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TV episodes The Best Episodes of Arrow  

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There are so many good episodes of Arrow, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Lian Yu" the best, or is "Seeing Red" your favorite episode of Arrow? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Arrow are, let's rank every Arrow episode from best to worst.

Continuing a DC Comics connection that started with Superman and Smallville, the CW's Arrow tells the story of Oliver Queen, a former billionaire by day and undercover vigilante Green Arrow be night. Starring Stephen Arnell as the Star City superhero, Arrow premiered on October 10, 2012. In addition to Arrow, the CW is also home to The Flash and Supergirl.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Arrow, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Arrow episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Deathstroke Season 2 Episode 18: Slade makes his move against Oliver - and the repercussions are enormous. While Oliver scrambles to protect his family, Isabel angles to take Queen Consolidated away from him.

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Seeing Red is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Seeing Red Season 2 Episode 20: After the Mirakuru sends Roy into an uncontrollable rage and he unleashes on the city, Oliver realizes it's taken over completely, and he must figure out a way to stop him.

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Lian Yu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Lian Yu Season 5 Episode 23: The battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase culminates on the island of Lian Yu, where Oliver recruits a group of unlikely allies to fight Chase in the season finale.

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Kapiushon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Kapiushon Season 5 Episode 17: Prometheus (JOSH SEGARRA) goes to great lengths to break Oliver. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, Anatoly becomes worries about Oliver’s increasingly violent tendencies.

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Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Sacrifice Season 1 Episode 23: In the epic season finale, Oliver & Diggle race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades, while Oliver & Tommy's relationship takes a turn for the worse.

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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Streets of Fire Season 2 Episode 22: As Slade's soldiers attack the city, Oliver rallies his team and Felicity gets a call from S.T.A.R. Labs with game-changing news. Thea comes face to face with Malcolm Merlyn.

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What We Leave Behind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
What We Leave Behind Season 5 Episode 9: After Prometheus attacks Curtis, Oliver realizes that Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one.

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Three Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Three Ghosts Season 2 Episode 9: After a fight with Cyrus Gold (aka the Acolyte), Oliver is drugged and left for dead. Determined to save him, Felicity's cure causes Oliver to hallucinate, and confront his past.

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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Public Enemy Season 3 Episode 18: After an attack on the Mayor's office leaves Ray critically injured, Oliver and Team Arrow try to find the culprit, but things heat up when Ra's al Ghul kidnaps Capt. Lance.

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The Climb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Climb Season 3 Episode 9: Nyssa returns to Starling City and tells Oliver that her father, Ra's al Ghul has given the Arrow 48 hours to find Sara's killer before he unleashes the League of Assassins.

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Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Unthinkable Season 2 Episode 23: In the Season Two Finale, Oliver must decide once and for all whether he's a killer or a hero when Slade moves forward with his plan to kill one more person in Oliver's life.

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The Promise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Promise Season 2 Episode 15: Oliver is shocked to learn that Slade has come to Starling City. Back on the island, Oliver tries to hide the secret of Shado's death and the battle begins.

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Invasion! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Invasion! Season 5 Episode 8: In the 100th episode and second part of the epic Crossover, Oliver finds himself in a life where he never became the Green Arrow. Meanwhile, The Flash and Supergirl help out.

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The Calm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Calm Season 3 Episode 1: In the season three premiere, Oliver searches for an identity beyond the Arrow. But the moment, he takes his eye off the ball, a new villain emerges, pressing him back into action.

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Missing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Missing Season 5 Episode 22: Black Siren (KATIE CASSIDY) returns to help Chase. Felicity organizes a birthday party for Oliver while Lance is furious when Rene misses the custody hearing for his daughter.

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The Brave and the Bold is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Brave and the Bold Season 3 Episode 8: With boomerang-wielding killer Digger Harkness (NICK E. TARABAY) targeting Lyla and A.R.G.U.S. agents, Oliver enlists the help of his old friend, The Flash (GRANT GUSTIN).

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Dark Waters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Dark Waters Season 4 Episode 10: After the city is attacked again, Oliver makes a bold move against HIVE, but Damien Darhk retaliates in a brutal manner at Oliver's mayoral holiday party.

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Time of Death is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Time of Death Season 2 Episode 14: As Oliver brings Sara into the team, Felicity starts to feel left out. To prove her worth, she goes after a villain named William Tockman, a.k.a. The Clock King (ROBERT KNEPPER).

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Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2 Season 6 Episode 8: When villains from Earth-X attack the wedding ceremony of Barry Allen and Iris West, The Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and White Canary lead their teams to save the world.

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Damaged is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Damaged Season 1 Episode 5: Laurel represents Oliver, when he is arrested by her father for murder. Subjugated to a polygraph test, Oliver recalls his struggles against Deathstroke on the island.

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Darkness on the Edge of Town is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Darkness on the Edge of Town Season 1 Episode 22: With the Undertaking only days away, Malcolm dons his black hood, while Oliver must outwit and/or outfight the Dark Archer in order to save the city.

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The Undertaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Undertaking Season 1 Episode 21: When Felicity discovers a lead that might lead to Walter's whereabouts, Oliver gambles that Felicity can be counted on in the field for the first time.

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League of Assassins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
League of Assassins Season 2 Episode 5: While Oliver tends to the Canary's wounds, he tries to get her to talk. But when they're both attacked by the League of Assassins, she confesses that she's connected.

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Nanda Parbat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Nanda Parbat Season 3 Episode 15: Oliver considers saving Malcolm Merlyn when he's captured by Ra's al Ghul and taken to Nanda Parbat. And Ray is obsessed with finishing the Atom suit - to Felicity's dismay.

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Haunted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Haunted Season 4 Episode 5: When things take a turn for the worse with Sara, Oliver calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine (guest star MATT RYAN).

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Deathstroke Returns is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Deathstroke Returns Season 6 Episode 5: Slade (MANU BENNETT) returns and asks Oliver for help in tracking down his son, who’s been taken by mercenaries. Meanwhile, Vigilante reappears in Star City.

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The Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Odyssey Season 1 Episode 14: After Oliver is shot, he turns to Felicity for help. Together, she and Diggle team up to save Oliver's life - as he hovers between life and death.

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Checkmate is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Checkmate Season 5 Episode 16: Oliver gets closer to the truth about Prometheus. Meanwhile, Helix refuses to continue helping Felicity until she does a favor for them.

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City of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
City of Heroes Season 2 Episode 1: In the season two premiere, Diggle and Felicity travel to Lian Yu to convince Oliver to return home to Starling City, where he finds things much worse than he imagined.

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The Man Under The Hood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Man Under The Hood Season 2 Episode 19: Oliver and the team return to the lair and find Slade waiting for them. An epic battle breaks out and Oliver is faced with a choice - his battle with Slade or his family.

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Broken Arrow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Broken Arrow Season 3 Episode 19: Oliver keeps a low profile to avoid Lance, but when a meta-human known as Deathbolt (guest star DOUG JONES) starts terrorizing Starling City, Oliver asks Ray for help.

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Suicidal Tendencies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Suicidal Tendencies Season 3 Episode 17: It's celebration time as Diggle and Lyla get married, but their honeymoon is cut short by another mission for the Suicide Squad - now including Cupid (AMY GUMENICK).

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Uprising is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Uprising Season 3 Episode 12: Still operating without Oliver and desperate to stop Brick, Team Arrow considers an offer by Malcolm to help shut Brick down - as Merlyn has a score to settle with the felon.

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Dead To Rights is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Dead To Rights Season 1 Episode 16: Oliver and Diggle learn that Deadshot (MICHAEL ROWE) is still alive - and his next target is Malcolm (recurring guest star JOHN BARROWMAN).

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City of Blood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
City of Blood Season 2 Episode 21: After Slade threatens to take away everything Oliver loves, Oliver decides the fastest way to stop further bloodshed is to surrender - an option that will lead to his death.

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Fighting Fire With Fire is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Fighting Fire With Fire Season 5 Episode 15: After Vigilante attacks Oliver while he’s acting as mayor, Diggle leads the team in a mission to stop Vigilante once and for all.

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Disbanded is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Disbanded Season 5 Episode 18: Diggle and Felicity are shocked by Oliver’s decision to call on the Bratva to help take down Prometheus, prompting Diggle to warn Oliver about what happens if things go wrong.

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The Fallen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Fallen Season 3 Episode 20: Ra's al Ghul finally makes Oliver an offer he can't refuse. The team follows Oliver back to Nanda Parbat where a heartbroken Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands.

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Human Target is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Human Target Season 5 Episode 5: When Tobias Church captures and tortures one of Oliver’s new recruits, Oliver must turn to an old friend, Christopher Chance (WIL TRAVAL) aka the Human Target, for help.

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Heir to the Demon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Heir to the Demon Season 2 Episode 13: As Laurel continues to unravel, Oliver & Lance try to convince Sara to stay in Starling city and reunite with Laurel and their mother - but the League of Assassins wants Sara back.

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This is Your Sword is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
This is Your Sword Season 3 Episode 22: As Oliver finishes his final training as Al Sah-him to become the next Ra's al Ghul, Malcolm makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow. And Roy reunites with Thea.

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Left Behind is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Left Behind Season 3 Episode 10: In the aftermath of Oliver's fight with Ra's al Ghul, Diggle & Arsenal continue to protect the city in the Arrow's absence. But the team begins to fear the worst for their friend.

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The Magician is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
The Magician Season 3 Episode 4: Oliver and Nyssa al Ghul (KATRINA LAW) join forces to go after the Dark Archer, intent on bringing Sara's killer to justice. And Ra's al Ghul (MATT NABLE) makes his entrance.

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Promises Kept is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Promises Kept Season 6 Episode 6: As Slade continues to uncover clues about his son, Oliver makes a big decision. Meanwhile, the Green Arrow leads the team into battle against The Dragon (KIRK ACEVEDO).

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Trust But Verify is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Trust But Verify Season 1 Episode 11: Tommy and Malcolm have a heart-to-heart talk, while Oliver's at odds with Diggle, when Diggle's commanding officer (guest star BEN BROWDER) becomes the Arrow's latest target.

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Dangerous Liaisons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Dangerous Liaisons Season 5 Episode 19: Oliver, Team Arrow & the SCPD kick off a citywide manhunt for Adrian Chase. Helix tells Felicity they have a way to find him, but they will need something from her in return.

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Identity Season 2 Episode 2: When medicine for Glades Memorial Hospital is being hijacked by thieves, Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White and her new partner, the Bronze Tiger, over the supplies.

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Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Suicide Squad Season 2 Episode 16: Amanda Waller recruits Diggle for the Suicide Squad - including Deadshot, Bronze Tiger (MICHAEL JAI WHITE) and Shrapnel (SEAN MAHER) - but Diggle's not so sure.

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Unchained is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Unchained Season 4 Episode 13: While the team faces off against a villain named The Calculator (TOM AMANDES), Nyssa al Ghul (KATRINA LAW) makes her move and Roy Harper (COLTON HAYNES) returns to Star City.

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State v. Queen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
State v. Queen Season 2 Episode 7: With a mysterious Vertigo-related illness sweeping the city (and both Diggle and Felicity in danger) Oliver must choose between stopping the Count or standing by his family.