The BEST Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 4, 2021

Network: NBC

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.

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A Person of Interest

#1 - A Person of Interest

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 18, 2003

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 8.31
153 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: René Balcer
Tru Love

#2 - Tru Love

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 2006

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

star 8.24
177 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Diana Son, Warren Leight
In the Wee Small Hours (1)

#3 - In the Wee Small Hours (1)

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2005

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 8.22
183 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
To the Bone

#4 - To the Bone

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 7, 2006

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 8.18
186 votes
Writers: Charlie Rubin

#5 - Frame

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 24, 2008

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 8.15
220 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Julie Martin (II), Kate Rorick, Warren Leight

#6 - Endgame

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired May 14, 2007

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 8.15
212 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Kate Rorick, Warren Leight

#7 - Senseless

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2007

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

star 8.09
196 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Warren Leight

#8 - Zoonotic

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 18, 2003

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 8.07
157 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Warren Leight

#9 - Blasters

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2006

When the body of former teen star Alvin Stevens is found buried in Potter's Field, Logan and Wheeler try to find out who would have motive to murder the young man that Wheeler's generation affectionately remembers as lovable geek Skater. Their investigation soon leads them to bootleg DVDs, the Albanian mob, and another child star who never moved on with his life.

star 8.06
199 votes
Writers: Charlie Rubin

#10 - Seizure

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 31, 2002

When the body of a bisexual young woman is found slain, Goren and Eames note the similarities between her death and a number of murders committed by a convicted serial killer, turning their attention to a human-behavior researcher.

star 8.02
165 votes
Directors: Michael Fields
Writers: Hall Powell
Cruise to Nowhere

#11 - Cruise to Nowhere

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 30, 2006

Goren and Eames investigate when a respected professional is found murdered in the East River, his death presumably connected to a series of gambling losses.

star 8.00
194 votes
Directors: Marisol Torres
Writers: Warren Leight

#12 - D.A.W.

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 16, 2004

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 7.97
149 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: René Balcer
Trophy Wine

#13 - Trophy Wine

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 5, 2011

A wine importer's death on the heels of an exclusive wine tasting is investigated. The detectives focus on the workings of a high-end auction house, while the man's wife and a grifter couple also become suspects.

star 7.96
271 votes
Directors: Michael Smith
Writers: Warren Leight
In the Wee Small Hours (2)

#14 - In the Wee Small Hours (2)

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 6, 2005

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 7.94
85 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
Cold Comfort

#15 - Cold Comfort

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 30, 2003

When a woman suing her brother over the disposition of their father's remains is found murdered, Goren and Eames discover a concealed parentage and a man willing to go to any extremes to ensure his legacy.

star 7.92
158 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
See Me

#16 - See Me

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 9, 2003

Detectives Goren and Eames come to believe a doctor conducted shameful experiments on the residents of a halfway house.

star 7.91
164 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Jim Sterling
Suite Sorrow

#17 - Suite Sorrow

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 2, 2003

When the wealthy and matronly owner is found naked and murdered with injections of botox in the bathtub, detectives Goren and Eames focus on the victim's unstable adult daughter who resented her mother's meddling in her love life

star 7.91
163 votes
Writers: Warren Leight
The War at Home

#18 - The War at Home

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2006

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 7.90
195 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Diana Son, Julie Martin, Warren Leight
Blind Spot

#19 - Blind Spot

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 2006

Goren and Eames investigate the death of Heidi Conington, a former ambassador's daughter, and then the similar murder of Jenna Shea not long after, interviewing her roommate Jo Gage. Jo's father turns out to be Goren's former mentor, Dr. Declan Gage, who tries to convince Goren that the killer is Sebastian, the one killer that he has never been able to capture or forget. Ross warns Goren that he doesn't want Gage, who betrayed his entire team in the original Sebastian investigation, anywhere near the case. When Eames is taken from her home, suspicion turns to Gage, especially after some of her belongings are found in his possession, but when Eames saves herself, she can't give the police any clues to her captor.

star 7.88
218 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Charlie Rubin, Warren Leight

#20 - Masquerade

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2006

Goren and Eames head to Vietnam to pick up Simon Henry Fife, who has recently confessed to the 1992 murder of ten-year-old actress Amberleigh Harner. Both Goren and Eames have trouble believing what Fife has to say, and it isn't long before Goren manages to find holes in Fife's story. Eames and Goren have twenty-four hours to look into the murder and turn their attention to the original investigation, contacting the original officer on the scene. Their investigation leads them to believe that the suspect may be much closer to home than anyone thought.

star 7.86
195 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Gina Gionfriddo, Warren Leight

#21 - Stray

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 2, 2003

Tracking a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, Goren deduces that one of his suspects has an injured foot. It isn't long before Goren and Bishop realise that the pair, who have already killed nine people including two undercover cops, are not the typical Bonnie and Clyde -- the female partner is obviously the one in control.

star 7.85
165 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: Elizabeth Benjamin
Maltese Cross

#22 - Maltese Cross

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 2006

Logan and Wheeler investigate when fireman Ian Duffy is stabbed twenty-two times before driving himself to the fire station and collapsing. When the investigation leads to questions concerning Duffy's sexual preference, Logan and Wheeler end up in the middle of a brawl with the other firemen that leads to an official investigation and a secret involving Duffy's wife, his friend Brendan Keele, and a crime that someone else confessed to years earlier.

star 7.85
191 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold

#23 - Passion

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 12, 2009

Egocentric poet Jacob Garrety would do anything to keep his poetry journal, The Village Quarterly, afloat. When foundation president Don McCallum shows up and announces he is cutting funding to the journal, Jacob appeals to assistant and lover Lauren to use her sexuality to change Don’s mind. Though reluctant, she agrees. While Jacob enjoys the advances of arts patron Sandra Dunbar at a poetry reading, Lauren carries out Jacob’s wish, and winds up dead on the street. Detectives Nichols and Wheeler discover the deadly passion that exists behind the arts.

star 7.85
195 votes
Directors: Jonathan Herron
Writers: Michael S. Chernuchin

#24 - Legion

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 6, 2003

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
210 votes
Writers: Theresa Rebeck
Lady's Man

#25 - Lady's Man

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 28, 2009

Goren and Eames investigate the killing of a man who became famous for dodging a murder conviction because of a mishandled trial. The man spun his notoriety into a TV show but turned up dead on his birthday.

star 7.84
196 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Michael S. Chernuchin