The BEST Episodes of Naruto

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Network: TV Tokyo

In another world, ninja are the ultimate power, and in the Village Hidden in the Leaves live the stealthiest ninja in the land. Twelve years earlier, the fearsome Nine-Tailed Fox terrorized the village and claimed many lives before it was subdued and its spirit sealed within the body of a baby boy. That boy, Naruto Uzumaki, has grown up to become a ninja-in-training who's more interested in pranks than in studying ninjutsu.. but Naruto is determined to become the greatest ninja ever!

A Cry on Deaf Ears

#1 - A Cry on Deaf Ears

Season 3 - Episode 45 - Aired Mar 30, 2005

Finally catching up to Sasuke, Naruto does all he can to keep him from going to Orochimaru. Does he have enough strength to stop him or is Sasuke gone for good?

star 8.83
224 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
The End of Tears

#2 - The End of Tears

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired May 11, 2005

The battle between Naruto and Sasuke comes to a close, as One-Tailed Naruto takes on Cursed Seal Level 2 Sasuke in one final Rasengan vs. Chidori clash! And this time...only one person will emerge victorious. Will Kakashi and Pakkun make it in time? And who is this mysterious ninja watching everything?

star 8.75
361 votes
A Plea from a Friend

#3 - A Plea from a Friend

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 4, 2005

Naruto proves to be too much for Sasuke to handle as Naruto fights back with renewed vigour. Finally acknowledging Naruto's strength, Sasuke puts on his forehead protector, symbolizing both as equals. But when Sasuke's Sharingan is upgraded to level 3, the tables turn on Naruto. Just when all hope seems lost for Naruto, he undergoes a startling transformation, but will it be enough?

star 8.75
377 votes
For a Friend...

#4 - For a Friend...

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 27, 2005

Kakashi learns the truth about the chase after Sasuke, and orders his dogs, including Pakkun, to go find Naruto and Sasuke. However, things are looking grim as the clash between the Chindori and the Rasengan ensues. The attacks are even, causing Naruto and Sasuke to both fly back. Naruto finally realizes how serious Sasuke is, and gets the snot beat out of him while he remembers how he always wanted to be friends with Sasuke.

star 8.74
372 votes
The Demon in the Snow

#5 - The Demon in the Snow

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 13, 2003

Zabuza is no longer Kakashi's enemy, and thanks to a little speech by Naruto about how ninja are, Zabuza takes on Gato's men single handedly. The Demon of the Hidden Mist takes his vengeance on Gato and all of those dumb enough to follow him, and apologizes to Haku for what he did to the kind little boy. After the group takes care of the rest of Gato's men, Zabuza asks Kakashi one final request, to see Haku one final time. This is Zabuza's requiem.

star 8.70
406 votes
The Promise That Could Not Be Kept

#6 - The Promise That Could Not Be Kept

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired May 18, 2005

Shikamaru's group is brought back to Konoha with many injuries. Neji and Chouji could possibly die, Kiba has a deep wound but nothing too serious, and Naruto and Shimakamru have a few injuries. When Sakura finds out they are back ,she goes immediatley to see Sasuke and Naruto but finds out Sasuke got away. Can Naruto keep his promise to Sakura? And what news does the Jiraiya have for Naruto?

star 8.64
352 votes
Naruto's Ninja Handbook

#7 - Naruto's Ninja Handbook

Season 2 - Episode 43 - Aired Apr 7, 2004

Naruto and Gaara continue their fight. Naruto begins to get an advantage, and Gaara transforms into the final form of Shukaku of the Sand. As he begins to put the squeeze on Naruto, Naruto summons Gamabunta Oyabun, and his comeback begins. Once again, Naruto begins to get an advantage, but Gaara casts the technique of fake sleep, releasing the full power of Shukaku. Now that the demon is free, what will Naruto do?

star 8.61
337 votes
The Scroll's Secret: No Peeking Allowed

#8 - The Scroll's Secret: No Peeking Allowed

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired May 28, 2003

Team Kakashi still has only one scroll and there is only a day left before the test ends. Naruto decides they need to make a fake scroll and goes to open their Earth scroll, when Kabuto shows up and stops him, explaining that the scroll will knock them out until after the exam ends. He then tells them he will help them find the scroll they need. They seem to be the ones on the hunt, but what happens when they fall into a trap set by the enemy?

star 8.59
259 votes
Eat or Be Eaten: Panic In the Forest

#9 - Eat or Be Eaten: Panic In the Forest

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 9, 2003

To prevent further problems, Sasuke thinks up a password to determine friend from foe, but will it be that simple? Meanwhile Naruto has his hands full with a giant snake. Can he handle this on his own and what about Sasuke and Sakura, can they survive the ordeal?

star 8.54
293 votes
Hospital Besieged: The Evil Hand Revealed!

#10 - Hospital Besieged: The Evil Hand Revealed!

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 12, 2003

Due to the events with Gamabunta, Naruto is now stuck in the hospital. Shikamaru unexpectedly pays him a visit, saying the two of them are the types who never get girls to visit them. Meanwhile, Gaara approaches an unconscious Rock Lee, with the full intention of taking his life. Luckily for Lee, Naruto and Shikamaru are there to protect him. However, can they save even themselves after learning Gaara's shocking secret? What is it that Naruto has realized about Gaara?

star 8.53
296 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Naruto's Counterattack: Never Give In!

#11 - Naruto's Counterattack: Never Give In!

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 16, 2003

Sasuke is about to give up and give their scroll to the enemy, when Naruto stops him and accuses him of being a fake. Naruto then turns his attention to the Grass Ninja.... The battle is intense and when the Grass Ninja appears to get the upper hand, can Sasuke muster up the courage to fight?

star 8.52
252 votes
The Sharingan Revived: Dragon Flame Jutsu!

#12 - The Sharingan Revived: Dragon Flame Jutsu!

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 23, 2003

Sasuke is still stuck in his trance and even Sakura's pleas can't get him back to normal. Meanwhile, Anko searches for the grass ninja fake. When the team appear to get the upper hand the question begs to be asked. Are the ninja truly defeated, or is there more to them than meets the eye?

star 8.52
280 votes
The Oath of Pain

#13 - The Oath of Pain

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 2002

With Kakashi captured, Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura must defend against Zabuza's attacks. Naruto realizes that working together with Sasuke may be the only way to save Kakashi. Will the combined effort of the two be enough to free Kakashi and defeat Zabuza?

star 8.51
495 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold!

#14 - Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold!

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 20, 2003

Kiba alerts Hinata, as he's being taken away, that there are only a few fighters left. He warns her that if she fights Gaara, she has to give up immediately or she could be killed. He also tells her to give up if paired against Neji, because Neji already has issues with her. Just then, the board shows the next fight...Hinata vs. Neji. Just how far will Hinata go to prove herself?

star 8.51
273 votes
Father and Son, the Broken Crest

#15 - Father and Son, the Broken Crest

Season 3 - Episode 47 - Aired Apr 13, 2005

As Sasuke squares off against Naruto, he reflects on his past when he was neglected by both his stern father and Itachi, his brooding older brother.

star 8.51
326 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
Akamaru Trembles: Gaara's Cruel Strength!

#16 - Akamaru Trembles: Gaara's Cruel Strength!

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired May 21, 2003

Kiba, Shino, and Hinata decide to try and eliminate their opponents by taking more scrolls. They arrive upon a battlefield where three Rain ninjas are battling Gaara, Kankuro, and Temari. They remain hidden and observe the battle, thinking one of the Rain ninjas is a dangerous foe. After realizing Gaara's amazing abilities, they discover who is the really the dangerous one, and will be lucky if they can sneak away with their lives!

star 8.51
251 votes
Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection

#17 - Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 30, 2003

Since Sakura was the only one who did not get injured in the previous battle she must watch over and protect her teammates. Unknown to her though, there are enemies watching from the trees.... They attack, but a friend arrives to help. Will it be enough?

star 8.50
269 votes
The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

#18 - The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

Season 3 - Episode 48 - Aired Apr 20, 2005

While Naruto is busy underwater, Sasuke remembers the fateful day in which his clan was killed. He remembers why Itachi spared his life, and why Itachi did what what he did. Now, in order to gain the same power as his brother, he must kill his closest friend...Naruto!

star 8.48
359 votes
The Assassin of the Mist!

#19 - The Assassin of the Mist!

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2002

Team Kakashi and Tazuna are on their way to his home. On the way there they run across a ninja named, Zabuza Momochi. Is the Sharingan enough to defeat this new enemy, or is team Kakashi's first mission over before its even begun?

star 8.47
476 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Battle Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho!

#20 - Battle Formation: Ino-Shika-Cho!

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired May 14, 2003

With Sakura defeated and facing certain death, more reinforcements step into the fray. However, they sense an even bigger level of power, and its not coming from the sound trio! Meanwhile Sasuke wakes up with an ominous dark aura surrounding him and the mysterious seal spreading over his body. He has but one goal....make his enemies pay!

star 8.46
287 votes
The Battle Begins: Naruto vs. Sasuke

#21 - The Battle Begins: Naruto vs. Sasuke

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Nov 3, 2004

Hospital bound and feeling his pride shattered, Sasuke finds there is only way to redeem himself: Battle Naruto! Meanwhile, the Ino-Shika-Cho Squad sit down for some barbeque to celebrate a special occasion!

star 8.45
327 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
An Assassin in the Moonlight!

#22 - An Assassin in the Moonlight!

Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired Mar 24, 2004

As Sasuke is about to be defeated, Naruto and Sakura show up to save him. With this Gaara begins to have flashbacks of his childhood. What happened in Gaara's past to make him experience so much suffering?

star 8.44
336 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination!

#23 - Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination!

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 18, 2003

star 8.44
318 votes
Haku's Secret Jutsu: Crystal Ice Mirrors

#24 - Haku's Secret Jutsu: Crystal Ice Mirrors

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 26, 2002

Round two with Zabuza has started, but this time...Zabuza has Haku fighting along side him. Haku and Sasuke go at it with Sasuke falling behind until he manages to get a kick in. Meanwhile Naruto deals with some of Gato's henchmen. Back at the bridge Haku uses his secret jutsu, Demonic Ice Mirrors. What does this jutsu hold in store for Sasuke? Will Naruto make it to the bridge in time and save Tsunami and Inari as well?

star 8.43
398 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy!

#25 - Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy!

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Dec 24, 2003

Shikamaru takes on Temari, only he doesn't want to fight. Can the lazy Shikamaru even last the round? Or is there more to Shikamaru than meets the eye?

star 8.41
315 votes