The BEST Episodes of The Expanse

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2021

Network: Amazon

Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized solar system, police detective Josephus Miller is given the assignment to find a missing young woman, Julie Mao. Joining his task is James Holden, former first officer of an ice freighter who is involved in an incident caused by the tense relationship between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Far from their struggles in space, United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala works to prevent war between Earth and Mars. Soon the three find out that the missing woman is connected to a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

Abaddon's Gate

#1 - Abaddon's Gate

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 27, 2018

Holden and his allies must stop Ashford and his team from destroying the Ring, and perhaps all of humanity.

star 8.59
2,759 votes
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Naren Shankar, Ty Franck

#2 - Gaugamela

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 23, 2020

Marco's grand plan shocks Earth, Mars and the Belt.

star 8.40
802 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Dan Nowak

#3 - Immolation

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 16, 2018

The final battle between Earth and Mars threatens the very future of humanity. A new monster is unleashed on Prospero Station. Anna receives the smoking gun she needs.

star 8.29
3,477 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Alan Di Fiore
Cibola Burn

#4 - Cibola Burn

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Ashford closes in on an enemy while uncovering a dangerous plot. Avasarala faces a crossroads in her personal and political life. The Roci crew works to reestablish life on Ilus in the wake of a deadly catastrophe.

star 8.29
1,711 votes

#5 - Saeculum

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Holden and Miller race to save Ilus. Murtry puts his endgame into motion, putting the Roci crew’s lives at risk.

star 8.25
1,686 votes

#6 - Congregation

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 27, 2018

As survivors arrive to the Behemoth, two factions form over how to handle a life-or-death threat. Holden grapples with what he's seen and the choices he must make.

star 8.24
3,167 votes
Directors: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck

#7 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 22, 2017

The Rocinante chases the asteroid Eros as it hurtles towards Earth.

star 8.21
6,050 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus
Down and Out

#8 - Down and Out

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 30, 2020

Amos and Clarissa are trapped in a collapsed building. Naomi contends with her old family. Holden assembles a new crew on the Roci. Alex and Bobbie make a dangerous discovery in the Belt.

star 8.18
622 votes
Triple Point

#9 - Triple Point

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 9, 2018

The search for Prax's daughter comes to a head; Admiral Souther's men plan for mutiny aboard the Agatha King.

star 8.17
3,470 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Georgia Lee
Dandelion Sky

#10 - Dandelion Sky

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 13, 2018

Holden sees past, present, and future. A ghost from Melba's past threatens her mission. Bobbie struggles to trust an old friend as she leads a group into uncharted territory.

star 8.15
3,253 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Georgia Lee
Caliban's War

#11 - Caliban's War

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 19, 2017

The Roci crew must fight to save the ship.

star 8.14
5,221 votes
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Naren Shankar, Ty Franck
It Reaches Out

#12 - It Reaches Out

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 30, 2018

An old friend taunts Holden with the answers he seeks. Naomi struggles to fit in. A mysterious low-level tech aboard the Thomas Prince enacts a terrifying plan.

star 8.11
3,324 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus

#13 - Mother

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 16, 2020

Naomi comes face to face with Filip. Holden and Fred turn the tables. Avasarala closes in on Marco's plot.

star 8.09
798 votes
Directors: Thomas Jane
Writers: Dan Nowak

#14 - IFF

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 18, 2018

The Rocinante answers an unexpected distress signal. Bobbie and Avasarala find themselves being hunted by a mysterious captor. UN Secretary-General Sorrento-Gillis brings in a colleague from his past to lend an ear during this crucial time of war.

star 8.05
3,811 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck
Leviathan Wakes

#15 - Leviathan Wakes

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 2, 2016

Miller, Holden and his crew fight their way to the Rocinante to escape Eros. On Earth, Avasarala fears for the stability of Earth's government and her family's safety.

star 8.05
5,458 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus

#16 - Godspeed

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 15, 2017

Miller devises a dangerous plan to eradicate what's left of the protomolecule on Eros.

star 8.04
5,962 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Dan Nowak
Fallen World

#17 - Fallen World

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 20, 2018

Drummer and Ashford find themselves trapped with few options for survival. Anna tends to the wounded masses as Melba continues to hunt down her prey. The Rocinante crew struggles to survive as Naomi reunites with her true family.

star 8.03
3,213 votes
Directors: Jennifer Phang
Writers: Dan Nowak
Here There Be Dragons

#18 - Here There Be Dragons

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 5, 2017

Bobbie makes a decision that changes her life forever.

star 8.02
5,341 votes
Directors: Rob Lieberman
Writers: Georgia Lee
The One-Eyed Man

#19 - The One-Eyed Man

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

Avasarala faces fallout for the UN’s military mission. Ashford and Drummer makes big decisions about their future within the OPA. A spreading illness on Ilus takes a toll on Amos. Alex and Naomi’s attempt to rescue the Barb turns desperate.

star 8.00
1,656 votes
The Monster and the Rocket

#20 - The Monster and the Rocket

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 12, 2017

A discovery pushes Naomi and Holden apart and sets the Roci crew against each other.

star 8.00
5,374 votes
Directors: Rob Lieberman
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus

#21 - Displacement

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

The Roci crew prepares for an incoming disaster on Ilus. Ashford and Drummer close in on an enemy within the Belt. Bobbie takes on a dangerous job.

star 7.98
1,691 votes

#22 - Reload

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 2, 2018

The Rocinante tends to wounded Martian soldiers in exchange for supplies; Avasarala struggles with how to disseminate a key piece of evidence despite being in hiding.

star 7.98
3,444 votes
Writers: Robin Veith
New Terra

#23 - New Terra

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 13, 2019

The crew of the Roci investigates a strange protomolecule ruin on an alien planet. Bobbie copes with civilian life on Mars. Drummer and Ashford battle with piracy in the Belt.

star 7.98
1,957 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus
Paradigm Shift

#24 - Paradigm Shift

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 1, 2017

Earth and Mars search for answers in the aftermath of the asteroid collision.

star 7.97
5,856 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Naren Shankar
Fight or Flight

#25 - Fight or Flight

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 11, 2018

The Rocinante crew deals with the fallout over Naomi's betrayal while caught in the middle of the war between Earth and Mars. Avasarala and Bobbie hatch an escape plan.

star 7.96
4,076 votes
Directors: Breck Eisner
Writers: Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus