The Best Episodes of Chicago P.D.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2019

The men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 put it all on the line to serve and protect their community. District 21 is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city's street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city's major offenses - organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. The vast responsibilities that these jobs entail extend far beyond the walls of the precinct, often taking an emotional toll on personal lives of these men and women.


#1 - Homecoming

Season 5 - Episode 22

Tensions run high as Intelligence seeks justice for Olinsky after he's stabbed in prison; Antonio's loyalty is put to the test; Woods looks to take down Voight once and for all.

star 8.19
841 votes
Directors: Eriq La Salle
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton
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Start Digging

#2 - Start Digging

Season 3 - Episode 23

In the Season 3 finale, the team investigates the murder of a single mom who was in contact with Voight's now-reformed son, who was himself brutally assaulted. Meanwhile, Roman makes a major decision and Crowley plans to make changes within the unit.

star 8.17
1,394 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Craig Gore, Tim Walsh
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The Number of Rats (2)

#3 - The Number of Rats (2)

Season 2 - Episode 20

Benson has traveled into Chicago to help Voight and intelligence with a rape/murder case that is frighteningly similar to a case from New York a decade ago. She calls in Fin and Amaro to assist. The prime suspect, Yates is let go after rigorous questioning. He then requests a meeting with Lindsay and he warns of unintended consequences from what intelligence is doing. (We Called Her Jellybean (1) aired on Chicago Fire, season 3, episode 21. Daydream Believer (3) aired on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, season 16, episode 20.)

star 8.12
937 votes
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A Shot Heard Around the World

#4 - A Shot Heard Around the World

Season 4 - Episode 8

When a young officer is shot dead in the lobby of an apartment building, Intelligence looks to the latest known offenders who have threatened the police. But when a second officer is killed, the team finds that they are dealing with someone who is highly trained and knowledgeable. Voight works to keep the case contained as they deal with Chicago's ever-present war against the police. Meanwhile, Lindsay confronts Antonio about his new job with the State's Attorney.

star 8.07
725 votes
Directors: Terry Miller
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Gwen Sigan
8:30 PM (2)

#5 - 8:30 PM (2)

Season 1 - Episode 12

The Intelligence Unit works to find the bombers. Even with government agencies in the mix, Voight and his team work the case from their own angles and connections. Lindsay and Antonio question doctors who handled the transplant surgery for an Ambassador from Syria, but no clues emerge. Olinsky gets some solid intel and the team work from there. It’s a race against time as they realize there may be additional bombs targeted to detonate. Meanwhile Burgess sits vigil for her niece whose life hangs in the balance. (A Dark Day (1) aired on Chicago Fire, season 2, episode 20.)

star 8.07
1,026 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead
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They'll Have to Go Through Me (3)

#6 - They'll Have to Go Through Me (3)

Season 2 - Episode 7

The intelligence unit is joined by detectives from New York’s SVU to help solve the pedophile ring case. Ruzek, Amaro, Halstead and Antonio continue to hunt for the link to foster care and child trafficking. Burgess and Roman try to find the shooter from the hospital after using surveillance footage to identify him. Platt shows her deep respect for police and the dangerous work they do by honoring their fallen brother. (Nobody Touches Anything (1) aired on Chicago Fire, season 3, episode 7. Chicago Crossover (2) aired on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, season 16, episode 7.)

star 8.04
965 votes
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Emotional Proximity (2)

#7 - Emotional Proximity (2)

Season 4 - Episode 16

Olinsky's daughter remains in critical condition following a massive fire - leaving Intelligence on edge, but more determined than ever to track down the suspect. Voight opens up the case, knowing that he has Stone and his team's full support in the investigation, and all of Firehouse 51 behind him to examine potential origins of the fire. Intelligence works to connect the dots between the building owner, those who were inside, and a string of potential suspects.

star 8.04
2,005 votes
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An Honest Woman

#8 - An Honest Woman

Season 2 - Episode 5

While trying to help out, Olive Voight is attacked and taken. Ruzek and Atwater prove they belong on the team when they demonstrate smarts and savvy tracking down a lead that will hopefully bring them to Voight. Burgess and Roman try to track down a girl who runs off with a police badge.

star 8.02
918 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Michael Weiss
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Actual Physical Violence

#9 - Actual Physical Violence

Season 3 - Episode 3

The team is terrorized by a gun-wielding father who is desperate to find his missing daughter. Bunny stirs up accusations of misconduct from Voight's past.

star 7.99
955 votes
Directors: Fred Berner
Writers: Eduardo Javier Canto, Ryan Maldonado
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#10 - Descent

Season 6 - Episode 9

In an attempt to dig himself out of a hole and save someone close to him, Antonio crosses a line that puts the entire team at risk.

star 7.99
522 votes
Directors: Nicole Rubio
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton
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What Do You Do

#11 - What Do You Do

Season 2 - Episode 15

Burgess begins to regret her recent decision to stay on the beat. While at a convenience store she sees some suspicious activity and pursues it without calling in for backup. It's a slow day in Intelligence as they spend their time receiving taser certification.

star 7.98
790 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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Fork in the Road

#12 - Fork in the Road

Season 4 - Episode 23

In the season finale, when Lindsay receives a panicked call from her mother Bunny whose boyfriend had just been shot, Lindsay must figure out the best way to approach the situation, as her mother is now a murder suspect. The case opens up when a group of high school students OD, and the drugs in question relate back to the situation with Bunny. In addition to her mother's issues, Lindsay finds herself up against the review board dealing with consequences of her actions.

star 7.98
1,730 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Mike Weiss
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At Least It's Justice

#13 - At Least It's Justice

Season 1 - Episode 10

Voight pulls Halstead's badge when Lonnie Rodiger is found dead. After a car accident Severide and Clarke discover the torso of Dr. Elliot who has been instrumental in putting away high profile criminals. With Intelligence down one Sumner is given an opportunity to prove herself. Meanwhile during all the investigation Lindsay and Severide share a moment.

star 7.98
967 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Craig Gore, Tim Walsh

#14 - Trust

Season 6 - Episode 11

When a defense attorney is murdered after a fundraiser, Intelligence must confront the world of campaign finance, which makes them reconsider their decision to back the current pro-police mayoral candidate.

star 7.98
381 votes
Directors: Lily Mariye
Writers: Gavin Harris
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Call It Macaroni

#15 - Call It Macaroni

Season 2 - Episode 1

As the Sheldon Jin murder investigation moves forward, Voight is under close watch by Internal Affairs but he’s still in complete command of the intelligence unit. A routine undercover job becomes anything but when Voight’s SUV is T-boned while trailing an armored car carrying Ruzek. Burgess meets her new partner, Sean Roman and tension is high from the start, and she soon realizes there’s more to his story. After a long day, Lindsay pays a visit to someone she hasn’t seen in a very long time.

star 7.98
1,023 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Matt Olmstead
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The Silos

#16 - The Silos

Season 4 - Episode 1

After Voight is suspected of the murder of his son's killer, Lindsay becomes the target for intense questioning; Burgess gets a new partner with an intriguing history.

star 7.98
1,651 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead
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My Way

#17 - My Way

Season 1 - Episode 13

Commander Perry notifies the Intelligence unit that Pulpo has been released to help track down a dangerous cartel leader. This doesn’t sit well with our team as he kidnapped one of their own and no love is lost between sides. Meanwhile, Ruzek gets some difficult news as a blast from Lindsay’s past comes back, giving us a glimpse at where she came from. Voight reminds her that she’s come too far to screw it up. At the same time we learn something about Jin that is bound to be a problem.

star 7.98
968 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Matt Olmstead, Mike Batistick
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A Beautiful Friendship

#18 - A Beautiful Friendship

Season 1 - Episode 15

Atwater is settling into his new gig on intelligence as Antonio is relegated to desk duty while recovering. Lindsay finally realizes she has no way out and confides in Voight for help. Meanwhile Jin is confronted about his secret meetings with Stillwell.

star 7.98
939 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Mike Batistick
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The Weigh Station

#19 - The Weigh Station

Season 2 - Episode 3

The bounty on Halstead’s head becomes a serious reality as an innocent bartender takes a bullet meant for him. Olinsky tries to reason with Bembenek to call off the hit. Voight and the team keep this investigation in-house to find the hired assassin. After a tense interaction at district, Platt and Nadia come to an understanding.

star 7.97
964 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Michael Batistick
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Wrong Side of the Bars

#20 - Wrong Side of the Bars

Season 1 - Episode 2

Antonio’s son was kidnapped and he has a feeling the Columbian drug gang is to blame. Pulpo, the Columbian gang leader, is being held in jail and suggests his release may trigger the release of Diego. During the investigation, Halstead learns some new information about Lindsay. Voight offers Antonio a new approach to get information on Diego’s whereabouts.

star 7.96
1,263 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
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#21 - 300,000 Likes

Season 4 - Episode 7

Voight calls the team to investigate a homicide involving the only witness in a rape and murder case against an extremely young man, Oliver Tuxhorn. Intelligence looks into Tuxhorn's family and their finances as they try to determine if someone was paid to take out the victim. Meanwhile, Stone offers Antonio a job as lead investigator for the state attorney's office, and Burgess and Sorensen's body cameras capture a bizarre exchange with a man that they pull over.

star 7.96
1,505 votes
Writers: Jamie Pachino
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Don't Bury This Case (2)

#22 - Don't Bury This Case (2)

Season 4 - Episode 9

Severide is brought into the District for questioning after his car is found to have caused a deadly crash. As the investigation gets underway, the team works to uncover a group of car-jackers who may be the key to Severide's innocence. Meanwhile, Voight pairs Burgess with Olinsky, who has a hard time feigning his excitement about this new partnership, and Lindsay considers meeting her estranged father who is now out of prison.

star 7.95
1,745 votes
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#23 - Allegiance

Season 5 - Episode 21

Halstead and Atwater go under cover to prevent military-grade weapons from hitting the street; Voight calls in a favor to clear Olinsky's name for Bingham's murder.

star 7.95
866 votes
Directors: Carl Seaton
Writers: Rick Eid, Timothy J. Sexton
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The Docks

#24 - The Docks

Season 1 - Episode 14

As Antonio’s life is now in question, Voight and Platt open up about their pasts. Jin is caught while tinkering with Voight’s computer and uses the only scapegoat possible to keep him in the clear. At the same time with Charlie back in town Lindsay realizes she’s going to have to come clean about a few things. Halstead finally gets answers he’s been wanting about Voight’s and Olinsky’s past.

star 7.95
936 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Craig Gore, Tim Walsh
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A Little Devil Complex (2)

#25 - A Little Devil Complex (2)

Season 2 - Episode 13

Antonio and his sister Gabriela go to the office of Elliot Gish, the man they believe started the fire that killed Shay. Intelligence, along with patrol officers Burgess and Roman, put pressure on Gish to confess. Lindsay approaches Voight about returning to Intelligence when she realizes that the task force isn’t what she thought it would be. Desk Sgt. Platt has everyone curious why she’s being overly cheery, friendly and nice. (Three Bells (1) aired on Chicago Fire, season 3, episode 13.)

star 7.95
886 votes
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