The BEST Episodes of Gargoyles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

In Scotland, 994 A.D., the castle Wyvern is guarded by gargoyles, creatures that sleep during the day, turned into stone, and are fearsome warriors during the night. In spite of keeping the castle's inhabitants safe, the gargoyles are not respected nor appreciated by them, except for the Captain of Guard who sees great value and honor in these creatures. After being betrayed by the only human they trusted, most of the gargoyles are killed while sleeping, and out of anger the Magus puts a spell on the surviving gargoyles so they also sleep during the night. In 1994 A.D., the billionaire David Xanatos purchases the castle, moving it to the top of his skyscraper in Manhattan. With the castle above the clouds, the spell is broken and now the Scottish gargoyles live again in a world strange to them. The Clan is still reluctant about trusting humans, but after meeting Elisa Maza they find a reason to befriend humans again.

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Eye of the Beholder

#1 - Eye of the Beholder

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 13, 1995

Xanatos proposes to Fox, giving her the Eye of Odin as an engagement present. Soon afterwards, a huge wolf-like humanoid starts appearing throughout the city, devastating everything in it's path while looking for food.

star 8.16
145 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Steve Perry
Awakening (2)

#2 - Awakening (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 25, 1994

Goliath returns to the castle to find all but a handful of his clan destroyed, and the humans abducted. The gargoyles defeat the Vikings and rescue the captives, but a tragic misunderstanding leaves them cursed to remain stone statues day and night... until a rich 20th century businessman takes an interest in them.

star 8.16
447 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
City of Stone (4)

#3 - City of Stone (4)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 21, 1995

The plan to end the spell is sent into motion, but Demona make preparations to stop it. In the past, MacBeth must decide if his alliance with the gargoyles is worth a war with England.

star 8.10
144 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Lydia Marano

#4 - Temptation

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 1994

Demona convinces Brooklyn that humans and gargoyles can never live together, and asks him to help her show Goliath the same.

star 8.09
202 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves
City of Stone (3)

#5 - City of Stone (3)

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 20, 1995

While Xanatos works on breaking the spell, the story of MacBeth continues, as the lord is forced to take up arms against his brother, the King, when the Weird Sisters prophesies his ascension to the throne of Scotland.

star 8.09
148 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Lydia Marano

#6 - Vows

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 14, 1995

Xanatos and Fox are getting married, and the groom asks Goliath to be his best man. Unsurprisingly, it turns out to be another of Xanatos's schemes, this time to obtain an piece of an artifact Goliath has - the Phoenix Gate, capable of opening doorways trough time.

star 8.02
172 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Shari Goodhartz
Awakening (5)

#7 - Awakening (5)

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 1994

The Gargoyles attack the data storage facilities, and when they return successful, Xanatos decides they've outlived their usefulness.

star 8.01
292 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
City of Stone (1)

#8 - City of Stone (1)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 18, 1995

While Demona prepares to cast a spell on the entire city through a pirate TV broadcast, she remembers her life after Goliath and the others had been turned to stone by the Magus.

star 7.97
172 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Lydia C. Marano
Awakening (3)

#9 - Awakening (3)

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 26, 1994

Not satisfied with Xanatos's explanation, detective Maza decides to take a look around the castle by herself. Xanatos wants the Gargoyles help in retrieving the stolen data.

star 7.95
379 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
Future Tense

#10 - Future Tense

Season 2 - Episode 43 - Aired Apr 25, 1996

Luck seems upon the company, as they spot the statue of liberty through the mists. But the New York the see is not the one they left... It is a devastated ruin controlled by Xanatos's robot sentries.

star 7.95
98 votes
Awakening (1)

#11 - Awakening (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 24, 1994

In 994, a band of Vikings attack castle Wyvern in Scotland, but are driven back by the gargoyles protecting it. While retreating, they vow revenge... and someone in the castle may just want to help them with that.

star 7.94
568 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time

#12 - A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 7, 1995

An archeological dig uncovers a set of scrolls, believed to contain Merlin's spells. Macbeth sends his mercenaries to try to capture the scrolls, but the gargoyles manage to stop them, getting separated from Hudson and Broadway in the process, both having one of the two scroll containers.

star 7.93
150 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Lydia Marano

#13 - Reawakening

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 3, 1995

Concluding that science or sorcery alone are not enough to stop the gargoyles, Demona and Xanatos try combine the two, rebuilding a gargoyle from the rubble left at the castle and filling out the rest with cybernetics.

star 7.92
215 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves
City of Stone (2)

#14 - City of Stone (2)

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 19, 1995

The gargoyles awaken to find nearly all of the inhabitants of New York turned to stone. Nearly a thousand years before, a young man named MacBeth must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for love.

star 7.92
177 votes
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Lydia Marano
Awakening (4)

#15 - Awakening (4)

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1994

Elisa and Goliath are ambushed in the park by a group of commandos. They try to escape, but dawn comes and Goliath turns to stone, leaving Elisa having to lead the pursuers away alone. Upon Goliath's return to the castle, Xanatos reunites him with and old 'friend'. The Gargoyles accept to help Xanatos retrieve his stolen disks from Cyberbiotics.

star 7.89
303 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
Avalon (2)

#16 - Avalon (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 21, 1995

Goliath, Elisa meet with Katherine, and the Mage. They're under attack from the Archmage, Demona, MacBeth, and 3 of Auberon's children. Elisa knows they'll need more allies in the up coming fight. She goes to wake a human whose been on the island for a long time.

star 7.86
108 votes
Writers: Lydia Marano

#17 - Metamorphosis

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 5, 1995

Someone is taking people off the street and turning them into gargoyle-like creatures. Unsurprisingly, the trail leads to leads to one of Xanatos's labs.

star 7.84
159 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Brynne Chandler Reaves, Lydia Marano
The Mirror

#18 - The Mirror

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 11, 1995

Demona steels a magical mirror to summon an elf named Puck, and forces him use his magic against Goliath and the humans. The result is however not quite what she had in mind.

star 7.82
181 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Lydia Marano
Avalon (1)

#19 - Avalon (1)

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 20, 1995

The police find a strange man in with a sword and full suit of armor walking around the city... looking for a gargoyle named Goliath.

star 7.82
111 votes
Writers: Lydia Marano
High Noon

#20 - High Noon

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 25, 1995

MacBeth and Demona are working together; they steal Coldstone and use him as bait to lure the gargoyles into a trap. Elisa is to face Demona by herself and save the clan.

star 7.76
175 votes
Writers: Lydia Marano

#21 - Legion

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 6, 1995

Coldstone is reactivated, but some sort of virus begins to affect him as Goliath tries to get him to join his clan, his mind had been merged with the personalities of two other Gargoyles and one of them holds a grudge seemingly bigger and more malicious than Demona's.

star 7.75
185 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir
The Thrill of the Hunt

#22 - The Thrill of the Hunt

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 4, 1994

Lexington makes contact with his TV heroes - The Pack - in hopes of finding allies. But for his surprise he finds that they are far from heroic in real life...

star 7.73
215 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
Deadly Force

#23 - Deadly Force

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 1994

Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa with her gun. Wrecked by regret, he takes her to the hospital and then goes off on his own to take his frustration out on an criminal he can find. When the others hear, they assume it was the work of a gangster Elisa was investigating, and set out to take him down - permanently.

star 7.72
250 votes
Writers: Michael Reaves
Enter MacBeth

#24 - Enter MacBeth

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 6, 1995

As Xanatos is about to get out of prison, he wonders what to do about the Gargoyles. As luck would have it, he is contacted by a stranger calling himself MacBeth who offers to take the creatures off his hands.

star 7.71
275 votes

#25 - Upgrade

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 9, 1995

After the Pack is beaten by the gargoyles for the umpteenth time, Xanatos offers them new and improved cybernetic / gene-spliced bodies.

star 7.70
77 votes
Directors: Frank Paur
Writers: Adam Gilad