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The Best Episodes of Danny Phantom

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

Danny Fenton was once your typical kid until he accidentally blew up his parents' laboratory and became ghost-hunting superhero Danny Phantom. Now half-ghost, Danny's picked up paranormal powers, but only his sister, Jazz, and best friends, Samantha and Tucker, know his secret. Danny's busy fighting ghosts, saving Casper High and hiding his new identity all while trying to graduate.

Genres:Action & AdventureAnimationComedySci-Fi & Fantasy
Network:Nickelodeon

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The best episode of "Danny Phantom" is "Identity Crisis", rated 9.2/10 from 325 user votes. It was directed by Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak and written by Marty Isenberg. "Identity Crisis" aired on 9/23/2005 and is rated 0.7 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Fanning the Flames".

  • Identity Crisis
    9.2/10 325 votes

    #1 - Identity Crisis

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2005-09-23

    Technus is back! But this is a new and improved Technus, a smoother operator who refuses to shout out his plans. Danny's not worried, especially after he splits himself in two and decides to leave the ghost hunting to his super hero side and allow his teen self some time off to just be "normal." Unfortunately, Danny Phantom, super hero, begins to take his job too seriously and Danny Fenton, average teenager, starts to enjoy slacking off way too much. Meanwhile, Technus electronically infiltrates the Fenton RV -- and, then, all of FentonWorks -- siphoning off the energy to complete his upgrade. It's up to the two Dannys to work together and defeat Technus 2.0 before he drains all the power from Amity Park, and then the world!

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Marty Isenberg

  • Fanning the Flames
    8.5/10 207 votes

    #2 - Fanning the Flames

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-10-08

    Danny and Sam find their platonic friendship turned forcibly romantic through the musical powers of Ember, a hard-rocking girl ghost who feeds off the idol worship of teens. With her massive, free concert scheduled only a few days away a concert that will be broadcast worldwide and give her ultimate power Sam has to get the now completely and utterly love-addled Danny to focus on fighting ghosts. Even if it means breaking his heart.

    Director: Wincat Alcala, Butch Hartman, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Marty Isenberg

  • Reign Storm
    8.4/10 157 votes

    #3 - Reign Storm

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2005-07-29

    When Vlad Plasmius accidentally awakens the most powerful ghost of them all -- Pariah Dark, the King of all Ghosts -- Danny quickly finds himself the pawn in an action-packed, suspenseful game of chess. The only way to defeat the Ghost King seems to be a brand new Ecto-Skeleton battle suit that Jack and Maddie have constructed, but there's one big problem: wearing the suit can be fatal and only Danny can use it to defeat the Ghost King. With time running out, and the entire town of Amity Park sucked into the Ghost Zone, Danny Phantom must battle the all-powerful Ghost King to save his family, his friends, and even his enemies.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Steve Marmel

  • Reality Trip
    8.4/10 142 votes

    #4 - Reality Trip

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 2006-06-09

    School's out and Danny has nothing on his mind except a relaxing, fun and a ghost-free summer vacation. His dream is quickly destroyed when Freakshow, the villainous ringmaster with ghostly minions, escapes from jail. Danny, caught off guard, is forced to forfeit his summer plans when Freakshow manages to reveal Danny's secret identity to the entire world! To make matters worse, Freakshow kidnaps Danny, Sam and Tucker's families and uses them as pawns in this evil game of revenge. Now, on the run and hiding from everyone, Danny must rely on his powers to stay free, fulfill Freakshow's ransom demands and save his parents. With Tucker and Sam by his side, Danny travels cross-country to track down three "Reality Gems," which, when combined, will give Freakshow the power to turn Danny's world into his very own nightmare circus! As the sun sets in the west, Danny's enemies close in on him and Freakshow forces the hands of time closer to the fate of DOOM!

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Gary Conrad, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Marty Isenberg, Steve Marmel, Sib Ventress

  • My Brother's Keeper
    8.3/10 168 votes

    #5 - My Brother's Keeper

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2004-06-18

    Noticing a change in little bro Danny since the accident in the lab, Jazz mistakes his ghost hunting for depression and signs him up for therapy with Penelope Spectra, not knowing that Spectra is a ghost who feeds off teen misery!

    Director: Wincat Alcala, Butch Hartman, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Sib Ventress

  • Maternal Instinct
    8.2/10 145 votes

    #6 - Maternal Instinct

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2005-02-18

    Maddie relishes the chance to bond with emotionally distant Danny at a weekend mother/son science seminar. However, the seminar is a ruse orchestrated by Vlad Masters - a.k.a. Vlad Plasmius, Danny's arch enemy! Vlad's plan is to convince Maddie and Danny to live with him while simultaneously destroying Jack with a massive ghost attack. When Vlad short-circuits Danny's powers, Danny gets to witness Maddie's impressive ghost fighting prowess. Meanwhile, a reluctant Jazz is pressed into ghost-fighting duty with Jack - and likes it, in spite of herself!

    Director: Butch Hartman, Gary Conrad, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Sib Ventress

  • Kindred Spirits
    8.2/10 122 votes

    #7 - Kindred Spirits

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2006-04-07

    Vlad's up to something and it involves Danny. After he sends three ghosts to Amity Park to battle Danny Phantom, it is revealed that he's working on his creepiest project yet: a clone of Danny Phantom. So far, the clones he creates can't sustain their forms for very long, but Vlad is determined to succeed. Danny doesn't have long to worry about Vlad's ghostly visitors, however, because he's distracted by the appearance of Danielle, a cousin he didn't know he had. And then, Danielle reveals that she too has ghost powers -- she's Dani Phantom! Unfortunately, she's also a product of Vlad's experiments, and therefore an imperfect ghost with an unstable form. Danny must convince his new "relative" to turn on her creator and help him destroy Vlad's evil experiment, before it's too late for both ghost kids.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Gary Conrad, Daniel De La Vega

    Writer: Steve Marmel, Sib Ventress

  • Forever Phantom
    8.2/10 114 votes

    #8 - Forever Phantom

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2007-07-12

    Amorpho, a ghost with morphing abilities, impersonates people and gets them into trouble with it. He then impersonates Danny and both of them must learn the price of fame when a fenton device interrupts some of their powers, preventing Danny from returning to his human self and locking the evil shapeshifter in a shape that calls too much attention: Mr. Lancer's.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Butch Hartman

  • Bitter Reunions
    8.1/10 171 votes

    #9 - Bitter Reunions

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2004-05-07

    Danny meets his evil opposite in Vlad Plasmius, a childhood rival of his ghost-hunting dad, Jack. Unfortunately, Vlad acquired ghostly powers 20 years ago, which means he's stronger and more experienced than Danny -- and hell-bent on taking everything away from Jack Fenton including his life.

    Director: Wincat Alcala, Butch Hartman, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Steve Marmel, Sib Ventress

  • Frightmare
    8.1/10 116 votes

    #10 - Frightmare

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-08-22

    Danny wakes up wearing a strange headset in the Ghost Zone. He returns to Amity Park and discovers everyone is asleep thanks to the ghost of sleep, Nocturne, who is sucking up their dreams to increase his energy. Danny must wake his friends and sister in order to stop this threat.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Kevin Sullivan

  • D-Stabilized
    8.1/10 107 votes

    #11 - D-Stabilized

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2007-08-24

    Dani Phantom has finally returned to Amity Park. Having the trouble of dissolving into nothing worst than ever, she seeks the one person who can help her, her cousin and best friend, Danny Phantom! However, Vlad has been keeping track of her since her last appearance and plans to get his "little girl" back, by duping Valerie Gray into doing it for him. After finding Danielle, she uses her to lure Danny into a trap and now she has two Danny Phantoms trapped! Now stuck in the clutches of Valereie Gray, Danny must find a way to escape and save his cousin from being melted to ectoplasm by Vlad!

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Amy Keating Rogers

  • Control Freaks
    8.0/10 152 votes

    #12 - Control Freaks

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2005-06-16

    Sam rebels when her overprotective parents forbid her from attending the strange Goth circus that's come to town. Little does she know that the circus performers are ghosts, under the mystical control of the creepy ringmaster named Freakshow, who also uses the ghosts to loot the town. When Danny falls under Freakshow's spell and joins the circus - and the robbery spree - Sam must operate under the radar to destroy Freakshow's magic crystal ball, free Danny and get grounded, big-time.

    Director: Ken Bruce, Butch Hartman, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Marty Isenberg

  • Memory Blank
    8.0/10 152 votes

    #13 - Memory Blank

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-06-24

    Danny and Sam get into a fight, and when Sam utters the words, "I sometimes wish I'd never met you," she finds herself in a world in which she and Danny are strangers. Worse than that, since it was Sam who encouraged Danny to check out the Fenton Portal the night he got his ghost powers, Danny doesn't have any powers! Now, Sam must convince Danny that they share a friendship and a history, and lead him back to the Fenton Portal for a second "accident" so he can again become Danny Phantom.

    Director: Ken Bruce, Butch Hartman, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Steve Marmel

  • Micro-Management
    8.0/10 117 votes

    #14 - Micro-Management

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-01-27

    Although Danny Phantom can perform extraordinary physical feats, Danny Fenton is still something of a weakling. For this reason, Dash is assigned as Danny's "fitness buddy" to help him prepare for the Presidential Fitness Test at school. When Skulker appears at FentonWorks on his usual hunt, Danny Phantom, Dash, and Skulker are accidentally hit with Jack's new "Fenton Crammer," which shrinks them all to a half-inch tall! Worse yet, Danny's ghost powers don't work so well in his tiny form. Now, Danny and Dash must rely on each other's brains and natural physical abilities to get to the FentonWorks Emergency Op-Center and reverse the shrink ray before Skulker and his brand new fully-powered ecto-skeleton catches up to them.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Steve Marmel, Matt Wayne

  • Beauty Marked
    8.0/10 114 votes

    #15 - Beauty Marked

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2006-02-24

    Sam can barely contain her contempt for the "Miss Teenage Happy Princess" beauty pageant and its organizer, Dora Mattingly, when they descend on Casper High. She decides to enter the contest to make a statement about individuality, but makes a discovery instead: Dora Mattingly is the Dragon Ghost! Before she can get to the bottom of the mystery, she's inadvertently crowned Miss Teenage Happy Princess by its happy-go-lucky judge... Danny Fenton! When the tiara is placed on Sam's head, it magically transports her to a castle in the Ghost Zone, where she learns she's to be the bride of Dora's brother, the ghostly Prince Aragon. As Danny and Tucker head into the Ghost Zone to rescue Sam, she does her best to shake things up in the medieval ghost world she's stuck in.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Marty Isenberg

  • Teacher of the Year
    7.9/10 146 votes

    #16 - Teacher of the Year

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-10-15

    Living dual lives as a high school freshman and a superhero is a balancing act for Danny that just got even tougher, with both Lancer and his parents pressuring him to ace a test. At the same time Technus ghost master of technology has escaped into Danny's online game and threatens to flee into the Internet and take over every computer in the world!

    Director: Wincat Alcala, Butch Hartman, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Sib Ventress

  • Flirting With Disaster
    7.9/10 115 votes

    #17 - Flirting With Disaster

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-01-13

    Technus is back, with a new plan to beam himself up to a super satellite and take over the world, and he's going to use Axion Labs to do it. As Danny Phantom battles Technus, Danny Fenton begins battling his feelings for Valerie, whose dad is back in charge at Axion. Sam and Tucker are surprised when Danny confesses he's thinking of asking Valerie to go steady. Unfortunately, as Technus puts his plan into action at Axion Labs, Valerie realizes her role as ghost hunter is putting her family and friends in danger. Can romance work between two kids with secret identities, or will the ghost boy and the ghost hunter end up breaking each others' hearts?

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Steve Marmel

  • Public Enemies
    7.8/10 144 votes

    #18 - Public Enemies

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2005-02-04

    Amity Park is thrown into chaos by the town's first mass invasion of ghosts. It's all part of a plan by the Ghost Zone's top Sheriff, Walker, to capture Danny Phantom. As Danny first battles, then befriends, a hulking ghost named Wulf, Walker and his deputies ""overshadow"" most of the people in Danny's inner circle. While eluding attacks from his ghost-fighting parents, Danny defeats Walker and restores calm in the city - but earns the title of ""Public Ghost Enemy #1"" in the process!

    Director: Wincat Alcala, Butch Hartman, Juli Murphy

    Writer: Steve Marmel, Sib Ventress

  • Masters of All Time
    7.8/10 155 votes

    #19 - Masters of All Time

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2006-03-24

    Vlad is back, only now he's afflicted with a serious case of ecto-acne, a direct result of the college lab accident with Jack and Maddie. To ensure Danny helps him find a cure, Vlad infects Sam and Tucker with his disease, and Danny turns to Clockwork for help. Danny convinces Clockwork to let him go back in time to make sure the accident that injures Vlad never happens. Unfortunately, when he changes the past, he changes the present. When he arrives back in the present day, Maddie is married to Vlad and living in Wisconsin, and Jack's a ghost named Jack Plasmius! Now, Danny must go back in time for a second time to ensure his parents get together, but when he does, will that mean ecto-acne doom for Tucker and Sam?

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Marty Isenberg

  • Phantom Planet
    7.8/10 206 votes

    #20 - Phantom Planet

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-08-24

    Danny, after being publicly shamed by Vlad's new ghost hunting team, wants to be normal again. So he gets rid of his powers by reactivating the Fenton Portal after Jack dismantles it for a software upgrade. However, an asteroid made of Ectoranium threatens the Earth, and Vlad - after revealing to everyone that he is Plasmius - fails to stop it. The world now relies on a powerless Danny to get help from the ghosts in the Ghost Zone!

    Director: Butch Hartman

    Writer: Butch Hartman

  • Splitting Images
    7.7/10 174 votes

    #21 - Splitting Images

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-04-23

    After a series of humiliating run-ins with Dash, the school bully, Danny uses his powers to get revenge and triggers the ghost of Poindexter, a kid who was shoved in his locker so many times he haunts it to this day. Danny must battle this ghostly defender of nerds and geeks, while proving he's not the bully Poindexter thinks he is.

    Director: Wincat Alcala, Butch Hartman, Richard Bowman

    Writer: Marty Isenberg

  • Doctor's Disorders
    7.7/10 130 votes

    #22 - Doctor's Disorders

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-07-15

    After being bitten by tiny green ghost beetles, the kids of Casper High get a mysterious illness that gives them ghost powers and are quarantined at a spooky old hospital outside of town. When Danny sneaks into the hospital to investigate, he is captured by Penelope Spectra and her assistant, Bertrand. They are the ones who started this illness as part of their plan to build Penelope a young and beautiful new body. All she needs is Danny's half-human/half-ghost DNA to complete her ghostly plan. With Danny captured and Sam sick, it's up to Tucker to conquer his fear of hospitals and free Danny before Penelope gets what she's after.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Sib Ventress

  • The Ultimate Enemy
    7.7/10 129 votes

    #23 - The Ultimate Enemy

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2005-09-16

    Danny and his friends get caught up in a time-traveling adventure. They are taken into a dark future, in which Amity Park is destroyed and the world's most powerful and evil ghost is Danny's own future self!

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Kevin Petrilak

    Writer: Marty Isenberg, Steve Marmel, Sib Ventress

  • Urban Jungle
    7.7/10 107 votes

    #24 - Urban Jungle

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-10-09

    The building boom in Amity Park upsets Undergrowth, the ghost of all things plant-like and vegetative. The green-thinking ghost takes over the town, turning everyone into plants themselves. All except Sam, that is, whom he makes his Earth-loving queen. Unfortunately, Undergrowth brainwashes Sam and uses her to attack Danny! Danny, meanwhile, has been battling a nasty case of the chills that leaves him too weak to fight. Escaping from Undergrowth in the Ghost Zone, Danny turns to his cold-loving friend, Frostbite,who explains that Danny is developing a new power. Now, Danny must learn to master his new freezing skill so that he can make his way back to Amity Park and pull the town out of Undergrowth’s leafy clutches.

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Butch Hartman

  • Claw of the Wild
    7.7/10 92 votes

    #25 - Claw of the Wild

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-08-23

    Danny's class goes to a camping trip with Mr. Lancer and Ms. Teslaff to an abandoned place which is seemingly haunted. Soon reports of monster sightings and missing students have the whole camp shook up. Monsters start showing up and disrupting the camping trip. To Danny's surprise, these monsters are ghosts working for Walker, on the hunt for Wulf. Now Danny must save his old friend and his class from Walker!

    Director: Butch Hartman, Wincat Alcala, Gary Conrad

    Writer: Kevin Sullivan