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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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Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Unthinkable is listed (or ranked) 3 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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The Promise is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Kapiushon is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Three Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Climb is listed (or ranked) 7 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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What We Leave Behind is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Invasion! is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Brave and the Bold is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Seeing Red is listed (or ranked) 13 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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City of Blood is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Checkmate is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Streets of Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Missing is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Undertaking is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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The Man Under The Hood is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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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Darkness on the Edge of Town is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Promises Kept is listed (or ranked) 25 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).