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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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  • Fadeout
    1

    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
    2

    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.

  • Promises Kept
    3

    Promises Kept

    Season 6, Episode 6

    As Slade continues to uncover clues about his son’s last few years, Oliver makes a big decision. Meanwhile, the Green Arrow leads the team into battle against “The Dragon,” a villain who is stealing valuable tech in Star City.

  • Kapiushon
    4

    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.

  • Deathstroke Returns
    5

    Deathstroke Returns

    Season 6, Episode 5

    Slade returns and asks Oliver for help in tracking down his son. When they learn Joe has been taken hostage by mercenaries, their mission to save him gets complicated by a terrible revelation that could shatter Slade's hopes of reunion forever. Meanwhile, Vigilante reappears in Star City.

  • The Return
    6

    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).

  • Fundamentals 
    7

    Fundamentals 

    Season 6, Episode 18

    In his darkest place yet, Oliver wonders if he has failed at everything – being a father, a mayor and a hero. His frustration rising, Oliver lashes out at Felicity and William. A surprising visit from an old friend has Oliver questioning his next move.

  • Inmate 4587
    8

    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 Slabside Redemption
    9

    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.

  • Legacy
    10

    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.

  • Invasion! (III)
    11

    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).

  • Reset
    12

    Reset

    Season 8, Episode 6

    After being double-crossed by Lyla, Oliver finds himself facing a life or death situation that seems very familiar. Laurel has the opportunity to make amends with the past.

  • What We Leave Behind
    13

    What We Leave Behind

    Season 5, Episode 9

    After Prometheus attacks Curtis, Oliver realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity and Detective Malone discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past.

  • Prochnost
    14

    Prochnost

    Season 8, Episode 5

    Upon learning the key to oppose The Monitor, Oliver and team return to Russia on a mission to gather the necessary materials. Connor reunites with a figure from his past.

  • The Man Under The Hood
    15

    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.

  • Streets of Fire
    16

    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.

  • Corto Maltese
    17

    Corto Maltese

    Season 3, Episode 3

    Oliver (STEPHEN AMELL) searches for Thea (WILLA HOLLAND) in Corto Maltese, while Diggle (DAVID RAMSEY) tracks down a rogue field operative Mark Shaw (guest star DAVID CUBITT).

  • Haunted
    18

    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).

  • Due Process 
    19

    Due Process 

    Season 7, Episode 6

    Slabside becomes even more dangerous after a guard is murdered and everyone is a suspect. Felicity enlists help from a surprising source in her pursuit of Diaz, and Laurel flexes her muscles as the District Attorney.

  • Vendetta
    20

    Vendetta

    Season 1, Episode 8

    As Oliver and Helena grow closer, he trains her to be his ally to Diggle's dismay. But when her quest for revenge proves to be too strong for Oliver, all hell breaks loose.

  • Emerald Archer
    21

    Emerald Archer

    Season 7, Episode 12

    A documentary entitled “The Hood and the rise of vigilantism” starring Oliver Queen, Felicity Smoak, and the rest of Team Arrow. As a camera crew follows Oliver and team around to talk about their past as vigilantes and what the Green Arrow means to Star City, Oliver must also deal with William’s return from boarding school as well as a new threat to the city. The episode will feature “documentary footage” captured by the BTS crew and interviews from those who have worked alongside the Green Arrow.

  • Leap of Faith
    22

    Leap of Faith

    Season 8, Episode 3

    Reunited with his sister, Oliver and Thea find themselves searching through a familiar maze of catacombs. Meanwhile, John and Lyla partner on a special ops mission.

  • Purgatory
    23

    Purgatory

    Season 8, Episode 7

    Oliver's mission takes him to Lian Yu where he tries to ignore the repercussions of the looming Crisis until he receives help from an old friend. Meanwhile, a united Team Arrow faces a recognisable villain.

  • Dodger
    24

    Dodger

    Season 1, Episode 15

    Oliver asks Detective McKenna Hall on a date, while a jewel thief named Dodger (JAMES CALLIS) strikes Starling City and targets someone close to Oliver.

  • Crossing Lines
    25

    Crossing Lines

    Season 7, Episode 3

    Still in prison, Oliver faces his biggest challenge yet. Meanwhile, Felicity gets an intriguing offer, and Diggle asks Curtis to go undercover for ARGUS.