The WORST Episodes of Gotham

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2021

Network: FOX

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

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The Trial of Jim Gordon

#1 - The Trial of Jim Gordon

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 7, 2019

After Gordon is shot in an attempt to establish a cease-fire, he hallucinates a trial for his life that could have deadly real consequences. Meanwhile, Ivy returns and puts her spell on Bruce, leaving Selina to defend herself. Lee has a life-changing moment as Barbara and Penguin consider their next move.

star 7.43
1,570 votes
Directors: Erin Richards
Writers: Ben McKenzie
Nothing's Shocking

#2 - Nothing's Shocking

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 28, 2019

Bullock's past comes back to haunt him when he and Gordon investigate two murders at Sirens. Meanwhile, Bruce and Alfred explore the tunnels beneath the city, and Penguin and Nygma's plans to escape are thwarted by the least likely of suspects.

star 7.48
1,516 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Seth Boston
Rogues' Gallery

#3 - Rogues' Gallery

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 2015

Gordon’s assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Meanwhile, Cobblepot continues to build his army.

star 7.50
3,696 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Sue Chung
The Fearsome Dr. Crane

#4 - The Fearsome Dr. Crane

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 2, 2015

Fish Mooney reveals a secret of Oswald Cobblepot's, prompting Maroni to take him on a trip to test his loyalty. Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock hunt down a killer who targets victims with severe phobias and Bruce Wayne confronts Gordon for failing to make progress on his parents' murder case.

star 7.57
3,308 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: John Stephens
Everyone Has a Cobblepot

#5 - Everyone Has a Cobblepot

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 2, 2015

While Gordon seeks information about the recent controversy with Commissioner Loeb, Fish’s allegiance with the prisoners is questioned when she appears to join forces with Dr. Dulmacher. Meanwhile, after an attack close to home, Bruce deals with the aftermath.

star 7.59
3,540 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Megan Mostyn-Brown
Pena Dura

#6 - Pena Dura

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2019

A military task force, led by Eduardo Dorrance is called in to provide relief to Gotham. Meanwhile, Nygma looks for answers from Penguin, who leads him back to Hugo Strange. Then, Bruce is concerned about Selina's recent behavior.

star 7.60
1,641 votes
Directors: Mark Tonderai
Writers: Iturri Sosa
Welcome Back, Jim Gordon

#7 - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 26, 2015

When the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, Gordon suspects that it’s an inside job and looks to an old friend for information. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes control of one of Fish Mooney’s prized possessions, as she gets a small taste of her own medicine.

star 7.61
3,479 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Megan Mostyn-Brown

#8 - Ruin

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2019

Gordon and Penguin are forced to work together and alliances are shaken when Lucius, Nygma and Barbara all have different ideas of the culprit behind recent events at Haven. Meanwhile, Selina continues her quest for revenge against Jeremiah.

star 7.61
1,637 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Chad Fiveash
Rise of the Villains: Scarification

#9 - Rise of the Villains: Scarification

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 2015

Galavan and Penguin join forces with a dangerous family in Gotham. Then, as the rivalry between the Waynes and the Galavans resurfaces, Gordon struggles to maintain order in the city.

star 7.62
4,026 votes
Directors: Bill Eagles
Writers: Jordan Harper
Penguin, Our Hero

#10 - Penguin, Our Hero

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 2019

With the creation of Haven as a safe place for refugees, Gordon hopes to stop the gang-fighting in Gotham. Selina is determined to find Jeremiah and convinces Bruce to help her. Meanwhile, Penguin goes to Haven to reclaim his staff.

star 7.62
1,711 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Tze Chun
A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon

#11 - A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 26, 2017

Gordon and Bullock are hot on a serial killer who has been assassinating cops and dressing his victims in the severed heads of pigs as his signature mark. Meanwhile, Sofia tries to win over Penguin, and Thompkins, Nygma and Grundy find themselves an unlikely home at Cherry's place.

star 7.63
3,183 votes
Directors: Mark Tonderai
Writers: Kim Newton
I Am Bane

#12 - I Am Bane

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 21, 2019

On the precipice of Gotham’s reunification, Gordon and Bruce find themselves face-to-face with a newly transformed Eduardo, and discover the real mastermind behind the city’s current chaos. Meanwhile, a pregnant Barbara turns to Lee for help.

star 7.63
1,603 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Chad Fiveash, James Patrick Stoteraux
Red Hood

#13 - Red Hood

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 23, 2015

Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara, and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld.

star 7.64
3,445 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Danny Cannon
13 Stitches

#14 - 13 Stitches

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 14, 2019

Gordon assembles an unlikely team to protect Gotham from Eduardo Dorrance and his Delta Force. Just as Lee Thompkins resurfaces, Barbara reveals shocking news that will change Gordon's life forever. Meanwhile, Selina and Penguin team up to outsmart fellow villain Magpie.

star 7.64
1,599 votes
Directors: Ben McKenzie
Writers: Seth Boston
The Blind Fortune Teller

#15 - The Blind Fortune Teller

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 16, 2015

Gordon takes Dr. Leslie Thompkins to the circus, but the day turns quickly when the circus comes under attack. Then, Falcone enlists Butch Gilzean to help Penguin with the night club, while Fish Mooney is otherwise occupied. Also, Bruce Wayne schedules a meeting with the Wayne Enterprises board.

star 7.64
3,373 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Bruno Heller
The Scarecrow

#16 - The Scarecrow

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 9, 2015

Gordon and Bullock set out to stop Gerald Crane, a biology teacher who has been harvesting the glands of his murder victims. Meanwhile, after finding herself in an unusual setting, Mooney continues plotting to gain power, and Falcone attempts to change Maroni's plan for the Penguin. Then, Bruce takes a treacherous hike.

star 7.64
3,365 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Ken Woodruff
Beasts of Prey

#17 - Beasts of Prey

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 13, 2015

Gordon and Bullock inspect a cold case involving the Ogre, a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie.

star 7.65
3,839 votes
Directors: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Ken Woodruff
They Did What?

#18 - They Did What?

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 18, 2019

As Bane enacts his final plan for Gotham’s destruction, Gordon rallies his former enemies to save the city. Meanwhile, Nyssa al Ghul kidnaps Barbara’s newborn daughter, with ambitions to raise her as her own. Then, Bruce’s decision to leave Gotham points him to his destiny, while devastating Selina.

star 7.69
1,598 votes
Directors: Carol Banker
Writers: Tze Chun

#19 - Trespassers

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2019

Gordon and Bullock investigate a location where several kids have been kidnapped. Barbara proves to be an unlikely ally to Gordon. Meanwhile, Bruce looks into an alleged witch with healing powers for Selina, and Nygma deals with demons of his own.

star 7.69
1,721 votes
Writers: Danny Cannon
A Dark Knight: Reunion

#20 - A Dark Knight: Reunion

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 15, 2018

Ivy picks her next target, leading Gordon and Lucius back to an old friend, as Selina tries to take matters into her own hands. Sofia wants full control of Gotham and turns to Lee about the state of the Narrows. Meanwhile, Bruce tries to make amends with Alfred, and Nygma visits Arkham.

star 7.70
2,361 votes
Writers: Peter Blake
Ace Chemicals

#21 - Ace Chemicals

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 21, 2019

Gordon races to uncover the criminal element threatening to end talks of Gotham’s reunification with the mainland. A very much alive Jeremiah returns and organizes a twisted recreation of the murder of Bruce’s parents with the help of Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter.

star 7.70
1,598 votes
Directors: John Stephens
Writers: Tze Chun
A Dark Knight: The Demon's Head

#22 - A Dark Knight: The Demon's Head

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 2017

Bruce Wayne puts the lives of Gotham Natural History Museum historian Niles Winthrop and his grandson, Alex, in danger in an attempt to uncover the meaning behind his prized knife from the auction. Meanwhile, Ra's Al Ghul proves he'll take deadly measures to achieve what he wants. Also, with Sofia Falcone in town, she is on a mission to win back Gotham from Penguin.

star 7.70
3,502 votes
Directors: Kenneth Fink
Writers: Ben McKenzie
A Dark Knight: A Beautiful Darkness

#23 - A Dark Knight: A Beautiful Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 8, 2018

Ivy tracks a secret project on which Wayne Enterprises is working and begins to target anyone that can give her information. Meanwhile, Jerome becomes obsessed with Penguin in Arkham. Also, Gordon begins to second guess his deal with Sofia and an unsettling dream sequence shakes up Bruce.

star 7.71
2,462 votes
Directors: John Stephens
Writers: Tze Chun
Under the Knife

#24 - Under the Knife

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 20, 2015

Gordon and Bullock continue their investigation of the Ogre, who begins to make his move on someone close to Gordon. Meanwhile, Bruce and Selina team up to expose a corrupt Wayne Enterprises employee and Nygma comes to Kristin Kringle’s defense.

star 7.71
3,937 votes
Directors: T.J. Scott
Writers: Bruno Heller, John Stephens
A Dark Knight: Pieces of a Broken Mirror

#25 - A Dark Knight: Pieces of a Broken Mirror

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 1, 2018

Gordon is called to the scene after The Toy Maker is hired to assassinate one of Gotham's doctors. Lee Thompkins begins to try to rebuild the Narrows, with Nygma as her partner. Meanwhile, Alfred's new life in the Narrows becomes complicated and Ivy reveals her new persona to Selina.

star 7.71
2,521 votes
Writers: Danny Cannon