The BEST Episodes of Angel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2019

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.

Not Fade Away

#1 - Not Fade Away

Season 5 - Episode 22

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

star 8.66
230 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Bell
Writers: Joss Whedon, Jeffrey Bell
Spin the Bottle

#2 - Spin the Bottle

Season 4 - Episode 6

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 8.29
179 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon
I Will Remember You

#3 - I Will Remember You

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 8.29
323 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Jeannine Renshaw, David Greenwalt
Smile Time

#4 - Smile Time

Season 5 - Episode 14

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 8.25
205 votes
Directors: Ben Edlund
Writers: Ben Edlund, Joss Whedon
You're Welcome

#5 - You're Welcome

Season 5 - Episode 12

When Lindsey returns and tries to defeat Angel using a secret "failsafe" entity created by the Powers That Be, Cordelia emerges from her coma to help save Angel.

star 8.25
193 votes
Directors: David Fury
Writers: David Fury
Five by Five

#6 - Five by Five

Season 1 - Episode 18

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

star 8.24
259 votes
Writers: Jim Kouf
A Hole in the World

#7 - A Hole in the World

Season 5 - Episode 15

After being breathed on by an ancient sarcophagus, Fred contracts a mystery illness and lies near death while Angel and his friends try to figure out what's wrong with her.

star 8.24
196 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon

#8 - Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.23
207 votes
Writers: Tim Minear, Shawn Ryan

#9 - Shells

Season 5 - Episode 16

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 8.21
185 votes
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight

#10 - Sanctuary

Season 1 - Episode 19

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

star 8.21
271 votes
Directors: Michael Lange
Writers: Tim Minear, Joss Whedon

#11 - Orpheus

Season 4 - Episode 15

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 8.17
189 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Mere Smith

#12 - Hero

Season 1 - Episode 9

Doyle is presented with an opportunity for atonement when a band of frightened refugees seek his help.

star 8.12
289 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Tim Minear, Howard Gordon
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been

#13 - Are You Now or Have You Ever Been

Season 2 - Episode 2

In the 1950s, Angel aids a woman hiding from her past inside a hotel with a long history of death and mayhem. Meanwhile, in the present day, Angel and his colleagues hunt down a demon responsible for the carnage.

star 8.10
247 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Tim Minear

#14 - Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 11

On her birthday, Cordelia learns her visions will kill her unless she goes back in time and chooses a different path in life - which doesn't include Angel.

star 8.08
203 votes
Writers: Mere Smith

#15 - Home

Season 4 - Episode 22

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

star 8.08
176 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear

#16 - Awakening

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 8.07
169 votes
Writers: David Fury, Steven S. DeKnight

#17 - Lullaby

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

star 8.05
195 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear

#18 - Darla

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.05
224 votes
Directors: Tim Minear
Writers: Tim Minear
To Shanshu in L.A.

#19 - To Shanshu in L.A.

Season 1 - Episode 22

Wolfram and Hart raise a powerful new foe to strike down Angel and those close to him.

star 8.03
233 votes
Directors: David Greenwalt
Writers: David Greenwalt

#20 - Soulless

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.02
176 votes
Directors: Sean Astin
Writers: Sarah Fain, Elizabeth Craft

#21 - Calvary

Season 4 - Episode 12

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 8.01
185 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Mere Smith, Steven S. DeKnight, Jeffrey Bell
The Trial

#22 - The Trial

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 8.00
224 votes
Writers: Douglas Petrie, Tim Minear
There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb

#23 - There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb

Season 2 - Episode 22

Angel struggles with the inner beast the demon dimension brings out in him, while Wesley and Gunn join with rebel forces to overthrow the government and Her Majesty. It's up to Cordelia to save the Host him while Angel seeks help to rescue everyone and return home.

star 7.97
205 votes
Directors: David Greenwalt
Writers: David Greenwalt

#24 - Salvage

Season 4 - Episode 13

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 7.96
187 votes
Writers: David Fury
Waiting in the Wings

#25 - Waiting in the Wings

Season 3 - Episode 13

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

star 7.95
192 votes
Directors: Joss Whedon
Writers: Joss Whedon