The Best Episodes of Stargate Atlantis

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2018

The story of Stargate Atlantis follows the cliffhanger episode on Stargate SG-1's seventh season finale "Lost City", where SG-1 found an outpost made by the race known as the Ancients in Antarctica. After the events of Stargate SG-1 season eight premiere "New Order", the Stargate Command sends an international team to investigate the outpost. Soon, Dr. Daniel Jackson discovers the location of the greatest city created by the Ancients, Atlantis. The story unfolds when the members of the expedition encounter the Wraith, the race that defeated the Ancients ten thousand years ago.

Enemy at the Gate

#1 - Enemy at the Gate

Season 5 - Episode 20

The team learns that a rogue Wraith has acquired several Z.P.M.s to power a formidable new hive ship -- and he is headed for Earth.

star 8.30
627 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie
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Be All My Sins Remember'd (2)

#2 - Be All My Sins Remember'd (2)

Season 4 - Episode 11

With a plan to potentially extinguish the Replicator threat, the Atlantis team must seek an alliance with a fleet of Wraith ships.

star 8.16
588 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Martin Gero
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Midway

#3 - Midway

Season 4 - Episode 17

Teal'c visits Atlantis to counsel a headstrong Ronon, who is up for review by the I.O.A. But the two must work together when the Wraith invade the Midway space station in order to reach Earth.

star 8.15
556 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Carl Binder
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Common Ground

#4 - Common Ground

Season 3 - Episode 7

Colonel Sheppard finds himself the prisoner of a Genii commander, along with a desperately hungry Wraith who has been separated from his hive.

star 8.15
552 votes
Directors: William Waring
Writers: Ken Cuperus
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The Siege (2)

#5 - The Siege (2)

Season 1 - Episode 20

A new military contingent from Earth is sent to take command of Atlantis and defend it from the impending Wraith attack.

star 8.14
625 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Paul Mullie, Joseph Mallozzi
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The Return (2)

#6 - The Return (2)

Season 3 - Episode 11

The Atlantis team goes against orders to try and save Atlantis from Replicator control -- and to rescue General O'Neill and Richard Woolsey, who are trapped in the occupied city.

star 8.12
614 votes
Directors: Brad Turner
Writers: Martin Gero
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The Last Man (1)

#7 - The Last Man (1)

Season 4 - Episode 20

Sheppard returns to Atlantis after a mission and finds the city abandoned, all systems dead -- and instead of ocean, sand dunes as far as the eye can see.

star 8.11
587 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie
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The Siege (3)

#8 - The Siege (3)

Season 2 - Episode 1

The Daedalus arrives to defend Atlantis from the Wraith onslaught, but it may not be enough when the team discovers that an even larger armada is on the way.

star 8.10
674 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Martin Gero
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Rising (1)

#9 - Rising (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

A new Stargate team embarks on a dangerous mission to a distant galaxy, where they discover a mythical lost city -- and a deadly new enemy.

star 8.10
1,068 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper
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First Strike (1)

#10 - First Strike (1)

Season 3 - Episode 20

An unstoppable energy weapon leaves Atlantis under seige after Earth launches a preemptive attack against a very powerful enemy's homeworld.

star 8.07
627 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Martin Gero
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Rising (2)

#11 - Rising (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

Sheppard tries to convince Weir to mount a rescue mission to free Colonel Sumner, Teyla, and the others captured by the Wraith.

star 8.07
360 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper
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Allies (1)

#12 - Allies (1)

Season 2 - Episode 20

Michael and his Wraith faction arrive at Atlantis to propose an alliance, hoping to use the retrovirus to transform their Wraith enemies into prey.

star 8.05
587 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Martin Gero
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Lifeline (3)

#13 - Lifeline (3)

Season 4 - Episode 2

Colonel Sheppard and his team embark on a risky mission to steal a Z.P.M. power module from the Replicators -- but must rely on a compromised Dr. Weir to succeed.

star 8.05
635 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Carl Binder
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Inferno

#14 - Inferno

Season 2 - Episode 19

Sheppard's team meets a civilization about to be destroyed by a super-volcano, and is trapped there when the Stargate is destroyed during the evacuation.

star 8.03
576 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Carl Binder
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Tao of Rodney

#15 - Tao of Rodney

Season 3 - Episode 14

After an Ancient device gives Rodney superhuman powers, his enhanced brilliance is checked only by his impending death -- unless he can learn how to ascend.

star 8.01
586 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Damian Kindler
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The Shrine

#16 - The Shrine

Season 5 - Episode 6

Rodney McKay is stricken with a mental affliction that robs him of his knowledge and memories, causing him to revert to a childlike state.

star 8.01
517 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Brad Wright
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The Siege (1)

#17 - The Siege (1)

Season 1 - Episode 19

With a group of Wraith hive ships on the way to Atlantis, the team searches for a place to flee and a way to destroy the city. McKay leads a team to try and activate the Ancients' orbital weapons platform.

star 8.00
648 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Martin Gero
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Sunday

#18 - Sunday

Season 3 - Episode 17

The team tries to relax during a mandatory day off, until an explosion leaves three people dead -- and reveals that one scientist is a walking time bomb.

star 8.00
550 votes
Directors: William Waring
Writers: Martin Gero
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First Contact (1)

#19 - First Contact (1)

Season 5 - Episode 10

When Daniel Jackson visits Atlantis, he and Dr. McKay discover a hidden lab that brings a new enemy knocking. The Daedalus welcomes a Wraith ally for a special project.

star 7.99
621 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Martin Gero
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The Lost Tribe (2)

#20 - The Lost Tribe (2)

Season 5 - Episode 11

Sheppard races to an Ancient laboratory to save McKay and Daniel Jackson before Todd arrives to destroy a weapon that has a devastating side-effect. Daniel uncovers the identity of the hostile new species.

star 7.99
582 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Martin Gero
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McKay and Mrs. Miller

#21 - McKay and Mrs. Miller

Season 3 - Episode 8

Rodney McKay is reunited with his estranged sister back on Earth, who has given up a brilliant career as a scientist to raise a family.

star 7.96
590 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Martin Gero
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Adrift (2)

#22 - Adrift (2)

Season 4 - Episode 1

Floating in deep space with the city's protective shield failing, the team must do all they can to keep Atlantis alive. A radical injury threatens Dr. Weir's life.

star 7.95
664 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Martin Gero
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This Mortal Coil (1)

#23 - This Mortal Coil (1)

Season 4 - Episode 10

A mysterious drone crashes into Atlantis, indicating that the Replicators may have found the city. But when Elizabeth Weir appears, the team realizes that the probe is just a part of a bigger mystery.

star 7.94
571 votes
Directors: William Waring
Writers: Brad Wright, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie
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The Daedalus Variations

#24 - The Daedalus Variations

Season 5 - Episode 4

The team boards the Daedalus when it shows up abandoned in orbit, only to find themselves skipping through parallel universes.

star 7.93
583 votes
Directors: Andy Mikita
Writers: Alan McCullough
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The Eye (2)

#25 - The Eye (2)

Season 1 - Episode 11

Major Sheppard plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with soldiers who have seized control of Atlantis and taken Weir and McKay hostage.

star 7.93
610 votes
Directors: Martin Wood
Writers: Martin Gero
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