The BEST episodes of Terra Nova

Every episode of Terra Nova ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Terra Nova!

Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in jeopardy, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.

Last Updated: 1/19/2023Network:FOX
Occupation / Resistance
4874 votes

#1 - Occupation / Resistance

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/19/2011

The 11th Pilgrimage arrives in Terra Nova and the mysterious Phoenix Group in 2149 makes its move to pillage the past with the help of Lucas and Mira. Meanwhile, Jim and Taylor team up in a last stand against the Phoenix Group, a colonist makes the ultimate sacrifice and a decision is made that will change life in Terra Nova forever.

Directors: Jon Cassar
Watch Now:iTunes
7340 votes

#2 - Genesis

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/26/2011

The Shannon family joins the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in this beautiful yet foreboding land. Jim Shannon, a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Upon the Shannons' arrival, they are introduced to Cmdr. Nathaniel Taylor, the charismatic and heroic first pioneer and leader of the settlement. Taylor warns the travelers that while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, all is not as idyllic as it initially appears. Along with blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, the surrounding terrain is teeming with danger - and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. There is also a splinter colony of renegades led by the battle-hardened Mira, who is vehemently opposed to Taylor and his leadership. This is a 2 part episode.

Directors: Alex Graves
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
2005 votes

#3 - Instinct

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/3/2011

Jim and Taylor find themselves trying to save the colony from attacking Pterosaurs. Elisabeth discovers an ex-boyfriend is also living in Terra Nova and may have been responsible for her being recruited. Skye tries to make Josh feel at home and Reynolds gets protective of Maddy. This is episode 2 according to the Fox website.

Directors: Jon Cassar
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
4242 votes

#4 - Within

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/12/2011

Lucas races to assemble the final pieces of his mystery device, in advance of the 11th Pilgrimage's arrival. Also, Jim and Taylor confront the colony's "Sixer" mole, Skye is reunited with a familiar face and Terra Nova prepares for war.

Directors: Karen Gaviola
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
Now You See Me
4976 votes

#5 - Now You See Me

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/28/2011

Taylor and Mira must set aside their differences when they encounter a prehistoric enemy; Jim closes in on the mole.

Directors: Karen Gaviola
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
5136 votes

#6 - Proof

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/14/2011

Maddy starts interning for the colony’s greatest scientist, and her life is put in danger when she discovers a terrible secret. Meanwhile, Josh makes a deal with the devil in order to solidify his plan to bring his girlfriend from the future to Terra Nova.

Directors: Bryan Spicer
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
5435 votes

#7 - Nightfall

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/7/2011

A crashing meteor wipes out all technology and wreaks havoc on the colony. Meanwhile, Maddy and Reynolds are stuck out in the wilderness, Elisabeth and Skye work together to save a life and Taylor tries to prevent Mira and the "Sixers" from invading Terra Nova. Also, a mystery man makes his presence known.

Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
5937 votes

#8 - Bylaw

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/2011

The colony falls victim to its first murder, and Jim and Taylor must find the perpetrator. Also, Skye helps Josh find a way to get Kira, his girlfriend from 2149, to the past, while Elisabeth and Zoe race to help an unborn Ankylosaurus survive.

Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
The Runaway
6137 votes

#9 - The Runaway

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/17/2011

When an orphaned "Sixer" girl comes to Terra Nova seeking asylum, Jim and Shannon are at odds if they can trust her; Mira plots to reclaim a valued possession; Taylor begins to suspect there is a traitor in his midst and Reynolds admits his feelings for Maddy.

Directors: Jon Cassar
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
5058 votes

#10 - Vs.

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/21/2011

As Taylor searches for the "Sixer" mole within Terra Nova, Jim stumbles onto an old murder, for which Taylor is the prime suspect.

Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writer: Jose Molina
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes
What Remains
6067 votes

#11 - What Remains

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/10/2011

When Elisabeth, Jim, Malcolm and Taylor investigate radio silence at a nearby scientific outpost, they discover an outbreak of a mysterious virus causing memory loss, paranoia and eventually death. The group must work together to find a cure before they lose their sanity and all of Terra Nova is infected.

Directors: Nelson McCormick
Writer: Brynn Malone
Watch Now:AmazoniTunes

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