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The Best Episodes of 'Outlander'

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There are so many good episodes of Outlander, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Crème de Menthe" the best, or is "If Not For Hope" your favorite episode of Outlander? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Outlander are, let's rank every Outlander episode from best to worst. When you're done voting, you can also hop on over to another list to find more shows like Outlander.

Outlander is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's historical time travel book series of the same name. The show follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married former World War II nurse who in 1946 finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings. Outlander premiered on Starz on August 9, 2014, and Caitriona Balfe has been nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Outlander, 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 Outlander 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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  • The Wedding
    1

    The Wedding

    Season 1, Episode 7

    Claire and Jamie are thrown together in marriage, but as their emotional and physical relationship unfolds, deeper feelings arise. Claire is ultimately torn between two men in two very different times.

  •  Never My Love
    2

    Never My Love

    Claire struggles to survive brutal treatment from her captors, as Jamie gathers a group of loyal men to help him rescue his wife. Meanwhile, Roger and Brianna's journey takes a surprising turn.

  • A. Malcolm
    3

    A. Malcolm

    Season 3, Episode 6

    After decades apart, Jamie and Claire finally reunite and rekindle their emotional and physical bonds. But Jamie's new business dealings jeopardize the couples' hopes for a simple life together.

  •  The Devil's Mark
    4

    The Devil's Mark

    Season 1, Episode 11

    Claire and Geillis are on trial for witchcraft. Jamie manages to rescue Claire, but not before she discovers a secret about Geillis's past.

  • The Birds & The Bees
    5

    The Birds & The Bees

    Season 4, Episode 9

    As Brianna struggles to compartmentalize the trauma she's suffered in the wake of the tragedy that befell her in Wilmington, she refocuses on finding her parents.

  • The Reckoning
    6

    The Reckoning

    Season 1, Episode 9

    Jamie and the Highlanders rescue Claire from Black Jack Randall. Back at the castle, politics threaten to tear Clan MacKenzie apart and Jamie's scorned lover, Laoghaire, attempts to win him back.

  •  Faith
    7

    Faith

    Season 2, Episode 7

    Claire is brought to L’Hopital Des Anges where doctors try to save her life and that of her unborn baby. King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of practicing the dark arts – one an enemy, one a friend.

  •  Both Sides Now
    8

    Both Sides Now

    Season 1, Episode 8

    Frank desperately searches for his missing wife, while Claire tries to come to terms with her new marriage. Claire is faced with an emotional quandry as a life-altering opportunity presents itself.

  • The Ballad of Roger Mac
    9

    The Ballad of Roger Mac

    Season 5, Episode 7

    The Regulator Rebellion reaches a boiling point, forcing Jamie to face his fear and confront the consequence of his divided loyalties.

  •  Perpetual Adoration
    10

    Perpetual Adoration

    Season 5, Episode 5

    Jamie and his militia arrive at Hillsborough to learn that Governor Tryon has proposed a rather unorthodox solution to deal with the threat posed by the Regulators and to resolve the growing political crisis.

  • Lallybroch
    11

    Lallybroch

    Season 1, Episode 12

    Reunited, Claire and Jamie make their way to Lallybroch - Jamie's family home. Reality quickly sets in, and old wounds are reopened between Jamie and his sister, Jenny.

  • Prestonpans
    12

    Prestonpans

    Season 2, Episode 10

    Jamie relies upon Claire's knowledge of history to lead the Jacobite army into a crucial battle. Claire is reminded of the true cost of war as she attends to the dead and dying.

  •  Free Will
    13

    Free Will

    Season 5, Episode 3

    Claire and Jamie's colonial life in America is under threat, as they're pinned between their ties to the Crown and a rising undercurrent of unrest. Brianna and Roger, meanwhile, struggle to overcome the harm Stephen inflicted on their lives.

  • Dragonfly in Amber
    14

    Dragonfly in Amber

    Season 2, Episode 13

    In the present, Claire reveals the truth to her daughter, Brianna. In the 18th century, Jamie does everything he can to save his loved ones as the Battle of Culloden begins.

  •  Better to Marry Than Burn
    15

    Better to Marry Than Burn

    Season 5, Episode 6

    At Jocasta's wedding, Jamie learns Tryon's true motivation for ending the Regulator threat.

  •  The Fiery Cross
    16

    The Fiery Cross

    Season 5, Episode 1

    Following celebrations in honor of Brianna and Roger's wedding, Governor Tryon reminds Jamie of his obligation to hunt down and kill Murtagh Fitzgibbons.

  • The Gathering
    17

    The Gathering

    Season 1, Episode 4

    As the Castle prepares for The Gathering, Claire plots her escape. But after a dangerous encounter with a drunken Dougal and an unexpected run-in with Jamie, her plans are dashed.

  • Sassenach
    18

    Sassenach

    Season 1, Episode 1

    While on her honeymoon, WWII combat nurse Claire Randall is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland, where she is kidnapped by a group of Highlanders - and meets an injured young man named Jamie.

  • Je Suis Prest
    19

    Je Suis Prest

    Season 2, Episode 9

    Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they train for war. Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire’s personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.

  • Blood of My Blood
    20

    Blood of My Blood

    Season 4, Episode 6

    Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser's Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion. When Grey takes ill, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

  •  La Dame Blanche
    21

    La Dame Blanche

    Season 2, Episode 4

    Claire and Jamie throw an elaborate dinner party intended to derail investors in Prince Charles’ war effort. Meanwhile, Claire’s revelation that Jack Randall is alive sparks Jamie in an unexpected way as he and Claire struggle to regain their physical intimacy.

  • Famoust Last Words
    22

    Famoust Last Words

    Season 5, Episode 8

    The Frasers must come to terms with all that has changed in the aftermath of the Battle of Alamance Creek; Brianna tries to help Roger overcome the trauma he has endured; an unexpected visitor arrives at the Ridge.

  •  Journeycake
    23

    Journeycake

    Season 5, Episode 11

    A revelation about Jemmy forces Roger and Brianna to choose between staying in the 18th century and returning to the safety of the future; Jamie finds that unrest in the back country has given rise to a new power.

  • First Wife
    24

    First Wife

    Season 3, Episode 8

    Claire returns to Lallybroch with Jamie, where she does not receive quite the reception she was expecting. Unbeknownst to her, Jamie's made some choices in their time apart which come back to haunt them with a vengeance.

  • To Ransom A Man's Soul
    25

    To Ransom A Man's Soul

    Season 1, Episode 16

    A desperate plan manages to free Jamie, but his wounds are more than just physical. At a nearby monastery, Claire attempts to save both Jamie's heart and soul, as his mind lingers on the torture.