The Best Episodes of 60 Minutes
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2019
60 Minutes has been on the air since 1968, beginning on a Tuesday, but spending most of its time on Sundays, where it remains today. This popular news magazine provides both hard hitting investigations, interviews and features, along with people in the news and current events. 60 Minutes has set unprecedented records in the Nielsen's ratings with a number 1 rating, five times, making it among the most successful TV programs in all of television history. This series has won more Emmy awards than any other news program and in 2003, Don Hewitt, the creator (back in 1968), was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Emmy, along with the 60 Minute correspondents. Added to the 11 Peabody awards, this phenomenally long-lived series has collected 78 awards up to the 2005 season and remains among the viewers top choice for news magazine features.
#1 - President Obama, Howard Buffett
Season 44 - Episode 12
President Obama - Steve Kroft questions the president on a wide range of critical topics, including his performance in office, the U.S. economy and unemployment, and the budget woes in Washington. Howard Buffett - Legendary investor Warren Buffett has chosen his son Howard to succeed him as head of his multibillion dollar holding company. But as Lesley Stahl reports, "Howie" - a farmer - is no chip off the old block.
#2 - The Majority Leader, The Perfect Score, The ascent of Alex Honnold
Season 44 - Episode 15
Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; Then, Sam Eshaghoff tells how he was able to take the SAT and ACT college admissions exams for others; Also, Mountain climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity by scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear.
#3 - The Swiss Leaks, Alive and Kickin’
Season 47 - Episode 42
Bill Whitaker investigates the biggest leak in Swiss banking history; and, Lesley Stahl reports on a musical production in Harlem with a cast of singers ages 55 and up.
#4 - The Gaskos, Wikimania, Star-Struck
Season 47 - Episode 44
The Gaskos - FBI agents tell Steve Kroft about their 16-year search and eventual capture of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, once No. 1 on the Most Wanted list. Wikimania - Meet the Wikipedians. Those "persnickety," techy types who keep your favorite Internet information website brimming with data. Star-Struck - Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Charlie Rose about his fascination with the universe and his own personal journey to reignite interest in the great beyond.
#5 - The Spy Among Us, Li Na
Season 47 - Episode 50
Steve Kroft interviews Jack Barsky, a former Soviet spy who posed as an American during the Cold War; Lesley Stahl profiles Chinese tennis player Li Na who stood up to her country's stringent sports training program.
#6 - Remembering Bob Simon
Season 47 - Episode 22
A tribute to correspondent Bob Simon (1941-2015) includes interviews with his "60 Minutes" colleagues, clips of his life's work and three of his finest, award-winning stories.
#7 - Dead or Alive; A Few Good Women; Back to the Wild
Season 47 - Episode 25
Scott Pelley reports on how errors to the SSA's Death Master File can result in fraudulent payments and identity headaches; David Martin reports on the Marines' search for women to serve in combat; and, Lesley Stahl reports on a family of zoo gorillas who are released to the wild.
#8 - Bashar al Assad, Killing Cancer
Season 47 - Episode 27
Charlie Rose interviews Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as Syria's four-year-old civil war drags on; and, 60 Minutes follows brain cancer patients in a Duke University clinical trial of a therapy that uses a re-engineered polio virus to kill cancer cells.
#9 - Homeland Security, The Good Friday Agreement, Wikimania
Season 47 - Episode 28
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson talks about the evolving role of his department’s massive security efforts; then, a rare interview with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams; and, meet the Wikipedians!
#10 - Iraq's Christians, Rare Earth Elements, Starstruck
Season 47 - Episode 26
Lara Logan reports on Iraq's Christians; Are modern life's devices under China's grip? Lesley Stahl reports; then, Charlie Rose profiles astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
#11 - The Cleveland Division, Water, Who is Larry David?
Season 47 - Episode 36
Bill Whitaker reports from the Cleveland PD on the hot-button issue of policing in America; Lesley Stahl reports on depleting groundwater; and a hilarious and revealing interview with TV and comedy star Larry David.
#12 - Survivors' Network, Pleistocene Park, The Rock
Season 51 - Episode 24
Parents of a 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting victim travel the country to help others impacted by mass shootings; then, Siberia's Pleistocene Park: Bringing back pieces of the Ice Age to combat climate change; then, German-style program at a Connecticut maximum security prison emphasizes rehab for inmates.
#13 - Recruiting for ISIS, The Spill at Dan River, The Smartest Dog in the World
Season 47 - Episode 38
Clarissa Ward reports on accusations that Islamic radicals are campaigning for ISIS in the West; then Lesley Stahl reports on how Duke Energy is handling over 100 million tons of coal ash waste in N.C.; and, Anderson Cooper meets Chaser, a dog who can identify over a thousand toys.
#14 - Denied, Inside Homs, Mindfulness
Season 47 - Episode 13
Treatment for the mentally ill; video and eyewitness accounts from Homs, Syria.
#15 - The Republican Leaders, The Cleveland Division, Li Na
Season 47 - Episode 18
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sit down for their first joint interview since the new Republican majority Congress convened. Scott Pelley reports.
#16 - ZMapp, A New Kind Of Terrorist, Bradley Cooper
Season 47 - Episode 21
Bob Simon reports on the development of ZMapp, a promising drug to combat Ebola; Clarissa Ward reports on the French neighborhood and prison that gave rise to the terrorists who carried out the deadly attacks in Paris; Steve Kroft profiles Bradly Cooper.
#17 - The Storm after the Storm, Lumber Liquidators, Larry David
Season 47 - Episode 23
An interview with Larry David; an investigation into allegations that thousands of homeowners were denied their flood insurance claims following Hurricane Sandy because of fraudulent engineers' reports; a report on Chinese-made laminate flooring that may not meet health and safety standards.
#18 - Argentine Prosecutor Assassination; Golf Company Reunion; James Levine; Laminate Flooring Update
Season 47 - Episode 24
Lesley Stahl reports on the untimely death of Alberto Nisman; Scott Pelley reports on combat Marines adjusting to civilian life; and, a profile of the Metropolitan Opera's music director James Levine.
#19 - The Attack on Sony, Ambassador Kennedy, Rush to Judgment
Season 47 - Episode 29
Steve Kroft reports on the Sony Pictures cyberattack; Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy talks with Norah O’Donnell; and, former Duke lacrosse coach discusses his forced resignation during the 2006 Duke rape scandal.
#20 - The Lesson of War, All-American, Whisky Island
Season 47 - Episode 32
Scott Pelley explores the effects of war on children; then, Morley Safer profiles “patriotic philanthropist” David Rubenstein; and, Steve Kroft finishes the late Bob Simon’s report about the Scottish island of Islay.
#21 - An Unlikely Informant, The Unknown America, King of Crossfit
Season 47 - Episode 33
Anderson Cooper interviews undercover informant Michael Blutrich, one of the most effective informants ever, according to authorities; then, with over 50 percent of our nation lying underwater, huge discoveries await, says explorer Robert Ballard; and, Sharyn Alfonsi profiles Greg Glassman, creator of the CrossFit workout.
#22 - Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life
Season 48 - Episode 36
A celebration of Morley Safer's career includes interviews with former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, historian David McCullough and retired U.S. Brig. Gen. Joe Stringham.
#23 - Death in the Mediterranean, The Battle Above
Season 47 - Episode 31
Desperation fuels the largest mass migration since WWII in which thousands have died trying to reach Europe by sea; then, David Martin gives a rare look at how a branch of the U.S. Air Force called Space Command is preparing for a battle most of us have never thought about -- one high above the Earth.
#24 - Campaigning for ISIS, SEAL under fire, Blake Shelton
Season 47 - Episode 7
Clarissa Wards speaks with Islamic radicals in London about accusations they recruit British citizens for battlefields in Syria and Iraq; and, the country music superstar brings Norah O'Donnell back to his hometown for a discussion on his childhood, his music and why he loves going home.