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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. The seventh and last season of Arrow premiered in October 2019.

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

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

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

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Three Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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.

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The Scientist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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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Deathstroke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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 Brave and the Bold (2) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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).

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Seeing Red is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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.

10
City of Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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.

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The Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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.

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

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

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Darkness on the Edge of Town is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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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Year's End is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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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Legacy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
Legacy October 5, 2016

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.

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Invasion! (III) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
Invasion! (III) November 30, 2016

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).

20
Dead To Rights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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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Damaged is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
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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Kapiushon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
Kapiushon March 22, 2017

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.

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The Dragon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
The Dragon April 19, 2018

Season 6, Episode 19

Looking to expand his empire, Diaz and Laurel meet with The Quadrant, a coalition of mafia families who run national organized crime. Meanwhile, after Oliver’s recent decision, Felicity and Curtis double their efforts on building Helix Dynamics.

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Life Sentence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
Life Sentence May 17, 2018

Season 6, Episode 23

With a new ally on his team, Oliver engages Diaz in an epic final battle.

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Inmate 4587 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'Arrow'
Inmate 4587 October 15, 2018

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.