The BEST Episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019

Network: ITV

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 - Getaway

Season 3 - Episode 17

Lady Penelope, Parker and Sherbert answer a distress call from Parker's old acquaintances - Light Fingered Fred and Gomez. The distress turns out to be a ruse.

star 8.19
16 votes
SOS (2)

#2 - SOS (2)

Season 3 - Episode 13

Gordon travels in Thunderbird 4 to recover Braman but discovers that the Chaos Crew have gotten to the robot first. An underwater battle ensues and both Thunderbird 4 and Gordon are harmed.

star 8.17
18 votes
Chain Reaction

#3 - Chain Reaction

Season 3 - Episode 16

A young GDF guard gets trapped inside a radioactive, and possibly haunted, nuclear facility. Scott goes in to assist, with help from GDF Lieutenant Marion Van Arkle.

star 8.12
17 votes
Signals (1)

#4 - Signals (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14

Through the use of archive footage, Brains informs the team of a discovery, but in order to gather more information, our heroes split into groups and search for an escape pod missing since Jeff Tracy's crash.

star 8.10
20 votes
Heavy Metal

#5 - 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?

star 8.09
78 votes
Directors: Theo Baynton
Writers: Benjamin Townsend
Escape Proof

#6 - 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.

star 8.07
71 votes
Directors: Theo Baynton
Writers: Rich Fogel
Grandma Tourismo

#7 - 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.

star 8.03
40 votes
Directors: Andrew McCully
Writers: Amy Wolfram

#8 - 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.

star 8.01
75 votes
Directors: David Scott
Writers: Paul Giacoppo

#9 - Avalanche

Season 3 - Episode 18

When a popular vlogger gets trapped during an avalanche, International Rescue must find a way to carefully dig him out.

star 8.00
19 votes
Brains vs Brawn

#10 - 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.

star 8.00
37 votes
Directors: Chad Moffitt
Writers: Benjamin Townsend
Fight or Flight

#11 - 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.

star 7.99
68 votes
Directors: Karl Essex
Writers: Dan Berlinka
Weather or Not

#12 - Weather or Not

Season 2 - Episode 11

The team travels to Langstrom Fischler's newest invention to stop a hive of malfunctioning weather drones.

star 7.98
65 votes
Directors: Chad Moffitt
Writers: Len Uhley
Night and Day

#13 - 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.

star 7.98
42 votes
Tunnels of Time

#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.

star 7.96
77 votes
Directors: Theo Baynton
Writers: Dan Berlinka
Under Pressure

#15 - 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.

star 7.96
73 votes
Directors: David Scott
Writers: Danny Stack

#16 - 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.

star 7.95
59 votes
Directors: David Scott
Writers: Rob Hoegee

#17 - 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.

star 7.95
76 votes
Directors: Theo Baynton
Writers: Ken Pontiac
Chaos (2)

#18 - 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.

star 7.94
36 votes
Lost Kingdom

#19 - 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.

star 7.93
76 votes
Directors: Theo Baynton
Writers: Elly Brewer
Up From the Depths (Part 1)

#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.

star 7.91
79 votes
Directors: Andrew McCully
Writers: Benjamin Townsend

#21 - Endgame

Season 3 - Episode 11

Kayo, with the help of a futuristic game creator that only talks like a wizard, must play through a futuristic holo-game called Cavern Quest to stop The Chaos Crew from stealing a powerful piece of technology.

star 7.91
22 votes

#22 - Colony

Season 2 - Episode 5

When a transport ship carrying colonists heads straight into the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Thunderbird 3 is deployed to regain control.

star 7.90
82 votes
Directors: David Scott
Writers: Patrick Rieger
Up From the Depths (Part 2)

#23 - 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.

star 7.90
81 votes
Directors: Tim Gaul
Writers: Benjamin Townsend
Chaos (1)

#24 - Chaos (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1

With the Mechanic arrested by the GDF the Hood sends out his new accomplices, Havoc and Fuse of the Chaos Crew, to cause terrorist attacks across the globe and International Rescue have their hands full.

star 7.89
47 votes

#25 - 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.

star 7.89
82 votes
Directors: David Scott
Writers: Rob Hoegee