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The Best Smallville Episodes  

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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
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
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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Onyx is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Asylum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Lexmas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Descent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added
Descent is an episode from the CW "Smallville" in season 7 episode 16 where Lex Luthor finally kills his father
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Finale Parts 1 & 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Season 10 Episode 21: Smallville wraps up Clark Kent's ten-year journey to becoming the world's greatest superhero in the two-hour series finale!
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Insurgence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added 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.   
Lex hires some thugs to bug Lionel's office but things get out of control when Lionel and Martha are taken hostage, and Clark must rescue them without revealing his secrets.
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Zod is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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) 11 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added Dec 19 2000
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Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Finale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Exile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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) 16 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
RunaNona added
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Red is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Traveler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Season 7 Episode 14: Lionel arranges to have Clark kidnapped and held in a kryptonite-lined cell at a LuthorCorp facility. After Chloe and Lana find a military electric probe at the farm, they confront Lione.
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Season 10 Episode 3: Clark is stunned when Kara (LAURA VANDERVOORT) returns to Earth and tells him Jor El sent her to stop the dark force that is coming because he doesn’t believe Clark can handle it.
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Crusade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Justice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Vessel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
Season 5 Episode 22: Fine (recurring guest star JAMES MARSTERS) unleashes a virus that could kill millions of people and refuses to give Clark the vaccine unless he agrees to release the spirit of an imprisoned Kryptonian criminal.
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Covenant (2) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Promise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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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Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smallville Episodes
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.