The BEST Episodes of Strike Back

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Network: Sky1

Strike Back is a British action and military television series, based on a novel of the same name by novelist and former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Chris Ryan. The series follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive branch of the British Defence Intelligence service (DI), who operate several high risk, priority missions throughout the globe.

Legacy: Episode 10

#1 - Legacy: Episode 10

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 29, 2015

Gone to ground after a daring helicopter escape, Scott and Stonebridge try to elude a team of mercenaries in the Swiss Alps in order to bring a traitor to justice. With their ammunition nearly spent, the boys get a helping hand from an unexpected source before ending up in a final, epic fight to the finish.

star 8.33
1,024 votes
Project Dawn, Episode 10

#2 - Project Dawn, Episode 10

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 23, 2011

Latif is finally in Section 20's clutches. The team frantically tries to discover the bombers' target and for that they need Latif to talk. Scott and Stonebridge go after the bombers. Latif's henchmen attack Section 20 command.

star 8.03
1,732 votes
Directors: Daniel Percival
Vengeance, Episode 10

#3 - Vengeance, Episode 10

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 4, 2012

In order to stop Knox, Scott comes to Bryant for assistance. Meanwhile Stonebridge has trouble focusing on the mission as he is bent on revenge. Section 20 get assistance from South African police to stop Knox's plot.

star 7.97
1,463 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Legacy: Episode 6

#4 - Legacy: Episode 6

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 8, 2015

In North Korea, Mei - now embracing her real name, Li-Na - is tasked by her mentor, Moon Young-Su, to pry a confession out of Scott and Stonebridge, using Finn as leverage. Meanwhile Locke and Martinez recruit a familiar face in Russia to help get them into North Korea and attempt a dangerous rescue operation.

star 7.96
1,045 votes
Legacy: Episode 9

#5 - Legacy: Episode 9

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 29, 2015

On the trail of Li-Na and Kwon, Locke, Stonebridge, and Scott play a hunch and head to Geneva, where a nuclear disarmament conference is taking place. A face-off between Section 20 and the North Korean renegades ends in a flurry of gunfire - and an inconceivable betrayal.

star 7.89
1,007 votes
Shadow Warfare: Episode 10

#6 - Shadow Warfare: Episode 10

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 30, 2013

Scott and Stonebridge face a new pivotal player in Al-Zuhari's plan, and with an imminent attack looming, the team resorts to questionable measures, sparking conflict within the unit.

star 7.88
1,395 votes
Writers: Richard Zajdlic
Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Episode 2

#7 - Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 5, 2010

After locating the terrorist safe house Katie is being held in, Porter is also taken prisoner, and Hugh Collinson and a team at Section 20 have to act quickly before it is too late.

star 7.87
2,106 votes
Directors: Daniel Percival
Writers: Jed Mercurio
Legacy: Episode 4

#8 - Legacy: Episode 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 24, 2015

Hoping to track down the Yakuza's shipment of vanadium - a metal crucial to the making of nuclear weapons - Scott strikes a deal with Faber and Mason, a pair of bounty hunters looking to kill Shiro. Having convinced Finn that he's not a drug dealer, Scott sends his son on a bus to safety and heads off to rendezvous with his mates, who've got all they can handle in a firefight at the Kokura Foundation, a legal front for Shiro's drug operation. As Locke tries to uncover the truth about Shiro and his father, Mei looks to slip out of the crossfire, again.

star 7.87
1,026 votes
Shadow Warfare: Episode 2

#9 - Shadow Warfare: Episode 2

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2013

Out of options and hunted by the resourceful cartel, Section 20 goes for a longshot and attempts an assault in downtown Bogota, hoping to obtain intel on one of al-Zuhari’s key people. Meanwhile, Dalton looks for the source that exposed her team in Beirut, but discovers a surprising ally and a piece of al-Zuhari’s plan.

star 7.87
1,707 votes
Writers: Michael J. Bassett, Simon Burke, Tim Vaughan
Vengeance, Episode 7

#10 - Vengeance, Episode 7

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 14, 2012

Knox extricates a political leader from a Zimbabwe prison, and the unit tries to catch up with the escapee by tracking his activist daughter.

star 7.86
1,583 votes
Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Episode 6

#11 - Chris Ryan's Strike Back, Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 19, 2010

Porter's life is in danger when he finds himself trapped in a rebels' base in Pakistan. When he manages to escape, he learns that Hugh Collinson, the man he blames for the fatal hostage extraction of 2003, has arrived in Afghanistan to meet him for a final showdown.

star 7.86
1,639 votes
Directors: Daniel Percival
Writers: Jed Mercurio
Retribution: Episode 9

#12 - Retribution: Episode 9

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 21, 2018

The team run into trouble as they race to get Idrisi back across Europe. The surprises keep coming as they learn the truth about Jensen and Project Tenebrae.

star 7.85
641 votes
Shadow Warfare: Episode 8

#13 - Shadow Warfare: Episode 8

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 2013

Scott looks for an escape from Black Bear Prison, while Locke becomes suspicious of Kamali. The team races to locate Stonebridge, whose condition grows more dire when he encounters Al-Zuhari's plan firsthand. Continuing his vendetta, Ulyanov closes in on Scott and Stonebridge.

star 7.85
1,458 votes
Writers: Michael J. Bassett, Tim Vaughan
Vengeance, Episode 8

#14 - Vengeance, Episode 8

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 21, 2012

Community unrest plagues South Africa and Zimbabwe following Lutulu's shooting. Stonebridge questions the shooter, while Scott, Lilian and Lutulu are on the run from assassins. Knox and his new ally make a new plan.

star 7.84
1,515 votes
Writers: John Simpson
Vendetta: Episode 4

#15 - Vendetta: Episode 4

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 17, 2020

Novin is forced to cooperate with Topal and Danny, as Spencer gives the squad an ultimatum. After an explosive stand-off with Zayef and Mahir, Spiegel threatens to blow the lid off S20's operations in Tel Aviv, and later, the squad's arrangement with the local police reaches its tipping point. Meanwhile, a serious threat is posed to S20's alliance with Zarkova.

star 7.83
90 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Jack Lothian, James Dormer
Shadow Warfare: Episode 1

#16 - Shadow Warfare: Episode 1

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 28, 2013

Enjoying a long-deserved vacation, Scott and Stonebridge are recalled after a fellow Section 20 member dies while pursuing the elusive terrorist al-Zuhari in Beirut. A new lead sends them into the remote jungles of Colombia in pursuit of a known associate of al-Zuhari’s and deep in territory controlled by a powerful drug cartel.

star 7.81
1,729 votes
Writers: Michael J. Bassett, Simon Burke, Tim Vaughan
Legacy: Episode 8

#17 - Legacy: Episode 8

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 22, 2015

With the assistance of Nina, Scott and Stonebridge track down Matthias, an eccentric young encryption analyst hired by Kown and Li-Na to access vital nuclear-material codes. Later, Locke comes face-to-face with his nemesis, while Scott and Stonebridge intercept the interceptors of a key convoy.

star 7.81
1,009 votes
Vengeance, Episode 1

#18 - Vengeance, Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 2, 2012

Damian Scott is sent to Mogadishu, Somalia to rescue British diplomats after they are kidnapped by warlord Huseyin Waabri. Meanwhile Michael Stonebridge adapts to his new career outside Section 20.

star 7.81
1,631 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Legacy: Episode 7

#19 - Legacy: Episode 7

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 15, 2015

In Vienna, the cloned phone of a Russian mob leader named Myshkin leads Locke, Nina, Scott, and Stonebridge into a public plaza - and a rendezvous between Kwon and Oppenheimer, the world's most dangerous bomb maker, and a man Locke dearly wants to apprehend. Later, Scott and Stonebridge crash a daring bank heist orchestrated by Kwon and Li-Na, in search of a one-of-a-kind document that holds the key to their diabolical plans.

star 7.80
1,022 votes
Silent War: Episode 10

#20 - Silent War: Episode 10

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired May 2, 2019

Section 20 faces an ultimate dilemma as it battles Pavel and his team of Russian turncoats for keys to Soviet-era missiles thought to have been destroyed years earlier. The conflict takes S20 from a remote village in the Philippines to Saloglu, Azerbaijan, where three long-range missiles are ready to be fired on major cities in the West. Can the team stop Pavel and save the world from Armageddon?

star 7.80
344 votes
Project Dawn, Episode 4

#21 - Project Dawn, Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 11, 2011

At a remote facility outside Cape Town, Connolly closes in on his WMD prize, while Stonebridge and Scott are faced with dilemmas that could have far-reaching implications on their organization - and on the thread that connects them to Latif.

star 7.78
1,941 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
Project Dawn, Episode 1

#22 - Project Dawn, Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 21, 2011

British sergeant Michael Stonebridge recruits help from Ex-Delta Force operative Damien Scott when Section 20 agent John Porter is kidnapped by a Pakistani terrorist. The two then uncover clues to a possible terrorist attack at a New Delhi hotel and race to foil it.

star 7.77
2,410 votes
Directors: Daniel Percival
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
Vendetta: Episode 2

#23 - Vendetta: Episode 2

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 3, 2020

After catching wind of a feud brewing between Edon and his son Loric, Section 20 launches a raid on their family business; wedding arrangements between the Demachi and Vironi families sour; Mac considers a career-changing offer from Coltrane.

star 7.77
209 votes
Directors: Paul Wilmshurst
Writers: Jack Lothian
Project Dawn, Episode 2

#24 - Project Dawn, Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 28, 2011

Scott and Stonebridge discover that the terrorists in the hotel are searching for Mahmood. Grant learns that Latif's real goal is to capture a Pakistani chemical scientist who worked with the weapons inspection team in Iraq in 2003.

star 7.76
2,038 votes
Directors: Daniel Percival
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
Legacy: Episode 3

#25 - Legacy: Episode 3

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 17, 2015

Shiro, son of the aging boss of the Yakuza crime syndicate, ascends to power with the help of a duplicitous Lei, and vows revenge on Section 20 for his father's murder. With the location of his latest Bangkok crib compromised again, Locke suspects there's a second North Korean spy in town. Stonebridge, Richmond, Martinez and Locke fend off waves of attack from the Yakuza, while Scott finds his long-anticipated visit with son Finn less than idyllic. After its latest bloody face-off, Section 20 heads to a private island, desperate to learn what the Yakuza have that the North Koreans covet.

star 7.75
1,113 votes
Directors: Julian Holmes
Writers: James Dormer