The BEST Episodes of The Right Stuff

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: Disney+

At the height of the Cold War, newly formed NASA selects seven of the military’s best test pilots to become astronauts. Competing to be the first in space, these men achieve the extraordinary, inspiring the world to turn towards a new horizon of ambition and hope.

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Sierra Hotel

#1 - Sierra Hotel

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 9, 2020

It’s 1959 and Russia is winning the space race. In order to compete, The United States forms NASA and chooses to recruit the nations best test pilots to form what will become the Mercury Astronauts. Among these test pilots are the golden boy John Glenn, the reckless Alan Shepard, and Gordo Cooper, whose broken marriage could cost him a place at the program.

star 7.50
292 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Mark Lafferty, Will Staples
Single Combat Warrior

#2 - Single Combat Warrior

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2020

After mysterious bouts of vertigo, Shepard turns to Dee O'Hara to help him. Meanwhile, Cocoa Beach has transformed from ghost town to perpetual party. Gordo finds himself tempted by another woman. Glenn seeks refuge from the bedlam at a local church gathering, where even he is confronted by temptation. The astronauts' families arrive in Florida to watch the first test launch of the Atlas Rocket.

star 7.50
218 votes
Writers: Howard Korder

#3 - Goodies

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 2020

The press descends upon the domestic lives of the astronauts. Shepard and Gordo wilt under the limelight while Glenn thrives. Glenn secures a deal with Life Magazine that grants exclusive access to all seven astronauts in return for life-altering compensation. By the time the astronauts arrive in Florida to begin work, even Shepard has come to understand the power they now hold.

star 7.45
244 votes
Writers: Lizzie Mickery

#4 - Flight

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

After Shepard’s dramatic voyage to space, he feels underwhelmed and restless. Heeding Glenn’s advice, Shepard attempts to quell his ambition with gratitude for his wife and children. While Shepard’s marriage somehow remains intact, Gordo and Trudy’s may never recover. Meanwhile, when JFK publicly issues a challenge for NASA to send a man to the moon, Glenn’s drive to top Shepard is reignited.

star 7.44
193 votes
Writers: Mark Lafferty, Vinnie Wilhelm

#5 - Vostok

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2020

JFK sends a science committee to Cape Canaveral to assess the validity of the space program. Glenn, burning from the results of the peer vote, drafts letters to politicians complaining that Shepard is morally unfit to be the first man in space. But matters of internal power plays and a skeptical president are soon dwarfed by news out of Russia that could be the nail in Project Mercury’s coffin.

star 7.40
184 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Ameni Rozsa

#6 - Ziggurat

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 13, 2020

On the Eve of the flight, Louise learns of Shepard’s affair in Tijuana. Trudy watches Gordo crack a joke about women astronauts on television. Glenn awaits the humiliating moment when the world will finally learn he won’t be first. Tensions reach a breaking point when Shepard and Glenn are forced together in a pressure cooker of weather delays, marital discord, and a circus of reporters.

star 7.38
183 votes
Writers: Danielle Roderick, Vinnie Wilhelm
The Kona Kai Séance

#7 - The Kona Kai Séance

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2020

Trudy meets with Jerrie Cobb and is invited to join the first all-female-astronaut corps. The Mercury 7 are sent to San Diego for some glad-handing, but the trip sours when Shepard is caught by a reporter with another woman. Glenn helps Shepard get the story spiked, but his moralizing drives a wedge between him and the other astronauts that will directly affect who is chosen to go to space first.

star 7.37
190 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Mark Lafferty

#8 - Advent

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 2020

After a rocket malfunctions during a test, the Mercury 7 head home for Christmas. Shepard's holidays are fraught, as the arrival of his parents coincides with the adoption of Louise's niece. Gordo's former mistress forces her way back into his life, jeopardizing his relationship with Trudy. And Glenn attempts to win over a rising political star and presidential hopeful, JFK.

star 7.29
201 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Vinnie Wilhelm