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The Best Episodes Of 'Gotham'

Updated September 13, 2019 3.7k votes 376 voters 8.8k views76 items

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.

  • 1
    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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  • 2
    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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  • 3
    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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  • 4
    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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  • 5
    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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  • 6
    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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  • 7
    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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  • 8
    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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  • 9
    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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  • 10
    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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  • 11
    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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  • 12
    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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  • 13
    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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  • 14
    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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  • 15
    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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  • 16
    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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  • 17
    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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  • 18
    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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  • 19
    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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  • 20
    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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  • 21
    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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  • 22
    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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  • 23
    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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  • 24
    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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  • 25
    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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