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The Best Episodes of Arrow

Every episode of Arrow ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Arrow!

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Genres:CrimeDramaAction & Adventure
Network:The CW

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The best episode of "Arrow" is "Lian Yu", rated 9.6/10 from 8274 user votes. It was directed by Jesse Warn and written by Wendy Mericle, Marc Guggenheim. "Lian Yu" aired on 5/24/2017 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Climb".

  • Lian Yu
    9.6/10 8,274 votes

    #1 - Lian Yu

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 2017-05-24

    Oliver assembles a group of unlikely allies - Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn and Digger Harkness - to engage in an epic battle against Chase and his army.

    Director: Jesse Warn

    Writer: Wendy Mericle, Marc Guggenheim

  • The Climb
    9.5/10 12,433 votes

    #2 - The Climb

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-12-10

    Ra's al Ghul sends Nyssa and her lieutenant to Starling City to inform Oliver that the League will kill 50 people a day until Sara's murderer is turned over to them. With time running out, Oliver finally identifies the killer... and realizes that he can never turn them over for execution. Meanwhile, Ray shows Felicity his new project.

    Director: Thor Freudenthal

    Writer: Jake Coburn, Keto Shimizu

  • Sacrifice
    9.4/10 8,403 votes

    #3 - Sacrifice

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2013-05-15

    Oliver and Diggle race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades. However, they run into a roadblock after Detective Lance picks up Felicity for questioning. Tommy and Oliver's already tumultuous relationship takes a turn for the worse after Oliver makes a confession about Laurel. After hearing of the danger in The Glades, Thea races to find Roy, inadvertently putting herself directly in the line of fire for Malcolm's devious plan. On the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado are locked in a life-or-death struggle against Fyers as his missiles lock on a full Ferris Air jetliner.

    Director: David Barrett

    Writer: N/A

  • Unthinkable
    9.4/10 7,888 votes

    #4 - Unthinkable

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2014-05-14

    As Oliver's face off with Slade escalates, his resolve to the no-kill rule is tested. Especially as Slade targets the woman Oliver loves.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: N/A

  • The Slabside Redemption
    9.3/10 3,665 votes

    #5 - The Slabside Redemption

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-11-26

    Oliver makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about.

    Director: James Bamford

    Writer: Rebecca Bellotto, Jill Blankenship

  • Three Ghosts
    9.2/10 6,490 votes

    #6 - Three Ghosts

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-12-11

    After covering from a near-fatal drug overdose, Oliver begins hallucinating people from his past. Believing he's a liability, Oliver gives the information he has on Cyrus Gold to Quentin... which results in the deaths of several police officers. Meanwhile, Brother Blood captures Roy and uses him as a test subject for his new serum. In the past on the island, Ivo gives Oliver an impossible choice to make.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg

  • Seeing Red
    9.2/10 6,873 votes

    #7 - Seeing Red

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2014-04-23

    The Mirakuru sends Roy into an uncontrollable rage and he unleashes on the city. Oliver realizes the Mirakuru has taken over Roy completely and must figure out a way to stop him.

    Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

    Writer: Beth Schwartz, Wendy Mericle

  • Fadeout
    9.2/10 3,680 votes

    #8 - Fadeout

    Season 8 Episode 10 - Aired 2020-01-28

    After eight seasons, and the launch of countless superheroes, the series wraps up the story of the Green Arrow.

    Director: James Bamford

    Writer: Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim

  • Deathstroke
    9.1/10 5,807 votes

    #9 - Deathstroke

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2014-04-02

    Sara and Roy become prisoners at the Slade and the only one who is able to save them is Oliver Queen.

    Director: Guy Norman Bee

    Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg, Marc Guggenheim

  • Streets of Fire
    9.1/10 5,660 votes

    #10 - Streets of Fire

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2014-05-07

    Oliver rallies his team as Slade's soldiers attack the city. Felicity gets a call from S.T.A.R. Labs with game-changing news and Thea comes face-to-face with her father.

    Director: Nick Copus

    Writer: Jake Coburn, Ben Sokolowski

  • The Brave and the Bold (II)
    9.1/10 6,391 votes

    #11 - The Brave and the Bold (II)

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2014-12-03

    A crossover event that began on "The Flash" concludes with Oliver teaming with the Flash to stop a boomerang-wielding killer who plants five bombs in the city that are set to explode at the same time.

    Director: Jesse Warn

    Writer: N/A

  • What We Leave Behind
    9.1/10 4,127 votes

    #12 - What We Leave Behind

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-12-07

    After Prometheus attacks Curtis, Oliver realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow’s secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity and Detective Malone discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver’s past.

    Director: Antonio Negret

    Writer: Beth Schwartz, Wendy Mericle

  • Kapiushon
    9.1/10 4,443 votes

    #13 - Kapiushon

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 2017-03-22

    Prometheus goes to extreme lengths to destroy Oliver. In flashbacks, Oliver's violent tendencies come to a head in a confrontation with Anatoly.

    Director: Kevin Tancharoen

    Writer: Emilio Ortega Aldrich, Brian Ford Sullivan

  • Darkness on the Edge of Town
    9.0/10 5,650 votes

    #14 - Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2013-05-08

    With the Undertaking days away, Malcolm dons his black hood to conclude business with seismologist Dr. Brion Markov and his team. Oliver and Moira entertain a number of surprise - and mostly unwelcome - visitors. Hooded confrontations at home and the Meryln Global Group reveal dark secrets. Meanwhile, Roy and Thea are still looking out for a hero. Laurel makes a decision after Tommy's revelation. In a flashback to the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado struggle to prevent Fyers from shooting a Ferris Air jet out of the sky. Paul Blackthorne and David Ramsey also star.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg, Wendy Mericle

  • The Promise
    9.0/10 5,602 votes

    #15 - The Promise

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2014-03-05

    In the present, Slade visits Oliver and makes his intentions clear. Five years earlier, Slade, Sara, and Oliver launch their assault on the Amazo, but things go wrong when Slade learns that Oliver was responsible for Shado's death.

    Director: Glen Winter

    Writer: Jake Coburn, Ben Sokolowski

  • The Scientist
    8.9/10 5,634 votes

    #16 - The Scientist

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-12-04

    When a superhumanly strong thief robs a Queen Consolidated warehouse, Central City police scientist Barry Allen comes to Starling City to investigate the case. However, despite his close working relationship with Felicity, Oliver suspects that there's more to the young scientist than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Sin asks Roy to help investigate the disappearance of a friend. In the past, Oliver, Shado, and Sara try to get Slade to the submarine so they can use the serum to save his life.

    Director: Michael Schultz

    Writer: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg

  • The Man Under the Hood
    8.9/10 4,999 votes

    #17 - The Man Under the Hood

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2014-04-16

    When Oliver and his team destroy Slade's centrifuge, he attacks them as Deathstroke to get what he needs to find a replacement. Meanwhile, Laurel ponders what to do with Slade's information, and Oliver tries to convince Thea to help him protect their finances from Isabel.

    Director: Jesse Warn

    Writer: N/A

  • City of Blood
    8.9/10 5,241 votes

    #18 - City of Blood

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2014-04-30

    After the death of someone close to him, Oliver decides to give himself up to Slade rather than risk further bloodshed on his friends and family. Meanwhile, Laurel renews her investigation into Sebastian Blood, and Slade makes his final plans to unleash his Mirakuru-enhanced army on Starling City.

    Director: Michael Schultz

    Writer: Holly Harold

  • Broken Arrow
    8.9/10 5,124 votes

    #19 - Broken Arrow

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2015-04-15

    After Roy confesses that he's the Arrow, Oliver is forced to lie low as Quentin continues his quest to prove that Oliver is the real Arrow. Meanwhile, a metahuman kills two bank guards and Oliver is forced to turn to Ray--as the Atom--for help.

    Director: Douglas Aarniokoski

    Writer: N/A

  • Invasion! (III)
    8.9/10 4,914 votes

    #20 - Invasion! (III)

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-11-30

    Oliver wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen’s Gambit. Robert and Moira Queen are alive and well. Laurel is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash and Supergirl. The crossover starts on Supergirl S02E08 Medusa (I) and The Flash S03E08 Invasion! (II). It continues on DC's Legends of Tomorrow S02E07 Invasion! (IV).

    Director: James Bamford

    Writer: N/A

  • Missing
    8.9/10 3,430 votes

    #21 - Missing

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2017-05-17

    Black Siren returns to give Chase help; Felicity plans a birthday party for Oliver; Lance is angry with Rene for missing the custody hearing about his daughter.

    Director: Mairzee Almas

    Writer: Oscar Balderrama, Speed Weed

  • Inmate 4587
    8.9/10 3,625 votes

    #22 - Inmate 4587

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-10-15

    Following Oliver’s shocking decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver is tested when he runs into old foes. Meanwhile, Diggle and Dinah have taken on new jobs and left their costumes behind but not everyone is following suit. With her focus on William, Felicity tries to start over but when someone from her past resurfaces, things become complicated.

    Director: James Bamford

    Writer: Beth Schwartz, Oscar Balderrama

  • Starling City
    8.9/10 3,179 votes

    #23 - Starling City

    Season 8 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-10-15

    Oliver returns to Starling City on Earth-2, where he encounters familiar faces while trying to decipher the Monitor's mission. Meanwhile, Mia and William's team clash with a new foe.

    Director: James Bamford

    Writer: Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim

  • Public Enemy
    8.8/10 4,657 votes

    #24 - Public Enemy

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2015-04-01

    Ra's makes his next move against Oliver by reveling the Arrow's secret identity to Quentin. Left without alternatives, Oliver has no choice but to surrender. Meanwhile, Ray is injured in an attack and Felicity must take a risk to save his life.

    Director: Dwight H. Little

    Writer: Wendy Mericle, Marc Guggenheim

  • Legends of Yesterday (II)
    8.8/10 4,962 votes

    #25 - Legends of Yesterday (II)

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-12-02

    Oliver and Barry Allen take Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall to a remote location to keep them hidden from Vandal Savage while they figure out how to defeat him. Malcolm arranges a meeting between Vandal, Green Arrow and The Flash that doesn’t go as planned. Meanwhile, Felicity, Thea, Diggle and Laurel work with Team Flash to come up with a weapon powerful enough to destroy Vandal Savage. The crossover starts on The Flash S02E08 Legends of Today (I).

    Director: Thor Freudenthal

    Writer: N/A