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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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  • 1

    Fadeout

    January 28, 2020
    91
    1

    Season 8, Episode 10

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

  • 2

    Starling City

    October 15, 2019
    86
    1

    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.

  • 3

    Kapiushon

    March 22, 2017
    107
    4

    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.

  • 4

    Promises Kept

    November 16, 2017
    62
    1

    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.

  • 5

    The Return

    February 18, 2015
    88
    3

    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).

  • 6

    Invasion! (III)

    November 30, 2016
    85
    3

    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).

  • 7

    Deathstroke Returns

    November 9, 2017
    59
    1

    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.

  • 8

    The Slabside Redemption

    November 26, 2018
    104
    5

    Season 7, Episode 7

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

  • 9

    Inmate 4587

    October 15, 2018
    79
    3

    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.

  • 10

    Fundamentals 

    April 12, 2018
    54
    1

    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.

  • 11

    Streets of Fire

    May 7, 2014
    186
    16

    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.

  • 12

    Legacy

    October 5, 2016
    76
    3

    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.

  • 13

    The Man Under The Hood

    April 16, 2014
    149
    12

    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.

  • 14

    Haunted

    November 4, 2015
    79
    4

    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).

  • 15

    Corto Maltese

    October 22, 2014
    77
    4

    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).

  • 16

    What We Leave Behind

    December 7, 2016
    56
    2

    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.

  • 17

    Emerald Archer

    February 4, 2019
    55
    2

    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.

  • 18

    Leap of Faith

    October 29, 2019
    65
    3

    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.

  • 19

    City of Blood

    April 30, 2014
    179
    19

    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.

  • 20

    Pilot

    October 10, 2012
    207
    24

    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.

  • 21

    Missing

    May 17, 2017
    62
    3

    Season 5, Episode 22

    Black Siren returns to give Chase help; Felicity plans a birthday party for Oliver; Lance is angry with Rene for missing the custody hearing about his daughter.

  • 22

    The Magician

    October 29, 2014
    101
    8

    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.

  • 23

    Vendetta

    December 5, 2012
    78
    5

    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.

  • 24

    Dead To Rights

    February 27, 2013
    128
    12

    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).

  • 25

    Unthinkable

    May 14, 2014
    316
    45

    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.