The BEST Episodes of Shadowhunters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Network: Freeform

Clary Fray discovers on her 18th birthday that she comes from a long line of shadowhunters, being that are half angel and half human who protect the world by hunting demons. She and her friends try to stop Valentine Morgenstern, a shadowhunter who seeks to conquer the world by seizing the moral instruments, with the plan to create an elite group of beings that are half shadowhunters and half demons.

All Good Things...

#1 - All Good Things...

Season 3 - Episode 22

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 8.46
340 votes

#2 - 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 8.38
540 votes
Directors: Jeff Hunt
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller

#3 - Alliance

Season 3 - Episode 21

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

star 8.22
326 votes
City of Glass

#4 - City of Glass

Season 3 - Episode 20

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 8.20
337 votes
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
By the Light of Dawn

#5 - 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 8.11
1,147 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
Familia Ante Omnia

#6 - 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 8.10
510 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Taylor Mallory
The Powers That Be

#7 - 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 8.09
621 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Peter Binswanger
Beside Still Water

#8 - 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 8.07
873 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
Lost Souls

#9 - Lost Souls

Season 3 - Episode 11

In the emotional midseason premiere, 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 8.04
415 votes
Writers: Ed Decter, Todd Slavkin
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 8.03
518 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Celeste Vasquez
A Window Into an Empty Room

#11 - 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 8.02
546 votes
Writers: Aisha Porter-Christie
The Beast Within

#12 - The Beast Within

Season 3 - Episode 18

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
326 votes
Directors: Joshua Butler
Writers: Ed Decter , Taylor Mallory
Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen

#13 - 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 8.01
904 votes
Directors: Amanda Row
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
Stronger Than Heaven

#14 - 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
550 votes
Directors: Geoff Shotz
Writers: Brian Millikin
To the Night Children

#15 - To the Night Children

Season 3 - Episode 15

As the saying goes, “rules are made to be broken.” But what if the rules are there for a reason? Several members of the team must examine the reasoning behind certain rules after consequences to questionable actions come to light. Whether the rules were broken because of love, loyalty or revenge, does the end justify the means?

star 8.00
326 votes
Writers: Ed Decter , Peter Binswanger
Those of Demon Blood

#16 - 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
892 votes
Directors: Michael Goi
Writers: Zac Hug
A Heart of Darkness

#17 - 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 7.99
514 votes
Directors: Ari Sandel
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
Heavenly Fire

#18 - Heavenly Fire

Season 3 - Episode 17

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 7.98
331 votes
Directors: Shannon Kohli
Writers: Ed Decter, Celeste Vasquez
How Are Thou Fallen

#19 - 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 7.98
1,192 votes
Directors: Ben Bray
Writers: Hollie Overton
Aku Cinta Kamu

#20 - Aku Cinta Kamu

Season 3 - Episode 19

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
323 votes
Directors: Todd Slavkin
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
A Kiss From a Rose

#21 - A Kiss From a Rose

Season 3 - Episode 14

Continuing to track down information on the rumors about misconduct at The Clave's downworlder prison, Isabelle asks Alec for help. Meanwhile, Magnus succumbs to asking Lorenzo for a favor and Jace takes Clary on a special date.

star 7.97
348 votes
Writers: Ed Decter , Zoe Broad
You Are Not Your Own

#22 - 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 7.95
985 votes
Directors: Bille Woodruff
Writers: Jamie Gorenberg
Hail and Farewell

#23 - Hail and Farewell

Season 2 - Episode 19

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

star 7.94
876 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
A Problem of Memory

#24 - A Problem of Memory

Season 2 - Episode 15

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

star 7.94
875 votes
Directors: Peter DeLuise
Writers: Allison Rymer
On Infernal Ground

#25 - 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
697 votes
Directors: Matt Hastings
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer