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The Best Episodes of 'Firefly'

Updated May 12, 2020 463 votes 61 voters14 items

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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.

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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