The BEST Episodes of Highlander

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2020

Network: Syndication

Inspired by the film of the same name, this follows the life of Duncan MacLeod, clansman of Connor. Here in the modern day, Duncan must fend off old foes and make new friends. Some of the people of his past are still around, some are long dead, and some don't yet know their end is near. Duncan must choose his alliances carefully, because around every corner there is someone looking to take the head of the "Highlander."


#1 - Manhunt

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 1996

Carl Robinson, the former slave turned baseball player, has finally found the good life as a Major Leagues star -- but when Carl is challenged by another Immortal and witnesses find him standing over the decapitated body, Carl is forced to go on the run from the cops. He turns to MacLeod for help when he is pursued by lawman Matthew McCormick, who has more than just a professional interest in taking Carl into custody.

star 7.96
24 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: David Tynan

#2 - Homeland

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 1995

McLoud bought a Celtic bracelet once given to the love of his mortal life and after her tragic death he buried it with her. He returns to Glen Finnin to return the bracelet to her grave and learns of several gruesome ritualistic killings based around the one immortal who killed Mac's father. Naturally Mac must get to the bottom of the killings and keep his head in the process.

star 7.84
151 votes
Directors: Adrian Paul
Writers: David Tynan
Archangel (1)

#3 - Archangel (1)

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 24, 1997

The dead are walking the streets of Paris. The forces of evil are coming. Is MacLeod being readied for some higher calling -- or is he simply losing his mind?

star 7.83
18 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: David Tynan

#4 - Methos

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 11, 1995

When two Watchers end up dead by Kalas' hand, Joe realizes that Kalas is looking for Methos, the mythical ""oldest Immortal."" MacLeod knows that, with Methos' quickening, Kalas would finally be strong enough to defeat him. Kalas and MacLeod race to be the first to find Methos. Meanwhile, Richie muscles his way onto a top level motorcycle racing team and the champion, Basil, starts to get nervous. Flashbacks are to Paris in the 1920s, when Kalas, then known as Antonio Neri, was the toast of the opera world. When Kalas threatens a young girl in MacLeod's protection, they fight. Kalas escapes, but not before MacLeod inflicts a throat wound that destroys Kalas' vocal chords and the singing that has been his life since the Middle Ages. Kalas nearly takes Methos in battle and, realizing that he will not be able to defeat Kalas, Methos offers his own head to MacLeod. MacLeod refuses and challenges Kalas on his own, nearly defeating him when the police arrive to send Kalas to prison for the dea

star 7.77
120 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: J.P. Couture
The Darkness

#5 - The Darkness

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1993

In a gypsy cafe, small-time psychic, Greta, tells Tessa to leave the city because she is in danger. Then Tessa is kidnapped by Pallin Wolf, a Hunter who uses mortals as a bait to kill Immortals. MacLeod enlists Greta's help and finally locates Wolf's house. MacLeod kills Wolf and frees Tessa with Richie and tells them to go out while he searches Wolf's house; there Tessa and Richie are shot by a drug addict mugging for money.

star 7.73
37 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Christian Bouveron, Lawrence Shore
Unholy Alliance (2)

#6 - Unholy Alliance (2)

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 26, 1994

As Charlie regains strength, MacLeod accepts help from Dawson one last time, and barely misses catching Xavier and Horton. He then follows their trail to Paris -- accompanied by the persistent Renee Delaney. They track down Horton, and when he almost escapes, he is shot by Joe Dawson. MacLeod, with the help of his humorous new neighbor Maurice, then tracks down Xavier and finally takes his head. In a coda, however, we learn that Horton still lives.

star 7.72
29 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: David Tynan
Revenge is Sweet

#7 - Revenge is Sweet

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 12, 1992

Seeking revenge for the apparent death of her lover, Walter Reinhardt, Rebecca Lord toys with MacLeod before she attempts to kill him with Reinhardt's sword. Rebecca knows nothing of Immortals or their combat, and she believes MacLeod murdered Reinhardt. Unbeknownst to her, Reinhardt is still alive, and is using Rebecca in a cat and mouse game to draw out MacLeod for their final confrontation.

star 7.72
212 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Loraine Despres
The Hunters

#8 - The Hunters

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 22, 1993

MacLeod's old compatriot Hugh Fitzcairn comes to town bearing a mystery -- some of their other Immortal friends have disappeared suspiciously. MacLeod realizes that someone may be following Fitz, and realizes too late that Fitz has put Darius in danger by visiting him. Finding Darius dead in his chapel and Fitzcairn kidnaped, MacLeod won't rest until he finds the men responsible. Tracking the killers of his old friend, MacLeod discovers that there is a band of mortals hunting Immortals, and even holy ground is no protection from them. MacLeod finds the renegades in time to save Fitzcairn and confront James Horton, leader of the Hunters, but Horton eludes his grasp.

star 7.71
35 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Kevin Droney

#9 - Promises

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 2, 1996

In 1755, MacLeod made a promise in order to save the life of a young friend. It comes back to haunt him when Kassim, the Immortal to whom he made the promise, demands that MacLeod assassinate the tyrannical dictator of a small Middle Eastern country. When his refusal gets a good man killed and puts Rachel's life in jeopardy, MacLeod is torn between doing what he believes is right and keeping his promise.

star 7.68
25 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Lawrence Shore
They Also Serve

#10 - They Also Serve

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 1995

Recent Immortal Michael Christian has been on an incredible string of luck, taking a number of heads from unarmed and vulnerable opponents, including May-Ling Shen, who taught MacLeod the martial arts in 1780's Mongolia. Christian's Watcher, Rita Luce, has been doing more than just watching, supplying Christian with classified information on the other Immortals and their weaknesses. MacLeod, unaware of Christian, goes on a vision quest to his cabin on Holy Ground -- deliberately leaving his sword behind. The race is on for Joe Dawson to figure out Rita's secret before Christian sets his sights on MacLeod.

star 7.64
33 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Lawrence Shore

#11 - Courage

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 1994

Cullen, an old friend of MacLeod's, is burnt out from centuries of playing The Game and has turned to drugs and alcohol to get the courage to keep on playing. Cullen had a run-in with Richie and now he's coming for Richie's head. While playing ""chicken"" with Richie on a mountain road, Cullen crashes head-on into a bus full of passengers, killing many. MacLeod tries to convince Cullen, who he once knew as the greatest of the warriors, to stop using the drugs, but a paranoid Cullen believes MacLeod is just trying to render him helpless. Finally, MacLeod has no choice but to confront his former comrade and defeat him.

star 7.63
27 votes
Writers: Nancy Heiken
Counterfeit (2)

#12 - Counterfeit (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 28, 1994

Joe Dawson arrives in Paris to let MacLeod know that Horton may still be alive and coming after him. However, when MacLeod meets ""Lisa Milon,"" a dead-ringer for Tessa (Lisa Halle after plastic surgery), all thoughts of Horton and the Watchers go out of his head. Richie, unsure if Mac is thinking clearly, goes to Dawson for help and winds up taking a bullet for him when Horton tries a hit. Lisa is kidnapped, and MacLeod insists on going after her even though his friends warn him it may be a setup. He can't take a chance on burying her again. When Lisa finally tries to kill MacLeod, he turns the tables on her and Horton at long last gets what's coming to him.

star 7.60
144 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: David Tynan

#13 - Star-Crossed

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 4, 1995

MacLeod is picked up at the airport in France by his old friend, Hugh Fitzcairn. For the first time in the 350 years MacLeod has known him. Fitz has settled down as a Universitv Professor with the love of his life, Naomi. Flashbacks show MacLeod and Fitz's first meeting, when MacLeod was protecting the Doge's daughter from Fitz's amourous advances in Venice, 1637. When Naomi's jealous ex-lover is found strangled next to a computer displaying Fitz's falsified teaching credentials, Fitz goes on the run from the police. MacLeod realizes that Fitz is being framed by Kalas, who has followed him from the U.S. Kalas challenges Fitz and takes his head while MacLeod watches, unable to interfere.

star 7.58
31 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Jim Makichuk

#14 - Chivalry

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 1995

Nearly 350 years ago, MacLeod was the devoted lover of Kristin Gilles, a beautiful Immortal who taught him to be a gentleman. When he found another love, Kristin refused to let him go, killing his new lover. Now Kristin is sharing her bed with another new Immortal full of potential -- Richie. Methos, who knows MacLeod has never been able to kill Kristin because of his strict code of honor, has arrived in town to watch the fireworks as MacLeod tries to convince Richie that his new-found love is dangerous.

star 7.57
30 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Michael O'Mahoney, Sasha Reins
Little Tin God

#15 - Little Tin God

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 23, 1996

Derek's faith in God helped save him from a violent life on the urban streets. When the young gospel singer is killed in a drive-by shooting, he awakens in the arms of God and is given the gift of eternal life. But what's he to do when that God recruits him as a warrior in the Holy War against Satan -- and Satan turns up to be Duncan MacLeod?

star 7.56
25 votes
Directors: Rafal Zielinski
Writers: Richard Gilbert-Hill
The Gathering

#16 - The Gathering

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 1992

Duncan McLeod is roused from his peaceful existence with the love of this life, Tessa Noel, when he is challenged to Immortal combat by Slan Quince, an Evil Immortal. An old friend and Clansman, Connor MacLeod, comes to try and convince Duncan to once more join the fray in the battle of Good versus Evil. This episode also introduces Richie Ryan, a kid from the streets whom Duncan befriends after catching him breaking into his antique store.

star 7.55
403 votes
Writers: Dan Gordon
Unholy Alliance (1)

#17 - Unholy Alliance (1)

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 19, 1994

Xavier St. Cloud returns, killing Immortals with the help of mortal mercenaries who shoot his prey, making his kill easy. His next target is MacLeod but, warned by Dawson, Mac and Charlie just manage to escape death -- though the dojo is all but destroyed in the gunfight. Renee Delaney, a CID agent investigating the mercenary angle, gets on the case. MacLeod goes after Xavier himself, and Charlie insists on coming along. During his battle with St. Cloud, MacLeod spots James Horton, the Hunter who killed Darius. Distracted, Mac is 'killed' and falls down an elevator shaft out of beheading range, and Charlie is badly wounded and lies near death. Blaming Dawson for helping Horton escape alive, MacLeod warns him not to cross his path again.

star 7.54
145 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: David Tynan
Till Death

#18 - Till Death

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired May 26, 1996

When Gina and Robert de Valicourt met 300 years ago, even Gina's suitors MacLeod and Fitzcairn had to admit they were destined for each other. Each century, as Robert and Gina renewed their wedding vows before their friends and fellow Immortals, their love grew stronger. But now their marriage is on the rocks. MacLeod decides it's up to him to reunite the once happy couple, and he enlists a very unwilling accomplice in his cunning plan.

star 7.54
26 votes
Writers: David Tynan
Dramatic License

#19 - Dramatic License

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 1996

Carolyn Marsh's latest best-seller is a hot and sexy romance novel featuring a smoky-eyed swashbuckling Highland hero named Duncan MacLeod. Both MacLeod and Terence Coventry, the Immortal depicted as the borish villain of the novel, are out tofind the author -- MacLeod to find out how much she really knows about him, and Coventry to kill her.

star 7.52
23 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: Michael O'Mahoney, Sasha Reins
Bad Day in Building A

#20 - Bad Day in Building A

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 1992

While visiting the courthouse to clear up Tessa's traffic tickets, MacLeod, Tessa, and Richie are among a group that is taken hostage by a band of men bent on freeing their leader, Slade, from imprisonment. When Slade's demands are not met, he chooses a hostage to sacrifice. MacLeod makes sure that hostage is himself, and returns from the dead to hunt down the gunmen one by one, as the police watch helplessly from outside.

star 7.47
49 votes
Directors: Jorge Montesi
Writers: Kevin Droney
Road Not Taken

#21 - Road Not Taken

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 1992

A deadly herbal drug takes the life of Richie's friend, and MacLeod suspects the source of the drug is another Immortal, Kiem Sun, who has long sought to perfect such a drug and remove its lethal side effects for the betterment of mankind. But a disciple of Kiem Sun's is using the drug for his own gain, and MacLeod and his old friend must track him down. When it becomes clear that Kiem Sun plans to continue his experiments, MacLeod destroys the remaining sample of the drug.

star 7.45
284 votes
Writers: Terry Nelson
Finalé (2)

#22 - Finalé (2)

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 3, 1995

As Christine tells her tale to the newspaper publisher, MacLeod and Amanda, knowing their world is about to end, finally admit they love each other. Kalas kills Christine and the publisher and steals the computer disk before they have a chance to spread the story. Kalas offers MacLeod a deal -- MacLeod offers up his head or the contents of the disk are made public. Dawson and the Watchers attempt to find Kalas, but this only results in more dead Watchers. Methos tries to talk MacLeod out of it, but MacLeod agrees to fight Kalas on top of the Eiffel Tower. Kalas is defeated and the resulting Quickening, amplified by the Tower, sends a power surge that disrupts every computer in the vicinity -- including Kalas'. The information on the disk is destroyed and Immortals and Watchers maintain their anonymity.

star 7.41
115 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: David Tynan
Song of the Executioner

#23 - Song of the Executioner

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 1995

In the 1600s, MacLeod sought refuge in a monastery founded by Paul, another Immortal. There he encountered Kalas, an Immortal monk with a heavenly singing voice. When it was discovered that Kalas was routinely taking the heads of Immortals as they left the sanctuary, he was expelled from the monastery and the music that was his life. Now, Paul and his choir have been lured out of their monastery for a concert tour and MacLeod discovers that Kalas is after revenge. Meanwhile, mysterious deaths at the hospital seem linked to negligence on Anne's part. It becomes obvious that Kalas is trying to destroy MacLeod's friends before coming for him.

star 7.40
117 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: David Tynan

#24 - Legacy

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 7, 1994

When her mentor Rebecca is killed, Amanda is determined to avenge the death, even though it means going up against the formidable Immortal Luther, and very possibly losing her head. She comes to Mac for a final fling before her likely death, and when he discovers that she's after Luther, he tries to take the battle on himself, feeling he has a better chance of survival. Together they discover that Luther is hunting the pieces of an ancient crystal that Rebecca divided among her students, believing that the whole crystal will make him invulnerable and ensure that he is the Last Immortal. In the final confrontation, both Amanda and MacLeod take their turns battling the ascetic Luther.

star 7.37
145 votes
Directors: Paolo Brazman
Writers: David Tynan

#25 - Duende

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 1, 1997

Spanish swordplay, like Spanish dancing, is equal parts passion, skill, and strict discipline. The Immortal Otavio Consone is a master of both. An arrogant Spaniard who 150 years ago tried to teach MacLeod the sword art called ""The Mysterious Circle,"" Consone vied with MacLeod for the hand of a beautiful senorita, with tragic results. Now MacLeod must protect a Flamenco artist and her daughter from Consone's revenge.

star 7.37
27 votes
Directors: Richard Martin
Writers: Jan Hartman