10 Best Episodes of Gotham

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them โ€“ the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Gotham - S1E6

#15 - Spirit of the Goat (Season 1 - Episode 6)

When a killer begins targeting the first born of Gotham's elite, Bullock is forced to confront traumatic memories from a nearly identical case he worked in the past. Gordon is confronted by past decisions.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 3251 votes.

Gotham - S2E3

#14 - Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Gordon and Bullock track down a nemesis from the past, leading to a standoff between Jerome and Gordon. Meanwhile, a magic show at the Gotham Children's Hospital gala turns into a hostage situation.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 3698 votes.

Gotham - S2E17

#13 - Wrath of the Villains: Into the Woods (Season 2 - Episode 17)

In an attempt to clear his name, Gordon steals his case file and approaches Nygma for help. Meanwhile, Penguin discovers his step-family's role in his father's death, and awakens from his conditioning.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 4349 votes.

Gotham - S2E22

#12 - Wrath of the Villains: Transference (Season 2 - Episode 22)


While Gordon, Bruce and Lucius remain at Indian Hill, the city of Gotham will be met with a new threat as Hugo Strange's inmates devise a plan to escape and start their new lives.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 4454 votes.

Gotham - S3E14

#11 - Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (Season 3 - Episode 14)

With Jerome on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred's safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Gordon's uncle Frank pays him a visit, and Nygma and Penguin are forced to confront their issues face-to-face, with possible deadly consequences.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 4727 votes.

Gotham - S2E2

#10 - Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock (Season 2 - Episode 2)


On the heels of his reinstatement, Gordon is thrust onto the high-profile case tracking the deadly inmate escape from Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Galavan plans his next move, while Bruce asks for help from his fathe's old friend to unlock the secrets in his office, and Nygma asks out Kristin Kringle on a date.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 3804 votes.

Gotham - S2E10

#9 - Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham (Season 2 - Episode 10)

Gordon confronts a suspect who is connected to Galavan, but falls short of obtaining any information. Meanwhile, Bruce gets one step closer to discovering the name of his parent's killer.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 3485 votes.

Gotham - S4E21

#8 - A Dark Knight: One Bad Day (Season 4 - Episode 21)


As Gotham falls into complete anarchy, a team of unlikely heroes step up to save it. Bullock takes the lead at the GCPD and Bruce's psychological limits are tested as those close to him are put in danger.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 2028 votes.

Gotham - S2E11

#7 - Rise of the Villains: Worse Than A Crime (Season 2 - Episode 11)

When Bruce Wayne is kidnapped, Gordon must look to some unlikely and dangerous allies for help. It is a battle of the villains, and not everyone makes it out alive.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 3589 votes.

Gotham - S4E22

#6 - A Dark Knight: No Man's Land (Season 4 - Episode 22)


Jeremiah warns a skeptical Gordon of more destruction coming Gotham's way, and Gordon is forced to make a potentially devastating decision. Meanwhile, Barbara rallies together a team to secure her position, as alliances in the underworld shift and prove no one can be trusted. Then, Bruce is forced to come to terms with the future.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 2003 votes.

Gotham - S5E12

#5 - The Beginning... (Season 5 - Episode 12)

The series flash-forwards 10 years into the future, as Bruce is set to return to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower. A series of crimes leads Gordon to believe Penguin and The Riddler are up to their old tricks. However, when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together an even more sinister plot targeting the city, and a new figure emerges from the shadows to be the hero Gotham desperately needs.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 1552 votes.

Gotham - S3E21

#4 - Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling (Season 3 - Episode 21)


With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can't let go of his past.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 3846 votes.

Gotham - S1E22

#3 - All Happy Families are Alike (Season 1 - Episode 22)

As Gotham Cityโ€™s gang war reaches its boiling point, Fish Mooney goes head-to-head with Maroni and Penguin in an attempt to re-stake her claim on the city. Meanwhile, Barbara and Leslie Thompkins are brought together after recent events, and Bruce searches Wayne Manor for any hints that his father might have left behind.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 3052 votes.

Gotham - S1E7

#2 - Penguin's Umbrella (Season 1 - Episode 7)


As violence between Maroni and Falcone continues to escalate, Penguin reveals a new element of his manipulative strategy, forcing Gordon to deal with the consequences of his decision to spare Penguinโ€™s life.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 3360 votes.

Gotham - S3E22

#1 - Heroes Rise: HeavyDirtySoul (Season 3 - Episode 22)

As the third season concludes, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed.

The episode was rated 8.28 from 1993 votes.

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