10 Worst Episodes of Sanctuary

The adventures of the beautiful, enigmatic and always surprising Dr. Helen Magnus, a brilliant scientist who holds the secrets of a clandestine population called Abnormals - a group of strange and sometimes terrifying beings that hide among humans. Magnus seeks to protect this threatened phenomena as well as unlock the mysteries behind their existence.

Written by Sophie and last updated on dec 08, 2022.

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Sanctuary - S1E3

#10 - Fata Morgana (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Dr. Helen Magnus, her daughter Ashley, and new to the Sanctuary, Dr. Will Zimmerman release three women from a mysterious crypt in Scotland, bringing them back to the Sanctuary for refuge. Unbeknownst to the team, and the women themselves, they have extraordinary powers. And their disappearance does not go undetected by a powerful cabal, resolute on reclaiming what it determines is theirs.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 354 votes.

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#9 - Instinct (Season 1 - Episode 11)


Magnus and the Sanctuary team attempt to capture a rare and deadly creature - all under the watchful eye of a local news crew.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 212 votes.

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#8 - Sanctuary for All (2) (Season 1 - Episode 2)

As Will attempts to help Alexi cope with his abnormality, Helen gets a visitor from her past.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 329 votes.

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#7 - Pavor Nocturnus (Season 2 - Episode 5)


A disoriented Magnus wakes up to find the Sanctuary in ruins and the entire city decimated, with no memory of how the devastation occurred. While surveying the destruction, she is attacked by an inhuman creature but saved by two armed men who stun her and take her to an abandoned warehouse. After being hosed down and left shivering and exhausted, Magnus fears the worst when a battle-scarred figure enters the room.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 192 votes.

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#6 - Warriors (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Investigating the disappearance of an old college friend, Will finds himself caught in an underground fight club where the combatants are genetically engineered abnormals who fight to the death like modern day gladiators.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 225 votes.

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#5 - Kush (Season 1 - Episode 5)


Returning with an abnormal captured in the Himalayas, Magnus and Will are stranded from civilization and aid after their plane goes down in a desolate mountain range. While anxiously waiting for a rescue team, the surviving passengers begin to fall victim to vicious and deadly attacks throughout the night. It becomes chillingly apparent that surviving the cold is the least of their worries and no one, not even Magnus and Will, is above suspicion.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 256 votes.

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#4 - Nubbins (Season 1 - Episode 6)

When a mating pair of cute, furry and seemingly harmless abnormals is brought in for scientific study, the Sanctuary team begins to exhibit some hidden animal attractions for one another.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 251 votes.

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#3 - Next Tuesday (Season 2 - Episode 8)


Magnus and Will are called to make a straightforward retrieval of a rare Abnormal off the coast of Louisiana. With a commissioned helicopter, the retrieval is successful and their cargo securely on board. But as the pair starts heading back to the mainland, something causes the unusual sea creature to break loose. Unable to control the Abnormal and the helicopter simultaneously, Magnus and Will make a crash landing and find themselves entangled in guy wire, precariously dangling over an abandoned oil bore well several feet above the water in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. With the Abnormal nowhere to be found, Magnus concludes it has made its getaway into the depths of the water. But their solitude doesn’t last long. Not only does the Abnormal return, it’s even angrier than before. And Magnus and Will quickly learn they must escape or become its next victim.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 175 votes.

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#2 - Wingman (Season 3 - Episode 15)

Will and Henry's double date goes awry when Magnus tasks them with an Abnormal delivery.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 184 votes.

Sanctuary - S4E8

#1 - Fugue (Season 4 - Episode 8)


A mysterious abnormal attacks Abby, and Magnus and Will discover there's only one way to communicate with this unusual enemy - through music.

The episode was rated 7.02 from 195 votes.

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