The Best Episodes of Shadowhunters

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018

Clary Fray learns that she is a Shadowhunter, a human-angel hybrid that hunts demons. After her mother is abducted by a demon, Clary joins a band of Shadowhunters to save her mother and discovers powers she never knew she had.

Erchomai

#1 - Erchomai

Season 3 - Episode 10

In the climactic mid-season finale, 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 8.34
431 votes
Directors: Jeff Hunt
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
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By the Light of Dawn

#2 - By the Light of Dawn

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 8.09
1,085 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
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The Powers That Be

#3 - The Powers That Be

Season 3 - Episode 2

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 8.08
533 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Peter Binswanger
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Familia Ante Omnia

#4 - Familia Ante Omnia

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 8.05
423 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Taylor Mallory
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Beside Still Water

#5 - Beside Still Water

Season 2 - Episode 20

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 8.05
808 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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Stronger Than Heaven

#6 - Stronger Than Heaven

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.01
463 votes
Directors: Geoff Shotz
Writers: Brian Millikin
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A Window Into an Empty Room

#7 - A Window Into an Empty Room

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.99
463 votes
Writers: Aisha Porter-Christie
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Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

#8 - Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 7.99
843 votes
Directors: Amanda Row
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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Those of Demon Blood

#9 - Those of Demon Blood

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 7.99
826 votes
Directors: Michael Goi
Writers: Zac Hug
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Salt in the Wound

#10 - Salt in the Wound

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.98
437 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Celeste Vasquez
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A Heart of Darkness

#11 - A Heart of Darkness

Season 3 - Episode 8

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
427 votes
Directors: Ari Sandel
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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How Are Thou Fallen

#12 - How Are Thou Fallen

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.95
1,128 votes
Directors: Ben Bray
Writers: Hollie Overton
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On Infernal Ground

#13 - On Infernal Ground

Season 3 - Episode 1

Secrets abound as the shadowhunters and downworlders try to get back to normal after Valentine's death. Clary struggles with keeping her secret about Raziel's wish, while Alec pushes Jace to come clean about whatever Jace and Clary are hiding. Luke must use tough love to keep his secret hidden from Ollie who is on a war path for answers. And Magnus hides his true feelings about his new position in the Warlock community from Alec. Meanwhile, Lilith sets a plan in motion in New York City as Simon spend stime in the Seelie Court.

star 7.94
602 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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You Are Not Your Own

#14 - You Are Not Your Own

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

star 7.94
919 votes
Directors: Bille Woodruff
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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Hail and Farewell

#15 - Hail and Farewell

Season 2 - Episode 19

With Valentine and Sebastian on the loose, the Downworlders come together to make a surprising choice.

star 7.92
814 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
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A Problem of Memory

#16 - A Problem of Memory

Season 2 - Episode 15

Simon goes down a dark path while Alec and team prepares to transport Valentine.

star 7.92
811 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Allison Rymer
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Day of Atonement

#17 - Day of Atonement

Season 2 - Episode 16

With everything that Simon has gone through this past year, a family dinner for Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement – poses as a real challenge. How can he come clean about being a vampire and especially about what just happened to his family? And if he is stressed out, what if he can’t control his vampire urges? Looking to take care of this himself, Maia insists on helping him out whether he likes it or not. Meanwhile, Clary and Jace go on an unsanctioned mission and test out their newfound rune powers.

star 7.91
837 votes
Directors: Paul Wesley
Writers: Peter Binswanger
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Love is a Devil

#18 - Love is a Devil

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.89
1,113 votes
Writers: Y. Shireen Razack
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Thy Soul Instructed

#19 - Thy Soul Instructed

Season 3 - Episode 4

Jace’s concerns grow about his mental state and turns to Luke for information on his family’s past. Clary and Izzy go after a rogue vampire and Simon hunts for a new apartment.

star 7.88
474 votes
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
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A Dark Reflection

#20 - A Dark Reflection

Season 2 - Episode 17

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 could fall 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 7.88
831 votes
Writers: Hollie Overton
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Malec

#21 - Malec

Season 1 - Episode 12

The Institute is in full swing as everyone is preparing for the wedding of Alec and Lydia. Lydia is getting final touches made on her wedding dress, the wedding decorations are set and Isabelle is trying to figure out a way to throw a traditional, mundane bachelor party for her brother – whether he likes it or not. During what should be a time of great celebration for many is far from it as they examine their relationships. Alec is struggling on two sides – his wedding is one of the biggest days in his life and his parabatai should be at his side, yet he and Jace are still at odds. Alec also continues to struggle with his feelings for Magnus, especially when Magnus won’t give up on Alec. And as the Institute is buzzing with romance, Clary is desperate to work things out with Jace, but he is keeping her at arm’s length. Meanwhile, Jace, Clary and Magnus go looking for warlock Ragnor Fell to try and find the antidote to awaken Jocelyn.

star 7.87
1,301 votes
Directors: James Marshall
Writers: Michael Reisz
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Mea Maxima Culpa

#22 - Mea Maxima Culpa

Season 2 - Episode 11

The downworlders retaliate after Valentine's attacks. The New York institute deals with the repercussions Valentine caused. New faces immerge from the shadows to help the Shadowhunters.

star 7.85
944 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Michael Reisz
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The Fair Folk

#23 - The Fair Folk

Season 2 - Episode 14

Alec has big plans to mend fences with the Downworlders, while Jace and Clary are summoned by the Seelie Queen.

star 7.85
853 votes
Directors: Michael Goi
Writers: Taylor Mallory
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What Lies Beneath

#24 - What Lies Beneath

Season 3 - Episode 3

The Shadowhunters try to track down the new imposing threat, while Jace has a suspicion that Jonathan is back and behind the mundane attacks. Simon tries to figure out what The Seelie Queen did to him during his time in the glade. Alec decides to host a Lightwood family dinner at Magnus’ house after a surprising visit from Maryse.

star 7.84
519 votes
Directors: Amanda M. Row
Writers: Alex Schemmer
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Iron Sisters

#25 - Iron Sisters

Season 2 - Episode 6

To help get answers to what Valentine may be planning, Isabelle and Clary are sent on a mission to visit the Iron Sisters. Once there, more truths may be revealed than Izzy and Clary planned. On a mission of their own, Simon and Maia are determined to find Luke who is still missing after the demon attack at the Institute. Meanwhile, Magnus and Alec finally go on their first date.

star 7.83
1,104 votes
Directors: Michael Rohl
Writers: Allison Rymer
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