The BEST Episodes of CSI: NY

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2021

Network: CBS

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.

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The Real McCoy

#1 - The Real McCoy

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 7, 2012

The CSIs investigate a 1920s-inspired speakeasy when one of its owners is murdered and $10,000 goes missing. Meanwhile, Adam spends his day off in an unexpected way.

star 7.86
395 votes
Writers: Sarah Byrd
Pay Up

#2 - Pay Up

Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired May 14, 2009

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 7.84
515 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov
Flash Pop

#3 - Flash Pop

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 30, 2012

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 7.83
639 votes
Dead Inside

#4 - Dead Inside

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2008

The team investigates the brutal murder of a house relocator who was found dead inside a Victorian house that he was about to move from Staten Island to The Upper East Side.

star 7.79
424 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Daniele Nathanson, Pam Veasey

#5 - Prey

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 8, 2009

While investigating the shooting of a voice coach in an empty theater, Stella realizes that the crime scene is oddly familiar and staged.

star 7.77
453 votes
Directors: Marshall Adams
Writers: Noah Nelson, Wendy Battles
Exit Strategy

#6 - Exit Strategy

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 2011

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

star 7.76
1,178 votes
Writers: Bill Haynes, Zachary Reiter
She's Not There

#7 - She's Not There

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2009

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 7.73
485 votes
Writers: John Dove, Pam Veasey
Means To An End

#8 - Means To An End

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 2011

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 7.72
710 votes

#9 - Crushed

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

A video of a high school party causes the team to wonder if too much weight on a porch caused the death of a girl. Jo has to deal with her former partner bringing memories of her last F.B.I. case.

star 7.69
713 votes
My Name is Mac Taylor

#10 - My Name is Mac Taylor

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2008

In the one hundredth episode of CSI: NY Mac faces his most deadly foe yet. There is a serial killer loose in New York City killing people with the name Mac Taylor making Mac a target.

star 7.69
410 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Pam Veasey
Today Is Life

#11 - Today Is Life

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 22, 2013

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 7.68
410 votes
Writers: John Dove, Zachary Reiter

#12 - Crossroads

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 2011

As the CSIs investigate the assassination of a judge, Jo comes face to face with a criminal from her past.

star 7.67
768 votes
Directors: Jeff T. Thomas
Writers: John Dove
2,918 Miles

#13 - 2,918 Miles

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 12, 2012

The CSIs race to San Francisco in search of a 16-year-old girl who may already be dead, and the case hits home for Jo.

star 7.67
556 votes
Directors: Vikki Williams
Writers: Trey Callaway
Down the Rabbit Hole

#14 - Down the Rabbit Hole

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 24, 2007

The latest murder case takes Detective Taylor to a whole new world and he must figure out why Cheryl Duncan looks so life-like. They also discover something shocking about the murderer while online.

star 7.66
370 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Sam Humphrey

#15 - Help

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 2009

Young brides-to-be fight over a killer dress at the biggest wedding gown sale of the year and one of the shoppers winds up dead. The unusual clues of this case force Dr. Hawkes to confront a painful chapter from his past.

star 7.65
377 votes
Directors: David Barrett
Writers: Sam Humphrey

#16 - Unwrapped

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired May 4, 2012

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 7.64
501 votes
Keep It Real

#17 - Keep It Real

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2011

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 7.64
859 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Bill Haynes
Cavallino Rampante

#18 - Cavallino Rampante

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2011

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 7.63
880 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Adam Targum
Officer Involved

#19 - Officer Involved

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2011

A night out for a friendly drink takes an unexpected turn when Danny and his rookie cops are caught up in a shooting.

star 7.63
776 votes

#20 - Misconceptions

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2012

Mac investigates a 20-year-old case involving a missing boy when the prime suspect is found murdered on the anniversary of the boy’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Flack’s day off helps him deal with some lingering family issues.

star 7.62
608 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: John Dove
Dead Reckoning

#21 - Dead Reckoning

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2009

Incriminating DNA evidence contradicts the confession of a scorned woman claiming to have brutally murdered her cheating husband.

star 7.61
791 votes
Directors: Scott White
Writers: John Dove
Who's There?

#22 - Who's There?

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 13, 2012

A home invasion investigation becomes more complicated when the victim's family turns out to be less perfect than they originally seem.

star 7.61
741 votes
Clue: SI

#23 - Clue: SI

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 2012

When a psychiatrist’s patients are being systematically murdered, the CSIs are forced to play along in a game of CLUE in order to catch the killer.

star 7.61
514 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Bryan Wynbrandt, Steven Lilien

#24 - Hostage

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 21, 2008

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 7.61
487 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Zachary Reiter

#25 - Unspoken

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 2012

The CSIs race to catch a shooter when Lindsay is injured during the attempted murder of a political candidate, and the events in the aftermath lead to a child’s death.

star 7.60
474 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Pam Veasey