The Best Episodes of NCIS

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

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.

Twilight

#1 - Twilight

Season 2 - Episode 23

A group of serial terrorists seek revenge and send Ari (guest star Rudolf Martin) 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 8.37
400 votes
Writers: John C. Kelley
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Till Death Do Us Part

#2 - Till Death Do Us Part

Season 9 - Episode 24

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 8.33
550 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg
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Family First

#3 - Family First

Season 13 - Episode 24

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 8.32
1,742 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg, Scott A. Williams
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Judgement Day (2)

#4 - Judgement Day (2)

Season 5 - Episode 19

When one of their own is killed, the team must find the killer before they get to another member of the team, Gibbs. In an emotional investigation, the team tries to stay together, against the wishes of Assistant Director Vance.

star 8.31
158 votes
Writers: David North, Christopher J. Waild
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Damned If You Do

#5 - Damned If You Do

Season 10 - Episode 24

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 8.30
668 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg
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Hiatus (2)

#6 - Hiatus (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24

The NCIS team must work on an assignment against a terrorist group without Gibbs, who is still recovering from the explosion. Gibbs has to fight with memory loss, while he's visited by his mentor and his former boss. His help is needed, expecially when the team discovers that Gibbs is the only person who has informations about the terrorists' plans, so he needs to retrieve his memory before the terrorists attack.

star 8.26
353 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Honor Thy Father

#7 - Honor Thy Father

Season 11 - Episode 24

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 8.24
694 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg, Gina Lucita Monreal
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Shabbat Shalom (1)

#8 - Shabbat Shalom (1)

Season 10 - Episode 11

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 8.24
560 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Christopher J. Waild
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SWAK

#9 - SWAK

Season 2 - Episode 22

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. Meanwhile, Tony's health gets worse...

star 8.23
415 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Judgement Day (1)

#10 - Judgement Day (1)

Season 5 - Episode 18

When a former NCIS agent is found dead, the entire team is put in danger as they hunt after the killer.

star 8.23
351 votes
Writers: David North, Steven D. Binder
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Pyramid

#11 - Pyramid

Season 8 - Episode 24

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 8.22
483 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Gary Glasberg
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Seek

#12 - Seek

Season 10 - Episode 18

The wife of a Marine who specialized in K-9 bomb detection urges the NCIS team to investigate the recent death of her husband in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Director Vance asks for the team’s assistance as he interviews nannies.

star 8.22
625 votes
Writers: Scott Williams
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Heartland

#13 - Heartland

Season 6 - Episode 4

When a murder investigation leads the team to Gibbs' hometown, secrets about his past are revealed.

star 8.21
410 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Jesse Stern
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Double Blind

#14 - Double Blind

Season 10 - Episode 23

A Department of Defense investigator scrutinizes the NCIS team’s response to the Bodnar case involving the murder of Ziva’s father and Vance’s wife. Meanwhile, the team examines whether a Petty Officer is suffering from paranoia or if his claims of being followed are tied to a matter of national security.

star 8.19
629 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Christopher J. Walid, Steven D. Binder
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Berlin

#15 - Berlin

Season 10 - Episode 21

While the NCIS team investigates the murder of a Mossad officer in Virginia, Tony and Ziva depart for Berlin as they track her father’s killer.

star 8.18
635 votes
Writers: Scott Williams, Gina Lucita Monreal
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Kill Ari (2)

#16 - Kill Ari (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2

Still stressed over Kate's death, Gibbs is even more hurt when Ari kidnaps Ducky and decides to play with his mind. Gibbs sends Tony to follow Ziva, and after Jenny and Gibbs are almost shot to death, he is even more determined to finish once and for all with Ari, and Ziva's strange connection to Ari will be just the help that he needs.

star 8.17
421 votes
Writers: Donald P. Bellisario
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Rule Fifty-One

#17 - Rule Fifty-One

Season 7 - Episode 24

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

star 8.16
409 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Jesse Stern
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Truth or Consequences

#18 - Truth or Consequences

Season 7 - Episode 1

As the hunt for Ziva's replacement begins, Gibbs and his remaining team members must head back to work with the past still weighing heavily on their minds.

star 8.15
513 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Jesse Stern
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Past, Present and Future

#19 - Past, Present and Future

Season 11 - Episode 2

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 8.15
832 votes
Writers: Scott Williams, Gina Lucita Monreal
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Call of Silence

#20 - Call of Silence

Season 2 - Episode 7

Ernie Yost, an elder Marine veteran confesses to murdering his best friends almost 60 years ago in a war battle and the NCIS's job is to solve all the secrets and save Ernie from prison.

star 8.15
420 votes
Writers: Roger Director
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Keep Going

#21 - Keep Going

Season 14 - Episode 13

While investigating a hit and run, Palmer spots a man on a ledge and attempts to talk him down.

star 8.14
2,066 votes
Writers: Scott A. Williams
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Engaged (1)

#22 - Engaged (1)

Season 9 - Episode 8

The NCIS team uncovers a discrepancy with DNA remains when investigating the crash of a military plane that had been transporting caskets.

star 8.11
506 votes
Writers: Gina Lucita Monreal
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Devil's Triad

#23 - Devil's Triad

Season 11 - Episode 10

Complications arise when the NCIS team discovers a link between a murder victim and the current boyfriend of Gibbs and Agent Fornell’s ex-wife. Meanwhile, NSA Analyst Ellie Bishop adjusts to joining the NCIS team.

star 8.11
769 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Steven D. Binder
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Shiva (2)

#24 - Shiva (2)

Season 10 - Episode 12

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 8.10
575 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Scott Williams
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The Admiral's Daughter

#25 - The Admiral's Daughter

Season 11 - Episode 23

Director Vance gives DiNozzo a special assignment to bring home an Admiral’s daughter from Paris, but he must turn to his NCIS team for help after he enters a controversial crime scene.

star 8.08
721 votes
Writers: Christopher Silber, Steven D. Binder
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