The BEST Episodes of Angel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Network: The WB

Angel, a 240-year old vampire cursed with a conscience, haunts the dark streets of Los Angeles alone. But after he meets a half-demon with mysterious visions, Angel realizes his true purpose: to help those in danger with the hope that he may have a chance to redeem himself and save his own soul. With Cordelia and Doyle at his side, he forms Angel Investigations. He is soon joined by Wesley, Gunn, Lorne and Fred, and he will need all their expertise to fight the growing forces of evil, and the supernatural law firm of Wolfram and Hart.

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Not Fade Away

#1 - Not Fade Away

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 2004

Angel and his friend's prepare for their "suicide" attack on the circle of the Black Thorn.

star 8.68
796 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Bell
Writers: Jeffrey Bell, Joss Whedon

#2 - Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 2000

The newly revamped deadly duo of Drusilla and Darla hit the streets of L.A. Angel is frantic, searching for the terrible twosome.

star 8.21
617 votes
Writers: Shawn Ryan, Tim Minear

#3 - Orpheus

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 19, 2003

As Faith and Angelus lay drugged and possibly dying, they flash back to key events in Angel's life... and Willow comes to help the others in the quest to restore Angel's soul.

star 8.18
620 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Mere Smith
Spin the Bottle

#4 - Spin the Bottle

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2002

Lorne's spell to restore Cordelia's memory backfires and convinces everyone they're high school students who have been gathered to kill a vampire: Angel.

star 8.14
583 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#5 - Darla

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2000

Lindsey finds himself drawn to Darla as her mental state deteriorates.

star 8.14
716 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear

#6 - Home

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 2003

Lilah returns from the dead to offer Angel and his friends full ownership of Wolfram and Hart.

star 8.14
553 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
I Will Remember You

#7 - I Will Remember You

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 23, 1999

Old feelings are rekindled when Buffy comes to L.A. to visit Angel. Buffy and Angel are attacked by a Mohra demon, and together they slay it

star 8.12
1,017 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: David Greenwalt, Jeannine Renshaw

#8 - Shells

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 3, 2004

Mourning Fred's death, Angel and his friends vow to find a way to bring her back, which leads to a confrontation with the ancient god Illyria, who now occupies Fred's body.

star 8.12
667 votes
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight
Five by Five

#9 - Five by Five

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 25, 2000

Rogue slayer Faith comes to town, and when she partners up with Wolfram and Hart , Angel's life is in danger.

star 8.11
864 votes
Writers: Jim Kouf

#10 - Awakening

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 29, 2003

Angel agrees to try to bring Angelus back... but after the first attempt fails, he and his friends discover a magic sword that might do a better job of getting rid of the Big Bad beast.

star 8.01
515 votes
Writers: David Fury, Steven S. DeKnight
Long Day's Journey

#11 - Long Day's Journey

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 22, 2003

After a group of totems linked to the ancient sun god Ra are killed by the Big Bad beast, Angel and his friends realize he's plotting to turn off the sun.

star 7.99
571 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Mere Smith
The House Always Wins

#12 - The House Always Wins

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 2002

Angel and his friends discover that Lorne is being held prisoner in a corrupt Las Vegas casino.

star 7.97
582 votes
Directors: Marita Grabiak
Writers: David Fury

#13 - Sanctuary

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 2, 2000

Everyone, including Buffy Summers, is out to get Faith, and Angel is the only man who can stop them.

star 7.95
871 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Joss Whedon, Tim Minear
Smile Time

#14 - Smile Time

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 18, 2004

While Nina the werewolf shows romantic interest in Angel, he investigates a demon-infested children's television program and gets turned into a puppet; Gunn makes a deal to keep his newly implanted mental powers; and Wes and Fred's relationship heats up.

star 7.95
696 votes
Directors: Ben Edlund
Writers: Ben Edlund, Joss Whedon
Through the Looking Glass

#15 - Through the Looking Glass

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 15, 2001

Angel, Gunn, Wesley and the Host are sentenced to death by the villagers. They are brought before the princess of Pylea, who they are shocked to discover is Her Royal Highness Cordelia. Soon, Cordelia discovers one of her duties as princess is mating with a creature called the Groossalugg.

star 7.93
684 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
Waiting in the Wings

#16 - Waiting in the Wings

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 4, 2002

Angel and his friends attend a ballet,where Angel realises he saw the exact same dancers on stage 110 years ago.

star 7.93
574 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
The Trial

#17 - The Trial

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 2000

Still haunted by flashbacks of his 150-year fling with the dreaded Darla, Angel sends Gunn out to find her.

star 7.93
790 votes
Writers: Douglas Petrie, Tim Minear

#18 - Soulless

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 5, 2003

After Angelus succeeds in setting Angel's friends against each other, Cordelia makes him a deal: if he tells what he knows about the Big Bad beast, she'll give herself to him.

star 7.93
551 votes
Directors: Sean Astin
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain

#19 - Salvage

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 5, 2003

While Lorne casts a sanctuary spell on the hotel, and Wesley brings in the slayer, Faith, to help get Angelus back... the Doomsday Beast and its boss also try to woo Angelus.

star 7.92
642 votes
Writers: David Fury

#20 - Calvary

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 12, 2003

After learning the doomsday beast may be working for something bigger and badder than itself, Angel's friends cast a spell to return his soul to Angelus' body.

star 7.92
639 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Jeffrey Bell, Mere Smith, Steven S. DeKnight
First Impressions

#21 - First Impressions

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 2000

Angel encounters an amorous Darla in his dreams; Cordelia vows to protect Gunn after she experiences a vision depicting him in mortal danger.

star 7.91
677 votes
Writers: Shawn Ryan

#22 - Lullaby

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2001

As Darla goes through a difficult labour, Holtz pursues Angel.

star 7.90
549 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear

#23 - Destiny

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2003

After Spike receives a strange package, Wolfram and Hart employees are possessed by evil... while Angel and Spike are set against each other in a quest that brings their 100-year-old rivalry to a head.

star 7.90
550 votes
Directors: Skip Schoolnik
Writers: David Fury, Steven S. DeKnight
Deep Down

#24 - Deep Down

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 6, 2002

As Fred and Gunn search for Angel, Wesley continues his affair with Lilah and conducts his own, more fruitful, search.

star 7.90
611 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight

#25 - Release

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 12, 2003

As Faith and Angel continue their battle, the voice of the Beast's Master invades Angel's mind.

star 7.90
662 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, Steven S. DeKnight