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The Best Episodes of Foundation

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

Follow a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDrama
Network:Apple TV+

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The best episode of "Foundation" is "Long Ago, Not Far Away", rated 9.2/10 from 3411 user votes. It was directed by Roxann Dawson and written by Jane Espenson, Eric Carrasco. "Long Ago, Not Far Away" aired on 9/7/2023 and is rated 0.5 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Last Empress".

  • Long Ago, Not Far Away
    9.2/10 3,411 votes

    #1 - Long Ago, Not Far Away

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2023-09-07

    Dusk and Enjoiner Rue learn Demerzel's origin and true purpose. Tellem's plans for Gaal take a dark turn. On Terminus, Day confronts Dr. Seldon.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Jane Espenson, Eric Carrasco

  • The Last Empress
    8.7/10 2,475 votes

    #2 - The Last Empress

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2023-08-31

    Enjoiner Rue confides in Dusk about her distrust of Demerzel. Hober Mallow pulls a daring move. Day sets course for Terminus and the Foundation.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Liz Phang, Addie Manis, Bob Oltra

  • Creation Myths
    8.7/10 2,413 votes

    #3 - Creation Myths

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2023-09-14

    Gaal, Salvor, and Hari chart a new path forward on Ignis. Demerzel heads to Trantor, taking actions that will change Empire forever.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: David S. Goyer, Liz Phang

  • The Emperor's Peace
    8.1/10 6,412 votes

    #4 - The Emperor's Peace

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2021-09-23

    Gaal Dornick leaves her life in Synnax behind when the galaxy’s greatest mathematician, Hari Seldon, invites her to Trantor.

    Director: Rupert Sanders

    Writer: Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer

  • The Missing Piece
    7.9/10 3,352 votes

    #5 - The Missing Piece

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2021-11-04

    Brother Day embarks on a journey that no other Cleon has ever attempted. Salvor prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to return home.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Sarah Nolen

  • The First Crisis
    7.9/10 3,135 votes

    #6 - The First Crisis

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2021-11-11

    On Terminus, Salvor witnesses how powerful the null field has become. Brother Dawn makes a daring choice.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Victoria Morrow

  • Why the Gods Made Wine
    7.9/10 1,915 votes

    #7 - Why the Gods Made Wine

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2023-08-17

    Day and Queen Sareth make an announcement. Tellem sows seeds of distrust between Gaal and Hari. Hober Mallow reaches his destination.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: David S. Goyer, Jane Espenson

  • A Necessary Death
    7.9/10 1,882 votes

    #8 - A Necessary Death

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2023-08-24

    Salvor begins to question the Mentalics' motives. Hober Mallow’s proposal to the Spacers meets resistance. Brothers Constant and Poly stand trial.

    Director: Mark Tonderai

    Writer: Eric Carrasco, David Kob

  • The Leap
    7.8/10 3,270 votes

    #9 - The Leap

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2021-11-18

    An unexpected ally helps Salvor broker an alliance. A confrontation between the Brothers leads to unthinkable consequences.

    Director: David S. Goyer

    Writer: Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer

  • Where the Stars Are Scattered Thinly
    7.5/10 1,817 votes

    #10 - Where the Stars Are Scattered Thinly

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2023-08-03

    Queen Sareth and Dawn share a moment as she tries to learn more about Day. Brothers Constant and Poly bring Hober Mallow to Terminus.

    Director: Mark Tonderai

    Writer: David S. Goyer, Leigh Dana Jackson

  • The Sighted and the Seen
    7.5/10 1,720 votes

    #11 - The Sighted and the Seen

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2023-08-10

    Gaal, Salvor, and Hari arrive on Ignis and meet the source of the strange signal they've been tracking. Dawn and Dusk are suspicious of Day.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: Jane Espenson, Joelle Garfinkel

  • Mysteries and Martyrs
    7.4/10 3,183 votes

    #12 - Mysteries and Martyrs

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2021-10-29

    The Anacreons and their hostages board the fabled Invictus warship. The bond between Brother Dawn and Azura intesifies.

    Director: Jennifer Phang

    Writer: Caitlin Saunders

  • In Seldon's Shadow
    7.3/10 2,414 votes

    #13 - In Seldon's Shadow

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2023-07-13

    Hari finds himself trapped in a mysterious prison. An assassination attempt leaves Day shaken. Gaal and Salvor devise an escape plan.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: David S. Goyer, Jane Espenson

  • Preparing to Live
    7.2/10 5,216 votes

    #14 - Preparing to Live

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2021-09-23

    The Foundation makes the long journey to Terminus as Gaal and Raych grow closer. The Empire faces a difficult decision.

    Director: Andrew Bernstein

    Writer: Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer

  • Barbarians at the Gate
    7.2/10 3,717 votes

    #15 - Barbarians at the Gate

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2021-10-08

    Salvor faces off with an enemy of the Empire. Brothers Day and Dusk are at odds, while Brother Dawn wrestles with his truth.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: Lauren Bello

  • Upon Awakening
    7.2/10 3,611 votes

    #16 - Upon Awakening

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-10-14

    A flashback reveals the origin of Gaal’s conflict between faith and science. The standoff on Terminus takes an unfortunate turn.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: Leigh Dana Jackson

  • King and Commoner
    7.2/10 2,122 votes

    #17 - King and Commoner

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2023-07-27

    The Empire recruits Bel Riose to investigate the resurgent Foundation. Hari leads Gaal and Salvor to a desert planet.

    Director: David S. Goyer

    Writer: Jane Espenson, Leigh Dana Jackson

  • A Glimpse of Darkness
    7.1/10 2,101 votes

    #18 - A Glimpse of Darkness

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2023-07-20

    Gaal has a disturbing vision. Day’s bond with Queen Sareth grows stronger. The Vault opens and reveals a cryptic message.

    Director: David S. Goyer

    Writer: David S. Goyer, Jane Espenson

  • The Mathematician's Ghost
    6.9/10 4,414 votes

    #19 - The Mathematician's Ghost

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2021-10-01

    Brother Dusk reflects on his legacy as he prepares for ascension. The Foundation arrives on Terminus and finds a mysterious object.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: Olivia Purnell

  • Death and the Maiden
    6.9/10 3,394 votes

    #20 - Death and the Maiden

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-10-21

    Brother Day meets Zephyr Halima—a would-be leader who opposes the Empire. Brother Dusk grows suspicious of Brother Dawn.

    Director: Jennifer Phang

    Writer: Marcus Gardley