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The Best Episodes of Marvel's Luke Cage

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

Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

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The best episode of "Marvel's Luke Cage" is "The Main Ingredient", rated 8.4/10 from 2312 user votes. It was directed by Andy Goddard and written by Akela Cooper. "The Main Ingredient" aired on 6/22/2018 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Step in the Arena".

  • The Main Ingredient
    8.4/10 2,312 votes

    #1 - The Main Ingredient

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Danny Rand insists on helping Luke hunt for Bushmaster -- the Iron Fist way. Mariah sets out to reclaim her empire. Misty pursues a traitor.

    Director: Andy Goddard

    Writer: Akela Cooper

  • Step in the Arena
    8.3/10 4,021 votes

    #2 - Step in the Arena

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-09-30

    As he rescues a victim of Cottonmouth's vengeance, Luke remembers his earlier life and the conspiracy that led to his superhuman strength.

    Director: Vincenzo Natali

    Writer: Charles Murray

  • Manifest
    8.3/10 3,748 votes

    #3 - Manifest

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-09-30

    Mariah's political career comes under fire, and Cottonmouth picks up information that could put Luke on the run.

    Director: Andy Goddard

    Writer: Akela Cooper

  • Code of the Streets
    8.1/10 4,212 votes

    #4 - Code of the Streets

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-09-30

    Luke is pulled deeper into the fight for his neighborhood when, as a favor to an old friend, he tries to help a kid who's in trouble with Cottonmouth.

    Director: Paul McGuigan

    Writer: Cheo Hodari Coker

  • Who's Gonna Take the Weight?
    8.1/10 3,992 votes

    #5 - Who's Gonna Take the Weight?

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-09-30

    In the aftermath of a chaotic event at a favorite Harlem hangout, Luke heeds the call to action -- and hits Cottonmouth where he'll feel it most.

    Director: Guillermo Navarro

    Writer: Matt Owens

  • Now You're Mine
    8.1/10 3,415 votes

    #6 - Now You're Mine

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-09-30

    In one bold move, a friend from his past puts Luke on the defensive, Misty in dire straits, and Harlem's safety in jeopardy.

    Director: George Tillman Jr.

    Writer: N/A

  • Soliloquy of Chaos
    8.0/10 3,420 votes

    #7 - Soliloquy of Chaos

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-09-30

    Misty digs deeper for the truth as the neighborhood's power players throw the city into confusion.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: N/A

  • Can't Front on Me
    8.0/10 1,960 votes

    #8 - Can't Front on Me

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Luke teams up with an unlikely ally to combat a new strain of heroin. As Shades plows ahead with his plan, a massive party draws everyone to the club.

    Director: Everardo Gout

    Writer: Aïda Mashaka Croal

  • Suckas Need Bodyguards
    7.9/10 3,619 votes

    #9 - Suckas Need Bodyguards

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-09-30

    After Cottonmouth and Scarfe's bloody clash, Luke realizes that saving the community may turn former allies into enemies, and enemies into allies.

    Director: Sam Miller

    Writer: N/A

  • Blowin' Up the Spot
    7.9/10 3,520 votes

    #10 - Blowin' Up the Spot

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-09-30

    Mariah campaigns to turn the city and the police against Luke, and not even Misty or Claire may be able to save him.

    Director: Magnus Martens

    Writer: N/A

  • Just to Get a Rep
    7.8/10 3,695 votes

    #11 - Just to Get a Rep

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-09-30

    Cottonmouth strikes back at Luke by taking his vengeance out on the people of Harlem, while detectives Knight and Scarfe face an unexpected threat.

    Director: Marc Jobst

    Writer: Jason Horwitch

  • Take It Personal
    7.8/10 3,370 votes

    #12 - Take It Personal

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-09-30

    Luke gets closer to the truth about Reva and her part in his fate, while Mariah wrestles with the morality of her new role. Misty hunts for Luke.

    Director: Stephen Surjik

    Writer: N/A

    7.7/10 3,423 votes

    #13 - DWYCK

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-09-30

    With Luke wounded and on the run, Misty faces a soul-searching interrogation. Mariah's rise to power takes a dark turn.

    Director: Tom Shankland

    Writer: N/A

  • You Know My Steez
    7.7/10 3,546 votes

    #14 - You Know My Steez

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-09-30

    With all of Harlem bearing witness, Luke takes on the fight of his life in hopes of emerging as the defender his city needs.

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: N/A

  • The Basement
    7.7/10 1,988 votes

    #15 - The Basement

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-06-22

    As a wave of violence rocks Harlem, everyone races to connect the dots between Piranha, Mariah, Bushmaster and the grisly find at the clinic.

    Director: Millicent Shelton

    Writer: Aïda Mashaka Croal

  • On and On
    7.7/10 1,981 votes

    #16 - On and On

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Reeling from the showdown on the bridge, Luke teams up with Misty to find Piranha. The hunt for the snitch heats up. Bushmaster reveals his endgame.

    Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green

    Writer: N/A

  • Moment of Truth
    7.6/10 4,770 votes

    #17 - Moment of Truth

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-09-30

    With tension building in the streets of Harlem thanks to ruthless club owner Cottonmouth, Luke finds it increasingly difficult to live a quiet life.

    Director: Paul McGuigan

    Writer: Cheo Hodari Coker

  • For Pete's Sake
    7.6/10 1,958 votes

    #18 - For Pete's Sake

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Hunkered down in a makeshift safe house, Luke and Misty butt heads over how to handle Mariah. Meanwhile, long-buried family secrets come to light.

    Director: Clark Johnson

    Writer: Matt Owens, Ian Stokes

  • The Creator
    7.6/10 1,909 votes

    #19 - The Creator

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Shaken by Mariah's latest act, Luke combs the city for a witness. Flashbacks reveal a fateful encounter between the Stokes and McIver families.

    Director: Stephen Surjik

    Writer: N/A

  • They Reminisce Over You
    7.6/10 2,111 votes

    #20 - They Reminisce Over You

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Mariah adapts to her new circumstances and goes to extremes to cover her tracks. Luke takes a new approach to protecting Harlem.

    Director: Alex Garcia Lopez

    Writer: Cheo Hodari Coker

  • All Souled Out
    7.4/10 1,980 votes

    #21 - All Souled Out

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Desperate to drum up quick cash for a lawsuit, Luke weighs an offer from a superfan. Mariah invites Tilda to join the new family business.

    Director: Kasi Lemmons

    Writer: Ian Stokes

  • Wig Out
    7.3/10 2,083 votes

    #22 - Wig Out

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Worried Luke is headed down a dark path, Claire pays a visit to his father. Bushmaster makes a bid for Mariah's guns.

    Director: Marc Jobst

    Writer: Matt Owens

  • If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
    7.3/10 1,903 votes

    #23 - If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-06-22

    While Shades, Mariah and Misty come to terms with the previous night's events, Bushmaster searches for a way to boost his strength.

    Director: Neema Barnette

    Writer: N/A

  • Straighten It Out
    7.1/10 2,153 votes

    #24 - Straighten It Out

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-06-22

    Luke tests out his abilities on the ballfield, Misty ruffles feathers at the precinct, and Mariah plans a reunion to boost her image.

    Director: Steph Green

    Writer: Akela Cooper

  • I Get Physical
    7.1/10 2,006 votes

    #25 - I Get Physical

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-06-22

    As footage of his fight with Bushmaster goes viral, Luke struggles with the aftereffects and follows a trail of clues to Tilda's shop.

    Director: Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Writer: N/A