The Best Episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go!
Last Updated: May 14, 2019
In the 21st century Jeff Tracy creates a unique emergency response team: International Rescue. Equipped with special vehicles that enable the organization to react to any crisis, whether it be anywhere on earth or in space. Jeff's five sons operate the Thunderbirds 1 to 5 with help from engineer Brains and Kayo the pilot of Thunderbird Shadow. Lady Penelope and chauffeur Parker are the hands on intelligence team on the ground. Together they save anyone in need, while trying to find and capture the terrorist know as the Hood.
#1 - Heavy Metal
Season 1 - Episode 13
Brains and Alan are on a visit to the Supreme Hadron Collider when a satellite begins to fall straight towards them. They are rescued in the nick of time by the arrival of Virgil in Thunderbird 2. Examining the evidence, the team decide that the malfunction was caused by a gravity well instigated by the collider itself. Things get even stickier when a commercial jet is caught in the pull of the gravity well and is in imminent danger of crashing. Can International Rescue shut down the collider in time to save the plane and its passengers?
#2 - Escape Proof
Season 2 - Episode 13
A mysterious tunnelling vehicle leaves a worker trapped in its wake and it is up to Gordon and Virgil to free him. Meanwhile, Parker and Penelope track down the digger and discover an old foe at the controls.
#3 - Brains vs Brawn
Season 2 - Episode 26
When disaster strikes International Rescue answers the call! The Mechanic, having completed Project Sentinel, sets his sights on destroying The Hood. While International Rescue scramble to save their former foe, Brains goes on a dangerous mission to stop the Mechanic once and for all.
#4 - Grandma Tourismo
Season 2 - Episode 18
Virgil and Grandma are out resupplying Thunderbird 2 when a distress call comes in. A mine is in danger of collapsing in the desert. When Virgil goes to help the workers, he gets caught in a massive sandstorm and it is up to Grandma to save the day.
#7 - Fight or Flight
Season 2 - Episode 12
The Tracys receive a distress call from the crew of a cargo zeppelin. A giant loading claw malfunctioned and has started attacking anything that moves. Thunderbird 1, 2, and Shadow launch out in an attempt to land the ship safely. But the zeppelin contains a dangerous fuel source and there are still crew members trapped near the loading claw. Scott makes it to the cockpit of the zeppelin while Virgil begins to offload the fuel source. Kayo puts on a mech suit to deal with the loading claw while the crew escape. Ultimately, they put the zeppelin down outside city limits and escape just before it explodes.
#8 - Night and Day
Season 3 - Episode 4
The Gray and Houseman mining operation now includes planet Mercury - it uses a moving vehicle that stays on the 'dark side' of the planet.
#10 - Skyhook
Season 1 - Episode 11
International Rescue scrambles all the flight-capable Thunderbirds to rescue the crew of CIR.R.U.S, a high-atmosphere weather station, now in danger due to the arrival of a fierce storm. TB1, TB2 and TB3 are quickly crippled by the conditions, and the only hope of salvaging the mission lies with TB5 - and John's ability to mount his most daring rescue ever.
#11 - Under Pressure
Season 1 - Episode 12
A heavy metal extraction platform carrying toxic waste at the bottom of the ocean is in trouble. Gordon rushes in with Thunderbird 4 when a fire on board the rolling factory damages its steering capabilities. With the help of Lady Penelope and Parker on the surface, Gordon must rescue platform operator Ned Tedford and prevent the rig from spilling its waste.
#13 - Lost Kingdom
Season 2 - Episode 8
When seismic activity near the coast of Greece reveals the lost city of Atlantis, two scientists venture below the depths to explore the area. But when their submarine becomes stuck, International Rescue are called out to assist.
#14 - Tunnels of Time
Season 1 - Episode 10
Lady Penelope, Parker and Gordon visit the Amazon desert, where an archaeologist shows them round an ancient temple. When they all become trapped inside, the academic refuses to let them call for help, fearing for his reputation - so the trio of heroes must put their wits to the task of finding an escape route.
#15 - Legacy
Season 1 - Episode 26
A number of carefully staged disasters require the full attention of everyone at International Rescue. Kayo discovers that the Hood is behind these acts of terrorism and has actually infiltrated Tracy Island. To make matters worse, the Hood has rigged up explosive devices to bring down the Thunderbird craft - and now he reveals his shocking secret to the Tracy brothers.
#16 - EOS
Season 1 - Episode 8
A series of cascading equipment failures leads John to realise that rogue A.I. has gained control of Thunderbird 5. The programme is sending false monitor images to Tracy Island to deceive the other brothers. John finally gets through to Lady Penelope and informs her of the situation. Once the other brothers figure out what is going on, Alan is despatched in Thunderbird 3 to rescue John.
#19 - Up From the Depths (Part 2)
Season 2 - Episode 7
After the Mechanic flees the scene with the TV-21, Scott is in hot pursuit. But, when the villain steals some volatile iridium, Brains must make drastic alterations to Thunderbird 3 to save the day.
#20 - Up From the Depths (Part 1)
Season 2 - Episode 6
Gordon ventures deep into the Marianas trench to rescue a survey team, and ends up discovering an early International Rescue prototype vehicle once flown by Jeff Tracy. Gordon takes Thunderbird 4 down to save the crew and get a better look at the prototype. But the survey ship, designed by The Mechanic, transforms and wrecks Thunderbird 4. Gordon is forced to abandon ship and seek refuge on his dad’s TV-21 plane. To save the survey crew, Gordon powers up the plane and manages to take it up to the surface.
#21 - Slingshot
Season 1 - Episode 9
A malfunction at a mining operation sends an asteroid careening towards the sun, endangering crewman Ned Tedford. Alan and Kayo deploy Thunderbird 3 for the rescue mission, but a rogue solar flare knocks out their sensors. They land near the mine, and must find a way to alter the asteroid's trajectory so that it slingshots around the sun instead of crashing into it.
#24 - Chaos (2)
Season 3 - Episode 2
International Rescue are left with little to do after the GDF roll out their rescue robots, until one of them malfunctions. the combined efforts of IR is needed to save the day and defeat the Chaos Crew.
#25 - Home on the Range
Season 2 - Episode 21
All of International Rescue take a retreat for training at their family ranch on the main island. During training the equipment malfunctions, MAX goes crazy and both the Thunderbird ships and FAB 1 stop working. John, Brains and EOS work together to trace the fault and discover that they have an intruder, The Mechanic!