The BEST Episodes of The Avengers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: ITV

"Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics.

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Dragonsfield

#1 - Dragonsfield

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 30, 1961

How has a research centre developing radiation-proof material managed to irradiate one of its scientists? Once more, Steed submits himself to scientific testing.

star 9.73
30 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Terence Feely
The Springers

#2 - The Springers

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired May 13, 1961

Steed is trying to track down the organisers of a group who offer to spring any convict - even the dangerous ones - from prison if they're paid the right money. Keel impersonates a prisoner, and the trail seems to lead to a girl's finishing school.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney
The Yellow Needle

#3 - The Yellow Needle

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 10, 1961

After an unsuccessful murder attempt against Sir Wilberforce Lungi, Steed asks Keel, an old friend of the pro-Western African leader, to investigate Lungi's secretary, Jacquetta Brown. Meanwhile, Steed flies to Africa to meet Lungi's tribalist rival, Shebro.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Patrick Campbell
Death on the Slipway

#4 - Death on the Slipway

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 24, 1961

An agent has been killed at the secret dockyard where submarines are built. Steed investigates, and finds that a foreign spy has been arranging 'accidents' for him.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: James Mitchell (VI)
Double Danger

#5 - Double Danger

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 8, 1961

Keel, called to deal with a man seriously injured by an accident, quickly discovers that the man is suffering from gunshot wounds, and that he may be implicated in a recent diamond robbery.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Roger Jenkins
Writers: Gerald Verner
Toy Trap

#6 - Toy Trap

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jul 22, 1961

Keel is asked by the improbably named Bunty to help her find her missing friend. What is the connection between the department store where the women work and a call-girl racket?

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Bill Strutton
The Far Distant Dead

#7 - The Far Distant Dead

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 19, 1961

Dr Keel, treating the victims of a cyclone struck Mexican village, uncovers a number of food-poisonings; emergency cooking oil is, in fact, hydraulic fluid.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: John Lucarotti
Kill the King

#8 - Kill the King

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 2, 1961

A visit to London to sign an oil treaty from a monarch whose life is under threat brings Steed and Keel into the world of dissidents and assassinations.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Roger Jenkins
Writers: James Mitchell (VI)
Dead of Winter

#9 - Dead of Winter

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 9, 1961

The discovery of the body of Schneider, a wanted Nazi war criminal, deep-frozen in a consignment of meat at London docks brings Steed and Keel into the shadowy world of Phoenix, a new and terrifying Fascist party in Britain.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Eric Paice
The Deadly Air

#10 - The Deadly Air

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 16, 1961

An experimental vaccine is stolen, and the subsequent test proves deadly. Steed and Keel, suspecting that the human 'guinea pig' did not die directly from the vaccine, volunteer to be the next subjects.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: John Knight
Writers: Lester Powell
A Change of Bait

#11 - A Change of Bait

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Dec 23, 1961

An unusual and sprawling tale of heart disease, industrial unrest, and a consignment of rotten bananas.

star 9.60
30 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Lewis Davidson
Ashes of Roses

#12 - Ashes of Roses

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 4, 1961

Steed, investigating a number of probable arson cases, is led to the hairdressing salon of Olive and Jacques Beronne. He asks Keel to let Carol investigate the salon, but after she enters, there is an explosion from within

star 9.52
31 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Peter Ling, Sheilagh Ward
Crescent Moon

#13 - Crescent Moon

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 1961

A young girl, Carmelite Mendoza, has been kidnapped from a Caribbean island, but Steed suspects a political motive. His suspicions are confirmed when Vasco, the Mendoza family retainer, is observed killing the original kidnapper and abducting the girl himself.

star 9.48
31 votes
Directors: John Knight
Writers: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney
One for the Mortuary

#14 - One for the Mortuary

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 29, 1961

When Keel attends a health conference in Geneva he is unaware that he is carrying, in microdot form, a vital new medical formula - unaware, that is, until he is arrested for murder.

star 9.48
31 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Brian Clemens
The Radioactive Man

#15 - The Radioactive Man

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 1961

Dr Keel is asked to help in the search for a man who has picked up a radioactive isotope, not knowing that it will quickly kill him and harm anyone else he comes into contact with. But Marko, fearing that the police want to find him because of his forged passport, has already gone into hiding.

star 9.47
32 votes
Directors: Robert Tronson
Writers: Fred Edge
The Curious Case of the Countless Clues

#16 - The Curious Case of the Countless Clues

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 5, 1969

Rich men are being blackmailed by two crime experts who plant clues to them all over the scenes of the crimes that they themselves commit. However, when they try to allege that Steed would murder Tara....

star 9.44
36 votes
Directors: Don Sharp
Writers: Philip Levene
Who Was That Man I Saw You with?

#17 - Who Was That Man I Saw You with?

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 19, 1969

Tara has been employed to test the security on the top-secret war-room computer 'The Field Marshall'. But when a strange foreign man starts sending her flowers, Mother suspects that she's doing her job a bit too efficiently.

star 9.44
36 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: Jeremy Burnham
Brought to Book

#18 - Brought to Book

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 1961

Steed has infiltrated a gang, led by Mason, which is implicated in Peggy's murder. Steed asks Keel to establish contact with a rival gang, and the doctor discovers that Vance's hitman, Spicer, has been sent to kill Steed.

star 9.44
32 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Brian Clemens
Dance with Death

#19 - Dance with Death

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 15, 1961

Dr. Keel resuscitates Elaine Bateman, the owner of a ballroom dancing school who has narrowly survived a murder attempt by gassing. When he returns to the school after dropping his scarf, he is arrested. His scarf has been used to strangle the woman.

star 9.44
32 votes
Directors: Don Leaver
Writers: Peter Ling, Sheilagh Ward
The Tunnel of Fear

#20 - The Tunnel of Fear

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 5, 1961

Top-secret information is finding its way into the wrong hands, and the source seems to be a south coast fairground. Steed succeeds in getting hypnotised and winds up in the ghost-train tunnel. With frightening results, of course.

star 9.42
33 votes
Directors: Guy Verney
Writers: John Kruse
Diamond Cut Diamond

#21 - Diamond Cut Diamond

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 1961

Steed, attempting to break a gang of international diamond smugglers, is living in a bungalow near Heathrow Airport which was once owned by a suicide whom One-Ten suspects of involvement. Steed awakens one morning somewhat the worse for drink, when a phone call advises him to check the morning paper; the police are tracking a hit-and-run driver. Steed checks his car. It is damaged, and the front is covered with dried blood.

star 9.41
32 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Max Marquis
Hunt the Man Down

#22 - Hunt the Man Down

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 18, 1961

Frank Preston is released from prison and is intent on reclaiming the hidden proceeds of his robbery. So is Steed, who has been ordered to follow the man. So are a couple of thugs, who kidnap Carol. So is Preston's scheming wife, eager to get her hands on the one hundred thousand pounds hidden somewhere in the sewers.

star 9.41
32 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Richard Harris
Please Don't Feed the Animals

#23 - Please Don't Feed the Animals

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 1, 1961

Steed trails a blackmailed civil servant to Brinkley House, a private zoo, only to observe the man throwing a package of money into the reptile pit. The package soon vanishes. The man is then ordered to steal a top secret file.

star 9.41
32 votes
Directors: Dennis Vance
Writers: Dennis Spooner
Nightmare

#24 - Nightmare

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 1961

Keel receives a 'phone call from one of his patients, and ends up assuming the identity of her missing husband, a scientist engaged in secret research. Shot in the chest, Keel needs a minor operation - but the anaesthetist has tampered with the oxygen.

star 9.38
32 votes
Directors: Peter Hammond
Writers: Terence Feely
Take-Over

#25 - Take-Over

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 23, 1969

The home of Steed's friends Bill and Laura Bassett is invaded by a group of ruthless criminals who implant explosives in their throats. Unfortunately, this is the weekend that Steed is coming to stay.

star 9.34
38 votes
Directors: Robert Fuest
Writers: Terry Nation