DC Comics 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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Lian Yu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Three Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Invasion! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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 Scientist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 2 Episode 8: After a seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated, Central City's police scientist Barry Allen (GRANT GUSTIN) offers to help Oliver and his team.

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The Brave and the Bold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Kapiushon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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The Climb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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The Promise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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What We Leave Behind is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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35 8
Missing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Checkmate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Seeing Red is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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34 8
City of Blood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 1 Episode 1: In the series premiere, billionaire Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after being stranded on a remote island for five years and adopts the persona of Arrow to fight crime.

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36 12
The Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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28 7
The Undertaking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Darkness on the Edge of Town is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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34 13
Deathstroke Returns is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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25 7
Dead To Rights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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25 8
Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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25 8
The Man Under The Hood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Year's End is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 1 Episode 9: Determined to make up for all the lost holidays, Oliver decides to throw the family a Christmas party. Meanwhile, Tommy asks Laurel to spend Christmas with him.

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Damaged is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Penance is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 5 Episode 4: When Oliver joins Lyla for a mission, he leaves Felicity and the team behind. But when Tobias Church attacks, Felicity must decide if they should act without Oliver.

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Promises Kept is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Legacy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 5 Episode 1: In the season five premiere, Oliver (STEPHEN AMELL) takes the streets solo as the Green Arrow, with only Felicity guiding him, after the departures of both Diggle and Thea.

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So It Begins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 5 Episode 6: When Prometheus ups his killing spree, Felicity and Curtis discover the victims have a mysterious link to Oliver’s past and this new secret could upend his new team.

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Honor Thy Fathers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 5 Episode 21: Oliver returns to the Mayor’s Office to face the release of dozens of violent criminals prosecuted by Chase. And a mysterious corpse is delivered to Oliver’s office.

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State v. Queen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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.

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Human Target is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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City of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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16 3
Trust But Verify is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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16 3
Vigilante is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 5 Episode 7: When the bodies of two criminals are dropped at SCPD, Oliver realizes there is a new Vigilante in Star City. And Oliver finally sits down with Konstantin Kovar (DOLPH LUNDGREN).

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Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Sara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 3 Episode 2: Lance calls on the Arrow, when another archer appears in town, who goes by the name Komodo (guest star MATT WARD). COLIN DONNELL also returns as Tommy Merlyn in a flashback.

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Muse of Fire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 1 Episode 7: Oliver encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli (JESSICA DeGOUW), who he can finally be himself with, but soon comes to realize she's hiding dangerous secrets of her own.

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Salvation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 1 Episode 18: An angry resident of The Glades who calls himself "The Savior" (CHRISTOPHER REDMAN) embarks on a kidnapping and killing spree inspired by Arrow's vigilantism.

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My Name is Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 3 Episode 23: Ra's al Ghul puts forth his final plan in the season finale, while Oliver ponders his new role and what it will mean for everyone on Team Arrow - and his soul.

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Suicide Squad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Bratva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 5 Episode 12: A mission takes Oliver, Felicity and the team to Russia where they meet up with Oliver’s old friend, Anatoly (DAVID NYKL); Lance gets out of rehab.

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Birds of Prey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 2 Episode 17: When Frank Bertinelli is arrested, it's only a matter of time before his daughter, The Huntress, returns. When she takes hostages including Laurel, Sara (aka Canary) takes action.

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 1 Episode 12: When Thea finds herself in trouble with the police, Oliver turns to an old flame/now vice cop (JANINA GAVANKAR) for help in tracking down a drug dealer (SETH GABEL).

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Keep Your Enemies Closer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 2 Episode 6: Diggle heads to Russia to follow a lead on Deadshot (MICHAEL ROWE) in Moscow. When Oliver and Felicity decide to join him, things get complicated when Isabel shows up as well.

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Disbanded is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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League of Assassins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
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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Al Sah-him is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrow
Season 3 Episode 21: As Oliver goes through a rigorous transformation, the League of Assassins sets their sights on Nyssa, who prepares to fight them alone, until Laurel intervenes.