Best to Worst Episodes of Hannibal

by Zabon | created - 18 Jan 2016 | updated - 18 Jan 2016 | Public

The Hannibal series had a few high points. Regardless, I found the season finale episodes to be a let-down as they concentrated on the emotional aspect of the series that dealt with the relationship between Lecter and Will Graham as opposed to the criminal angle. The first and third season were constructed with a stronger premise in mind as opposed to the second season, which dealt with pinning murders on Will Graham and was in a sense, filler. The ending of the second season was rather dull as well and accomplished very little for the plot itself; the major highlight of that season being the fate of the Beverly Katz character and Matthew Brown in the following installment. Episodes dealing with Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi and Mason Verger were the absolute pinnacle of the series run. Another amazing guest role was that of Tobias Budge, albeit being short-lived; it greatly made the series more compelling. From my perspective, these were the strong highlights of the series. The following is a list of the best to worst episodes of this series, respectively in the order of my preference.

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1. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Contorno (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Jack and Will along with Chiyoh arrive in Florence with different agendas for Hannibal while Detective Pazzi gets close.

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 3,749

2. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Fromage (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Lecter's patient Franklin Froideveaux worries that his friend Tobias may be a psychopath, but Franklin's growing obsession with Lecter is what concerns the latter more. Graham investigates ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,956

3. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Takiawase (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The FBI is called in when a dead body is discovered, the skull converted into a beehive. Meanwhile Beverly Katz finds a clue about the mural killer that sends her down a deadly path.

Director: David Semel | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,025

4. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Mukozuke (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Freddie Lounds finds Beverly's sectioned corpse; Will meets the copycat killer and orders him to kill Hannibal. Gideon overhears this and gives Alana the chance to save Will from becoming a murderer.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,068

5. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Savoureux (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Following his strange trip to Minnesota, Graham is taken into custody by Crawford for the probable murder of Abigail Hobbs. They find her severed ear in his kitchen sink and her blood under... See full summary »

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,344

6. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Dolce (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Bedelia and Hannibal feel their time in Florence is coming to an end; Jack questions Will's loyalty.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 3,253

7. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Digestivo (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Captured in Italy, Hannibal and Will are brought to Muskrat Farm, where Mason awaits.

Director: Adam Kane | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 4,224

8. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Relevés (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Following an offhand comment by Graham, Hannibal leaves a comb in the chamber of Georgia Madchen, who accidentally sparks a fire inside her hyperbaric chamber and is burned to death. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,611

9. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Sorbet (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The BAU is called in when a man is found in a hotel room bathtub with his kidney removed and Graham must determine whether this is the act of an organ harvester or if the Chesapeake Ripper ... See full summary »

Director: James Foley | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,903

10. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Antipasto (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After the devastating bloodbath at Lecters home Hannibal establishes a new life for himself in Italy along with the company of his own psychiatrist Bedelia.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 4,611

11. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Rôti (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Dr. Abel Gideon escapes from custody and begins targeting the psychiatrists who attempted to treat him, displaying their bodies with a Colombian necktie. While Alana Bloom is put under ... See full summary »

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,550

12. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Entrée (2013)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A nurse at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is brutally murdered by a patient, Dr. Abel Gideon, in a manner reminiscent of the "Chesapeake Ripper", who hasn't ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,733

13. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Primavera (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will Graham awakes from his coma and begins to piece together the events that took place after the bloodbath at Lecters home.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 3,653

14. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Aperitivo (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Dr. Fredrick Chilton is alive and well, if not somewhat reconstructed, urging those wronged by Hannibal Lecter to use Will Graham as bait to flush him out.

Director: Marc Jobst | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 3,178

15. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Secondo (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will travels to Lithuania where he gains a new ally in his search for Hannibal Lecter while Jack Crawford makes his way to Italy with some searching of his own

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 3,252

16. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Trou Normand (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A totem pole of human bodies ranging from freshly killed to decades old are found on a beach and while Graham is investigating the crime scene, he suddenly finds himself in Lecter's office,... See full summary »

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,620

17. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Apéritif (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The head of the FBI Behavioral Science unit, Jack Crawford, calls on profiler Will Graham to assist them catch a serial killer. The killer has now kidnapped eight women, all similar in ... See full summary »

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 5,473

18. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Amuse-Bouche (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will and Jack hunt a killer who is burying his victims alive, so they will become fertilizer for his garden of fungus. While the tabloid journalist Freddie sets targets in on Will.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,569

19. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Potage (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Determined to give Abigail closure, Will and Hannibal take Abigail back to the scene of her father's crimes. But things take a turn for the worse when the copycat killer strikes again.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,220

20. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Coquilles (2013)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A murdered couple is found in a motel room, posed in praying positions with the flesh of their backs opened and strung to the ceiling to give them the appearance of wings. Using hairs ... See full summary »

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,878

21. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: The Number of the Beast Is 666 (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The FBI enlists the help of Dr. Fredrick Chilton in hope of drawing Francis Dolarhyde into an ambush; Will's empathy for Dolarhyde impacts his psyche.

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 2,976

22. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: ...And the Beast from the Sea (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

With a full moon approaching, Jack and Will are certain that Francis Dolarhyde will strike again but they lack a solid lead; Alana gives Hannibal a chance for redemption.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 2,622

23. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: ...And the Woman Clothed in Sun (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Carvings symbolizing the Great Red Dragon are retrieved from crime scenes, casting light on Francis Dolarhyde's warped psyche. Meanwhile, both Dolarhyde and Will seek the wisdom of Hannibal Lecter.

Director: Guillermo Navarro | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 2,664

24. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: ...And the Woman Clothed with the Sun (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The search for serial killer Francis Dolarhyde heats up as Will delves into dangerous territory. He envisions himself in Dolarhyde's psyche and contacts Hannibal Lecter for help in profiling the killer.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 2,630

25. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: The Wrath of the Lamb (2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will hatches a cunning plot to slay Francis Dolarhyde, using Hannibal Lecter in his ploy. Bedelia voices concern about the perilous plan as Will continues his game with Hannibal, though Will may have to face his darkest fears.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 10,806

26. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: The Great Red Dragon (2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Hannibal has been imprisoned for three years at the Baltimore State Hospital when a new villain emerges in one Francis Dolarhyde. Jack reaches out to Will to help him track down the brutal serial killer.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Caroline Dhavernas, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 2,871

27. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Oeuf (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A series of family murders takes place, and Will determines they were conducted by each of the families' missing children, who were abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,584

28. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Buffet Froid (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Beth LeBeau is found murdered, having drowned in her own blood as a result of her face being cut into a Glasgow smile. Graham's mental state continues to sharply decline; he loses hours at ... See full summary »

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,788

29. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Kaiseki (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

While Will continues to assert his innocence, Hannibal and Jack try to come to terms with the fact that he's in jail; Kade Purnell visits Will.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,265

30. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Sakizuke (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The BAU team narrows in on the origin of the discarded bodies from the soupy crime scene, working to discover the killer's artful plan, while Will Graham begins an artful plan of his own from within the asylum.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,935

31. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Hassun (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Jack Crawford risks his job by going against the FBI's directives and revealing to the court that it was his hand that pushed Will to his limit.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,662

32. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Futamono (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A city councilman's body is found intertwined with a tree; Jack crashes Hannibal's dinner party to investigate Will's suspicions; a revelation shocks everyone.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 4,006

33. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Yakimono (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will is released from Chilton's Asylum, while the discovery of Miriam Lass gives Jack new hope in finding the Chesapeake Ripper.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,816

34. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Ko no Mono (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Jack and team discover the truth of Freddie Lounds' disappearance. Hannibal shows Will how much Abigail reminded him of his sister.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,568

35. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Tome-wan (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

During a therapy session, Will shares a vision of how he would kill Hannibal. Meanwhile, an increasingly impatient Jack brings in a surprise witness to help Will catch Hannibal.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 4,053

36. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Su-zakana (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will assists the investigation into a woman's body found inside a horse, while Alana frets about Will's intentions toward Hannibal. With the clock ticking, Will and Hannibal race to protect a witness they believe to be in great peril.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,523

37. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Shiizakana (2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The BAU team look into the case of a truck driver's body that appears to have been torn apart by two different animal species. Will meets Hannibal's strange new patient after one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,488

38. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Naka-Choko (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Will's willingness to go to dark places strengthens his bond with Hannibal -- and garners Jack's attention; Hannibal gives Margot advice about her brother's violent nature.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,636

39. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Mizumono (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Jack devises a plan to apprehend Hannibal, while Hannibal prepares for his departure. Will makes his decision, and it results in devastating consequences.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 14,040



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