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The Best Episodes of Extant

Every episode of Extant ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Extant!

An astronaut returns home from a year long solo mission in space. She tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDrama
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "Extant" is "The Greater Good", rated 7.7/10 from 283 user votes. It was directed by Adam Kane and written by Elizabeth Kruger, Craig Shapiro. "The Greater Good" aired on 9/9/2015 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Ascension".

  • The Greater Good
    7.7/10 283 votes

    #1 - The Greater Good

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-09-09

    Molly and JD frantically race to the hybrids to stop a Humanich plot that will destroy the human race. Also, Lucy has a shocking realization about the GSC that forces her to question her allegiance and put Ethan at risk.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Elizabeth Kruger, Craig Shapiro

  • Ascension
    7.6/10 510 votes

    #2 - Ascension

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-09-17

    Molly returns to space in an attempt redirect the Seraphim away from Earth and protect the world’s population from the deadly spores. Also, John discovers that Odin's plan has put Ethan in terrible danger.

    Director: Miguel Sapochnik

    Writer: Mickey Fisher

  • Double Vision
    7.6/10 250 votes

    #3 - Double Vision

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-09-09

    Molly reveals disturbing new details about Shepherd’s death to the GSC, and Lucy makes a powerful move against the humans and hybrids that could have devastating global repercussions.

    Director: Christine Moore

    Writer: Leslie Bohem

  • Arms and the Humanich
    7.5/10 277 votes

    #4 - Arms and the Humanich

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-08-12

    Molly tries to save her son following a raid on the hybrid compound and JD tries to rescue his daughter from Shepherd. Elsewhere, Lucy becomes a bigger threat to humans.

    Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

    Writer: Gavin Johannsen

  • Nightmares
    7.4/10 483 votes

    #5 - Nightmares

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-08-13

    Molly uncovers top-secret footage that reveals the real reason the ISEA chose her for the solo space mission. Meanwhile, Ethan experiences his first dream, an unforeseen event for which he was not programmed; and Julie connects with a mysterious man she meets at a gym.

    Director: Adam Arkin

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • Incursion
    7.4/10 445 votes

    #6 - Incursion

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-08-20

    When Molly learns that her baby is alive, she sets out with Kern and Kryger to devise a plan to intercept the baby before Sparks and Yasumoto can relocate him. Meanwhile, John struggles to keep up with Ethan’s rapid development.

    Director: Paul McCrane

    Writer: Gavin Johannsen

  • Re-Entry
    7.3/10 843 votes

    #7 - Re-Entry

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-07-09

    Astronaut Molly Woods tries to reconnect with her husband, John, and son, Ethan, after returning from a 13-month solo mission in outer space. Molly’s mystifying experiences in space lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history.

    Director: Allen Coulter

    Writer: Mickey Fisher

  • Extinct
    7.3/10 689 votes

    #8 - Extinct

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-07-16

    After Molly collapses and experiences a vision of her encounter on the Seraphim, Sam agrees to give her an ultrasound so she can learn more about her mysterious pregnancy. Also, Molly tracks down Kryger and he reveals the disturbing details of his own solo mission that the International Space Exploration Agency (ISEA) is keeping secret.

    Director: Matt Earl Beesley

    Writer: Leslie Bohem

  • Wish You Were Here
    7.3/10 575 votes

    #9 - Wish You Were Here

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-07-23

    Molly has to decide if she is going to reveal her pregnancy to John after he confronts her about her distant behavior. Meanwhile, John and Molly face parents who are suspicious of Ethan when he goes to school for the first time.

    Director: Holly Dale

    Writer: Mickey Fisher

  • What on Earth Is Wrong?
    7.3/10 507 votes

    #10 - What on Earth Is Wrong?

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-08-06

    John begins to doubt Molly's mental state when the validity of her pregnancy is questioned. Meanwhile, Ethan suffers a serious setback, and John and Julie disagree over how to care for him.

    Director: Dan Lerner

    Writer: Peter Ocko

  • More in Heaven and Earth
    7.3/10 462 votes

    #11 - More in Heaven and Earth

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-08-20

    Convinced the agency has her baby, Molly is determined to find out where. Meanwhile, John discovers new and startling advancements in Ethan's programming, and Kern holds Kryger hostage in an attempt to recover the incriminating video he stole from the ISEA. When Molly learns that her baby is alive, she sets out with Kern and Kryger to devise a plan to intercept the baby before Sparks and Yasumoto can relocate him. Meanwhile, John struggles to keep up with Ethan’s rapid development.

    Director: Christine Moore

    Writer: Vanessa Reisen

  • Change Scenario
    7.3/10 389 votes

    #12 - Change Scenario

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2015-07-01

    Six months after her life unraveled and dark secrets were revealed, Molly is confined to a psychiatric hospital when she learns of bizarre deaths that sound eerily similar to those she witnessed in space. When she escapes to investigate, she crosses paths with JD Richter, a determined cop who just signed on to the case.

    Director: Dan Lerner

    Writer: Elizabeth Kruger, Craig Shapiro

  • Morphoses
    7.3/10 320 votes

    #13 - Morphoses

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-07-08

    Molly and J.D. discover another pregnant woman who is suffering from inexplicable and fatal symptoms. Meanwhile, Molly begins to question her own mental stability. Julie struggles with Ethan's rebellion.

    Director: Christine Moore

    Writer: Mickey Fisher

  • Cracking the Code
    7.3/10 278 votes

    #14 - Cracking the Code

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2015-07-22

    As Molly works to create a virus that will eradicate alien hybrids, she discovers that aliens are trying to communicate with humans through a hidden message in their DNA. Also, Lucy helps Ethan run away from Charlie in order to help him recover memories of his mother, Molly.

    Director: P.J. Pesce

    Writer: Tom Pabst

  • The New Frontier
    7.3/10 267 votes

    #15 - The New Frontier

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-07-29

    Molly discovers Ethan is alive and sets out to get her son back. Also, suspicions about John’s death cause JD to investigate Julie’s potential involvement.

    Director: Christine Moore

    Writer: Gianna Sobol

  • Don't Shoot the Messenger
    7.3/10 245 votes

    #16 - Don't Shoot the Messenger

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-08-26

    Following a near-death experience, Molly has a harrowing vision she can’t shake. Also, Shepherd's loyalty to the Global Space Commission is called into question.

    Director: Dan Lerner

    Writer: Tom Pabst

  • Zugzwang
    7.3/10 241 votes

    #17 - Zugzwang

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-09-02

    Molly, JD and Ethan track down John’s mysterious former colleague who may hold the key to stopping the Humanich threat. Also, Julie enlists Charlie on a mission to find out where Lucy’s orders are coming.

    Director: Kenneth Fink

    Writer: Mickey Fisher

  • Before the Blood
    7.2/10 436 votes

    #18 - Before the Blood

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-09-10

    When Molly finally comes face-to-face with her offspring, she realizes she may be the only one who can stop the coming danger. Meanwhile, Julie uncovers grave secrets about Odin.

    Director: David Solomon

    Writer: Peter Ocko

  • The Other
    7.2/10 258 votes

    #19 - The Other

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-08-05

    Molly and JD try to convince Shepherd to broker a peace between humans and hybrids. Meanwhile, Lucy tries to manipulate Charlie’s feelings to put him in a compromising position.

    Director: Adam Kane

    Writer: Mike Werb

  • Shelter
    7.1/10 524 votes

    #20 - Shelter

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-07-30

    After Sparks attempts to quarantine Molly, she and her family seek refuge on a remote island with her estranged father, Quinn. When the agency closes in on their whereabouts, Ethan is exposed to grave danger. Meanwhile, Yasumoto experiments with a strange and deadly substance.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Greg Walker

  • You Say You Want an Evolution
    7.1/10 251 votes

    #21 - You Say You Want an Evolution

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-08-05

    Molly panics when she discovers she is changing physically – the question is into what, and whether she can reverse what’s happening to her. Also, JD’s ex-wife, Dorothy, shows up suddenly on his doorstep to discuss their daughter.

    Director: Kevin Dowling

    Writer: Pam Davis

  • Empathy for the Devil
    7.0/10 274 votes

    #22 - Empathy for the Devil

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-07-15

    Molly finally learns the frightening truth about what happened to her son. Also, Julie’s decision to erase Ethan’s memory has disturbing consequences.

    Director: Dan Lerner

    Writer: Leslie Bohem

  • Care and Feeding
    6.9/10 439 votes

    #23 - Care and Feeding

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-08-27

    When Sparks falls under the influence of the vision of his deceased daughter, he flees with Molly’s baby to a remote location. Now, Yasumoto and Molly must rely on each other to track down the offspring.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: Mickey Fisher

  • A New World
    6.9/10 413 votes

    #24 - A New World

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-09-03

    As the offspring’s powers grow, Molly learns of Yasumoto’s painful path to immortality. When Sparks starts to have doubts about the mission, Anya takes charge. Meanwhile, Odin tries to secretly access Ethan’s circuitry.

    Director: Kevin Dowling

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • The Other Side
    6.9/10 262 votes

    #25 - The Other Side

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-08-19

    As Molly succumbs to the virus, long forgotten memories surface. Also, Julie is confronted with hard choices and the Hybrids seek revenge.

    Director: Kevin Dowling

    Writer: Leslie Bohem