The BEST Episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2020

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Originally, the series was to be titled The 13th Hour, but producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. thought this would turn away viewers and instead took the name Friday the 13th to deliberately draw in audiences. Despite this title, the series has no story connections to the film series of the same name, as Jason Voorhees does not make an appearance, nor does any character connected to the films.

The Prophecies (2)

#1 - The Prophecies (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 1989

Micki and Ryan get word of Jack's injury at the end of the preceding episode. They travel to Marie-Mere with Johnny Ventura to investigate and try to recover Lucifer's Bible. Asteroth uses the Bible to take control of Ryan, who must then kill an innocent child to fulfill the final prophecy that signifies Satan's arrival upon Earth. Ultimately, Jack recovers and he, Micki and Johnny manage to thwart Asteroth. However, the ritual turns Ryan into a 10-year old permanently. He leaves with his mother, and Johnny takes his place.

star 8.71
7 votes
Directors: Tom McLaughlin
Writers: Tom McLaughlin
The Prophecies (1)

#2 - The Prophecies (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 1989

Part one of this two-parter features Jack travelling to Marie-Mere in France on the trail of a cursed tome, Lucifer's Bible. The town is a holy site, with a fountain that cures the sick and dying. However, a priest of Satan, Asteroth, has the Bible and is using it to fulfull a series of prophecies that will culminate with the arrival of Satan on Earth. Meanwhile, Ryan is re-united with his mother, and the two deal with the death of his brother years ago over which Ryan is still guilty. The episode ends with Jack knocked through a window and put into a coma after a confrontation with Asteroth.

star 7.77
13 votes
Directors: Tom McLaughlin
Writers: Tom McLaughlin
And Now the News

#3 - And Now the News

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 1988

In an insane asylum, a doctor is using a cursed antique radio to enact miraculous cures on his patients. The cost, as usual, is that the radio then kills another doctor's patients, by bringing their greatest fears to life. Tracking down the radio, Micki and Ryan must break into the asylum and recover the antique.

star 7.67
9 votes
Directors: Bruce Pittman
Writers: Dick Benner
Master of Disguise

#4 - Master of Disguise

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 11, 1988

The trio become involved in a movie production when they loan some (non-cursed) antiques out to a set. Handsome actor William Pratt is the star, and Micki and he soon fall in love. Unfortunately, Pratt has two secrets: he is actually a disfigured ""monster"" actor named Jeff Amory, and he owns an antique: a cursed make-up case that belonged to John Wilkes Booth. Using the case, Amory can temporarily hide his disfigurement by mixing a victim's blood in with the make-up. Unable to bring himself to kill Micki whom he truly loves, he reverts to his normal features but Micki loves him anyway. He is locked up and the make-up case returned to the Vault.

star 7.55
11 votes
Directors: Tom McLaughlin
Writers: Bruce Martin
Hellowe'en

#5 - Hellowe'en

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 1987

Micki and Ryan throw a Halloween party at the shop to meet the neighbors, but two visitors inadvertently resurrect Uncle Vendredi's spirit. Now totally corrupted by evil, Lewis plans to use the energies on Halloween, the night where evil walks the earth most freely, to resurrect himself once and for all.

star 7.48
66 votes
Directors: Timothy Bond
Writers: William Taub
Vanity's Mirror

#6 - Vanity's Mirror

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 5, 1988

A homely girl, overshadowed by her prom queen sister, gets hold of a vanity which she can use to bedazzle any boy into falling in love with her. However, as soon as they do, she must then kill them. She eventually takes over her sister's boyfriend and has him hang her up by a noose. Micki and Ryan manage to save the girl, but the younger sister eventually commits suicide along with the boyfriend. The vanity is lost (although it will resurface in the second season episode ""Face of Evil"").

star 7.39
23 votes
Directors: William Fruet
Writers: Ira Levant, Roy Sallows
Wedding In Black

#7 - Wedding In Black

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 13, 1989

A mysterious snowglobe is mailed to Curious Goods. When Micki gives it a shake, an old boyfriend of hers shows up, and convinces her to join him at a bed & breakfast. Then Jack and Ryan are both visited by old friends when they shake the globe. It turns out that each of the three newcomers is working for Satan. If Micki can be tricked into sleeping with her boyfriend, then she will be considered wedded to Satan as she ""willingly"" did so. Jack and Ryan, lured to the hotel, are separated from her, able to witness what is going on but unable to contact Micki. It turns out they are trapped in the hotel within the snow globe. Ultimately, Ryan's ex-girlfriend helps them, and they manage to drive a car into the edge of the globe, knocking it off the shelf it is resting and shattering it (and freeing themselves) before Micki can consummate her wedding with the Devil.

star 7.27
11 votes
Directors: Rodney Charters
Writers: Angelo Stea, Peter Lauterman
The Charnel Pit

#8 - The Charnel Pit

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 26, 1990

Micki is sent through a two-way time portal contained within a painting and finds herself at the mercy of the Marquis de Sade.

star 7.17
6 votes
Writers: Jim Henshaw
The Playhouse

#9 - The Playhouse

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 28, 1989

Two children trapped in an abusive home stumble upon a cursed playhouse. The playhouse lets them enter a fantastical world of clown and parties in return for them luring in a child. The trail of missing runaways attact our trio's attention. Micki and Ryan have to enter the house where they confront its sinister presence. They manage to convince the two children to reject the house, which frees the other trapped children. The missing children are returned to their homes and the two siblings are put into a foster home.

star 7.11
9 votes
Directors: Tom McLaughlin
Writers: Tom McLaughlin
The Quilt of Hathor (1)

#10 - The Quilt of Hathor (1)

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 7, 1988

A cursed quilt, which allows the person underneath it to dream their enemies to death, finds its way into an Amish-like ""Pennitite"" community. A plain woman stumbles upon it and uses it to kill her rivals for the community leader. Ryan attempts to infiltrate the community, and the woman manages to die. Ryan decides to stay with a newfound love, believing that the Quilt of Hathor is destroyed. Little do he and the others know that the quilt was recovered by the community's leader, the father of Ryan's girlfriend, who has his own dark purpose for it.

star 7.06
16 votes
Directors: Timothy Bond
Writers: Janet MacLean
Brain Drain

#11 - Brain Drain

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 30, 1988

A dim-wittedd man discovers a cursed trefinator in a museum warehouse: a guillotine-like device that transfers spinal fluid from one individual to another. The cursed item actually transfers intelligence as well, and the man uses it to make himself intelligent by preying upon doctors at the museum. Jack and the others become involved when Jack's old girlfriend and fiancee goes to work at the museum, and is the next target for the trefinator.

star 7.06
17 votes
Directors: Lyndon Chubbuck
Writers: Joshua Daniel Miller
The Inheritance

#12 - The Inheritance

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 1987

In the opening segment (to be repeated throughout the first two years), we see Lewis Vendredi try to recover the cursed antiques, and end up condemned to hell. Distant cousins Ryan Dallion and Micki Foster find out they have inherited an antique shop from Uncle Lewis. Micki wants to simply sell off the place, and Ryan reluctantly agrees. They sell off the antiques in the store, but then are greeted by Jack Marshak, Vendredi's partner and procurer. They find out about Vendredi's deal with the devil, and realize that some of the antiques they sold were also cursed. The first antique they recover, a toy doll, comes to life and kills for its owner, a young girl. They recover the doll, and vow to recover the other antiques as well.

star 7.06
154 votes
Directors: William Fruet
Writers: William Taub
Scarecrow

#13 - Scarecrow

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 6, 1988

A small farming community has excellent harvesters. Little do they realize that one of the farmers uses a cursed scarecrow. She must pin the pictures of three victims on the scarecrow's chest. When it claims all three victims, tracking them down and beheading them, the result is a good harvest. Micki and Ryan come looking for the scarecrow, but the scarecrow's owner soon realizes what they are up to and tries to use Micki's driver's license to make her the scarecrow's third victim.

star 6.95
20 votes
Directors: William Fruet
Writers: Larry B. Williams, Marc Scott Zicree
Faith Healer

#14 - Faith Healer

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 13, 1988

Jack is asked by a friend to investigate a ""faith healer"" who uses a cursed glove to heal one person...by transferring their ills magnified tenfold to another victim. Jack must not only recover the glove, but deal with his friend, who is dying of cancer and needs the glove to cure himself.

star 6.94
18 votes
Writers: Christine Cornish
Bedazzled

#15 - Bedazzled

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 27, 1988

Jack and Ryan recover a cursed lantern from two treasure hunters who use it to recover lost treasure by killing their divers with it. They take it back to the vault and then head off for a convention. The two crooks follow them to the shop and try to recover the lantern from Micki and the neighbor boy that she is babysitting. Micki manages to kill the two, and when Jack and Ryan return and ask what she did, she nonchalantly replied, ""Not much.""

star 6.91
22 votes
Writers: Alfred Sole, Paul Monette
13 O'Clock

#16 - 13 O'Clock

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 7, 1989

A woman and her boyfriend get hold of a cursed pocketwatch that lets the owner stop time for one hour (13 o'clock) if they kill a victim at a particular train station. Two street orphans witness one of the killings, and meet up with Ryan and Micki. By holding on to the couple, Ryan manages to enter their ""frozen hour"" and manages to get the watch away from them, leaving them trapped in time for eternity.

star 6.91
11 votes
Directors: Rob Hedden
Writers: Rob Hedden
Coven of Darkness

#17 - Coven of Darkness

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 17, 1989

The trio attempt to recover a ""witches' ladder"", a beaded necklace that can greatly enhance a witch's power. It is in the safekeeping of a coven of white witches. Unbeknownst to them, a coven of black witches, led originally be Lewis Vendredi and then by his female lieutenant are also trying to get the ladder. They cast a spell on Ryan, turning him into a mindless slave who brings them the necklace from the Vault. Jack and Micki, tapping into Micki's latent occult powers, manage to break the spell on Ryan, recover the witches' ladder, and destroy the coven.

star 6.90
10 votes
Writers: Wendy Rodreguez
A Cup of Time

#18 - A Cup of Time

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 1987

An antique tea cup decorated with ""borrowers' ivy"" lets the user borrow youth and talent from a victim by taking their life. A senior citizen uses the cup to reinvent herself as a young rock singer, ""Lady Die,"" but a young girl whom the cousins befriend witnesses her kill one of her victims, and is at risk herself.

star 6.90
96 votes
Directors: F. Harvey Frost
Writers: Barbara Turner Sachs
The Great Montarro

#19 - The Great Montarro

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 1987

A magician creates a new death-defying act using a pair of cursed antique ""magic boxes"" created by the famous magician Houdin. Anyone placed in one box can survive any danger...because someone placed in the second, hidden box suffers all the harm. Jack, a magician himself, enters a magic competition as the trio try to ferret out who is using the magic boxes.

star 6.87
55 votes
Writers: Durnford King
Mesmer's Bauble

#20 - Mesmer's Bauble

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired May 6, 1989

A homely record-store clerk is obsessed with pop diva Angelica, and happens to stumble upon a jewelry robbery where the thieves drop one of the items: a cursed pendant that first belonged to Dr. Mesmer. The curse lets the clerk fulfill his every wish by mesmerizing a victim into doing whatever he wants them to. He wishes first for attractiveness, and then for the diva's love and the chance to be close to her. Ultimately, however, none of this is good enough for him, and his final wish is to _be_ Angelica. The wish is successful, but Micki and Ryan, close on his trail, manage to intercept him/her at a concert and grab the necklace, undoing all the benefits it bestowed.

star 6.86
7 votes
Writers: Joe Gannon
The Poison Pen

#21 - The Poison Pen

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 1987

The cousins and Jack track an antique quill pen to a monastery famed for its mysterious prophecies. The pen can be used to make anything written with it come true...at the cost of a human life for each ""wish"" granted. However, the identity of the monk using the pen, and the location of the pen, isn't known. The trio must solve the mystery before it's too late.

star 6.79
57 votes
Directors: Timothy Bond
Writers: Durnford King
What a Mother Wouldn't Do

#22 - What a Mother Wouldn't Do

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Jul 23, 1988

Two desperate parents were given an antique cradle by a symathetic Lewis Vendredi. The cradle belonged to a female passenger aboard the Titanic. Trying to rescue her child, she accidentally capsized a lifeboat that killed seven passengers, but her child floated to safety. Now, the curse of the cradle lets the parents cure their ailing baby if they kill seven people by water while the baby is in the cradle. However, they must do so before the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. Ultimiately, trying to kill the child's babysitter, the parents themselves both manage to die by water, inadvertently giving their lives to save their child. The babysitter ends up with the cured baby, and the trio recover the cradle.

star 6.79
14 votes
Directors: Neill Fearnley
Writers: Bruce Martin
Doctor Jack

#23 - Doctor Jack

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 1987

A doctor has obtained the cursed scapel used by Jack the Ripper, and discovers he can use it to kill one victim and miraculously heal one of his patients. His reputation as a miracle worker soon spreads, bringing him to the trio's attention. However, when Jack is injured, the doctor must choose whether to heal his enemy, or ruin his reputation.

star 6.78
55 votes
Writers: Marc Scott Zicree
The Prisoner

#24 - The Prisoner

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Jun 10, 1989

A crook names Railsback gets hold of a World War II kamikazi jacket. When smeared with the blood of a murderered victim, it lets the wearer become invisible. Railsback is in prison, but uses the jacket to escape and try to recover the stolen loot. He has to kill his former gang members to get it, a task made easier by the jacket. Railsback ends up killing Johnny Ventura's father, a security guard at a storage depot where some of the money is hid. Johnny is arrested for the crime, and put into the same prison as Railsback. He finds out about the jacket and tries to recover it, while Micki, Ryan and Jack try to clear his name from the outside. Ultimiately, Johnny manages to douse the invisible Railsback with gasoline and set him on fire, killing him and leaving the indestructible antique intact to be put into the Vault. Johnny is cleared of the charges.

star 6.78
9 votes
Writers: Jim Henshaw
Root of All Evil

#25 - Root of All Evil

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 1987

A gardener's assistant gets hold of a cursed mulcher. The more wealthy and valuable the person you feed into it, the more money that comes out. The trio manage to feed the assistant into the mulcher, and nothing comes out. Meanwhile, Micki's fiancee Lloyd tries to convince her to give up the antique business, but at the end she declines, feeling obliged to continue recovering the cursed antiques.

star 6.78
18 votes
Directors: Allan King
Writers: Rob Hedden