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The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes 

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Updated January 18, 2018 3.7k votes 545 voters 39.5k views 101 items

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List of the best Stargate Atlantis episodes, as determined by voters like you. Developed as a spin-off of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis ran for five seasons and is critically acclaimed with a strong following to this day. Ranked number one on best SyFy original shows, Stargate Atlantis is also on best TV shows canceled too early. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Stargate Atlantis episodes of all time are. Fans of Stargate Atlantis are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

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Tao of Rodney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Tao of Rodney Episode: 14, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 11 2006

After an Ancient device gives Rodney superhuman powers, his enhanced brilliance is checked only by his impending death -- unless he can learn how to ascend.
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The Shrine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
The Shrine Episode: 6, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 5

Original Airing: Aug 22 2008

Rodney McKay is stricken with a mental affliction that robs him of his knowledge and memories, causing him to revert to a childlike state.
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Common Ground is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Common Ground Episode: 7, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Aug 25 2006

Colonel Sheppard finds himself the prisoner of a Genii commander, along with a desperately hungry Wraith who has been separated from his hive.
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Midway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 17, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 4

Original Airing: Feb 15 2008

Teal'c visits Atlantis to counsel a headstrong Ronon, who is up for review by the I.O.A. But the two must work together when the Wraith invade the Midway space station in order to reach Earth.
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Brain Storm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Brain Storm Episode: 16, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 21 2008

Rodney returns to Earth with Jennifer to witness the triumph of his rival, who believes he has solved the problem of global warming. But when the new technology goes horribly awry, Rodney must ...more
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McKay and Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Mycroft Roske added Episode: 8, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Sep 08 2006

Rodney McKay is reunited with his estranged sister back on Earth, who has given up a brilliant career as a scientist to raise a family.
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The Storm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
taran-barham added Episode: 10, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 1

Original Airing: Sep 17 2004

When a massive storm threatens the city, Atlantis is evacuated -- only to be taken over by the team's newest enemy.
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Aurora is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 9, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 2

Original Airing: Sep 23 2005

When the team finds an Ancient warship adrift on the edge of the galaxy, its crew still alive, Colonel Sheppard enters their virtual reality stasis to communicate with them.
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Grace Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 14, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 2

Original Airing: Dec 12 2005

When Dr. McKay is trapped underwater in a sinking Puddle Jumper, his only chance for survival may be an hallucination of Samantha Carter.
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 15, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 18 2006

Sheppard and McKay discover that their competitive video game has been controlling a planet of real people, who now stand on the brink of war.
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Duet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 2

Original Airing: Aug 05 2005

A run-in with a Wraith Dart leaves the consciousness of a precocious Atlantis security officer trapped in Dr. McKay's mind.
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Enemy at the Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 20, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 5

Original Airing: Jan 09 2009

The team learns that a rogue Wraith has acquired several Z.P.M.s to power a formidable new hive ship -- and he is headed for Earth.
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Sateda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Aug 04 2006

Ronon Dex is captured by the Wraith and returned to his homeworld, where he is haunted by his past as he is forced to once again become their prey.
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Thirty-Eight Minutes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 1

Original Airing: Jul 30 2004

The team finds themselves in mortal danger when their Puddle Jumper ship becomes lodged in the Stargate.
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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 13, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 4

Original Airing: Jan 18 2008

An automated lockdown traps Atlantis personnel in various parts of the city, each of them hoping the others will come to their rescue.
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Before I Sleep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 15, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 1

Original Airing: Feb 18 2005

A woman is found in suspended animation in Atlantis, and the team is shocked to see that it is Dr. Weir herself, who tells them of her trip 10,000 years into the city's past.
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First Strike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 20, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Feb 05 2007

An unstoppable energy weapon leaves Atlantis under seige after Earth launches a preemptive attack against a very powerful enemy's homeworld.
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Vegas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Vegas Episode: 19, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 5

Original Airing: Jan 02 2009

In the city of Las Vegas, Detective John Sheppard must solve the case on a long string of unusual murders -- perpetrated by a Wraith in hiding.
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The Last Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 20: Following another unsuccessful search for Teyla, Lt. Colonel Sheppard returns home to Atlantis to find the city completely abandoned.
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Sunday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
voxcati added Episode: 17, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 15 2007

The team tries to relax during a mandatory day off, until an explosion leaves three people dead -- and reveals that one scientist is a walking time bomb.
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Progeny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 5, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Aug 11 2006

Weir and the team visit an advanced civilization that split off from the Lanteans thousands of years ago, but discover that they may not have left Atlantis in peace.
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Rising Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 1 Episode 1: A newly formed Stargate team heads into an unknown galaxy, discovers the lost city of Atlantis, and encounters a sinister new enemy.
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Echoes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Episode: 12, Season: Stargate Atlantis Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 27 2006

The inhabitants of Atlantis begin to suffer ill effects when the planet's whale population begins migrating to the island city, bringing an unexpected harbinger of doom.
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The Return: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 3 Episode 11: With General O'Neill (Richard Dean Anderson) and Richard Woosley (Robert Picardo) trapped on Atlantis hiding from the Replicators, Col. Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) takes his team AWOL hoping to mount a rescue mission before General Landry (Beau Bridges) nukes the city.
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The Daedalus Variations ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 5 Episode 4: A drive malfunction aboard a mysterious duplicate Daedalus sends the team jumping through various alternate realities where they encounter sinister alien life forms, a searing sun, and a pitched space battle over Atlantis.