The BEST Episodes of Dateline NBC
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 5, 2021
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 - 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.
#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
Season 28 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 6, 2019
The man convicted of murdering California entrepreneur Chris Smith speaks out.
#8 - The Perfect Guy
Season 28 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 6, 2020
A man steals millions of dollars by conning numerous women and businesses over 25 years; one woman brings together a group of his victims to hold him accountable and make him face justice.
#9 - 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.
#10 - Mystery on the Jordan River
Season 28 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 12, 2020
A former foster child now in the home of her case worker, goes missing with a note saying she ran away. Dennis Murphy 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 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.
#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 - Repeat of S21E22
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 - The House
Season 28 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 17, 2020
A daughter finds her father, a former FBI agent, murdered in his house; police dig into the man's past and begin to think the key to the mystery might be quite close to home.
#20 - Before Daylight
Season 28 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 24, 2020
A college student is found murdered in a residential neighborhood; as police search for the truth, they are stunned to learn that one of their own might be involved.
#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 46 - 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 29 - 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.