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The WORST episodes of Dateline NBC

Every episode of Dateline NBC ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Dateline NBC!

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.

Last Updated: 12/2/2022Network:NBC
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It Could Happen to You
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#1 - It Could Happen to You

Season 21 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/3/2013

After having their dreams of winning the lottery come to fruition, five people discuss the unique ways in which they've decided to use the newly found fortune, while Donald Trump discusses different ways this sudden wealth should be handled.

Crossing the Line (2012)
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#2 - Crossing the Line (2012)

Season 21 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/19/2012

Ex-NFL cheerleader Sarah Jones and her former student Cody York have their first interview together after the sex scandal this summer.

To Catch a Predator - Washington, DC
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#3 - To Catch a Predator - Washington, DC

Season 14 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/4/2005

Christina Aguilera, Lauren Scruggs, and Kelly Rutherford
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#4 - Christina Aguilera, Lauren Scruggs, and Kelly Rutherford

Season 21 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/2012

Hoda Kotb talks to Christina Aguilera about her childhood and career. Also, interviews with model Lauren Scruggs and actress Kelly Rutherford.

Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
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#5 - Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

Season 21 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/14/2012

Lester Holt and Brian Williams anchor a special hour of Dateline devoted to the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where Brian Williams reports live on the scene.

Inconceivable (Update); New Year, New You
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#6 - Inconceivable (Update); New Year, New You

Season 21 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/6/2013

Carolyn and Sean Savage hoped to have another child using embryos left over from the in vitro fertilization procedure that brought them their daughter. Ten days after the embryos were transferred into Carolyn, their doctor called with stunning news - she was implanted with someone else's embryos. "Dateline" visits the Savages once again, after their lives took yet another unexpected turn. In New Year, New You: Al Roker and his family open up about their plans to stay healthy in 2013; Natalie Morales follows two women who embark on a ten day digital detox; Interviews with Dr. Oz and Usher.

Trouble in Paradise
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#7 - Trouble in Paradise

Season 21 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/18/2013

After his neighbor was murdered, American software mogul John McAfee fleed tropical paradise Belize, and Keith Morrison travels there to try to uncover what really happened, and finally tracks down the fugitive millionaire for an extensive interview.

Missing Mickey
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#8 - Missing Mickey

Season 21 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/29/2013

After college student Mickey Shunick went missing last summer, her sister was the tip of the spear in the multinational search, and now opens up about the case.

10 Scariest Escapes from Death
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#9 - 10 Scariest Escapes from Death

Season 16 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/2/2008

Along Came Jodi
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#10 - Along Came Jodi

Season 21 - Episode 36 - Aired 3/1/2013

The trial and murder conviction of Jodi Arias and the salacious relationship that ended in tragedy.

Drew Peterson Deadly Intent
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#11 - Drew Peterson Deadly Intent

Season 20 - Episode 71 - Aired 9/7/2012

The latest in the story of Drew Peterson, who has been found guilty of murdering his ex-wife.

Intersection; Taken (2013)
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#12 - Intersection; Taken (2013)

Season 21 - Episode 29 - Aired 3/17/2013

An in depth and uncensored look in to a controversial new intervention program lasts over the course of a year as eight drug dealers are given a rare opportunity to reform their criminal ways after being arrested in a typical middle class area. Also, Brittany Tavar disappears from her home, along with her dogs, leavings friends and family baffled and worried.

Fatal Visions
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#13 - Fatal Visions

Season 17 - Episode 42 - Aired 5/29/2009

Correspondent Josh Mankiewicz investigates the case of the 2001 drowning of a woman inside her own bathtub which has seen many twists and turns throughout the years.

Murder in the Moonlight
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#14 - Murder in the Moonlight

Season 14 - Episode 25 - Aired 8/9/2006

A man is accused of killing his beautiful wife on a moonlit beach walk and then shooting himself to cover up the crime, Dennis Murphy reports.

Rossen Reports; The Fugitive
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#15 - Rossen Reports; The Fugitive

Season 21 - Episode 30 - Aired 3/24/2013

Correspondents investigate fire alarms not working properly, ingredients in household products like shampoos and toothpaste, and personal information available online; Chris Hanson reports on the FBI manhunt for Jason Derek Brown.

Sandy: Rescue & Recovery
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#16 - Sandy: Rescue & Recovery

Season 21 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/2/2012

Dateline offers a special report on the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It visits areas of New York and New Jersey that are struggling to restore power and repair damage. It also interviews people who have been hit hard by the disaster and looks at an effort to stop the New York Marathon

The Girl with the Blue Mustang
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#17 - The Girl with the Blue Mustang

Season 18 - Episode 39 - Aired 4/30/2010

A popular college freshman is gunned down in her car for no apparent reason. Police had no clues: no fingerprints, no information about trouble in Michelle O'Keefe's life. Then an unexpected source comes into the picture. Keith Morrison reports.

Phony Rockefeller
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#18 - Phony Rockefeller

Season 21 - Episode 33 - Aired 4/17/2013

Mike Taibbi takes a detailed look in to the life and history of con man Clark Rockefeller with interviews of lead detectives during his murder trial and those who personally knew him best.

Appointment for Murder
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#19 - Appointment for Murder

Season 16 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/16/2008

A doctor was found dead in his Chicago office -- and he'd been the focus of an obsession that had lasted for years

My Kid Would Never Do That: Cheating
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#20 - My Kid Would Never Do That: Cheating

Season 20 - Episode 42 - Aired 4/29/2012

Natalie Morales and Rosalind Wiseman, an expert on teen ethics and behavior, investigate what happens when teens are confronted with the temptation to cheat: tests include using cell phones during tests and changing scores in athletic drills.

Mystery in the Master Bedroom
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#21 - Mystery in the Master Bedroom

Season 20 - Episode 24 - Aired 2/24/2012

Millionaire developer Bob Ward dancing in his cell just days after his wife, Diane, was shot to death in their Florida mansion. Did the husband pull the trigger? The police think so. His daughters disagree. What will a jury decide?

The Hansen Files - Daycare
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#22 - The Hansen Files - Daycare

Season 20 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/2/2012

Inner-workings of Reliable Day Care, a modern day "social norm" of American child rearing. Not all Day Care operators are who they seem to be and may actually be dangerous.

The Hansen Files - Pharmaceutical Drugs
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#23 - The Hansen Files - Pharmaceutical Drugs

Season 20 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/4/2012

The process pharmaceutical companies go through to get a new drug tested, approved, and available to consumers. It may not be as careful as people are led to believe.

The Hansen Files - Lottery
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#24 - The Hansen Files - Lottery

Season 20 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/11/2012

A group of undercover investigators try to uncover the reason that some lottery retailers actually end up with winning tickets, while the customers who bought the tickets walk away with nothing.

Trayon Martin; Insurance
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#25 - Trayon Martin; Insurance

Season 20 - Episode 32 - Aired 3/25/2012

Lester Holt travels to Florida to report the latest information on the story of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch member; Chris Hansen confronts companies making false promises about their insurance coverage.

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