The BEST Episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2019

Network: Syndication

This is the story of a time long ago, A time of myth and legend, when the Earth was still young. The ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering and beseiged them with terrors. For centuries the people had nowhere to turn, no one to look to for help. Until he arrived. He was a man like no other. Born of a beautiful mortal woman, but fathered by Zeus, king of the gods. Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen, a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart....No matter what obstacle, as long as there were people crying for help, there was one man who would never rest --- Hercules

Redemption (2)

#1 - Redemption (2)

Season 5 - Episode 11

Dahak, chained to the altar in the body of Ioalus, hatched a plan to kill Ares, which would give him the power to break his bonds. Meanwhile, the demon showed Hercules how he had seduced Iolaus at the moment of death. Apppearing as Hercules, Dahak promised Iolaus the power to set everything right in the world. With time running out, Hercules was sucked into the spiritual world, where he found the real Iolaus. The two friends fought side-by-side once more, sending Dahak into a fiery chasm. Then they siad good-bye, and Iolaus disappeared into a shaft of light.

star 8.40
15 votes
Directors: Bruce Campbell
Writers: Lisa Klink
Render Unto Caesar

#2 - Render Unto Caesar

Season 5 - Episode 5

On the island of Eire, Hercules organized the feuding Celtic tribes to fight Caesar's approaching army. He also helped the half-god/half-human Morrigan find the good within herself. She was the former servant of the cruel Celtic god Kernunnos, and she couldn't break away from him easily because he held their daughter, Brigid, hostage. Hercules agreed to help Morrigan get her child back, and together they defeated Kernunnos in battle. When Morrigan stopped Hercules from killing Kernnunos in cold blood, she realized she had finally embraced her new role as the Druid guardian of justice.

star 8.36
17 votes
Directors: John Laing
Writers: Gene F. O'Neill, Noreen Tobin
My Best Girl's Wedding

#3 - My Best Girl's Wedding

Season 5 - Episode 21

Iolaus 2 was shocked to learn that Nautica, his mermaid love, had been given legs and was about to marry Lysaka. Hercules went to see Triton to get to the heart of the matter, and found his former wife, Serena. They discovered Lysaka had stolen triton's trident, the source of his power, and Nautica was marrying Lysaka to get it back. Hercules got the Cabiri to fashion a new trident, then left Serena to return to Iolaus. When Aphrodite offered to amke Iolaus a merman so he could be with Nautica, he agreed and said good-bye to Hercules once more.

star 8.31
16 votes
Writers: Gerry Conway
Norse by Norsevest (1)

#4 - Norse by Norsevest (1)

Season 5 - Episode 6

Hercules wanted to save the Norse god Balder, but Balder explained that his death was foretold in the Book of Fates and could not be changed. Sure enough, Hercules was tricked by Loki, the god of mischief, into accidently killing Balder. An enraged Thor tried to kill Hercules with his huge stone hammer, but Hercules beat Thor and took him to Valhalla. There, Odin -- the king of the Norse gods -- explained that two parts of an ancient prophesy had been fulfilled. If the third part took place, the final nightfall and end of all things would occur.

star 8.29
14 votes
Writers:
Resurrection

#5 - Resurrection

Season 5 - Episode 3

Bronagh, leader of the Celts on the island of Eire, told Hercules he was their "Chosen One" -- chosen to lead the Celts to freedom. But the gods of Eire didn't like the Celts worshiping Druids, so they sent Morrigan, a demigod assassin, to destroy the Druids. However, when she killed the Druid guardian of justice, she unwittingly took his place. Hercules, who finally stopped blaming himself for Iolaus' death, defeated Morrigan in battle, but the Druids explained that if she died, the spirit of justice would die with her. They disappeared, leaving Hercules to care for Morrigan.

star 8.27
18 votes
Directors: Philip Sgriccia
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Let There Be Light (1)

#6 - Let There Be Light (1)

Season 5 - Episode 10

Hercules and his friends followed the demon Dahak to Corinth, where Dahak -- in Iolaus' body -- had set himself up as the people's savior. He wanted to return the world to a time when the Titans ruled. Hercules and Zarathustra, a man who resisted Dahak's teachings, found the Stone of Creation and joined Nebula, Morrigan and Jason at the Dark One's fortress. Hercules used the stone to harness the light of dawn. The light became metallic and bound Dahak to his own altar. Hercules then prepared to perform an exorcism that would allow Iolaus to rest in peace.

star 8.26
15 votes
Directors: Robert Radler
Writers: Gene F. O'Neill, Noreen Tobin
Faith (1)

#7 - Faith (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

Nebula took Hercules and Iolaus to Sumeria, where the angry gods were leveling cities. To remedy the situation, King Gilgamesh took Hercules with him on a series of physical trials in a pyramid, where they retrieved a chalice of sacred nectar. But Gilgamesh betrayed Hercules by drinking the nectar and crushing the cup, becoming a disciple of the demon Dahak. Next, Gilgamesh tried to scarifice a warrior heart -- Nebula's. But Iolaus, who was in love with Nebula, saved her by taking the dagger himself. Hercules destroyed Gilgamesh, but he was too late for Iolaus, who died in his arms.

star 8.24
20 votes
Directors: Michael Hurst
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
The King of Thieves

#8 - The King of Thieves

Season 2 - Episode 1

Iolaus thought he was helping a friend in need when he defended Autolycus from five attackers but Autolycus took off, leaving Iolaus with the box of stolen jewels from King Menelaus' treasury. When Hercules learned Iolaus had been arrested and sentenced to die, he worked with Dirce, the king's daughter and Iolaus' lawyer, to clear his friend's name. Eventually Hercules caught up with Autolycus, the "King of Thieves," in an abandoned castle, where they fought each other and faced many other dangers. Ultimately, Hercules saved Iolaus from execution.

star 8.22
32 votes
Directors: Doug Lefler
Writers: Doug Lefler
The Academy

#9 - The Academy

Season 5 - Episode 17

Hercules and Jason arrived at Cheiron's academy to find things greatly changed. The youths were out of control, and the headmaster left the school in Hercules' hands. Zylus, an upperclassman, had a secret plan to take over the school. When Hercules discovered Zylus and his friends were the masked attackers he had fought off earlier, he expelled the group. Zylus tried to burn down the school, but was no match for Hercules. After the fight, Hercules named Jason the academy's new headmaster, and Lilith -- Jason's first love -- promised to visit often.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Charlie Haskell
Writers: Paul Robert Coyle
Once Upon a Future King

#10 - Once Upon a Future King

Season 5 - Episode 19

Merlin hurled the vicious warlord Arthur of Camelot and his sorceress advisor Mab a thousand years back in time to Hercules' world. But Mab helped Arthur conquer Britannia. Later she wanted to go back to her own time, and to do that she needed to kill young Merlin with the sword of Excaliber. Hercules and Morrigan captured Arthur and the sword, but mab took Merlin hostage. A fierce battle ensued, during which Hercules dispatched a giant knight and a reformed Arthur displayed newfound heroism. Merlin smote Mab, and Arthur returned to his own time as a proponent of peace.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Mark Beesley
Writers: Gene F. O'Neill, Noreen Tobin
Love, Amazon Style

#11 - Love, Amazon Style

Season 6 - Episode 2

When Hercules saw the Amazons waiting tables and dancing in a chorus line, he knew they had to be under a spell cast by Aphrodite. Sure enough, the goddess of love was responsible. She had broken up with Hephaestus, which threw her powers out of whack. Meanwhile, Deimos put the Amazons to work in a mine, digging for the Chronus Stone. Finding it, he turned the Amazons against Hercules and Iolaus. But Aphrodite finally confessed her love for Hephaestus, breaking the spell. Deimos vanished, and the Amazons returned to normal.

star 8.20
15 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster
The Gauntlet

#12 - The Gauntlet

Season 1 - Episode 12

Hercules was angry to learn that the warrior princes Xena was raiding villages to increase her power and territory. What Hercules didn't know until later was that Xena's lieutenant, Darphus, was the cruel and heartless one. When Xena spared the life of an infant, Darphus forced her to endure the Gauntlet, a series of trials in which she was punished by her own soldiers. Fleeing on her own, Xena challenged Hercules to a duel - and lost. But he spared her life, so she joined him in defending the village of Parthis from her former lieutenant.

star 8.19
36 votes
Directors: Jack Perez
Writers: Peter Bielak
Darkness Rising

#13 - Darkness Rising

Season 5 - Episode 8

Hercules and Morrigan were enjoying life on the island of Eire until they found the Druids slaughtered. Recognizing the work of the demon Dahak, Hercules and Morrigan returned to Sumeria. There, they found Nebula had been bothered by waking dreams of her dead love, Iolaus. When Hercules visited Iolaus' tomb, he found it empty -- and turned to find Dahak behind him, in the body of Ioalus. As they fought, hercules could not bring himself to slay his friend, even though he knew it was no longer Iolaus. Dahak escaped, with Hercules, Morrigan and Nebula in hot pursuit.

star 8.19
16 votes
Directors: Chris Long
Writers: Lisa Klink
Beanstalks and Bad Eggs

#14 - Beanstalks and Bad Eggs

Season 4 - Episode 1

With help from Autolycus, the king of thieves, Hercules set out to find Lianna, who had been kidnapped by the giant Typhoon and taken to a castle in the clouds. Climbing a huge beanstalk, the two men found Lianna in Typhoon's castle, caring for three golden eggs that belonged to the Harpies. Captured by the giant, Autolycus instructed Typhoon in the ways of romance. When the eggs hatched unexpectedly, Hercules saved them from a hungry snake-eel. He and Autolycus departed without Lianna, who decided her home was in the clouds with Typhoon and the Harpies.

star 8.12
17 votes
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg
Revelations

#15 - Revelations

Season 5 - Episode 22

The Archangel Michael was the harbinger of the apocalypse. He released the horsemen War, Famine and Pestilence upon the land. Meanwhile, the late Iolaus, who defied The Light on the other side to warn his friend of the approaching Armageddon, joined Hercules. Despite Ares help, Hercules and Iolaus could not stop the release of the final horseman, Death, whose first target was Iolaus. Determined to save his friend this time, Hercules fell with Death into a volcano. Hercules' sacrifice earned the world a reprieve, and Iolaus was sent back to Earth to continue his life at Hercules' side.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Bruce Campbell
Writers: George Strayton, Tom O'Neill
The End of the Beginning

#16 - The End of the Beginning

Season 3 - Episode 19

Hercules was in the middle of a fight with bullies when Autolycus stopped time. Autolycus had stolen the Cronus Stone from King Quallius' palace museum. Suddenly he traveled five years back in time. Hercules witnessed the first meeting of Ares and Serena, the Golden Hind Hercules had married and lost. When Ares tried to kill her, Hercules forced the god of war to spare the Hind's human half. Later, when he and Autolycus returned to the present, Hercules encountered Serena, now a happy wife and mother. History had changed, wiping out everything they shared together.

star 8.08
13 votes
Writers: Paul Robert Coyle
Reunions (3)

#17 - Reunions (3)

Season 4 - Episode 22

While Iolaus paid a visit to his mother, Hercules explored Olympus. He was hurt to learn the real reason his father had brought him there: Zeus needed protection from Hera and the other gods, who were conspiring against him. But Hercules couldn't turn his back on his father. Then Zeus allowed Hera to rip away his godhood in order to save Alcmene's spirit from eternal hell. Hercules went to the dark side of Olympus, where he overcame Apollo and Hera in battle. Zeus' godhood was restored, Alcmene returned to the Elysian Fields, and Hercules became a half-mortal again.

star 8.06
16 votes
Directors: Charles Siebert
Writers: Jerry Patrick Brown, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Love on the Rocks

#18 - Love on the Rocks

Season 5 - Episode 18

Nautica, a mermaid, wanted to see the world. But her father, Triton, had arranged a marriage for her. Nautica found a way out when Discord gave her legs. When she met Iolaus 2, they both fell immediately in love. Unfortunately, if Nautica did not return to the sea by sunset, the waters of Greece would turn to ice. When Brutus took her hostage, Iolaus found the strength in his love and handily defeated Nautica's captor. The lovers returned to the beach and after one last kiss, the mermaid swam out to sea.

star 8.06
16 votes
Directors: Rick Jacobson
Writers: Kevin Maynard
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge (2)

#19 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge (2)

Season 5 - Episode 7

Odin believed the answer to the riddle ""When light dies, then will Ragnarok begin"" would bring about the end of all things. Loki went to Odin in disguise and gave him a metal mask. When the king of Norse gods looked into the mask, he was blinded -- which fulfilled the third tragedy. Loki then blew Gilma's Horn, which brought on Ragnarok, and he killed Thor witha poisoned dart. When Hercules poured paint into the Book of Fate, he returned to the moment before he accidently killed Balder. He exposed Loki's plan to Balder and thor, saving their lives.

star 8.01
17 votes
Directors: Michael Hurst
Writers: Gerry Conway
King for a Day

#20 - King for a Day

Season 2 - Episode 19

Iolaus agrees to stand in for his royal look-alike Prince Orestes on the day of the prince's coronation and marriage to the beautiful Niobe in order to prevent Orestes' brother Minos from usurping the throne.

star 8.00
21 votes
Directors: Anson Williams
Writers: Patricia Manney
Hercules, Tramps & Thieves

#21 - Hercules, Tramps & Thieves

Season 6 - Episode 5

Autolycus joined Hercules on his way to the First Bank of Greece and promised not to rob it. Once in town, they found Autolycus' ex-wife Luscious starring in a show at Club Nymph-O-Mania. The next day, the bank was robbed and Autolycus' grappling hook was found at the scene of the crime. Luscious was to blame, but Autolycus took the fall and went to jail. To save his friend, Hercules set a trap for Luscious, recovered the loot and freed Autolycus without having to implicate his ex-wife. The events rekindled Autolycus' and Luscious' feelings for each other.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Charles Siebert
Writers: Vanessa Palce, Liz Friedman
Full Circle

#22 - Full Circle

Season 6 - Episode 8

Evander, son of Ares, had the power to create anything he could imagine. Zeus, wishing to make amends with Hera, used the boy to free his former love from the Abyss of Tartarus. Unfortunately, the Titans were released, too. Helios and Oceanus tried to destroy Hercules and Iolaus but succeeded only in destroying each other. Meanwhile, the third Titan, Atlas, attacked Olympus. But Hera turned him into stone, condemning Atlas to hold the weight of the world on his shoulders forever. Hercules and Iolaus took Evander home to Nemesis, while Zeus and Hera began their reconciliation.

star 8.00
13 votes
Directors: Bruce Campbell
Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
War Bride

#23 - War Bride

Season 3 - Episode 20

Princess Melissa of Alcinia didn't want to marry the corpulent Prince Gordius of Lathia, but she didn't want to be sold into slavery either. Hercules unchained Melissa and the rest of the slave girls in the marketplace. Melissa's sister, Alexa, who had orchestrated the kidnapping, killed their ailing father and tried to claim the throne for herself. She attacked Hercules with the Fist of Tolas, burying him under rocks. But Hercules survived and broke the deadly machine in half. After Alexa was locked in the dungeon, Hercules said goodbye to Melissa, who developed an attraction to Gordius after all.

star 8.00
14 votes
Directors: Kevin Sorbo
Writers: Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster
War Wounds

#24 - War Wounds

Season 4 - Episode 19

Hercules' brother, King Iphicles of Corinth, was not with his wife when she died -- he was out controlling rioting soldiers. For this he blamed the vetern warriors led by Ajax and demanded they leave Corinth without dedicating a statue. Hercules and Iolaus, friends of Ajax, tried to intervene. But deadly battles broke out when Iphicles killed Phidias, the statue's designer. Ajax tried to kill Iphicles as retribution, but he ended up devoured by giant sand worms. Tired of the madness, Iphicles relented by officiating at the dedication of Phidias' statue and extending land to the veterns.

star 7.93
15 votes
Directors: John Mahaffie
Writers: Paul Robert Coyle
Reign of Terror

#25 - Reign of Terror

Season 3 - Episode 18

King Augeus had gone mad. Believing himself Zeus, the King ordered Aphrodite's temple to be rededicated to Hera. The evil goddess herself offered Augeus godly powers if he could kill Hercules by sunset. Aphrodite, angered by the king's actions, stepped in to reclaim her temples and protect the townspeople. Augeus - assisted by Hera - managed to imprison Aphrodite briefly, but the goddess joined forces with Hercules and battled the king until his delusion lifted. Augeus wasn't quite back to normal, however: Now he believed he was Ulysses.

star 7.93
15 votes
Directors: Rodney Charters
Writers: John Kirk