The BEST Episodes of Marvel's Luke Cage

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2021

Network: Netflix

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

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You Know My Steez

#1 - You Know My Steez

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

With all of Harlem bearing witness, Luke takes on the fight of his life in hopes of emerging as the defender his city needs.

star 7.98
4,402 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Aida Mashaka Croal, Cheo Hodari Coker
Step in the Arena

#2 - Step in the Arena

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

As he rescues a victim of Cottonmouth's vengeance, Luke remembers his earlier life and the conspiracy that led to his superhuman strength.

star 7.94
5,507 votes
Directors: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Charles Murray
Soliloquy of Chaos

#3 - Soliloquy of Chaos

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

Misty digs deeper for the truth as the neighborhood's power players throw the city into confusion.

star 7.89
4,503 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Akela Cooper, Charles Murray
Who's Gonna Take the Weight?

#4 - Who's Gonna Take the Weight?

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

In the aftermath of a chaotic event at a favorite Harlem hangout, Luke heeds the call to action — and hits Cottonmouth where he'll feel it most.

star 7.89
5,761 votes
Writers: Matt Owens
Now You're Mine

#5 - Now You're Mine

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

In one bold move, a friend from his past puts Luke on the defensive, Misty in dire straits, and Harlem's safety in jeopardy.

star 7.87
4,515 votes
Writers: Christian Taylor

#6 - Manifest

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

Mariah's political career comes under fire, and Cottonmouth picks up information that could put Luke on the run.

star 7.85
5,073 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Akela Cooper
Just to Get a Rep

#7 - Just to Get a Rep

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

Cottonmouth strikes back at Luke by taking his vengeance out on the people of Harlem, while detectives Knight and Scarfe face an unexpected threat.

star 7.85
5,312 votes
Directors: Marc Jobst
Writers: Jason Horwitch
Take It Personal

#8 - Take It Personal

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

Luke gets closer to the truth about Reva and her part in his fate, while Mariah wrestles with the morality of her new role. Misty hunts for Luke.

star 7.83
4,733 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Jason Horwitch
Code of the Streets

#9 - Code of the Streets

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

Luke is pulled deeper into the fight for his neighborhood when, as a favor to an old friend, he tries to help a kid who's in trouble with Cottonmouth.

star 7.82
5,997 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker
Suckas Need Bodyguards

#10 - Suckas Need Bodyguards

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

After Cottonmouth and Scarfe's bloody clash, Luke realizes that saving the community may turn former allies into enemies, and enemies into allies.

star 7.81
5,191 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Nathan Louis Jackson
Blowin' Up the Spot

#11 - Blowin' Up the Spot

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

Mariah campaigns to turn the city and the police against Luke, and not even Misty or Claire may be able to save him.

star 7.79
4,833 votes
Directors: Magnus Martens
Writers: Aida Mashaka Croal

#12 - DWYCK

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

With Luke wounded and on the run, Misty faces a soul-searching interrogation. Mariah's rise to power takes a dark turn.

star 7.78
4,706 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Christian Taylor
The Main Ingredient

#13 - The Main Ingredient

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Danny Rand insists on helping Luke hunt for Bushmaster -- the Iron Fist way. Mariah sets out to reclaim her empire. Misty pursues a traitor.

star 7.77
1,310 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Akela Cooper
They Reminisce Over You

#14 - They Reminisce Over You

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Mariah adapts to her new circumstances and goes to extremes to cover her tracks. Luke takes a new approach to protecting Harlem.

star 7.71
1,246 votes
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker
Can't Front On Me

#15 - Can't Front On Me

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Luke teams up with an unlikely ally to combat a new strain of heroin. As Shades plows ahead with his plan, a massive party draws everyone to the club.

star 7.67
1,226 votes
Directors: Everardo Gout
Moment of Truth

#16 - Moment of Truth

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 2016

With tension building in the streets of Harlem thanks to ruthless club owner Cottonmouth, Luke finds it increasingly difficult to live a quiet life.

star 7.63
6,920 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker
On and On

#17 - On and On

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Reeling from the showdown on the bridge, Luke teams up with Misty to find Piranha. The hunt for the snitch heats up. Bushmaster reveals his endgame.

star 7.62
1,270 votes
Writers: Nicole Mirante-Matthews
The Creator

#18 - The Creator

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Shaken by Mariah's latest act, Luke combs the city for a witness. Flashbacks reveal a fateful encounter between the Stokes and McIver families.

star 7.60
1,214 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Matthew Lopez, Nicole Mirante-Matthews
If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right

#19 - If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

While Shades, Mariah and Misty come to terms with the previous night's events, Bushmaster searches for a way to boost his strength.

star 7.54
1,262 votes
Directors: Neema Barnette
Writers: Nathan Louis Jackson
The Basement

#20 - The Basement

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

As a wave of violence rocks Harlem, everyone races to connect the dots between Piranha, Mariah, Bushmaster and the grisly find at the clinic.

star 7.53
1,328 votes
Writers: Aida M. Croal
For Pete's Sake

#21 - For Pete's Sake

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Hunkered down in a makeshift safe house, Luke and Misty butt heads over how to handle Mariah. Meanwhile, long-buried family secrets come to light.

star 7.53
1,255 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Ian Stokes, Matt Owens
All Souled Out

#22 - All Souled Out

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Desperate to drum up quick cash for a lawsuit, Luke weighs an offer from a superfan. Mariah invites Tilda to join the new family business.

star 7.47
1,342 votes
Directors: Kasi Lemmons
Writers: Ian Stokes
Wig Out

#23 - Wig Out

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Worried Luke is heading down a dark path, Claire pays a visit to his father. Bushmaster makes a bid for Mariah's guns.

star 7.42
1,412 votes
Directors: Marc Jobst
Writers: Matt Owens
Straighten It Out

#24 - Straighten It Out

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

Luke tests out his abilities on the ballfield, Misty ruffles feathers at the precinct, and Mariah plans a reunion to boost her image.

star 7.37
1,516 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Akela Cooper
I Get Physical

#25 - I Get Physical

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 22, 2018

As footage of his fight with Bushmaster goes viral, Luke struggles with the aftereffects and follows a trail of clues to Tilda's shop.

star 7.37
1,375 votes
Writers: Matthew Lopez