The BEST Episodes of Dateline NBC
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2022
Dateline presents in-depth coverage of news stories. Rather than just reading news reports, as most news shows do, the reporters for this show research their subjects and interview the people closely involved to create an informative work of investigative journalism.
#1 - The Carrollton Plot
Season 23 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2014
While away on business in California, Frank Howard, a high flying accountant from Carrollton, Texas, learns that his wife has been brutally attacked in their home.
#2 - Scorned
Season 26 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2017
Keith Morrison reports on a love triangle that led to years of stalking, destruction of property, threats and murder.
#3 - Mystery in the Deep Blue Sea
Season 16 - Episode 46 - Aired Jun 20, 2008
A honeymoon scuba dive ends up being one woman's final trip.
#4 - The Secret
Season 20 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2011
Investigators search for a New Mexico mechanic who has been missing for eight years.
#5 - The Trap
Season 27 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 13, 2019
Interviews with former journalist Amanda Lindhout and the undercover agent who spearheaded the international manhunt for the individual responsible for her 2008 kidnapping and torture in Somalia.
#6 - The Thing About Pam
Season 28 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2019
The unbelievable story of how the murder of Betsy Faria set off a chain of events leaving one man dead, another man implicated and a diabolical scheme exposed. Keith Morrison reports.
#7 - In a Lonely Place 2
Season 28 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 2019
The man convicted of murdering California entrepreneur Chris Smith speaks out.
#8 - The Black Box
Season 28 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 13, 2020
A coroner arrives at the scene of a car accident to find his friend, Judy Orr Baldwin, deceased. He begins to think her death looks suspicious after he notices some unusual markings on her face. Was it an accident, or something far more sinister? Andrea Canning reports.
#9 - Return to the Lonely Road
Season 28 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 27, 2020
Brittany Stork's decades-long quest to find out more about her mother's mysterious death leads to a dramatic courtroom decision; the man at the center of the case tells his side of the story.
#10 - Before Daylight
Season 28 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 24, 2020
A college student is found murdered in a residential neighborhood and investigators are left with no answers in sight. As police search for the truth, they are stunned to learn who might be involved. Keith Morrison reports.
#11 - Lone Star Obsession – Re-do of S24E11
Season 29 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 2020
When a doctor is found murdered, investigators are stumped as to who would want him dead. Police discover simmering jealousies and a love triangle. Andrea Canning has the latest developments.
#12 - 10 Minutes to Sunset
Season 29 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 13, 2020
When pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher is found dead in Dallas, Texas, police uncover a complex plot that leads them on an international manhunt. Keith Morrison reports.
#13 - Something Wicked
Season 22 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 7, 2014
After a 16-year-old girl mysteriously vanished one night, her parents learn that her best friends have been keeping a dark secret that supercedes any typical teenage drama. Andrea Canning reports.
#14 - Family Business
Season 22 - Episode 44 - Aired Jul 18, 2014
Keith Morrison reports the story of two California families who were torn apart by greed, involving surprising twists, clever investigation techniques, and a secret letter.
#15 - The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom
Season 23 - Episode 52 - Aired May 29, 2015
When a single mother of three goes missing, her family and the authorities organize a huge search, but as the investigation continues, the police learn that she was living a double life that points them toward several dangerous suspects. Keith Morrison reports.
#16 - The Night of the New Moon
Season 26 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 23, 2018
A former marine, who once was the hero for a woman in an abusive marriage, is back on ‘Dateline.’ But this time, has his desire to help gone too far? Andrea Canning reports.
#17 - Swept Away
Season 26 - Episode 41 - Aired May 27, 2018
Two young people from opposite sides of the world find themselves falling in love on the eve of one of the biggest natural disasters in recent memory. Keith Morrison reports.
#18 - While They Were Sleeping
Season 28 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 29, 2019
Ben Oxley is shot in the head in his own bed; no one else in the house was hurt, including his wife Melissa Oxley, who was sleeping beside him. Keith Morrison reports.
#19 - Mystery on the Jordan River
Season 28 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 12, 2020
A former hairdresser who became a police detective takes the death of a 15 year old girl whose body was found on a scenic Utah river personal, working the case for years and in honor of a fallen fellow officer.
#20 - What Happened to the Children?
Season 28 - Episode 29 - Aired May 1, 2020
Exclusive interviews with close family members of Lori Vallow, the Idaho mother charged with deserting her children, Tylee and JJ, who have not been seen since September. Keith Morrison reports.
#21 - The Long Road to Freedom
Season 28 - Episode 33 - Aired Jun 19, 2020
Two Tulsa, Oklahoma brothers fight for more than 20 years to prove their innocence after they were each wrongfully convicted for separate murders. Craig Melvin reports.
#22 - Voices for Vanessa
Season 29 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 19, 2020
When soldier Vanessa Guillen vanishes from Fort Hood, her family works to bring attention to her disappearance. Vanessa’s case inspires a movement across the country. Andrea Canning reports.
#23 - To Catch a Predator - Long Beach, CA (Part 1)
Season 15 - Episode 33 - Aired Jan 30, 2007
Someone, we don't know who, posted an online warning that Dateline's hidden cameras are in the neighborhood. But think that stopped these men? We want to warn you that some of what you’re about to read is explicit. This report aired Tuesday, Jan. 30.
#24 - Bad Blood
Season 22 - Episode 51 - Aired Aug 1, 2014
Authorities investigate the death of a young mother who was found in her own home by her identical twin daughters, in a presumably safe, gated community, leaving behind clues from her past that point to a potential love triangle. Keith Morrison reports.
#25 - The Fugitive Millionaire
Season 23 - Episode 31 - Aired Mar 26, 2015
Keith Morrison reports on John McAfee, the antivirus pioneer who remains a person of interest to police in their investigation into the murder of Gregory Faull in Belize. In a new interview with Dateline, McAfee discusses his new computer security business and his decision to stop running and settle down.