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The Best Episodes of Lost

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

Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.

Genres:MysteryAction & AdventureDrama
Network:ABC

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The best episode of "Lost" is "Through the Looking Glass (1)", rated 9.7/10 from 13308 user votes. It was directed by Jack Bender and written by Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse. "Through the Looking Glass (1)" aired on 5/23/2007 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Through the Looking Glass (2)".

  • Through the Looking Glass (1)
    9.7/10 13,308 votes

    #1 - Through the Looking Glass (1)

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2007-05-23

    The season 3 finale finds the castaways preparing for an invasion by the slightly less mysterious Others, while Charlie and Desmond find more than they were looking for in the underwater "Looking Glass Hatch".

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Through the Looking Glass (2)
    9.7/10 1,227 votes

    #2 - Through the Looking Glass (2)

    Season 3 Episode 23 - Aired 2007-05-23

    The season 3 finale finds the castaways preparing for an invasion by the slightly less mysterious Others, while Charlie and Desmond find more than they were looking for in the underwater "Looking Glass Hatch".

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • The Constant
    9.7/10 14,958 votes

    #3 - The Constant

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-02-28

    Sayid and Desmond hit a bit of turbulence on the way to the freighter, which causes Desmond to experience some unexpected side effects.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Live Together, Die Alone (1)
    9.4/10 8,440 votes

    #4 - Live Together, Die Alone (1)

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2006-05-24

    After discovering something odd just offshore, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. At the same time there will be an answer to the question of where Michael has been and resolution of him and Walt. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch. Lastly, Desmond returns and he sheds some more light on his experience on the island in the three years prior to when Locke came down into that hatch.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Live Together, Die Alone (2)
    9.4/10 1,060 votes

    #5 - Live Together, Die Alone (2)

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 2006-05-24

    After discovering something odd just offshore, Jack and Sayid come up with a plan to confront "The Others" and hopefully get Walt back. Meanwhile, Eko and Locke come to blows as Locke makes a potentially cataclysmic decision regarding the "button" and the hatch.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Pilot (1)
    9.2/10 12,761 votes

    #6 - Pilot (1)

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-09-22

    Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic. Some pin their hopes on rescue. A few find inner strength they never knew they had-like Kate who, with no medical training, suddenly finds herself suturing the doctor's wounds. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain. But the intense howls of mysterious creatures stalking the jungle fill them all with fear. Fortunately, thanks to the calm leadership of quick-thinking Jack and level-headed Kate, they have hope. But even heroes have secrets, as the survivors will come to learn.

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Writer: Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

  • Exodus (2)
    9.2/10 7,767 votes

    #7 - Exodus (2)

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2005-05-25

    The castaways on the raft are surprised at sea by something unexpected. Meanwhile, remaining islanders attempt to blow open the hatch, and a visitor to the encampment might be a threat to Claire's infant son.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • The Man Behind the Curtain
    9.2/10 7,081 votes

    #8 - The Man Behind the Curtain

    Season 3 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-05-09

    Ben unwillingly divulges information to Locke about the island, taking him on a journey to various locations including strange monuments and the mysterious Jacob. Back at the beach, Juliet's secret is revealed. Flashbacks will show us the origins of DHARMA and the history of the island, including 'the purge.'

    Director: Bobby Roth

    Writer: Drew Goddard, Elizabeth Sarnoff

  • There's No Place Like Home (2)
    9.2/10 6,963 votes

    #9 - There's No Place Like Home (2)

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-05-29

    The face-off between the survivors and the freighter people continues, and the Oceanic Six find themselves closer to rescue.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • The Incident (2)
    9.2/10 4,975 votes

    #10 - The Incident (2)

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 2009-05-13

    Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Ab Aeterno
    9.2/10 7,726 votes

    #11 - Ab Aeterno

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-03-23

    Richard Alpert's back story is shown: In 1867, he is brought to the island on the Black Rock as a slave. He makes a deal with Jacob to be his representative in exchange for immortality. In the present day, Hurley convinces him to help the candidates replace Jacob and stop the Man in Black from leaving the Island.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: Greggory Nations, Melinda Hsu Taylor

  • Pilot (2)
    9.1/10 9,793 votes

    #12 - Pilot (2)

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-09-29

    Having escaped the "creature" and retrieved the plane transceiver, a group of the survivors travel to higher ground so they can transmit a signal. En route, they receive a mysterious transmission and encounter another of the island's inhabitants. Meanwhile, back at camp, Jack tends to a wounded man who reveals a secret about Kate.

    Director: J.J. Abrams

    Writer: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

  • Man of Science, Man of Faith
    9.1/10 7,502 votes

    #13 - Man of Science, Man of Faith

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-09-21

    Jack, Locke and Kate explore the mysterious hatch but Jack decides to wait before going down into the hatch. Kate and Locke aren't so patient. When Shannon chases after Vincent the dog, she encounters a familiar face in the jungle.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof

  • Flashes Before Your Eyes
    9.1/10 7,275 votes

    #14 - Flashes Before Your Eyes

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2007-02-14

    After Desmond rescues Claire from drowning, Charlie gets Hurley to help him find out why Desmond has seemed able to predict the future. Desmond recalls exactly what took place in the moments after he turns the key, where he experienced a strange vision of his life prior to his Army days.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof

  • The Man from Tallahassee
    9.1/10 6,498 votes

    #15 - The Man from Tallahassee

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-03-21

    When Kate and Locke arrive at the Others' camp, Ben promises to tell Locke the island's secrets as long as he stops his destructive plan, and Kate's reunion with Jack doesn't go very well when she learns that the Others have offered him a deal. More of Locke's troubled past is revealed.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Drew Goddard, Jeff Pinkner

  • Greatest Hits
    9.1/10 7,094 votes

    #16 - Greatest Hits

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-05-16

    While Jack devises a plan to do away with "The Others" once and for all, Sayid uncovers a flaw in "The Others'" system that could lead to everyone's rescue. But it requires Charlie to take on a dangerous task that may make Desmond's premonition come true. A Charlie-centric episode.

    Director: Stephen Williams

    Writer: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis

  • The Incident (1)
    9.1/10 6,957 votes

    #17 - The Incident (1)

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2009-05-13

    Jack's decision to put a plan in action in order to set things right on the island is met with some strong resistance by those close to him, and Locke assigns Ben a difficult task.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Walkabout
    9.0/10 8,789 votes

    #18 - Walkabout

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-10-13

    The survivors are jolted awake in the middle of the night when wild island beasts (which are wild boars) invade the beach encampment. Kate and Michael join the mysterious Locke on a hunt for food -- and a shocking secret about Locke is revealed. On the hunt for food someone is injured. Meanwhile, some survivors are horrified by Jack's plan for the dead bodies still scattered among the wreckage -- he wants to burn them. Jack sees someone that's not there, and we find out that one of the survivors was not able to walk but now he can.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: David Fury

  • Numbers
    9.0/10 7,195 votes

    #19 - Numbers

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2005-03-02

    When Hurley becomes obsessed with the French woman and heads into the jungle to find her, Jack, Sayid and Charlie have no choice but to follow. Hurley flashes back to the hugely life-altering experience he had before boarding the plane.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: David Fury, Brent Fletcher

  • Deus Ex Machina
    9.0/10 7,026 votes

    #20 - Deus Ex Machina

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2005-03-30

    Locke thinks he's being sent a sign on how to get the hatch open, and he and Boone venture inland. Jack is reluctant to offer assistance when Sawyer begins to experience excruciating headaches and needs glasses.

    Director: Robert Mandel

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Exodus (1)
    9.0/10 7,082 votes

    #21 - Exodus (1)

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2005-05-18

    The French woman-Danielle Rousseau-shocks the survivors by showing up to the camp with a dire warning about "the Others" who are on the island, and the black smoke that precedes them. Meanwhile, Michael and Jin ready the raft for sailing. In flashbacks, we see the survivors final moments before they boarded their fateful flight.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • Lockdown
    9.0/10 6,232 votes

    #22 - Lockdown

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 2006-03-29

    When the hatch suddenly takes on a life of its own, Locke is forced to enlist the help of an unlikely ally to control the matter. Meanwhile, Ana Lucia, Sayid and Charlie go off into the jungle to find out the truth about Henry Gale and see if there really is balloon craft out there in the jungle that carried him and his wife to the island.

    Director: Stephen Williams

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • The Brig
    9.0/10 6,367 votes

    #23 - The Brig

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2007-05-02

    After abandoning the Others, Locke takes Sawyer on a trek through the jungle to help him eliminate a common enemy. Meanwhile, back at the beach, the parachutist Naomi has crucial information about flight 815.

    Director: Eric Laneuville

    Writer: Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

  • The Shape of Things to Come
    9.0/10 6,341 votes

    #24 - The Shape of Things to Come

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-04-24

    Jack tries to discover the identity of a body that has washed ashore. Meanwhile, Locke's camp is attacked by Ben's adversaries.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Drew Goddard, Brian K. Vaughan

  • Do No Harm
    8.9/10 6,826 votes

    #25 - Do No Harm

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2005-04-06

    Jack tends to a severely wounded Boone after Locke returns him to the caves. In the confusion, Locke slips away to deal with his guilt over the crisis. Meanwhile, Claire unexpectedly goes into labor while deep in the forest.

    Director: Stephen Williams

    Writer: Janet Tamaro