The BEST Episodes of Dateline NBC
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020
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 - Obsession (2008)
Season 16 - Episode 47 - Aired Jul 25, 2008
No one could figure out why a college student died in her bed - until a tiny spot launched an epic investigation.
#2 - The Secrets in the Suitcase
Season 18 - Episode 52 - Aired Jun 18, 2010
#3 - The Comic Book Murder
Season 16 - Episode 43 - Aired May 9, 2008
Seventeen years after a murder at a comic book store, a detective re-opens a cold case.
#4 - The Family on Sorghum Mill Drive
Season 19 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 2010
Meet Dr. William Petit and his family from Cheshire, Connecticut. Three years since two ex-convicts invaded his home and killed his wife Jennifer and two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, Dr. Petit faces the latest development in the trial.
#5 - Mystery at Bootlegger's Cove
Season 16 - Episode 44 - Aired May 26, 2008
The disappearance of 21-year-old Bethany Correira, who vanished just days after arriving at college in Anchorage, Alaska, prompts a detective's determinaton to solve her case.
#6 - In a Lonely Place
Season 28 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 2019
The man convicted of murdering California entrepreneur Chris Smith speaks out.
#7 - The Ranch
Season 28 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 20, 2020
For the first time, hear the story of what happened to the Valseca family, through the children’s eyes. And hear the stunning final chapter of betrayal. New Dateline 2-hour Friday at 9/8c with Keith Morrison.
#8 - Mystery on the Jordan River
Season 28 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 12, 2020
#9 - Stealing Paradise
Season 19 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 22, 2010
Kate Snow investigates the disappearance and murder of Cher Hughe, a resident on the tropical island Bocas del Toro off the coast of Panama.
#10 - The Mystery on Albion Road; The Girl Who Didn't Exist
Season 19 - Episode 43 - Aired Mar 25, 2011
A young woman is found severely injured in the middle of the road, but her injuries have robbed her of her memory of what happened to her. Also, Keith Morrison reports on a woman kidnapped as a child and raised by her kidnappers searches for her real identity.
#11 - Deadly Triangle
Season 20 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 30, 2011
The story of an unsolved case involving a woman's love triangle that ended in her husband's fatal stabbing in front of their home, but more than two decades later, detectives have re-opened the case and need her help.
#12 - To Catch a Predator - Murphy, TX (Part 2)
Season 15 - Episode 38 - Aired Feb 20, 2007
This report airs Tuesday, Feb. 20 on NBC.
#13 - Desperate Days in Blue John Canyon
Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2004
Aron Ralston had set out for a carefree desert hike through Blue John Canyon in Southeastern Utah when, with no warning, he had descended into hell. The young man's arm was trapped by an 800-pound boulder and he was forced to make an unimaginable decision in order to survive.
#14 - Deadly Connection?
Season 18 - Episode 49 - Aired Jun 11, 2010
In an exclusive interview, the attorney for Natalee Holloway's family speaks to NBC’s Chris Hansen about the alleged plot by Joran van der Sloot to extort money in exchange for information about the location of Holloway's remains.
#15 - The Long Road to Freedom
Season 28 - Episode 33 - Aired Jun 19, 2020
#16 - 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.
#17 - Deadly Trust
Season 20 - Episode 37 - Aired Apr 13, 2012
A millionaire from Newport Beach who was murdered in 1994, the investigation went cold, but 15 years later his widow and an ex-football player were arrested for the crime.
#18 - Secrets in a Small Town
Season 20 - Episode 70 - Aired Aug 31, 2012
A mother of three who was killed on a lonely dirt road just a mile from her home.
#19 - Something Wicked
Season 22 - Episode 21 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - The Friday the 13th Mystery
Season 18 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 2009
Could a man's murder be connected to a rekindled high school flame? Josh Mankiewicz reports.
#22 - Ransom
Season 20 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2011
A young Florida mother abducted at gunpoint and taken for ransom. Three failed attempts to drop the ransom put everyone on edge and no one imagined the bizarre way this crime would be solved. Josh Mankiewicz reports.
#23 - Haunting Images
Season 19 - Episode 37 - Aired Mar 4, 2011
Dateline’s Keith Morrison retraces the steps taken by a retired detective to dust off a cold case murder with the help of a photographer’s diary.
#24 - Bail Disruptors; Women Firefighters; Jamie Foxx
Season 26 - Episode 54 - Aired Aug 31, 2018
A new non-profit upending the nation’s cash bail system; Allegations of sexual harassment at the U.S. Forest Service; Jamie Foxx on what he’s learned from his sister with Down syndrome.
#25 - The Woman Who Couldn't Scream
Season 28 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 21, 2020
After hearing someone break into their apartment, two women call 911 and barricade themselves in the bathroom until help arrives. Little do they know, their call for help holds the key to solving the mysterious murder of a young graduate student named Katie Sepich. Sepich’s parents speak with Dateline about the investigation and their quest to change DNA collection laws.