The Best Episodes of Memphis Beat

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018

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.

Identity Crisis

#1 - Identity Crisis

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 8.60
25 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Jim Adler
Lost

#2 - Lost

Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

star 8.51
26 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Jim Adler
Ten Little Memphians

#3 - Ten Little Memphians

Season 2 - Episode 9

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

star 8.45
22 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Bill Chais, Blair Singer
I Want to Be Free

#4 - I Want to Be Free

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 8.45
20 votes
Writers: Liz Garcia, Joshua Harto
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Things We Carry

#5 - Things We Carry

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

star 8.43
23 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Blair Singer
Flesh and Blood

#6 - Flesh and Blood

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.39
23 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Liz Garcia, Joshua Harto
Body of Evidence

#7 - Body of Evidence

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.39
23 votes
Writers: Jonathan I. Kidd, Sonya Winton
Troubled Water

#8 - Troubled Water

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.37
24 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Matt Payne
I Shall Not Be Moved

#9 - I Shall Not Be Moved

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.21
24 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Scott Kaufer
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The Feud

#10 - The Feud

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 8.19
21 votes
Writers: Jan Nash
Don't Be So Cruel

#11 - Don't Be So Cruel

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.13
23 votes
Writers: Joshua Harto, Liz Garcia, Angelina Burnett
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Inside Man

#12 - Inside Man

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.13
26 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Bill Chais
At the River

#13 - At the River

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 8.12
24 votes
Writers: Jan Nash
Love Her Tender

#14 - Love Her Tender

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

star 8.09
33 votes
Writers: Joshua Harto, Liz W. Garcia
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Polk Salad Annie

#15 - Polk Salad Annie

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.97
27 votes
Writers: Tom Smuts, Meredith Stiehm
One Night of Sin

#16 - One Night of Sin

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.87
26 votes
Writers: Angelina Burnett
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Run On

#17 - Run On

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.87
22 votes
Directors: Randall Zisk
Writers: Sean Whitesell
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Suspicious Minds

#18 - Suspicious Minds

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.87
23 votes
Writers: Scott Kaufer
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Baby, Let's Play House

#19 - Baby, Let's Play House

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.68
31 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Sean Whitesell, Liz Garcia, Joshua Harto
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It's Alright Mama

#20 - It's Alright Mama

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.59
56 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Joshua Harto, Liz W. Garcia