The BEST Episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Network: Syndication

Prince Adam is the young son of Eternia's rulers, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam uses the Sword of Power by holding it aloft and saying the magic words "By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER" he is transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Together with his close allies, Battle Cat, The Sorceress, Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko, He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Skeletor's main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If he succeeds, Skeletor would conquer the world of Eternia, and possibly the whole universe.

The Great Books Mystery

#1 - The Great Books Mystery

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 25, 1984

Orko is searching all over the Royal Palace for a book he has bought Prince Adam for his birthday. It soon transpires that not only this book is missing, but every book in the kingdom! The books have been stolen by a villain called Batros, who has hidden them in the Temple of the Sun. As the heroes set out to recover the books, Skeletor sends Beast Man and Trap Jaw out to recruit Batros into his army.

star 9.38
37 votes
Directors: Bill Reed
Writers: Harvey Brenner
The Cold Zone

#2 - The Cold Zone

Season 2 - Episode 65 - Aired Dec 8, 1984

Kobra Khan visits the heroic warriors, offering a truce in exchange for their help. He tells them that his people, the Reptons (a snake clan to whom he belonged before he joined Skeletor's forces) are in need of help- someone has extinguished the furnace which heats their underground kingdom, plunging the whole kingdom into severe coldness. Khan wants them to find the culprit and re-heat the furnace. He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Battle Cat and Orko go to the Reptons kingdom with Khan, but it soon transpires that Khan is not to be trusted... for it was he who extinguished the furnace himself, and he intends to frame He-Man for the crime and expose them, in the hope of gaining the Repton King's crown in return!

star 7.99
67 votes
Directors: Marsh Lamore
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Double Trouble

#3 - Double Trouble

Season 2 - Episode 46 - Aired Nov 13, 1984

A fierce storm, raging around Snake Mountain, uncovers a secret passage beneath the ancient fortress. Skeletor, Evil-Lyn and Beast Man investigate, and they find a mystic-looking glass called the Mirror of Moruvad, which has the power to create a double of anyone which is the opposite of what they are. Skeletor decides to capture someone close to He-Man, and make an evil double of them that will steal the secrets of Grayskull for him. He captures Koldar, a heroic ally of He-Man's, who has just arrived at the palace for a welcoming ceremony. He uses the Mirror to create an evil double of Koldar, which he sends to the Palace, to trick He-Man into letting him enter Castle Grayskull! But Koldar lures Skeletor in front of the mirror... and a heroic Skeletor is created, which goes to help foil Skeletor's plan!

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Ed Friedman
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Orko's Missing Magic

#4 - Orko's Missing Magic

Season 1 - Episode 40 - Aired Oct 28, 1983

When he is practising a magic spell, Orko's magic is stolen by a small creature called a Gronk, which teleports to another world. The Sorceress traces Orko's magic to the strange world of Omiros, and He-Man and Orko journey there to recover the magic. On this surreal planet, they find that an evil wizard called Zolt has absorbed Orko's magic and is using it to control Omiros. They must fight Zolt and recover Orko's magic before the portal back to Eternia closes!

star 7.42
12 votes
Directors: Ernie Schmidt
Writers: Larry DiTillio
Diamond Ray of Disappearance

#5 - Diamond Ray of Disappearance

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1983

Skeletor has managed to find the legendary 'Diamond Ray Of Disappearance', a mystical jewel that sends who or whatever it is aimed at vanishing into another dimension. Calling his warriors from around the Universe, Skeletor plans to use the magical gem to get rid of He-Man once-and-for-all. His first victims are King Randor, Queen Marlena, and Man-At-Arms, as well as The Sorceress of Grayskull, and it is up to He-Man to destroy the jewel, freeing his friends from the distant limbo-like dimension that they are trapped in...

star 7.41
374 votes
Directors: Lou Zukor
Writers: Robby London
Teela's Quest

#6 - Teela's Quest

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 6, 1983

After Queen Marlena, using Man-At-Arm's new 'mind projector', relives how she came to crash-land on Eternia years before, Teela tries to use the device to learn who her mother is, but is frustrated when it is unable to display the image. She decides to head to the Crysal Sea, in search of the legendary Oracle, the only thing on Eternia that could possibly tell her of her true parents. But Mer-Man, defeated years before by Man-At-Arms, is looking to get even, and plans to use Teela as a sacrifice to a sea God...

star 7.33
183 votes
Directors: Marsh Lamore
Writers: Paul Dini
The Shadow of Skeletor

#7 - The Shadow of Skeletor

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1984

When Beast Man crashlands by Palace Eternia in one of Skeletor's shuttles, Adam, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Man-E-Faces and Ram Man discover that he was being sent to the Dark Moon of Eternia. Curious as to why Skeletor wanted to send him there, they imprison Beast Man in jail and take the ship up there themselves. Reaching Eternia's Bright Moon, they discover that Eternia's two moons are at war with one another after a resident of the Dark Moon reported seeing the people of the Bright Moon causing severe destruction on the Dark Moon. Knowing that the residents of the Bright Moon are innocent, the heroic warriors realise that Skeletor must be the real cause of the destruction, and so Man-E-Faces disguises himself with a Beast Man costume, and goes to the Dark Moon to spy on Skeletor and his warriors and foil their scheme.

star 7.32
62 votes
Directors: Steve Clark
Writers: Rowby Goren
City Beneath the Sea

#8 - City Beneath the Sea

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired Oct 24, 1983

He-Man and Man-At-Arms set sail to investigate the disappearance of some of King Randor's food ships. Sucked beneath the surface by a whirlpool, they find themselves in the underwater city of Aquatica, which has been taken over by Merman. Merman has kidnapped the city's princess, Nahmi, and is controlling the Aquaticans with the Pearl of Power! But he has convinced them that the surface dwellers kidnapped Nahmi, and the Aquaticans have waged war against the people of the surface. Can He-Man help the Aquaticans see the light, and rescue Princess Nahmi before Merman creates more havoc?

star 7.26
43 votes
Directors: Gwen Wetzler
Writers: Larry DiTillio
Masks of Power

#9 - Masks of Power

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired Oct 20, 1983

When exploring an ancient temple, Prince Adam and He-Man come across the Masks of Power, which conceal the spirits of an ancient evil race. Two power-hungry travellers steal the masks, and their bodies are possessed by the spirits within them. Together they go to Snake Mountain, where they offer Skeletor their services- but Skeletor will only recruit them after they have passed a series of tests, one of which involves recovering the Sword of the Ancients from deep within Snake Mountain.

star 7.25
44 votes
Directors: Marsh Lamore
Writers: Douglas Booth
Ordeal in the Darklands

#10 - Ordeal in the Darklands

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired Oct 21, 1983

Evil-Lyn captures Mira, the daughter of the powerful wizard Kor, and frames He-Man and Man-At-Arms for the capture. Kor takes He-Man and Man-At-Arms prisoner, and refuses to listen to their pleas for innocence, planning to unleash a demonic entity called the Crimson Scourge upon them unless they reveal his daughter's whereabouts.

star 7.19
42 votes
Directors: Gwen Wetzler
Writers: Marc Scott Zicree
Happy Birthday Roboto

#11 - Happy Birthday Roboto

Season 2 - Episode 48 - Aired Nov 15, 1984

He-Man and Man-At-Arms discover a crashed spaceship piloted by a robot. They take him back to the palace, where Man-At-Arms manages to repair the robot, who tells them his name is Roboto and he is a space explorer from the planet Robotica. He expresses his interest to explore Eternia, but during the night he is captured by Modulok, Man-At-Arms' sworn enemy! Modulok reprogrammes him to do his own dirty work, which involves the dastardly experiment of transplanting Man-At-Arms' brain into Modulok's extra head.....

star 7.17
35 votes
Directors: Lou Kachivas
Writers: Larry DiTillio
Not So Blind

#12 - Not So Blind

Season 2 - Episode 38 - Aired Nov 1, 1984

He-Man meets a blind boy called Lous, whose friends consider him to be helpless just because he is blind. To give him a chance to prove himself, He-Man offers to take Lous on an adventure with himself and Ram Man, to the caves of the Singing Crystal. Lous accompanies them to the caves, but once inside, a flash of light blinds both He-Man and Ram Man. With all three of them blind, Lous uses his senses and bravery to lead them back to safety, across many dangerous obstacles.

star 7.17
6 votes
Directors: Gwen Wetzler
Writers: Robert Lamb
Search for the Past

#13 - Search for the Past

Season 2 - Episode 35 - Aired Oct 27, 1984

Man-at-Arms stumbles upon a royal trinket that could belong to King Miro, King Randor's long-lost father. With the help of He-Man and Man-at-Arms, Randor journeys to the Swamps of Enchantment in search of his father.

star 7.14
35 votes
Directors: Ernie Schmidt
Writers: Larry DiTillio, Misty Taggart
Prince Adam No More

#14 - Prince Adam No More

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 23, 1983

Angered by his continual defeats, Skeletor blames Beast Man, banishing him from Snake Mountain and his evil forces. Meanwhile, King Randor is preparing for a Royal tour of Eternia, accompanied by Man-At-Arms and a guard of his choice. The King chooses He-Man, but Adam, upset that he always has to play down his qualities to hide his alter-ego, convinces the King to choose him instead. Beast Man spots the touring party, and aided by his Shadow People followers, he ambushes them. Determined to prove his worth to his father, Adam resists transforming into He-Man and instead tries to stop the attack as himself, but he is overpowered, and Beast Man captures Randor, intending to use his capture to win his way back into Skeletor's good books...

star 7.14
107 votes
Directors: Gwen Wetzler
Writers: Paul Dini
The Magic Falls

#15 - The Magic Falls

Season 2 - Episode 56 - Aired Nov 27, 1984

Skeletor and Evil-Lyn send a disguised Kobra Khan to Palace Eternia to disrupt the Eternia Day Celebration. But knowing Orko's magic will see through Khan's disguise, Evil-Lyn uses her magic to erase Orko's entirely. He-Man and Orko set out to recover Orko's missing magic, but the only way they can do it is by finding the Magic Falls- can they reach them in time?

star 7.11
36 votes
Directors: Ernie Schmidt
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Mistaken Identity

#16 - Mistaken Identity

Season 2 - Episode 58 - Aired Nov 29, 1984

A boy called Tharen is jealous of his girlfriend Careel's admiration for He-Man, so he tricks her into thinking he is He-Man's secret identity in the hope that she'll like him better. Meanwhile, at Eternos jail, a criminal scientist caled Galen Nycroft has managed to teleport to his cell a strange machine to increase his power. The machine transforms him into Modulok, and he escapes from jail and sets out to capture He-Man, in the hope of convincing Skeletor to recruit him. He overhears Tharen telling Careel that he is He-Man, and captures him, thinking he is He-Man's alter ego! Can the real He-Man rescue Tharen... and will his real secret identity be threatened in the process?

star 7.11
36 votes
Directors: Bill Reed
Writers: J. Michael Straczynski
Castle of Heroes

#17 - Castle of Heroes

Season 1 - Episode 48 - Aired Nov 9, 1983

A strange little creature called Montiek, a former member of the Council of Evil with Skeletor, turns up at Snake Mountain with some warriors he found on ancient Earth. He is travelling the universe recruiting powerful warriors for his Castle of Heroes, so he can use them as slaves. He has come to Eternia in the hope of capturing He-Man for the Castle of Heroes, and sets up a series of tests which He-Man must pass before he can be recruited. Skeletor is hoping that He-Man will pass the tests, so he can be rid of him- but he knows that He-Man won't be as easy to capture as Montiek thinks.....

star 7.11
38 votes
Directors: Ernie Schmidt
Writers: Mel Gilden
The Defection

#18 - The Defection

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Oct 25, 1983

Queen Sybilline, apparently once one of the most evil sorceresses in Eternia, has defected to the side of good. She enlists the help of He-Man and his companions in restoring King Danton of the Isle of Tears to the throne, having helped the evil Gorgon to overthrow him. But will they succeed, when Gorgon has recruited Evil-Lyn as his replacement sorceress?

star 7.10
40 votes
Directors: Marsh Lamore
Writers: Ron Schultz, Sam Schultz
The Starchild

#19 - The Starchild

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired Oct 27, 1983

He-Man rescues a small girl from danger in the Evergreen Forest, and it turns out that the girl is a magical Starchild- and two tribes in the forest, the Tree People and the Cave People, are fighting for custody of her. He-Man takes the Starchild back to Palace Eternia with him, so the Royal Family can sort out the custody battle.

star 7.09
43 votes
Directors: Lou Zukor
Writers: Arthur Browne Jr., Brynne Chandler Reaves

#20 - Battlecat

Season 2 - Episode 33 - Aired Oct 25, 1984

Man-At-Arms tells Orko the origin of Battle Cat, from how Adam discovered Cringer in the forest as a child, to how Cringer acquired the powers of Grayskull and became Battle Cat.

star 7.08
36 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
The Dragon Invasion

#21 - The Dragon Invasion

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 8, 1983

Skeletor and Beast Man steal a dragon's eggs and transport them into the court-yard of the Royal Palace. With their special growth enhancer, the dragons soon hatch and grow, attacking the Palace, and leaving the Heroic Warriors distracted trying to deal with the ever-growing dragons leaving Skeletor and his cronies free tackle Castle Grayskull...

star 7.08
121 votes
Directors: Gwen Wetzler
Writers: Michael Reaves
The Region of Ice

#22 - The Region of Ice

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired Oct 19, 1983

When on a skiing holiday in the icy regions of Eternia, the Royal Family are captured by an Ice Lord. Orko scares the Ice Lord by pretending he is He-Man (!), and the Ice Lord explains that Skeletor has kidnapped his daughter and will only release her if the Ice Lord delivers the Royal Family to him. Orko convinces the Ice Lord to free Prince Adam (who he calls his 'assistant'), then Adam becomes He-Man and sets off to Snake Mountain with Orko to rescue the Ice Lord's daughter.

star 7.07
41 votes
Directors: Ernie Schmidt
Writers: Patrick Duncan
Hunt for He-Man

#23 - Hunt for He-Man

Season 2 - Episode 36 - Aired Oct 30, 1984

Prince Adam and Cringer crashland in the Misty Swamps when their Wind Raider is attacked by Skeletor's crew. Adam transforms to He-Man and manages to stop them sinking, but he feels weak, poisoned by the swamp water. A boy called Drak and his grandfather find He-Man, and the grandfather decides to transport him along to their village where he can be cured. But Drak, who is tempted by power and wealth, wants to turn He-Man in to Skeletor to gain riches in reward. As they journey to the village, they are pursued by Trap Jaw and Whiplash- will Drak betray He-Man and give him over to the bad guys, or will he see the light and help fend off Skeletor and his minions?

star 7.06
35 votes
Directors: Marsh Lamore
Writers: Antoni Zalewski
Visitors from Earth

#24 - Visitors from Earth

Season 2 - Episode 54 - Aired Nov 23, 1984

Two Earth astronauts, Mark Blaze and Andrea Steele, are on a mission to save Earth from a meteor that is about to collide with the planet. but on their mission, they are sucked through the same portal which brought Marlena to Eternia, and they find themselves on Eternia, now ruled by the missing astronaut Marlena Glenn. And things turn drastic when Skeletor captures Blaze, and steals the ship's missile, intending to use it to blow up Grayskull! Can He-Man stop Skeletor's scheme... and can he help Blaze and Steele to save Earth before it is too late?

star 7.06
35 votes
Directors: Gwen Wetzler
Writers: Mike Hazy
Golden Disks of Knowledge

#25 - Golden Disks of Knowledge

Season 1 - Episode 64 - Aired Dec 1, 1983

The Sorceress summons He-Man to Castle Grayskull, which appears to be being haunted, the jaw bridge smashing repeatedly against the edge of the abyss, and the eyes flashing! Inside it is even weirder, full of grotesque holographic images of demons! The Sorceress has no idea what is going on, and Orko suggests that someone from the spirit dimension may be trying to contact The Sorceress. Using the window of the ancients, The Sorceress manages to trace the source of the haunting- the spirit of a magician called Zanthor, who was formerly a member of the Council of the Wise, but was exiled into the spirit world when he sold the Golden Disks of Knowledge to Skeletor, giving him the knowledge he needed to enter Eternia and build Snake Mountain. Zanthor wishes to amend for his crime by helping He-Man get the Disks back. So The Sorceress summons Zodac- the only remaining member of the Council of the Wise- and Zodac grants Zanthor temporary entrance into Eternia, though he must remain in spirit form until he can prove he is sincere. Zanthor then accompanies He-Man, Battle Cat and Orko to Snake Mountain, to find where Skeletor is keeping the Golden Disks of Knowledge.

star 7.06
36 votes
Directors: Ed Friedman
Writers: David Wise