The BEST Episodes of CSI: NY

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019

The third edition of the "CSI" franchise sets up shop in the Big Apple, where taciturn Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his partner, Detective Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), lead a crime-solving team. Like his counterparts in Las Vegas and Miami, Taylor knows that people may lie, but the evidence rarely does.

Snow Day

#1 - Snow Day

Season 3 - Episode 24

After Flack makes an enormous drug bust, and locks it up at CSI, the drug lords infiltrate the building at gunpoint to get them back. Now the team must resolve the hostage situations, all the while with Mac, Stella, and Hawkes trapped inside.

star 8.27
78 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Pam Veasey
Exit Strategy

#2 - Exit Strategy

Season 7 - Episode 22

Mac tries to find a little girl missing since 2002 who saw the murders that took place at the time of a burglary.

star 8.17
139 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, Bill Haynes
Pay Up

#3 - Pay Up

Season 5 - Episode 25

When transferring Robert Dunbrook's son from prison to court, the NYPD is ambushed by a group of professional kidnappers who kill a member of the team and one of the CSI's lives hangs in the balance.

star 8.14
97 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov

#4 - Unwrapped

Season 8 - Episode 17

The CSIs are called to a Brooklyn housing project to investigate the murder of a successful businessman who still felt the pull of his old neighborhood.

star 8.02
116 votes
Flash Pop

#5 - Flash Pop

Season 8 - Episode 14

Mac and the team are deeply affected as they must investigate the murder of one of their lab techs who found murdered on the stairs of a vacant brownstone. The building was the scene of an unsolved murder of a famous socialite in 1957 and the scene was staged so that everything matches the previous case. Also, Mac's relationship with Christine continues to grow as he joins her for a family party

star 7.99
122 votes
Identity Crisis

#6 - Identity Crisis

Season 7 - Episode 18

Jo's adopted daughter is a witness to an attack on the subway and learns the truth about her real mom.

star 7.96
140 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar Jr.
Writers: Pam Veasey
She's Not There

#7 - She's Not There

Season 5 - Episode 14

A Russian tourist is found stabbed to death and the CSIs come face to face with the frightening realities of human trafficking. Solving this case becomes personal when it directly affects a prominent member of the NYPD

star 7.96
90 votes
Writers: Pam Veasey, John Dove
Today Is Life

#8 - Today Is Life

Season 9 - Episode 17

Unrest erupts in a community where an unarmed man was shot by police which means the CSI team needs to work as fast as possible to solve the case.

star 7.96
143 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, John Dove
Life Sentence

#9 - Life Sentence

Season 7 - Episode 21

After a hail of gunfire tears through the crime lab, Mac and his ex-partner become part of a vendetta 17 years in the making.

star 7.96
153 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt
Writers: Christopher Silber, Adam Targum

#10 - Yahrzeit

Season 5 - Episode 22

The most exclusive jewelry auction of the year ends abruptly when an appraiser is killed during the event. The investigation takes an emotional turn when the CSIs must confront one of the greatest tragedies in human history - the Holocaust.

star 7.95
98 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Peter Lenkov, Barbie Kligman
Charge of this Post

#11 - Charge of this Post

Season 2 - Episode 24

In the season finale Mac Taylor has a lot on his plate. He must come to grips with having let a marine die in Beirut in 1983. Also the team must stay one step ahead of a bomber.

star 7.95
82 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Timothy J. Lea
Raising Shane

#12 - Raising Shane

Season 3 - Episode 11

After a bartender is murdered The CSI team must prove that Hawkes did not commit the murder. That only becomes more difficult when the team is pulled off the investigation.

star 7.95
84 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Zachary Reiter, Pam Veasey
Do or Die

#13 - Do or Die

Season 7 - Episode 17

When a popular student and star pupil at Manhattan's most elite private school is murdered, the CSIs find themselves immersed in the highly competitive world of over-privileged youth.

star 7.93
131 votes
Writers: Matthew Levine

#14 - Hostage

Season 4 - Episode 21

When a man takes hostages during a failed attempt to rob a bank, Mac offers himself in exchange for a hostage. Only condition is that he must prove that the bank robber did not kill the bank manager, whose body is found lying in a pool of blood in the vault. On the outside of the bank, the rest of the team works to process the evidence that Mac finds and stop the SWAT team from making matters worse.

star 7.91
85 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Zachary Reiter, Peter M. Lenkov
Keep It Real

#15 - Keep It Real

Season 8 - Episode 2

When an awkward teen is found dead, the team discovers that his efforts to win a sexy punk rock chick's heart may have gone a step too far.

star 7.90
139 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Bill Haynes
Means To An End

#16 - Means To An End

Season 8 - Episode 9

When an important witness turns up dead, Det. Jo Danville is caught up in the dangerous investigation of the suspected rapist who was freed on her and her colleague's Frank Water's watch in D.C.

star 7.90
116 votes

#17 - Indelible

Season 8 - Episode 1

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 proves a wrenching but clarifying passage for Mac, who suffered a terrible loss on that day. Meanwhile, an open-and-shut robbery/homicide proves more complicated than anyone had anticipated.

star 7.89
163 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, John Dove
Cavallino Rampante

#18 - Cavallino Rampante

Season 8 - Episode 3

When the body of a beautiful young woman is found in a stolen Ferrari, the investigation leads to a family of car thieves, but the CSIs must find the murderer before the rest of the family meets the same fate.

star 7.87
140 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Adam Targum
The Untouchable

#19 - The Untouchable

Season 7 - Episode 16

A woman contacts Mac as she has some information about a possible murder. However, before Mac gets to meet with her, she ends up dead because of the information she has shared. Mac is left with more questions and two murders to solve.

star 7.87
129 votes
Directors: Vikki Williams
Writers: Kim Clements
Nothing For Something

#20 - Nothing For Something

Season 7 - Episode 20

The team has to figure out if they have a killing spree going on after two women are dead and a third woman has to be found.

star 7.87
129 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: John Dove
Blood, Sweat & Tears

#21 - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Season 1 - Episode 14

The body of a young trapeze artist is found folded into a box on Coney Island, leading Mac and Stella to the circus where they find themselves embroiled in a real-life Romeo and Juliet story between the dead contortionist, Lukas, and a trapeze arist, Anasuya. Danny and Flack find a woman's body in a laundry chute and learn that she was actually the former sorority sister of the woman who lived in that building, and turn their suspicion to the abusive husband the woman was hiding from.

star 7.87
107 votes
Directors: Scott Lautanen
Writers: Eli Talbert, Erica Shelton
Sleight Out of Hand

#22 - Sleight Out of Hand

Season 3 - Episode 18

Illusionist Luke Blade may have to defend the art of magic after an illusion is thought to have killed two women. Back in Montana Lindsay will need to take herself back to the time when she was fourteen to help her remember the crime that killed four friends in order to help convict of the person that killed them.

star 7.87
81 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: John Dove, Zachary Reiter

#23 - Heroes

Season 2 - Episode 23

Mack and Danny find marine corporal dead but if things don't seem right about his death. They find a drop of blood on his sleeve new signs of a struggle and several medals on his uniform. They both wonder why the Marine didn't fight for his life. Stella, Lindsay, and Dr. Hawkes are all busy investigating a dead body in front of a car they believe the body to be that of Charles Wright. There is one slight problem Sid confirms that the body found in the car is not Charles Wright. The body however in the car is a female. After Sheldon carefully begins facial reconstruction of the skull he would use a tool that will allow him to import this call into the computer so he can match a face to that skull. Sheldon comes up with a surprising result. The skull and the photo match that of Aiden Burn.

star 7.86
88 votes
Writers: Eli Talbert
Seth and Apep (2)

#24 - Seth and Apep (2)

Season 9 - Episode 15

Mac and the team partner with D.B. Russell to outsmart Christine’s kidnappers before they run out of time to save her life. Part 2 of crossover following CSI 13x13 'In Vino Veritas'.

star 7.86
157 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt
Murder Sings The Blues

#25 - Murder Sings The Blues

Season 3 - Episode 7

A young woman dies after she starts bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth while at a party aboard a subway train. Mac originally believes she is the victim of a biological attack. Later, it is revealed that Sheldon knew the victim. Across town, a wealthy playboy is found dead in an indoor lap pool in his penthouse suite. The investigation reveals that he was murdered and his last maid was fired two days earlier.

star 7.86
72 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Sam Humphrey