The BEST Episodes of Smallville

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2021

Network: The CW

Superman's teen years as Clark Kent find him agonizing over his shy, uncertain persona while dealing with his evolving powers and an infatuation with classmate Lana Lang.

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#1 - Finale

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired May 13, 2011

The story of Clark Kent culminates in this epic two-hour series finale as Clark takes the last step to becoming the Man of Steel. With surprise guest appearances, nods to the first few seasons of the series and Michael Rosenbaum’s return as Lex Luthor, this final episode wraps up a decade-long story following one man’s journey to becoming the world’s greatest superhero.

star 8.42
2,523 votes
Writers: Alfredo Septién, Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders, Turi Meyer

#2 - Justice

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 18, 2007

When Lex's Level 33.1 project comes to fruition, Oliver Queen must bring together several of Clark's "heroic" super-powered allies together: Arthur Curry, Bart Allen, and Victor Stone.

star 8.28
898 votes
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight

#3 - Salvation

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired May 14, 2010

When Zod and the Kandorians launch their brutal attack on Earth, Chloe calls in some old friends to join the fight against the aliens. Clark and Zod face off in an epic battle for the control of Earth.

star 8.22
2,349 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Alfredo Septién, Turi Meyer

#4 - Tempest

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 21, 2002

A reporter closes in on Clark's secret; Chloe may depart Smallville; LuthorCorp is forced to close. At least the school dance will provide carefree moments for Clark and his friends. Then the twister hits.

star 8.19
1,015 votes
Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

#5 - Reckoning

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 26, 2006

Clark reveals his secret to Lana, Jonathan and Lex learn the results of the senatorial election, and there is a tragic car accident on the highway that takes the life of someone Clark loves, forcing Clark to appeal to Jor-El for help.

star 8.15
912 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders

#6 - Homecoming

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2010

In an attempt to cheer up Clark, Lois convinces him to attend their five-year high school reunion. A visit back to the home of the Crows has Clark remembering old times with Lana and Chloe, while Lois is furious that no one remembers her five days as a student. Brainiac 5.0 uses his Legion ring to visit from the future and takes Clark through his past, present and future. He shows Clark what really happened the night Jonathan died, Oliver’s current pain and Clark’s future at the Daily Planet with Lois and his role as Earth’s favorite red and blue superhero.

star 8.15
2,375 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders

#7 - Ryan

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2002

Ryan (from "Stray") returns and Clark has to save him from Dr. Garner of the Summerholt Research Facility. Meanwhile, Aunt Nell leaves Smallville, and Lex wants to expand the plant but runs afoul of the mayor.

star 8.05
870 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Philip Levens
Exodus (2)

#8 - Exodus (2)

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 20, 2003

A sense of foreboding surrounds Smallville as Clark must choose between staying with Lana and his family or fulfilling his destiny to rule the Earth. Lex and Helen prepare for their marriage, and Chloe considers Lionel's offer to investigate Clark.

star 7.96
837 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

#9 - Isis

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2010

Lois decides to tell Clark she knows he’s The Blur, but she accidentally activates an ancient artifact that transforms her into the Goddess Isis, complete with superpowers of her own. Oliver and Clark reluctantly decide to ask Tess for help with Lois. Meanwhile, after Cat Grant witnesses Lois as Isis using her superpowers, she decides Lois is the Blur and sets out to prove it.

star 7.96
2,629 votes
Directors: James Marshall
Writers: Genevieve Sparling

#10 - Stray

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 16, 2002

A child who can read minds escapes his cruel parents and finds happiness with the Kents. But that joy may be brief when his parents come looking for the boy so they can use his psychic gifts in a life of crime.

star 7.95
1,076 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Philip Levens

#11 - Rosetta

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 25, 2003

Clark travels to New York to meet Dr. Swann, a brilliant scientist who holds a message for Clark from his home planet. Meanwhile Lana decides to move out of Chloe's house after they get into an argument about Clark.

star 7.95
974 votes
Directors: James Marshall
Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

#12 - Crusade

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2004

Clark returns to Smallville as Kal-El - intent on fulfilling his destiny, he goes after a powerful kryptonian crystal that Lex has obtained in Egypt. Meanwhile, newcomer Lois Lane arrives in Smallville to look into the death of her cousin Chloe, and Lana returns from Paris with a new boyfriend. Jonathan lies in a coma after the events of last year's season finale and Lionel must deal with his new life in prison.

star 7.90
894 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

#13 - Vortex

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2002

Clark rescues Lana from the storm, but discovers that the spaceship is released, while Jonathan is buried alive with the unscrupulous reporter who discovered Clark's secret. Meanwhile, Lex is wracked with guilt over his critically injured father.

star 7.88
962 votes
Writers: Philip Levens

#14 - Arrival

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2005

Lana greets two new Kryptonian arrivals from the ship, Nam-Ek and Aethyr, and their presence poses a grave danger to Clark and his family & friends.

star 7.85
1,019 votes
Directors: James Marshall
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
Exile (1)

#15 - Exile (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 2003

Under the influence of red kryptonite, Clark is following a life of crime in Metropolis while his friends and parents desperately try to find him. Lex is forced to confront his personal demons on a desert island, while Lionel holds a funeral for his presumed-dead son. And Jonathan Kent must pay a high price for the power necessary to bring his son back home.

star 7.79
943 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Absolute Justice

#16 - Absolute Justice

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 5, 2010

A man named Sylvester Pemberton tracks down Chloe and tells her he knows about her team of superheroes and needs their help. However, before he can explain who he is, he is attacked and killed by Icicle. Clark and Chloe's investigation leads Clark to the former headquarters of the Justice Society of America where he meets up with Nelson AKA Dr. Fate, Carter Hall AKA Hawkman and Courtney AKA Star Girl. Courtney pleads with Hawkman and Dr. Fate to help her catch the killer that is targeting their group but they are reluctant to resume their duties as superheroes. Clark, John Jones, Green Arrow and Chloe team up to help the JSA stop Icicle before he murders another member of the group. Meanwhile, Lois receives a package from a mysterious agency called Checkmate, run by Amanda Waller.

star 7.78
1,624 votes
Writers: Geoff Johns

#17 - Phantom

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2007

Clark discovers the reason Lana married Lex then and sets out to kill Lionel. Lex tries to use DNA from the last phantom to power his super-soldiers. Lois goes to a dam to search for Lex's lab but is caught by a security guard and fatally injured. Chloe's power is discovered.

star 7.78
886 votes
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin

#18 - Commencement

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 2005

After a nightmare, Clark goes to the cave to confront his father Jor-El. Jor-El warns that the crystals have fallen into human hands and have triggered a new meteor shower which will annihilate the Earth unless he reunites the three crystals. Meanwhile, Lex helps Lana, who has apparently commited murder, but then turns against her to get possession of her Kryptonian stone. As disaster looms, Chloe and Lois try to find Lana while Clark attempts to reassemble the stones, and Jason returns to make things unpleasant for the Kents.

star 7.78
820 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin

#19 - Zod

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 2006

A powerless Clark is trapped in the "Phantom Zone" surrounded by the criminals his father imprisoned there. However, an unexpected ally comes to his aid. Meanwhile, Zod in Lex's body advances his plan to transform Earth into a new Krypton, while using Lana to produce an heir.

star 7.78
881 votes
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight

#20 - Red

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2002

Clark has his first run-in with red kryptonite in this exploration of classic Superman mythology, turning immoral when he gets his high-school ring holding a piece of rock. Meanwhile, Lex and his father have some issues to resolve when Lionel starts taking over the manor.

star 7.77
1,033 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Jeph Loeb

#21 - Obscura

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 14, 2002

Lana has eerie visions involving a kidnapping of Chloe. Lex's ongoing inquiry into the mystery surrounding Clark takes an intriguing turn when a crop duster reveals what he saw fall from the sky during the Smallville meteor shower.

star 7.77
885 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Greg Walker, Mark Verheiden, Michael Green

#22 - Bizarro

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2007

Lex is rescued from a watery death by a mysterious woman and must face justice for Lana's murder. Chloe's fate is revealed. Clark battles the last Phantom Zone wraith, who has all of Clark's abilities, and struggles to come to grips with all of the day's occurrences that have affected his loved ones and his destiny.

star 7.76
966 votes
Directors: Michael Rohl
Writers: Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders

#23 - Pandora

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 2009

Tess kidnaps Lois to find out where Lois went after she disappeared for weeks. Lois's memory of the future depicts a Metropolis under Zod's rule and Clark powerless under the red sun, while Chloe forms a resistance group with Oliver. After learning of these future events, Clark makes an important decision about Zod.

star 7.76
1,621 votes
Directors: Morgan Beggs
Writers: Andrew Landis, Julia Swift

#24 - Insurgence

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 21, 2003

Lex hires some thugs to bug Lionel's office but things get out of control when Lionel and Martha are taken hostage, and Clark must rescue them without revealing his secrets.

star 7.75
857 votes
Directors: James Marshall
Writers: Jeph Loeb, Kenneth Biller

#25 - Pariah

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 2, 2005

When a mysterious killer strikes at both Lana and Jason, Alicia is the leading suspect and even Clark comes to doubt her innocence. Feeling betrayed, she secretly tricks Clark into revealing his powers in front of one of his friends. And Genevieve returns to town with an offer for Lex, who in turn has an offer for Jason.

star 7.75
864 votes
Directors: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Holly Harold