TV The Best Episodes of Gotham  

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There are so many good episodes of Gotham, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Worse Than a Crime..." the best, or is "Into the Woods" your favorite episode of Gotham? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Gotham are, let's rank every Gotham episode from best to worst.

Gotham tells tales from the city in which future Batman, Bruce Wayne, grew up following the murder of his parents. The dramatic DC series stars Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guervera, Sean Pertwee, and Ben McKenzie as young James Gordon, the future police commission of Gotham City. Gotham premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014.

None of what you see on Gotham is cannon to the Batman Universe, so think of the series as an alternate universe. That being said, Gotham is actually a great way to learn about a lot of characters you wouldn't know about if you've only seen the movies. Gotham is heavily serialized, so make sure you start from the first episode if you're new to the series.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Gotham, 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 Gotham 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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The Gentle Art of Making Enemi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies Season 3 Episode 14: With Jerome on the loose, Bruce and Alfred’s safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Nygma and Penguin confront their issues face-to-face in the winter finale.

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How the Riddler Got His Name is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
How the Riddler Got His Name Season 3 Episode 15: Convinced that he doesn’t need Penguin to succeed, Nygma begins to introduce himself to Gotham as “The Riddler,” while Gordon learns some troubling news about his father’s death.

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Knock Knock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Knock Knock Season 2 Episode 2: After reinstatement, Gordon is given the high-profile case tracking the deadly inmate escape from Arkham, while Bruce enlists the help of his father's old friend to unlock secrets.

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Destiny Calling / Heavydirtyso... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Destiny Calling / Heavydirtysoul Season 3 Episode 21: With the deadly virus spreading, the search for the antidote continues as Fish, Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. And Bruce meets Ra’s al Ghul in the season finale.

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Worse Than a Crime... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Worse Than a Crime... Season 2 Episode 11: When Bruce Wayne is kidnapped, Gordon must look to some unlikely and dangerous allies for help. In this battle of the villains, not everyone makes it out alive in the fall finale.

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Smile Like You Mean It is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Smile Like You Mean It Season 3 Episode 13: On the run from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight (DAVID DASTMALCHIAN) tries to revive Jerome (CAMERON MONAGHAN) and, in turn, activates his Gotham followers.

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The Last Laugh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Last Laugh Season 2 Episode 3: Gordon (BEN McKENZIE) and Bullock (DONAL LOGUE) track down a nemesis from the past, leading to a standoff between Jerome (CAMERON MONAGHAN) and Gordon.

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All Happy Families Are Alike is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
All Happy Families Are Alike Season 1 Episode 22: In the season finale, Gotham City's gang war reaches its boiling point, as Fish Mooney goes head-to-head with Maroni and Penguin in an attempt to restake her claim on the city.

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Damned If You Do is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Damned If You Do Season 2 Episode 1: In the season two premiere, Penguin is now King of Gotham and Gordon seeks his help when his moral compass wavers. Meanwhile Bruce Wayne explores his father's secrets.

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Into the Woods Season 2 Episode 17: In an attempt to clear his name, Gordon steals his case file and asks Nygma for help. Meanwhile, Penguin awakens from his "conditioning" upon his father's death.

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The Blind Fortune Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Blind Fortune Teller Season 1 Episode 16: Gordon takes Dr. Thompkins to the circus, but the day turns quickly when the circus comes under attack. Then, Falcone enlists Butch Gilzean to help Penguin with the nightclub.

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Pax Penguina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Pax Penguina Season 4 Episode 1: In the season four premiere, Gordon fears Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow is back in Gotham; meanwhile, Penguin’s licensing of crime in the city backfires.

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Let Them Eat Pie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Let Them Eat Pie Season 4 Episode 9: Sofia Falcone (CRYSTAL REED) and Penguin plan a fundraiser, but Professor Pyg shows up as the chef. And Bruce’s wild side gets in the way of his relationship with Alfred.

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This Ball of Mud and Meanness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
This Ball of Mud and Meanness Season 2 Episode 14: While Gordon follows up with Nygma on Kristen Kringle's whereabouts, Alfred and Selina help Bruce find his parents' killer, Matches Malone (MICHAEL BOWEN).

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The Son of Gotham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Son of Gotham Season 2 Episode 10: While Gordon challenges a suspect linked to Galavan, Bruce gets one step closer to discovering the name of his parents' killer.

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Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Ghosts Season 3 Episode 12: While Bruce and Selina deal with the return of her mother (IVANA MILIČEVIČ), Falcone places a hit on Gordon after learning that he shot Mario.

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Prisoners Season 2 Episode 16: Gordon faces new threats after being removed from protective custody, while Penguin grows closer to his father and learns more about his step-family.

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Follow the White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Follow the White Rabbit Season 3 Episode 6: While the relationship between Penguin and Nygma evolves, Mad Hatter sets his eyes on his next victims, forcing Gordon (BEN McKENZIE) to make some tough decisions.

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Pilot: Extended Version is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Pilot: Extended Version Season 1 Episode 1: In the series premiere, GOTHAM follows Jim Gordon as he navigates a dangerously corrupt city, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

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Pretty Hate Machine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Pretty Hate Machine Season 3 Episode 20: While Gordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus, some of Gotham’s most deranged villains band together. And Alfred sees a change in Bruce.

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The Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Red Hood Season 1 Episode 17: Gordon & Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang after several robberies. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara; and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld.

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The Fear Reaper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Fear Reaper Season 4 Episode 2: Under pressure to prove the GCPD is still in control, Gordon attempt to bring in Jonathan Crane, but puts himself in a dangerous situation at Arkham.

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Penguin's Umbrella is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Penguin's Umbrella Season 1 Episode 7: As violence between Maroni and Falcone escalates, Penguin reveals a new element of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his earlier decision.

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Arkham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Arkham Season 1 Episode 4: Gordon and Bullock must protect the City Council as a contentious Council vote on the future of the Arkham District approaches and politicians on both sides are in danger.

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Beware the Green-Eyed Monster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Beware the Green-Eyed Monster Season 3 Episode 11: In the mid-season finale, the virus spreads in Gotham, while Mario and Gordon face off before the wedding; and Selina meets an unexpected face.

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The Anvil or the Hammer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Anvil or the Hammer Season 1 Episode 21: The Ogre breaks down Barbara's emotions, while Gordon & Bullock track him down. Meanwhile, Penguin leads a massacre, and Bruce learns the truth about Wayne Enterprises.

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Mad Grey Dawn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Mad Grey Dawn Season 2 Episode 15: While Gordon & Bullock investigate a trail of clues left by Nygma in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, Penguin meets his father (PAUL REUBENS).

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The Blade's Path is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
The Blade's Path Season 4 Episode 5: Nygma comes face to face with Butch Gilzean, but he is not who he used to be. Sofia Falcone appeals to Penguin to protect her life. And Bruce takes bold actions with the dagger.

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Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Mr. Freeze Season 2 Episode 12: While Penguin takes a hit for Galavan's murder, Gordon & Bullock investigate the body-snatching spree of Victor Fries (NATHAN DARROW), Gotham's preeminent cryogenics engineer.

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What the Little Bird Told Him is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
What the Little Bird Told Him Season 1 Episode 12: Gordon seeks to capture Jack Gruber, a deranged electrical genius who escapes Arkham. Meanwhile, Falcone struggles to hold on to his empire after Fish Mooney makes her next move.

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Anything For You is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Anything For You Season 3 Episode 5: With crime in Gotham at an all-time high, Penguin struggles to uphold his promise to the city. Meanwhile, Butch goes down a dark path with the infamous Red Hood Gang.

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A Day in the Narrows is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
A Day in the Narrows Season 4 Episode 7: Gordon and Bullock head into the Narrows looking for clues leading to Professor Pyg (MICHAEL CERVERIS). Bruce meets a former friend (SAMIE FINNERTY).

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Under the Knife is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Under the Knife Season 1 Episode 20: While Gordon and Bullock continue to investigate the Ogre, Bruce and Selina team up to expose corruption in Wayne Enterprises and Nygma comes to Ms. Kingle's defense.

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Everyone Has A Cobblepot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Everyone Has A Cobblepot Season 1 Episode 18: After the attack, Bruce deals with the aftermath. Meanwhile, Fish's allegiance with the prisoners is questioned when she appears to join forces with Dr. Dulmacher (COLM FEORE).

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Transference is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Transference Season 2 Episode 22: While Gordon, Bruce and Lucius remain at Indian Hill, the city of Gotham will be met with a new threat as Hugo Strange's inmates devise a plan to escape in the season two finale.

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Azrael is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Azrael Season 2 Episode 19: Gordon & Bruce questions Professor Strange about Project Chimera, leading Strange to send the newly resurrected Galavan to confront Gordon.

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Light The Wick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Light The Wick Season 3 Episode 18: While Gordon discovers the Court of Owls’ secret weapon, leading him on a dangerous path, Kathryn and the Temple Shaman reveal their next move to Bruce.

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Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Unleashed Season 2 Episode 20: Azrael is on the loose in Gotham City, sparking Penguin's need for revenge. Meanwhile, Bruce enlists the help of Selina Kyle to help track down Professor Strange.

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These Delicate and Dark Obsess... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
These Delicate and Dark Obsessions Season 3 Episode 16: While the Court of Owls devises a new plan for the future of Gotham, Gordon uncovers information about his father and uncle’s past with the organization.

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Mommy's Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Mommy's Little Monster Season 2 Episode 7: While Butch (DREW POWELL) leads Penguin to the warehouse where his mother (CAROL KANE) is being held, Penguin plots his revenge on Gotham's new mayor, Theo Galavan.

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A Legion of Horribles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
A Legion of Horribles Season 2 Episode 21: Hugo Strange welcomes back a familiar face to Gotham, after he resurrects Fish Mooney (former series star JADA PINKETT SMITH) at Indian Hill.

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Burn the Witch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Burn the Witch Season 3 Episode 2: Fish Mooney takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange (BD WONG), forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale (JAMIE CHUNG) to find her.

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Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Lovecraft Season 1 Episode 10: Selina leads a new friend on a perilous journey through Gotham to evade the assassins on her trail. And Gordon is reassigned to duty at Arkham Asylum following a misstep

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Welcome Back, Jim Gordon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Welcome Back, Jim Gordon Season 1 Episode 13: When a key witness in a homicide ends up dead in police custody, Gordon suspects it was an inside job. Meanwhile, Penguin gives Fish a taste of her own medicine.

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New Day Rising is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
New Day Rising Season 3 Episode 4: Penguin gains power as he narrows in on the nomination for Mayor. Meanwhile, Bruce and Alfred race to find Bruce’s doppelganger after learning he’s assumed Bruce’s identity.

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By Fire is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
By Fire Season 2 Episode 6: As Penguin and Galavan continue to battle for control of Gotham City's underworld, Kringle and Nygma's relationship takes a new step. And Bridgit Pike rejoins her brothers.

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Rogue's Gallery is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Rogue's Gallery Season 1 Episode 11: Det. Gordon's assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Tompkins (MORENA BACCARIN).

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Scarification is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Scarification Season 2 Episode 5: Galavan & Penguin join forces with a dangerous family in Gotham. With the rivalry between the Waynes & the Galavans resurfacing, Gordon struggles to maintain order in the city.

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Fearsome Dr. Crane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Fearsome Dr. Crane Season 1 Episode 14: While Gordon and Bullock hunt down a killer who targets victims with severe phobias, Fish Mooney reveals a secret of Oswald's, prompting Maroni (DAVID ZAYAS) to test his loyalty.

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Strike Force is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Gotham
Strike Force Season 2 Episode 4: Captain Barnes (MICHAEL CHIKLIS) creates a new police task force with Gordon's help, while Penguin (ROBIN LORD TAYLOR) gets caught up in a favor for Galavan (JAMES FRAIN).