The Best Episodes Of 'Gotham'

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 and ran for five seasons.

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 Enemies

    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.
  • The Last Laugh

    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.
  • How The Riddler Got His Name

    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.
  • Penguin's Umbrella

    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.
  • Into The Woods

    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.
  • Worse Than A Crime...

    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.
  • All Happy Families Are Alike

    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.
  • This Ball Of Mud And Meanness

    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).
  • Knock Knock

    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.
  • The Blind Fortune Teller

    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

    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.
  • Smile Like You Mean It

    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.
  • Destiny Calling / Heavydirtysoul

    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.
  • A Bitter Pill to Swallow

    A Bitter Pill to Swallow

    Season 2 Episode 9: Gordon encounters one of Gotham's most dangerous hitmen, Eduardo Flamingo (RAUL CASTILLO), while Nygma and Penguin cross paths once again.
  • Rogue's Gallery

    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).
  • Pilot: Extended Version

    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.
  • Anything For You

    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.
  • Mommy's Little Monster

    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.
  • The Anvil or the Hammer

    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.
  • 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
  • A Legion of Horribles

    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.
  • Tonight's the Night

    Tonight's the Night

    Season 2 Episode 8: While Galavan tries to make a business deal with Bruce Wayne, he sends Barbara after Jim Gordon - with Bullock and Barnes hot on her trail. Nygma meets a familiar face.
  • The Blade's Path

    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.
  • What the Little Bird Told Him

    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.