The BEST Episodes of CSI: Miami

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 1, 2022

Network: CBS

CSI's gritty approach to crime known as forensic science makes its way from Las Vegas to the streets of Florida in CSI: Miami. A whole new team of crime scene investigators is on hand to probe the seamy underside of Miami.

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#1 - Ambush

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 31, 2008

In the first of a two part episode, Horatio once again has to tangle with his ex, Julia, who has it out for him. Someone is out for Calleigh, and is compromising their investigation in the process.

star 8.19
437 votes
Directors: Sam Hill
Writers: Corey Evett, Matt Partney
One of Our Own

#2 - One of Our Own

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired May 22, 2006

In this thrilling season finale, the loss of one of their own is the first hit the lab will take. Getting back to the lab to process the evidence, they find it has been taken over by Federal Agents looking for stolen money from a previous case.

star 8.18
393 votes
Writers: Barry O'Brien, Elizabeth Devine, Krystal Houghton

#3 - Shock

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 8, 2006

The team is sent to investigate the death of a local celebrity, who is found murdered in her bathtub. The list of suspects includes her musician boyfriend, her assistant and her rival. The search for a young abducted girl is triggered, and Horatio tells Delko of Marisol and his plans.

star 8.18
305 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Brian Davidson, Corey Miller

#4 - Vengeance

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 2005

A former high school football star is murdered at a reunion, the CSIs must find the killer. The victim was the big man on campus in high school and there are a lot of guests at the reunion with reasons to resent him all these years. Now, the team must investigate everyone, from the head cheerleader to the school misfit, to see who held a decade-old grudge big enough to kill. Meanwhile, Horatio and Delko arrive at a crime scene and discover that it's already been processed, leading Horatio to uncover further information about his brother possibly being alive.

star 8.14
362 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Corey Miller, Sunil Nayar
Lost Son

#5 - Lost Son

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2004

After a large yacht slams into a major Miami bridge, the team finds that the man steering the boat was shot and killed before the accident. The victim's wife reveals that their son had been kidnapped and her husband was handing over the ransom – three million dollars worth of jewels. But when the team learns that the jewels were fake, the investigation leads them into a dangerous situation at a jewelry shop that may contain crucial evidence, where Horatio must face the unimaginable when one of the team is killed in the line of duty.

star 8.10
407 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Ann Donahue, Elizabeth Devine

#6 - Rampage

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 15, 2006

The Mala Noche gang trial is obstructed when the defendant goes free with the help of the witness who is testifying. When a hit ordered by the Mala Noche gang on Horatio finds the people he loves lives are in danger. Delko finds that an ex-lover is disturbing any woman who he is now close to.

star 8.10
309 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Ann Donahue, Sunil Nayar
Rest in Pieces

#7 - Rest in Pieces

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 11, 2012

When the Miami Taunter strikes again, Horatio meets with the matriarch of the suspected killer's family.

star 8.07
661 votes
Nothing to Lose

#8 - Nothing to Lose

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 2005

Evidence leads the CSIs to believe that someone started a massive fire in the Everglades in order to cover up a murder. Local prisoners are brought in as free manpower to help fight the wild fire in the Everglades. However, when a serial killer escapes the scene, Horatio must track him down before he strikes again. Meanwhile, the body of a local college student is found shot to death and the fire has destroyed the crime scene and the evidence. However, when the team uncovers an illegal moonshine operation and homemade ammunitions in the vicinity, the CSIs uncover the real reason why the boy was out there.

star 8.05
311 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Elizabeth Devine, Marc Dube

#9 - Identity

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 14, 2005

When the CSIs find a woman swallowed whole and killed by a gigantic snake, they uncover a covert drug smuggling operation. Evidence leads Horatio and the team to a drug smuggling operation where large snakes are suspected of be being used to bring illegal drugs into the country to avoid detection by customs. However, when Horatio finds that Clavo Cruz, a nemesis of Horatio's who hides behind his diplomatic immunity, may be behind the operation, the team must find a legal way to put the criminal behind bars. Meanwhile, Wolfe must find the truth when two women each claim that they are the real victim of identity theft and the other is the culprit.

star 8.04
338 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Ann Donahue, Ildy Modrovich

#10 - Pirated

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 2004

The team investigates a modern-day piracy off the coast of Miami after six bodies are discovered floating in the ocean tied together by rope. Horatio suspects that a ship was hijacked with some of the crew killed and then dumped overboard. Evidence suggests that other crew members might have escaped on a life raft. Using radar and GPS technology, the CSIs find survivors but their stories don't match. Now, Horatio and the team must learn what really happened out in the ocean as they find themselves investigating the seamy underbelly of Miami's militias and arms dealers.

star 8.03
300 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Michael Ostrowski, Steven Maeda
Pro Per

#11 - Pro Per

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2004

A woman is killed during a posh party at an exclusive waterfront estate when a man opens fire on the proceedings from a cigarette boat. When a former con is arrested, he acts as his own lawyer and proves to be smarted than he appears. Complicating matters is the fact that the leading witness in the case is the dead woman's 10-year-old son, whom Horatio wants to protect, refusing to let him testify.

star 8.02
381 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: John Haynes, Steven Maeda
No Man's Land

#12 - No Man's Land

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2007

A truck carrying weapons that were confiscated from previous crimes are now back on the streets of Miami. An old enemy of Horatio's puts the lives of two CSI's in harms way after a confiscated missile is launched into courthouse allowing Clavo Cruz to escape during his arraignment and injuring one CSI and the fatality of another CSI.

star 8.02
527 votes
Directors: Scott Lautanen
Writers: Dominic Abeyta
Crime Wave

#13 - Crime Wave

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 2004

As a huge tsunami heads directly towards Miami, a ten-hour warning gives citizens just enough time to evacuate the city. In the chaos, two people are killed in a parking lot and the evidence leads Horatio to discover a plot to rob a bank timed to take advantage of the evacuation. However, as the CSIs close in on the robbery already in progress, they find that it's a more elaborate crime than they previously thought. In the wake of the storm, Ryan and Alexx discover a body washed up from a local cemetery that may have a different cause of death than originally recorded. Meanwhile, Horatio suspects that Yelina is being physically abused by her boyfriend, IAB's Rick Stetler.

star 8.01
328 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Elizabeth Devine

#14 - 10-7

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 23, 2005

While investigating the murder of man hired to make dirty bombs that terrorists intend to set off in Miami, Horatio finds the bloody fingerprint of his brother, Raymond, who he believed to be dead. However, when Raymond's son is kidnapped, he emerges from deep undercover and the estranged brothers must work together to save the boy. Meanwhile, while processing a crime scene, an unknown assailant holds a gun to Calleigh's head and, after a deadly confrontation in her gun lab, she is left doubting that she can continue as a CSI.

star 7.99
333 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Ann Donahue, Elizabeth Devine, Michael Ostrowski

#15 - Recoil

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 2, 2005

After a bitter custody battle, shots are fired outside the courthouse. Bullets fly and the target is the little girl's mother. Horatio goes after the father, who he suspects may not be the girl's biological father after all. However, when the mother's shady past is uncovered, the team finds that she has a lot of enemies who would like to take a shot at her. Meanwhile, Calleigh's father returns to the crime lab for her guidance but for an unexpected reason.

star 7.99
356 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Marc Dube, Steven Maeda

#16 - Breathless

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2002

Horatio, Calleigh and Speedle investigate the death of an exotic male dancer found dead after a sexual party, and must dig through the evidence to discover a motive. Meanwhile, Eric and Megan investigate the death of a man involved in diving that mysteriously died after climbing onto a random boat.

star 7.98
447 votes
Directors: Charlie Correll
Writers: Gwendolyn Parker, Steven Maeda
48 Hours to Life

#17 - 48 Hours to Life

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 2005

Horatio and the team are trying to figure out how to free an innocent young man after a harsh interrogation with Frank Tripp sends him to jail.

star 7.97
270 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: John Haynes, Marc Dube
Killer Date

#18 - Killer Date

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 18, 2005

Horatio's life is changed forever when he learns important information about his deceased brother. Horatio must now figure out what to do with this information about his brother, Raymond, and whether or not to tell Yelina. Meanwhile, the team investigates when a woman is murdered at a crowded bar after she's approached by a female employee of a service that helps men pick-up women. Also, when Delko loses his badge after some reckless behavior and it's used in a crime, he must locate the badge before it's used again.

star 7.96
362 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Elizabeth Devine, John Haynes
Under the Influence

#19 - Under the Influence

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2004

The CSIs must find the killer after a young woman is pushed in front of a moving bus. Alexx finds a bruise shaped like a hand imprint on the victim's back, proving that she was pushed in front of the bus, and her boyfriend, Jay Seaver, is the prime suspect. When one of Jay's office rivals also turns up dead, Jay reveals that he has a psychotic stalker, Claudia, who he thinks might kill to please him. However, when Jay hires a lawyer to protect Claudia, Horatio suspects that Jay may be more involved than they thought. Later, a man's body is discovered down an elevator shaft in a nearby building, and there is evidence to link the victims to a common killer. Meanwhile, Calleigh's father seeks her help when he fears that he may have killed someone after a night of drinking, and Horatio assigns a new CSI, Ryan Wolfe, to the case.

star 7.96
324 votes
Directors: Scott Lautanen
Writers: Corey Miller, Marc Dube
All In

#20 - All In

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 1, 2008

In the second part of the two part episodes, Horatio deals with his past and the rest of the team works to rescue Calleigh from kidnappers.

star 7.95
457 votes
Directors: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Krystal Houghton

#21 - Slaughterhouse

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 11, 2002

Horatio and his team must uncover the evidence in the brutal murder of an entire family in their own home. The only survivors are a blood-soaked toddler, and the father who's in surgery. The immediate assumption is that the mother is responsible – post-partum depression – but the evidence discloses a different outcome.

star 7.94
560 votes
Directors: Dick Pearce
Writers: Laurie McCarthy
Habeas Corpse (2)

#22 - Habeas Corpse (2)

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 8, 2012

Every member of CSI is a suspect when one of the team's enemies is murdered. When the investigation becomes deadly, Samantha Owens ends up having to be rescued.

star 7.94
742 votes

#23 - Addiction

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 13, 2004

When a woman is killed in what looks like a carjacking, the CSIs talk to her husband, the oldest of the three brothers who run their lucrative family business. However, when it is revealed that the victim had a gambling addiction that could have bankrupted the company, the team must follow the evidence to find the killer. Meanwhile, Alexx hires a recovering alcoholic as a body hauler and must investigate when he is accused of stealing from the dead.

star 7.93
320 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Charles D. Holland
Forced Entry

#24 - Forced Entry

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 2003

A nude man is found tied to his bed, having suffocated on a rag stuffed in his mouth while he was being sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, while investigating the murder of a crematorium owner, the CSIs discover dozens of bodies that were never cremated.

star 7.93
449 votes
Writers: Lois Johnson, Mark Israel
Money for Nothing

#25 - Money for Nothing

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 1, 2004

Horatio is quick on the scene when an armored truck carrying $3.2 million is robbed in a daring downtown heist. During the holdup, the driver is killed and Horatio guns down one of the two thieves. The other escapes with the loot, but the money turns out to be counterfeit. The team must figure out what happened to the bank's money before it was replaced with fake bills. Making the day even worse for Horatio, Yelina spies him with his niece and assumes the girl is his illegitimate child, not her own late husband's daughter.

star 7.92
457 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Marc Dube
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