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The Best Episodes of The Transformers

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

The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects.

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The best episode of "The Transformers" is "War Dawn", rated 8.4/10 from 160 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by David Wise. "War Dawn" aired on 12/24/1985 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Starscream's Brigade".

  • War Dawn
    8.4/10 160 votes

    #1 - War Dawn

    Season 2 Episode 44 - Aired 1985-12-24

    Some Aerialbots start to have doubts about their cause, some have started to admire Megatron, and are thinking of switching sides. They get pulled into a time warp, and end up on Cybertron, before the current war began. They'll discover more about Megatron, and the origin of one of their own.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Wise

  • Starscream's Brigade
    8.2/10 155 votes

    #2 - Starscream's Brigade

    Season 2 Episode 47 - Aired 1986-01-06

    Failing to topple Megatron, an exiled Starscream plans his revenge. He uses World War II era machines and five personality components to create the Combaticons, which prove very powerful in their Bruticus form.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Michael Charles Hill

  • The Return of Optimus Prime (2)
    8.1/10 148 votes

    #3 - The Return of Optimus Prime (2)

    Season 3 Episode 30 - Aired 1987-02-25

    Optimus Prime is back and leads a team to Charr to retrieve the ship alloy from Galvatron. Galvatron guides them to it's location, but they confront a couple dangers and must fend off infected Transformers. Optimus and SkyLynx are the only ones not infected and barely get away with the alloy. The alloy is used to safeguard Optimus from the Hate Plague for his battle against Rodimus as the Matrix is the key to the cure.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Marv Wolfman, Cherie Dee Wilkerson

  • The Key to Vector Sigma (1)
    8.0/10 135 votes

    #4 - The Key to Vector Sigma (1)

    Season 2 Episode 39 - Aired 1985-11-24

    The Decepticons acquire the Key that will give them access to Vector Sigma. After using Vector Sigma, they find the Key is also capable of making organics turn into machines. Megatron prepares to use it against Earth and The Autobots will need new allies in this battle, but their creation will come at a high price.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Wise

  • The Key to Vector Sigma (2)
    7.9/10 132 votes

    #5 - The Key to Vector Sigma (2)

    Season 2 Episode 40 - Aired 1985-11-25

    The Decepticons acquire the Key that will give them access to Vector Sigma. After using Vector Sigma, they find the Key is also capable of making organics turn into machines. Megatron prepares to use it against Earth and The Autobots will need new allies in this battle, but their creation will come at a high price.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Wise

  • Dark Awakening
    7.9/10 152 votes

    #6 - Dark Awakening

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 1986-09-30

    On the run from Galvatron, Spike, Daniel and several Autobots enter a mausoleum and find a surprisingly not dead Optimus Prime. This would be cause for great excitement among Autobots. Unfortunately, however, Optimus is really under Quintesson control and is being used in a plan against his friends.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Antoni Zalewski

  • The Return of Optimus Prime (1)
    7.9/10 153 votes

    #7 - The Return of Optimus Prime (1)

    Season 3 Episode 29 - Aired 1987-02-24

    While testing a new ship alloy, Jessica Morgan and Gregory Swafford (who hates Transformers) stumbled upon the ship Optimus Prime was on and saved him. Some time afterward, Jessica gets hurt in a battle between Protectobots, Technobots and Terrorcons, causing her father and Gregory to plot revenge. They use Optimus to lure the Autobots into a trap, getting them infected with Hate Spores which make them go berserk. As the infection spreads, Sky Lynx seeks out a Quintesson that could bring Optimus back to life.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Marv Wolfman, Cherie Dee Wilkerson

  • The Secret of Omega Supreme
    7.8/10 131 votes

    #8 - The Secret of Omega Supreme

    Season 2 Episode 29 - Aired 1985-11-05

    Omega Supreme reveals his past to Optimus Prime, which involves a city's destruction, Megatron and Constructicons.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Wise

  • A Plague of Insecticons
    7.7/10 202 votes

    #9 - A Plague of Insecticons

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1984-12-29

    The Decepticons discovers an old type of Decepticons, the Insecticons. They will ally to destroy the Autobots, who will have to face them in another great battle.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Doug Booth

  • Desertion of the Dinobots (1)
    7.7/10 138 votes

    #10 - Desertion of the Dinobots (1)

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 1985-10-20

    Both Autobots and Decepticons are facing tough times as they are in need of the element called Cybertonium. The Decepticons quickly get as much as they need, but the only way for the Autobots to get it is to rely on The Dinobots, who have been unaffected by all this. However, the Dinobots have been getting annoyed with The Autobots lately and leave them.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Earl Kress

  • Desertion of the Dinobots (2)
    7.7/10 138 votes

    #11 - Desertion of the Dinobots (2)

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 1985-10-21

    Both Autobots and Decepticons are facing tough times as they are in need of the element called Cybertonium. The Decepticons quickly get as much as they need, but the only way for the Autobots to get it is to rely on the Dinobots, who have been unaffected by all this. However, the Dinobots have been getting annoyed with the Autobots lately and leave them.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Earl Kress

  • The Search for Alpha Trion
    7.7/10 127 votes

    #12 - The Search for Alpha Trion

    Season 2 Episode 32 - Aired 1985-11-11

    Elita-1, leader of a group of female Autobots causing trouble for the Decepticons, is captured and used as bait to lure Optimus Prime into a deadly trap. However, Elita-1's strange time manipulation technique saves him, but leaves her close to death. Her only chance for survival lies in Alpha Trion.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Beth Bornstein

  • The Revenge of Bruticus
    7.7/10 124 votes

    #13 - The Revenge of Bruticus

    Season 2 Episode 48 - Aired 1986-01-07

    Seeking revenge against Autobot and Decepticon alike, the Combaticons hijack the Space Bridge and use it to alter Earth's orbit, putting it on a collision course with the Sun. With the only means to get off-world damaged in battle, Optimus Prime and Megatron must race against time to stop the Combaticons before the Earth is destroyed.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Larry Strauss

  • Transport to Oblivion
    7.6/10 392 votes

    #14 - Transport to Oblivion

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 1984-10-06

    The Decepticons have managed to construct a device that, once successfully tested, will allow them to travel to Cybertron. Later, they use a reprogrammed Bumblebee to make sure the Autobots walk into an ambush.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Bryce Malek, Dick Robbins

  • Divide and Conquer
    7.6/10 280 votes

    #15 - Divide and Conquer

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 1984-10-20

    A battle with the Decepticons leaves Optimus Prime damaged. Several Autobots journey to Cybertron to retrieve a vital part that will help repair him, but the Decepticons take advantage of the situation and launch an attack.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Donald F. Glut

  • Heavy Metal War
    7.6/10 189 votes

    #16 - Heavy Metal War

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1984-12-15

    The Constructicons, recently created for the Decepticons, have built a device to give Megatron the powers and skills of his soldiers. All this is to give him the advantage in a challenge he issues to Optimus Prime. And if Optimus loses, he and the Autobots must leave Earth.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Donald F. Glut

  • Dinobot Island (2)
    7.6/10 152 votes

    #17 - Dinobot Island (2)

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1985-09-26

    The Decepticons' tampering on the island creates openings to other times, allowing all sorts of things from various times to arrive in the present. The Autobots race to reverse this before it's too late and to stop the Decepticon plot. But in the end, their best hope may be the Dinobots.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Donald F. Glut

  • Microbots
    7.6/10 146 votes

    #18 - Microbots

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1985-10-06

    The Decepticon ship that shot down the Ark has been found and Megatron manages to find a component containing great power. With this power a danger to everyone, Perceptor, Bumblebee and Brawn shrink down and journey through Megatron's body to get it away from the Decepticon leader.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Wise

  • Megatron's Master Plan (1)
    7.6/10 141 votes

    #19 - Megatron's Master Plan (1)

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1985-10-13

    Megatron and a politician team up to slander the image of the Autobots.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Donald F. Glut

  • Megatron's Master Plan (2)
    7.6/10 142 votes

    #20 - Megatron's Master Plan (2)

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1985-10-14

    While Megatron and Shawn Berger enjoy Decepticon Day in Central City, Spike tries to find video evidence that proves the Autobots are innocent!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Donald F. Glut

  • The Five Faces of Darkness (4)
    7.6/10 129 votes

    #21 - The Five Faces of Darkness (4)

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 1986-09-17

    Galvatron learns what has been going on recently and meets up with the Quintessons. Rodimus again looks for answers, discovering the bitter history between Quintessons and Transformers. The Quintessons created the Transformers, but their creations rebelled against them. And the Quintessons are eager to exact revenge.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Flint Dille

  • The Five Faces of Darkness (5)
    7.6/10 127 votes

    #22 - The Five Faces of Darkness (5)

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 1986-09-18

    The Constructions use the newly created Trypticon to battle Metroplex, who is still unable to transform, on Earth. Sky Lynx tries to get the needed cog for Metroplex, which is with Blurr and Wheelie, but gets into a fight of his own. The Autobots and Decepticons continue fighting on Cybertron, until the Quintessons manage to immobilize them, leaving only Spike to save the day.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Flint Dille

  • Call of the Primitives
    7.6/10 124 votes

    #23 - Call of the Primitives

    Season 3 Episode 26 - Aired 1986-11-17

    The evil Primacron plans to use an energy being named Tornadron to defeat the Transformers and help in his universal conquest. Meanwhile, the animal form Transformers leave during a battle between Autobots and Decepticons upon getting a strange signal. The signal was apparently sent by Primacron's own assistant, who believes this group of ""Primitives"" can defeat Primacron.

    Director: Eiji Suganuma

    Writer: Donald F. Glut

  • Roll for It
    7.5/10 299 votes

    #24 - Roll for It

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1984-10-13

    Starscream is now in charge of the Decepticons, but all he does is lead them to defeat in battle against the Autobots. But things are about to get much worse when Megatron returns, setting his sights on a new and powerful anti-matter formula.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Doug Booth

  • The Ultimate Doom: Search (2)
    7.5/10 215 votes

    #25 - The Ultimate Doom: Search (2)

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1984-11-10

    Natural disasters plague Earth as The Autobots attempt to stop Megatron's plan. A team of Autobots and Spike head for Cybertron to save Sparkplug, but they could be heading straight for a trap.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Doug Booth, Bryce Malek, Dick Robbins, Earl Kress