Top 25 Angel Episodes

by snowybird | created - 09 Nov 2016 | updated - 22 Nov 2016 | Public

My ever-evolving list of favourite episodes from the fantastic show, Angel.

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1. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Not Fade Away (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

The gang prepares to attack the true powers of evil by attempting to take down the Circle of the Black Thorn - a battle none of them expect to survive.

Director: Jeffrey Bell | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,902

The final episode of Angel is so packed with fantastic moments and emotional resonance that it practically has to be #1. Practically every moment hits home and there are too many great ones to count. The payoffs it gives for the entire series are great, and a cliffhanger is basically the perfect way to end the series. Cause the fight doesn't end. It goes on, and we continue, not because we think we'll win, but because it's the only thing to do. And it's that balance of plot, character and profound philosophy that makes the entire series, and this episode, so wonderful.

2. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Epiphany (2001)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel has an epiphany which has him questioning his actions over the past few months. Meanwhile, the three eyed demon clan is after Gunn, Wes and Cordy. It's up to Angel to save them... If they can all start trusting him again.

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,692

Epiphany is perhaps the greatest arc ending episode of the show. Angel finally snaps back from his darkness through his titular epiphany. That redemption isn't an event, you never win and go home. That goodness isn't great acts, it's a state of being. The only thing that matters is what you do today. It's a perfect storm of character work, paying off from the whole arc of the season, and this great insight into both Angel's character, and the show's philosophy, that brings this episode to #2.

3. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Orpheus (2003)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Fred calls Willow to re-en soul Angel. She encounters unexpected resistance from a mysterious source. Faith's strategy to capture Angelus has an unexpected side affect. She enters Angel's mind and witnesses some of his past.

Director: Terrence O'Hara | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,731

Orpheus is another episode that fires on all cylinders. It features my favourite character of the series (Faith) and Angelus, who proved himself a fantastic villain, and so much of the episode is just focused on their interactions, complete with the great writing that really makes the show. Willow's inclusion is brief, but great. And though the Connor/Cordy scenes are annoying as ever, Faith beating the *beep* out of the little twerp almost makes up for his entire plotline. The entire Faith subplot in season 4 is fantastic, but this is the culmination of it all, and it shows. Wonderful entertainment.

4. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Smile Time (2004)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

While Wesley and Fred's relationship heats up, Gunn makes a deal to ensure his mental powers are made permanent, and Angel gets turned into a little felt-covered puppet.

Director: Ben Edlund | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,361

My top episodes are mostly payoff episodes. Lots of elements and plotlines being brought together. But here is an episode with tight focus, and it's fantastic. The Angel Puppet is so inherently hilarious that the episode doesn't even have to try, but it does. So many wonderful scenes and every character gets at least one great line. And the evil puppets are both funny and actually pretty damn creepy. But perhaps the greatest part is the ending battle. It's surprisingly well choreographed and entertaining as hell. The puppet work is fantastic all episode, and the novelty isn't without substance. Best comedy episode of the series.

5. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: You're Welcome (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Cordelia awakens from her magically induced coma and returns to help Angel fight an old enemy who has reappeared even more powerful than ever.

Directors: David Fury, John Blush | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 2,340

Looking back on it, I have an easier time getting through Cordelia in season 4, knowing that it's actually Jasmine. But that doesn't change the fact that through the entire season, Charisma Carpenter is so immensely unlikable that it's hard to distance from Cordelia. But after a season one of my favourite characters being immensely unlikable, this episode comes to redeem her. Angel's been going steadily down all season, not coping well with the compromises he's had to make, and generally being an ass. But BOOM, here comes Ms. 0% Nonsense to call Mr. CEO on every inch of his *beep* and it's a wonderful return. And I can't forget Lindsey's great inclusion and faceoff with Angel. I loved Lindsey right from his introduction, so seeing him back for season 5 was great. Just overall a great episode for calling back and moving ahead. One of the strongest episodes of my favourite season.

6. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: A Hole in the World (2004)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

After breathing in the air from an ancient sarcophagus, Fred falls deathly ill and the rest of the gang races to find a cure before it's too late.

Directors: Joss Whedon, John Blush | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,983

An episode dedicated to a character death is certainly nothing unique, this episode remains special. While something like The Body from Buffy was a quiet, artful meditation on grief, this episode was a continuous series of slaps across the face. A brutal and uncaring viewing session, so incredibly fitting for the occasion. While the continuation, Shells, showed more direct grief, Amy Acker's heartwrenching performance aces it out for me. Her final moments are absolutely haunting and left perhaps the biggest impact of any single moment of the show. Absolutely wrecked me. 10/10.

7. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Damage (2004)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When Angel and Spike try to help a young woman who escaped from an asylum, they discover she's actually a potential slayer empowered by the spell Willow cast back at the Hellmouth in Sunnydale.

Director: Jefferson Kibbee | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,577

This episode accomplishes so much in the show's arc, while being an incredibly strong standalone as well. The actress who portrays Dana is wonderful and I love how the episode show's an unexpected consequence to Buffy's actions. Angel's all about that, taking the big scale stuff and bringing it down to the individual level. Andrew's inclusion was great and I liked getting an update on the Scooby Gang's various goings on. But perhaps the greatest part of all was Dana's role in Spike's arc. Finally, he comes face to face with what he's done. He's never been forced to think about the trail of victims he's left behind before now. And boy does it hit like a truck. The final scene between him and Angel is fantastic, and really sells the entire episode. A wonderful showcase of what a show like this can do in just one episode, while furthering all its major arcs. Great television.

8. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Life of the Party (2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

When Lorne foregoes sleep in order to prepare for the firm's big Halloween party, the dark side of his subconscious begins to manifest itself and affect the gang in strange ways.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,599

9. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Through the Looking Glass (2001)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Cordelia meets the Groosalugg while Wesley, Gunn and Angel get a good look at the beast that lives within Angel.

Director: Tim Minear | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,601

While silly, this 3-part finale to season 2 is incredibly fun to watch. It's like 1 long action adventure movie, and it even introduces one of the best characters of the entire show. I loved Cordelia's time as princess, showing an old side of herself without setting her character back. Angel got to play the bona fide hero and save the helpless damsel. And we got to see some great creatures and the design of Pylea is great. It really feels like a different place and I love the worldbuilding. It's fun in the best way possible, and doesn't take itself too seriously, just as I expect from a Whedon creation. Immensely entertaining.

10. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Sleep Tight (2002)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

To save Connor's life, Wes takes him away from Angel; Angel uncovers Lilah's plot to have him kill Connor; Holtz finally attacks.

Director: Terrence O'Hara | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,267

11. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Sanctuary (2000)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel attempts to reform Faith as Kate, the Watchers Council, and even Buffy Summers pursue her.

Director: Michael Lange | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, Elisabeth Röhm

Votes: 2,016

I struggled a bit between including this episode and it's predecessor, Five by Five. But while the final scene of FbF is absolutely fantastic, this entire episode is great. We learn so much about both Faith and Angel, and the thematic underpinnings of the episode are fantastic. I love every single interaction, and Buffy's appearance, while a little random, only added to the strength of the episode. Faith needs help, and Angel's been through the same things as her. And he's gonna help her his own way. This episode is when Angel finally starts getting great.

12. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Dead End (2001)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Wolfram and Hart arranges for Lindsey to get a new hand, but when it turns out to be evil, Angel investigates the firm's source of body parts.

Director: James A. Contner | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,658

13. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Peace Out (2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel returns from the monster's dimension and finally defuses Jasmine's all-encompassing power.

Director: Jefferson Kibbee | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,141

14. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Destiny (2003)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Spike opens a package that makes him corporeal again, turns the firm's employees into bloody-eyed monsters, and pits him against Angel in a race to drink out of the Cup of Perpetual Torment.

Director: Skip Schoolnik | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,563

15. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Habeas Corpses (2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Connor gets locked inside Wolfram and Hart with the big bad doomsday beast, who turns the legal firm's staff into an army of zombies.

Director: Skip Schoolnik | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,179

16. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Forgiving (2002)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

As Fred and Gunn search for Wesley, Angel searches for Sahjhan and casts a spell to make him corporeal so he can be killed.

Director: Turi Meyer | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,325

17. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: To Shanshu in L.A. (2000)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A scythe-wielding demon targets Angel's allies as Wolfram and Hart lawyers attempt to summon a powerful force from beyond.

Director: David Greenwalt | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, Elisabeth Röhm

Votes: 1,777

18. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Harm's Way (2004)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Harmony finds herself in over her head and desperate to keep her job after she wakes up in her bed next to a dead man with vampire bites on his neck.

Director: Vern Gillum | Stars: David Boreanaz, James Marsters, J. August Richards, Amy Acker

Votes: 1,612

19. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: In the Dark (1999)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Spike and a colleague torture Angel in hopes of ascertaining the whereabouts of a ring that makes the wearer invincible.

Director: Bruce Seth Green | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Glenn Quinn, Seth Green

Votes: 2,110

20. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Fredless (2001)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Fred prepares to go home to her parents--until she earns a place with the group by figuring out the key to an attack launched by large bug demons.

Director: Marita Grabiak | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,249

21. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Waiting in the Wings (2002)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel and his friends attend a ballet, where Angel realizes he saw the exact same dancers on stage 110 years ago.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,764

22. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Untouched (2000)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel attempts to help a girl with telekinetic powers before she falls into the hands of Wolfram and Hart.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,572

23. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Blood Money (2001)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Wolfram and Hart are sponsoring a fund raising benefit for a local teen shelter. Angel is suspicious of their motives and starts investigating. Meanwhile, Wes, Gunn and Cordy work to establish their own detective business.

Director: R.D. Price | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,499

24. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: First Impressions (2000)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel encounters an amorous Darla in his dreams; Cordelia vows to protect Gunn after she experiences a vision of him in mortal danger.

Director: James A. Contner | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,597

25. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Guise Will Be Guise (2000)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Angel meets with a swami to end his obsession with Darla. Meanwhile, Wesley assumes Angel's identity and plays bodyguard to a businessman's daughter.

Director: Krishna Rao | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,700

26. Angel (1999–2004)
Episode: Reprise (2001)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

On the eve of a 75-year review at Wolfram and Hart, Angel seeks a magic ring that will take him to hell to look for the firm's "senior partners."

Director: James Whitmore Jr. | Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 1,632



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