The BEST Episodes of Terra Nova

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Network: FOX

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.

Occupation / Resistance

#1 - Occupation / Resistance

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.76
4,901 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Barbara Marshall, Brynn Malone, Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett

#2 - Genesis

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.64
7,394 votes
Directors: Alex Graves
Writers: Craig Silverstein, Kelly Marcel

#3 - Instinct

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.62
2,017 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar

#4 - Within

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.56
4,264 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Barbara Marshall
Now You See Me

#5 - Now You See Me

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 2011

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

star 7.56
4,998 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Paul Grellong

#6 - Proof

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.55
5,170 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Bryan Malone, David Graziano

#7 - Nightfall

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.54
5,450 votes

#8 - Bylaw

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.44
5,955 votes
The Runaway

#9 - The Runaway

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.42
6,164 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Barbara Marshall

#10 - Vs.

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.38
5,087 votes
Directors: Bryan Spicer
Writers: Jose Molina
What Remains

#11 - What Remains

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.33
6,098 votes
Writers: Brynn Malone