Centering on high school student Scott McCall, the series followed the teens of Beacon Hills as they dealt with their town’s supernatural element. Turned into a werewolf in the pilot, Scott became the leader of his own diverse pack. That pack included a hunter, a banshee, a kitsune, a werecoyote, more werewolves, and even a human over the course of the show’s run.
Though long-time fans complained about continuity issues and disappearing characters near the end of the show’s run, there are still a lot of episodes fans consistently rank amongst the best in internet forums. Seasons three and six, in particular, provide most of Teen Wolf’s best hours. They aren’t the only seasons of the show to earn spots on this list.
10 Party Guessed S2E09
Lydia’s birthday party was supposed to be the social event of the year. Instead, visions of Peter Hale plagued her, and most of her classmates avoided her. She spiked the punch with wolfsbane and let everyone around her hallucinate some pretty dark stuff. It was all so she could go and resurrect Peter while everyone was distracted. A trippy episode that brought Lydia into the main storyline - and not just as a love interest - “Party Guessed” is a gem of the early seasons.
9 A Novel Approach S5E05
In the episode, books about the Dread Doctors surfaced that led to Malia reading while the others visited the author - a resident of Eichen House. It was a nice change of pace for fans to get to see Lydia and Stiles team up for the visit since they hadn’t been interacting as much since the introduction of new characters. Likewise, this episode was the beginning of Kira’s power spiraling out of control, feeding into the larger storyline the rest of the season.
8 Code Breaker S1E12
“Code Breaker” featured that star-crossed lovers storyline, but Allison and Scott got their happy ending - for the time being. Allison’s parents decided not to force her to leave town, and they also decided not to “hunt” Scott since he was not responsible for anyone’s death.
This episode also began the great mystery of just what kind of supernatural creature Lydia was. She didn’t turn into a werewolf after being bitten, but she also didn’t heal right away. It would take a while for the reveal, but fans enjoyed speculating.
7 De-Void S3E22
“De-void” came at the end of that story arc as Lydia and Scott teamed up to find a way to save Stiles. In a fantastic sequence, the duo entered Stiles’ mind while Allison and Kira fought the werewolves under the creature’s control. So much had to happen in the episode, but it never suffered as a result.
6 Insatiable S3E23
Throughout season three Allison stepped up as a major hero. Her training put her on par with the raw strength of her supernatural friends in a fight. Her holding the line against demons while Stiles and Scott raced to save Lydia was a fitting sendoff for her character.
Beyond that, all of the performances in the episode were stellar as Holland Roden and Dylan O’Brien also got to face off as Lydia and the Nogitsune.
5 Memory Lost S6E01
Throughout the episode, Scott’s group of friends were preoccupied with two things: senior year milestones and the disappearance of a young boy’s parents. They didn’t notice all the clues that added up to one of their own being forgotten. By the time Lydia and Malia figured out that Stiles was going to be kidnapped, Malia had already forgotten her former boyfriend.
Lydia attempting to save Stiles from the villains of the season gave fans a long awaited “I love you” from the latter, and hope that Lydia returned his feelings. It was an emotional episode that cranked up the mythology of the final arc.
4 Riders On The Storm S6E10
Throughout the hour, much of the time was spent with one character searching for another. Lydia and Malia searched for Stiles. Mason and Hayden searched for Cory. Stiles searched for Scott. While all of the characters were preoccupied with reuniting, their town was slowly being wiped off the map with a mythological train running through it. For an hour that was largely bridging the previous episode and the next, it knocked its reunions out of the park.
3 Motel California S3E06
Scott, Isaac, Ethan, and Boyd all suffered from hallucinations while staying at the motel. Lydia heard the voices of those who lost their lives there over the last 40 years. The supernatural elements combined with a realistic story of depression and fear. That culminated in one of the best scenes of the entire series. Stiles saved Scott’s life, stopping his friend from blowing himself up, and cementing their friendship and brotherhood.
2 Riddled S3E18
Stiles lost his mother to a degenerative brain disease. He spent a large portion of the episode believing he sleepwalked and wound up in danger. There was a real chance that he was afflicted with the same disease as his mother. That aspect of the hour allowed for some humanity to creep into the otherwise fantasy elements of the show, combining for a truly compelling story.
1 Radio Silence S6E05
Stiles’ jeep, an ever present prop on the show, was still in the school parking lot from when he disappeared. It’s the radio in the jeep that allowed Lydia to have her first conversation with him since he disappeared. As a result of hearing his voice, both she and Scott began to remember him.
Likewise, Peter Hale, a fan favorite villain, finally got a little redemption in this episode. His love for his daughter made him attempt to get out of the mystical way station and back to Beacon Hills. Peter showed he could still do the right thing.