The BEST Episodes of Heroes

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: NBC

Heroes is a cult serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. Not only are they discovering what having superpowers means to them but also the larger picture of where those powers come from and what they might mean to the rest of the world.

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Five Years Gone

#1 - Five Years Gone

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 2007

Hiro and Ando's trek into the future leads them to meet some of the heroes as they are five years later, after the nuclear fallout. This includes a darker side of Matt, a Jessica/Niki with a clear winner in their battle, a brown-haired Claire, and a man named Andy, who's a big hearted Texan. It also features an event at an upscale gentleman's club.

star 8.08
1,924 votes
Directors: Paul A. Edwards
Writers: Joe Pokaski

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Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 23, 2007

Sylar and Peter face off. Linderman reveals his plans to Nathan, and enlists the aid of another Hero. Claire finally meets her real father, and Bennet, Matt and Ted attempt to escape from Thompson.

star 8.03
1,835 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Chuck Kim

#3 - Genesis

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2006

In this episode, we are introduced to Peter Petrelli, a young man who dreams of flying, and his brother Nathan, a ruthless politician who thinks that Peter is dreaming his life away. Meanwhile, ordinary people from all around the world are starting to suspect that they have abilities beyond those of normal humans. Artist Isaac Mendez believes that he is painting the future, high school cheerleader Claire Bennet is suddenly able to recover from any wound almost instantly, Japanese businessman Hiro Nakamura tries to convince a friend that he can bend space and time, and single mother Niki Sanders starts seeing strange things in mirrors.Upon learning of his father's death, genetics Professor Mohinder Suresh begins to look into his research for a clue to why he was killed. When he follows his father's trail to New York City, however, Mohinder learns that someone else is on the trail of the same research. Someone who may kill to protect the secrets of the next step in human evolution.

star 7.98
3,040 votes
Directors: David Semel
Writers: Tim Kring
How to Stop an Exploding Man

#4 - How to Stop an Exploding Man

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 21, 2007

Can Sylar be stopped? Will Linderman's vision live on with Nathan? What will it take for Peter to save the world, what sacrifices will be made? With all the horrible predictions unfolding before them the heroes face moments of pain and peril in Kirby Plaza.

star 7.95
1,854 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Tim Kring
Company Man

#5 - Company Man

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 26, 2007

Matt Parkman and Ted Sprague arrive in Texas in search of answers and take HRG and his family hostage. More is revealed about Mr. Bennet, the agency for which he works, and how he found Claire.

star 7.95
1,852 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Bryan Fuller

#6 - Homecoming

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 2006

Events in this episode take place on the day of Claire's Homecoming game. Claire's father is growing desperate to stop the villain who is coming after Claire. Nathan gets the painting from Linderman, and is horrified by what it depicts. Mohinder's dreams hold secrets about his father. Ando waits for Hiro who still has not returned from the past. Peter must try to save the cheerleader and also himself.

star 7.94
2,150 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Adam Armus, Kay Foster

#7 - Landslide

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 14, 2007

Angela Petrelli is forced to play a bigger role in Nathan, Peter, and Claire's life. The truth about the death of Nathan and Peter's father is finally revealed along with his true identity. When Nathan finds out that he may have a chance to become more than a Congressman, he is confronted with a decision that he must make. As election day nears some try to leave NYC. HRG and Matt learn another surprising secret. Also, Sylar is eating another hero's brain. Hiro's dad returns.

star 7.84
1,876 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Jesse Alexander
Four Months Ago...

#8 - Four Months Ago...

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2007

The events of the "missing four months" are explored. Maya and Alejandro must go on the run, it is explained how Peter ended up in Ireland and what happened to Nathan, Nikki, and D.L.

star 7.83
1,625 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Tim Kring

#9 - Parasite

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 4, 2007

As the election and destruction of New York approach, Nathan meets up with Linderman. Hiro attempts to steal the sword heading him in a new path. Suresh and Sylar make progress with the list at great cost. D.L. begins to suspect problems at home. Isaac paints an even more terrible painting. A new hero, Candice Wilmer, appears.

star 7.82
1,935 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Christopher Zatta
Six Months Ago

#10 - Six Months Ago

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 2006

This episode shows the heroes six months ago. Chandra Suresh, Mohinder's father, arrives in New York looking for special people. He meets up with an individual that embraces the chance to be unique. Peter graduates from nursing school. Nathan plans to prosecute a case that could cause complications for the Petrellis. Niki receives a visit from her father which brings out the worst in her. Hiro tries to alter the future for someone important to him. Claire discovers her abilities right after joining the cheerleading squad, and her father meets up with someone special.

star 7.81
2,159 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite

#11 - Fallout

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 4, 2006

Peter is in police custody after being mistakenly arrested in Odessa, forcing Nathan to take time out of his Congressional campaign. Claire deals with the implications of telling her father the truth. Matt and Audrey pursue a new lead in the hunt for Sylar unaware that the killer has been captured by Mr. Bennet. Hiro and Ando arrive in Odessa, too late to "save the cheerleader." After Niki learns of Jessica's recent actions, she must make a difficult decision to keep her family safe and so she decides to get herself arrested. Mohinder takes fresh steps down his newly-chosen path by coming back to New York and continuing his fathers research. Isaac's painting of the exploding man comes into context with major consequences for the future of a certain hero, just as an even more mysterious painting is unveiled.

star 7.79
2,203 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Joe Pokaski
The Hard Part

#12 - The Hard Part

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 7, 2007

Hiro and Ando's determination is put to the test. Nathan wants to win the election and he's taking drastic measures to ensure that he will. This episode will feature Sylar, his home life, and where he came from. Jessica and D.L. discover some of the stuff that Linderman wants from them and Micah. Also there is a new hero who is supposed to be holding the key to stopping Sylar.

star 7.79
1,817 votes
Directors: John Badham
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite

#13 - Hiros

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2006

Matt uses his abilities to help his marriage. Niki, distraught over another blackout, arrives home to learn that her husband, D.L., has escaped from prison. Claire tells her father about some of the things she's been through lately. Down and out in Vegas, Hiro finally connects with another hero. Peter must figure out what to do with the mysterious message.

star 7.77
2,356 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Michael Green
One Giant Leap

#14 - One Giant Leap

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 2006

Claire's romantic interlude with the football quarterback takes a tragic turn. Hiro convinces his friend, Ando, that it is their destiny to travel to America to save the world. Meanwhile, Nathan uses Peter's accident for his own political gain. Officer Matt Parkman, Mohinder Suresh, and the FBI are all on the trail of the mysterious Sylar.

star 7.76
2,498 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Jeph Loeb

#15 - Powerless

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 2007

In Texas, Peter faces off against former friends due to Adam’s misleading story about the Shanti virus. Micah enlists the help of his mother to rescue Monica. Maya is shocked when she learns the truth about her new friend Sylar. Elle tries to make her father proud.

star 7.76
1,714 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Jeph Loeb
Truth & Consequences

#16 - Truth & Consequences

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 26, 2007

Peter travels to Primatech in Texas to destroy the virus, but not everything is what it seems. Hiro continues the pursuit of his father's killer, while Matt pursues the last Company member in the photo. Nikki is reunited with Micah but has bad news, while Maya has to choose to remain with Alejandro, or go with Sylar.

star 7.74
1,646 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Jesse Alexander
Don't Look Back

#17 - Don't Look Back

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2006

Los Angeles Police Officer Matt Parkman is working crowd control at a murder scene when he alone begins to hear the muffled cries of a little girl somewhere in the house. Claire's heroism brings her unwanted attention. Peter comes closer to learning the truth about his and Nathan's powers. Hiro finds a comic book which leads him to Isaac.

star 7.74
2,641 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Tim Kring

#18 - Unexpected

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 2007

Peter learns that he and Claude may have been betrayed. Matt's reunited with the radioactive Ted Sprague and Hana Gitelman a woman with "wireless" mental abilities. Hiro makes a tough choice about his mission. Claire can no longer hold back her anger towards HRG.

star 7.73
2,075 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Jeph Loeb

#19 - Godsend

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 22, 2007

Matt reveals his abilities to his wife. HRG confers with Mohinder. Now that she knows the truth, Claire tries to make sense of her life. Hiro seeks the sword that he is destined to own. Niki must face the consequences of her decision to turn herself in to the police. Simone and Nathan are worried about Peter, who has been in a coma for two weeks. Peter meets a new hero. Micah visits his mother.

star 7.72
2,100 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Tim Kring

#20 - Distractions

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2007

Hiro deals with explaining his new heroic path in life to his ambitious sister and tycoon father. Niki has the chance to reunite with D.L and Micah. Claude's mentoring of Peter leads Peter to question those closest to him. Claire goes to a trailer park looking for her birth mother. Sylar wears a disguise and makes a move against HRG.

star 7.71
2,115 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Michael Green
Brave New World

#21 - Brave New World

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 8, 2010

Everyone bands together to try to stop Samuel from taking the lives of thousands. Peter joins forces with his most unexpected ally to save Emma. Meanwhile, H.R.G.'s life hangs in the balance as he and Claire find themselves trapped underground with oxygen quickly running out. Elsewhere, Hiro starts to come to grips with the decisions he has made and is called into action to help stop a disaster.

star 7.71
3,891 votes
Directors: Adam Kane
Writers: Tim Kring

#22 - Run!

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 2007

Matt enters the private security business and receives an objectionable client. Suresh finds another person on the list. As her home-life worsens, Claire strives to learn more about her birth parents. Hiro and Ando get sidetracked in Vegas again while searching for the sword. Nathan is forced to deal with a secret from his past. Still indebted to Mr. Linderman, Jessica resorts to unsavory methods that could spell doom for a fellow hero.

star 7.69
1,973 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Adam Armus, Kay Foster

#23 - Collision

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2006

After her night with Brody, Claire wakes up in the last place she would have imagined. Matt meets a couple of men who seem to know too much about him. Mohinder Suresh finds one of the heroes. Hiro's plan backfires in Las Vegas. Linderman's assistant makes more trouble for Niki just as Nathan arrives in Las Vegas to talk to the crooked casino owner about a campaign contribution. Isaac paints a bleak future for Claire. Peter receives a cryptic message from a very unexpected source.

star 7.69
2,426 votes
Writers: Bryan Fuller
Out of Time

#24 - Out of Time

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2007

Peter and Caitlin learn about the endstage effects of the Heroes virus. Many of the Heroes work together to fight the Nightmare Man. West is shocked to the identity of Claire's father. Hiro and Kensei's journey comes to an end.

star 7.67
1,630 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Aron Eli Coleite
Better Halves

#25 - Better Halves

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2006

Hiro and Ando plan to continue on their journey to New York, but they are given a tempting offer by a high-roller while still in Las Vegas. Mr. Bennet, the man in the horn-rimmed glasses, arranges a meeting for his daughter, Claire, with her biological parents. Claire hopes that this meeting can shed some light on her abilities. Hiro calls Isaac's again, but Peter answers and is able to relay the message from the future. Mohinder returns to India to bury his father, saying goodbye to Eden. Niki receives a surprise visitor at her home.

star 7.67
2,109 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Natalie Chaidez