The BEST Episodes of NCIS
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 9, 2020
Explore the inner workings of the government agency that investigates all crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. Leading this team is NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a skilled investigator and interrogator who is smart, tough and willing to bend the rules to get the job done.
#1 - Family First
Season 13 - Episode 24 - Aired May 17, 2016
The NCIS, FBI and MI6 teams continue the international manhunt for a spy who's targeting current and former agents. Anthony DiNozzo receives life-changing news.
#2 - Keep Going
Season 14 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 24, 2017
While investigating a hit and run, Palmer spots a man on a ledge and attempts to talk him down.
#3 - Till Death Do Us Part
Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired May 15, 2012
Terrorism shakes the foundations of the Navy and NCIS to such an extent that Gibbs and the team face surprises that will devastate them.
#4 - Twilight
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2005
A group of serial terrorists seek revenge and send Ari on an assignment to kill Gibbs. The NCIS team goes on a hunt after him, but when they discover that Ari has a bigger plan, it is already too late – the NCIS team will have to face the death of one of their team members.
#5 - Pyramid
Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired May 17, 2011
The lives of NCIS members are in jeopardy when they come face-to-face with the infamous Port-to-Port killer, on the eighth season finale of NCIS.
#6 - Damned If You Do
Season 10 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2013
The international manhunt for Eli David's killer turns into a federal witch hunt against Gibbs and the team, which questions their unconventional methods and threatens their future at the agency.
#7 - She
Season 16 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 12, 2019
After a malnourished and confused 9-year-old is found hiding in a storage unit, NCIS reopens an old missing persons case when the girl is believed to be the daughter of a Navy recruit who disappeared 10 years ago. Also, Bishop discovers notes that Special Agent Ziva David kept on the case long after NCIS officially stopped investigating.
#8 - House Divided
Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2017
Two months after Gibbs and McGee were last seen fighting an elusive group of rebels in a Paraguay jungle, the NCIS team in D.C. tirelessly searches for their missing colleagues. Also, Vance and Torres are summoned to a congressional hearing regarding the fallout from the Paraguay mission
#9 - Rendezvous
Season 14 - Episode 24 - Aired May 16, 2017
Gibbs, McGee and Torres travel to a remote area in Paraguay, controlled by a group of violent rebels, in an attempt to locate a missing Navy SEAL who disappeared during an unsanctioned trip.
#10 - Judgement Day (1)
Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired May 20, 2008
When a former NCIS agent is found dead, the entire team is put in danger as they hunt after the killer.
#11 - Shabbat Shalom (1)
Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 8, 2013
While the NCIS team investigates the link to a dead journalist and a Navy petty officer, Ziva is taken aback by the sudden emotional visit by her father, who she hasn't seen in more than two years. While Ziva questions the purpose of her father's visit as the Director of Mossad, her father insists he is in the U.S. strictly to see his daughter for Shabbat dinner.
#12 - Dead Letter
Season 13 - Episode 23 - Aired May 10, 2016
The NCIS team, alongside the FBI and MI6, continue an international manhunt for an escaped British spy who has left one colleague fighting for their life in ICU.
#13 - Scope
Season 13 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 15, 2016
The NCIS team re-examines an ambush on a group of Special Ops snipers in Iraq after an American couple is attacked in the same area six months later. When Gibbs discovers he needs the account of the lone survivor, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Davis, he tries to connect with the wounded warrior who is being treated for PTSD at Walter Reed Medical Center.
#14 - Heartland
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 2008
When a murder investigation leads the team to Gibbs' hometown, secrets about his past are revealed.
#15 - Homefront
Season 13 - Episode 22 - Aired May 3, 2016
When a 14-year-old foils a home invasion, Gibbs suspects the teenager is withholding pertinent details. Also, Director Vance and Senior FBI Agent Fornell travel to London as part of the ongoing escaped British spy case.
#16 - Mona Lisa
Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 2, 2019
Torres relies on his team’s investigative skills after he wakes up on a dilapidated fishing boat, covered in blood and unable to remember the last 12 hours.
#17 - Spinning Wheel
Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2015
After Ducky is attacked by a man claiming to have information about his half-brother who died decades ago, the NCIS team searches for the perpetrator, as Ducky recalls the final emotional days he had with his sibling. Also, with the holidays approaching, Bishop and Jake discuss the future of their relationship.
#18 - Shiva (2)
Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 2013
In the aftermath of an event that strikes close to home, the NCIS team unites to seek answers and demand justice in order to protect their most vulnerable colleagues.
#19 - Rule Fifty-One
Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 2010
Gibbs heads to Mexico to face his demons and make a startling decision.
#20 - Honor Thy Father
Season 11 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 2014
The NCIS team investigates whether a fire on a U.S. Navy ship that served as a secret detention site for indicted terrorists was accidental or an intentional diversion for an escape. Meanwhile, Gibbs travels to his childhood home following news of his father’s passing.
#21 - Something Blue
Season 14 - Episode 23 - Aired May 9, 2017
The stress of McGee and Delilah’s imminent wedding takes its toll, as Delilah is rushed to the hospital. Also, the NCIS team travels out to sea after a young and healthy Petty Officer aboard a Navy destroyer dies in his sleep.
#22 - Out of the Darkness (1)
Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2019
Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends, and what led to her return.
#23 - Requiem
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 6, 2007
Gibbs finds himself emotionally challenged when he agrees to investigate a crime connected to a friend of his daughter, who passed away years ago, and the investigation leads to a shocking conclusion.
#24 - Past, Present and Future
Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2013
Determined to locate Ziva, Tony chases leads in Israel in search of her current whereabouts. Meanwhile, Gibbs and the team continue the hunt for Parsa and his growing terrorist ring.
#25 - SWAK
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 10, 2005
When Tony opens a mysterious letter thinking it's for him, a small puff of white powder comes out and it releases a possible deadly virus. Kate calls for help and soon she and Tony are isolated in a bio-hazard isolation room for precausion. McGee and Gibbs work to discover who sent the envelope and how to cure their friends before its too late for them. Tony's health gets worse.