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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 – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Gotham

Gotham - S5E9

#1 - The Trial of Jim Gordon


Season 5 - Episode 9

After Gordon is shot in an attempt to establish a cease-fire, he hallucinates a trial for his life that could have deadly real consequences. Meanwhile, Ivy returns and puts her spell on Bruce, leaving Selina to defend herself. Lee has a life-changing moment as Barbara and Penguin consider their next move.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Gotham from 1474 votes.

Gotham - S5E8

#2 - Nothing's Shocking


Season 5 - Episode 8

Bullock's past comes back to haunt him when he and Gordon investigate two murders at Sirens. Meanwhile, Bruce and Alfred explore the tunnels beneath the city, and Penguin and Nygma's plans to escape are thwarted by the least likely of suspects.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Gotham from 1425 votes.

Gotham - S1E11

#3 - Rogues' Gallery


Season 1 - Episode 11

Gordon’s assignment at Arkham Asylum gets off to a rocky start when the murder of a guard ignites an investigation, leading him to meet Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Meanwhile, Cobblepot continues to build his army.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Gotham from 2306 votes.

Gotham - S5E5

#4 - Pena Dura


Season 5 - Episode 5

A military task force, led by Eduardo Dorrance is called in to provide relief to Gotham. Meanwhile, Nygma looks for answers from Penguin, who leads him back to Hugo Strange. Then, Bruce is concerned about Selina's recent behavior.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Gotham from 1543 votes.

Gotham - S4E6

#5 - A Dark Knight: Hog Day Afternoon


Season 4 - Episode 6

Gordon and Bullock are hot on a serial killer who has been assassinating cops and dressing his victims in the severed heads of pigs as his signature mark. Meanwhile, Sofia tries to win over Penguin, and Thompkins, Nygma and Grundy find themselves an unlikely home at Cherry's place.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Gotham from 2997 votes.

Gotham - S5E4

#6 - Ruin


Season 5 - Episode 4

Gordon and Penguin are forced to work together and alliances are shaken when Lucius, Nygma and Barbara all have different ideas of the culprit behind recent events at Haven. Meanwhile, Selina continues her quest for revenge against Jeremiah.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Gotham from 1543 votes.

Gotham - S5E3

#7 - Penguin, Our Hero


Season 5 - Episode 3

With the creation of Haven as a safe place for refugees, Gordon hopes to stop the gang-fighting in Gotham. Selina is determined to find Jeremiah and convinces Bruce to help her. Meanwhile, Penguin goes to Haven to reclaim his staff.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Gotham from 1612 votes.

Gotham - S1E14

#8 - The Fearsome Dr. Crane


Season 1 - Episode 14

Fish Mooney reveals a secret of Oswald Cobblepot's, prompting Maroni to take him on a trip to test his loyalty. Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock hunt down a killer who targets victims with severe phobias and Bruce Wayne confronts Gordon for failing to make progress on his parents' murder case.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Gotham from 2285 votes.

Gotham - S5E10

#9 - I Am Bane


Season 5 - Episode 10

On the precipice of Gotham’s reunification, Gordon and Bruce find themselves face-to-face with a newly transformed Eduardo, and discover the real mastermind behind the city’s current chaos. Meanwhile, a pregnant Barbara turns to Lee for help.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Gotham from 1502 votes.

Gotham - S5E6

#10 - 13 Stitches


Season 5 - Episode 6

Gordon assembles an unlikely team to protect Gotham from Eduardo Dorrance and his Delta Force. Just as Lee Thompkins resurfaces, Barbara reveals shocking news that will change Gordon's life forever. Meanwhile, Selina and Penguin team up to outsmart fellow villain Magpie.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Gotham from 1503 votes.

Gotham - S1E13
#11 - Welcome Back, Jim Gordon
Season 1 - Episode 13

When the key witness in a homicide ends up dead while being held for questioning by the police, Gordon suspects that it’s an inside job and looks to an old friend for information. Meanwhile, Oswald Cobblepot takes control of one of Fish Mooney’s prized possessions, as she gets a small taste of her own medicine.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Gotham from 2311 votes.

Gotham - S1E18
#12 - Everyone Has a Cobblepot
Season 1 - Episode 18

While Gordon seeks information about the recent controversy with Commissioner Loeb, Fish’s allegiance with the prisoners is questioned when she appears to join forces with Dr. Dulmacher. Meanwhile, after an attack close to home, Bruce deals with the aftermath.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Gotham from 2541 votes.

Gotham - S3E3
#13 - Mad City: Look Into My Eyes
Season 3 - Episode 3

Hypnotist Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter arrives in Gotham to search for his sister, Alice, and hires Gordon to help find her. Meanwhile, Penguin decides to run for mayor and Bruce's doppelganger begins to channel him, causing some confusion around town.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Gotham from 4985 votes.

Gotham - S1E17
#14 - Red Hood
Season 1 - Episode 17

Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara, and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Gotham from 2391 votes.

Gotham - S2E5
#15 - Rise of the Villains: Scarification
Season 2 - Episode 5

Galavan and Penguin join forces with a dangerous family in Gotham. Then, as the rivalry between the Waynes and the Galavans resurfaces, Gordon struggles to maintain order in the city.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Gotham from 3366 votes.

Gotham - S5E11
#16 - They Did What?
Season 5 - Episode 11

As Bane enacts his final plan for Gotham’s destruction, Gordon rallies his former enemies to save the city. Meanwhile, Nyssa al Ghul kidnaps Barbara’s newborn daughter, with ambitions to raise her as her own. Then, Bruce’s decision to leave Gotham points him to his destiny, while devastating Selina.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Gotham from 1494 votes.

Gotham - S4E14
#17 - A Dark Knight: Reunion
Season 4 - Episode 14

Ivy picks her next target, leading Gordon and Lucius back to an old friend, as Selina tries to take matters into her own hands. Sofia wants full control of Gotham and turns to Lee about the state of the Narrows. Meanwhile, Bruce tries to make amends with Alfred, and Nygma visits Arkham.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Gotham from 2242 votes.

Gotham - S1E15
#18 - The Scarecrow
Season 1 - Episode 15

Gordon and Bullock set out to stop Gerald Crane, a biology teacher who has been harvesting the glands of his murder victims. Meanwhile, after finding herself in an unusual setting, Mooney continues plotting to gain power, and Falcone attempts to change Maroni's plan for the Penguin. Then, Bruce takes a treacherous hike.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Gotham from 2287 votes.

Gotham - S4E13
#19 - A Dark Knight: A Beautiful Darkness
Season 4 - Episode 13

Ivy tracks a secret project on which Wayne Enterprises is working and begins to target anyone that can give her information. Meanwhile, Jerome becomes obsessed with Penguin in Arkham. Also, Gordon begins to second guess his deal with Sofia and an unsettling dream sequence shakes up Bruce.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Gotham from 2316 votes.

Gotham - S4E12
#20 - A Dark Knight: Pieces of a Broken Mirror
Season 4 - Episode 12

Gordon is called to the scene after The Toy Maker is hired to assassinate one of Gotham's doctors. Lee Thompkins begins to try to rebuild the Narrows, with Nygma as her partner. Meanwhile, Alfred's new life in the Narrows becomes complicated and Ivy reveals her new persona to Selina.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Gotham from 2401 votes.

Last updated: mar 02, 2021



Is it just me or the second season is FAR better than the first one?


Good scale and possibilities on paper, but uninspired in the realization - this show will be renamed from "Gotham" to "Gossip" next season.


I hate when I am right. This is really good. The Dark Knight fits.


Liked it for a good part of the first season, then it just drags on. Occasionally will watch an episode from later seasons, same monotone storyline -- glad I didn't commit. Great production quality, good acting, boring plot.


The worst thing about this show is that it is not absolutely terrible. It is sometimes pretty good. If it sucked, then it might get cancelled and we could all stop watching. Instead this show is a stark blend of good and bad elements. It has some pretty decent noir detective style stories, where the main character, Gordon, is the only honest cop in a totally corrupt town. Then a guy called Penguin eats sandwiches after he randomly stabs people. Gordon is a cop so committed to doing the right thing he will literally sort through the shit to find the truth (evidence in the sewer). But later a guy asks a bunch of Riddles and everyone says he Riddles too much. The other main cop, Bullock, is an interesting mix of corrupt cop but still has decent sense of justice. Then a young rich orphan is sad a bunch, while people tell him he will do great things one day (that we will never see). Even though the "Gordon cleans up police alone" is the best part of the show it also has contradictions, for instance there is already another whole department of honest cops. And he also has a super successful, rich, and supportive fiancé who could completely take care of him if he quit being a cop. So he isn't really struggling with his life in any way. It makes him copping about look more like a whimsey, as opposed to a duty. This show has a pretty decent core narrative, it's all the auxiliary stuff dragging it down. It also does a good job of not being entirely episodic. Often minor plot points from previous episodes will impact the next one. For a show based on Batman, the worst parts of the show are the Batman bits. Like when young Bruce Wayne, or Selina Kyle ("Cat"), or the Penguin or the Riddler show up. If they cut out all the Batman things in this show, it would be much better. I want to either love this show, or stop watching. But I can't do either. Instead I keep watching a mediocre series and hoping it improves.


Season 1 of this show was fantastic television. Sure, it had its issues, but for the most part I found it to be an intense, gripping show. Penguin was fantastic, as was Falcone and all the stuff relating to the mob. However, once season 2 came around the show just went overboard with villains. But worse than going overboard with villains was the fact that most of the villains weren't very good. Jerome as a joker like character was excellent while he lasted, but even he suffered from the poorly written plot. After season 1, the show lost all sense of danger. The characters are never actually in trouble. In the first season it really did feel tense, it felt like characters were in trouble. But after seeing the GCPD be taken over for the fourth time in x amount of episodes in later seasons, all sense of danger just vanishes. How many times can Penguin or Riddler have one another held hostage only for them to escape? It really is nonsense. The supernatural/magic stuff in the series really doesn't work well either. I think it could work, but it's just poorly implemented. I think the show suffers from short sightedness. There doesn't seem to be any stretching plot to most of it other than Bruce Wayne being on course to become Batman (which is actually one of the worst parts of the show). It also often feels like certain plot points are dragged on for far longer than is necessary - probably to fill all 22 episodes of each season. I really think that the show would be much better if the seasons were shortened to around 13 episodes. I'm confident that by cutting down on the number of total episodes that the creators could fill those 13 episodes with good content, rather than having to stretch any good content they come up with out over 22 episodes.


Masterfully set. Surprisingly well-written. Faithful but not derivative. Equal parts Burton and Nolan, with a splash of Frank Miller. The best DC offering on television right now, by miles.


If you love Batman and really want to dive into the backstories of all it's iconic characters then you need to watch this show! It's brilliant.


I never was a fan of Batman. I really enjoy Gotham tho! TBH, I've been having difficulties accepting Gordon... although, I must say his story has been getting progressively better, to the point that I can finally say I'm starting to like him. The Gordon today is more believable... and more fun! Great show! _I miss Fish tho._


I mean, I've made it this far, so might as well keep up with it. But for the entirety of the third season I was constantly on the verge of dropping it, and more-or-less continued out of a mix of bile fascination and habit. Ivy being aged up was the first time I felt truly irked by how utterly desperate it's been getting to fast-forward to the more ostensibly Batman-ish material, when in reality the most likable aspect of the show *was* its initial desire to exist in its own little world and approach all these characters from more subversive angles. Also, the transition from a procedural about gang warefare and a corrupt precinct with a theatrical twist to DUDE FREEZE RAYS, NUCLEAR BOMBS AND SUPERPOWERED BLOOD VIRUSES LMAO could not have been more jarring; like, I get that they sort of tried to segue from more realistic crime scenarios to all the zany shit by using Galavan's cult as an intermediary of sorts, but it still feels like too short a space of time to gradually build towards it. This is in addition to the myriad of other writing mishaps that I could probably spend all day on, but it's best just to amount it to all of the writers having majorly limited contact with each other and a general feeling of writing-on-the-fly (I can't be the only one who thinks something like the Tetch Virus reads as a one-off for like two episodes or something, not a plot device you build an entire season around and comes completely out of nowhere) I'd be more optimistic about Bruce going full-on caped crusader as adding a different spin to things, but then this is a show that's been throwing different spins and twists every other ten minutes in the hopes that it'll distract people from how aimless it all is, so I doubt much will change in that regard. God I miss forensic scientist Ed

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