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The Best Episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Every episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles!

The series picks up four years after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day with John and Sarah Connor trying to stay under-the-radar from the government, as they plot to destroy the computer network, Skynet, in hopes of preventing Armageddon.

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The best episode of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" is "Born to Run", rated 8.9/10 from 1603 user votes. It was directed by Jeffrey G. Hunt and written by Josh Friedman. "Born to Run" aired on 4/10/2009 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Adam Raised a Cain".

  • Born to Run
    8.9/10 1,603 votes

    #1 - Born to Run

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2009-04-10

    Fate is changed forever on the explosive season finale episode! The Connors come face-to-face with Weaver in a confrontation that shakes John to the core and changes his reality. Nothing will be the same.

    Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt

    Writer: Josh Friedman

  • Adam Raised a Cain
    8.5/10 1,065 votes

    #2 - Adam Raised a Cain

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2009-04-03

    When John attempts to rescue Skynet’s latest target he finds himself closing in on Weaver, but at what cost? Game plans change, causing Sarah and Ellison to reunite. Meanwhile, Weaver learns Ellison’s secrets.

    Director: Charles Beeson

    Writer: Toni Graphia

  • Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today
    8.3/10 1,007 votes

    #3 - Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2008-11-10

    Cromartie kidnaps Sarah and races to Mexico to find John. When Derek, Cameron and Ellison discover what has happened, they come to their defense, which leads to one final deadly confrontation with Cromartie.

    Director: Michael Nankin

    Writer: Daniel T. Thomsen

  • Today Is the Day (2)
    8.3/10 958 votes

    #4 - Today Is the Day (2)

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2009-03-20

    Jesse's submarine mission in the future takes a fatal turn with unforeseen consequences. Back in the present, her plan to turn John against Cameron backfires when John discovers that Jesse--not Cameron--killed Riley and he makes a life-or-death decision.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller

  • What He Beheld (2)
    8.2/10 1,192 votes

    #5 - What He Beheld (2)

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-03-03

    Sarah finds herself in a business transaction with a mysterious business man named Sarkissian, who claims to be in possession of the stolen Turk computer system and wants an exorbitant amount of money for it. Derek recalls his childhood before the so-called Judgement Day in 2011, when a nuclear war triggered by Skynet will destroy the world. Agent Ellison finally discovers that the terminator Cromartie is impersonating an FBI agent, and makes arrangements to apprehend him.

    Director: Mike Rohl

    Writer: Ian B. Goldberg

  • Samson and Delilah
    8.1/10 1,187 votes

    #6 - Samson and Delilah

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-09-08

    After the Jeep explosion, John's 16th birthday makes him confront the fact that he's destined to be alone. Meanwhile, after Cromartie's massacre, Agent Ellison must face off against both the Feds and his faith.

    Director: David Nutter

    Writer: Josh Friedman

  • Self Made Man
    7.9/10 988 votes

    #7 - Self Made Man

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2008-12-01

    Cameron learns that a terminator was accidentally sent back to 1920s Los Angeles, and she tries to find out what happened to him. Meanwhile, John has a run-in with a group of punks while taking Riley home from a party.

    Director: Holly Dale

    Writer: Toni Graphia

  • Queen's Gambit
    7.8/10 1,112 votes

    #8 - Queen's Gambit

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-02-11

    Sarah reevaluates the capabilities of her friend Andy's computer after he enters it in a chess competition. During the competition Sarah meets a stranger with a history similar to hers. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison finds remnants from a past terminator battle.

    Director: Matt Earl Beesley

    Writer: Natalie Chaidez

  • The Demon Hand
    7.8/10 1,110 votes

    #9 - The Demon Hand

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-02-25

    Sarah breaks into Agent Ellison's apartment and discovers a file on her from her time at the mental hospital, leading her to Dr. Silberman, now a doomsday convert. Meanwhile Cameron signs up for a ballet class and John finds out how his mom escaped the mental hospital.

    Director: Charles Beeson

    Writer: Toni Graphia

  • Allison from Palmdale
    7.8/10 1,053 votes

    #10 - Allison from Palmdale

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-09-29

    A software glitch causes Cameron to forget who she is. She goes missing from the Connors and is taken in by a street kid named Jody. Cameron and Jody end up at a halfway house where Cameron meets with a social worker who uncovers some of Cameron’s distant memories. Meanwhile, Catherine Weaver meets with Agent Ellison to discuss his future at Zeira Corp, and Ellison does some digging into Weaver’s past.

    Director: Charles Beeson

    Writer: Toni Graphia

  • To the Lighthouse
    7.8/10 876 votes

    #11 - To the Lighthouse

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-03-27

    Sarah and John hit the road without Cameron and Derek to stay with Charley Dixon, where she reveals to Charley that her cancer may have emerged. Meanwhile, a computer worm infects John Henry.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Natalie Chaidez

  • Dungeons & Dragons
    7.7/10 1,122 votes

    #12 - Dungeons & Dragons

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-02-18

    Flashing in and out of consciousness, fighting for his life Derek Reese recalls his future life battling the machines in 2027. Meanwhile, Sarah tries to explain the past to Charley.

    Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt

    Writer: Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller

  • The Mousetrap
    7.7/10 918 votes

    #13 - The Mousetrap

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2008-09-22

    Derek and Sarah must outwit Cromartie after he kidnaps Charley's wife, and they must weigh the consequences in rescuing her. Meanwhile, John finds himself unable to choose between Cameron and Riley.

    Director: Bill Eagles

    Writer: John Wirth

  • Goodbye to All That
    7.7/10 946 votes

    #14 - Goodbye to All That

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-10-06

    John and Derek infiltrate a military academy in order to protect an integral member of the future resistance. Meanwhile, Weaver’s first assignment for Ellison takes an interesting turn of events when he discovers a specter from his own past.

    Director: Bryan Spicer

    Writer: Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller

  • Today Is the Day (1)
    7.7/10 882 votes

    #15 - Today Is the Day (1)

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2009-03-13

    As the Connors prepare to move, they find out that Riley is dead, and Sarah begins to doubt Cameron's motives. Jesse flashes back to a submarine mission in the future, and John Henry plays hide and seek with Catherine Weaver's daughter.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller

  • Pilot
    7.6/10 1,857 votes

    #16 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-01-13

    After two years in one spot Sarah Connor feels the need to move on before they get too comfortable. They move to a new city where John starts school and meets a mysterious girl. However, danger strikes, and Sarah and John are caught in another struggle for their survival.

    Director: David Nutter

    Writer: Josh Friedman

  • Vick's Chip (1)
    7.6/10 1,048 votes

    #17 - Vick's Chip (1)

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2008-03-03

    Derek finds the brain chip from Vick that Cameron had kept. John builds an interface for it and they discover a computerized traffic system is important to Skynet. Sarah decides it must be sabotaged. Meanwhile, Cromartie is checking through school records in search of John.

    Director: J. Miller Tobin

    Writer: Daniel T. Thomsen

  • The Tower Is Tall but the Fall Is Short
    7.6/10 863 votes

    #18 - The Tower Is Tall but the Fall Is Short

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-10-20

    While Sarah, John and Cameron track another name from their list, they accidentally cross paths with T-1001. Meanwhile, a woman who Derek once knew in the past surprises him by appearing in the present.

    Director: Tawnia McKiernan

    Writer: Denise Thé

  • Brothers of Nablus
    7.6/10 862 votes

    #19 - Brothers of Nablus

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-11-03

    The Connors find themselves on high alert and in odd company after their house is robbed. A Terminator terrorizes Ellison, while another gets dangerously close to John Connor. Derek and Jesse continue to get reacquainted.

    Director: Milan Cheylov

    Writer: Ian B. Goldberg

  • Ourselves Alone
    7.6/10 847 votes

    #20 - Ourselves Alone

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 2009-03-06

    While Derek does surveillance on a lawyer he suspects may be connected to Skynet, Sarah and Cameron begin to have doubts about Riley.

    Director: Jeff Woolnough

    Writer: Daniel T. Thomsen, Toni Graphia

  • The Turk
    7.5/10 1,247 votes

    #21 - The Turk

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2008-01-21

    Sarah visits Miles Dyson's widow to find the creator of Skynet. She leads her to a man named Andy Goode who used to work with Dyson and is building a chess-playing computer named "The Turk." John and Cameron try their best to fit in on their first day at a new high school.

    Director: Paul A. Edwards

    Writer: John Wirth

  • Automatic for the People
    7.5/10 958 votes

    #22 - Automatic for the People

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2008-09-15

    Sarah and Cameron investigate a nuclear power plant; John grows less enthusiastic about academics but flourishes socially with the help of a new friend; Catherine Weaver gets another piece of the puzzle for her pet project.

    Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt

    Writer: Natalie Chaidez

  • Complications
    7.5/10 859 votes

    #23 - Complications

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-11-17

    Sarah finds that the strange dreams she's been having while she sleeps are slowly beginning to creep into her waking life, but she has no idea what the dreams mean for her and John. Derek and Jesse investigate a possible Skynet conspirator.

    Director: Steven DePaul

    Writer: John Wirth, Ian B. Goldberg

  • Gnothi Seauton
    7.4/10 1,364 votes

    #24 - Gnothi Seauton

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2008-01-14

    Sarah makes contact with an old friend to ask a favor, while John decides to pay a visit to Sarah's ex and Cameron makes a new friend. Together they infiltrate a resistance safe house and discover they are not alone. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison realizes that Sarah is still alive and a dangerous person from Sarah's past is reawakened.

    Director: David Nutter

    Writer: Josh Friedman

  • Heavy Metal
    7.4/10 1,161 votes

    #25 - Heavy Metal

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-02-04

    While searching for some stolen cargo, John becomes separated from Sarah and Cameron. Meanwhile, Agent Ellison's murder investigation leads him to a surprising suspect.

    Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

    Writer: John Enbom