The BEST episodes of NCIS

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

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.

Last Updated: 7/5/2024Network: CBSStatus: Continuing
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Family First
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8.28
1795 votes

#1 - Family First

Season 13 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/17/2016

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.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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The Stories We Leave Behind
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8.25
381 votes

#2 - The Stories We Leave Behind

Season 21 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/19/2024

As NCIS mourns the loss of Ducky, the agents find comfort in working on one of his unfinished cases involving a woman whose father was dishonorably discharged from the Marines.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Keep Going
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8.18
2006 votes

#3 - Keep Going

Season 14 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/24/2017

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

Directors: Terrence O'Hara
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Till Death Do Us Part
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8.06
2807 votes

#4 - Till Death Do Us Part

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/15/2012

Terrorism shakes the foundations of the Navy and NCIS to such an extent that Gibbs and the team face surprises that will devastate them.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Twilight
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8.03
1420 votes

#5 - Twilight

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/24/2005

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.

Directors: Thomas J. Wright
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Pyramid
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8.02
3140 votes

#6 - Pyramid

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/17/2011

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.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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She
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8.00
1093 votes

#7 - She

Season 16 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/12/2019

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.

Directors: Mark Horowitz
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House Divided
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7.99
2004 votes

#8 - House Divided

Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/26/2017

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

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Damned If You Do
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7.99
2089 votes

#9 - Damned If You Do

Season 10 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/14/2013

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.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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The Arizona
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7.99
781 votes

#10 - The Arizona

Season 17 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/14/2020

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.

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Rendezvous
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7.98
2045 votes

#11 - Rendezvous

Season 14 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/16/2017

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.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Dead Letter
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7.98
1719 votes

#12 - Dead Letter

Season 13 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/10/2016

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.

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Shabbat Shalom (1)
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7.97
2319 votes

#13 - Shabbat Shalom (1)

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/8/2013

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.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Judgement Day (1)
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7.96
1430 votes

#14 - Judgement Day (1)

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/20/2008

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

Directors: Thomas J. Wright
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Heartland
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7.96
2059 votes

#15 - Heartland

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/14/2008

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

Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writer: Jesse Stern
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Spinning Wheel
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7.96
1387 votes

#16 - Spinning Wheel

Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/15/2015

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.

Directors: Terrence O'Hara
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Scope
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7.96
1345 votes

#17 - Scope

Season 13 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/15/2016

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.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Homefront
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7.94
1629 votes

#18 - Homefront

Season 13 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/3/2016

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.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Mona Lisa
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7.94
1055 votes

#19 - Mona Lisa

Season 16 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/2/2019

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.

Directors: Alrick Riley
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Rule Fifty-One
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7.94
2671 votes

#20 - Rule Fifty-One

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/25/2010

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

Directors: Dennis Smith
Writer: Jesse Stern
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Shiva (2)
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7.94
2454 votes

#21 - Shiva (2)

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/15/2013

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.

Directors: Arvin Brown
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Requiem
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7.93
1678 votes

#22 - Requiem

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/6/2007

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.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Rule 91
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7.92
621 votes

#23 - Rule 91

Season 18 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/25/2021

While pursuing a dangerous arms dealer, the team is shocked when Bishop is implicated in an old NSA leak while Gibbs and Marcie realize the killer they've been tracking may be onto them.

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SWAK
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7.92
1529 votes

#24 - SWAK

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/10/2005

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.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Swan Song
star
7.92
3250 votes

#25 - Swan Song

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/10/2011

After new evidence reveals that the Port-to-Port killer has infiltrated the agency, the NCIS teams chase every lead in a race to track him down.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writer: Jesse Stern
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