The BEST Episodes of Dancing with the Stars

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

The American version of the British “Strictly Come Dancing” 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!

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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 702

#2 - Episode 702

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 29, 2008

The remaining celebrities compete.

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 702A

#3 - Episode 702A

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 30, 2008

One couple is eliminated; Jessica Simpson performs; professional choreographers demonstrate different styles of dance.

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 705

#4 - Episode 705

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 20, 2008

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 705A

#5 - Episode 705A

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 21, 2008

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 706A

#6 - Episode 706A

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 28, 2008

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 707

#7 - Episode 707

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 3, 2008

star 10.00
1 votes
Episode 707A

#8 - Episode 707A

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 5, 2008

star 10.00
1 votes
Top 10 Couples Dance

#9 - Top 10 Couples Dance

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 2, 2007

star 10.00
1 votes
Top 4 Couples Dance

#10 - Top 4 Couples Dance

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired May 14, 2007

star 10.00
1 votes
Week 9: The Results

#11 - Week 9: The Results

Season 15 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 20, 2012

star 9.56
32 votes
Week 3 - Eliminations

#12 - 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 9.52
31 votes
Episode 104

#13 - 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

#14 - 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 2 - Eliminations

#15 - Week 2 - Eliminations

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 29, 2011

The judge's results from yesterday and last week will be joined with the public voting. The couple with the lowest combined total will be eliminated. Chris Brown is the guest performer.

star 8.50
2 votes
Week 10: Finals 1

#16 - Week 10: Finals 1

Season 15 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

star 8.38
60 votes
Week 7: Halloween Night

#17 - Week 7: Halloween Night

Season 21 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 26, 2015

star 8.29
24 votes
Week 11: Finals Pt. 1

#18 - 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 8.28
87 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 8.28
98 votes
Week 2

#20 - Week 2

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 26, 2012

star 8.27
87 votes
Week 11: Finals (1)

#21 - Week 11: Finals (1)

Season 21 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 23, 2015

star 8.24
25 votes
Week 5: Most Memorable Year

#22 - 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 8.20
91 votes
Week 11: Finals Pt. 2

#23 - Week 11: Finals Pt. 2

Season 23 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 22, 2016

The final three couples danced a fusion dance that fused two dance styles. All 13 couples rejoin for a high-energy opening number, and the Season 23 champion is crowned.

star 8.19
88 votes
Week 10 - Final (Night 1)

#24 - Week 10 - Final (Night 1)

Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired May 20, 2013

star 8.18
11 votes
Week 11: Finals (2)

#25 - Week 11: Finals (2)

Season 21 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 24, 2015

star 8.11
27 votes