The BEST Episodes of Code Black

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 1, 2019

Network: CBS

In the new medical drama Code Black, Angels Memorial Hospital is the busiest ER in the nation. A "code black" occurs when there are more patients than resources, and you’re either praying for a miracle or performing one.

The Business of Saving Lives

#1 - The Business of Saving Lives

Season 3 - Episode 13

Angels Memorial descends into chaos when a plane crashes into the 8th floor. Also, Noa has a car accident and it is up to Mario to save her life. Also, Willis admits to Rox that he needs her in his life and the doctors gather in court to support Leanne for her custody hearing.

star 8.30
480 votes
Fallen Angels

#2 - Fallen Angels

Season 2 - Episode 16

The doctors work with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to find an antidote to the deadly viral outbreak at Angels Memorial. Also, Leanne makes a life-changing decision, and Jesse welcomes a new batch of residents.

star 8.25
1,068 votes
Writers: Jessica Ball, Julian Meiojas
Unfinished Business

#3 - Unfinished Business

Season 2 - Episode 13

Guthrie becomes the hospital's new chaplain and considers undergoing a risky surgery to treat his Parkinson's. Meanwhile, the doctors treat patients involved in an apartment fire.

star 8.14
1,048 votes
Diagnosis of Exclusion

#4 - Diagnosis of Exclusion

Season 1 - Episode 15

The doctors are questioned following a violent incident inside the hospital that leaves two doctors gravely injured. Neal and Christa make their relationship to the next level after officially disclosing their romantic relationship to HR.

star 8.13
747 votes
Writers: Corey Evett, Matthew Partney
The Son Rises

#5 - The Son Rises

Season 1 - Episode 9

When the lead actor of the musical “The Lion King” tour arrives at Angels Memorial with a throat infection, Leanne gives him a diagnosis that puts both his career and life in jeopardy. Also, the doctors and the cast of “The Lion King” help a 17-year-old boy deal with the difficult decision of taking his father off life support,

star 8.13
715 votes
Writers: Michael Seitzman, Kristen Kim
The Devil's Workshop

#6 - The Devil's Workshop

Season 2 - Episode 15

The ER is quarantined when a viral outbreak jeopardizes the lives of the doctors and patients at Angels Memorial. Also, Ariel, the young girl Leanne bonded with a year ago when she lost her father, returns to Angels.

star 8.12
1,104 votes
Writers: Corey Evett, Matthew Partney
Hero Complex

#7 - Hero Complex

Season 2 - Episode 6

Malaya must inform a college student who regains consciousness at Angels Memorial that she's the victim of a rape. Meanwhile, Willis and Campbell butt heads over a terminally ill woman who wants to end her life on her own terms; and a comedian is treated after he collapses on stage during a performance.

star 8.08
1,052 votes
As Night Comes and I’m Breathing

#8 - As Night Comes and I’m Breathing

Season 3 - Episode 12

Willis continues to tend to Rox’s medical needs in San Diego and Leanne and Max’s father go searching for Ariel. Also, when Noa reveals to Mario she wants to take a job offer in Philadelphia, and Campbell offers Mario the attending position at Angels, they realize their career choices will mean ending their relationship.

star 8.05
485 votes
Demons and Angels

#9 - Demons and Angels

Season 2 - Episode 4

On Halloween night, Willis, Noa and Elliott rush to the scene of a fire at a haunted theater, where Dr. Nolan and her boyfriend’s son are trapped,

star 8.04
1,076 votes
Directors: Luis Prieto
Black Tag

#10 - Black Tag

Season 1 - Episode 11

Leanne, Neal, Christa, Angus, Mario, Malaya, and Heather are sent to the scene of a multi-car collision on a canyon road above Los Angeles. Leanne clashes with the physician in charge, making a decision he questions. Christa treats an injured family whose car is in a ravine. Angus, Heather, and Mario help a man stuck in cement. Mario and Heather find their lives in danger when a patient's husband holds them at gunpoint to save his wife. Meanwhile, Jesse recovers from his heart attack.

star 8.03
718 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: Molly Newman
Cardiac Support

#11 - Cardiac Support

Season 1 - Episode 10

The ER adjusts to the new department head who questions Rorish's decisions. An ambulance arrives with its paramedics knocked out by their patient, who attacks Jesse. Later, Jesse has a heart attack. As the doctors try to save him, other patients include a man hit by a train, the daughter of a controlling Beverly Hills mother, and the wife of a veteran who is struggling with addiction. Meanwhile, Mario leaves the hospital to find the train victim's son with intellectual disabilities, against Hudson's orders.

star 8.02
725 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Brett Mahoney
Life and Limb

#12 - Life and Limb

Season 2 - Episode 2

Willis must help a promising soccer player make a life-altering decision after he's seriously injured, and another patient's hesitation to share that she's transgender makes it difficult for the doctors to diagnose her severe abdominal pain.

star 8.00
1,068 votes
Directors: Lee Rose

#13 - Exodus

Season 2 - Episode 11

A code black at Angels Memorial takes a turn for the worse when a city- wide blackout leaves the hospital without power or back-up generators. As Campbell and Leanne divert high-risk patients to a nearby care center, Elliot and Heather are trapped in an elevator with a woman in labor, and Willis and Dr. Nolan try to help a 92-year-old woman who thinks it’s 1942.

star 8.00
1,066 votes
Sleight of Hand

#14 - Sleight of Hand

Season 2 - Episode 9

Willis, Leanne and Jesse risk their lives to operate on an injured officer who has an explosive bullet lodged in her leg. Meanwhile, Mario, Noah and Guthrie treat a magician who comes to the hospital with breathing difficulties.

star 7.99
1,039 votes
Directors: Rob J. Greenlea
One of Our Own

#15 - One of Our Own

Season 3 - Episode 11

While rescuing an injured firefighter, Rox is hit by a drunk driver and rushed to Angels Memorial. Willis begins to realize his feelings for Rox and goes to great lengths to help her. Also, Leanne is excited to tell Ariel good news about her adoption.

star 7.98
523 votes
Doctors with Borders

#16 - Doctors with Borders

Season 1 - Episode 5

Neal clashes with his neurosurgeon father over how to treat his gravely ill mother, whose mysterious symptoms force Angels Memorial to quarantine Trauma One.

star 7.97
746 votes
Writers: Molly Newman
Blood Sport

#17 - Blood Sport

Season 1 - Episode 18

Mario confronts Angus about his Adderall abuse and Christa is surprised to learn how romantically involved Neal and Grace were before she left for Haiti. Also, Dr. Mark Taylor returns to help Leanne find the money in their budget to keep Jesse and the nurses from walking out.

star 7.96
728 votes
Writers: Michael Seitzman, Kayla Alpert
Corporeal Form

#18 - Corporeal Form

Season 2 - Episode 3

Willis defies Campbell’s orders when he helps Mario and Heather perform a radical procedure on a maintenance worker stuck under a boiler that exploded. Also, Angus’ father, Dr. Desmond Leighton, tries to seize Power of Attorney over Mike, who is still in a coma, even though Mike granted that right to his brother, Angus.

star 7.96
1,058 votes
Second Year

#19 - Second Year

Season 2 - Episode 1

The new residents are introduced to the ER. A new doctor from the army who knows many advanced procedures is flown to a shark attack on the beach with Mike Leighton and Leighton falls 20 feet from the helicopter. Dr. Guthrie Jr. is promoted to the director of the ER in addition to the OR.

star 7.96
1,102 votes
Directors: Loni Peristere

#20 - Landslide

Season 2 - Episode 5

The Angels Memorial doctors treat victims caught in a landslide, and a group of children come in from a camping trip with measles putting the entire ER at risk.

star 7.94
1,054 votes
Directors: David McWhirter
Cabin Pressure

#21 - Cabin Pressure

Season 3 - Episode 5

Over the radio, Leanne and Jesse talk a young girl through how to use the supplies on board a small plane to build a makeshift defibrillator when her mom, the pilot, loses consciousness. Also, Rox and Willis are taken hostage at gunpoint while on their way to meet the plane at the landing site. Julitta Scheel, Marcia Gay Harden’s daughter, stars as Ruby Harris, the young girl on the plane.

star 7.93
543 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Mike Weiss
Ave Maria

#22 - Ave Maria

Season 2 - Episode 10

A 13-year-old girl arrives at Angels Memorial following a seizure caused by spina bifida and the doctors are shocked to learn she is Campbell's daughter. Meanwhile, a workaholic deaf patient and her translator are treated after their car rolls into the Los Angeles River.

star 7.92
1,029 votes
The Fog of War

#23 - The Fog of War

Season 1 - Episode 12

A love triangle begins to develop between Mario, Angus and Heather, while the doctors treat patients from a chaotic multi-vehicle accident. When Malaya learns Carla is at the hospital, she goes against Carla's wishes and stays by her side during the delivery of her baby.

star 7.90
700 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: David Marshall Grant
Third Year

#24 - Third Year

Season 3 - Episode 1

A drug bust-turned-shootout tests the bravery of the doctors of Angels Memorial as they race to save a girl caught in the crossfire. Also, Willis shifts his focus to field medicine, choosing to work primarily on an ambulance with his new partner, paramedic Rox. And Leanne begins her journey to adopt Ariel.

star 7.90
637 votes
Directors: Rob Bowman
Writers: Michael Seitzman
One in a Million

#25 - One in a Million

Season 2 - Episode 12

Leanne defies Campbell's order and uses the hospital helicopter to reunite a family for the last time. Meanwhile, Willis and Loa use a cell phone app to communicate with an autistic young girl.

star 7.90
1,060 votes