The Best Episodes of 60 Minutes

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2018

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.

The Gaskos, Wikimania, Star-Struck

#1 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Swiss Leaks, Alive and Kickin’

#2 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
President Obama, Howard Buffett

#3 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Majority Leader, The Perfect Score, The ascent of Alex Honnold

#4 - 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.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Spy Among Us, Li Na

#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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Remembering Bob Simon

#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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Homeland Security, The Good Friday Agreement, Wikimania

#7 - 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!

star 9.50
2 votes
Bashar al Assad, Killing Cancer

#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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Dead or Alive; A Few Good Women; Back to the Wild

#9 - 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.

star 9.50
2 votes
Iraq's Christians, Rare Earth Elements, Starstruck

#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.

star 9.33
3 votes
The Cleveland Division, Water, Who is Larry David?

#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.

star 9.00
2 votes
Recruiting for ISIS, The Spill at Dan River, The Smartest Dog in the World

#12 - 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.

star 8.67
3 votes
The Storm after the Storm, Lumber Liquidators, Larry David

#13 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Morley Safer: A Reporter's Life

#14 - 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.

star 8.50
6 votes
Argentine Prosecutor Assassination; Golf Company Reunion; James Levine; Laminate Flooring Update

#15 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Republican Leaders, The Cleveland Division, Li Na

#16 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Denied, Inside Homs, Mindfulness

#17 - Denied, Inside Homs, Mindfulness

Season 47 - Episode 13

Treatment for the mentally ill; video and eyewitness accounts from Homs, Syria.

star 8.50
2 votes
ZMapp, A New Kind Of Terrorist, Bradley Cooper

#18 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
An Unlikely Informant, The Unknown America, King of Crossfit

#19 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Attack on Sony, Ambassador Kennedy, Rush to Judgment

#20 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Lesson of War, All-American, Whisky Island

#21 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Death in the Mediterranean, The Battle Above

#22 - 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.

star 8.40
5 votes
Campaigning for ISIS, SEAL under fire, Blake Shelton

#23 - 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.

star 8.29
7 votes
50 years of 60 Minutes

#24 - 50 years of 60 Minutes

Season 50 - Episode 11

Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Lesley Stahl, Bill Whitaker and more look back at 50 seasons of 60 Minutes

star 8.28
18 votes
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The Pope's Choir, Hamilton

#25 - The Pope's Choir, Hamilton

Season 49 - Episode 14

Charlie Rose meets the members and the maestro of the Pope's Choir; then, 60 Minutes director's cut of "Hamilton" offers more on the Broadway smash.

star 8.20
10 votes