The BEST Episodes of Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2021
For more than 25 years, ``Dateline'' has brought viewers investigations into some of biggest mysteries in America. This entry in the franchise takes a second look at some of the most mysterious cases of recent history. Hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Craig Melvin, the show explores the stories through firsthand accounts told by people who are close to the crime, including investigators who dedicated their time to the cases and family members who are still trying to confront the tragedies that befell their loved ones.
#1 - Vanished
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 17, 2018
Young nursing student Michelle Le disappears; something draws her out to her car; as her loved ones launch a very public effort to find Michelle, investigators begin their own methodical search, suspecting she may have been murdered.
#2 - Deadly House of Cards
Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired Sep 11, 2020
After Johnny Altinger vanished, the trail of clues led investigators to a young director. Detectives worried that the case was a hoax staged by a master storyteller. Turns out, the script was darker than anyone knew.
#3 - The Evil to Come
Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 8, 2021
She was a wealthy, beloved socialite in the suburbs of New York City and an unlikely target for such a brutal murder. Police immediately zeroed in on the most likely suspect but solving this crime wouldn’t be easy or quick.
#4 - Secrets in the Mist
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 14, 2018
A young mom, married to her high school sweetheart, vanishes; did she leave her family to start a new life or was there another reason for her disappearance; decades later her grown son faces a dark truth at the core of this mystery.
#5 - Secrets in the Snow
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 21, 2018
She was a dancer who married a dashing photographer; they seemed to have the picture-perfect life -- until the bone-chilling night she disappeared; in a case filled with twists, could the victim help solve her own murder.
#6 - Secrets of Lake Seminole
Season 9 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 8, 2021
Mike Williams went out duck hunting before dawn and never returned. Authorities declared his death an accidental drowning, but his mother believed Mike had been murdered. After a dramatic secret came to light, police believed she might be right.
#7 - Deadly Conspiracy
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 10, 2018
Jack Jessee was a family man who didn't seem to have an enemy in the world, up until the night he was killed; the case goes cold but a relentless detective is determined to catch Jack's killer.
#8 - Poison
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 24, 2018
Larry McNabney has a thriving career and a wife he adores, but then vanishes; at the center of the twisted mystery, three lives tangle together in a love triangle, including one who hides a secret identity.
#9 - A Gathering Storm
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 12, 2018
Russel Douglas is a troubled father hoping for a fresh start when he is found shot dead in his car; the investigation turns up few clues until an anonymous tipster sends detectives on an international manhunt to unravel a mystery.
#10 - The Night Lynsie Disappeared
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 7, 2018
It was a mystery that stumped investigators for years; a college student disappears after a night out clubbing; her mother thought she was at a sleepover with friends and it takes an eagle-eyed detective to find the truth buried in a pile of lies.
#11 - The Inside Man
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 19, 2018
A convict is offered a deal as tempting as it is dangerous; he must go undercover in a psychiatric hospital to get information from a suspected serial killer in order to win his freedom, but there's no guarantee he'll get out alive.
#12 - The Knock at the Door
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 16, 2018
Tara Ord is a beautiful young woman with big dreams, then she vanishes without a trace; it will take years for determined cold case detectives to uncover the long buried clue that blows this case wide open.
#13 - Against All Odds
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 23, 2018
A toddler is shot in the head and left for dead; despite the odds, she stuns everyone with her will to survive, while a detective vows to crack the case, no matter how long it takes.
#14 - Deadly Ambush
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 30, 2018
A U.S. Air Force captain who is deployed overseas for long stretches of time finds himself caught in the crossfire resulting from a love triangle at home.
#15 - After Midnight
Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 3, 2021
A college freshman is found brutally beaten, a crime scene so bloody police can't identify the victim, but identifying the killer was easier -- and his motivation for the killing becomes the foundation for his defense.
#16 - True Lies
Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 15, 2021
A woman is brutally murdered in her bed and her husband and son both immediately begin pointing fingers at each other after two rapid fire calls are made to 911.
#17 - The Long Road
Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 12, 2021
A chance meeting at a nightclub ends in murder; those involved in the gruesome crime thought they had buried the secrets of the past, but a relentless team of investigators will stop at nothing to unearth the truth.
#18 - Strangers on a Train
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 28, 2018
She was beautiful, trusting and troubled; the young woman from a prominent family was just turning it around and realizing her promise; then she vanished; when the police seemed unable to find her, her family hatched a plan to solve the mystery.
#19 - The Confession
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 17, 2018
Soon after Angie Dodge's murder, Christopher Tapp admits he is one of her killers; police capture his confession on videotape, but the victim's mom, who once campaigned to put Tapp in prison, fights for his freedom.
#20 - While They Were Sleeping
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 5, 2018
It was a brutal and baffling crime: a husband shot dead in his own bed; no one else in the house was hurt, not even his wife, who was sleeping beside him; investigators were suspicious, but there were more surprises in store.
#21 - A Deadly Path
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 2, 2019
#22 - Secrets in Seattle
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 9, 2018
Fitness executive Nicole Pietz is married to the man of her dreams, then she goes missing after failing to show up for dinner with her husband and friends.
#23 - Mystery on Blood Mountain
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 6, 2018
After four people turn up dead, investigators chase a serial killer who may be reenacting scenes from a horror movie released in the 1980s.
#24 - Infatuation
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2018
A talented, young art student is murdered; the killer left no fingerprints and no DNA; police zero in on three fellow students and, soon, the dark portrait of a killer began to emerge.
#25 - In the Dead of Night
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 3, 2018
It was Easter Sunday; the Stock family celebrated at home; hours later, gunshots turned their farmhouse into a house of horrors; there was an arrest but one tiny clue didn't fit; this case was far from being solved.