The BEST Episodes of Highlander

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 26, 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 - 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 7.86
154 votes
Directors: Adrian Paul
Writers: David Tynan

#2 - 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
122 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: J.P. Couture
Revenge is Sweet

#3 - 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 7.71
213 votes
Directors: Ray Austin
Writers: Loraine Despres
The Hunters

#4 - 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 7.63
182 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Kevin Droney
Counterfeit (2)

#5 - 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
146 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: David Tynan
Unholy Alliance (1)

#6 - 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 7.57
147 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: David Tynan
The Gathering

#7 - 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 7.56
407 votes
Writers: Dan Gordon
Road Not Taken

#8 - 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
287 votes
Writers: Terry Nelson
Finalé (2)

#9 - 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 7.42
117 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: David Tynan
Unholy Alliance (2)

#10 - 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 7.41
147 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: David Tynan
Song of the Executioner

#11 - 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 7.41
119 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: David Tynan
The Darkness

#12 - 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 7.40
213 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Christian Bouveron, Lawrence Shore

#13 - 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 7.39
147 votes
Directors: Paolo Brazman
Writers: David Tynan
Revelation 6:8 (2)

#14 - Revelation 6:8 (2)

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 15, 1997

One by one, Kronos is putting the Four Horsemen back together. Once they struck fear in the hearts of men with sword and axe. Today, their weapons of destruction are different, but their goal is the same: to bring mankind what it fears most, the Apocalypse. Only Duncan MacLeod stands between them and the end of the world.

star 7.39
83 votes
Directors: Adrian Paul
Writers: Tony DiFranco
Studies in Light

#15 - Studies in Light

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 9, 1993

Duncan, Tessa, and Richie attend a photographic exhibit featuring Immortal Gregor, and Duncan discovers that the other exhibitor is someone he loved decades earlier, who had sent him away in order to focus on her work. She recognizes him, but he doesn't know how to tell her that he is the same man she loved. Meanwhile, Gregor appears to have changed since Duncan knew him, as he appears to have become disillusioned and can no longer feel emotion.

star 7.36
205 votes
Directors: Peter Ellis
Writers: Naomi Jansen
Comes a Horseman (1)

#16 - Comes a Horseman (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 8, 1997

MacLeod knew him as Melvin Koren, a desperado who left a trail of death and fire across the Old West, but Cassandra remembers him as an evil far older. He is Kronos, leader of the Four Horsemen, mounted Bronze Age raiders who murdered, raped, and pillaged their way across two continents. Never was a band of Immortals more cruel or more feared. He destroyed Cassandra's people and she's been hunting him across the millenia. But Kronos has a different target now -- Methos.

star 7.33
83 votes
Writers: David Tynan
Family Tree

#17 - Family Tree

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 1992

Richie falls for a con man's ploy when he attempts to find out more about his parents, whom he has never known. The con uses Richie for a place to crash and anything else he can get out of him by pretending to be his father. MacLeod also relives his past in the memories of first becoming immortal and being cast out of his clan by his father.

star 7.25
299 votes
Directors: Jorge Montesi
Writers: Kevin Droney
One Minute To Midnight (2)

#18 - One Minute To Midnight (2)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1996

Immortals and Watchers are poised at the brink of war. On the orders of the Watcher Tribunal, every Watcher in Europe is hunting for MacLeod, to bring him in dead or alive. MacLeod discovers that the real killer is Jacob Galati, a Gypsy MacLeod once traveled with, who has vowed to destroy all the mortals who wear the Watcher tattoo, convinced they are all out to destroy Immortals.

star 7.24
84 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: David Tynan
The Samurai

#19 - The Samurai

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 1994

After Midori Koto sees her husband, rich industrialist Michael Kent, murder her lover, she kills Kent and runs to MacLeod for protection. She reminds MacLeod of a vow of protection his "ancestor" (MacLeod himself) made 200 years before. Flashbacks tell the story of MacLeod coming to the aid of the samurai Hideo Koto after MacLeod is shipwrecked in Japan. He vows to Hideo he will always protect the Koto family and is bequeathed the dragon head katana sword he uses to this day. Back in the present, MacLeod discovers that Kent is an Immortal and he's still alive.

star 7.24
153 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: Naomi Janzen

#20 - Testimony

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired May 6, 1995

MacLeod decides to tell Anne the truth about his Immortality and she flies to Paris to be with him. En route, Anne helps save the life of a young woman, Tasha, who turns out to be smuggling drugs for the Russian Mafia. Tasha is the lover of Kristov, the head of the Russian gang and formerly the leader of the band of Cossacks MacLeod encountered on his way to the Orient in 1750. Concerned about Tasha, Anne tries to convince her to testify against Kristov, while Kristov is determined to make sure Tasha dies before she can testify. Richie is kidnapped by Kristov as a pawn in this game. MacLeod must choose between taking down Kristov or saving Richie and Richie finds he must grow as an Immortal -- or die.

star 7.23
121 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: David Tynan
Free Fall

#21 - Free Fall

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 1992

A beautiful young woman, Felicia Martins, throws herself to her death, only to revive with the realization that she is an Immortal. She seeks out Duncan MacLeod as her mentor, and becomes amorously involved with Richie Ryan. But there is much more to this "ingénue" than meets the eye. She is in fact a long-time Immortal, engaged in a wily scheme to trap MacLeod and acquire his Quickening. MacLeod must see through her subterfuge in time to protect not only himself, but also Richie.

star 7.22
264 votes
Writers: Philip John Taylor
 Judgment Day (1)

#22 - Judgment Day (1)

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired May 26, 1996

Dawson's life is on the line when the Watchers try him on the charge of treason for his friendship with MacLeod. Watcher deaths have risen dramatically since Dawson first told MacLeod about the Watchers and the Tribunal is determined to punish Joe and stop the killing. MacLeod and Dawson argue his case, but even as the trial goes on, the Watcher killings continue.

star 7.20
88 votes
Writers: David Tynan, Gregory Widen
The Lamb

#23 - The Lamb

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 1994

What happens to a kid who hits Immortality before he hits puberty? MacLeod and Richie take in 10-year-old Kenny, who asks for their protection after the fatherly Immortal who was protecting him is beheaded. Kenny, we discover, is not the sweet little lamb he appears to be. He has been Immortal for nearly 800 years, and has survived all that time by convincing other Immortals to take him in and protect him -- and then taking their heads. Kenny tries to get MacLeod, but he is continuously thwarted by the presence of Anne. Kenny attempts to get Anne out of his way, but MacLeod, realizing the truth about Kenny, manages to rescue her. He goes after Kenny to stop him from killing again, but Kenny manages to escape by blending in with a group of innocent children.

star 7.18
114 votes
Directors: Dennis Berry
Writers: J.P. Couture

#24 - 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 7.17
118 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Michael O'Mahoney, Sasha Reins

#25 - 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 7.17
120 votes
Directors: Paolo Barzman
Writers: Jim Makichuk