The BEST episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Every episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles!

Picks up four years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with John and Sarah Connor hiding from the government. After two years in one place Sarah decides they need a change of scenery. Cameron Phillips, a reprogrammed Terminator sent to protect John, informs them that Judgment Day was not stopped and will take place in 2011.

Last Updated: 4/12/2024Network: FOXStatus: Ended
Born to Run
1855 votes

#1 - Born to Run

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/10/2009

Fate is changed forever on the explosive season finale episode! The Connors come face-to-face with Weaver in a confrontation that shakes John to the core and changes his reality. Nothing will be the same.

Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
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Goodbye to All That
1477 votes

#2 - Goodbye to All That

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/6/2008

John and Derek infiltrate a military academy in order to protect an integral member of the future resistance. Meanwhile, Weaver’s first assignment for Ellison takes an interesting turn of events when he discovers a specter from his own past.

Directors: Bill Eagles
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Adam Raised a Cain
1708 votes

#3 - Adam Raised a Cain

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/3/2009

When John attempts to rescue Skynet’s latest target he finds himself closing in on Weaver, but at what cost? Game plans change, causing Sarah and Ellison to reunite. Meanwhile, Weaver learns Ellison’s secrets.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Writer: Toni Graphia
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What He Beheld (2)
1388 votes

#4 - What He Beheld (2)

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/3/2008

John defends Cameron against a damning accusation by Derek, putting him and Derek at odds, while Sarah finds herself in a business transaction with a mysterious business man. Meanwhile, Cromartie closes in on John and Agent Ellison discovers a nemesis at the agency. Part two of Season 1 Finale.

Directors: Mike Rohl
Writer: Ian Goldberg
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Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today
1640 votes

#5 - Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/10/2008

Cromartie kidnaps Sarah and races to Mexico to find John. When Derek, Cameron and Ellison discover what has happened, they come to their defense, which leads to one final deadly confrontation with Cromartie.

Directors: Michael Nankin
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The Demon Hand
1210 votes

#6 - The Demon Hand

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/25/2008

Sarah breaks into Agent Ellison's apartment and discovers a file on her from her time at the mental hospital, leading her to Dr. Silberman, now a doomsday convert. Meanwhile Cameron signs up for a ballet class and John finds out how his mom escaped the mental hospital.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Writer: Toni Graphia
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Samson and Delilah
1828 votes

#7 - Samson and Delilah

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/8/2008

After the Jeep explosion, John's 16th birthday makes him confront the fact that he's destined to be alone. Meanwhile, after Cromartie's massacre, Agent Ellison must face off against both the Feds and his faith.

Directors: David Nutter
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2255 votes

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/13/2008

After two years in one spot Sarah Connor feels the need to move on before they get too comfortable. They move to a new city where John starts school and meets a mysterious girl. However, danger strikes, and Sarah and John are caught in another struggle for their survival.

Directors: David Nutter
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Allison from Palmdale
1431 votes

#9 - Allison from Palmdale

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/29/2008

A software glitch causes Cameron to forget who she is. She goes missing from the Connors and is taken in by a street kid named Jody. Cameron and Jody end up at a halfway house where Cameron meets with a social worker who uncovers some of Cameron’s distant memories. Meanwhile, Catherine Weaver meets with Agent Ellison to discuss his future at Zeira Corp, and Ellison does some digging into Weaver’s past.

Directors: Charles Beeson
Writer: Toni Graphia
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Today is the Day (2)
1584 votes

#10 - Today is the Day (2)

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/20/2009

Jesse's submarine mission in the future takes a fatal turn that has unforeseen effects on John, Sarah and Derek in the present. Before heading out, Sarah deals with Cameron and John makes a tough choice.

Directors: Guy Bee
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Vick's Chip (1)
1338 votes

#11 - Vick's Chip (1)

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/3/2008

Derek finds the brain chip from Vick that Cameron had kept. John builds an interface for it and they discover a computerized traffic system is important to Skynet. Sarah decides it must be sabotaged. Meanwhile, Cromartie is checking through school records in search of John.

Directors: J. Miller Tobin
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The Tower is Tall, but the Fall is Short
1422 votes

#12 - The Tower is Tall, but the Fall is Short

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/20/2008

Why would a T-1001 ever need to visit a doctor? Sarah, John and Cameron hope to find out as they track another name from their list. Meanwhile, a woman who Derek once knew in the past surprises him by appearing in the present.

Directors: Tawnia McKiernan
Writer: Denise Thé
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To the Lighthouse
1789 votes

#13 - To the Lighthouse

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/27/2009

Fearing for her life, Sarah stashes John in a safe house. Cameron and Derek struggle to work together after she reveals a big secret. John Henry becomes compromised.

Directors: Guy Ferland
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Self Made Man
1644 votes

#14 - Self Made Man

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/1/2008

Cameron learns that a terminator was accidentally sent back to 1920s Los Angeles, and she tries to find out what happened to him. Meanwhile, John has a run-in with a group of punks while taking Riley home from a party.

Directors: Holly Dale
Writer: Toni Graphia
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Automatic for the People
1585 votes

#15 - Automatic for the People

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/15/2008

Cameron and Sarah take the initiative to investigate a nuclear powerplant. Meanwhile, John loses interest in academics, but becomes more popular at school with a new friend's help.

Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
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1493 votes

#16 - Complications

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/17/2008

Sarah finds that the strange dreams she's been having while she sleeps are slowly beginning to creep into her waking life, but she has no idea what the dreams mean for her and John. Derek and Jesse investigate a possible Skynet conspirator.

Directors: Steven DePaul
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Queen's Gambit
1474 votes

#17 - Queen's Gambit

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/11/2008

Sarah reevaluates the capabilities of her friend Andy's computer after he enters it in a chess competition. During the competition Sarah meets a stranger with a history similar to hers. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison finds remnants from a past terminator battle.

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Brothers of Nablus
1450 votes

#18 - Brothers of Nablus

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/3/2008

The Connors find themselves on high alert and in odd company after their house is robbed. A Terminator terrorizes Ellison, while another gets dangerously close to John Connor. Derek and Jesse continue to get reacquainted.

Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writer: Ian Goldberg
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The Turk
1452 votes

#19 - The Turk

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/21/2008

Sarah visits Miles Dyson's widow to find the creator of Skynet. She leads her to a man named Andy Goode who used to work with Dyson and is building a chess-playing computer named "The Turk." John and Cameron try their best to fit in on their first day at a new high school.

Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writer: John Wirth
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Strange Things Happen at the One-Two Point
1539 votes

#20 - Strange Things Happen at the One-Two Point

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/24/2008

Sarah's preoccupation with the three dots takes her to a place she believes Andy Goode's Turk is being held. Meanwhile, Jesse's plans have some complications and Weaver makes an important introduction.

Directors: Scott Peters
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Today is the Day (1)
1703 votes

#21 - Today is the Day (1)

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/13/2009

Jesse has a flashback to a mission aboard her submarine, the Jimmy Carter. John and Sarah make plans to leave their house.

Directors: Guy Bee
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Heavy Metal
1294 votes

#22 - Heavy Metal

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/4/2008

While searching for some stolen cargo, John becomes separated from Sarah and Cameron. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison's murder investigation leads him to a surprising suspect.

Writer: John Enbom
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The Mousetrap
1517 votes

#23 - The Mousetrap

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/22/2008

Derek and Sarah must outwit Cromartie after he kidnaps Charley's wife, and they must weigh the consequences in rescuing her. Meanwhile, John finds himself unable to choose between Cameron and Riley.

Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writer: John Wirth
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Gnothi Seauton
1648 votes

#24 - Gnothi Seauton

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/14/2008

Sarah makes contact with an old friend to ask a favor, while John decides to pay a visit to Sarah's ex and Cameron makes a new friend. Together they infiltrate a resistance safe house and discover they are not alone. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison realizes that Sarah is still alive and a dangerous person from Sarah's past is reawakened.

Directors: David Nutter
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Ourselves Alone
1566 votes

#25 - Ourselves Alone

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/6/2009

Cameron's glitch resurfaces, resulting in unfortunate consequences for everyone. Riley is afraid that Cameron has discovered her secret.

Directors: Jeff Woolnough
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