The BEST episodes of Memphis Beat

Every episode of Memphis Beat ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Memphis Beat!

Memphis, a place so rich in history and culture requires a special kind of police officer to keep it safe. That's why Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee) is the perfect man to protect the city he holds so dear. This Elvis-loving cop knows the ins and outs of Memphis better than anyone and safeguards his musical mecca with a brand of justice all his own.

Last Updated: 4/29/2023Network:TNT (US)
I Want to Be Free
131 votes

#1 - I Want to Be Free

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/24/2010

A man with amnesia turns up with a bullet wound in the middle of a seedy section of Memphis, leading Dwight to believe he may be connected to a three-year-old unsolved case involving the beating death of a little girl. Lt. Rice, facing financial difficulties after her ex-husband steals a large sum of cash, contemplates a career change.

Directors: John Fortenberry
Identity Crisis
221 votes

#2 - Identity Crisis

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/2/2011

Dwight and Whitehead are called in when a man takes hostages at a local bank; Tony breaks up with Paula Ann.

Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writer: Jim Adler
194 votes

#3 - Lost

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/28/2011

A despondent father comes to Dwight to help search for his missing daughter. When it appears she may have been the victim of foul play, suspicion immediately falls on her abusive husband. Lt. Rice finds herself left out of a big piece of family news, and Whitehead goes to a surprising source when he needs to brush up his firearm skills.

Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writer: Jim Adler
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Body of Evidence
163 votes

#4 - Body of Evidence

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/26/2011

Dwight and Whitehead search for a body that goes missing from a funeral.

One Night of Sin
220 votes

#5 - One Night of Sin

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/20/2010

Following the death of the matriarch of a popular country & western family, the group’s manager falls – or jumps – from a balcony. But something doesn’t smell right, especially as bitter rivalries within the musical family come to light, and a schizophrenic fanatic begins showing suspicious behavior.

Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Ten Little Memphians
162 votes

#6 - Ten Little Memphians

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/9/2011

Dwight and Whitehead visit a Southern family from Whitehead's past; Lt. Rice, Davey and Greenback must help identify a man found in jail.

Directors: Anton Cropper
I Shall Not Be Moved
220 votes

#7 - I Shall Not Be Moved

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/10/2010

Dwight tries to resolve a hostage crisis by becoming a second hostage. He then proceeds to dig through his captor’s past to learn the truth about a decades-old cold case with connections that stretch from Memphis to Louisiana. Meanwhile, Lt. Rice’s ex-husband causes her problems.

Directors: Kevin Bray
Writer: Scott Kaufer
Flesh and Blood
191 votes

#8 - Flesh and Blood

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/5/2011

Dwight and Whitehead are on the case of a reported missing person, but they are shocked to discover that a nun may be their prime suspect. And when Sutton discovers an abandoned baby in his car, he turns to Dwight’s mom, Paula Ann, to teach him baby basics.

Directors: Mike Listo
Don't Be So Cruel
191 votes

#9 - Don't Be So Cruel

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/17/2010

An aid to a city councilman disappears on the day of his wedding to the councilman’s daughter. But a missing reporter, a cryptic phone message and a pair of cufflinks prove there’s more to the situation than a groom’s cold feet. Meanwhile, Dwight’s mother makes a big life decision that leaves Dwight a little uncertain about the future.

Directors: John Fortenberry
The Feud
133 votes

#10 - The Feud

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/16/2011

Dwight must keep a pair of feuding families from shedding more blood when one of their relatives is found dead; Davey and Greenback discover that Dwight has a new girlfriend.

Directors: Michael Katleman
Writer: Jan Nash
Inside Man
221 votes

#11 - Inside Man

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/21/2011

Following the apparent resurgence of the famed Fox Meadows Burglars, known for their swift robbery of wealthy residents who disappeared without a trace, Dwight vows to catch them this time with the help of an eager citizen.

Directors: Elodie Keene
Writer: Bill Chais
Love Her Tender
283 votes

#12 - Love Her Tender

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/6/2010

The entire squad searches for a missing teenage beauty pageant queen; Dwight tries to help Alex get her catering business off the ground.

Directors: John Fortenberry
Things We Carry
163 votes

#13 - Things We Carry

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/12/2011

When the Landmark Movie Theater, a beloved Memphis attraction, mysteriously burns down, Rice decides to sharpen her detective skills by working the case under Whitehead. Meanwhile, Dwight and Paula drive to New Orleans to talk to the man who shot Dwight’s father. Dwight is determined to put to rest his suspicions that his father may have been a dirty cop.

Directors: Randy Zisk
Writer: Blair Singer
Troubled Water
220 votes

#14 - Troubled Water

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/19/2011

Paula calls on Dwight to help one of his oldest friends, who has been arrested in a case involving three gunmen who robbed a party boat. Dwight’s investigation brings him face to face with an old flame and gives him a chance to perform with one of his old band members from his high school days.

Directors: Greg Beeman
Writer: Matt Payne
Polk Salad Annie
191 votes

#15 - Polk Salad Annie

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/13/2010

The attempted murder of a BBQ king brings suspicion upon someone in his inner circle, requiring Sutton to go undercover as a ladies man to get the true story. And Lt. Rice has to show some tough love when her college-age son gets in trouble with the law.

Directors: David Von Ancken
Suspicious Minds
220 votes

#16 - Suspicious Minds

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/3/2010

When a private plane is found abandoned in a riverside park, the squad hits the trail in search of a pair of the owners, a couple of elderly lottery winners who may have been kidnapped. Meanwhile, Greenback catches a close friend in a compromising position. And Lt. Rice catches the eye of a handsome Coast Guard officer.

Writer: Scott Kaufer
It's Alright Mama
613 votes

#17 - It's Alright Mama

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/22/2010

Memphis detective Dwight Hendricks, a Southern charmer with a passion for his city and blues music. In the series opener, Dwight investigates the abuse of an elderly female disc jockey, but his loose crime-fighting manner irritates his disciplined boss.

Directors: Clark Johnson
Run On
217 votes

#18 - Run On

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/27/2010

After very popular local boxer is beaten up, suspicion falls on several people who stood to lose a lot from his impending retirement. Sutton goes on a quest to correct a missed opportunity from his past.

Directors: Randy Zisk
At the River
192 votes

#19 - At the River

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/14/2011

In the second-season opener, the squad is plunged into a case involving the death of an admired police officer who may have been involved with a white supremacist group. The case hits home for Dwight, who relates to the son of the officer left behind. It also introduces Dwight to Claire Ryan (guest star Beau Garrett from TRON: Legacy), a tough investigator from Internal Affairs. Meanwhile, Rice starts riding Whitehead about taking the lieutenant's exam, but her reasons for wanting him to pass aren't exactly a vote of confidence.

Directors: Michael Katleman
Writer: Jan Nash
Baby, Let's Play House
252 votes

#20 - Baby, Let's Play House

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/29/2010

Dwight and Whitehead search for a missing truck driver after his young son tells his classmates he was kidnapped Meanwhile, Dwight tries to come to terms with his mother dating a man he doesn’t trust. And Dwight’s ex-wife, Alex, keeps sending mixed signals.

Directors: Kevin Dowling

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