The Best Episodes of CSI: NY

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2018

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 8.36
74 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov, Pam Veasey
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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 8.22
135 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, Bill Haynes
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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 8.18
95 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov
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Flash Pop

#4 - 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 8.04
117 votes
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#5 - 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 8.04
111 votes
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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 8.02
134 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar Jr.
Writers: Pam Veasey
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Life Sentence

#7 - 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 8.01
147 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hunt
Writers: Christopher Silber, Adam Targum
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Do or Die

#8 - 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 8.01
123 votes
Writers: Matthew Levine
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Raising Shane

#9 - 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 8.00
78 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, Pam Veasey
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Keep It Real

#10 - 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 7.99
130 votes
Writers: Bill Haynes
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Today Is Life

#11 - 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 7.98
139 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, John Dove
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Charge of this Post

#12 - 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 7.97
76 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Timothy J. Lea
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She's Not There

#13 - 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 7.97
89 votes
Writers: Pam Veasey, John Dove
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Sleight Out of Hand

#14 - 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 7.96
77 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: John Dove, Zachary Reiter
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#15 - 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 7.96
81 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Zachary Reiter, Peter M. Lenkov
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#16 - 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 7.96
97 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Peter Lenkov, Barbie Kligman
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Blood, Sweat & Tears

#17 - 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 7.95
96 votes
Directors: Scott Lautanen
Writers: Eli Talbert, Erica Shelton
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The Untouchable

#18 - 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 7.95
122 votes
Directors: Vikki Williams
Writers: Kim Clements
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Means To An End

#19 - 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 7.95
110 votes
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#20 - 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 7.94
156 votes
Writers: Zachary Reiter, John Dove
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Nothing For Something

#21 - 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 7.93
123 votes
Writers: John Dove
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Cavallino Rampante

#22 - 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 7.91
135 votes
Directors: Nathan Hope
Writers: Adam Targum
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Near Death

#23 - Near Death

Season 8 - Episode 18

Mac fights for his life after getting shot.

star 7.90
120 votes
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#24 - Help

Season 5 - Episode 12

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 7.89
79 votes
Directors: David Barrett
Writers: Sam Humphrey
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Dead Inside

#25 - Dead Inside

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 7.89
80 votes
Writers: Daniele Nathanson, Pam Veasey
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