Across five seasons and 52 episodes, the Netflix animated show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power spread a message of hope, tolerance and acceptance. The series – a reboot of the classic She-Ra cartoon from the 1980s – proved that new interpretations of old material could be very positive, and they could be bloomin’ awesome too!
The series followed the story of Adora (aka She-Ra), as she battled the evil Horde and her former friend, Catra. Along the way, friendships were made, hearts were broken, and a very important relationship was forged between the two adversaries.
If you have never watched She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, I strongly recommend you free up some time and work your way through every single episode. However, if you don’t have the time for 52 episodes, then make sure you watch the 12 episodes below – for these are the BEST episodes of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
Princess Prom (Episode Eight – Season One)
OK, let’s start this list with Princess Prom, the eighth episode of She-Ra. While there are a number of good episodes before this one, Princess Prom trumps them all because it is the first episode where the show raises the bar and hits a whole new level of fun.
In the episode, all of the Princesses attend a prom, including Adora and Catra. The rules of attendance state that all guests must remain civil, leading to an episode in which heroes and villains (including Adora and Catra) are forced to talk to each other, rather than fight.
Princess Prom is a visually stunning episode, packed with lots of great character development, especially between Adora and Catra. There are various nods to a potentially romantic same-sex relationship between the two characters, setting the series on an important journey of LGBTQ+ representation.
Promise (Episode 11 – Season One)
Onto Promise now, another episode largely focusing on the relationship between Adora and Catra (a core theme of the series). Promise is a bottle episode, so don’t expect countless characters, but do expect an emotional journey for the two leads.
In the episode, Catra explains her rift with Adora and there is a significant discussion about their shared past. The episode is high on character development and offers a strong insight into where these characters came from and where they could be headed.
The Battle of Bright Moon (Episode 13 – Season One)
After a couple of ‘talky’ episodes, it’s time for some action and that arrives in the shape of The Battle of Bright Moon. This episode is the season finale for Season One and focuses on all-out battle between the Horde and the Princesses.
The episode includes a brutal fight between She-Ra and Catra, built off the back of all the character work from the previous episodes. Sometimes to get to the action, you need emotional stakes, and The Battle of Bright Moon knows how to use emotions to provide exhilarating entertainment.
Roll With It (Episode 17 – Season Two)
Roll With It is a fun episode from Season Two which highlights She-Ra’s fears of failure. There is not a lot to say about this episode as it is more fun to just watch it.
What I will say, is that if you’re an old school fan of She-Ra you will enjoy Roll With It, as the episode features various nods to the original She-Ra cartoon.
Once Upon a Time in the Waste (Episode 23 – Season Three)
Another fun episode, this time from Season Threw. This episode shows Catra moving ever closer towards the path of happiness… before stepping further away from it.
Once Upon a Time in the Waste offers up another meaningful insight into Catra’s personality, while serving up a healthy dose of action. All this, plus Catra gets to wear a marvellous Wild West-inspired outfit which is super cool.
Yes, I said “super cool.”
Remember (Episode 25 – Season Three)
In Remember, the world has been turned on its head, and an alternate version of reality has taken over. Adora is seemingly the only person who remembers what life used to be like before and this allows for an interesting spin on the series mythology.
Remember is a fantastic episode, with yet more Catra/Adora interactions. The alternate reality is a lot of fun and it is clear the show is able to look to both the past and the future, while keeping the characters at the core of the adventure.
Destiny Part 1 (Episodes 38 – Season Four)
Destiny Part 1 is the first part of the two-part, Season Four finale. After 37 episodes, this story moves all of the lead characters into position for an epic showdown, ensuring the tension is mounted for Part 2.
Speaking of which…
Destiny Part 2 (Episode 39 – Season Four)
In Destiny Part 2, it appears as if the end is very, very near. Adora and Catra’s relationship continues to be in a bad place, a new enemy steps into focus, and it looks increasingly likely that things are going to get much worse before they get better.
This episode provides a strong end point for the fourth season, while at the same time has its eyes firmly looking towards Season Five (and an eventual end point). Destiny Part 2 is just as good as Part 1 and together they make for a great double-bill.
Corridors (Episode 42 – Season Five)
It takes five seasons and 42 episodes, but FINALLY Catra understands the importance of doing the right thing. The concept seemed completely alien to Catra before now, but with Corridors it actually happens and this episode becomes a defining entry in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
This episode earns its place on this list because it is a story which demonstrates how the series has continued to push forward – never back. Friendship has always been a significant focus of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and in Corridors it pays off with Catra taking a very important step towards becoming a friend to Adora (and maybe more).
Save the Cat (Episode 44 – Season Five)
Up next is Save the Cat which is a belter of an episode. It centres around a thrilling rescue mission whereby Adora sets out to save Catra from the Horde… after Catra switches sides to become an ally.
At this point in the show’s run, there is a strong sense that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is starting to wrap up, but before it does, it needs to unite Adora and Catra. Save the Cat does this perfectly and makes for a superb episode.
Heart Part 1 (Episode 51 – Season Five)
Heart Part 1 is the first episode in the two-part series finale. With only one episode to go for the entire series, all bets are off and there is a strong chance some characters wont make it to the end of the series alive. The Adora/Catra relationship is tested, but there is reason to believe something amazing is just around the corner.
Heart Part 2 (Episode 52 – Season Five)
And finally, no list of best She-Ra episodes would be worth anything without Heart Part 2. Continuing the story from the previous episode, and concluding the series as a whole, Heart Part 2 has a lot to achieve and yet it manages to deliver everything perfectly.
There are many great moments in Heart Part 2, but the greatest comes towards the end when Adora and Catra’s relationship reaches its happy ending. And in a single scene, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power becomes one of the best LGBTQ+ friendly shows of all-time and one of the best cartoons on television.
And now for a quick recap. Here are the 12 best episodes of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
- Princess Prom (Episode Eight – Season One)
- Promise (Episode 11 – Season One)
- The Battle of Bright Moon (Episode 13 – Season One)
- Roll With It (Episode 17 – Season Two)
- Once Upon a Time in the Waste (Episode 23 – Season Three)
- Remember (Episode 25 – Season Three)
- Destiny Part 1 (Episodes 38 – Season Four)
- Destiny Part 2 (Episodes 39 – Season Four)
- Corridors (Episode 42 – Season Five)
- Save the Cat (Episode 44 – Season Five)
- Heart Part 1 (Episode 51 – Season Five)
- Heart Part 2 (Episode 52 – Season Five)
Trust me, if you really don’t have the time for all 52 episodes, or you simply want to revisit some of the highlights, then seek out the 12 episodes I have listed above, as they are all worth your time.
BUT… I am only advising these 12 episodes if you really don’t want to watch the whole show. My overall stance is that She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is one of the best cartoons of recent years, which is best enjoyed by watching the series from start to finish.
By watching the whole story you will discover characters such as Bow, Glimmer, Scorpia and many more. This is a fully developed world, loaded with wonderful characters and so many neat ideas.
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