Falling Skies first season premiered on June 19, 2011, in the United States on TNT. The ten episode season concluded on August 7, 2011. The ten episode second season debuted on June 17, 2012. As of July 15, 2012, 16 episodes of Falling Skies have aired. The ten episode third season debuted on June 9, 2013 and concluded on August 4. fourth season, the first season to have 12 episodes premiered on June 22, 2014 and ended August 31. The last season has been confirmed to air June 28, 2015. The fifth season will have 10 episodes and will add the total number of episodes aired in the Falling Skies series to 52 episodes.

Season 1Edit

Title Director Writer(s) Original
Air Date
US Viewers
01 01 "Live and Learn" Carl Franklin Robert Rodat June 19, 2011 101 5.91
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The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet’s remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens and is used as a mindless slave, controlled by a mysterious harness.
02 02 "The Armory" Greg Beeman Graham Yost June 19, 2011 102 5.91
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While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Mass weapons. Leading the gang is an ex-con named John Pope, who decides to use his hostages as bargaining material.
03 03 "Prisoner of War" Greg Beeman Fred Golan June 26, 2011 103 4.20
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Dr. Michael Harris (guest star Steven Weber) joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the children abducted by the aliens. But the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers to questions that have haunted him since the early days of the invasion. Meanwhile, in an attempt to rescue Ben, the 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with skitters and Mechs, and meets an unsuspected dilemma.
04 04 "Grace" Fred Toye Melinda Hsu Taylor July 3, 2011 104 4.07
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Tom and his team head out to track down more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass., relying on Pope to guide them to a good location. They hit the jackpot until they meet some skitters and harnessed teenagers at the bike shop. Back at the base, Dr. Harris(guest star Steven Weber) and Anne disagree over the best method to gather more intelligence on the aliens.
05 05 "Silent Kill" Fred Toye Joe Weisberg July 10, 2011 105 3.90
Hal comes up with a risky new plan to rescue captured teenagers from the aliens, but it might require putting someone at risk. Meanwhile, a sudden tragedy causes Anne to make an enormous discovery that proves instrumental to Hal’s risky plan.
06 06 "Sanctuary (Part 1)" Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Joel Anderson Thompson July 17, 2011 106 4.27
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Lt. Terry Clayton (guest star Henry Czerny – The Tudors) of the 7th Mass arrives with word that the aliens are on their way to attack the 2nd Mass. Clayton’s plan to lead the children to a safe haven while the adults remain behind to fight is met with some resistance from the parents, including Tom.
07 07 "Sanctuary (Part 2)" Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Melinda Hsu Taylor July 24, 2011 107 4.07
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Hal takes the lead fighting an unexpected threat against the children of the 2nd Mass. Anne has her hands full when Sarah goes into labor while the 2nd Mass base is being evacuated. Henry Czerny (The Tudors) guest stars.
08 08 "What Hides Beneath" Anthony Hemingway Mark Verheiden July 31, 2011 108 4.31
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The 2nd Mass prepares to take the fight to the invaders with an assault on one of their bases. But Weaver’s increasingly strange behavior worries Tom that he might not be fit to command. Hal and Tom encounter a left-behind woman (guest star Blair Brown, Fringe) who employed a suspicious means of surviving the invasion, making it unclear whether they can trust her.
09 09 "Mutiny" Holly Dale Joe Weisberg August 7, 2011 109 5.70
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As the 2nd Mass. prepares for a major assault, divisions within the ranks threaten to tear the group apart. Tom has difficulty processing the profound implications of Anne’s latest discovery.
10 10 "Eight Hours" Greg Beeman Mark Verheiden August 7, 2011 110 5.54
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With Weaver leading several squads of fighters against the aliens, Tom remains behind to help protect the civilians as they evacuate. But a major breach in security endangers both the soldiers and the civilians. Tom is confronted with a decision that may lead him to discovering what the aliens want with the captured teenagers, humankind and the planet.

Season 2Edit

Title Director Writer(s) Original
Air Date
US Viewers
11 01 "Worlds Apart" Greg Beeman Mark Verheiden June 17, 2012 201 4.46
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Three months have passed since Tom Mason boarded the spacecraft, and the 2nd Mass has been on the move. Assuming their father was dead, Tom's eldest son, Hal, becomes more of a presence in the 2nd Mass, along with Ben, whose hatred of the Skitters grows stronger. While attempting to kill a Skitter, Ben accidentally shoots his father, severely wounding him. Through flashbacks, "Worlds Apart" details Tom's torture by the Overlords and his pilgrimage back to the 2nd Mass.
12 02 "Shall We Gather at the River" Greg Beeman Bradley Thompson &
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June 17, 2012 202 4.46
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Tom is still haunted by memories of his time with the aliens and begins to wonder if they did something to his mind. Pope, who is in charge of questioning Tom, plants seeds of doubt about him among the group. Meanwhile, Ben’s hatred for skitters grows, and the 2nd Mass scouts locate an old bridge that will help them cross the river to safety ahead of an impending attack.
13 03 "Compass" Michael Katleman Bryan Oh June 24, 2012 203 3.81
The 2nd Mass moves into an airport hanger, but the drafty conditions cause Anne to grow concerned about the group's health. Meanwhile, the Berserkers hatch a plan to get rid of Tom. While dealing with the loss of one of their own, the 2nd Mass receives a promise of hope from a visitor travelling by plane.
14 04 "Young Bloods" Miguel Sapochnik Heather V. Regnier July 1, 2012 204 3.39
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While on patrol together, Ben and Hal try to help a young boy and wind up having their bikes stolen. The hunt to recover them leads them to the discovery of something much bigger. Matt is put in danger, and Weaver is reunited with a family member.
15 05 "Love and Other Acts of Courage" John Dahl Joe Weisberg July 8, 2012 205 3.64
The 2nd Mass discover the existence of a resistance among the skitters when they stumble across a battlefield with no human's involved. The rebel faction is lead by Red Eye and has been disrupting the Overlords plans. Ben has been aiding the rebels and Tom is angry at his son for keeping their communication secret. Tom meets with Red Eye and they form a cautious alliance.
16 06 "Homecoming" Greg Beeman Bryan Oh July 15, 2012 206 3.61
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Karen Nadler returns to the 2nd Mass as they take shelter in a hospital. She poses as a miraculously released innocent but actually infiltrates the group and convinces Ben to flee with her, injuring Maggie in the process. Tom temporarily takes charge of the 2nd Mass when Captain Weaver is disabled by a serious infection. Pope is discovered wounded in the field and returned to the group. He warns Tom about the manipulative Karen but is too late to disrupt her escape.
17 07 "Molon Labe" Holly Dale Bradley Thompson &
David Weddle
July 22, 2012 207 3.45
The 2nd Mass attempt to escape the hospital when it is besieged by the alien invaders. Captain Weaver resumes control. The aliens deploy a new weapon crawlies but the 2nd Mass gain the upper hand by capturing an Overlord. They use the advantage to negotiate for safe passage.
18 08 "Death March" Seith Mann Heather V. Regnier August 5, 2012 208 3.34
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The 2nd Mass pushes on to Charleston. Weaver learns more about Tector’s background from before the invasion. Hal learns about Maggie's dark past.
19 09 "The Price of Greatness" Adam Kane Mark Verheiden August 12, 2012 209 3.46
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The 2nd Mass arrives in Charleston where Tom comes across his former mentor and professor Arthur Manchester. Their arrival brings existing tensions to show and the situation escalates fast.
20 10 "A More Perfect Union" Greg Beeman Remi Aubuchon and
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David Weddle
August 19, 2012 210 3.84
A group of renegade skitters approaches Charleston to present a unique option to hurt the enemy by assassinating the overlord. In the end it is up to the 2nd Mass to use it, after the Charleston military betrays them. The overlord dies but Karen escapes after infecting Hal. Tom finds out Anne is pregnant with his child. The episode ends with the arrival of a mysterious new race of aliens.

Season 3Edit

Title Director Writer(s) Original
Air Date
US Viewers
21 01 "On Thin Ice" Greg Beeman Robert Rodat, Remi Aubuchon June 9, 2013 TBC 4.21
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Falling Skies opens seven months after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston. Tom Mason has been elected to political office, but he has his hands full as the resistance continues to battle the alien invaders.
22 02 "Collateral Damage" James Marshall Robert Rodat, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle June 9, 2013 TBC 4.21
More happens with Hal and his nightmares of walking in the woods, a new character is introduced that helps on a mission, and Tom and Anne’s baby is still stirring up questions.
23 03 "Badlands" David Solomon Robert Rodat, John Wirth June 16,2013 TBC 2.79
The two-year anniversary of the alien invasion is fast approaching as the people of Charleston prepare for another potentially devastating offensive. A sniper attack by an unlikely gunman creates questions and doubts within the new government.
24 04 "At All Costs" Greg Beeman Robert Rodat, Heather V. Regnier June 23, 2013 TBC 3.55
After the people of Charleston defeat another alien attack with the help of new advanced weaponry, Tom is invited to meet with a powerful leader.
25 05 "Search and Recover" Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Robert Rodat, Jordan Rosenberg June 30, 2013 TBC 3.22
When a mission goes terribly awry, Tom and Pope must rely on each other to survive. Meanwhile, Weaver and company search desperately for two members of the 2nd Mass who have gone missing.
26 06 "Be Silent and Come Out" Adam Kane Robert Rodat, David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, John Wirth July 7th, 2013 TBC 3.49
Hal finally reveals his internal struggle to everyone, and it doesn't bode well for the Masons. Charleston's government sees a massive shift in leadership when a group breaks away on a search and rescue mission.
27 07 "The Pickett Line" Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Robert Rodat, Jordan Rosenberg, Heather V. Regnier July 14th, 2013 TBC 3.33
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The Masons run into trouble on the road when a family of outlasws intercepts their search-and-rescue mission. Meanwhile, looming doubts over the construction of a massive alien weapon ignite a conflict of interests.
28 08 "Strange Brew" David Solomon Robert Rodat, John Wirth July 21st, 2013 TBC 3.74
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Things seem much too calm for Tom, making him suspicious of his surroundings. On his way back to Charleston, he makes a number of discoveries, some incredibly surprising and others utterly horrifying.
29 09 "Journey to Xilbalba" Jonathan Frakes Robert Rodat, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle July 28th, 2013 TBC 3.06
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Tom uncovers confidential intelligence about the heart of the alien operation. Meanwhile, Charleston prepares to mount an offensive against the Espheni, but a massive explosion brings the operation to a halt.
30 10 "Brazil" Greg Beeman Robert Rodat, Remi Aubuchon August 4th, 2013 TBC 3.74
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When the 2nd Mass destroys a crucial Espheni base, a relentless enemy is taken down and the Mason family is reunited with those who had been lost. But the arrival of more interstellar players puts the fate of Earth's remaining survivors in doubt.

Season 4Edit

Title Director Writer(s) Original
Air Date
US Viewers
31 01 "Ghost in the Machine" Greg Beeman David Eick June 22, 2014 TBC 3.67
On the outskirts of Charleston, just steps away from perceived safety, The Mason Clan and the remaining 2nd Mass suddenly find themselves under brutal attack by a new Espheni war machine and a new, deadly creation unlike anything previously encountered. Divided like chattel and spread to the winds, The Masons must each forge new relationships and abilities to survive. Treva Etienne guest-stars.
32 02 "The Eye" Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Carol Barbee June 29, 2014 TBC 2.96
The Espheni reveal their new plan to Tom, and he is faced with an impossible decision. Meanwhile, Weaver and Pope investigate a way out of the Espheni prison, while Matt struggles to hide his true allegiance from the “Team Leaders” at the Espheni Youth Camp. Elsewhere, Anne leads an exhausting search for her daughter Lexi, while Ben’s concerns about Lexi’s increasing powers uncovers a devastating secret she’s been keeping.
33 03 "Exodus" Mikael Salomon Josh Pate July 6,2014 TBC 2.75
Tom and the 2nd Mass hatch an elaborate plan to escape the confines of the Espheni Ghetto. Meanwhile back in Chinatown, after learning from Ben that Lexi has been keeping a deadly secret, Maggie confronts Lexi publicly. At the Espheni Youth Camp, Matt tries to talk Mira out of a dangerous escape plan. While trekking through the woods with her guerilla fighters, Anne has a flashback to her time in the Espheni Tower with Karen, where a terrifying secret about Lexi is revealed.
34 04 "Evolve or Die" Bill Eagles M. Raven Metzner July 13, 2014 TBC 2.78
After breaking out of the Espheni Ghetto, Tom and the 2nd Mass seek refuge in a Volm hideout, where tensions run high between the Volm and humans. Tom sets off with Weaver and Cochise to find Matt, leaving Hal in charge. Meanwhile in Chinatown, Anne is reunited with Lexi, and comes to realize that the little girl she saw 4 months ago is now a grown woman.
35 05 "Mind Wars" Nathaniel Goodman Bruce Marshall Romans July 20, 2014 TBC 2.79
After freeing Matt from the Espheni Youth Camp, Tom encounters two mysterious strangers in the woods, who attack his family before embarking with him on a violent journey. Hal faces almost insurmountable odds as he tries to lead the remaining Volm and 2nd Mass to a place of perceived safety. Lexi and Anne have a difference of opinions – resulting in dangerous consequences.
36 06 "Door Number Three" Jonathan Frakes Melissa Glenn July 27, 2014 TBC 2.65
After months apart, Tom finally reunites with his family and the 2nd Mass. But the joyous reunion is cut short as Lexi undergoes a health crisis tied to her hybrid DNA. The crisis pits family members against one another as they fight over how to deal with Lexi’s illness. Anne goes to great lengths to save her daughter.
37 07 "Saturday Night Massacre" Olatunde Osunsanmi David Weddle & Bradley Thompson August 3, 2014 TBC 2.73
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Lexi emerges more powerful and ruthless than ever. Tom and the 2nd Mass must work together with the Volm to hold off the invading Espheni forces in what becomes the bloodiest battle of the series.
38 08 "A Thing With Feathers" David Solomon Ryan Mottesheard August 10, 2014 TBC 2.51
The 2nd Mass picks up the pieces after a devastating alien attack leaves Maggie fighting for her life…and Hal fighting for Maggie. Meanwhile, Tom and Dingaan are cut off from the rest of the group, buried under tons of rubble, where they must rely on an Enemy Ship to rescue them.
39 09 "Til Death Do Us Part" Greg Beeman Carol Barbee August 17, 2014 TBC 2.46
While members of the 2nd Mass attempt to dig out a shot-down Beamer, Tom and a small team follow the Volm to a supply cache in search of equipment to expedite the process. Along the way, they encounter a friend, and must decide whether or not to trust her. Back at camp, Maggie and Ben grow closer as he teaches her to hone her new skills, while Pope and Sara continue to clash, resulting in a fight from which they may never recover.
40 10 "Drawing Straws" Adam Kane Josh Pate August 24, 2014 TBC 2.56
Tom and the remnants of the 2nd Mass learn to pilot a Beamer as part of their plan to destroy the Espheni Power Core, and the group draws straws to see who will embark on the dangerous mission. The threat of death hanging over everyone triggers long-simmering confrontations between many of our main characters, ultimately bringing the 2nd Mass closer together.
41 11 "Space Oddity" Olatunde Osunsanmi M. Raven Metzner August 31, 2014 TBC 2.39
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Tom’s mission to destroy the Espheni Power Core is complicated by Lexi’s return. Lexi is forced to take extreme measures to save her father’s life – and her own – after a Beamer malfunction. Meanwhile, the 2nd Mass fears an impending Espheni strike by Scorch.
42 12 "Shoot the Moon" Greg Beeman David Eick August 31, 2014 TBC 2.43
With the weight of humanity’s survival on Tom and Lexi’s shoulders, they must defeat Tom’s mortal enemy and find a way to destroy the omnipotent Espheni Power Core. Meanwhile, a new, terrifying Espheni Bomb is dropped onto Chinatown, immobilizing the 2nd Mass and preparing them for Human Skitterizaton.

Season 5Edit

Title Director Writer(s) Original
Air Date
US Viewers
43 01 "Find Your Warrior" Olatunde Osunsanmi David Eick June 28, 2015 TBC 2.04
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Tom’s life hangs in the balance as his beamer drifts into space; Tom encounters a surprising guest.
44 02 "Hunger Pains" Olatunde Osunsanmi Marc Dube July 5, 2015 TBC 1.82
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A surprise skitter attack leaves the 2nd Mass without food. In desperation, Maggie, Ben, Pope, and Sara go on a dangerous mission hoping to find supplies. Tom and Anne make a discovery.
45 03 "Hatchlings" Robert Lieberman Jonathan Glassner July 12, 2015 TBC 1.88
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The 2nd Mass makes a discovery about the source for a seemingly endless supply of enemy forces. Elsewhere, Tom's leadership spreads to remaining human militias; Hal helps Maggie on a personal mission; and Tom must make an agonizing choice. Hal disobeys his father.
46 04 "Pope Breaks Bad" Peter Leto Jack Kenny July 19, 2015 TBC 1.96
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A mission to gather vehicles and fuel goes wrong. Meanwhile, Anne receives unnerving news that tests her medical and leadership skills; Anthony's loyalties are questioned; and Pope turns desperate and moves to his own agenda. Cochise shares troubling news with Anne.
47 05 "Non-Essential Personnel" Olatunde Osunsanmi Jim Barnes July 26, 2015 TBC 2.33
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The 2nd Mass members leave Chinatown and head to what they anticipate will be the final Espheni battle. On their journey, they happen upon an unhinged gunman, who takes Weaver hostage. Meanwhile, Tom tries to rescue Hal.
48 06 "Respite" Jonathan Frakes Ayanna A. Floyd Aug 2, 2015 TBC 1.93
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An injured Tom takes refuge with a family and learns about life without war in the process. Meanwhile, Hal and Isabella's relationship blooms as they search for Tom; the 2nd Mass locates an Espheni device; and Maggie makes a decision, with consequences.
49 07 "Everybody Has Their Reasons" Matt Earl Beesley Ryan Mottesheard Aug 9, 2015 TBC 1.97
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The group finds a safe haven in the form of a functional military base run by Weaver's old flame. Meanwhile, plans spin into motion for a final assault on the Espheni, yet it dawns on the 2nd Mass that things aren't exactly as they seem.
50 08 "Stalag 14th Virginia" Noah Wyle Jack Kenny Aug 16, 2015 TBC 1.93
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Weaver discovers a startling truth about an old friend and sets out to protect the 2nd Mass. Elsewhere, Maggie and Isabella are forced to work together, and Tom leads an attempted escape by the 2nd Mass.
51 09 "Reunion" Brad Turner Marc Dube Aug 23, 2015 TBC 1.76
Tom gains a powerful new weapon against the Espheni. Meanwhile, Ben risks his life to snatch enemy plans; Pope launches a final attack; and an unforeseen visitor appears, causing the 2nd Mass to reevaluate their situation.
52 10 "Reborn" Olatunde Osunsanmi David Eick Aug 30, 2015 TBC 2.39
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The final standoff begins in the series finale. Here, the Masons, the 2nd Mass and their newfound allies face unforeseen obstacles in the core of an iconic American location, as they try to persevere with hopes of reclaiming Earth and humanity.

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