The Best Episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place
Last Updated: Feb 7, 2019
Alex, Justin and Max Russo are not your ordinary kids - they're wizards in training! While their parents run the Waverly Sub Station, the siblings struggle to balance their ordinary lives while learning to master their extraordinary powers. But when they turn 18, only one will be deemed worthy enough to become the family wizard.
#1 - Future Harper
Season 2 - Episode 16
When the Russo kids discover that their lives are being exposed in the form of novels written by popular author H.J. Darling, they travel through the Inter-Wizard People Porter to confront her and learn that Ms. Darling is Harper from the future. Justin must then work to ensure that Alex remains friends with Harper to preserve the outcome of their futures.
#2 - Rock Around the Clock
Season 4 - Episode 25
The Family foes back in time to try and save their lair.
#3 - Harper Knows
Season 2 - Episode 8
Alex tries to avoid running into Harper at the annual Comic-Con type convention in order to protect her wizard secret but winds up revealing the truth after Harper takes a spin in Alex’s power laden Battle Diva costume. Meanwhile, Justin and Max work alongside Hugh Normous and the Emergency Wizards to make sure other wizards don’t perform any real magic.
#4 - Who Will Be the Family Wizard?
Season 4 - Episode 27
During a dinner that Alex made for the family, Headmaster Crumbs visits to reveal that with this selfless act, the Russo children can finally have their family wizard competition.
#5 - Wizards of Apartment 13B (1)
Season 4 - Episode 21
Alex and Harper decide to move into an apartment together after finding and Ad. They soon learn that the Ad is for a Special, Secret 13th floor and learn it is for Wizard World creatures only. They decide to take the Apartment only to find Mason living there. Note: This is part 1 of a 4-part arc.
#6 - Misfortune at the Beach
Season 4 - Episode 16
The Russos head to the beach on an extremely hot day, and Harper hopes to enjoy reading her book while at the beach. The Russos come across Zelzar, a fortune-telling machine. Jerry warns the kids about Zelzar - he is from the wizard world, and a wizard's fortune really comes true. After Max and Justin receive good fortunes, Alex decides to get a fortune despite her father's warning. However, her fortune says, "Say good-bye to your life." Alex thinks nothing of it and proceeds to enjoy the day at the beach, but comes close to life-threatening situations multiple times. Alex, Justin, Max, and Harper make a compromise with Zelzar - if they can extract him from the machine and let him enjoy a day at the beach, he will take back Alex's fortune. Max replaces Zelzar, and Justin is forced to drive the beach-goers away from the machine (as Max gives out silly fortunes about his new facial hair); meanwhile, the girls help Zelzar fancy his day at the beach. In the end, Zelzar reveals that while he cannot take away Alex's fortune, he can give it to the next person. The next person happens to be a little girl, who gets Alex's fortune. However, it is revealed that a man from Random Prize Giveaway shows up, saying: "Say good-bye to your life because we're randomly giving you one million dollars!"
#7 - Make It Happen
Season 2 - Episode 11
When Mr. Stuffleby, a wizard guidance counselor, informs the kids that they must have a viable profession to fall back on in the event that they don't become wizards, Max chooses to become a street magician while Alex and Justin decide to form a band. They all test their skills by hosting a Waverly After Dark performance at the Sub Station.
#8 - Wizards and Vampires vs. Zombies
Season 2 - Episode 29
Justin promises Juliet an unforgettable prom date. But when Alex organizes a zombie-themed anti-prom, things get out of hand when real zombies arrive. Meanwhile, Harper and Zeke go to the prom together.
#11 - Retest
Season 2 - Episode 30
Jerry and his siblings, Kelbo and Megan (Jerry revealed to the kids they have an aunt), need to retake the Wizard test that, in their teen years, determined who got to keep their powers. When Alex, Justin and Max see how competitive the contest gets, they realize the same test could eventually tear their family apart as well.
#12 - Quinceañera
Season 1 - Episode 20
It is Alex's 15th birthday and she uses the switching spell to avoid being in her Quinceanera. Justin and Max have to learn how to dance for Alex's party.
#13 - Alex Saves Mason
Season 3 - Episode 27
While watching a news broadcast, Alex discovers that Mason (in wolf form) is in the Poconos Mountains trapped by country wizards. The country wizards will only give back Mason if Alex trades them their portal. Alex then discovers that the country wizards have turned Mason into a half wolf form. But can she live to be with Mason like this without being embarrassed by him?
#15 - Graphic Novel
Season 2 - Episode 3
Justin and Max steal Alex's diary only to have it stolen again by Gigi, Alex's arch nemesis. In an attempt to recover the diary, the brothers accidentally place Gigi inside the book and into Alex's secret fairy-tale princess world.
#16 - Art Museum Piece
Season 1 - Episode 21
Alex wants an easier way to complete her Art History assignment, so she brings historical masterpieces to life to help her complete her worksheet. Meanwhile, Jerry and Max use a spell to play football in the house, which turns out badly.
#17 - Art Teacher
Season 2 - Episode 15
Max makes up a disease to get out of gym class. Meanwhile, Alex finds out her art teacher is a 16-year-old girl, and turns her back. This results in art, Alex's best subject, being canceled.
#18 - Family Game Night
Season 2 - Episode 20
Alex uses a spell to switch brains with Harper, but she keeps on getting the spell wrong, including accidentally leaving Harper with no brain.
#19 - Saving Wiz Tech (2)
Season 2 - Episode 7
After enrolling in Wiz Tech, Alex realizes her new crush, Ronald, has kidnapped her former crush, Dean. Max and Professor Crumbs join forces to become a dynamic duo, and Justin and Alex must team up to save Wiz Tech from falling into the hands of Ronald and his evil father.
#20 - Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place
Season 2 - Episode 26
When a vampire family opens a deli down the street, Justin falls for their daughter!
#21 - Detention Election
Season 3 - Episode 11
Justin’s chances at becoming Student Body President are put in jeopardy after someone wallpapers Principal Laritate’s office with posters from Justin’s campaign and he is accused of masterminding the prank. Meanwhile, Alex befriends Stevie, a rebellious new girl in school, and Jerry, Max and Harper get stuck on a Ferris wheel during their trip to Coney Island.
#22 - Three Maxes and a Little Lady
Season 4 - Episode 5
Alex joins Justin's wizard class to try to move up in the competition. Max joins a sophisticated wizard society. They suggest he move the wizard competition up and he moves it to a few days away. Max quits the society because he finds out that they are taking advantage of him. Alex and Justin transform into Max in an attempt to change the date of the family wizard competition back to it's original date and succeed. In the end of the episode they accidentally turn Max indefinitely into a little girl.
#24 - Justin's New Girlfriend
Season 2 - Episode 21
When Alex, Harper and Justin are accidentally transported into a silent movie, Justin and Harper begin to recognize a closer bond between them. Things heat up at the restaurant when Theresa and Jerry begin arguing about who has the more difficult job. To determine who's right, the two switch places.
#25 - Cast Away (To Another Show) (1)
Season 2 - Episode 25
The episode "Cast-Away (To Another Show)" is the first part of a three-way crossover that continues on The Suite Life on Deck and concludes on Hannah Montana. Justin takes Alex and Max on a cruise to Hawaii aboard the SS Tipton when he wins tickets. He pretends to be a doctor to impress London Tipton while Alex uses magic to bring Harper on the ship. During the cruise, Alex pulls a prank on Justin that turns him blue while Hannah Montana boards the ship to attend a concert in Hawaii, leading Cody to try and get tickets for himself and Bailey.