The BEST Episodes of Shadowhunters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: Freeform

On her 18th birthday, Clary Fray discovers that she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, group of human-angel hybrids who fight to protect their world by hunting down demons. With warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and ominous threats at every turn, the Shadowhunters must lean on each other and their abilities to keep the darkness at bay.

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All Good Things...

#1 - All Good Things...

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2019

Jonathan begins his reign of vengeful terror as the Shadowhunters try to find a way to stop him. With only one hope, Clary must make a sacrifice that could have long-lasting implications for all. Meanwhile, wedding bells are in the air for one special couple.

star 8.41
441 votes

#2 - Erchomai

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 15, 2018

The team scrambles to find a way to put a stop to Lilith’s plan coming to fruition. But going up against their biggest opponent yet, their odds are not looking good. Meanwhile, Simon makes a heartbreaking choice with Isabelle’s help and Magnus reconnects with a powerful person from his past.

star 8.35
659 votes
Directors: Jeff Hunt
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller

#3 - Alliance

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 2019

Clary comes up with a plan that will bring Shadowhunters and Downworlders together, as Alec struggles for a way to help Magnus.

star 8.18
413 votes
City of Glass

#4 - City of Glass

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 2019

Alec, Jace and Isabelle make a plan to finally get Clary back and stop Jonathan — much to Luke’s and Simon’s chagrin. Meanwhile, an emotionally raw Magnus struggles to deal with his father’s reappearance and Maia must make a tough decision that could affect the rest of her life.

star 8.15
479 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
By the Light of Dawn

#5 - By the Light of Dawn

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 6, 2017

The New York Institute is under attack as Valentine's plan for The Soul Sword is getting dangerously close to coming to fruition. The Shadowhunters must act fast to save their loved ones and the rest of the Downworld. Meanwhile, some of the Downworlders have their own plan to stop Valentine and their target is Clary.

star 8.08
1,364 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
Beside Still Water

#6 - Beside Still Water

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 14, 2017

Jace and Clary rush to make a final stand, but when a traitor is revealed, Jace and Clary may have a bigger fight on their hands than expected. Meanwhile, Alec and Izzy must fight off a large mass of demons that have unexpectedly shown up, as Luke and Simon head to the Seelie Court to deal with some unfinished business with the Seelie Queen.

star 8.07
1,038 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
Familia Ante Omnia

#7 - Familia Ante Omnia

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 15, 2018

Clary faces down an old foe in an attempt to find answers about Lilith’s plan. Alec and Magnus turn to Lorenzo Rey for help, while Lilith finds a new ally. Luke must choose between his pack and his family, as Simon is forced to deal with his past.

star 8.04
606 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Taylor Mallory
The Powers That Be

#8 - The Powers That Be

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 2018

The Warlocks’ magic is becoming corrupted by a demonic presence while Izzy and Luke try to track down more information on the recent series of possessions.

star 8.04
742 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Peter Binswanger
Those of Demon Blood

#9 - Those of Demon Blood

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 19, 2017

After several Shadowhunters are killed, the Institute turns to controversial methods to prevent a Downworlder uprising.

star 8.02
1,058 votes
Directors: Michael Goi
Writers: Zac Hug
Lost Souls

#10 - Lost Souls

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 25, 2019

Everyone is dealing with the loss of Clary and are trying to move on best they can. Unbeknownst to them, the Shadowhunters face a new level of evil that they can't even imagine with the arrival of Jonathan Morgenstern.

star 8.02
519 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin
The Beast Within

#11 - The Beast Within

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 15, 2019

A demon outbreak in New York City on Halloween becomes a top priority at the Institute, but as the Shadowhunters hunt the demons, Jace becomes more worried about Clary. Meanwhile, Alec has to juggle the outbreak with his deep concern about Magnus’ depression.

star 8.02
455 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Taylor Mallory
Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

#12 - Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 31, 2017

After a devastating attack at the Institute, everyone is on high alert as the Shadowhunters close in on their hunt for Jonathan. Meanwhile, Simon and Maia help a new Downworlder as the Seelie Queen demands an answer from Magnus and Luke.

star 8.01
1,068 votes
Directors: Amanda Row
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
Salt in the Wound

#13 - Salt in the Wound

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 1, 2018

With the Owl’s identity revealed, Alec, Isabelle and Clary head to Alicante to try to find a way to stop him. Luke and Simon team up to track Lilith’s latest possible victim. Maia reflects on her past.

star 8.00
636 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Celeste Vasquez
Heavenly Fire

#14 - Heavenly Fire

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 8, 2019

Simon and Izzy team up on a secret mission to figure out what the Clave is hiding. Meanwhile, Clary is conflicted about Jonathan as the Shadowhunters try to get answers.

star 7.99
433 votes
Directors: Shannon Kohli
Writers: Celeste Vasquez
How Are Thou Fallen

#15 - How Are Thou Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 13, 2017

Luke’s sister shows up at the Jade Wolf claiming innocence about the recent attack. But with Luke not trusting a word Cleo says, he finds himself at odds with Clary who sees an opportunity to get to Valentine. Yet how far will Clary go to prove she is right about Cleo? Meanwhile, Simon gets dating advice from a surprising source as Isabelle takes a dangerous path.

star 7.99
1,406 votes
Directors: Ben Bray
Writers: Hollie Overton
A Problem of Memory

#16 - A Problem of Memory

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 10, 2017

Simon looks for a distraction with an evening out with some of his new vampire friends. What started out as a night to let loose quickly turns much darker when Simon wakes up the next morning with no memory of the night before and a dead body he now has to answer for. Meanwhile, Alec orders Valentine to be transferred to Idris to help repair relations with the Downworlders.

star 7.99
1,038 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Allison Rymer
A Window Into an Empty Room

#17 - A Window Into an Empty Room

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 24, 2018

Clary teams up with Magnus to investigate a recent demon attack. Simon is stunned with he’s visited by someone he never thought he’d see again, and who now won’t seem to leave. Meanwhile, Izzy worries about dinner with her family and a special guest and Luke reaches out to Maryse.

star 7.97
638 votes
Writers: Aisha Porter-Christie
Stronger Than Heaven

#18 - Stronger Than Heaven

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 17, 2018

Someone is out to get Simon and Jace is on the hunt to find out who it is, meanwhile Clary turns to Luke to find a way to help Jace. Alec worries about the future of his relationship after learning more about Magnu's romantic past.

star 7.97
643 votes
Writers: Brian Millikin
Aku Cinta Kamu

#19 - Aku Cinta Kamu

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 22, 2019

To try and save Clary from Jonathan, Jace goes undercover. Back at the Institute, Isabelle, Simon and Luke race to find a way to finally destroy Clary’s bond with Jonathan. With time running out, can Isabelle create the solution before Jace’s cover is blown?

star 7.97
461 votes
You Are Not Your Own

#20 - You Are Not Your Own

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 12, 2017

Everything is turned on its heads as Azazel remains at large. Meanwhile, Simon asks Isabelle for help.

star 7.97
1,177 votes
Directors: Bille Woodruff
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
A Heart of Darkness

#21 - A Heart of Darkness

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 8, 2018

Magnus, Alec and Isabelle try to reach Jace inside The Owl. But even as powerful as Magnus is, can he help the Lightwoods retrieve their brother from his demon prison? Maia and Jordan join Simon on the hunt for Lilith, while Luke tries to find a way to get to Clary.

star 7.96
630 votes
Directors: Ari Sandel
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
To the Night Children

#22 - To the Night Children

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 25, 2019

Several members of the team must examine the reasoning behind certain rules after some consequences to questionable actions come to light. Whether the rules were broken because of love, loyalty or revenge, they'll have to figure out if the end justifies the means?

star 7.95
426 votes
Writers: Peter Binswanger
Stay With Me

#23 - Stay With Me

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 1, 2019

Clary and Jace come up with a risky plan to get rid of her twinning rune, which may bring an old enemy back into the fray. Meanwhile, Alec is worried about Magnus.

star 7.95
439 votes
Directors: Amanda Row
Writers: Aisha Porter-Christie
A Dark Reflection

#24 - A Dark Reflection

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 24, 2017

With two of the three Mortal Instruments missing, everyone is on the hunt for the last one — The Mortal Mirror. Jace and Clary are on the hunt to recover it first before it falls into enemy hands. But along the way, Clary realizes that her brother Jonathan may be closer than she thought. Meanwhile, Isabelle has a hard time accepting the fact that her little brother Max is growing up, and Maia struggles to bring her guard down with Simon.

star 7.93
1,055 votes
Directors: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Writers: Hollie Overton
Love is a Devil

#25 - Love is a Devil

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 20, 2017

Tasked with arranging his brother Max’s Rune Ceremony, Alex decides this would be the perfect opportunity for his family to get to know Magnus. But with tensions flying among the different Shadowhunters, Max’s big event quickly becomes an evening where they all must face their biggest fears. Meanwhile, Simon makes a bold move as Isabelle finds an unlikely new ally.

star 7.93
1,390 votes
Writers: Y. Shireen Razack