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The Best Episodes of Virgin River

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

After seeing an ad for a midwife, a recently divorced big-city nurse moves to the redwood forests of California, where she meets an intriguing man.


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The best episode of "Virgin River" is "The Long Goodbye", rated 8.3/10 from 391 user votes. It was directed by Andy Mikita and written by Sue Tenney, Amy Palmer Robertson. "The Long Goodbye" aired on 7/20/2022 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Blown Away".

  • The Long Goodbye
    8.3/10 391 votes

    #1 - The Long Goodbye

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2022-07-20

    Mel and Jack finally receive the results they've been waiting on. Lizzie organizes a send-off for Ricky before speaking to Denny about his secret.

    Director: Andy Mikita

    Writer: Sue Tenney, Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Blown Away
    8.2/10 601 votes

    #2 - Blown Away

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2020-11-27

    Mel tracks down Brady to find out more about Spencer. Hope answers Doc's question. Preacher makes a life-changing decision.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Sue Tenney

  • Father Christmas
    8.2/10 230 votes

    #3 - Father Christmas

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2023-11-30

    Shocking news and unexpected gifts are in store on Christmas Eve as couples and families come together despite their differences.

    Director: Gail Harvey

    Writer: Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith

  • Trial by Fire
    8.1/10 285 votes

    #4 - Trial by Fire

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2023-09-07

    As danger closes in, Jack, Hope and other residents take action. A discovery puts Mel on edge. Brie sees a friendly face after a tense day in court.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith

  • Heroes Rise
    8.1/10 279 votes

    #5 - Heroes Rise

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2023-09-07

    Mel and Jack race to bring Ava and Chloe to safety. As the crisis intensifies, Brady defies Preacher, while Hope proposes a plan to save Virgin River.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Thomas Ian Griffith, Mary Page Keller

  • Into the Light
    8.0/10 690 votes

    #6 - Into the Light

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-12-06

    A storm causes a town power outage and everybody gets together at Jack's bar. Mel grapples with her revelation. Preacher investigates Paige.

    Director: Gail Harvey

    Writer: Debra Fordham

  • Labor Day
    8.0/10 255 votes

    #7 - Labor Day

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2023-09-07

    Tensions escalate as Brady, Jack and Mike get caught in the crosshairs of an illicit scheme. More surprises emerge for Mel, Denny and Preacher.

    Director: Andy Mikita

    Writer: Jackson Sinder

  • Everybody Has a Secret
    7.9/10 660 votes

    #8 - Everybody Has a Secret

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Hope urges Jack to read Charmaine's letter. Preacher confronts Paige with his new knowledge. Mel and Doc work together on a pressing case.

    Director: Tim Matheson

    Writer: Sue Tenney, Jackson Rock

  • Unexpected Endings
    7.9/10 738 votes

    #9 - Unexpected Endings

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Charmaine tells a stunned Jack to make a decision while Mel is left reeling and Hope is filled with guilt. Meanwhile, Paige opens up to Preacher.

    Director: Tim Matheson

    Writer: Sue Tenney, Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Once Again
    7.9/10 309 votes

    #10 - Once Again

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2022-07-20

    Vernon and Hope argue about seeking in-home care, Mel confronts Cameron about his odd behavior, and Jack gets his glamping Airstream up and running.

    Director: Andy Mikita

    Writer: Sue Tenney, Jackson Rock, Jackson Sinder

  • If Truth Be Told
    7.8/10 652 votes

    #11 - If Truth Be Told

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Preacher happens upon a secret. Mel's memories threaten to overwhelm her. Jack has a sincere talk with Charmaine about their relationship.

    Director: Gail Harvey

    Writer: Patrick Moss

  • Hazards Ahead
    7.8/10 497 votes

    #12 - Hazards Ahead

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2020-11-27

    Mel searches desperately for Jack, who has stumbled upon disturbing news. Jamie makes Preacher an enticing job offer. Hope questions Doc's loyalty.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Calculated Risk
    7.8/10 277 votes

    #13 - Calculated Risk

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2023-09-07

    Mel makes an exception for a former patient. Brie opens up to Brady. Preacher meets a charming firefighter. Jack goes mountain climbing with Denny.

    Director: Felipe Rodriguez

    Writer: Talia Gonzalez

  • ... and Found
    7.7/10 751 votes

    #14 - ... and Found

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Mel considers being a temporary foster parent to Chloe while grappling with her own grief. Jack works to convince her to stay in Virgin River.

    Director: Andy Mikita

    Writer: Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Under Fire
    7.7/10 693 votes

    #15 - Under Fire

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Under pressure, Mel and Jack respond to a medical emergency on a remote illegal pot farm. Charmaine and Hope exchange words.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Debra Fordham

  • Let's Mingle
    7.7/10 683 votes

    #16 - Let's Mingle

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Mel gets a surprise visitor just in time for the town's big dance party. Jack continues to suffer flashbacks from his time in the military.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Bombshells
    7.7/10 311 votes

    #17 - Bombshells

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2022-07-20

    Mel deals with the aftermath of Jack's disappearance while also getting troubling news from Stacie. Mike and Brie continue their search for Calvin.

    Director: Monika Mitchell

    Writer: Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Fire and Rain
    7.7/10 309 votes

    #18 - Fire and Rain

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2022-07-20

    Charmaine asks Jack for support at the baby shower. Mel has a tough conversation with Cassandra. Preacher worries about Christopher after their call.

    Director: Monika Mitchell

    Writer: Sue Tenney, Tesia Joy Walker, Natasha M. Hall

  • Never Gonna Be The Same
    7.7/10 275 votes

    #19 - Never Gonna Be The Same

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2023-09-07

    Doc confides in Denny. Hope's spa day takes a turn. A desperate Brady reaches out to Mike. On a camping trip, Mel and Jack learn more about each other.

    Director: Felipe Rodriguez

    Writer: Tesia Joy Walker

  • From the Ashes
    7.7/10 248 votes

    #20 - From the Ashes

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2023-09-07

    The devastation brings revelations and reconciliations as the community attempts to rebuild and lift each other up after the fires.

    Director: Jem Garrard

    Writer: Talia Gonzalez, Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith

  • The More the Merrier
    7.7/10 190 votes

    #21 - The More the Merrier

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2023-11-30

    As the holidays get underway, visiting relatives bring drama to town. Mel and Jack try to track down the author of the mysterious letters to her mother.

    Director: Gail Harvey

    Writer: Erin Cardillo, Richard Keith

  • A Wounded Heart
    7.6/10 700 votes

    #22 - A Wounded Heart

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2019-12-06

    Hope's health scare prompts a difficult conversation with Doc. Charmaine asks Mel uncomfortable questions. Paige keeps secrets.

    Director: Andy Mikita

    Writer: Sue Tenney

  • Taken by Surprise
    7.6/10 579 votes

    #23 - Taken by Surprise

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2020-11-27

    Despite Mel's efforts, Charmaine's stay at Hope's house gets off to a rocky start. A situation involving Paige's past intensifies unexpectedly.

    Director: Andy Mikita

    Writer: Amy Palmer Robertson

  • Out of the Past
    7.6/10 478 votes

    #24 - Out of the Past

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2020-11-27

    Mel grapples with how to honor Mark ahead of the anniversary of his death. Jack's stress leads him to bad decisions. Hope apologizes with pie.

    Director: Martin Wood

    Writer: Sue Tenney

  • Life and Death
    7.6/10 424 votes

    #25 - Life and Death

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2021-07-09

    Heartbroken, Mel heads to LA to support Joey at her divorce hearing. More of Jack's memories return. Lily asks her friends to care for her children.

    Director: Gail Harvey

    Writer: Sue Tenney, Amy Palmer Robertson