The Best Episodes of 'Firefly'

Over 70 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Episodes of 'Firefly'
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There are so many good episodes of Firefly, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Heart of Gold" the best, or is "Bushwhacked" your favorite episode of Firefly? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Firefly are, let's rank every Firefly episode from best to worst. Be sure to check out our list of other shows like Firefly while you're at it.

Firefly is a space western drama set in 2517 and creator, writer, and director Joss Whedon pitched it as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things." The show explores the lives of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship - some of whom fought on the losing side of a civil war - who make a living on the fringes of society as part of the pioneer culture of their star system. Firefly premiered on Fox on September 20, 2002, and although it was canceled after one season it was followed by the movie Serenity in 2005, which ties up some events from the final episode.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Firefly, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Firefly episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

  • Serenity
    Photo: Fox
    28 VOTES


    Season 1, Episode 1

    Malcolm Reynolds is a veteran and the captain of Serenity. He and his crew are smuggling goods, but they need to pick up some passengers for extra money. However, not all the passengers are what they seem.

    • Original Airing: December 20, 2002
    28 votes
  • Our Mrs. Reynolds
    Photo: Fox
    32 VOTES

    Our Mrs. Reynolds

    Season 1, Episode 3

    As an unexpected reward for an unpaid job, Mal finds himself married to a naïve, subservient young woman named Saffron. The crew are amused at his discomfort and Book lectures him on propriety, but things aren't as smoothly straightforward as they thought them to be.

    • Original Airing: October 4, 2002
    32 votes
  • Out of Gas
    Photo: Fox
    43 VOTES

    Out of Gas

    Season 1, Episode 5

    After Serenity suffers a catastrophe that leaves her crew with only hours of oxygen, flashbacks show how Mal and Zoë acquired Serenity and assembled their motley band.

    • Original Airing: October 25, 2002
    43 votes
  • War Stories
    Photo: Fox
    35 VOTES

    War Stories

    Season 1, Episode 10

    Angered at Zoë's unshakable war connection to Mal, Wash demands a shot at a field assignment. Unfortunately, crime lord Niska chooses this moment to exact a brutal vengeance for Mal's failure to complete an earlier job.

    • Original Airing: December 6, 2002
    35 votes
  • Jaynestown
    Photo: Fox
    29 VOTES


    Season 1, Episode 4

    Returning to a planet where he ran into some serious trouble years ago, Jayne discovers that he's become a local folk legend. Mal decides to use this entertaining distraction to complete a job, but some unfinished business may derail his plans.

    • Original Airing: October 18, 2002
    29 votes
  • Ariel
    Photo: Fox
    29 VOTES


    Season 1, Episode 9

    Hard up for cash, Serenity takes on a job from Simon: help him get a thorough diagnostic of River in return for the opportunity to loot the vast medical stores of an Alliance hospital on central world Ariel. But River's pursuers are hot on their trail, and they receive some unexpected inside help.

    • Original Airing: November 15, 2002
    29 votes