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The Best Episodes of Jericho

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

Jericho is an American action/drama series that centers on the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States.

Genres:Action & AdventureDramaMysteryWestern
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "Jericho" is "Why We Fight", rated 8.6/10 from 902 user votes. It was directed by Sanford Bookstaver and written by Jonathan E. Steinberg, Carol Barbee. "Why We Fight" aired on 5/9/2007 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Patriots and Tyrants".

  • Why We Fight
    8.6/10 902 votes

    #1 - Why We Fight

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2007-05-09

    The battle with New Bern ensues, with Jericho residents out-manned and out-gunned, but not outsmarted. Jericho gains the upper hand but suffers a significant casualty. A friend of Jake's sends help from an unexpected source.

    Director: Sanford Bookstaver

    Writer: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Carol Barbee

  • Patriots and Tyrants
    8.6/10 862 votes

    #2 - Patriots and Tyrants

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-03-25

    Jake and Hawkins have one chance to expose the conspiracy behind the Cheyenne government to the independent Texas administration. However, getting there proves to be the most difficult part of their plan.

    Director: Seith Mann

    Writer: Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • Oversight
    8.3/10 717 votes

    #3 - Oversight

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-03-04

    Hawkins receives a call on from someone who knows who he is, where he is and lets Hawkins know exactly when he'll be caught. Meanwhile, tragedy strikes.

    Director: Steve Gomer

    Writer: Robert Levine

  • Termination for Cause
    8.3/10 702 votes

    #4 - Termination for Cause

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-03-11

    Jake and the Rangers take on Goetz and Ravenwood while a Jericho Ranger makes a choice that will alter his life. Meanwhile, an old friend comes to warn Heather that her loyalties to Major Beck have placed her in serious danger.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A.K.A.
    8.2/10 741 votes

    #5 - A.K.A.

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2007-04-11

    Jake finds that Hawkins has not been honest with the residents of Jericho about his past and holds him at gunpoint for answers.

    Director: Sanford Bookstaver

    Writer: Robbie Thompson

  • Coalition of the Willing
    8.2/10 758 votes

    #6 - Coalition of the Willing

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-05-02

    The residents of Jericho and New Bern fight over precious resources and Gray must make a tough decision after the streets of Jericho are bombed.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Josh Schaer, Frank Military

  • Semper Fidelis
    8.0/10 757 votes

    #7 - Semper Fidelis

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-03-14

    After a company of Marines show up, the town of Jericho has hopes that life will finally start to return to normal. However, their behavior raises Jake's and Johnston's suspicions.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Stephen Scaia, Matthew Federman

  • One If By Land
    8.0/10 726 votes

    #8 - One If By Land

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-04-25

    The hostility mounts between the citizens of Jericho and New Bern. A handful of residents of New Bern are shot and injured after getting caught trying to steal from the Jericho salt mine.

    Director: Seith Mann

    Writer: Joy Gregory

  • Sedition
    8.0/10 676 votes

    #9 - Sedition

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-03-18

    Following the Rangers' decision to take justice into their own hands, Major Beck goes to extreme measures to prove he's in complete control of the town, while Hawkins receives a call from Chavez telling him that it's time to transport the bomb.

    Director: Scott Peters

    Writer: Carol Barbee

  • The Day Before
    7.9/10 791 votes

    #10 - The Day Before

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-02-21

    The lives of Jake and Hawkins are explored during this flashback episode. This episode begins 36 hours before the bombs went off. Sarah is introduced and is associated to Hawkins. Jake had been living in San Diego.

    Director: Matt Earl Beesley

    Writer: Mike Kelley

  • Casus Belli
    7.9/10 707 votes

    #11 - Casus Belli

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2007-04-18

    Jake believes something more is wrong after Eric doesn’t return from New Bern. Jake and Hawkins go to New Bern and discover that Jericho is in danger.

    Director: Steven DePaul

    Writer: Karen Hall

  • Jennings & Rall
    7.9/10 704 votes

    #12 - Jennings & Rall

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2008-02-26

    The deadly Hudson River virus hits the area and a vaccine is being withheld from the citizens by a government official. Jake and the Rangers find a way to protect Jericho.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Joy Gregory

  • Rogue River
    7.8/10 819 votes

    #13 - Rogue River

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2006-11-08

    Jake and Eric head out of Jericho to the nearby town of Rogue River to try and acquire some medicine for their father. While the brothers are at the hospital they encounter a combative group of individuals who call themselves Ravenwood. The brothers find that they’re trapped and must find a way back to Jericho.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Stephen Scaia, Matthew Federman

  • Reconstruction
    7.8/10 796 votes

    #14 - Reconstruction

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-02-12

    Following the battle of New Bern, Jericho begins the rebuilding process, while the Cheyenne government shows a particular interest in the town. While the dispute between Jericho and New Bern is being sorted out by the Cheyenne government, Heather returns. Meanwhile, an old friend of Rob comes to Jericho.

    Director: Steve Boyum

    Writer: Jonathan E. Steinberg, Carol Barbee

  • Condor
    7.8/10 718 votes

    #15 - Condor

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2008-02-19

    Jericho gets ready for a very important visitor from the new Cheyenne government. Meanwhile, Hawkins and Chavez work to find the new leaderships secrets.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Stephen Scaia, Matthew Federman

  • Pilot
    7.7/10 1,288 votes

    #16 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-09-20

    After a nuclear disaster caused by several terrorist attacks wipes out most of North America, residents of a small Kansas town have to come to terms with a very different reality.

    Director: Jon Turteltaub

    Writer: Stephen Chbosky

  • Black Jack
    7.7/10 759 votes

    #17 - Black Jack

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-02-28

    Jake, his dad, Heather and Dale visit Black Jack to try and find the parts needed to fix the windmill. Sarah goes home with Hawkins against the rest of his family's wishes.

    Director: Helen Shaver

    Writer: Dan Stolz, Jonathan E. Steinberg

  • Vox Populi
    7.6/10 773 votes

    #18 - Vox Populi

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-11-29

    Some of the residents of Jericho are concerned that Gray's actions may actually make Gray the new mayor. In other news, Mitchell claims that Jonah is the killer under much speculation.

    Director: James Whitmore Jr.

    Writer: Carol Barbee

  • Heart of Winter
    7.6/10 755 votes

    #19 - Heart of Winter

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2007-03-07

    While on a hunting trip outside of Jericho, Jake, Stanley and Mimi find themselves in a dangerous situation when they run into some strangers. Meanwhile, Hawkins realizes that his family is in danger because of him. Emily and Roger work on their relationship.

    Director: Steve Gomer

    Writer: Nancy Won

  • Winter's End
    7.6/10 750 votes

    #20 - Winter's End

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2007-03-28

    After April collapses and goes into early labor, Jake makes Kenchy face his problems so that they can save April. The wind turbine arrives from New Bern but Heather does not return. Jericho makes a deal with New Bern to send ten of their people to New Bern to make more wind turbines as long as New Bern receives a percentage of their spring crop.

    Director: Kevin Dowling

    Writer: Frank Military

  • One Man's Terrorist
    7.6/10 722 votes

    #21 - One Man's Terrorist

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2007-04-04

    Roger gets desperate after Gray kicks the refugees out of Jericho. Dale and Skylar collect on some debts. Hawkins continues his quest to find Sarah's contacts. Meanwhile, Hawkins begins the process of finding who's coming after him.

    Director: Christine Moore

    Writer: Mike Ostrowski, Stephen Chbosky

  • Fallout
    7.5/10 980 votes

    #22 - Fallout

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-09-27

    The fallout from the nuclear blast in Denver will hit Jericho in an hour and Jake has to get the residents inside. The official shelter is not adequate and Jake must find another shelter to protect them. Emily faces troubles of her own while being picked up by who she thinks are two officers.

    Director: Jon Turteltaub

    Writer: Stephen Chbosky

  • Crossroads
    7.5/10 792 votes

    #23 - Crossroads

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-15

    The residents of Jericho receive a visit from a group of questionable outsiders and they realize that they need to form a plan to keep the outsiders out. Emily has a dream about her wedding morning to Roger. She wakes up and realizes that he is probably dead.

    Director: Paul McCrane

    Writer: Robert Levine

  • Red Flag
    7.5/10 753 votes

    #24 - Red Flag

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-11-22

    Supplies are dropped by air into Jericho and the Green's and Hawkins think that they know where they came from. Jonah Prowse returns to Jericho causing even more trouble.

    Director: Martha Mitchell

    Writer: Mike Ostrowski

  • Walls of Jericho
    7.4/10 869 votes

    #25 - Walls of Jericho

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-10-11

    Jake finds a stranger who is sick with radiation poisoning and he must make a decision whether or not to help him. The hospital’s generator is running out of gas and the residents find that their supplies are also running low.

    Director: Martha Mitchell

    Writer: Ellie Herman