The Best Episodes of Gotham

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Heroes Rise: HeavyDirtySoul

#1 - Heroes Rise: HeavyDirtySoul

Season 3 - Episode 22

As the third season concludes, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed.

star 8.30
1,879 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Robert Hull
Penguin's Umbrella

#2 - Penguin's Umbrella

Season 1 - Episode 7

As violence between Maroni and Falcone continues to escalate, Penguin reveals a new element of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguin’s life.

star 8.26
3,259 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Bruno Heller
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All Happy Families are Alike

#3 - All Happy Families are Alike

Season 1 - Episode 22

As Gotham City’s gang war reaches its boiling point, Fish Mooney goes head-to-head with Maroni and Penguin in an attempt to re-stake her claim on the city. Meanwhile, Barbara and Leslie Thompkins are brought together after recent events, and Bruce searches Wayne Manor for any hints that his father might have left behind.

star 8.22
2,940 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling

#4 - Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling

Season 3 - Episode 21

With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can't let go of his past.

star 8.19
3,689 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Danny Cannon
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A Dark Knight: No Man's Land

#5 - A Dark Knight: No Man's Land

Season 4 - Episode 22

Jeremiah warns a skeptical Gordon of more destruction coming Gotham's way, and Gordon is forced to make a potentially devastating decision. Meanwhile, Barbara rallies together a team to secure her position, as alliances in the underworld shift and prove no one can be trusted. Then, Bruce is forced to come to terms with the future.

star 8.14
1,632 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: John Stephens, Seth Boston
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Rise of the Villains: Worse Than A Crime

#6 - Rise of the Villains: Worse Than A Crime

Season 2 - Episode 11

When Bruce Wayne is kidnapped, Gordon must look to some unlikely and dangerous allies for help. It is a battle of the villains, and not everyone makes it out alive.

star 8.07
3,470 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt
Writers: Bruno Heller
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A Dark Knight: One Bad Day

#7 - A Dark Knight: One Bad Day

Season 4 - Episode 21

As Gotham falls into complete anarchy, a team of unlikely heroes step up to save it. Bullock takes the lead at the GCPD and Bruce's psychological limits are tested as those close to him are put in danger.

star 8.07
1,684 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Tze Chun
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Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham

#8 - Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham

Season 2 - Episode 10

Gordon confronts a suspect who is connected to Galavan, but falls short of obtaining any information. Meanwhile, Bruce gets one step closer to discovering the name of his parent's killer.

star 8.05
3,360 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: John Stephens
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Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock

#9 - Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock

Season 2 - Episode 2

On the heels of his reinstatement, Gordon is thrust onto the high-profile case tracking the deadly inmate escape from Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Galavan plans his next move, while Bruce asks for help from his fathe's old friend to unlock the secrets in his office, and Nygma asks out Kristin Kringle on a date.

star 8.02
3,690 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Ken Woodruff
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Wrath of the Villains: Into the Woods

#10 - Wrath of the Villains: Into the Woods

Season 2 - Episode 17

In an attempt to clear his name, Gordon steals his case file and approaches Nygma for help. Meanwhile, Penguin discovers his step-family's role in his father's death, and awakens from his conditioning.

star 8.01
4,226 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Rebecca Perry Cutter
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Wrath of the Villains: Transference

#11 - Wrath of the Villains: Transference

Season 2 - Episode 22

While Gordon, Bruce and Lucius remain at Indian Hill, the city of GOTHAM will be met with a new threat as Hugo Strange's inmates devise a plan to escape and start their new lives.

star 8.00
4,328 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

#12 - Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Season 3 - Episode 14

With Jerome on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred's safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Gordon's uncle Frank pays him a visit, and Nygma and Penguin are forced to confront their issues face-to-face, with possible deadly consequences.

star 8.00
4,589 votes
Writers: Seth Boston
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Spirit of the Goat

#13 - Spirit of the Goat

Season 1 - Episode 6

When a killer begins targeting the first born of Gotham's elite, Bullock is forced to confront traumatic memories from a nearly identical case he worked in the past. Gordon is confronted by past decisions.

star 8.00
3,149 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: Ben Edlund
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Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh

#14 - Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh

Season 2 - Episode 3

Gordon and Bullock track down a nemesis from the past, leading to a standoff between Jerome and Gordon. Meanwhile, a magic show at the Gotham Children's Hospital gala turns into a hostage situation.

star 7.99
3,576 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: John Stephens
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Wrath of the Villains: Unleashed

#15 - Wrath of the Villains: Unleashed

Season 2 - Episode 20

Azrael is on the loose in Gotham City, which sparks Penguin's need for revenge. Meanwhile, Bruce enlists the help of Selina Kyle to help track down Professor Strange, as he evades arrest for his experiments.

star 7.98
4,257 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Danny Cannon
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Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine

#16 - Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine

Season 3 - Episode 20

Gordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus, when Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) intercepts with a plan of her own. Also, Alfred sees a big change in Bruce Wayne after his work with The Shaman (guest star Raymond J. Barry). Meanwhile, some of Gotham's most deranged villains band together.

star 7.98
4,169 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
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Lovecraft

#17 - Lovecraft

Season 1 - Episode 10

Selina leads a new friend on a perilous journey through Gotham to evade the assassins who are on her trail. Following a misstep, Gordon is reassigned to duty at Arkham Asylum.

star 7.97
2,977 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Rebecca Dameron
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Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It

#18 - Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It

Season 3 - Episode 13

On the run from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight tries to revive Jerome and, in turn, activates his acolytes around Gotham City. Meanwhile, Selina's mom's intentions in Gotham are revealed, and the power play between Penguin and Nygma escalates as Barbara's plans are set in place.

star 7.96
4,464 votes
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
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Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles

#19 - Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles

Season 2 - Episode 21

Hugo Strange welcomes a familiar face to Gotham after he resurrects Fish Mooney in Indian Hill. Later, Bruce discovers a friend is in danger and teams up with Gordon, Alfred and Lucius, while uncovering more of Strange's experiments.

star 7.95
4,216 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Jordan Harper
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A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight

#20 - A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight

Season 4 - Episode 11

Things get complicated for Gordon, Sophia and Penguin when Carmine Falcone comes to town. Alfred tries to get through to Bruce once and for all, while Nygma struggles to gain control over The Riddler persona and Tabitha attempts to make Grundy remember his past. Meanwhile, a familiar smile resurfaces in Gotham.

star 7.94
2,293 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: John Stephens
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Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster

#21 - Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster

Season 3 - Episode 11

As the virus begins to spread in Gotham, the laboratory that is developing a cure is compromised. Mario and Gordon face off before the wedding, Selina meets an unexpected face and Barbara comes to Nygma with information about Isabella.

star 7.94
4,650 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: John Stephens
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The Anvil or the Hammer

#22 - The Anvil or the Hammer

Season 1 - Episode 21

The Ogre breaks down Barbara’s emotions, while Gordon and Bullock go to great lengths to track him down. Meanwhile, Penguin leads a massacre, beginning an epic war, while Bruce learns the truth about Wayne Enterprises and Nygma deals with his recent actions.

star 7.92
2,925 votes
Directors: Paul Edwards
Writers: Jordan Harper
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Rise of the Villains: Mommy's Little Monster

#23 - Rise of the Villains: Mommy's Little Monster

Season 2 - Episode 7

Butch leads Penguin and his men to the warehouse where Gertrude is being held, as Penguin plots his revenge on Galavan for kidnapping his mother. Meanwhile, Nygma deals with the aftermath of a deadly accident.

star 7.92
3,320 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Robert Hull
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Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do...

#24 - Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do...

Season 2 - Episode 1

Penguin is King of Gotham and after a shakeup at the GCPD, Detective James Gordon's moral compass wavers, as he seeks help from Penguin. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne continues to explore the secrets from his father's office, and Gotham newcomers Theo Galavan and his sister, Tabitha, make friends with some unlikely allies - a group of dangerous inmates from Arkham.

star 7.91
3,932 votes
Directors: Danny Cannon
Writers: Bruno Heller
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Wrath of the Villains: Azrael

#25 - Wrath of the Villains: Azrael

Season 2 - Episode 19

Gordon and Bruce question Professor Strange about Project Chimera, which leads Strange to send the newly resurrected Galavan to confront Gordon. Meanwhile, Nygma investigates who Professor Strange is.

star 7.90
4,308 votes
Writers: Jim Barnes, Ken Woodruff
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