The BEST Episodes of Dancing with the Stars

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 5, 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
Week 3 - Eliminations

#2 - 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 10.00
28 votes
Week 9: The Results

#3 - Week 9: The Results

Season 15 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 20, 2012

star 9.81
31 votes
Week 1

#4 - 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)

#5 - Week 10 - Final (Night 1)

Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired May 20, 2013

star 8.80
10 votes
Episode 104

#6 - 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

#7 - 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 10: Finals 1

#8 - Week 10: Finals 1

Season 15 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

star 8.50
56 votes
Road to the Finals

#9 - 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 Pt. 1

#10 - 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 2

#11 - Week 2

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 26, 2012

star 8.30
84 votes
Week 11: Finals (2)

#12 - Week 11: Finals (2)

Season 21 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 24, 2015

star 8.28
25 votes
Week 5: Most Memorable Year

#13 - 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
Week 11: Finals Pt. 2

#14 - 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 8.24
86 votes
Week 10 - Final (Night 2) - Season Finale

#15 - Week 10 - Final (Night 2) - Season Finale

Season 16 - Episode 19 - Aired May 21, 2013

star 8.22
9 votes
Week 8: America's Choice

#16 - Week 8: America's Choice

Season 20 - Episode 9 - Aired May 4, 2015

Each couple will perform two full routines including an individual original dance and a trio dance.

star 8.17
12 votes
Week 6: Latin Night

#17 - Week 6: Latin Night

Season 23 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 17, 2016

The nine remaining celebrities ready themselves for Latin Night, with each celebrity performing either a rumba, salsa, samba, paso doble, cha cha or Argentine tango. Plus, Pitbull performs and joins as a guest judge.

star 8.14
78 votes
Week 6

#18 - Week 6

Season 15 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 29, 2012

star 8.09
32 votes
Week 7: Eras Night

#19 - Week 7: Eras Night

Season 23 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 24, 2016

The couples performed one unlearned dance and a team dance representing different historical eras; jitterbug is introduced. After a three-week absence, Len Goodman temporarily returned to the judges' table.

star 8.06
85 votes
Week 10: Season Finale Part 2

#20 - Week 10: Season Finale Part 2

Season 24 - Episode 11 - Aired May 23, 2017

On the second night, the couples danced a fusion dance that fused two previously learned dance styles. A new champion is named!

star 8.01
93 votes
Episode 301

#21 - Episode 301

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 12, 2006

Season Premiere. The contestants are introduced. The men performed the Cha Cha and the women performed the Foxtrot.

star 8.00
1 votes
Results Show 10

#22 - Results Show 10

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 27, 2007

star 8.00
1 votes
Episode 710A

#23 - Episode 710A

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 25, 2008

star 8.00
1 votes
Episode 802

#24 - Episode 802

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 16, 2009

Week two of performances finds the contestants dancing the salsa or the quickstep.

star 8.00
29 votes
Episode 811A

#25 - Episode 811A

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired May 19, 2009

The season eight finale finds the remaining three celebrities performing a third dance before a winner is announced. Also featured during this episode is a roast of the finalists by Jeffrey Ross, a singing performance by Lady Gaga and the winner of the professional dance competition is announced.

star 8.00
1 votes