The BEST Episodes of Dancing with the Stars

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The American version of the British “Strictly Come Dancing” show sees celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted on by viewers. Enjoy sizzling salsas, sambas and spray-tans as they vie for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Episode 305

#1 - Episode 305

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 10, 2006

The remaining teams perform the Samba and the Rumba in tribute to Carnivale.

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 901

#2 - Episode 901

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2009

star 10.00
1 votes
Top 10 Couples Dance

#3 - Top 10 Couples Dance

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 2, 2007

star 10.00
1 votes
Top 4 Couples Dance

#4 - Top 4 Couples Dance

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired May 14, 2007

star 10.00
1 votes
Week 3

#5 - Week 3

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 5, 2010

star 10.00
1 votes
Week 9: The Results

#6 - Week 9: The Results

Season 15 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 20, 2012

star 9.81
31 votes
Week 3 - Eliminations

#7 - Week 3 - Eliminations

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 5, 2010

One couple is eliminated from the competition. Special guest performances and dancing round out the evening.

star 9.77
30 votes
Week 1

#8 - Week 1

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 22, 2010

The new cast of the tenth season of Dancing With The Stars is showcased. Eleven new stars and their Pro Dancer partners perform either the Viennese Waltz or the Cha Cha.

star 9.00
2 votes
Week 10 - Final (Night 1)

#9 - Week 10 - Final (Night 1)

Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired May 20, 2013

star 8.80
10 votes
Episode 104

#10 - Episode 104

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 22, 2005

With Evander and Edyta voted out last week, only four couples remain.

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 310A

#11 - Episode 310A

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 15, 2006

Tonight is filled with special dance performances. The eliminated celebrities return for one last spin around the dance floor. The winner is announced.

star 8.50
2 votes
Week 7: Halloween Night

#12 - Week 7: Halloween Night

Season 21 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 26, 2015

star 8.50
22 votes
Week 10: Finals 1

#13 - Week 10: Finals 1

Season 15 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

star 8.49
59 votes
Road to the Finals

#14 - Road to the Finals

Season 20 - Episode 13 - Aired May 16, 2015

Follow the finalists' journeys before the Finals begin on the 10th Anniversary season of "Dancing with the Stars"

star 8.43
7 votes
Week 11: Finals (1)

#15 - Week 11: Finals (1)

Season 21 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 23, 2015

star 8.41
22 votes
Week 8 Results

#16 - Week 8 Results

Season 20 - Episode 10 - Aired May 5, 2015

star 8.40
15 votes
Week 11: Finals Pt. 1

#17 - Week 11: Finals Pt. 1

Season 23 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 21, 2016

The four finalists each perform two dances – a Redemption Style dance, and a freestyle dance. In addition, Grammy Award-winning Train performs, plus a special performance from the upcoming movie “La La Land.” Once again after a three-week absence, Len Goodman returned to the judges' table for the finals.

star 8.35
85 votes
Week 5: The Switch Up

#18 - Week 5: The Switch Up

Season 21 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 12, 2015

star 8.33
21 votes
Week 10: Semi-Finals

#19 - Week 10: Semi-Finals

Season 23 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 14, 2016

The five remaining couples advance to the Semi-Finals in one of the show's tightest competitions ever. Each couple will dance two dances - one being a style the couple has not danced to yet, and the second being a Trio Dance, in which each celebrity couple will dance with a third dancer. Judges are: Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli.

star 8.32
96 votes
Week 2

#20 - Week 2

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 26, 2012

star 8.30
84 votes
10th Anniversary Special

#21 - 10th Anniversary Special

Season 20 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 28, 2015

Show-stopping performances featuring past and present DWTS cast members and pro dancers plus a look back at fan-favorite moments from the past 20 seasons.

star 8.30
20 votes
Week 11: The Finals (1)

#22 - Week 11: The Finals (1)

Season 19 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 24, 2014

star 8.29
21 votes
Week 11: Finals (2)

#23 - Week 11: Finals (2)

Season 21 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 24, 2015

star 8.28
25 votes
Week 10: Finals (2)

#24 - Week 10: Finals (2)

Season 22 - Episode 11 - Aired May 24, 2016

On this second night, the couples danced a fusion dance that fused two dance styles.

star 8.26
42 votes
Week 5: Most Memorable Year

#25 - Week 5: Most Memorable Year

Season 23 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 10, 2016

The nine remaining celebrities will set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorate their most memorable year; contemporary is introduced. Due to the lack of a separate results show, no elimination took place this week.

star 8.25
89 votes