The BEST Episodes of Arrow

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2020

Network: The CW

After being marooned for five years on a remote island and presumed dead, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in his hometown of Starling City.

Unthinkable

#1 - Unthinkable

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 14, 2014

Slade moves forward with his plan to kill one more person in Oliver’s life. While Oliver has fought all year to be more than the killer he once was, when Slade kidnaps someone close to Oliver’s heart, Oliver is pushed to the edge and realizes sometimes it takes doing the unthinkable to stop the monster. Meanwhile, Diggle takes on Amanda Waller with a little help from some friends, and Thea turns to Roy in her time of need.

star 8.32
5,909 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim
Sacrifice

#2 - Sacrifice

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2013

Oliver and Diggle race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades. However, they run into a roadblock after Detective Lance picks up Felicity for questioning. Tommy and Oliver’s already tumultuous relationship takes a turn for the worse after Oliver makes a confession about Laurel. After hearing of the danger in The Glades, Thea races to find Roy, inadvertently putting herself directly in the line of fire for Malcolm’s devious plan. On the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado are locked in a life-or-death struggle against Fyers as his missiles lock on a full Ferris Air jetliner.

star 8.28
8,381 votes
Directors: David Barrett
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim
The Climb

#3 - The Climb

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 10, 2014

Nyssa returns to Starling City and tells Oliver that her father, Ra’s al Ghul has given Oliver 48 hours to find Sara’s killer or the League of Assassins will start killing the citizens of Starling City. Laurel is stunned when her father delivers a very special Christmas gift — her mother, Dinah. Meanwhile, Ray tries to make amends with Felicity and Oliver sets a meeting with Ra’s al Ghul.

star 8.24
4,874 votes
Writers: Jake Coburn, Keto Shimizu
Lian Yu

#4 - Lian Yu

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2017

The battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies — Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn, and Digger Harkness — to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army — Black Siren, Evelyn Sharp, and Talia al Ghul — and the forces collide.

star 8.21
5,080 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericle
Seeing Red

#5 - Seeing Red

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 23, 2014

The Mirakuru sends Roy into an uncontrollable rage and he unleashes on the city. After Roy’s deadly fight with a police officer, Oliver realizes the Mirakuru has taken over Roy completely and must figure out a way to stop him. Things get more complicated after Sara declares that Roy is too far gone and the only way to stop him is to kill him. Meanwhile, Thea believes she can break through to Roy so she goes on camera at Moira’s campaign rally to lure him to Verdant. Her ploy works but after Roy attacks Thea, Team Arrow unleashes on him.

star 8.17
6,085 votes
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Wendy Mericle
Streets of Fire

#6 - Streets of Fire

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 2014

Oliver rallies his team as Slade’s soldiers attack the city. Felicity gets a call from S.T.A.R. Labs with game-changing news and Thea comes face-to-face with her father — Malcolm Merlyn.

star 8.13
5,811 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Jake Coburn
Three Ghosts

#7 - Three Ghosts

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 2013

After a fight with Cyrus Gold AKA the Acolyte, Oliver is drugged and left for dead. Determined to cure him, Felicity makes a risky decision. The cure causes Oliver to hallucinate, and what he sees forces him to confront his past. Meanwhile, Barry continues to help Felicity, and their connection grows stronger. The Arrow asks Lance to look into Gold, but when the stakeout on Gold goes bad, someone is killed. Roy is captured and tortured by Brother Blood.

star 8.10
6,968 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti
Fadeout

#8 - Fadeout

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 28, 2020

After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow.

star 8.10
1,041 votes
Directors: James Bamford
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim
The Brave and the Bold

#9 - The Brave and the Bold

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 3, 2014

Oliver, Arsenal and Diggle track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness, but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team. Diggle asks Lyla why A.R.G.U.S. is involved but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla. The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend — The Flash. Harkness manages to get away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city.

star 8.07
4,880 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Grainne Godfree, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim
Deathstroke

#10 - Deathstroke

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 2, 2014

Slade makes his move against Oliver and the repercussions are enormous. While Oliver scrambles to protect his family, a key player in his team starts to question Oliver’s decisions. Meanwhile, Isabel makes her move to take Queen Consolidated away from Oliver.

star 8.06
5,779 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg, Marc Guggenheim
The Scientist

#11 - The Scientist

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 4, 2013

A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen to town. Citing a similar case back home, Barry offers to help Oliver and team with the investigation. Oliver senses there is more to Barry than meets the eye, but he’s distracted by the similarities between this current case and something that happened on the island. Meanwhile, Felicity takes a liking to Barry, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Oliver. Sin asks Roy for help when a friend of hers goes missing. Roy is surprised when Thea not only encourages him to help, but joins the search. Unfortunately, Sin’s friend is connected to Brother Blood, and their search ultimately gets one of them seriously injured.

star 8.06
7,169 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti
Time of Death

#12 - Time of Death

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 26, 2014

Oliver brings Sara into the Arrow team. Watching Oliver and Diggle spar with Sara and talk old scars, Felicity starts to feel left out. The team is investigating a villain named William Tockman, a.k.a. The Clock King, who is a brilliant thief armed with technology that can open any bank vault in Starling City. After The Clock King infiltrates the computer systems in the lair, Felicity feels pressure to prove her worth. When she gets a lead on Tockman’s whereabouts, she heads out without the team, putting her in peril. Meanwhile, Oliver throws Sara a welcome home party, but Laurel refuses to attend. After Lance makes his case for a family dinner, Laurel acquiesces, but when Oliver shows up with Sara, she loses her temper on both of them.

star 8.03
6,237 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Wendy Mericle
The Man Under the Hood

#13 - The Man Under the Hood

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 16, 2014

Oliver, Canary, Diggle and Felicity return to the lair and find Slade waiting for them. An epic battle breaks out and one member of Team Arrow is sent to the hospital. Thea hits her breaking point, but just as Oliver is about to reach her, Slade intervenes and Oliver is faced with a choice — his battle with Slade or his family. Meanwhile, Laurel struggles with a new secret.

star 8.03
6,037 votes
Directors: Jesse Warn
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Keto Shimizu
Missing

#14 - Missing

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2017

Black Siren returns to help Chase. Felicity organizes a birthday party for Oliver while Lance is furious after Rene misses the custody hearing for his daughter.

star 7.99
4,862 votes
Directors: Mairzee Almas
Writers: Oscar Balderrama, Speed Weed
What We Leave Behind

#15 - What We Leave Behind

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 7, 2016

After Prometheus attacks Curtis, Oliver realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity and Detective Malone discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past.

star 7.98
5,623 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Wendy Mericle
City of Blood

#16 - City of Blood

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 30, 2014

After Slade threatens to take everything Oliver loves away, Oliver decides the fastest way to stop further bloodshed is to surrender to his enemy. Knowing that surrender will surely lead to Oliver’s death, Diggle and Felicity go to extreme measures to keep Oliver from confronting Slade. Meanwhile, Thea considers leaving town, and Laurel resumes her crusade against Sebastian Blood. Finally, Slade unleashes his assault on Starling City.

star 7.98
5,931 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Holly Harold
The Promise

#17 - The Promise

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 5, 2014

Oliver is shocked when he learns that Slade has come to Starling City. Back on the island, as Oliver, Slade and Sara prepare to take over the freighter from Ivo, Sara pulls Oliver aside and tells him he needs to kill Ivo to prevent him from telling Slade what happened with Shado. Oliver feels immense guilt over the situation but realizes Slade’s growing rage from the Mirakuru makes him unpredictable and he could turn on his friends if he thinks Oliver is to blame. Oliver agrees to kill Ivo and the battle begins.

star 7.96
5,917 votes
Directors: Glen Winter
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Jake Coburn
The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

#18 - The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2014

When a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, Oliver and Felicity are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. Life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna, stops by for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Ted Grant questions Laurel’s motives, and Thea buys an apartment with Malcolm’s “estate” money, which infuriates Oliver.

star 7.94
4,973 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Brian Ford Sullivan
Haunted

#19 - Haunted

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 2015

When things take a turn for the worse with Sara, Oliver calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine.

star 7.93
4,800 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Brian Ford Sullivan, Oscar Balderrama
Crucible

#20 - Crucible

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 2013

Oliver discovers a man who goes by the name “The Mayor” is bringing illegal guns in to The Glades, so Oliver sponsors a “Cash for Guns” event to help clean up the city. Unfortunately, The Mayor crashes the event with his gang and seriously injures Sin. The Canary is furious when she learns her friend is in the hospital and sets out for revenge. Meanwhile, Felicity stuns Oliver with a bit of information about the Canary, Donner asks Laurel to dinner, and Diggle reconnects with an old friend.

star 7.93
7,039 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle
Darkness on the Edge of Town

#21 - Darkness on the Edge of Town

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2013

With the Undertaking days away, Malcolm dons his black hood to conclude business with seismologist Dr. Brion Markov and his team. Oliver and Moira entertain a number of surprise – and mostly unwelcome – visitors. Hooded confrontations at home and the Merlyn Global Group reveal dark secrets. Meanwhile, Roy and Thea are still looking out for a hero. Laurel makes a decision after Tommy’s revelation. In a flashback to the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado struggle to prevent Fyers from shooting a Ferris Air jet out of the sky.

star 7.93
8,101 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Drew Z. Greenberg, Wendy Mericle
The Calm

#22 - The Calm

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 8, 2014

With crime in Starling City at an all-time low thanks to the Arrow and his team, Oliver thinks he can finally balance being both the Arrow and Oliver Queen and asks Felicity out on a date. However, when a new villain emerges, who has claimed the name Vertigo from the recently deceased Count, Oliver is caught off-guard and someone close to him is hurt. Oliver and a newly suited up Roy take on the Count. Meanwhile, Diggle becomes a father, Lance is promoted to Captain, Laurel joins Arrow’s inner circle and Felicity gets a part-time job at a tech store to make ends meet. Also, Oliver fights to regain his company, Queen Consolidated, but comes up against a very worthy opponent — the charming Ray Palmer.

star 7.93
5,742 votes
Directors: Glen Winter
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Jake Coburn, Marc Guggenheim
My Name is Oliver Queen

#23 - My Name is Oliver Queen

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 2015

Everyone’s lives are in danger as Ra’s al Ghul puts forth his final plan. Oliver/Al Sah-him must decide if he’s strong enough to take on this new role and what it will mean for everyone on Team Arrow, and his soul.

star 7.92
4,281 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Jake Coburn, Marc Guggenheim
Identity

#24 - Identity

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 16, 2013

Oliver finds out the medicine that is being sent to Glades Memorial is being hijacked by thieves. Without an influx of supplies, the hospital will close. Roy attempts to stop the thieves, but he fails and is arrested by Officer Lance. Oliver gets into a heated battle with China White and her new partner, Ben Turner, AKA the Bronze Tiger, over the supplies. Meanwhile, Laurel makes plans to catch the Arrow, and Thea gives Roy an ultimatum.

star 7.92
7,271 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Beth Schwartz
The Undertaking

#25 - The Undertaking

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 2013

Finding it difficult to mend fences with Tommy and Diggle, Oliver instead focuses on crossing another name off the list. While digging through a crooked accountant’s laptop, Felicity discovers a transaction that could help Oliver find Walter. To reconfirm the lead, Oliver gambles that Felicity can be counted on in the field for the first time. In a flashback, Malcolm reveals to Robert Queen and Frank Chen painful details surrounding his wife’s murder, and how that shaped his plans for the Glades. Meanwhile, Tommy stuns Laurel with the truth.

star 7.92
7,903 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Jake Coburn, Lana Cho