The BEST Episodes of NCIS

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Network: CBS

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.

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Family First

#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.

star 8.30
2,030 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg, Scott A. Williams
Keep Going

#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.

star 8.19
2,299 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Scott A. Williams
Till Death Do Us Part

#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.

star 8.07
2,825 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg

#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.

star 8.05
1,402 votes
Writers: John C. Kelley

#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.

star 8.04
3,151 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Gary Glasberg
Damned If You Do

#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.

star 8.03
2,146 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg

#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.

star 8.02
1,061 votes
Directors: Mark Horowitz
Writers: Gina Lucita Monreal
House Divided

#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

star 8.02
2,241 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Steven D. Binder
Great Wide Open

#9 - Great Wide Open

Season 19 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 2021

Gibbs and McGee head to Alaska while the team works at home to uncover the conspiracy behind the serial killer.

star 8.01
285 votes
The Arizona

#10 - The Arizona

Season 17 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 14, 2020

The team tries to verify the identity of Joe Smith, who claims he served on the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and wants to be buried there upon his death.

star 8.01
708 votes

#11 - 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.

star 8.00
2,315 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck, Steven D. Binder
Shabbat Shalom (1)

#12 - 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.

star 8.00
2,347 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Christopher J. Waild
Judgement Day (1)

#13 - 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.

star 7.99
1,428 votes
Writers: David North, Steven D. Binder
Dead Letter

#14 - 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.

star 7.98
1,917 votes
Writers: Steven D. Binder

#15 - 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.

star 7.98
2,057 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Jesse Stern

#16 - 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.

star 7.98
1,458 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg, Gina Lucita Monreal
Spinning Wheel

#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.

star 7.97
1,506 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Steven D. Binder
Nearly Departed

#18 - Nearly Departed

Season 19 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2021

While trying to find the serial killer Gibbs was after, the NCIS team discovers another person has been tracking the case as well.

star 7.97
365 votes

#19 - 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.

star 7.97
1,837 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Gina Lucita Monreal, Jennifer Corbett
Honor Thy Father

#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.

star 7.96
1,712 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg, Gina Lucita Monreal
Shiva (2)

#21 - 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.

star 7.96
2,487 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Scott Williams
Mona Lisa

#22 - 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.

star 7.95
1,021 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Brendan Fehily, David J. North
Rule Fifty-One

#23 - Rule Fifty-One

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 2010

Gibbs heads to Mexico to face his demons and make a startling decision.

star 7.95
2,674 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Jesse Stern
Past, Present and Future

#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.

star 7.94
2,322 votes
Writers: Gina Lucita Monreal, Scott Williams
Something Blue

#25 - 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.

star 7.93
2,172 votes
Writers: Jennifer Corbett, Scott Williams