The BEST Episodes of V

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2022

Network: NBC

Planet Earth is visited by an alien race. Initially, they seem friendly and kind, but over time, their intentions become quite clear. Their peaceful facade quickly turns, also showing their true colors and their real intentions...

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The Betrayal

#1 - The Betrayal

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 18, 1985

The Resistance kidnaps a Visitor doctor to tend to friendly alien Willie - but can the doctor be trusted? Robin discovers her new lover is an alien sent to impregnate her and create a second Starchild.

star 7.80
198 votes
Writers: Mark Rosner
The Dissident

#2 - The Dissident

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 7, 1984

A Visitor scientist develops an force field that is deployed around Los Angeles. The Resistance attempts to destroy it.

star 7.57
228 votes
Directors: Walter Grauman
Writers: Paul F. Edwards
Liberation Day

#3 - Liberation Day

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 1984

Alien commander Diana escapes the Resistance and reunites with her fleet. The Starchild Elizabeth undergoes a strange metamorphosis.

star 7.42
553 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Paul Monash
The Conversion

#4 - The Conversion

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 4, 1985

Diana captures Ham Tyler, but a new superior arrives and his first order of business: a mind-control gambit aimed at turning Ham into a secret assassin.

star 7.39
171 votes
Writers: Brian Taggert
The Return

#5 - The Return

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 22, 1985

The leader declares a ceasefire and travels to Earth to halt the war. He takes Elizabeth on his ship, but Diana has hidden a bomb on board in a plot to become the new leader.

star 7.37
84 votes
Directors: John Florea
Writers: Colley Cibber, David Abramowitz, David Braff, Donald R. Boyle
The Hero

#6 - The Hero

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 11, 1985

The Visitors take the publishers of a Resistance sympathetic newspaper hostage. They threaten to kill one each day until Donovan and the others surrender. Robin falls for a heroic stranger who isn't all that he seems.

star 7.35
221 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Carleton Eastlake
The Sanction

#7 - The Sanction

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 16, 1984

Donovan secretly enters the Visitor Youth Corps in an attempt to rescue his son Sean, who has become their top pupil. Standing in the way of his rescue is a fearsome alien...the and boy's conflicted allegiance. Meanwhile, the Starchild reunites with her mother.

star 7.34
269 votes
Writers: Brian Taggert
Reflections in Terror

#8 - Reflections in Terror

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 14, 1984

Diana attempts to clone the elusive Starchild - but the new creation escapes and goes on a quest to find her true life force (Elizabeth). The Visitors best tracker is in pursuit.

star 7.24
202 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Chris Manheim
The Littlest Dragon

#9 - The Littlest Dragon

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 22, 1985

Philip heads to Earth in pursuit of a Fifth Columnist and his pregnant wife, who have stolen the Mothership's laser power source. Philip also determines to kill Mike Donovan, whom he believes is responsible for the torture and death of his brother Martin.

star 7.16
79 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: David Abramowitz
The Overlord

#10 - The Overlord

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 30, 1984

A citizen rallies the Resistance to aid a group of people forced to mine cobalt while harboring a secret agenda. Julie faces allegations of treason.

star 7.11
174 votes
Writers: David Abramowitz
The Deception

#11 - The Deception

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 9, 1984

Kyle Bates becomes involved in the Resistance when they are attempting to secretly move Elizabeth to safety in New York. Mike Donovan awakens to seemingly the ideal life with news that Earth has triumphed against the alien invaders. Alas, it's a holographic ruse by the Visitors aimed at gathering information about the Starchild.

star 7.09
242 votes
Directors: Victor Lobl
Writers: Garner Simmons
The Secret Underground

#12 - The Secret Underground

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 15, 1985

Donovan and Julie must sneak aboard the mothership to retrieve a list of the Resistance members. Once aboard, Julie meets a former lover, who may be a Visitor collaborator, and Diana is using a ritual feast to exact revenge.

star 7.08
78 votes
Writers: Colley Cibber, David Braff
The Rescue

#13 - The Rescue

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 1, 1985

The alien commander decides that marrying Diana is the best way to solidify his power...but it's a love match that has him fatally outmatched.

star 7.06
79 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Garner Simmons

#14 - Breakout

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 9, 1984

Mike and Ham try to rescue Sean, but are captured and taken to a Visitor work camp. Diana threatens Bates and offers his son Kyle (Jeff Yagher) for Elizabeth. Turns out Kyle is also at the work camp, which is surrounded by a sand moat where predatory crivits live. Robin (Blair Tefkin) is also at the camp. They escape using a shorted-out wire and pieces of a garden hose, but Robin is separated from them. Diana has come to see Kyle, and he diverts her from the escape by seducing her. Once she sees what’s going on, he is able to escape. Meanwhile, Elias lets Elizabeth play the piano at the Club Creole, but a Visitor recognizes the Mark of Zon on her hand and pursues her. She uses her powers to protect herself.

star 7.06
275 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: David Braff
War of Illusions

#15 - War of Illusions

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 8, 1985

When a computer hacker taps into the Visitor communications network, he becomes the object of an intense hunt. The boy won't help the Resistance unless they free his father from the Mothership. While the Resistance wants his secrets, the Visitors want him dead.

star 6.99
77 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
Writers: John Simmons

#16 - Dreadnought

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 2, 1984

Diana talks peace while readying the fearsome Triax super-weapon that could reduce Los Angeles to rubble. Meanwhile, Resistance fighters activate a new weapon of their own - a captured Visitor mothership.

star 6.83
374 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Steven E. De Souza
Visitors' Choice

#17 - Visitors' Choice

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 23, 1984

The Resistance plots to attack a meeting of Visitor leaders whose conference is about the processing of Earth's inhabitants for food.

star 6.80
314 votes
Writers: David Braff
The Wildcats

#18 - The Wildcats

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 1985

The Resistance must steal a drug from the Visitors in order to combat a dangerous plague.

star 6.72
78 votes
Directors: John Florea
Writers: David Braff
The Champion

#19 - The Champion

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 8, 1985

Lydia is tried for murdering Charles while the Resistance must root out collaborators in a small Arizona Town.

star 6.66
79 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Paul F. Edwards