The WORST Episodes of Arrow

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

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.

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Green Arrow & The Canaries

#1 - Green Arrow & The Canaries

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 21, 2020

It’s the year 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can’t help but be a hero and she, Laurel and Dinah suit up once again to save the city.

star 7.21
1,164 votes
Directors: Tara Miele
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Jill Blankenship, Marc Guggenheim, Oscar Balderrama
Living Proof

#2 - Living Proof

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2019

Oliver finds himself in a precarious position. SCPD shows up with a warrant for Felicity.

star 7.33
1,458 votes
Directors: Gordon Verheul
Writers: Oscar Balderrama, Sarah Tarkoff
Lost Canary

#3 - Lost Canary

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 15, 2019

After being accused of murder and having her criminal past exposed, Laurel goes full Black Siren and teams up with an old criminal acquaintance, Shadow Thief, to go on a crime spree around Star City. While Dinah aims to bring Laurel in, Felicity refuses to give up on her friend and tries everything to get through to her, even summoning Sara Lance for help. However, Laurel rebuffs all her efforts, forcing the former friends to face off against each other.

star 7.34
1,523 votes
Directors: Kristin Windell
Writers: Elisa Delson, Jill Blankenship

#4 - Spartan

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 22, 2019

After the Ninth Circle delivers a major setback for Team Arrow, Diggle reluctantly reaches out to a Four-Star General of the Defense Intelligence Agency for help, despite unresolved tension from their past. Meanwhile, Oliver discovers a piece of information that he believes will turn Emiko against the Ninth Circle. Alena returns with an interesting proposal for Felicity.

star 7.36
1,483 votes
Directors: Avi Youabian
Writers: Benjamin Raab, Deric A. Hughes
Broken Hearts

#5 - Broken Hearts

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 23, 2016

A heartbroken Cupid returns to Star City with one goal — to destroy anyone in love. The team learns she’s killing couples on their wedding day so Oliver and Felicity decide to pose as bait.

star 7.38
4,871 votes
Writers: Nolan Dunbar, Rebecca Bellotto
Brothers in Arms

#6 - Brothers in Arms

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 5, 2018

Oliver and Diggle face their biggest challenge yet. Curtis is disappointed to find out his new boyfriend has a firm anti-vigilante stance.

star 7.38
2,385 votes
Directors: Mark Bunting
Writers: Jeane Wong, Sarah Tarkoff
My Name is Emiko Queen

#7 - My Name is Emiko Queen

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 21, 2019

Oliver is ready to get back to work with the SCPD and to focus on his marriage with Felicity. However, when Dinah tasks Oliver with tracking the new Green Arrow things take a surprising turn. Meanwhile, Diggle and Lyla must answer to ARGUS about Diaz.

star 7.39
1,722 votes
Directors: Andi Armaganian
Writers: Benjamin Raab, Deric A. Hughes
Training Day

#8 - Training Day

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 11, 2019

Team Arrow attempts to work with the Star City Police Department but much to Oliver's frustration, things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Dinah gets some life-changing news.

star 7.42
1,566 votes
Directors: Ruba Nadda
Writers: Emilio Ortega Aldrich, Rebecca Rosenberg
The Dragon

#9 - The Dragon

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 19, 2018

Looking to expand his empire, Diaz and Laurel meet with The Quadrant, a coalition of mafia families who run national organized crime. Meanwhile, after Oliver’s recent decision, Felicity and Curtis double their efforts on building Helix Dynamics.

star 7.43
2,362 votes
Directors: Gordon Verheul
Writers: Elizabeth Kim, Spiro Skentzos
Brothers & Sisters

#10 - Brothers & Sisters

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 4, 2019

After months of covertly pursuing Dante, Diggle and Lyla finally have a solid lead on the elusive terrorist, so they deploy the ARGUS Ghost Initiative to apprehend him. Meanwhile, Oliver tries to bond with Emiko.

star 7.44
1,557 votes
Directors: Marcus Stokes
Writers: Jeane Wong, Rebecca Bellotto
Past Sins

#11 - Past Sins

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 28, 2019

The past comes back to haunt both Oliver and Laurel. Curtis is upset when he discovers that Diggle and Lyla have restarted The Ghost Initiative with Diaz, China White, Kane Wolfman and Carrie Cutter.

star 7.46
1,687 votes

#12 - Confessions

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 2019

When they learn of an upcoming attack on the city, Team Arrow calls Roy Harper to help them stop the Ninth Circle. However, things go awry and there is massive collateral damage. As Captain of the SCPD, Dinah investigates what happened.

star 7.46
1,508 votes
Directors: Tara Miele
Writers: Emilio Ortega Aldrich, Onalee Hunter
Star City 2040

#13 - Star City 2040

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 18, 2019

Mia and William venture into the Glades on a dangerous mission. There they run into Dinah, Roy and Zoe who deliver some devastating news. The flash forwards share highlights from Mia's childhood with Felicity.

star 7.47
1,583 votes
Directors: James Bamford
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Oscar Balderrama
The Thanatos Guild

#14 - The Thanatos Guild

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 29, 2018

Nyssa Al Ghul returns to Star City to warn Thea that a group of renegade League of Assassins members are planning to attack her. This group, led by Athena, is intent on finding a mysterious box that Malcolm left behind and will stop at nothing to get it. Nyssa helps Oliver come to a life-changing realization.

star 7.48
2,395 votes
Directors: Joel Novoa
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Beth Schwartz
Collision Course

#15 - Collision Course

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 1, 2018

Oliver, Diggle and Felicity disagree with Dinah, Curtis and Rene on how to handle Black Siren. The two teams face off and a fight ensues.

star 7.49
2,536 votes
Directors: Ken Shane
Writers: Oscar Balderrama, Rebecca Bellotto

#16 - Inheritance

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 25, 2019

Laurel learns about some damaging information that affects Emiko. Always looking to protect his sister, Oliver invites Laurel to help investigate, which makes Felicity happy as her friend is now working with the team. However, when things go awry, Felicity is forced to make a choice between the team and Laurel.

star 7.49
1,522 votes
Directors: Patia Prouty
Writers: Elizabeth Kim, Sarah Tarkhoff
Emerald Archer

#17 - Emerald Archer

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 4, 2019

As a camera crew follows Oliver and team around to talk about their past as vigilantes and what the Green Arrow means to Star City, Oliver must also deal with William's return from boarding school as well as a new threat to the city.

star 7.49
1,664 votes
Beacon of Hope

#18 - Beacon of Hope

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 30, 2016

Brie Larvan breaks out of jail and turns up at Palmer Tech threatening to kill everyone unless she gets the bio-chip that is implanted in Felicity’s spine. When Oliver realizes that Felicity, Thea and Donna are trapped in Palmer Tech with everyone else, he looks to a surprising ally to help Team Arrow save the day.

star 7.51
5,156 votes
Directors: Michael Schultz
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Brian Ford Sullivan

#19 - Divided

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 18, 2018

Despite losing half his team, Oliver remains confident that he, Felicity and Diggle can stop Cayden James and Black Siren. However, when he discovers one of Cayden’s secrets, he decides to team up with an unlikely ally. Meanwhile, Dinah spends time with Vince.

star 7.52
2,703 votes
Directors: James Bamford
Writers: Ben Sokolowski, Emilio Ortega Aldrich
Welcome to Hong Kong

#20 - Welcome to Hong Kong

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 22, 2019

Oliver, John, Laurel and Tatsu seek out an important person within The Monitor’s plan. Connor has a heart to heart with his brother.

star 7.52
1,346 votes
Directors: Antonio Negret
Writers: Jill Blankenship, Sarah Tarkoff

#21 - Reversal

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 2, 2017

Just as Oliver starts to get things in order, Black Siren launches another attack on the citizens of Star City.

star 7.53
3,387 votes
Directors: Gregory Smith
Writers: Emilio Ortega Aldrich, Sarah Tarkoff
Level Two

#22 - Level Two

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 5, 2018

Oliver makes a drastic move in his quest to find Diaz. Like her husband, Felicity pulls out all the stops to get to Diaz. Meanwhile, when arsonists target Rene’s community center, injuring Zoe in the process, the mysterious new Green Arrow swoops in to help save the day. Faced with pressure from the mayor to capture the vigilante, Dinah must decide if following the rules at all costs is the best plan to keep the city safe.

star 7.53
1,868 votes
Directors: Ben Bray
Writers: Emilio Ortega Aldrich, Tonya Kong
Star City Slayer

#23 - Star City Slayer

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 11, 2019

Oliver and Felicity are disappointed after they learn that William is hiding something from them. Wanting to focus on his family, Oliver steps back from his Green Arrow duties and lets the team take over tracking down a serial killer. However, when the team becomes targets for the killer, things take a bloody turn.

star 7.53
1,578 votes
Directors: Gregory Smith
Writers: Beth Schwartz, Jill Blankenship
Spectre of the Gun

#24 - Spectre of the Gun

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 15, 2017

A traumatic attack on City Hall triggers painful memories for Rene about his family. Flashbacks reveal how Rene went from simple family man to a hero named Wild Dog. Meanwhile, Oliver must deal with the perpetrator behind the attack and realizes the best way to do so is as Mayor Queen instead of the Green Arrow. Tensions run high in the Arrow bunker.

star 7.54
5,224 votes
Directors: Kristin Windell
Writers: Marc Guggenheim

#25 - Doppelganger

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 8, 2018

Oliver and Thea are shocked to hear that Roy Harper is back in Star City. However, when they discover the circumstances of Roy's return, Oliver and Thea realize that Roy is in trouble and jump in to save him. Black Siren makes a shocking decision.

star 7.54
2,470 votes
Directors: Kristin Windell
Writers: Christos Gage, Ruth Fletcher Gage, Speed Weed