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The Best Episodes of Under the Dome

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

A small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. While military forces, the government and the media positioned outside of this surrounding barrier attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside attempt to figure out what the dome is, where it came from, and when (and if) it will go away.

Genres:DramaMysterySci-Fi & Fantasy
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "Under the Dome" is "Pilot", rated 7.6/10 from 2807 user votes. It was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and written by Brian K. Vaughan. "Pilot" aired on 6/24/2013 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Exigent Circumstances".

  • Pilot
    7.6/10 2,807 votes

    #1 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-06-24

    The residents of Chester's Mill find themselves trapped under an enormous, transparent dome. Panic escalates as resources dwindle rapidly.

    Director: Niels Arden Oplev

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

  • Exigent Circumstances
    7.5/10 1,553 votes

    #2 - Exigent Circumstances

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-09-09

    While the manhunt for Barbie continues, Big Jim gets the residents of Chester’s Mill riled up and the town demands justice for all of Barbie’s supposed crimes. Meanwhile, Joe and Norrie must find a new hiding place for the mini dome.

    Director: Peter Leto

    Writer: Caitlin Parrish, Adam Stein

  • Going Home
    7.5/10 1,180 votes

    #3 - Going Home

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-08-11

    As Barbie descends further into the mysterious tunnel in hope of finding Sam, he comes across a world filled with unanswered questions.

    Director: David Barrett

    Writer: Peter Calloway

  • The Red Door
    7.5/10 1,128 votes

    #4 - The Red Door

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-08-25

    Barbie is apprehended by mysterious men and relentlessly interrogated about the Dome; Big Jim forms a deal that could permanently seal the fate of the Chester's Mill residents.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson, Adam Stein

  • Blue on Blue
    7.4/10 1,689 votes

    #5 - Blue on Blue

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-07-22

    The Chester's Mill residents receive an unexpected visit from their loved ones on the other side. Meanwhile, the community braces for a threat from outside the Dome.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

  • Imperfect Circles
    7.2/10 1,602 votes

    #6 - Imperfect Circles

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-08-05

    Big Jim takes matters into his own hands when he feels his authority slipping away, and the Dome displays its power when a life is taken just as a newborn arrives.

    Director: Miguel Sapochnik

    Writer: Caitlin Parrish

  • Speak of the Devil
    7.2/10 1,439 votes

    #7 - Speak of the Devil

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-09-02

    Big Jim turns the town against Barbie when the truth about his past is revealed. Meanwhile, Maxine makes it personal when she confronts Barbie’s closest ally.

    Director: David Barrett

    Writer: Scott Gold

  • Heads Will Roll
    7.2/10 1,590 votes

    #8 - Heads Will Roll

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-06-30

    Barbie's life is in Big Jim's hands; the dome becomes magnetized; Julia tries to save the life of a mysterious girl who may have clues about the origin of the dome.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Stephen King

  • Awakening
    7.2/10 1,077 votes

    #9 - Awakening

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-08-18

    Barbie turns to his father for help contacting Julia but realizes that he may not be trustworthy; Big Jim declares himself sheriff of Chester's Mill.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Daniel Truly, Andres Fischer-Centeno

  • The Fire
    7.1/10 2,054 votes

    #10 - The Fire

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2013-07-01

    Following Duke's death, his house catches fire, forcing the town to rally together to form a bucket brigade. Elsewhere, Junior ambushes Barbie, while Dodee and Phil pick up a military frequency.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Rick Cleveland

  • Outbreak
    7.1/10 1,702 votes

    #11 - Outbreak

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-07-15

    The people of Chester's Mill panicked state when a meningitis outbreak hits the community, threatening the already scarce supply of drugs. Meanwhile, Julia continues to seek answers to her husband's disappearance

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: Peter Calloway

  • The Endless Thirst
    7.1/10 1,596 votes

    #12 - The Endless Thirst

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-07-29

    When the town begins to run low on water, the residents of Chester's Mill begin to fight for the remaining resources. Meanwhile, Julia discovers a strange connection that two of the town's residents have with the Dome.

    Director: Kari Skogland

    Writer: Soo Hugh

  • Thicker Than Water
    7.1/10 1,508 votes

    #13 - Thicker Than Water

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-08-12

    Junior stands up to his father and is shattered when he discovers the truth about his mother's past. Meanwhile, Julia learns firsthand the powers of the "mini dome."

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Adam Stein

  • The Fourth Hand
    7.1/10 1,503 votes

    #14 - The Fourth Hand

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-08-19

    Barbie and Big Jim realize their lives are more intertwined than they knew when a mysterious woman makes an appearance in Chester's Mill.

    Director: Roxann Dawson

    Writer: Daniel Truly

  • Curtains
    7.1/10 1,633 votes

    #15 - Curtains

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2013-09-16

    Secrets of the Dome are revealed and Big Jim is determined to put an end to Barbie once and for all. Meanwhile, Junior, Angie, Joe and Norrie discover who the Monarch is after receiving a shocking visit from a familiar face.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Gold

  • The Fall
    7.1/10 1,075 votes

    #16 - The Fall

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-09-01

    Big Jim finally learns what happened to his wife, Pauline; Chester's Mill faces a new threat -- climate change.

    Director: Eriq La Salle

    Writer: Alexandra McNally, Mark Bruner

  • Ejecta
    7.1/10 862 votes

    #17 - Ejecta

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2015-07-30

    As the world outside the Dome is rocked by a catastrophic meteor shower, unexpected alliances form inside the barrier. Eva tries to indoctrinate Barbie deeper into The Kinship and Big Jim and Julia turn to one another while isolated on Bird Island outside of town. Also, Joe is forced to accept help from Sam, the man who killed his sister.

    Director: David Barrett

    Writer: Peter Calloway

  • Let the Games Begin
    6.9/10 1,484 votes

    #18 - Let the Games Begin

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-08-26

    Julia uncovers the truth about her husband's disappearance and unravels some of Chester's Mill's darkest secrets. Meanwhile, Maxine shows Barbie how she plans to take control of the town.

    Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan

    Writer: Peter Calloway, Andres Fischer-Centeno

  • Revelation
    6.9/10 1,127 votes

    #19 - Revelation

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2014-07-21

    Rebecca and Big Jim consider extreme measures as the conditions worsen in Chester's Mill; clues about Melanie's connection to the dome are revealed.

    Director: Holly Dale

    Writer: Alexandra McNally

  • Manhunt
    6.8/10 1,829 votes

    #20 - Manhunt

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-07-08

    When a former deputy goes rogue, Big Jim recruits Barbie to join the manhunt to keep the town safe. Meanwhile, Junior is determined to escape the Dome by going underground.

    Director: Paul A. Edwards

    Writer: Adam Stein

  • Force Majeure
    6.8/10 1,182 votes

    #21 - Force Majeure

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-07-14

    Big Jim conducts a census to see how long the town can survive on dwindling resources; acid rain threatens everyone.

    Director: Peter Leto

    Writer: Adam Stein

  • In the Dark
    6.8/10 1,092 votes

    #22 - In the Dark

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-08-04

    A cave-in severs Barbie and Sam's path back to Chester's Mill during their investigation of a mysterious tunnel; a dust storm rages through the town, as Big Jim and Julia face off in a power struggle.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Caitlin Parrish

  • Black Ice
    6.8/10 1,041 votes

    #23 - Black Ice

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-09-08

    Rebecca and Sam try to save Chester's Mill residents as temperatures plunge; Barbie puts his life at risk to help Julia after a terrible accident.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Peter Calloway, Adam Stein

  • Go Now
    6.8/10 1,173 votes

    #24 - Go Now

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-09-22

    Just as the walls start to close in on those trapped in Chester's Mill, a possible exit from the dome is revealed.

    Director: Jack Bender

    Writer: Caitlin Parrish, Cathryn Humphris

  • Plan B
    6.8/10 801 votes

    #25 - Plan B

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-08-13

    Big Jim and Julia devise plans to end Christine’s control over the town by initiating a life-or-death plot involving Barbie and Eva, while Joe and Norrie conduct research to better understand the Dome’s ultimate agenda. Meanwhile, Hunter finds more information about the true head of Aktaion, the nefarious private corporation that wants to harness the Dome’s energy.

    Director: Eriq La Salle

    Writer: Mark Bruner, Tim Schlattmann