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

Developed by Bryan Fuller and based on the novels Red Dragon and Hannibal by Thomas Harris, Hannibal explored the relationship between an FBI criminal profiler and Dr. Hannibal Lector. The psychological thriller aired for three seasons on NBC, from April 4, 2013 to August 29, 2015, and starred Hugh Dancy as agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Lector. During its run, Hannibal garnered numerous nominations at the IGN Awards, Saturn Awards, and Online Film & Television Association Awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Hannibal, 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 Hannibal 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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Mizumono is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 13: The trap has been set for Hannibal and as he prepares for his departure, he thinks Will is coming with him. Will though is tying up loose ends and preparation for a different kind of departure, not sure if he'll survive the trap he's set. Both Will and Hannibal feel that Jack ought to have the truth. As loyalties are tested, the fated battle between Hannibal and Jack has arrived

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The Wrath of the Lamb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 13: Will Graham maneuvers Hannibal Lecter and Francis Dolarhyde into position for their final showdown.

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Digestivo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 7: Following their capture in Italy by mercenaries, Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter are delivered to Muskrat Farm, where Mason Verger prepares to inflict his own form of justice.

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Yakimono is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 7: Will Graham is released from Chilton's asylum, while the discovery of Miriam Lass gives Jack Crawford new hope in finding the Chesapeake Ripper.

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Savoureux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 13: Will's mental decline results in tragedy, when it appears he may have murdered Abigail Hobbs. With himself as his only defender, Will desperately tries to prove he's being framed by the real Copy Cat killer.

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Futamono is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 6: Suspicions rise about Hannibal Lecter when he throws a dinner party while the Chesapeake Ripper is on a killing spree.

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Fromage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 8: Will and Jack pursue a murderer who makes instrument strings from the gut of humans.

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Contorno is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 5: A showdown in Florence seems inevitable, as Will Graham and Chiyoh approach, and Jack Crawford joins Inspector Pazzi to track down Hannibal Lecter, who prepares for the coming storm.

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Takiawase is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 4: The FBI is called in when a dead body is discovered, the skull converted into a beehive. Meanwhile Beverly Katz finds a clue about the mural killer that sends her down a deadly path.

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Relevés is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 12: Hannibal consults his own therapist about his complex relationship with Will, while Will's newly expanded theory on the Copy Cat killer makes Jack question his grasp on reality.

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Tome-Wan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 12: Will shares his visions with Hannibal in a therapy session. Meanwhile, veiled threats come into play in Mason's session with Hannibal; Jack produces an unexpected witness from the past to help in the Hannibal case; and Hannibal's life is threatened, which forces Will to make a decision.

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Mukozuke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 5: After profiling the murder of Beverly Katz, Will Graham reaches his breaking point and sends a killer after Hannibal Lecter--with chilling results.

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...and the Beast from the Sea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 11: The Red Dragon threatens to strike very close to those who are hunting him.

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The Number of the Beast is 666 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 12: Will Graham and the team hatch a risky plan to lure Francis Dolarhyde out into the open, putting everyone's lives at risk.

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The Great Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 8: Jack Crawford coaxes Will Graham out of retirement in hopes of stopping a serial killer that is targeting families.

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Ko No Mono is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 11: Truths about a vanishing emerge. Elsewhere, Alana grows concerned about Will's mental state; Mason believes that his sister is scheming to wrest control of his power; and Hannibal discloses information about Abigail to Will.

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Naka-Choko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 10: Hannibal and Will form a bond as Will undergoes a dark transformation. Meanwhile, the team investigates a disturbing tableaux; Margot grows concerned over her brother's violent nature; and Will agrees to be interviewed for Freddie's book.

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Shiizakana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 9: The team investigates when a truck driver's body is discovered, apparently torn apart by two different species of animals working together.

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Aperitif is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 1: Unorthodox profiler Will Graham is enlisted by the FBI's Jack Crawford to catch the Minnesota Shrike, a serial killer who targets young women.

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Sorbet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 7: After a man is found dead in a hotel room with his kidney missing, Jack believes the serial killer known as the Chesapeake Ripper has resurfaced.

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Sakizuke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 2: The BAU team narrows in on the origin of the discarded bodies from the soupy crime scene, working to discover the killer's artful plan, while Will Graham begins an artful plan of his own from within the asylum.

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Kaiseki is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 1: Workers make a grisly discovery--bodies discarded in a river, creating a soupy crime scene for the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) to decipher.

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Rôti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 11: Having escaped custody, Dr. Abel Gideon seeks revenge on his former therapists, as Will battles his own escalating mental crisis.

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Trou Normand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 9: A human totem pole is found on a beach, comprised of seventeen different bodies.

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Apertivo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 4: Dr. Fredrick Chilton is alive and well, if not somewhat reconstructed, urging those wronged by Hannibal Lecter to use Will Graham as bait to flush him out.

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Dolce is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 6: Will Graham and Jack Crawford renew their alliance, while Hannibal Lecter sets the table for his last supper in Florence.

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Entrée is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 6: Dr. Abel Gideon, an inmate at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, claims to be the real Chesapeake Ripper. Will and Jack set out to test his assertions.

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Antipasto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 1: Several months after the horrific events that transpired in the season two finale, Hannibal Lecter is on the run in Europe--a predator let loose in the wild.

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Primavera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 2: After months of recovery from the wounds inflicted by Hannibal Lecter, Will Graham journeys to Europe on a personal mission to track down his would-be killer, unsure of what he'll do when he finds him.

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Secondo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 3: Will Graham visits Hannibal Lecter's ancestral home in Lithuania, delving deeper into Hannibal's sordid past for clues to the present.

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Su-Zakana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 8: Will rejoins the FBI team to help investigate a peculiar case. Meanwhile, Will resumes his doctor-patient relationship with Hannibal, yet Alana questions Will's true motives; Will and Hannibal scramble to keep a witness safe.

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Buffet Froid is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 10: Will questions his sanity as he gets inside the mind of a killer who believes that she herself is already dead.

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Coquilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 5: The Team tracks a killer who is turning his victims into "angels," while Jack deals with a personal crisis.

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Potage is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 3: Determined to give Abigail closure, Will and Hannibal travel with Abigail back home to the scene of her father's crimes.

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Hassun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 2 Episode 3: Will Graham's trial begins, but when an avid fan starts recreating crimes similar to those Will is accused of committing, even Will's strongest detractors are forced to reconsider the case against him.

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Amuse-Bouche is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 2: Will and Jack hunt a killer who is burying his victims alive as fertilizer for his intricate garden of fungus, while Hannibal tries to shield Will from prying tabloid journalist Freddie Lounds.

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...and the Woman Clothed with ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 9: Desperate to stop "The Tooth Fairy", whose motives remain unclear, Will Graham is forced to visit the one person who can offer insight - Hannibal Lecter.

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...and the Woman Clothed in Su... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 3 Episode 10: Will Graham and Francis Dolarhyde's paths grow ever closer as both men seek the wisdom of Hannibal Lecter.

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Ceuf is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Hannibal
Season 1 Episode 4: After the brutal murder of an otherwise happy family, Will and Jack uncover a string of child kidnappings where it seems the children have turned against their parents.