14,240 votes


NBC 2013

Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminal minded – Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Hannibal

Hannibal - S2E13

#1 - Mizumono


Season 2 - Episode 13

Hannibal prepares for his imminent departure with, he believes, Will. Will prepares for a departure of another sort, tying up loose ends, not sure if he’ll survive the trap he’s set for Hannibal. Both men feel that Jack deserves the truth, but what is that truth? Loyalties will be tested and forgiveness will be asked… and the inevitable battle between Hannibal and Jack is upon them.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Hannibal from 2173 votes.

Hannibal - S3E13

#2 - The Wrath of the Lamb


Season 3 - Episode 13

In a desperate bid to slay Francis Dolarhyde, Will Graham engineers a cunning ploy utilizing Hannibal Lecter. Upon learning of his plan, Bedelia Du Maurier voices concerns that Will's actions may not only put his life in peril, but the lives of those around him. As the end draws near, Will remains unflinching in his game with Hannibal — even when it means coming face-to-face with his own darkest fears.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Hannibal from 1555 votes.

Hannibal - S1E13

#3 - Savoureux


Season 1 - Episode 13

When Will returns from Minnesota without Abigail, Hannibal turns Will in and Jack and the BAU team find strong evidence of Will having killed not only Abigail but additional evidence points to all the murders of the Copy Cat Killer. Jack and Alana begin to accept that Will is indeed capable of murder. Will is arrested and in a desperate attempt to escape, breaks his own thumb to slip the handcuffs and frees himself. Will takes Hannibal back to Minnesota to clear his name and to prove Hannibal's guilt. But before he can, the situation takes another ugly and unexpected turn.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Hannibal from 1875 votes.

Hannibal - S2E5

#4 - Mukōzuke


Season 2 - Episode 5

When one of the team's own is found in a grotesque tableau, Will volunteers to assist with the profile and informs Jack that it's the work of the Chesapeake Ripper and the Copycat Killer, the two are one and the same. Dr. Able Gideon is brought back to the asylum to help confirm Will's claims of the Ripper's true identity, but instead suggests to Will the idea of putting an end to the Ripper once and for all. Confined behind bars, Will enlists the help of Freddie Lounds to contact his murderous admirer through her website.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Hannibal from 1905 votes.

Hannibal - S2E6

#5 - Futamono


Season 2 - Episode 6

When a city councilman's body is found in a parking lot, intertwined with a tree, the artistry and missing organs suggest the work of the Chesapeake Ripper. Jack and the team race against time to catch the Ripper while he's still on his killing spree. When Will suggests the possibility that the Ripper is filling his pantry with the victims' organs, Jack crashes Hannibal Lecter's dinner party to collect evidence and test the meat for human DNA. Jack's growing suspicions drive Alana even closer to Hannibal, believing he is the victim of a witch hunt. Meanwhile, clues from the tree man help the BAU zero in on a location they believe the Ripper used.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Hannibal from 1858 votes.

Hannibal - S2E4

#6 - Takiawase


Season 2 - Episode 4

A killer murders their victim and converts the cranial cavity into a beehive, leaving the corpse for the authorities. Meanwhile, Beverly secretly consults with Will to figure out who the mural killer is, and Will insists that Hannibal is both the Chesapeake Ripper and the Copycat Killer.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Hannibal from 1898 votes.

Hannibal - S2E12

#7 - Tome-wan


Season 2 - Episode 12

In a therapy session, Will imagines how he would kill Hannibal, honestly sharing his visions, and oddly bolstering their co-dependency. Later, in a session with Mason Verger, Hannibal discusses Margot’s unfortunate “accident” and other veiled threats. Jack grows impatient with Will’s progress on catching Hannibal, and brings in a surprise witness from the past to help. And when Hannibal’s life is threatened, Will must decide whether to come to his aid, and give Hannibal the opportunity for revenge.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Hannibal from 1771 votes.

Hannibal - S2E7

#8 - Yakimono


Season 2 - Episode 7

When Jack Crawford’s star pupil Miriam Lass is found alive, she becomes the FBI’s best hope to identifying the Chesapeake Ripper, but her foggy memory complicates the search. Evidence found at the site of Miriam’s rescue exonerates Will Graham of any involvement in the Ripper and Copycat cases, and he is released from the asylum. Will warns Dr. Chilton that he could be in danger due to his intimate knowledge of the Ripper case, but when Chilton tries to confide in Jack that he shares Will’s fears about Hannibal, he is rebuffed — no evidence has been found against Hannibal, despite the FBI’s efforts. Meanwhile, Jack wastes no time in reinstating Will on the BAU team as they hunt for the Ripper.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Hannibal from 1873 votes.

Hannibal - S1E12

#9 - Relevés


Season 1 - Episode 12

After Georgia Madchen dies in an explosion, Will asserts that the copy cat killer is still alive. The BAU team links Abigail to the Minnesota Shrike victims and plan to arrest her only to find Will has checked her out of the hospital. Will's hallucinations intensify, causing him to lose Abigail in Minnesota. Meanwhile, Hannibal's subtle manipulation convinces Jack that Will is capable of murder. Hannibal makes an astonishing admission to Abigail.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Hannibal from 1786 votes.

Hannibal - S1E8

#10 - Fromage


Season 1 - Episode 8

The BAU investigates a murder in which the killer exposes the victim's vocal cords to literally play them like a cello. Meanwhile, Hannibal discovers that the killer, Tobias, murdered the victim as an attempt to gain Hannibal's attention but then makes an attempt to take Lecter's life. Will is driven to distraction by strange noises in his head and turns to Alana, in a romantic way, seeking peace and stability. Hannibal describes his relationship with Will to his therapist, Dr. Bedilia Du Maurier.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Hannibal from 1982 votes.

Hannibal - S2E2
#11 - Sakizuke
Season 2 - Episode 2

The case of the human soup becomes clearer when a victim that has escaped from the killer's clutches washes downstream after a deadly fall, leaving valuable evidence for the BAU team to uncover. Hannibal Lecter assists on the case, sniffing out clues of his own from of the victim's body. Meanwhile, Will Graham begins a plan of manipulation from within the asylum, set on proving his own innocence. Jack tries to deal with his guilt over not protecting Will and submits to mandated therapy after Alana Bloom's scathing report. Awaiting his upcoming trial, Will is surprised by an unexpected guest - Bedelia du Maurier - who gives him a much-needed boost to his psyche.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Hannibal from 1926 votes.

Hannibal - S2E11
#12 - Kō No Mono
Season 2 - Episode 11

The truth of Freddie Lounds’ disappearance is discovered by Jack and his team. Alana expresses her concern over Will’s mental state, but he confuses her fears by encouraging her to arm and protect herself. Mason Verger suspects that his sister, Margot, is plotting to usurp him by getting pregnant with an heir. Hannibal reveals to Will how much Abigail reminded him of his sister, making it even harder for Will to understand why she had to die.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Hannibal from 1734 votes.

Hannibal - S1E7
#13 - Sorbet
Season 1 - Episode 7

When the BAU investigates a murder involving organ removal Jack believes that the Chesapeake Ripper may have resurfaced, but Will determines that the victim's murder is the result of illegal organ harvesting accident. Meanwhile, Will suffers from nightmares where he is Abigail's father, and Hannibal slowly starts to seduce Alana Bloom and begins to visit his own therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Hannibal from 1977 votes.

Hannibal - S1E10
#14 - Buffet Froid
Season 1 - Episode 10

The BAU investigates a murder in which two victims' faces are similarly mutilated; given a "Glasgow Smile." For the first time, Will contaminates a crime scene thinking he committed the first murder and an MRI shows he suffers from Advanced Encephalitis. But Hannibal intimidates the attending physician, Dr. Sutcliffe, into telling Will he's okay. Meanwhile, the team doubts Will who says, while revisiting the crime scene alone, he saw a mysterious, "dead-looking" woman who may be involved. With his fears fed by Hannibal, Will returns to Dr. Sutcliffe for more mental health tests, when the doctor is murdered.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Hannibal from 1907 votes.

Hannibal - S2E1
#15 - Kaiseki
Season 2 - Episode 1

Will is determined to fight for his innocence as Hannibal and Jack try to wrap their heads around the fact he's behind bars. Meanwhile, Alana faces a strained relationship with Will while Kade Purnell with the FBI pays him a visit.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Hannibal from 2134 votes.

Hannibal - S2E10
#16 - Naka-Choko
Season 2 - Episode 10

The bond between Hannibal and Will grows after Will demonstrates his willingness to go to dark places, a shift that does not go unnoticed by Jack. Jack and the FBI team investigate a tableau made of Randal Tier and his animal exoskeleton, fully realized as the vicious hunter he yearned to be.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Hannibal from 1798 votes.

Hannibal - S3E7
#17 - Digestivo
Season 3 - Episode 7

Captured in Italy by police on Mason Verger's payroll, Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter are delivered to Muskrat Farm to await Mason's revenge. Alana, distressed that Will has been endangered along with Hannibal, plots a rescue. And Hannibal, once again in contact with his old patient Margot, finds it irresistible to remind her that Mason will never make good on his promises. Meanwhile, Jack informs Chiyoh of Hannibal's location.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Hannibal from 1439 votes.

Hannibal - S1E11
#18 - Rôti
Season 1 - Episode 11

When Dr. Gideon escapes from police custody, he seeks to kill psychiatrists who have profiled him. Will and the BAU team try to track him down by following Freddie Lounds' blog before Gideon can get to Alana. Hannibal misleads the BAU team in order to put Will in the same room as Gideon, and Jack questions Dr. Chilton regarding Gideon's escape.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Hannibal from 1815 votes.

Hannibal - S2E8
#19 - Su-zakana
Season 2 - Episode 8

When a young woman's body is discovered inside of a horse, Hannibal suggests to Jack that Will be brought in to help crack this peculiar case. Will has seemingly cast aside his suspicions of Hannibal, resuming their doctor-patient relationship, but Alana remains skeptical regarding Will's true intentions and worries that Hannibal may still be in danger. The FBI questions the man they suspect to be the killer in their case, but lack of evidence forces them to let him go. Will and Hannibal race to guard the safety of a witness they believe is in jeopardy, but it might be Will's own judgment that is in peril.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Hannibal from 1819 votes.

Hannibal - S2E9
#20 - Shiizakana
Season 2 - Episode 9

The FBI is called in to investigate the discovery of a truck driver's body, seemingly torn apart by two separate species of animal working in tandem, neither of which consumed their kill. After one of his therapy sessions, Will meets Hannibal's strange new patient, Margot Verger. Will and Margot compare notes on Hannibal and his unconventional advice. Continually encouraging his patients to revel in what they are, Hannibal aims to determine Will's true self by sending him a test, the results of which surprise even Hannibal.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Hannibal from 1792 votes.

Last updated: mar 01, 2021



The violence, the class, visuals, audio, psychology and Hannibal's mind control. It is so beautiful I want to cry. I wish I could go back in time and see it for the first time again so I could cry from the psychological and eye candy this show brings. In my crazy head this places as #1 and best show I've ever seen even above Breaking Bad.


Very good series with good actors. Definately worth the shot


Sloooow... Giving it one more chance before quit


Simply perfect, astonishing, flawless... A delightful combination of violence, emotional explorations of perversion, psychology, complexity, great acting and audiovisual beauty, creates a sordid journey into the depths of the human tabu. Overpowering and compelling but not suitable for everyone


Constantine and now Hannibal, it's getting really hard not to hate NBC. I really hope Amazon will pick up the show, it deserves at least the seven seasons Fuller has planned


I still can't believe this aired on broadcast television.


fucking piece of shit nbc i swear to god you're the devil of networks


I am amazed by this show, everything is so esthetic and subtle! Mads Mikkelsen is stunning as Hannibal, he delivers maybe one of the greatest performance in television history!


Yes. Just yes. this show is everything I could have asked for as a Hannibal television series, it was just breathtaking.


Visually stunning show, creative murders, but there's a bit too much pretentious bullshit.

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