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The Best Episodes of 'Arrow' 

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Updated July 13, 2020 10.3k votes 730 voters 8k views 163 items

There were so many good episodes of Arrow, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Lian Yu" or "The Climb" 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. The seventh and last season of Arrow premiered in October 2019, with the Arrow finale airing January 28, 2020, two episodes after the 'Crisis On Infinite Earths' crossover.

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 and use this Arrow episode list to vote up the best. And if you're all caught up on this show, you can also head on over to more shows like Arrow for something new to watch!

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Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: May 14, 2014

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.

2
Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: May 15, 2013

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.

3
Three Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: December 11, 2013

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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The Climb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: December 10, 2014

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.

5
The Promise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: March 5, 2014

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.

6
Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: April 2, 2014

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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The Scientist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: December 4, 2013

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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Seeing Red is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: April 23, 2014

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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The Brave and the Bold (... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: December 3, 2014

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).

10
The Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: February 13, 2013

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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: October 10, 2012

Season 1, Episode 1

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. Back in Starling City, Oliver slowly reconnects with those closest to him. Oliver has brought back many new skills from his time on the island and manages to secretly create the persona of Arrow to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society. As Arrow, Oliver will atone for the past sins of his family while he searches for the personal redemption he needs.

12
City of Blood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: April 30, 2014

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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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: May 7, 2014

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.

14
The Undertaking is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: May 1, 2013

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: May 8, 2013

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 Man Under The Hood ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: April 16, 2014

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.

17
Dead To Rights is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: February 27, 2013

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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Year's End is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: December 12, 2012

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) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: November 7, 2012

Season 1, Episode 5

After Detective Lance arrests Oliver for murder, Oliver tells Moira the only lawyer he'll allow to represent him is Laurel. Laurel takes the case which puts her at odds with her father. Oliver offers to take a polygraph in front Detective Lance but things get tense when Lance asks him if anyone else was on the island with him. Oliver flashes back to when he got his first scar, courtesy of Deathstroke.

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State v. Queen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: November 20, 2013

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.

21
Sara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: October 15, 2014

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.

22
Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: January 30, 2013

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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City of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: October 9, 2013

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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Muse of Fire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: November 28, 2012

Season 1, Episode 7

Oliver encounters a mysterious woman, Helena Bertinelli, daughter of mob boss Frank Bertinelli, who he can finally be himself with, but he soon comes to realize she's hiding dangerous secrets of her own. Helena is on her own personal mission of vengeance and Oliver is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Tommy is blindsided by an unfortunate turn of events and turns to Laurel for support.

25
League of Assassins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

Original Airing: November 6, 2013

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.