The Best Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Last Updated: May 16, 2019

Law & Order: Criminal Intent takes viewers into the minds of its criminals while following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve the crimes.

A Person of Interest

#1 - A Person of Interest

Season 2 - Episode 23

Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a former nurse and discover a possible anthrax terrorist plot. The case takes a turn for the worse when Goren is blamed for driving a suspect to commit suicide. Now disgraced, Goren learns that a cunning adversary from his past may be involved.

star 8.24
75 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: René Balcer

#2 - Endgame

Season 6 - Episode 21

Goren and Eames find a scrapbook belonging to a serial killer on death row. It suggests that he may have had more victims than previously known.

star 8.19
64 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Kate Rorick, Kate Rorick, Warren Leight, Warren Leight
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To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap

#3 - To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap

Season 10 - Episode 8

Goren and Eames investigate the murders of two staffers at a Web company involved in a heated lawsuit. Their investigation leads to a site that connects strangers who've had brief romantic encounters.

star 7.97
95 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Julie Martin
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#4 - Frame

Season 7 - Episode 22

Bobby is visited by the past when he finds a picture at his mother's grave indicating an old nemesis has returned, and the case only gets more complex when his brother and a mentor reappear.

star 7.96
74 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Julie Martin (II), Kate Rorick, Warren Leight
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In the Wee Small Hours (2)

#5 - In the Wee Small Hours (2)

Season 5 - Episode 7

The squad continues the investigation into the murder of a teenage girl visiting from Iowa. The detectives uncover the sordid family life of a local judge whose son is linked to the Iowa teenager and another victim. Goren and Logan discover that the judge is a formidable foe as they come under scrutiny.

star 7.89
47 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
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To the Bone

#6 - To the Bone

Season 5 - Episode 20

Logan and Barek investigate a series of home invasions that result in grisly murders and their search leads them to local foster mother Chesley Watkins who had a series of young men going in and out of her home throughout the years. One of the young men involved in the home invasions was one of her boys, and while trailing the young man, Logan shoots a suspect who was brandishing a weapon at himself and Barek. When the suspect turns out to be a cop, Logan finds himself in the hot seat, and Barek sticks up for her partner, knowing that the truth is on their side. The investigation leads to Watkins as a suspect, and Logan is forced to deal with memories from his own past as Watkins plays on the weaknesses she sees.

star 7.89
61 votes
Writers: Charlie Rubin
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#7 - Zoonotic

Season 2 - Episode 22

The investigation into the murder of a crooked cop leads to a preening veterinarian and his friend, an obsessive doctor whose ex-girlfriends who have all been infected with a rare disease.

star 7.87
77 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Warren Leight

#8 - Conscience

Season 3 - Episode 17

A neurologist who believes that she can communicate with a woman in a persistent vegetative state is murdered by a family member who fears that the doctor will uncover the multi-million dollar motive which led to the woman's disability.

star 7.87
66 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Gerry Conway

#9 - Senseless

Season 7 - Episode 10

Logan and Falacci investigate the execution-style murder of three young college freshmen.

star 7.86
70 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Warren Leight, Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
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#10 - Legion

Season 2 - Episode 18

When a father and son have their throats slit, the detectives discovers that a group of adolescent boys have disappeared from the same neighborhood. When the locals don't cooperate with the investigation, the cops think the boys are being used by someone operating a bicycle theft ring. The cops are led to a studio owner who brainwashes the boys to prove their worthiness.

star 7.85
71 votes
Writers: Theresa Rebeck

#11 - Revolution

Season 8 - Episode 16

A heist goes tragically wrong when a revolutionary makes plans on kidnapping a powerful bank executive, and winds up dead. During Nichols and Eames probe of the murder, they must also prevent a terrorist campaign.

star 7.83
72 votes
Writers: Michael S. Chernuchin
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Tru Love

#12 - Tru Love

Season 6 - Episode 2

Logan and Wheeler investigate the death of a womanising doctor, which leads directly to his son's relationship with a teacher.

star 7.82
77 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Warren Leight, Diana Son, Diana Son
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The War at Home

#13 - The War at Home

Season 6 - Episode 8

Ross, Goren and Eames are called in on Thanksgiving when Amanda Dockerty, the daughter of the first deputy commissioner of the NYPD, goes missing while on leave from the army. The investigation into her disappearance soon turns into a murder case when Amanda's body is found, but Goren's mind is anywhere but on his job as he struggles to deal with a personal crisis concerning his mother.

star 7.80
71 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Julie Martin, Warren Leight, Diana Son, Diana Son
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#14 - Renewal

Season 6 - Episode 22

Logan and Wheeler investigate the death of a police recruit. Logan becomes distracted by the death of his neighbor and Eames steps in to assist Wheeler in the investigation.

star 7.80
74 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold, Jacquelyn Reingold, Warren Leight
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#15 - Slither

Season 5 - Episode 11

After Russ Corbett and his wife are found in a seedy hotel room, Russ dead of an overdose, Eames and Goren follow the trail of evidence to Bernard Fremont, a professional partier. With his beautiful blonde companions, Fremont insinuates himself into the lives of couples who don't know the city very well, then robs them blind. While investigating Fremont's past in Asia, Goren realises that he is the mastermind that turned Nicole Wallace into a murderer, and his most successful pupil.

star 7.77
74 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Marlane Gomard Meyer
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Loyalty (2)

#16 - Loyalty (2)

Season 9 - Episode 2

With an illegal arms deal and a hunt for Somali terrorists hanging in the balance, Detectives Goren, Eames, Nichols and newcomer Stevens combine resources in an attempt to bring justice.

star 7.77
104 votes
Writers: Barbara Hall
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#17 - Untethered

Season 7 - Episode 9

Goren investigates when his nephew, a prisoner who's bipolar, claims that inmates are being abused to the point of murder.

star 7.77
82 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, Diana Son
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In the Wee Small Hours (1)

#18 - In the Wee Small Hours (1)

Season 5 - Episode 6

Detectives Eames, Goren, Barek, and Logan must solve a case that involves a teenage girl missing in New York City. While Barek and Logan search around for another missing girl, Eames and Goren work to uncover a mystery with a judge and his son.

star 7.76
83 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
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Best Defense

#19 - Best Defense

Season 2 - Episode 4

The detectives follow the trail when an assistant district attorney confronts and kills a hired gunman following a series of death threats. They first suspect his wife, a prominent defense attorney, through a convict whose case was being prosecuted by the A.D.A. and the rumors of her romantic affairs. When they realise that there are cracks in their seemingly airtight case, Goren has to keep Carver in the dark about some details to prove his theory.

star 7.76
115 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Elizabeth M. Cosin
Loyalty (1)

#20 - Loyalty (1)

Season 9 - Episode 1

Captain Ross finds himself at the tragic center of an overseas conflict, galvanizing the assistance of Major Case detectives Goren, Eames and Nichols.

star 7.75
117 votes
Writers: Walon Green
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Last Rites

#21 - Last Rites

Season 7 - Episode 21

Logan jeopardizes his and Wheeler's careers when a priest convinces him to re-open a murder case that's over a decade old which involves a politically-aspiring ADA who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

star 7.74
70 votes
Directors: Tom DiCillo
Writers: Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Marygrace O'Shea, Warren Leight, Peter Blauner
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#22 - Betrayed

Season 7 - Episode 13

Captain Ross loses his objectivity, and jeopardizes the case, when an old flame becomes a suspect in the disappearance of her husband and his lover.

star 7.74
77 votes
Directors: Michael Smith
Writers: Diana Son, Marygrace O'Shea, Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin
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Siren Call

#23 - Siren Call

Season 6 - Episode 3

Goren and Eames investigate after Ashley Gardela, a fellow officer's teenaged step-daughter, is found dead in her car after a night of partying, which leads them to her boss (Jason Raines), an ex-boyfriend with a record (Brian Murphy), and the boss's wife (Kelly Sloane-Raines). After another supposed young lover comes forward, Goren and Eames focus their investigation away from Jason Raines and toward another source. [ Recap available. ]

star 7.73
79 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Julie Martin
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#24 - D.A.W.

Season 3 - Episode 20

The investigation into the death of a woman searching for the whereabouts of her late mother's antique ring leads Goren and Eames to a physician serial killer who has cleverly concealed the murder of over two hundred of his patients.

star 7.73
75 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: René Balcer

#25 - 30

Season 6 - Episode 16

Logan and Wheeler investigate when Josh Lemle, a reporter friend who had backed Logan after he had gotten himself exiled years earlier, comes to Major Case to report his own murder. Logan agrees to help his friend find out who used Polonium-210 to poison him, but Lemle is reluctant to reveal the whole story to Logan because not all of it is pretty. Both Hazmat and the FBI get involved as the search turns city wide, with both the mayor and Homeland Security wanting answers.

star 7.72
69 votes
Writers: Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, Charlie Rubin
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