The BEST Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 23, 2020

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.

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 8.32
135 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: René Balcer
To the Bone

#2 - 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 8.25
174 votes
Writers: Charlie Rubin
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 8.23
171 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
Tru Love

#4 - 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 8.23
166 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Diana Son, Warren Leight

#5 - 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 8.17
204 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Kate Rorick, Warren Leight

#6 - Senseless

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2007

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

star 8.13
185 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Warren Leight

#7 - 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 8.12
211 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Julie Martin (II), Kate Rorick, 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 8.10
138 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 8.09
191 votes
Writers: Charlie Rubin

#10 - 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 8.07
133 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: René Balcer

#11 - 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 8.03
148 votes
Directors: Michael Fields
Writers: Hall Powell
Cruise to Nowhere

#12 - 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 8.01
184 votes
Directors: Marisol Torres
Writers: Warren Leight
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 7.98
260 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 7.97
78 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
See Me

#15 - 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 7.96
139 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Jim Sterling
Suite Sorrow

#16 - 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 7.95
139 votes
Writers: Warren Leight
Cold Comfort

#17 - 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 7.94
135 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
The Third Horseman

#18 - The Third Horseman

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2002

The killing of an abortion doctor who was shot in his own apartment sends the detectives on a search for the sniper before someone else becomes the next victim. Carver worries that the case will end up being all about abortion rights.

star 7.92
153 votes
Writers: René Balcer
The Saint

#19 - The Saint

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 14, 2004

A man commits fraud, forgery, and murder to discredit the organization that took advantage of his mentally ill mother, impoverished his family, and ruined his childhood.

star 7.92
132 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: Marlane Gomard Meyer

#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 7.91
185 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Gina Gionfriddo, Warren Leight

#21 - Slither

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 15, 2006

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 7.89
214 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Marlane Gomard Meyer
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 7.89
180 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold
Siren Call

#23 - Siren Call

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 2006

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 7.87
191 votes
Directors: Frank Prinzi
Writers: Julie Martin, Warren Leight

#24 - Anti-Thesis

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2002

As Goren and Eames sift through the likely suspects in the murder of a university president and his assistant, they discover that the culprit is a wily adversary who has more than these crimes to hide.

star 7.86
195 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Eric Overmyer

#25 - 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 7.86
186 votes
Writers: Theresa Rebeck