The BEST episodes of The Martian Chronicles

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

Ray Bradbury's subtle, elegant fantasy of man's earliest experiences on an alien planet was given the big treatment in this three-part American adaptation. Rock Hudson starred as the pivotal character of Col. John Wilder, leader of a successful expedition to Mars who finds his sympathies torn, but who is helpless to prevent the planet being raped by American culture.

Last Updated: 2/8/2023Network:NBC
The Expeditions
179 votes

#1 - The Expeditions

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/27/1980

January 1999: The Zeus Project makes its first manned flight to Mars. Its ultimate goal: colonisation. On Mars, Ylla dreams of the coming astronauts and her husband, Mr K, plots their doom... The second expeditions lands and finds a Mars a deceptively familiar but deadly home from home. Finally, Col. Wilder's Zeus III expedition arrives to find the Martians dead, wiped out by chicken pox. For one crew member, Spender, the thought of Earth culture tearing the planet apart is too much to bear.

Directors: Michael Anderson
Watch Now:Amazon
The Martians
109 votes

#2 - The Martians

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/29/1980

November 2006: Earth is an amber cinder, all life annihilated by total nuclear war. A handful of settlers left on Mars are the sole survivors of the human race, facing a desolate future, cut off and isolated even from each other. Wilder finally meets his Martian 'counterpart'.

Directors: Michael Anderson
Watch Now:Amazon
The Settlers
168 votes

#3 - The Settlers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/28/1980

February 2004: The colonisation of Mars proceeds rapidly, the rockets arriving like 'silver locusts'. Settlers pour in, each in search of a dream - Fr Peregrine wants to meet Christ; the Lustigs want to find their missing son; the Parkhills want to make their fortune; and Wilder himself wants to meet a Martian...

Directors: Michael Anderson

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