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The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'

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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  • Streets of Fire
    1

    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.

  • Unthinkable
    2

    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.

  • Fadeout
    3

    Fadeout

    Season 8, Episode 10

    After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow.

  • Starling City
    4

    Starling City

    Season 7, Episode 1

    While trying to decipher The Monitor’s mission, Oliver returns to Starling City where he encounters familiar faces. Meanwhile, Mia and William’s team clash with a new foe.

  • The Man Under The Hood
    5

    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.

  • Pilot
    6

    Pilot

    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.

  • Sacrifice
    7

    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.

  • The Promise
    8

    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.

  • City of Blood
    9

    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.

  • The Odyssey
    10

    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.

  • Three Ghosts
    11

    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.

  • Seeing Red
    12

    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.

  • The Undertaking
    13

    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.

  • Deathstroke
    14

    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.

  • The Return
    15

    The Return

    Season 3, Episode 14

    Malcolm puts Oliver and Thea in a dangerous situation that lands them on Lian Yu with Oliver's former enemy, Deathstroke (guest star MANU BENNETT).

  • Kapiushon
    16

    Kapiushon

    Season 5, Episode 17

    Prometheus goes to extreme lengths to destroy Oliver. In flashbacks, Oliver's violent tendencies come to a head in a confrontation with Anatoly.

  • The Climb
    17

    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.

  • The Slabside Redemption
    18

    The Slabside Redemption

    Season 7, Episode 7

    Oliver makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about.

  • Inmate 4587
    19

    Inmate 4587

    Season 7, Episode 1

    Following Oliver’s shocking decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver is tested when he runs into old foes. Meanwhile, Diggle and Dinah have taken on new jobs and left their costumes behind but not everyone is following suit. With her focus on William, Felicity tries to start over but when someone from her past resurfaces, things become complicated.

  • The Scientist
    20

    The Scientist

    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.

  • Invasion! (III)
    21

    Invasion! (III)

    Season 5, Episode 8

    Oliver wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen’s Gambit. Robert and Moira Queen are alive and well. Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash and Supergirl.

    The crossover starts on Supergirl S02E08 Medusa (I) and The Flash S03E08 Invasion! (II). It continues on DC's Legends of Tomorrow S02E07 Invasion! (IV).

  • Legacy
    22

    Legacy

    Season 5, Episode 1

    A deadly new criminal, Tobias Church, threatens Star City, which forces Oliver to consider forming a new team of superheroes to help him do battle. In flashbacks, Oliver faces off against the Bratva in Russia.

  • Dead To Rights
    23

    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).

  • Darkness on the Edge of Town
    24

    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.

  • The Magician
    25

    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.