TV episodes The Best Thunderbirds Episodes  

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List of the best Thunderbirds episodes, as determined by voters like you. This British sci-fi show used marionette puppets as characters, giving it a creepy effect similar to Team America. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Thunderbirds episodes of all time are. Fans of Thunderbirds 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. Episodes include everything from Edge of Impact to The Perils of Penelope. What is the best Thunderbirds episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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Trapped in the Sky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Trapped in the Sky Sep 30 1965 International Rescue makes its debut when an enemy nicknamed the Hood sabotages the new Fireflash plane. Can International Rescue save the 600 passengers on the plane or would their first ...more

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Terror in New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Terror in New York City Oct 21 1965 While on their way back to Tracy Island from extinguishing an oil well fire, Scott and Virgil inadvertently cross paths with the Sentinel, a new naval strike vessel. Mistaking Thunderbird 2 for ...more

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The Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
The Uninvited Dec 02 1965 Scott Tracy was returning home from a mission when he was attacked. He was recused by some lost explorers and Scott was soon home. However the exploeres get themselves lost and calls out for ...more

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Pit of Peril is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
WilliamTiley added Pit of Peril Oct 07 1965 In a faraway jungle, the US Army has just finished three weeks of successful testing for the Sidewinder, a new transport vehicle. However, the congratulatory pats on the back prove a bit ...more

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Operation Crash-Dive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Operation Crash-Dive Dec 16 1965 Fireflash has two mysterious disappearnces. The third time, International Rescue volunteers to aide in the testing of the Fireflash crash. But problems arise when communcations go out. Will ...more

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City of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
WilliamTiley added City of Fire Jan 06 1966 A car singlehandly creates a huge fire making a tower collapse trapping a small family inside. Sounds like another day for International Rescue right? Wrong. The suits they had been testing ...more

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Sun Probe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Sun Probe Dec 09 1965 A trip to the sun! How exciting! But disaster strucks and three astronauts are on a collision course with the sun! Thunderbird 3 is launched immediatly and made a successful rescue attempt but ...more

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The Cham-Cham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
The Cham-Cham Mar 24 1966 "The Cham-Cham" is the 25th episode of Thunderbirds, a British 1960s Supermarionation television series co-created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. One of the final instalments of series ...more

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Attack of the Alligators! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Attack of the Alligators! Mar 10 1966 At the request of two scientists with a business proposal, Mr. Blackmar heads deep into an alligator-infested swamp to learn about a revolutionary new drug. Derived from a rare plant that grows ...more

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End of the Road is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
End of the Road Nov 25 1965 Only days away from monsoon season, Eddie Houseman's construction company is racing against time to complete a mountain road and fulfill a contract. With the end seemingly in sight, Eddie sets ...more

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Atlantic Inferno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Atlantic Inferno Oct 02 1966 After attending a ceremony to mark the beginning of road construction through an Australian mountain, Lady Penelope retreats to the comfort of her nearby farm to tend to her sheep. She has no ...more

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30 Minutes After Noon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added 30 Minutes After Noon Nov 11 1965 "30 Minutes After Noon" is the seventh episode of the 1960s Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds. Written by Alan Fennell and directed by David Elliott, it first aired in ...more

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Day of Disaster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Day of Disaster Nov 04 1965 Despite pounding rain and gale force wind, Allington Bridge, swaying back and forth, seems to be holding up in the face of a violent storm. When the storm finally dies down, work crews are ...more

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The Perils of Penelope is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
The Perils of Penelope Oct 14 1965 Sir Jeremy Hodge -- without whom Brains could not have built any of International Rescue's vehicles -- has just finished his latest project, converting seawater into fuel. Sir Jeremy has little ...more

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Path of Destruction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Path of Destruction Oct 09 1966 A South American construction project is nearly under way, and the final testing of the newly invented Crablogger -- a powerful forest-clearing machine -- has proven successful. To celebrate the ...more

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Danger at Ocean Deep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Danger at Ocean Deep Feb 03 1966 Ocean Pioneer I, the world's most modern tanker, encounters a strange mist and suddenly explodes while transporting its cargo, killing its three-man crew. Six months later, its disappearance is ...more

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Ricochet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Ricochet Oct 30 1966 Just when it seems Alan and Brains will have to endure another story about the good old days of space exploration, Jeff Tracy is distracted by what Tin Tin considers music. Jeff may be a little ...more

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The Man From MI.5 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added The Man From MI.5 Jan 20 1966 Seemingly without a care in the world, a man relaxes aboard his yacht in the Mediterranean. Other than the five bullets he takes from a mysterious scuba diver that sneaks onto the vessel, life ...more

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Edge of Impact is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Edge of Impact Oct 28 1965 The Hood is back and again up to no good, this time ordered by the evil general for whom he works to destroy the Red Arrow, a state-of-the-art fighter jet and the only thing standing between his ...more

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Vault of Death is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Vault of Death Dec 23 1965 Lord Sulton, an offical with the Bank of London, has enlisted Lady P and her trusted Servant Parker to help orve that their safe needs to be modernized. Though a reformed safecracker, Parker's ...more

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Move and You're Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Move and You're Dead Feb 10 1966 Alan is back into the racing game! But is not very welcomed. A jealous car racer got him and his grandma trapped on a bridge. Problem? Well look at the episode title and you'll see what it ...more

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Lord Parker's 'Oliday is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Lord Parker's 'Oliday Oct 23 1966 Lady Penelope and Parker are off on vacation, invited by a small Italian village to join in on a historic celebration. Thanks to a remarkable invention by a local scientist, the town is set to ...more

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Brink of Disaster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Brink of Disaster Feb 24 1966 Late for an appointment in her library, Lady Penelope must resort to drastic measures to shake two persistent gunmen in hot pursuit of FAB 1. With only a fireball in her rearview mirror, ...more

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Alias Mr. Hackenbacker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Alias Mr. Hackenbacker Oct 16 1966 Growing tired of the massive explosions that follow crashes or faulty landings, the airline industry has taken drastic measures to prevent any future accidents. Enter Hiram K. Hackenbacker, also ...more

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Thunderbirds Are Go! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Thunderbirds Are Go! Dec 12 1966 The manned exploration mission taking place aboard Zero X comes to a halt when the plane crashes during liftoff. Two years later a committee deduces that sabotage was the reason for this; and ...more

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The Mighty Atom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
The Mighty Atom Dec 30 1965 The Hood sabotages a nuclear plant.

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The Duchess Assignment is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
The Duchess Assignment Feb 17 1966 "The Duchess Assignment" is the 21st episode of the 1960s Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds. Written by Martin Crump and directed by David Elliott, it first aired in the ...more

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The Imposters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added The Imposters

After being framed for stolen classified papers, the Tracy family must get find the imposters before they are found by the world security patrol.  They received help from an unlikely agent a hill-billy named Jeremiah.

Broadcast: 13th January 1966
Episode Number: 16

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Thunderbird 6 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Thunderbird 6 Jul 29 1968 Jeff Tracy kicks Brains pretty close to the edge by demanding a new Thunderbird, Thunderbird 6. He repeatedly rejects each of Brains' designs, but at least he gets further with an airline ...more

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Desperate Intruder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Desperate Intruder Nov 18 1965 Taking a much-needed break from their rigorous schedules, Brains and Tin Tin set off on a working vacation in the Middle East, where they'll be assisting a renowned professor with the recovery ...more

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Martian Invasion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Martian Invasion Mar 17 1966 Two skeptical police officers responding to reports of a flying saucer are quickly made believers when Martians chase them into a cave and begin filling it with a mysterious gas. Is the planet ...more

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Cry Wolf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Cry Wolf Jan 27 1966 Scott Tracy is off to Australia to save a young boy that has fallen over the side of a cliff and is now trapped on a ledge, his leg broken. By the time Tracy has landed, however, the boy has ...more

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The Impostors is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
The Impostors Season 1 Episode 19: When the Ocean Pioneer tanker inexplicably explodes, Brains investigates the cause. With some help from Lady Penelope, he discovers it to be a chemical reaction between the cargo of liquid Alsterene and OD60, which is found in the sea. International Rescue set out to save the crew of the ill-fated Ocean Pioneer II.

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Give or Take a Million is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Give or Take a Million Dec 25 1966 Christmastime is rapidly approaching, and board members of the Coralville Children's Hospital are meeting to discuss ways to bring joy to the young patients' lives. They are also discussing ways ...more

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Move - And You're Dead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
Move - And You're Dead Season 1 Episode 9: International Rescue's security is jeopardised when Tin-Tin's close friend Eddie Houseman, who recently visited Tracy Island, takes drastic action to save his road-construction company's threatened contract.

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Security Hazard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Thunderbirds Episodes
James Bennett added Security Hazard Mar 31 1966 International Rescue has just wrapped up another successful mission, helping to extinguish an out-of-control blaze and pulling the men trapped by it from the bottom of a shaft. The mission ...more