The Best Episodes of Timeless (2016)

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

A mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor, who must use the machine's prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. But can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it's too late?

Chinatown

#1 - Chinatown

Season 2 - Episode 10

When Jiya makes a daring escape from Rittenhouse that strands her in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1888 with no way home, the fractured Time Team goes back to save her.

star 8.31
727 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Tom Smuts , Nancy Baird
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The Red Scare

#2 - The Red Scare

Season 1 - Episode 16

With one of our heroes' lives on the line, the team chases Flynn to 1954 through the paranoid corridors of Joe McCarthy's Washington D.C., en route to a secret, once-a-generation meeting of Rittenhouse leaders. While there, Lucy must wager the ultimate sacrifice to save history as we know it.

star 8.07
3,033 votes
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
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The General

#3 - The General

Season 2 - Episode 9

When the Mothership jumps to South Carolina in 1863, the Time Team partners up with a courageous Union spy and military leader, Harriet Tubman - AKA "The General" - to thwart Rittenhouse's plan to alter the outcome of the Civil War. Back in the present, Rittenhouse hits the team where it hurts the most.

star 8.07
1,111 votes
Writers: Matt Whitney
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The Capture of Benedict Arnold

#4 - The Capture of Benedict Arnold

Season 1 - Episode 10

A stunning turn during the American Revolution prompts Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus to question whether they've been fighting on the wrong side this whole time. While Agent Christopher prepares for the worst back in present day, the team encounters the Father of the Country, makes a dubious pact, and confronts the possibility they may not be a trio for long.

star 7.83
3,266 votes
Writers: Tom Smuts
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Public Enemy No. 1

#5 - Public Enemy No. 1

Season 1 - Episode 15

Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus decide to take matters into their own hands, but are caught off guard when Flynn lands in 1931 Chicago to call in a favor from notorious gangster Al Capone. Hot on Flynn's trail, our heroes try to enlist the help of famed lawman, Elliot Ness, in pursuit of Al Capone after Flynn aids him in avoiding justice. A clue leads the team to a crucial revelation about Rittenhouse.

star 7.82
2,963 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Matt Whitney, Anslem Richardson
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The Kennedy Curse

#6 - The Kennedy Curse

Season 2 - Episode 5

When a mission goes awry, Wyatt and Rufus are forced to bring a 17-year-old John F. Kennedy with them to the present. Anxious to return the future president to history, the team must find a way to work together to rescue JFK and return him to the past before Rittenhouse assassinates him in 2018.

star 7.80
1,283 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Lana Cho
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The War to End All Wars

#7 - The War to End All Wars

Season 2 - Episode 1

After barely escaping an explosion at Mason Industries, Wyatt and Rufus chase the Mothership back to a French battlefront during World War I to rescue Lucy. Meanwhile, Lucy recruits Marie Curie, the famous French scientist and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, to help save the life of a wounded American soldier, knowing only that Rittenhouse wants him alive.

star 7.80
1,567 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman, Tom Smuts
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The Day Reagan Was Shot

#8 - The Day Reagan Was Shot

Season 2 - Episode 8

The Time Team travels back to 1981 Washington D.C. on the day President Reagan was shot, only to discover that the Sleeper’s target isn’t the President – but a young rookie police officer.

star 7.79
1,167 votes
Directors: Alex Kalymnios
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman, Lauren Greer
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Hollywoodland

#9 - Hollywoodland

Season 2 - Episode 3

When a Rittenhouse sleeper agent in 1941 Hollywood steals the only copy of Citizen Kane, Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus team up with Hedy Lamarr to get it back. Hedy Lamarr turns out to be not only a glamorous movie star but also a scientific wizard whose discoveries led to the invention of Wi-Fi.

star 7.79
1,385 votes
Writers: Matt Whitney
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The World's Columbian Exposition

#10 - The World's Columbian Exposition

Season 1 - Episode 11

Lucy's situation grows desperate after she's captured by Flynn and taken to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. In their dogged pursuit of Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus fall into a sinister trap.

star 7.78
2,628 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Lana Cho
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Karma Chameleon

#11 - Karma Chameleon

Season 1 - Episode 13

Wyatt convinces Rufus to steal the Lifeboat for an unauthorized mission to prevent Wyatt's wife's killer from ever being born. Lucy must cover for them in the present, as Agent Christopher discovers the ship is missing and Anthony Bruhl makes an alarming confession.

star 7.78
3,038 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Anne Cofell Saunders
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The King of the Delta Blues

#12 - The King of the Delta Blues

Season 2 - Episode 6

When Rufus and Jiya add a fourth seat to the Lifeboat, for the first time ever, Connor Mason joins the team as they travel back to the dusty backroads and smoky juke joints of the Depression-era South to rescue the life and legacy of Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues, Godfather of Rock n’ Roll and a man who, legend has it, bought his musical genius from the Devil for the price of his soul. Meanwhile, Agent Christopher keeps Wyatt in the present to execute a dangerous raid on Rittenhouse headquarters.

star 7.78
1,230 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Anslem Richardson
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Space Race

#13 - Space Race

Season 1 - Episode 8

As the nation waits to hear the fate of the astronauts of Apollo 11, Flynn arrives near mission control, intending to rewrite the events of that momentous day. Hot on his trail, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus need to be bolder than ever and call upon one of history's unsung heroes if they're going to have a shot at setting things right.

star 7.77
3,393 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Matt Whitney
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The Watergate Tape

#14 - The Watergate Tape

Season 1 - Episode 6

The mystery behind the greatest political scandal of the 20th century is finally solved when Flynn beats our team to the punch in Richard Nixon's Washington. While Rufus and Lucy are set on an investigative course that leaves them both rattled to the core, Wyatt's tragic past erupts, and the secrecy behind Flynn's hidden agenda begins to unravel.

star 7.77
3,580 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde

#15 - Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde

Season 1 - Episode 9

On the run with the bank-robbing Barrow gang, the team needs to gain the trust of ill-fated lovers Bonnie and Clyde in order to find out Flynn's target in the Depression-era South. While Agent Christopher tracks down a lead in present day, Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt risk getting caught in the crossfire, suspecting that whatever Flynn's after may be a key piece of the whole puzzle.

star 7.77
3,336 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: Anslem Richardson
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The Murder of Jesse James

#16 - The Murder of Jesse James

Season 1 - Episode 12

Flynn teams up with legendary outlaw, Jesse James. Together they cut a bloody swath across the American frontier. Hot on Flynn's trail, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus enlist the help of an iconic Marshal to help bring the fugitives to justice.

star 7.76
2,991 votes
Writers: Jim Barnes
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The Salem Witch Hunt

#17 - The Salem Witch Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 4

While Wyatt sneaks away from the bunker to face an unbelievable truth, Lucy, Rufus and their former enemy-turned- teammate, Garcia Flynn, chase the Mothership to the Salem Witch Trials. There they must prevent the execution of a headstrong young woman who, it turns out, is mother to one of the most consequential Americans of all time.

star 7.75
1,321 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Kent Rotherham
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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

#18 - Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

Season 2 - Episode 7

In the bustle of 1919 New York City, suffragette Alice Paul is framed for murder and the Time Team partners up with legendary female crime solver Grace Humiston – AKA “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes.” Together they attempt to prove Alice’s innocence in time for her to give a powerful speech that turns the tide in the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Back in the present, Connor Mason salvages key intel from the Rittenhouse raid.

star 7.75
1,188 votes
Writers: David C. Hoffman
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The Lost Generation

#19 - The Lost Generation

Season 1 - Episode 14

Flynn disappears to 1927 France on the day that Charles Lindbergh completes his transatlantic flight, so Rufus, Lucy and their new soldier scramble through the City of Lights and team with a young reporter to keep history intact. Locked in an undisclosed location, Wyatt gets a visit from Agent Christopher, and the pair is left wondering if their enemies are closer than they realize.

star 7.70
2,908 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: Kent Rotherham, David Hoffman
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Stranded

#20 - Stranded

Season 1 - Episode 7

The team chases Garcia Flynn to 1754, but after he reveals his true intentions, they're forced to scramble through hostile territory. Now, if they want to survive, they'll need to learn to trust each other. Meanwhile, Agent Christopher quietly investigates Connor Mason, and Jiya has a hunch that Rufus might be resourceful enough to open a line of communication with the present.

star 7.69
3,441 votes
Directors: Holly Dale
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
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The Darlington 500

#21 - The Darlington 500

Season 2 - Episode 2

The Time Team chases Rittenhouse to a stock car race in the 1950s where Wyatt learns that his favorite race car driver is actually a Rittenhouse sleeper agent on a mission to destroy the American car industry. To stop the Rittenhouse plan, Wyatt, Lucy and Rufus team up with Wendell Scott, the first African-American NASCAR driver.

star 7.68
1,436 votes
Writers: Jim Barnes
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Party at Castle Varlar

#22 - Party at Castle Varlar

Season 1 - Episode 4

Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus are shocked when they're told the mothership has landed in Nazi Germany, but time is short, and they're the only ones equipped to kill Flynn and end his psychotic crusade. Now, in hot pursuit of a genius with sinister associations, the team weighs the consequences of Flynn's destruction, meets the man behind one of literature's most popular figures, and endures a very uncomfortable... party.

star 7.65
3,933 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jim Barnes
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The Alamo

#23 - The Alamo

Season 1 - Episode 5

After one member's fired from the team, Flynn returns to a pivotal event in the war over Texas-the Battle of the Alamo. Our team finds themselves stranded inside the famous fort, surrounded by Mexican soldiers, knowing that everyone inside is fated to die. Now, with no hope of rescue and facing insurmountable odds, the trio of heroes learns the meaning of trust and sacrifice from people prepared to die for those around them.

star 7.64
3,478 votes
Directors: John Terlesky
Writers: Anne Cofell Saunders
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The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

#24 - The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Season 1 - Episode 2

Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus chase terrorist Garcia Flynn to the night of Lincoln's assassination, where they're horrified to learn that Flynn's linked up with history's most notorious assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Putting aside a tragedy of her own, Lucy speculates that Flynn intends to send the fragile nation into chaos by making a bad thing worse, and a debate rages among the team: should they alter history if it means changing it for the better?

star 7.64
4,693 votes
Directors: Neil Marshall
Writers: Tom Smuts
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Pilot

#25 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

When one of the world’s most dangerous fugitives steals a state-of-the-art time machine, the U.S. government asks a history professor, Lucy Preston, a soldier, Wyatt Logan, and a scientist, Rufus Carlin, to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and chase the criminal mastermind, Garcia Flynn, to the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. While there, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus each have to draw on expertise to save the present and protect the past – possibly at great personal cost.

star 7.62
5,800 votes
Directors: Neil Marshall
Writers: Eric Kripke, Shawn Ryan
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