The Best Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

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 8.26
70 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 8.16
61 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
94 votes
Writers: Chris Brancato, Julie Martin
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#4 - 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 7.92
61 votes
Directors: Alex Chapple
Writers: Gerry Conway
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 7.91
46 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
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#6 - 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 7.90
72 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Julie Martin (II), Kate Rorick, Warren Leight
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#7 - 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 7.90
68 votes
Writers: Theresa Rebeck
To the Bone

#8 - 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 7.90
58 votes
Writers: Charlie Rubin
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#9 - 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 7.89
72 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Warren Leight

#10 - 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 7.84
71 votes
Writers: Michael S. Chernuchin
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#11 - Senseless

Season 7 - Episode 10

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

star 7.84
68 votes
Writers: Julie Martin, Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Warren Leight, Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
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#12 - 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 7.83
71 votes
Directors: Bill L. Norton
Writers: Marlane Gomard Meyer
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Tru Love

#13 - 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 7.83
75 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Warren Leight, Diana Son, Diana Son
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Best Defense

#14 - 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 7.79
110 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Elizabeth M. Cosin

#15 - 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 7.78
79 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, Diana Son
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The War at Home

#16 - 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 7.78
69 votes
Directors: Darnell Martin
Writers: Julie Martin, Warren Leight, Diana Son, Diana Son
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#17 - 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 7.78
71 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold, Jacquelyn Reingold, Warren Leight
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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 7.78
80 votes
Writers: Stephanie Sengupta
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Maltese Cross

#19 - Maltese Cross

Season 6 - Episode 4

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 7.77
62 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Jacquelyn Reingold
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#20 - 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 7.76
75 votes
Directors: Michael Smith
Writers: Diana Son, Marygrace O'Shea, Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin
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Loyalty (2)

#21 - 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 7.74
97 votes
Writers: Barbara Hall
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Blind Spot

#22 - Blind Spot

Season 6 - Episode 1

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 7.74
84 votes
Directors: Norberto Barba
Writers: Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, Charlie Rubin
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Last Rites

#23 - 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
68 votes
Directors: Tom DiCillo
Writers: Siobhan Byrne O'Connor, Marygrace O'Shea, Warren Leight, Peter Blauner
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#24 - Anti-Thesis

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.74
102 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Eric Overmyer
The Good

#25 - The Good

Season 5 - Episode 22

Logan and Barek investigate a troubled young man named Kevin Colemar after his parents are found murdered in their suburban home. Kevin initially believes that drug dealers named Big Lennie and Ray-Ray may have done the murders, but Carson Laird, a Nassau cop, soon tricks Kevin, who cannot remember the night in question, into confessing to the murder. It all seems cut and dried, but Logan and Barek just can't shake the feeling that the kid is innocent. Deakins spends his last two weeks on the job preparing for his future.

star 7.73
55 votes
Writers: Gerry Conway
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