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 where future Batman/Bruce Wayne grew up in, following the murder of his parents. The dramatic DC series stars Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, 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 canon 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 vote down 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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Knock Knock is listed (or ranked) 2 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) 3 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) 4 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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All Happy Families Are Alike is listed (or ranked) 5 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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How The Riddler Got His Name is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Into The Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Last Laugh is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Smile Like You Mean It is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Pax Penguina is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Blind Fortune Teller is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Penguin's Umbrella is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Fear Reaper is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Pretty Hate Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Follow The White Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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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The Son Of Gotham is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Anything For You is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Mr. Freeze is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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The Blade's Path is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Anvil or the Hammer is listed (or ranked) 24 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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This Ball Of Mud And Meanness is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 26 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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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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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Beware The Green-Eyed Monster is listed (or ranked) 29 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 Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Arkham is listed (or ranked) 31 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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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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Transference is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Mommy's Little Monster is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Under the Knife is listed (or ranked) 35 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) 36 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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Burn the Witch is listed (or ranked) 37 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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A Legion of Horribles is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Azrael is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Lovecraft is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Light The Wick is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 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) 43 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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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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Scarification is listed (or ranked) 46 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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By Fire is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Stop Hitting Yourself is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes Of 'Gotham'
Stop Hitting Yourself Season 4 Episode 8: With Grundy and Nygma as main attractions at Cherry’s Place in the Narrows, Penguin wants revenge on Nygma when he learns he’s been mocking him.

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Rogue's Gallery is listed (or ranked) 49 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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The Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes Of 'Gotham'
The Scarecrow Season 1 Episode 15: Gordon and Bullock set out to stop Dr. Crane, who has been harvesting the glands of his murder victims. Meanwhile, Falcone attempts to change Maroni's plan for the Penguin.