60 Minutes

The BEST episodes of 60 Minutes

Every episode of 60 Minutes ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of 60 Minutes!

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.

Last Updated: 12/2/2022Network:CBS
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The Majority Leader, The Perfect Score, The ascent of Alex Honnold
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#1 - The Majority Leader, The Perfect Score, The ascent of Alex Honnold

Season 44 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/1/2012

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.

Conan O'Brien, The All American Canal, Chef Jose Andres
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#2 - Conan O'Brien, The All American Canal, Chef Jose Andres

Season 42 - Episode 31 - Aired 5/2/2010

Late-night television comedian Conan O'Brien appears in his first interview since having to give back his spot on the "Tonight Show" to Jay Leno. Steve Kroft reports. The most dangerous body of water in the U.S. is a deep canal on the Mexican border with California where over 550 people, mostly illegal immigrants, have drowned. Scott Pelley reports. Pioneering Chef Jose Andres takes Anderson Cooper's taste buds on a savory tour of his culinary laboratory, featuring his avant-garde cooking technique, molecular gastronomy.

Four Remarkable Women
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#3 - Four Remarkable Women

Season 35 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/26/2003

Mike Wallace looks back at some of his favorite interviews. “Barbra Streisand” interviews the famous actress. “Tina Turner” interviews the famous singer. “Shirley” interviews actress Shirley MacLaine. “Candice Bergen/Murphy Brown” profiles the television star.

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Crazy Like a Fox?/David Tang/Cracking Down
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#4 - Crazy Like a Fox?/David Tang/Cracking Down

Season 30 - Episode 36 - Aired 5/31/1998

The Attack on Sony, Cardinal Seán, Mindfulness
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#5 - The Attack on Sony, Cardinal Seán, Mindfulness

Season 47 - Episode 50 - Aired 9/6/2015

Steve Kroft reports on the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures; Norah O'Donnell interviews Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston; Anderson Cooper lays aside mobile devices in an attempt to achieve "mindfulness," a self-awareness scientists say is healthy but is difficult to achieve in a world of digital distractions.

The Swiss Leaks, Alive and Kickin’
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#6 - The Swiss Leaks, Alive and Kickin’

Season 47 - Episode 42 - Aired 7/12/2015

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.

The Gaskos, Wikimania, Star-Struck
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#7 - The Gaskos, Wikimania, Star-Struck

Season 47 - Episode 44 - Aired 7/26/2015

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.

Parents of Children Killed in the Newtown Massacre on Gun Law, Professional Basketball Player Jeremy Lin
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#8 - Parents of Children Killed in the Newtown Massacre on Gun Law, Professional Basketball Player Jeremy Lin

Season 45 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/7/2013

Parents of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., massacre speak with Scott Pelley about their efforts to change gun laws. Also: Charlie Rose interviews NBA player Jeremy Lin.

NYPD's Counterterrorism Unit, Trey Parker and Matt Stone
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#9 - NYPD's Counterterrorism Unit, Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Season 44 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2011

New York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit; the murder of a neo-nazi leader; “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

President Obama, Howard Buffett
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#10 - President Obama, Howard Buffett

Season 44 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/11/2011

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.

Remembering Bob Simon
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#11 - Remembering Bob Simon

Season 47 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/22/2015

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.

Dead or Alive, A Few Good Women, Back to the Wild
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#12 - Dead or Alive, A Few Good Women, Back to the Wild

Season 47 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/15/2015

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.

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Bashar al Assad, Killing Cancer
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#13 - Bashar al Assad, Killing Cancer

Season 47 - Episode 27 - Aired 3/29/2015

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.

Homeland Security, The Good Friday Agreement, Wikimania
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#14 - Homeland Security, The Good Friday Agreement, Wikimania

Season 47 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/5/2015

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!

Iraq's Christians, Rare Earth Elements, Starstruck
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#15 - Iraq's Christians, Rare Earth Elements, Starstruck

Season 47 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/22/2015

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.

A New Direction on Drugs, The Greatest, Little Jazz Man
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#16 - A New Direction on Drugs, The Greatest, Little Jazz Man

Season 48 - Episode 40 - Aired 6/5/2016

Top drug official Michael Botticelli says the old war on drugs is all wrong; 60 Minutes revisits a classic 1996 segment on Muhammad Ali, who died at age 74; And, Joey Alexander plays jazz like a veteran, but he’s just 12 years old.

Benghazi, The Deputy Director, The Greatest Show on Earth
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#17 - Benghazi, The Deputy Director, The Greatest Show on Earth

Season 46 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/27/2013

Lara Logan hears the first eyewitness account from a westerner who was on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, during the deadly 2012 Al Qaeda attack on the U.S. consulate; John Miller interviews former CIA deputy director Michael Morrell; Bob Simon visits backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera with general manager Peter Gelb.

The Entertainers
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#18 - The Entertainers

Season 27 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/25/1994

The Cleveland Division, Water, Who Is Larry David?
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#19 - The Cleveland Division, Water, Who Is Larry David?

Season 47 - Episode 36 - Aired 5/31/2015

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.

Robin Hood, Memory Wizards, Joy in the Congo
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#20 - Robin Hood, Memory Wizards, Joy in the Congo

Season 46 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/20/2014

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones' charity -- the Robin Hood Foundation -- fights poverty with the hard-nosed, business sense of Wall Street; then, Imagine being able to remember virtually every day of your life; and, 200 musicians in the Congo are defying the poverty of their war-torn country and creating some of the most moving music we have ever heard.

Guantanamo, Lamborghini, The Perfectionist
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#21 - Guantanamo, Lamborghini, The Perfectionist

Season 46 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/2013

Lesley Stahl gets unprecedented access to the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility where the accused 9/11 terrorists will face trial in the biggest war crimes tribunal since Nuremberg. . After 50 years in the luxury, supercar business, Lamborghini is still making the kind of cars that dreams are made of, a precious handful a day. Scott Pelley reports at 155 mph. . Armen Keteyian gets to see up close how Nick Saban managed to win three out of the last four national championships for the University of Alabama as he profiles the famous Crimson Tide coach.

Washington's Open Secret, Dick Cheney's Heart, Return of the Humpbacks
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#22 - Washington's Open Secret, Dick Cheney's Heart, Return of the Humpbacks

Season 46 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/20/2013

Steve Kroft reports on how members of Congress often use funds donated to political-action committees for their own personal use; former vice president Dick Cheney discusses his heart issues. Also: efforts to save the endangered humpback whale.

Disability, USA, Super 6-1, Cosmic Roulette
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#23 - Disability, USA, Super 6-1, Cosmic Roulette

Season 46 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/6/2013

Steve Kroft investigates the federal disability program; Lara Logan views footage of the actual 1993 Battle of Mogadishu that was dramatized in the movie “Black Hawk Down”; Anderson Cooper reports on asteroids that could potentially strike Earth.

The Pioneer Hotel Fire, The Lost Boys
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#24 - The Pioneer Hotel Fire, The Lost Boys

Season 45 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/31/2013

Steve Kroft looks back at the Pioneer Hotel fire in Tucson that killed 29 people in 1970, exploring new evidence that could free a man in prison for the blaze. Also: Bob Simon files a two-segment report on Sudanese refugees who have settled in the U.S.

Recruiting for ISIS, The Spill at Dan River, The Smartest Dog in the World
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#25 - Recruiting for ISIS, The Spill at Dan River, The Smartest Dog in the World

Season 47 - Episode 38 - Aired 6/14/2015

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.

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