The BEST Episodes of The Wild Thornberrys

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2020

Network: Nickelodeon

Eliza Thornberry is not your ordinary kid. It's not just because she travels the world in an RV with her parents, Nigel and Marrianne: famous nature show hosts. Eliza also happened to be granted the magical ability to talk with and understand animals. She's now able to talk with animals and help save them from various threats along with her friend Dawrin, a chimpanzee who travels with Eliza and her family.

Darwin Plays the Palace

#1 - Darwin Plays the Palace

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 19, 1999

When Eliza gets a hunch that foul play has led to Darwin's disappearance, she sets out to rescue her long lost companion. To her dismay, she finds Darwin has become one of the most popular acts at an Indian palace where a young prince lives. It's up to her to prove to Darwin that friendship runs deeper than the glamour and glitz of showbiz.

star 9.97
32 votes
Directors: Sylvia Keulen
Writers: Eva Almos, Ed Scharlach
Thornberry Island

#2 - Thornberry Island

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 15, 1999

The Thornberrys get stranded on an uncharted island, basking at first in all the beauty and the splendor, but discover soon enough that being marooned isn't all it's cracked up to be.

star 9.97
32 votes
Directors: Becky Bristow
Writers: David Regal
Stick Your Neck Out

#3 - Stick Your Neck Out

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 23, 1999

Eliza finds a hero in a giraffe who can see distances with his height and warn others of approaching danger. However, to Eliza's dismay, the giraffe leaves the animals for his own needs. Only when Eliza herself is in danger does the giraffe return and realize his selfishness.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Cathy Malkasian
Writers: Adam Beechen
Koality and Kuantity

#4 - Koality and Kuantity

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 26, 1999

The Thornberrys discover that koalas are missing from their native groves. Eliza decides to unravel the mystery only to discover Kip and Biederman masterminding the evil plot. It is now up to her to stop the culprits from wiping out an entire species!

star 9.97
31 votes
Writers: David Regal
Chew If by Sea

#5 - Chew If by Sea

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 30, 1999

When the Thornberrys leave Australia for India, Eliza can't bear to leave her wombat friend, Emily. Even though she is told not to, she brings her along. Now Eliza is constantly forced to re-create Emily's habitat in order to ensure her survival.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Steve Russel
Writers: Monica Piper
You Ain't Seen Nothin', Yeti

#6 - You Ain't Seen Nothin', Yeti

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 1, 1999

To study and protect the snow leopards from extinction and a construction site that is threatening their survival, Nigel's mentor (thought to be lost for many years) has left civilization to be a yeti. Eliza discovers his identity, helps him fend off the construction workers, and reunites him with her father.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Carol Millican
Writers: Adam Beechen
On the Right Track

#7 - On the Right Track

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 2, 1999

When the Thornberrys are in Finland for the annual reindeer races, Eliza feels left out. She single-handedly uncovers a plot to sabotage the races, and along with an equally excluded reindeer who didn't make the final cut, helps save the day by playing fair.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Cathy Malkasian
Writers: David Regal
Show Me the Bunny

#8 - Show Me the Bunny

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 13, 1999

After Eliza saves an arctic hare from a determined stoat, she learns that underdogs come in all shapes and sizes.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Becky Bristow
Writers: Adam Beechen
Reef Grief

#9 - Reef Grief

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 14, 1999

Eliza gets in over her head when she assumes responsibilities she can't handle. She is soon forced to don scuba gear and rescue a fumbling Nigel and a tumbling commvee under the dangerous waters of Australia.

star 9.97
31 votes
Directors: Sylvia Keulen
Writers: Allen J. Zipper
Rumble in the Jungle

#10 - Rumble in the Jungle

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 25, 1999

Eliza convinces a group of baboon-like apes to stand up to their legendary adversaries--""The Others."" Darwin, meanwhile, has met an almost identical group of apes with an identical problem. As Eliza and Darwin lead their separate groups into battle, they suddenly find themselves face-to-face--in an all out war! Now it's up to Eliza to quickly find a way avert the battle and teach the apes to get along.

star 9.94
33 votes
Writers: John Derevlany
Pal Joey

#11 - Pal Joey

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 17, 1999

Eliza convinces a mother kangaroo that she can handle the responsibilities of baby-sitting. She quickly learns that this mischievous joey is more than meets the eye. After a close encounter with Tasmanian devils, Eliza is all too happy to relieve her duties and go back to being a kid herself.

star 9.94
33 votes
Directors: Carol Millicam
Writers: Gene Grillo
Lost and Foundation

#12 - Lost and Foundation

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 16, 1999

When the girls discover that their parents have mistakenly taken embarrassing home movies to an awards banquet, they join forces in order to save face. Their cross-island trip turns into a race against time in order to beat their parents to the podium and stop the world from seeing them at bath time.

star 9.91
33 votes
Directors: Sylvia Keulen
Writers: Kate Boutilier
The Great Bangaboo

#13 - The Great Bangaboo

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 23, 1999

When Eliza discovers that a local performer claims he can talk to animals she believes she's found a soul mate. Eliza must enlist the help of some very ""urban"" animals to sneak into the sideshow and meet ""The Great Bangaboo.""

star 9.91
33 votes
Directors: Cathy Malkasian
Writers: David Regal
Clash of the Teutons

#14 - Clash of the Teutons

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 31, 1999

The Thornberrys meet the Fensterkopfs who make false documentaries. The Fensterkopfs' kid lies to Eliza and gets them all stuck on a cliff. After the families barely escape an avalanche, the value of truth is learned by all.

star 9.91
32 votes
Directors: Cathy Malkasian
Writers: Adam Beechen
Rain Dance

#15 - Rain Dance

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 18, 1999

With the commvee broken down in the desert and no water left to survive, the Thornberrys go through desperate measures to maintain their sanity.

star 9.89
35 votes
Directors: Sylvia Keulen
Writers: Mady Julian, Arnold Margolin
Polar Opposites

#16 - Polar Opposites

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 6, 1999

When a friendly polar bear is wrongly accused of vicious behavior, Eliza goes to great lengths to keep him from being harmed and learns the value of sticking by a friend in times of trouble.

star 9.88
33 votes
Directors: Steve Russel
Writers: Jill Gorey, Barbara Herndon
Flight of the Donnie

#17 - Flight of the Donnie

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 17, 1998

Eliza and Debbie must take over Marianne's duties when she is sick. Debbie goes with Nigel to shoot footage of a condor and Eliza must care for Donnie. Covered with feathers from a pillow, Donnie is snatched up by the condor and Eliza and Darwin must rescue him and help the condor find her real baby. In return for the favor, the condors stay on a tree branch so Debbie can get footage of them.

star 9.86
35 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Two's Company

#18 - Two's Company

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 7, 1999

When Eliza is told that ""Jake"" the turtle is the last one of his kind, she can't just let his species become another name on the extinction list. Enlisting help from other animals, she soon discovers ""Samantha"" and brings the two turtles together--blind date style. Eliza soon realizes that playing the role of cupid is not as easy as it seems.

star 9.84
32 votes
Directors: Steve Russel
Writers: David Regal, Monica Piper
Born to Be Wild

#19 - Born to Be Wild

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 1, 1999

When Eliza sneaks out ahead of her parents in order to find a rare Sumatran rhino, she discovers that to expose his life would only lead extinction of the species. Now instead of taking the prized rhino to her parents, she must try to keep them from filming it. And the bad news is, Nigel's already on its trail!

star 9.79
34 votes
Writers: David Fury, Elin Hampton
No Laughing Matter

#20 - No Laughing Matter

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 24, 1999

Eliza frees a hyena from captivity, but having never lived in the wild, it doesn't know how to survive. Eliza attempts to teach it, but it seems hopeless--until a wild boar threatens them and the hyena's natural instincts take over.

star 9.75
32 votes
Writers: David Regal
Blood Sisters

#21 - Blood Sisters

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 27, 1998

With Nigel and Marianne off exploring bat caves, Eliza and Debbie are left at the ""eerie"" residence of colleague Dr. Renfield. Eliza becomes bent on spooking Debbie, but when her imagination gets the best of her the tables are slowly turned. By the time their parents return, the girls are convinced that the absent-minded Renfield is a vampire out to get them!

star 9.74
35 votes
Writers: Tom Stern
Rebel Without a Trunk

#22 - Rebel Without a Trunk

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 16, 1999

Eliza succumbs to peer pressure from a ""teenage"" elephant, which gets in the way of her closeness with Marianne on an overnight trip.

star 9.74
35 votes
Directors: Sylvia Keulen
Writers: Kate Boutilier
Iron Curtain

#23 - Iron Curtain

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 6, 1998

Eliza busts a young elephant out of a Kenyan game preserve, only to face predators and poachers who are out to get them.

star 9.74
34 votes
Directors: Cathy Malkasian
Writers: Mark Palmer
Valley Girls

#24 - Valley Girls

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 13, 1998

Eliza and Debbie's combined bungling sends the commvee careening down a mountain, where it lies mired in the mud. They come face to face with a menacing-looking, but quirky tribe of silverback gorillas, and they must work together to ""unstick"" the van.

star 9.71
35 votes
Directors: Anthony Bell
Writers: David Regal
The Dragon and the Professor

#25 - The Dragon and the Professor

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 30, 1999

Eliza will stop at nothing to get a look at the gigantic, fierce Komodo dragon that lives on the Southeast Asian islands. Her plans are halted by the unexpected arrival of her home-schooling teacher who forces her to ""hit the books."" Eliza plays a dangerous game of hooky that could cost her her ""Comvee way of life.""

star 9.71
35 votes
Directors: Steve Ressel
Writers: Barbara Herndon, Jill Gorey, Mitchell Redman