The BEST episodes of Law & Order: LA

Every episode of Law & Order: LA ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Law & Order: LA!

In the City of Angels the completely unscrupulous live among the rich and famous celebrities. It has been said that in Los Angeles, you can get away with murder if you have enough money and the right legal team. Dick Wolf guides us through the glitz, glamor, and guilt of L.A. from Hollywood to Beverly Hills with Los Angeles Robbery homicide division. These are their stories...

Last Updated: 2/7/2024Network: NBCStatus: Ended
Van Nuys
136 votes

#1 - Van Nuys

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 6/27/2011

A birthday party turns into a horrific scene after all of the guests are beaten to death by some uninvited visitors. With several clues left behind, the detectives are led to believe it was drug related. However, when they learn one of the guests escaped it leads them to a shocking discovery about the murders. Meanwhile, DDA’s Morales and Price ask for fellow DDA Dekker’s help to convict the culprit.

Directors: Vincent Misiano
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East Pasadena
158 votes

#2 - East Pasadena

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/18/2011

After a high-speed chase, the car is found containing a woman's dead body and no driver, Detectives Morales and Jaruszalski discover the victim's jealous boyfriend, who divulges information that leads them to believe her bookkeeping job was not what it seemed. The trail of the murder investigation uncovers massive corruption in City Hall - and more murder, where Detectives Morales's efficiency as a police officer is on the line.

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Runyon Canyon
181 votes

#3 - Runyon Canyon

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/9/2011

When pre-med freshman Beth Garrett is found strangled to death, a mysterious text leads the detectives to a potential suspect. After some investigating at her sorority, the detectives learn that there is more to this mild mannered bookworm than initially meets the eye. Meanwhile, DDA's Dekker and Rubirosa are forced to change their strategy when game-changing evidence is discovered at the last minute.

Directors: Roger Young
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Zuma Canyon
172 votes

#4 - Zuma Canyon

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/11/2011

When a normal quinceañera erupts in violence, leaving multiple people dead, the detectives work quickly to follow a lead. During their search for answers, they find a young boy protecting acres of marijuana and discover he is the only witness that can help the case. As the detectives begin to close in on a suspect, Winters receives a surprise visit at home. Meanwhile, DDA Morales (Alfred Molina) must risk upsetting the Mexican government by prosecuting the guilty, which results in a shocking decision.

Directors: Tom DiCillo
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184 votes

#5 - Reseda

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/2/2011

When a bank robber hands a teller a photo of her kidnapped son, she quickly hands over the money in order to save his life. Uncovering details, Morales and Jaruszalski soon become suspicious of the kidnapping. When a second bank is robbed with the same motive, a potential suspect comes to the surface and the team finds themselves in a dangerous situation -- and one of their own pays the price. Meanwhile, DDA's Dekker and Rubirosa disagree with DA Hardin's prosecution strategy, so they devise their own game plan so the bank robber is behind bars for good.

Directors: Alex Chapple
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Carthay Circle
128 votes

#6 - Carthay Circle

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/6/2011

When Kim Ho Lee is found dead by a neighbor, the detectives suspect her live-in boyfriend of murder until they stumble upon his dead body. As Winters and Jazuszalski begin digging into Joyner’s

Directors: Rod Holcomb
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Hondo Field
214 votes

#7 - Hondo Field

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/10/2010

When an oil rig worker is found dead on shore, the investigation leads TJ and Winters to a drilling platform off the California coast.

Directors: Ed Bianchi
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Silver Lake
206 votes

#8 - Silver Lake

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/11/2011

Don Alvin's (guest star Tim DeKay, "White Collar") quiet life is destroyed when an intruder ambushes he and his family in their home, killing his wife and son. After searching for clues, the detectives discover similar cases that lead them to one powerful common thread. Meanwhile, DDA's Dekker (Terrence Howard) and Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza) have to tread carefully in order to get a guilty verdict after Morales' puts their case in jeopardy.

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247 votes

#9 - Pasadena

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/3/2010

The investigation of a hit-and-run accident leads to a political minefield.

Directors: Roger Young
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Playa Vista
245 votes

#10 - Playa Vista

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/1/2010

The murder of golfer Kristin Halstead sends Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski to the Mens' professional circuit for leads, only to find them in Chip Jarrow. Trouble comes in the form of an incident between Jarrow and his wife Monica. Which leaves DDAs Dekker and Stanton to filter the chaos into a coherent case they can win.

Directors: Jean de Segonzac
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El Sereno
174 votes

#11 - El Sereno

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 6/20/2011

When a horrific mass murder occurs at a primarily Hispanic office, the detectives immediately begin investigating the remaining employees, as well as their clients. After arresting a potential suspect, the case comes to a sudden halt when a claim of racial profiling is made against the unlikeliest of sources. DDA’s Dekker and Stanton are forced to navigate through tricky waters in hopes of proving their case.

Directors: Jean de Segonzac
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Ballona Creek
250 votes

#12 - Ballona Creek

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/17/2010

The murder of a Watershed Management employee uncovers a cold case, and prompts the serial killer at its heart to come out of retirement.

Directors: Vincent Misiano
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260 votes

#13 - Sylmar

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/20/2010

When a meth lab in Sylmar explodes, killing two kids, TJ and Winters embark on an odyssey that uncovers a band of radical Muslims hell-bent on bombing LAX.

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Plummer Park
175 votes

#14 - Plummer Park

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/30/2011

Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski investigate a botched kidnapping, which becomes complicated when they discover another crime. Unfortunately, this dilemma leaves Dekker with a ticking clock as ICE threatens to extradite witnesses who are key to his case.

Directors: Milan Cheylov
Writer: René Balcer
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103 votes

#15 - Westwood

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 7/11/2011

Series finale, cancelled. When Javier Gomez is found dead at UCLA, the detectives learn that protecting his sister Malia, a star soccer player, may have lead to his murder. After speaking with Malia and her boyfriend Eric Kenter, Winters and Jaruszalski are led on a path to uncover the suspect, only to discover the case taking a surprising turn. With the prosecution losing ground, DDA’s Morales and Price are faced with the difficult task of uncovering the truth.

Directors: Christine Moore
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Hayden Tract
265 votes

#16 - Hayden Tract

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/16/2011

When a crazed gunman open fires during a rally with State Senator Celeste Kelman, seven innocent people are killed including the Senator. With the help of modern technology, the detectives identify a solid lead and possible motive for the shooting. At the DDA's office, tensions are running high when Dekker and Rubirosa disagree on how to handle the case. Meanwhile, TJ gets himself into a sticky situation as he continues his quest to find his dead partner's killer.

Directors: René Balcer
Writer: René Balcer
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Harbor City
262 votes

#17 - Harbor City

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/13/2010

A former surf champion is murdered in what appears to be a robbery gone awry.

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Big Rock Mesa
178 votes

#18 - Big Rock Mesa

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/23/2011

When a destructive wildfire suddenly rips through the hills of Malibu, arson is immediately suspected. Once the blaze is contained, the detectives soon realize that a second fire was intended to cover up a gruesome crime. Meanwhile, DDA’s Dekker and Rubirosa stumble upon some information crucial to the case.

Directors: Helen Shaver
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Echo Park
336 votes

#19 - Echo Park

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/6/2010

When murderous cult member "Baby" Jane Lee Rayburn is found stabbed to death, Detectives Rex Winters and Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski question multiple suspects, including the cult ringleader Denis Watson and Jane's former cellmate, Maura Dillon. However, the case cuts very close to home for Detective Winters when his wife Lori, a former Detective, is questioned. DDA Dekker and DDA Stanton find themselves facing a trial where the line between suspect and victim is blurred.

Directors: Alex Chapple
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Benedict Canyon
180 votes

#20 - Benedict Canyon

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/25/2011

When successful Hollywood stylist Lily Walker is gunned down while driving, the seemingly random murder sends shockwaves throughout the city. Following leads, the detectives uncover an unlikely twist that forces them to delve deep into Lily's and Detective Morales's pasts for clues to help solve the murder. Meanwhile, DDA's Dekker and Rubirosa must navigate their way through the details in hopes of bringing the real culprit to justice.

Directors: Alex Chapple
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532 votes

#21 - Hollywood

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/29/2010

The episode will be based on 'The Bling Ring Burglars', a group of out-of-control children accused of targeting homes of actors like Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom. Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski track the activities of a tech-savvy group of teenagers who they suspect have escalated from burglary of the rich and famous to murder.

Directors: Allen Coulter
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Angel's Knoll
144 votes

#22 - Angel's Knoll

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/25/2011

After an argument with his cousin, a casino worker is brutally murdered in his hotel bathtub; detectives discover more than one crime has been committed

Directors: Vincent Misiano
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