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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.

The list you're viewing has a variety of episodes in it, like "Miller's Crossing" and "Enemy at the Gate." What is the best Stargate Atlantis episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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Tao of Rodney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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
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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Midway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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Common Ground is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Common Ground 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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McKay and Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Mycroft Roske added 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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Aurora is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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The Storm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
taran-barham added 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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Enemy at the Gate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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Brain Storm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Brain Storm 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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The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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
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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Grace Under Pressure is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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Sateda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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
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
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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First Strike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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Before I Sleep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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Progeny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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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Hide and Seek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Jul 23 2004 The Atlantis base is threatened when the team discovers that an alien entity is in the city. McKay's experiment with alien technology goes awry.

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The Last Man is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
voxcati added 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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Echoes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
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 Lost Tribe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 5 Episode 11: With the Daedalus under siege, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Rodney McKay try to keep a reactivated Ancient weapon from triggering a cataclysmic chain of events.

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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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Rising Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 25 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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The Daedalus Variations is listed (or ranked) 26 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.

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Remnants is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Remnants Nov 14 2008 While being evaluated by the I.O.A. Richard Woolsey meets a beautiful scientist new to Atlantis, who is not what she appears. Sheppard is captured and tortured by an enemy he thought was dead.

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Vegas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Vegas 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 Siege is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 1 Episode 19: Tensions boil over as the Atlantis team scrambles to fortify the city against the coming battle with the Wraith.

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Rising Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 1 Episode 2: 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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Epiphany is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 12: After detecting an energy spike over a forested area on a distant planet, the Atlantis team decides to investigate. Their travels lead them to a portal built into a rock wall with Ancient carvings and a portal built into it.

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The Siege Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 1 Episode 20: Tensions boil over as the Atlantis team scrambles to fortify the city against the coming battle with the Wraith.

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Tabula Rasa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 6: With almost everyone on Atlantis infected by an amnesia-causing virus, McKay (David Hewlett) finds himself zap-strapped to his desk with cryptic letters on his arm and no memories of who he is or what has happened.

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Oct 26 2007 Colonel Sheppard is captured by the inhabitants of a generational ship and their beautiful leader, who wish to use his ability to use Ancient technology for their own ends.

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Adrift is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 1: Its power system severely damaged, Atlantis automatically starts to decompress, shutting down artificial gravity, collapsing its protective shields and forcing Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) to find a solution before it's too late.

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Lifeline is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 2: Stargate Atlantis returns for an action packed fourth season with the team welcoming new members and battling enemies new and old.

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The Seed is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 5 Episode 2: When a mysterious alien organism takes Dr. Keller as its host, Beckett and the crew desperately search for a serum to save her from the evolving intruder before it can infiltrate Atlantis.

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Miller's Crossing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 9: When McKay’s sister Jeanie (KATE HEWLETT) is kidnapped, the team returns to Earth to find her.

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Be All My Sins Remember'd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 11: Now armed with the means to track Replicator ships throughout the Pegasus Galaxy, the Atlantis teams strives to eliminate the Replicators once and for all.

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First Contact is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 5 Episode 10: Atlantis encounters a mysterious alien race when Dr. Rodney McKay and a visiting Dr. Daniel Jackson stumble upon the secret lab of a rebellious Ancient scientist named Janus.

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Michael is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 18: Lt. Michael Kenmore awakens in Atlantis' infirmary with no memory of how he got there - or who he is.

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The Siege: Part 3 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 1: Rescued from a near-fatal encounter with the Wraith, Lt. Aiden Ford (Rainbow Sun Francks) receives medical care at the Atlantis base.

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Critical Mass is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 13: General Landry (Beau Bridges) informs the team that the Goa'uld has planted a bomb on Atlantis and will be triggered by any attempt to dial the gate.

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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 19: Sheppard's team visits the planet Taranis at the invitation of two leading citizens, Dr. Norina Pero and Chancellor Lycus, who want McKay to repair a failing shield generator at an Ancient base they've discovered.

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The Return: Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 3 Episode 10: The Atlantis expedition must turn to an old friend for help as the Asurans prepare to invade the city.

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Thirty Eight Minutes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 1 Episode 4: Fleeing from a surprise encounter with the Wraith, Major Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) falls victim to an alien symbiote which is feeding off his life force and slowly paralyzes him.

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Trinity is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 6: While doing standard recon on a planet thought to have been destroyed by the Wraith long ago, the team finds an Ancient structure standing intact amidst the ruins.

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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 1 Episode 14: The Atlantis team discovers a planet and people completely untouched by the Wraith.

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This Mortal Coil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 4 Episode 10: The Atlantis team's worst fears may be realized when a mysterious drone crashes into the city.

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Runner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Stargate Atlantis Episodes
Season 2 Episode 3: When a routine, off-world science mission comes across a mutilated Wraith carcass, the team suspects Ford may be involved. Intrigued, they split into teams to investigate.