The BEST Episodes of Naruto

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

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!

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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 8.84
254 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
A Plea from a Friend

#2 - 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 8.83
415 votes
The End of Tears

#3 - 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 8.79
397 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 8.78
410 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 8.71
467 votes
Naruto's Ninja Handbook

#6 - 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 8.66
378 votes
The Promise That Could Not Be Kept

#7 - 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 8.62
383 votes
Hospital Besieged: The Evil Hand Revealed!

#8 - 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 8.56
343 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Byakugan Battle: Hinata Grows Bold!

#9 - 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 8.49
320 votes
The Secrets of the Mangekyō Sharingan

#10 - 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 8.49
388 votes
Father and Son, the Broken Crest

#11 - 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 8.48
355 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
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 8.48
331 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 8.46
553 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Assassin of the Moonlit Night

#14 - Assassin of the Moonlit Night

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 8.45
373 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Blaze Away, Byakugan! This Is My Ninja Way

#15 - Blaze Away, Byakugan! This Is My Ninja Way

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 14, 2005

With the group trapped, Shino makes a deal to trade the Bikouchuu for Hinata. Unfortunately for the opponents, Hinata got away, making the deal worthless! They begin to attack but can Hinata show up to save the day?

star 8.44
255 votes
Zero Motivation: The Guy with Cloud Envy!

#16 - 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 8.44
359 votes
The Battle Begins: Naruto vs. Sasuke

#17 - 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 8.44
360 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto
He Flies! He Jumps! He Lurks! Chief Toad Appears!

#18 - He Flies! He Jumps! He Lurks! Chief Toad Appears!

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 5, 2003

Overjoyed at his success, Naruto manages to enrage Gamabunta. With him not willing to accept that Naruto was able to summon him, Naruto challenges Gamabunta to accept him as his subordinate if he is able to stay on his back until sundown.

star 8.43
359 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Eat or Be Eaten: Panic in the Forest

#19 - 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 8.42
346 votes
An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale!

#20 - An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale!

Season 2 - Episode 36 - Aired Feb 18, 2004

The battle of kings has begun as Orochimaru has summoned some unexpected help. How can the Third Hokage handle this uncomfortable situation? Meanwhile, Sasuke finally catches up with Kakurou, Gaara and Temari…

star 8.42
418 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers:
Akamaru Trembles: Gaara's Cruel Strength!

#21 - 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 8.41
304 votes
Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection

#22 - 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 8.41
321 votes
The Scroll's Secret: No Peeking Allowed

#23 - 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 8.41
308 votes
Naruto's Counterattack: Never Give In!

#24 - 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 8.41
304 votes
Brothers: Distance Among the Uchiha

#25 - Brothers: Distance Among the Uchiha

Season 3 - Episode 46 - Aired Apr 6, 2005

Naruto and Sasuke face off in battle as we get a glimpse into Sasuke's past where his achievements were ignored by his father and his brother Itachi's behavior began to take a turn for the worst.

star 8.41
291 votes
Directors: Hayato Date
Writers: Masashi Kishimoto