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The Best Smallville Episodes 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4.4k votes 360 voters 9.7k views 218 items

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List of the best Smallville episodes, as determined by voters like you. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Smallville episodes of all time are. Fans of Smallville are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

This list below has everything from Absolute Justice to Odyssey. What is the best Smallville episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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Shattered is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Shattered Episode: 8, Season: Smallville - Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 19 2003

Lex locates Morgan Edge and gets him to admit to dirty dealings with Lionel, but before Lex can take it to the authorities, someone tries to kill him at the mansion. Barely surviving, Lex flees ...more
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Memoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Memoria Episode: 19, Season: Smallville - Season 3

Original Airing: Apr 28 2004

Believing that key information about his father's past was lost when his memory was erased, Lex decides to join an experimental program with Dr. Garner to regain the information so he can turn ...more
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Lexmas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added Lexmas Episode: 9, Season: Smallville - Season 5

Original Airing: Dec 08 2005

Lex considers whether to turn an operative loose to obtain or fake damaging information against Jonathan to upset his Senatorial race. But when Lex is shot, he falls into a coma and is visited ...more
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Asylum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Asylum Episode: 9, Season: Smallville - Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 14 2004

Three of Clark's former opponents approach Lex to enlist his help in luring Clark to the hospital after they hear that Lionel has requested Lex be given electroshock therapy to erase his memory. ...more
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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Onyx Episode: 17, Season: Smallville - Season 4

Original Airing: Apr 13 2005

A black kryptonite explosion splits Lex in two and his evil side - Alexander - is released. Alexander imprisons Lex in the mansion then gives full vent to his evil side - he threatens to evict ...more
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Descent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added Descent
Descent is an episode from the CW "Smallville" in season 7 episode 16 where Lex Luthor finally kills his father
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: Smallville - Season 1

Original Airing: Oct 16 2001

The first episode tells the story of the meteor shower that hit Smallville and changed life in the Kansas town forever. Clark Kent meets Lex Luthor for the first time and encounters the first in ...more
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Insurgence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added Episode: 12, Season: Smallville - Season 2

Original Airing: Jan 21 2003

Insurgence is episode 12 from the CW "Smallville" season 2 , Lex discovers that his father is spying on him in every sense of the word by bugging the whole mansion which resulted in Lex loosing a multimillion dollar contract. Lex decided to get back at his father by bugging his office but he didn't count on his father being their at Sunday and with Martha Kent no less. The whole thing escalates to become a hostage situation where Lex tries desperately to correct it.   
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Zod is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Zod Episode: 1, Season: Smallville - Season 6

Original Airing: Sep 28 2006

A powerless Clark is trapped in the "Phantom Zone" surrounded by the criminals his father imprisoned there. However, an unexpected ally comes to his aid. Meanwhile, Zod in Lex's body ...more
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Nemesis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added Nemesis Episode: 7, Season: Dad (1997) - Series 2

Original Airing: Dec 19 2000

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Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Reckoning Episode: 12, Season: Smallville - Season 5

Original Airing: Jan 26 2006

Clark reveals his secret to Lana, Jonathan and Lex learn the results of the senatorial election, and there is a tragic car accident on the highway that takes the life of someone Clark loves, ...more
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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Homecoming Episode: 4, Season: Smallville - Season 10

Original Airing: Oct 15 2010

In an attempt to cheer up Clark, Lois convinces him to attend their five-year high school reunion. A visit back to the home of the Crows has Clark remembering old times with Lana and Chloe, ...more
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Finale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Episode: 21, Season: Smallville - Season 10

Original Airing: May 13 2011

The story of Clark Kent culminates in this epic two-hour series finale as Clark takes the last step to becoming the Man of Steel. With surprise guest appearances, nods to the first few seasons ...more
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Exile is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: Smallville - Season 3

Original Airing: Oct 01 2003

Under the influence of red kryptonite, Clark is following a life of crime in Metropolis while his friends and parents desperately try to find him. Lex is forced to confront his personal demons ...more
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Lockdown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added Lockdown
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Red is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Red Episode: 4, Season: Smallville - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 15 2002

Clark has his first run-in with red kryptonite in this exploration of classic Superman mythology, turning immoral when he gets his high-school ring holding a piece of rock. Meanwhile, Lex and ...more
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Justice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Justice Episode: 11, Season: Smallville - Season 6

Original Airing: Jan 18 2007

When Lex's Level 33.1 project comes to fruition, Oliver Queen must bring together several of Clark's "heroic" super-powered allies together: Arthur Curry, Bart Allen, and Victor
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Crusade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Crusade Episode: 1, Season: Smallville - Season 4

Original Airing: Sep 22 2004

Clark returns to Smallville as Kal-El - intent on fulfilling his destiny, he goes after a powerful kryptonian crystal that Lex has obtained in Egypt. Meanwhile, newcomer Lois Lane arrives in ...more
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Promise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Promise Episode: 16, Season: Smallville - Season 6

Original Airing: Mar 15 2007

Clark has second thoughts about Lana marrying Lex, and Lana has the same concerns. Meanwhile, the doctor involved in the secret behind Lana's pregnancy threatens Lex with his knowledge.
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Covenant (2) is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Covenant Episode: 22, Season: Smallville - Season 3

Original Airing: May 19 2004

Kara, a beautiful superpowered girl from Krypton, entices Clark to join with his father and embrace his destiny. Clark is left without support after Pete's departure when Jonathan reveals the ...more
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Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Apocalypse Episode: 18, Season: Smallville - Season 7

Original Airing: May 01 2008

When Clark wonders if the world would be better off if he never came to Smallville, Jor-El shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
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Tempest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Episode: 21, Season: Smallville - Season 1

Original Airing: May 21 2002

"Tempest" is the twenty-first episode and season finale of the first season of the WB original series Smallville. The episode originally aired on May 21, 2002; Philip Levens and Alfred ...more
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Bizarro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Bizarro Episode: 1, Season: Smallville - Season 7

Original Airing: Sep 27 2007

During Clark's battle with the last Phantom Zone wraith, Lex is rescued by a mysterious woman. She then goes to the Kent farm and reveals she is Clark's cousin, Kara, from Krypton.
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Bride is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Bride Episode: 10, Season: Smallville - Season 8

Original Airing: Nov 20 2008

Unexpected guests crash Chloe and Jimmy's wedding; Oliver thinks he has found Lex and sets out to confront him, but he is shocked to find Lana instead; Lois and Clark grow closer.
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Salvation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Salvation Episode: 21, Season: Smallville - Season 9

Original Airing: May 14 2010

When Zod and the Kandorians launch their brutal attack on Earth, Chloe calls in some old friends to join the fight against the aliens. Clark and Zod face off in an epic battle for the control of ...more