The Best Episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2018

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.

Future Harper

#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.

star 8.42
57 votes
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Rock Around the Clock

#2 - Rock Around the Clock

Season 4 - Episode 25

The Family foes back in time to try and save their lair.

star 8.41
51 votes
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Harper Knows

#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.

star 8.35
62 votes
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Who Will Be the Family Wizard?

#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.

star 8.29
76 votes
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Misfortune at the Beach

#5 - 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!"

star 8.23
48 votes
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Wizards and Vampires vs. Zombies

#6 - 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.

star 8.23
53 votes
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Three Monsters

#7 - Three Monsters

Season 3 - Episode 4

Justin is taking his Monster Hunting Course and finds out that Juliet and her vampire family are the monsters he has been looking for!

star 8.22
64 votes
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Make It Happen

#8 - 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.

star 8.21
67 votes
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Retest

#9 - 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.

star 8.21
58 votes
Writers: Todd J. Greenwald
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Wizards of Apartment 13B (1)

#10 - 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.

star 8.20
50 votes
Alex Saves Mason

#11 - 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?

star 8.19
53 votes
Quinceañera

#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.

star 8.17
76 votes
Alex's Choice

#13 - Alex's Choice

Season 1 - Episode 7

Gigi invites Harper to her annual tea party and Alex gets mad when she accepts. Alex learns that Gigi plans to embarrass Harper so she uses her magic to get back at Gigi.

star 8.16
91 votes
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Graphic Novel

#14 - 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.

star 8.16
67 votes
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First Kiss

#15 - First Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 2

Justin is given several chances to receive his first kiss when Alex turns back time. The New York Mets consider Max's sandwich as a contender to become the team's official sandwich.

star 8.15
167 votes
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Art Museum Piece

#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.

star 8.13
62 votes
Writers: Gigi McCreery, Perry Rein
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Family Game Night

#17 - 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.

star 8.12
60 votes
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Wizards vs. Vampires on Waverly Place

#18 - 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!

star 8.11
54 votes
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Detention Election

#19 - 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.

star 8.10
60 votes
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Art Teacher

#20 - 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.

star 8.09
53 votes
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Justin's New Girlfriend

#21 - 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.

star 8.09
55 votes
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Paint By Committee

#22 - Paint By Committee

Season 2 - Episode 23

Alex is selected to paint the school's mural, which she is very excited about. However, after using magic to make the mural, she ends up messing up her own artistic ideas.

star 8.08
49 votes
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Saving Wiz Tech (2)

#23 - 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.

star 8.08
49 votes
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Cast Away (To Another Show) (1)

#24 - 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.

star 8.08
62 votes
Writers: Peter Murrieta
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Wizard for a Day

#25 - Wizard for a Day

Season 2 - Episode 24

Alex tries to outdo Justin by giving their dad Merlin's hat, which grants unlimited wishes for his birthday. When she thinks Jerry's wishes are too simple, she takes matters into her own hands, but is unprepared for the consequences, including a visit from an alien spaceship.

star 8.07
60 votes
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