryos, Cooper faces a difficult decision-should he protect his fellow soldiers, or join forces with the rebellious Tanks?

star 6.90
545 votes
Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong