The Best Episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018

"I saw amazing things, out there in space. But there is strangeness to be found wherever you turn. Life on Earth can be an adventure too... you just need to know where to look!" Ms. Sarah Jane Smith is back in action, discovering alien plots to take over the world, or simply helping a lost one get home... Sarah Jane and her new friend Maria Jackson, and her newly (and genetically grown) adopted son Luke Smith have no problem taking on any challenge!

The Mad Woman in the Attic (2)

#1 - The Mad Woman in the Attic (2)

Season 3 - Episode 4

Eve's powers grow out of control, catching everyone in her endless sinister games.

star 8.91
33 votes
Writers: Joseph Lidster
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The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2)

#2 - The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (2)

Season 3 - Episode 6

The Doctor arrives to join the battle, but is he too late to save both Sarah Jane and the Earth itself?

star 8.79
47 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (1)

#3 - The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (1)

Season 2 - Episode 9

When Sarah Jane finds a time fissure, her curiosity leads her to go through it and she finds herself in 1951, in the village of Foxgrove, where she was born. Eager to see the parents she never knew, she makes a decision that will have catastrophic consequences

star 8.76
37 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (1)

#4 - The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (1)

Season 3 - Episode 5

The Doctor returns on the happiest day of Sarah Jane's life, but a deadly trap is waiting for them all.

star 8.64
44 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2)

#5 - The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2)

Season 2 - Episode 10

With the Earth devastated under the control of the Trickster, Sarah Jane and Luke go back to 1951 and change things back to how they were- which means that Sarah Jane's parents must die. Will she make that sacrifice?

star 8.61
36 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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Death of the Doctor (2)

#6 - Death of the Doctor (2)

Season 4 - Episode 6

Old friends fight together - but is it too late to stop the sinister Shansheeth?

star 8.60
45 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Russell T Davies
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The Curse of Clyde Langer (2)

#7 - The Curse of Clyde Langer (2)

Season 5 - Episode 4

Clyde finds himself abandoned on the streets of London, living rough with no food to eat. Somebody ends up reaching out to him, but as they become friends, he's warned about the legendary Night Dragon.

star 8.53
34 votes
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The Mark of the Berserker (2)

#8 - The Mark of the Berserker (2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

With Clyde's father Paul possessed by the alien pendant, he takes Clyde off for some fun. With a little help from some old friends, Rani and Luke try and track them down, leading to a waterside confrontation with the Berserker

star 8.50
32 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Joseph Lidster
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The Day of the Clown (2)

#9 - The Day of the Clown (2)

Season 2 - Episode 4

Trouble is brewing at Spellman's Magical Museum of the Circus when a group of people join hands and block the entrance the the museum... but they let Sarah Jane in, what is this mystery all about?

star 8.50
36 votes
Writers: Phil Ford
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The Man Who Never Was (2)

#10 - The Man Who Never Was (2)

Season 5 - Episode 6

Luke and Sky must help the Skullions, but Sarah Jane is in danger too, so who will they save?

star 8.44
39 votes
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The Day of the Clown (1)

#11 - The Day of the Clown (1)

Season 2 - Episode 3

Trouble is brewing at Spellman's Magical Museum of the Circus when a group of people join hands and block the entrance the the museum... but they let Sarah Jane in, what is this mystery all about?

star 8.42
40 votes
Writers: Phil Ford
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The Empty Planet (2)

#12 - The Empty Planet (2)

Season 4 - Episode 8

Clyde and Rani only just manage to escape from the robots. Regrouping with Gavin in a cafe, Clyde deduces that he and Rani were left behind after the robots abducted everyone else because of the two of them having been 'grounded' by the Judoon, although this fails to explain Gavin's continued presence. When Gavin runs off again, Rani and Clyde are confronted by the robots, who explain that they want the 'son and heir' (Although Clyde initially assumes that they want Earth's sun and air); Gavin's father - who he mentioned left his mother when he was young - was an alien prince, and with his father's recent death Gavin is the only viable heir to the throne. Tracking Gavin down, Clyde and Rani explain the situation to him, convincing him to remove a ring that his father gave his mother to give to him; the ring acted as a bio-damper that prevented anyone from detecting his alien heritage. With the ring removed, the robots can sense him, and he agrees to accompany them back to his father's world, his last actions on Earth being to name Clyde and Rani a Lord and Lady of his people. With Earth's population returned - having been sent to a 'warp shunt' while the robots searched - Sarah and Mr Smith create the necessary records to state that Gavin has moved to Australia, Sarah praising Clyde and Rani's accomplishments even when they were alone.

star 8.41
29 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2)

#13 - Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (2)

Season 1 - Episode 8

Maria (Yasmine Paige) finds herself taken back in time by the alien Graske to a pier in 1964. There, she meets a young girl her own age called Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) who, with her friend Andrea (Jane Asher), is about to embark on a fateful adventure. Taken by the Graske again, Maria is then reunited with the present-day Sarah Jane. But with them both trapped in limbo as part of the meddlesome Trickster's plan to wreak chaos, they are helpless to stop the huge meteor which is about to crash into the Earth. Maria's dad Alan is the only one able to remember Sarah Jane and Maria and faces a struggle to bring them back in time to save the world.

star 8.36
42 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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Lost in Time (2)

#14 - Lost in Time (2)

Season 4 - Episode 10

Sarah Jane, Clyde and Rani fight across the centuries to be reunited.

star 8.36
36 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Rupert Laight
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The Mad Woman in the Attic (1)

#15 - The Mad Woman in the Attic (1)

Season 3 - Episode 3

Far in the future, in the year 2059, Old Rani remembers the day when her whole life went wrong.

star 8.35
35 votes
Writers: Joseph Lidster
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Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (1)

#16 - Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (1)

Season 1 - Episode 7

Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) mysteriously disappears – just as a huge meteor threatens to crash straight into Earth. When Maria (Yasmine Paige) wakes up one morning, it's as though Sarah Jane – and Luke (Tommy Knight) – never existed. Living across the road in Sarah Jane's house is a woman called Andrea (Jane Asher). And with the attic empty and Mr Smith (Alexander Armstrong) nowhere to be seen, every other trace of Sarah Jane has vanished – and Maria is the only one able to remember her. With the mysterious, hooded figure of the Trickster haunting Bannerman Road and the alien Graske meddling in time, Maria sets out to discover whatever happened to Sarah Jane. But as her journey takes her back to 1964, will she be able to find Sarah Jane in time to stop the meteor from destroying the world?

star 8.33
39 votes
Directors: Graeme Harper
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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Death of the Doctor (1)

#17 - Death of the Doctor (1)

Season 4 - Episode 5

Old Companions Sarah Jane Smith and Jo Grant meet for the first time to discover the truth when the Doctor is declared dead. An interstellar conspiracy gathers around UNIT Head Quarters as Clyde finds that he holds the fate of the Time Lord in his hand.

star 8.32
47 votes
Writers: Ashley Way
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Secrets of the Stars (2)

#18 - Secrets of the Stars (2)

Season 2 - Episode 6

Clyde threatens Sarah but they manage to talk him out of it, which leads Sarah Jane to believe that Trueman's control on people can be repressed by persuading them to do something that they do not normally want to do. Meanwhile, using in his broadcast to the world, Martin Trueman takes over each star sign one by one, starting with Gemini - including Rani's mother. The world is in confusion as people are accepting the 'Ancient Lights'.

star 8.26
34 votes
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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The Lost Boy (2)

#19 - The Lost Boy (2)

Season 1 - Episode 10

Maria (Yasmine Paige) and her dad, Alan (Joseph Millson), dig deeper into the mystery of Luke's (Tommy Knight) new parents and discover that Luke has actually been kidnapped by the Slitheen. There are more shocks when Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Maria find out that Mr Smith (Alexander Armstrong), Sarah Jane's super computer, is one of the bad guys. With Clyde (David Anthony) nowhere to be seen, Luke in the clutches of aliens and no Mr Smith to help, things are not looking good for Sarah Jane and Maria. But just what do the Slitheen want with Luke? And who, or what, exactly, is the Xylok?

star 8.25
44 votes
Directors: Charles Martin
Writers: Phil Ford
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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (1)

#20 - Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (1)

Season 4 - Episode 11

No one can defend the earth forever, but who could ever replace Sarah Jane?

star 8.23
39 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman
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The Gift (2)

#21 - The Gift (2)

Season 3 - Episode 12

Sarah Jane faces the battle of her life to save her son from the effects of the gift of the Blathereen. Meanwhile trapped in the school, Rani, Clyde and K-9 fight to find a way to get to the attic, where the final showdown will take place.

star 8.23
30 votes
Writers: Rupert Laight
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The Empty Planet (1)

#22 - The Empty Planet (1)

Season 4 - Episode 7

Clyde and Rani awake to find they are the only humans on Earth, even Sarah Jane Smith has vanished. But the Earth is not deserted, stalking the streets of London, strange forces gather.

star 8.23
38 votes
Directors: Ashley Way
Writers: Gareth Roberts
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The Mark of the Berserker (1)

#23 - The Mark of the Berserker (1)

Season 2 - Episode 7

Luke is going for a sleepover at Clyde's house whilst Sarah Jane goes away for the weekend, during which Clyde's estranged father Paul turns up hoping to get to know his son. Meanwhile Rani discovers that one of her classmates is in possession of a strange locket, that can be used to control people.

star 8.21
33 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Joseph Lidster
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Mona Lisa's Revenge (1)

#24 - Mona Lisa's Revenge (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9

Unknown forces bring to life Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous painting, and Clyde's day becomes a nightmare when a school trip descends into disaster. Trapped and without Sarah Jane's help the gang must find a way to battle the awesome abomination.

star 8.21
33 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Phil Ford
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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2)

#25 - Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith (2)

Season 4 - Episode 12

Sarah Jane has gone for good, and a new regime begins at Bannerman Road!

star 8.16
38 votes
Directors: Joss Agnew
Writers: Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman
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