The BEST Episodes of Swamp Thing

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Network: USA Network

When Dr. Alec Holland becomes the victim of deadly sabotage and is left for dead, he is transformed by the swamp and the chemicals meant to kill him into a creature struggling with the balance between his own vengeance and the protection of those who can't protect themselves.

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New Acquaintance

#1 - New Acquaintance

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 2, 1990

Jim is feeling lonely and tries to make a new friend when he meets a mysterious young girl in town, named Lily, who invites herself into Jim and Tressa‘s home, and who carries a dark secret.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Daniel Kennedy, Larry DiTillio, Wade Johnson

#2 - Treasure

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 26, 1990

A thief on the run from his female accommplice choses the swamp as his hiding place for a fortune in stolen cash and Jim's house as his final stop.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Tony Dow
Writers: Jon Ezrine

#3 - Grotesquery

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 12, 1990

Swamp Thing is overcome by toxic waste and falls unconscious where he is found by two clean up men and is sold to a carnival freak show ran by a cruel man in league with Arcane. Jim stumbles by and sees the weakened Swamp Thing in a cage, and he is its only hope to get him back to the swamp to recover.

star 7.79
14 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Michele Barinholtz
Natural Enemy

#4 - Natural Enemy

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 19, 1990

Swamp Thing is teaching Jim about endangered planets in the swamp when they come upon an area Swamp Thing refused to explain or let Jim go into that looks intriguing to a young boy's fancy. Jim being the inquisitive bash young boy he is, can't resist returning to have a look. During his brief visit he is bitten by a venomous insect created by Archane.

star 7.43
14 votes
Directors: Tony Dow
Writers: Robert Goethals
The Legend of the Swamp Maiden

#5 - The Legend of the Swamp Maiden

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 21, 1990

Jim and Oboe sneak out on a midnight visit to the swamp and are resolute to see a mystical spirit called the Swamp Maiden who appears only once every three years. Jim plans to take pictures of her although both have been warned not to touch her. An unknown man offers to buy the pictures that Jim might take.

star 7.35
20 votes
Directors: Yuri Sivo
Writers: Lorenzo Domenico
Blood Wind

#6 - Blood Wind

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 5, 1990

Arcane's protégé, named Crown Prince, is experimenting with hatred pheromones and his latest batch is released into the swamp air and Tressa is infected with the chemical agent which leads to all townspeople that she comes into contact with wanting to kill her. Only an intervention from Swamp Thing as well as Jim can cure her.

star 7.25
16 votes
Writers: Marc Scott Zicree
The Death of Dr. Arcane

#7 - The Death of Dr. Arcane

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 14, 1990

Thugs working for Arcane kidnap Jim. Arcane takes one of his 'creations' into the swamp and is met by Swamp Thing who objects. The creature escapes and Arcane is killed, but must be “revitalized” in order for Swamp Thing to save Jim.

star 7.18
28 votes
Directors: John McPherson
Writers: Joseph Stefano, Judith Berg, Sandra Berg
Spirit of the Swamp

#8 - Spirit of the Swamp

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 28, 1990

Veteran actor Roscoe Lee Browne plays a ""Ogun"" which is a voodoo priest whom Archane employs to overcome Swamp Thing.

star 7.14
21 votes
Writers: Judith Berg, Sandra Berg
The Emerald Heart

#9 - The Emerald Heart

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 27, 1990

The main series characters are introduced. Swamp Thing first meets 11-year-old Jim Kipp whose divorced mother, Tressa, is visiting her mother’s home. Jim encounters Humphrey, a dwarf who has escaped from the evil Dr. Arcane. Tressa struggles with raising her son as well as finding her magic powered necklace, called “the emerald heart” in the swamps.

star 7.13
53 votes
Directors: Fritz Kiersch
Writers: Joseph Stefano
The Living Image

#10 - The Living Image

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 7, 1990

Dr. Arcane transforms his partner in crime into the "living image" of Swamp Thing's lost spouse in hopes of tricking him into revealing the formula for the bio-restorative recipe, which is intended to modify the DNA and stop aging.

star 7.03
40 votes
Directors: John McPherson
Writers: David Braff, Joseph Stefano, Judith Berg, Sandra Berg
Better Angels

#11 - Better Angels

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 1992

A scientist from Alec Holland's past is employed by a businessman who claims he wants to build a recycling plant near the swamp. His real motives are to build a resort in collaboration with Archane.

star 7.00
1 votes
Writers: Babs Greyhosky
Children of the Fool

#12 - Children of the Fool

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 7, 1992

Will starts dating a girl from a carnival. Her boss who is manipulating the young carnies wants to sacrifice Will to ""the forces of darkness"" in a scam to keep his young work force in line.

star 7.00
1 votes
Writers: Fred Golan

#13 - Poisonous

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 21, 1992

Ian James is an unscrupulous anthropologist who releases poisonous tree frogs in the swamp to further promote his documentary film of the swamp while he charms his way into Tressa’s life while Will is as always suspicious to James’ true nature especially when James plans to catch on film the so-called Swamp Thing to further advance his career.

star 7.00
1 votes
Writers: Jeff Myrow
Dead and Married

#14 - Dead and Married

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 10, 1992

A recent storm in the swamp uncovers a car wreck from ten years ago,including the married couples ghosts that think only hours have passed.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Steve Beers
Writers: Steven L. Sears
What Goes Around Comes Around, Comes Around

#15 - What Goes Around Comes Around, Comes Around

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 31, 1992

Return to those thrilling days of the old west in guilt ridden dreams, when Arcane is allowed to hunt a man with the full knowledge of the sheriff.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Jim Byrnes

#16 - Changes

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 14, 1992

Archane has created a poison engineered to specifically target Swamp Thing's genetic code. Ann has discovered a method of temporarily changing Alec back to human form.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: John McPherson
Writers: Jeff Myrow, Steven L. Sears
Birth Marks

#17 - Birth Marks

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 1, 1991

A runaway synthetic human from Dr. Woodroes lab, Abigail is seen running through the street from an exploding boat by Will who befriends her. Meanwhile a baby is swept away by the waters of the swamp from the same explosion into the arms of the Swamp Thing.

star 6.00
1 votes
Writers: Tom Greene
Love Lost

#18 - Love Lost

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 1992

A self-proclaimed psychic comes to the swamp in search of Alec Holland with a message from his dead wife Linda. She also reveals that Jim is still alive and will be heard from soon.

star 6.00
1 votes
Writers: Tom Blomquist
Mist Demeanor

#19 - Mist Demeanor

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 17, 1992

A cold paralyzing cloud of mist from the swamp attacks the town. In the face of this threat, Abigail makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a little boy.

star 6.00
1 votes
Writers: Steven L. Sears
A Nightmare on Jackson Street

#20 - A Nightmare on Jackson Street

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 1992

Will's past as a juvenile delinquent comes back to haunt him when three of his former gang that he knew back in Philadelphia come to town to persuade him to help them in a robbery.

star 6.00
1 votes
Writers: Jeff Myrow
A Jury of His Fears

#21 - A Jury of His Fears

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 14, 1992

After being electrocuted while at the controls of his latest scientific experiment, Arcane has a near-death experience where he is put on trial and gets judged for all his past misdeeds with Tressa as the judge and Will as his lawyer and both the prosecutor.

star 6.00
1 votes
Writers: Tom Blomquist

#22 - Sonata

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 20, 1992

Ann Fisk returns to the swamp, intent on finding out if Swamp Thing is really the man, Alec Holland, whom she knew all those years ago and then tries to find a way to transform the creature back into the human scientist she once knew. But complications set in when two revenge-seeking redneck brothers take Ann as well as Arcane and his henchman, Graham, hostage and Swamp Thing is torn over using his powers to save them aware that his chance to become human again will be lost.

star 6.00
1 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Babs Greyhosky
Powers of Darkness

#23 - Powers of Darkness

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 17, 1992

A young loner who believes he is a vampire is accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend.

star 6.00
1 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: W. Reed Moran
Special Request

#24 - Special Request

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 24, 1992

After seemingly having no interest for so many episodes what happened to Jim, Tressa is suddenly in Peru and sidetracked by a voice from her past on a radio.

star 6.00
1 votes
Directors: John McPherson
Writers: Terry D. Nelson
Fear Itself

#25 - Fear Itself

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 7, 1992

What happens the swamp itself is no longer an ally to Swamp Thing? The answers lay with a man called Mephisto.

star 6.00
1 votes
Directors: John McPherson
Writers: Brenda Lilly
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