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Ranking the Best Seasons Of 'Outlander'

Updated May 9, 2020 680 votes 203 voters 5.8k views5 items

All the seasons of Outlander have been great, but which seasons really stand out? Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie MacKenzie Fraser share a love that knows no bounds... even though they were born in different centuries. Some of the most memorable episodes of Outlander come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Outlander are, let's rank every Outlander season from best to worst.

Outlander is a drama series, based on Diana Gabaldon's book series of the same name, that follows Claire as she navigates two worlds and two loves. Outlander premiered on Starz on August 9, 2014 and quickly captured viewers' attention with its unique plot. Its fifth season aired in 2020 and there are many other shows like Outlander to entertain you between seasons.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Outlander, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Outlander season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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  • Outlander - Season 1
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    The first season of Outlander premiered on August 9, 2014, and contains 16 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Claire Randall as she finds herself in the 18th century after time traveling from 1946 to 1743.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "The Way Out," "The Wedding," and "Both Sides Now."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • A Druid ritual sends Claire back in time.
    • Claire meets Jamie.
    • Jamie and Claire get married.
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  • Outlander - Season 2
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    The second season of Outlander premiered on April 9, 2016, and contains 13 episodes. This season finds Claire and Jamie dealing with personal losses as battles erupt across Scotland.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Through a Glass, Darkly," "Not in Scotland Anymore," and "Dragonfly in Amber."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Randall reappears in Paris.
    • Jamie becomes the confidante of Charles Stuart.
    • Claire returns to the 20th century.
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  • Outlander - Season 3
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    The third season of Outlander premiered on September 10, 2017, and contains 13 episodes. This season follows the Battle of Culloden as Claire learns of Jamie's fate.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "A. Malcolm," "First Wife," and "The Bakra."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Jamie gets paroled by Lord John Grey.
    • Claire enrolls in medical school.
    • Jamie and Claire are shipwrecked.
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  • Outlander - Season 5
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    The fifth season of Outlander premiered on February 16, 2020, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds the Frasers fighting for their family and the home they have forged on Fraser’s Ridge.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Journeycake," "The Fiery Cross"," and "Better to Marry Than Burn."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Jamie is bitten by a venomous snake.
    • The Regulator Rebellion reaches a boiling point
    • Roger and Brianna must decide to stay or retreat to the safety of the future.
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