The BEST Episodes of Instinct (2018)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 28, 2020

Network: CBS

Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a gifted author, university professor and former CIA operative, is lured back to his old life by NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham to help her stop a serial killer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial.

Grey Matter

#1 - Grey Matter

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 25, 2019

A gruesome discovery in a city pond leads Dylan and Lizzie to investigate a young man's murder, while Andy rescues one of Dylan's students from a legal bind.

star 7.71
246 votes
Directors: Michael Rauch
Writers: Michael Rauch
Go Figure

#2 - Go Figure

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 11, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie work to uncover why an Olympic-hopeful figure skater is killed while on the ice. Also, Ryan’s case heats up and lands him and Dylan in unusual circumstances and Julian comes to understand why an old acquaintance has returned to New York.

star 7.70
176 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Anthony Johnston

#3 - Manhunt

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 18, 2019

It’s all hands on deck to track down the Sleeping Beauty Killer when Ryan and Dylan’s biggest lead in the case takes them to a faceoff aboard a ship. Also, Dylan receives troubling news from his father.

star 7.66
196 votes
Directors: Gus Makris
Writers: John Cockrell

#4 - Tribal

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 1, 2018

Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of Joan’s protégé, Kristy, uncovering long-buried secrets worth killing over. Also, Dylan and Andy apply to adopt a child, and Lizzie’s reliance on Julian’s illicitly obtained information puts a promotion in jeopardy.

star 7.61
330 votes
Directors: Michael Rauch
Writers: Michael Rauch
Trust Issues

#5 - Trust Issues

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 18, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie investigate deaths of three family members who were also business partners in a craft brewery. Also, Andy’s legal expertise is needed when he and Dylan confront an issue in their adoption process, and Lizzie learns some hard truths about Julian’s past.

star 7.61
206 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Carol Flint, Constance M. Burge
Bye Bye Birdie

#6 - Bye Bye Birdie

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 3, 2018

When Celia Baxter, a successful author, is almost killed in her home, Dylan and Lizzie's suspect list includes several people who may have held a grudge as she rose in stature in the publishing world. Also, Lizzie gets closer to learning the truth about the death of her fiancé, who was killed while undercover.

star 7.60
345 votes
Writers: Constance M. Burge

#7 - Heartless

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 22, 2018

Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of a Jane Doe, but when they realize that the victim was killed by mistake, they must identify the killer’s motive and intended target before she suffers the same fate.

star 7.58
349 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Michael Rauch

#8 - One-of-a-Kind

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 4, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie investigate when a street artist’s work is found with a victim’s body in the middle of it. Also, Ryan catches a suspect in the Sleeping Beauty Killer investigation and Dylan’s new book editor, Harry Kassabian, pays him a visit.

star 7.56
179 votes
Writers: Michael J. Ballin, Thomas Aguilar
Broken Record

#9 - Broken Record

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 7, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of an aspiring musician who was gunned down on a roller coaster at an amusement park. Also, Lizzie exhausts herself trying to keep up with a newly single friend, and Andy and Dylan look to broaden their options for adoption.

star 7.55
168 votes
Directors: Alex Pillai
Writers: Keith Foglesong
Stay Gold

#10 - Stay Gold

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 30, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of a successful businesswoman who attempted to prolong the lifespan of humans. Also, Dylan and Andy look to continue their adoption search, and Detective Ryan Stock from Nebraska arrives to hunt for a potential serial killer.

star 7.54
186 votes
Directors: Stephen Surjik
Writers: Michael Rauch
Ancient History

#11 - Ancient History

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 28, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie investigate the case of a prominent divorce lawyer who is found murdered in a bizarre ritual. Dylan and Andy hit a bump in their adoption process. Lizzie and Julian reach a tough point in their relationship. Ryan’s serial killer case escalates.

star 7.50
173 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Constance M. Burge, Jill Abbinanti
Finders Keepers

#12 - Finders Keepers

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 14, 2019

Lizzie and Dylan work a case that provokes deep emotions for them when a 9-year-old boy goes missing on the eve of a judge’s decision in a bitter custody battle. With Dylan’s help, Lizzie confronts some of her past childhood demons. A major advancement presents itself in Dylan and Andy’s adoption search.

star 7.49
182 votes
Directors: Lee Rose
Writers: Carol Flint
Big Splash

#13 - Big Splash

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 21, 2019

A Sweet 16 celebration turns into a crime scene when the birthday girl’s stepmother falls to her death and the guests and staff are put under a microscope by the NYPD. Ryan finds a new lead in his investigation. Lizzie receives some positive news at the precinct.

star 7.48
170 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Marc Dube

#14 - Live

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 24, 2018

Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of a film student whose death was broadcast for the world to see. Also, Andy and Dylan realize that parenting is tougher than they thought when they agree to look after Madison, a friend’s 12-year-old daughter.

star 7.47
346 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Michael Ballin, Thomas Aguilar
Bad Actors

#15 - Bad Actors

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 27, 2018

Dylan and Lizzie work to uncover who would want to murder an acting troupe of costumed characters when two members are killed using highly sophisticated poisons. Also, Andy encourages Dylan to accept an invitation to a BBQ being thrown by Det. Fucci when he becomes concerned that Dylan isn’t fitting in with his new colleagues

star 7.47
326 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Dan E. Fesman

#16 - Owned

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 6, 2018

Dylan and Lizzie are under pressure to deliver results when they investigate the death of Jasmine’s friend, the owner of a professional basketball team who died when her car went off a bridge

star 7.46
309 votes
Writers: Jill Abbinanti
I Heart New York

#17 - I Heart New York

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 8, 2018

Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Det. Lizzie Needham are reassigned to a murder case in Central Park when their investigation into a chemical attack on the subway is taken over by an FBI team led by Dylan’s estranged father, Roger. However, Dylan can’t shake the feeling that the cases are related.

star 7.43
344 votes
Writers: Michael Rauch
Blast from the Past

#18 - Blast from the Past

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 17, 2018

Dylan and Lizzie are unable to identify a motive or connection when several average people blow themselves up using suicide bombs. Julian, concerned that Dylan could be exposing himself to past enemies, enlists Lizzie to talk him out of hiring a publicist.

star 7.42
312 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Lee Ellenberg
Long Shot

#19 - Long Shot

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 27, 2018

When a woman is shot outside a community center, Dylan and Lizzie are challenged by the mayor to solve the case in less than 24 hours to quell pressure from the media and special interest groups.

star 7.42
331 votes
Writers: Carl Flint
After Hours

#20 - After Hours

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 11, 2019

Dylan and Lizzie go undercover in New York’s erotic underworld when they investigate the murder of a high-powered public relations rep. Also, a glamorous love from Julian’s past comes back into his life with a proposal he can’t resist.

star 7.40
183 votes
Directors: Joe Collins
Writers: Erica Saleh
Wild Game

#21 - Wild Game

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 25, 2018

Although Dylan has returned to teaching, Lizzie calls upon his expertise with profiling sociopaths to assist with a bizarre case in which a venture capitalist was murdered and his body ritualistically displayed.

star 7.30
412 votes
Writers: Carol Flint, Constance M. Burge
Secrets and Lies

#22 - Secrets and Lies

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 1, 2018

The murder of a young man who recently left his family’s religious community leads Dylan and Lizzie to a series of possible suspects, including a short-tempered photographer and a mysterious girl with amnesia. Also, Lizzie’s younger sister, Katie, unexpectedly drops by for a visit.

star 7.29
366 votes
Directors: Peter Werner
Writers: Chris Ambrose
Flat Line

#23 - Flat Line

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 29, 2018

Dylan and Julian go undercover in a hospital when they suspect an “angel of death” is killing people with non-life-threatening ailments. Also, Lizzie asks Andy for his legal expertise when a personal trainer sues her for accidentally injuring him.

star 7.27
365 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Tanya Barfield

#24 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 18, 2018

Former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart is lured back to his old life when NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham needs his help to stop a serial killer.

star 7.20
490 votes
Directors: Marc Webb
Writers: Michael Rauch