The Best Episodes of Marvel's Luke Cage

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2018

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.

You Know My Steez

#1 - You Know My Steez

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.01
3,906 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Aida Mashaka Croal, Cheo Hodari Coker
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Step in the Arena

#2 - Step in the Arena

Season 1 - Episode 4

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
4,919 votes
Writers: Charles Murray
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Soliloquy of Chaos

#3 - Soliloquy of Chaos

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 7.93
3,932 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Akela Cooper, Charles Murray
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Who's Gonna Take the Weight?

#4 - Who's Gonna Take the Weight?

Season 1 - Episode 3

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
5,090 votes
Writers: Matt Owens
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Now You're Mine

#5 - Now You're Mine

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.89
3,949 votes
Writers: Christian Taylor
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#6 - Manifest

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 7.87
4,418 votes
Directors: Andy Goddard
Writers: Akela Cooper
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Take It Personal

#7 - Take It Personal

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 7.85
4,157 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Jason Horwitch
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The Main Ingredient

#8 - The Main Ingredient

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 7.84
913 votes
Just to Get a Rep

#9 - Just to Get a Rep

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.83
4,722 votes
Directors: Marc Jobst
Writers: Jason Horwitch
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Code of the Streets

#10 - Code of the Streets

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.83
5,373 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker
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Suckas Need Bodyguards

#11 - Suckas Need Bodyguards

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 7.82
4,582 votes
Directors: Sam Miller
Writers: Nathan Louis Jackson
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Blowin' Up the Spot

#12 - Blowin' Up the Spot

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 7.82
4,230 votes
Directors: Magnus Martens
Writers: Aida Mashaka Croal
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#13 - DWYCK

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 7.79
4,131 votes
Directors: Tom Shankland
Writers: Christian Taylor
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They Reminisce Over You

#14 - They Reminisce Over You

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 7.78
847 votes
Can't Front On Me

#15 - Can't Front On Me

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.74
846 votes
On and On

#16 - On and On

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.68
904 votes
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The Basement

#17 - The Basement

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.64
927 votes
The Creator

#18 - The Creator

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.63
870 votes
Moment of Truth

#19 - Moment of Truth

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.62
6,277 votes
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker
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If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right

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

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.59
903 votes
Directors: Neema Barnette
Writers: Nathan Louis Jackson
For Pete's Sake

#21 - For Pete's Sake

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.57
890 votes
All Souled Out

#22 - All Souled Out

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.55
940 votes
Wig Out

#23 - Wig Out

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 7.55
1,044 votes
Directors: Marc Jobst
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker
I Get Physical

#24 - I Get Physical

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.46
981 votes
Straighten It Out

#25 - Straighten It Out

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

star 7.45
1,119 votes
Directors: Steph Green
Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker