The Best Episodes of 'The Expanse'

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There are so many good episodes of The Expanse, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Salvage" the best, or is "Congregation" your favorite episode of The Expanse? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Expanse are, let's rank every The Expanse episode from best to worst.

The Expanse is set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System and follows a disparate band of antiheroes including United Nations Security Council member Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), police detective Josephus Miller (Thomas Jane) The series is based on The Expanse novels by James S. A. Corey. The Expanse premiered on SyFy on December 14, 2015, and after three seasons SyFy canceled the show in May 2018. Shortly after, Amazon Prime Video picked up The Expanse for a fourth season and then renewed it for a fifth.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Expanse, 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 The Expanse 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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  • Guagamela


    December 23, 2020

      Season 5, Episode 4

      Marco's grand plan shocks Earth, Mars and the Belt.

    • Home


      February 22, 2017

        Season 2 Episode 5

        The Rocinante chases an asteroid as it hurtles towards Earth.

      • Here There Be Dragons

        Here There Be Dragons

        April 5, 2017

          Season 2 Episode 11

          Bobbie makes a decision that changes her life forever.

        • Delta-V


          May 23, 2018

            Season 3 Episode 7

            All eyes turn to the edge of the solar system as a mysterious new presence emerges; Naomi recommits to her roots; Drummer butts heads with a seasoned new commander aboard the Behemoth; and a young Belter makes a name for himself.

          • Dandelion Sky

            Dandelion Sky

            June 13, 2018

              Season 3 Episode 10

              Holden sees past, present, and future. A ghost from Melba's past threatens her mission. Bobbie struggles to trust an old friend as she leads a group into unchartered territory.

            • Abaddon's Gate

              Abaddon's Gate

              June 27, 2018

                Season 3 Episode 13

                Holden and his allies must stop Ashford and his team from destroying the Ring, and perhaps all of humanity.

              • Fight or Flight

                Fight or Flight

                April 11, 2018

                  Season 3 Episode 1

                  The Rocinante crew deals with the fallout over Naomi's betrayal while caught in the middle of the war between Earth and Mars while Avasarala and Bobbie hatch an escape plan.

                • Reload


                  May 9, 2018

                    Season 3 Episode 4

                    The Rocinante tends to wounded Martian soldiers in exchange for supplies. Avasarala struggles with how to disseminate a key piece of evidence despite being in hiding.

                  • IFF


                    April 18, 2018

                      Season 3 Episode 2

                      The Rocinante answers an unexpected distress signal. Bobbie and Avasarala find themselves being hunted by a mysterious captor. UN Secretary-General Sorrento-Gillis brings in a colleague from his past to lend an ear during this crucial time of war.

                    • Godspeed


                      February 15, 2017

                        Season 2 Episode 4

                        Miller devises a dangerous plan to eradicate what's left of the protomolecule on Eros.

                      • It Reaches Out

                        It Reaches Out

                        May 30, 2018

                          Season 3 Episode 8

                          An old friend taunts Holden with the answers he seeks. Naomi struggles to fit in. A mysterious low-level tech aboard the Thomas Prince enacts a terrifying plan.

                        • Immolation


                          May 16, 2018

                            Season 3 Episode 6

                            The final battle between Earth and Mars threatens the very future of humanity. A new monster is unleashed on Prospero Station. Anna receives the smoking gun she needs.

                          • Leviathan Wakes 

                            Leviathan Wakes 

                            February 2, 2016

                              Season 1 Episode 10

                              Avasarala uncovers a game-changing secret while the future of the human race might be in Holden and Miller's hands.

                            •  Nemesis Games

                              Nemesis Games

                              February 3, 2021

                                Season 5, Episode 10

                                Holden and the Roci face off against Marco's forces and Drummer, while Alex and Bobbie attempt a dangerous rescue of Naomi, and the balance of power in the Solar System shifts.

                              • CQB


                                December 29, 2015

                                  Season 1 Episode 4 

                                  Holden and crew find themselves in the middle of a desperate battle while still aboard the Martian battleship. Miller’s partner, Havelock, goes missing.

                                • Triple Point

                                  Triple Point

                                  May 9, 2018

                                    Season 3 Episode 5

                                    The search for Prax's daughter comes to a head. Admiral Souther's men plan for mutiny aboard the Agatha King

                                  • Doors & Corners

                                    Doors & Corners

                                    February 1, 2017

                                      Season 2 Episode 2

                                      With the help of Fred Johnson and the OPA, Miller, Holden and the crew stage a raid for information on the protomolecule. On Earth, Avasarala learns a truth about Fred Johnson.

                                    • Caliban's War

                                      Caliban's War

                                      April 19, 2017

                                        Season 2, Episode 13

                                        The Roci crew must fight to save the ship.

                                      • Oyedeng


                                        January 13, 2021

                                          Season 5, Episode 7

                                          Naomi makes a desperate attempt to save her son from Marco. On the Roci, Holden battles for the last sample of protomolecule.

                                        • Churn


                                          December 16, 2020

                                            Season 5, Episode 2

                                            Holden and Fred deal with infiltrators on Tycho. Drummer's past comes back to haunt her. Amos returns to Baltimore. Alex and Bobbie's investigation on Mars leads to rogue soldiers.

                                          • The Monster and the Rocket

                                            The Monster and the Rocket

                                            April 12, 2017

                                              Season 2 Episode 12

                                              A discovery pushes Naomi and Holden apart and sets the Rocinante crew against each other.

                                            • Assured Destruction

                                              Assured Destruction

                                              April 25, 2018

                                                Season 3 Episode 3

                                                As Earth strategizes a costly ploy to gain advantage in the war against Mars, Anna struggles to convince Sorrento-Gillis to do the right thing. Avasarala and Bobbie seek refuge aboard the Rocinante.

                                              • Winnipesaukee


                                                January 27, 2020

                                                  Season 5, Episode 9

                                                  Amos, Clarissa, and a gang of thieves work together to leave Earth. Avasarala tries to head off a brutal military strike. Drummer's new family bonds are tested as Naomi's life hangs in the balance.

                                                • Intransigence


                                                  June 6, 2018

                                                    Season 3 Episode 9

                                                    The Rocinante seeks a new gameplan as they attempt to avoid capture. Melba's true motives are revealed. Naomi is torn between identity and ideal. Anna seeks a way to stay aboard the Thomas Prince.

                                                  • Critical Mass 

                                                    Critical Mass 

                                                    February 2, 2016

                                                      Season 1 Episode 9

                                                      Julie's origin story ends up revealing her trajectory. Holden and Miller work together as they take a look at a strange emergency happening on Eros.