The Best Episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2018

The series 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.

Born to Run

#1 - Born to Run

Season 2 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.26
296 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt
Writers: Josh Friedman
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What He Beheld

#2 - What He Beheld

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.18
308 votes
Directors: Mike Rohl
Writers: Ian Goldberg
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Goodbye to All That

#3 - Goodbye to All That

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

star 8.01
293 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz
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Adam Raised a Cain

#4 - Adam Raised a Cain

Season 2 - Episode 21

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.

star 7.99
270 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Today is the Day (2)

#5 - Today is the Day (2)

Season 2 - Episode 19

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.

star 7.99
253 votes
Directors: Guy Bee
Writers: Ashley E. Miller, Zack Stentz
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The Demon Hand

#6 - The Demon Hand

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.99
329 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

#7 - Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today

Season 2 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.98
301 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Daniel Thomsen
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Samson & Delilah

#8 - Samson & Delilah

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.95
345 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Josh Friedman
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Vick's Chip

#9 - Vick's Chip

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.94
316 votes
Writers: Daniel T. Thomsen
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Self Made Man

#10 - Self Made Man

Season 2 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.91
272 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Toni Graphia
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The Tower is Tall, But the Fall is Short

#11 - The Tower is Tall, But the Fall is Short

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.90
289 votes
Writers: Denise Thé
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Pilot

#12 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.85
570 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Josh Friedman
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Brothers of Nablus

#13 - Brothers of Nablus

Season 2 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.84
290 votes
Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writers: Ian Goldberg
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Queen's Gambit

#14 - Queen's Gambit

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.82
345 votes
Writers: Natalie Chaidez
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To the Lighthouse

#15 - To the Lighthouse

Season 2 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.82
267 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Natalie Chaidez
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The Mousetrap

#16 - The Mousetrap

Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.81
301 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: John Wirth
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Automatic for the People

#17 - Automatic for the People

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.80
320 votes
Writers: Natalie Chaidez
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Allison from Palmdale

#18 - Allison from Palmdale

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.80
302 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Toni Graphia
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Dungeons & Dragons

#19 - Dungeons & Dragons

Season 1 - Episode 6

Flashing in and out of consciousness, fighting for his life, the Stranger from last week recalls his future life battling the machines in 2027. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to explain the past to Charley.

star 7.80
335 votes
Writers: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz
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Today is the Day (1)

#20 - Today is the Day (1)

Season 2 - Episode 18

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

star 7.80
261 votes
Directors: Guy Bee
Writers: Ashley E. Miller, Zack Stentz
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Strange Things Happen at the One-Two Point

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

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.78
277 votes
Directors: Scott Peters
Writers: Ashley Edward Miller, Jack Stentz
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The Turk

#22 - The Turk

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.78
374 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: John Wirth
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Heavy Metal

#23 - Heavy Metal

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.73
349 votes
Writers: John Enbom
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Complications

#24 - Complications

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.72
286 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: John Wirth, Ian Goldberg
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The Good Wound

#25 - The Good Wound

Season 2 - Episode 14

While fighting to stay alive, Sarah is guided by the image of John's father. Weaver's attempt to protect John Henry has deadly consequences.

star 7.67
263 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz
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