The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

NCIS: Los Angeles is a drama about the high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security, specifically Naval and Marine assets and personnel.

Blye, K. (2)

#1 - Blye, K. (2)

Season 3 - Episode 17

The team continues to search for new evidence to prove Kensi Blye’s innocence after a private meeting involving her deceased father’s sniper unit turns deadly.

star 8.27
388 votes
Writers: Dave Kalstein
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Lange, H.

#2 - Lange, H.

Season 3 - Episode 1

The Special Projects team travels to Romania to search for Hetty, while delving into the history of the Comescu crime family, and their connection to Callen. Meanwhile, Eric and Nell discover that Lauren Hunter, the Office of Special Projects' Operations Manager, is a member of the Comescus.

star 8.26
440 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
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Sans Voir (2)

#3 - Sans Voir (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24

The team is drawn into a deadly mind game against a master criminal motivated by revenge.

star 8.25
133 votes
Writers: Shane Brennan
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Familia

#4 - Familia

Season 2 - Episode 24

Hetty's sudden resignation prompts Callen and the NCIS team to investigate the reason why she would disappear in the hopes of tracking her down.

star 8.24
369 votes
Writers: Shane Brennan
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Callen, G

#5 - Callen, G

Season 1 - Episode 24

Callen races against a ruthless adversary to locate a woman who knows the whereabouts of a forgotten fortune earmarked to fund a new war in the Middle East - and also holds the tantalizing key to his unknown past.

star 8.20
340 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
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Neighborhood Watch

#6 - Neighborhood Watch

Season 3 - Episode 22

Kensi and Deeks are sent undercover as married couple Melissa and Justin when evidence points to a Russian sleeper cell in a suburban neighborhood.

star 8.14
370 votes
Directors: Robert Florio
Writers: Christina M. Kim
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Ninguna Salida

#7 - Ninguna Salida

Season 9 - Episode 24

Despite several team members having grave reservations, NCIS travels to Mexico for a risky mission to locate and rescue Mosley’s son.

star 8.14
282 votes
Writers: Joe Sachs, R. Scott Gemmill
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Descent (1)

#8 - Descent (1)

Season 4 - Episode 24

A nuclear explosion in the Pacific reignites the search for stolen nuclear weapons and prompts Hetty to shuffle the NCIS: LA partnerships, sending Callen and Kensi overseas and leaving Sam and Deeks teamed up state side.

star 8.12
469 votes
Writers: Frank Military
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Personal

#9 - Personal

Season 2 - Episode 17

Deeks' morning routine is disrupted when he is shot during a convenience store robbery, leaving the NCIS team to investigate whether he was the assailants' intended target.

star 8.11
386 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: Joseph C. Wilson
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Random On Purpose

#10 - Random On Purpose

Season 1 - Episode 9

Forensic scientist Abby Sciuto joins the Los Angeles NCIS team when a murder case resembles the pattern for a serial killer she has been tracking.

star 8.11
416 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Speed Weed
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Allegiance

#11 - Allegiance

Season 5 - Episode 13

While in Afghanistan, Kensi and Granger join the team on a joint case when a federal agent in Los Angeles tied to Hawala, an ancient system of money transfer, is murdered.

star 8.10
519 votes
Writers: Frank Military, Andrew Bartels
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Blye, K. (1)

#12 - Blye, K. (1)

Season 3 - Episode 16

The team searches for new evidence to prove Kensi Blye’s innocence after she is taken into custody as the lead suspect in a murder investigation involving her deceased father’s sniper unit.

star 8.10
379 votes
Writers: Joseph C. Wilson
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Spoils of War

#13 - Spoils of War

Season 5 - Episode 19

After learning that Special Agent Kensi Blye disappeared and the Taliban may be he holding her captive, Hetty sends the NCIS: LA team to Afghanistan on a rescue mission.

star 8.10
531 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
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Sans Voir (1)

#14 - Sans Voir (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23

Callen and the team confront their vengeful adversary, the Chameleon, when an undercover case ignites a deadly mind game orchestrated by the criminal mastermind.

star 8.09
354 votes
Writers: Gil Grant
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Plan B

#15 - Plan B

Season 2 - Episode 22

Deeks resumes an old alias he is not fond of in order to protect his best friend and chief informant from a criminal group that wants him dead.

star 8.08
380 votes
Writers: Dave Kalstein, Joseph C. Wilson
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Crimeleon

#16 - Crimeleon

Season 3 - Episode 15

With Assistant Director Granger critiquing every move, the NCIS team must track down a chameleon-like killer who has evaded law enforcement agents, including their very own Special Agent G. Callen, across several countries.

star 8.07
381 votes
Writers: Frank Military
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Enemy Within

#17 - Enemy Within

Season 2 - Episode 19

NCIS investigates whether the life of a Venezuelan politician is in danger after a Navy Intelligence Commander who is responsible for tracking his moves suddenly disappears.

star 8.07
360 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Lindsay Jewett Sturman
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The Job

#18 - The Job

Season 2 - Episode 20

When an attempted robbery takes place at a secure facility on a Marine base, Kensi must determine what the thief intended to steal.

star 8.07
356 votes
Writers: Christina M. Kim, Frank Military
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Impact

#19 - Impact

Season 5 - Episode 2

In an effort to help Sam and Deeks return to work, Hetty calls upon Operational Psychologist Nate Getz to help them cope with their traumatic experience. Meanwhile, the rest of the NCIS: LA team investigates the murder of a former Navy Admiral and a controversial journalist aboard a private jet.

star 8.07
553 votes
Writers: Sara Servi, R. Scott Gemmill
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A Line in the Sand

#20 - A Line in the Sand

Season 9 - Episode 23

After Sam is shot during a firefight with the cartel, a suspect is interrogated and reveals new information on the whereabouts of Spencer Williams, the man who kidnapped Mosley’s son five years ago.

star 8.05
638 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
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Unleashed

#21 - Unleashed

Season 8 - Episode 24

Following the kidnapping of Sam’s wife, Michelle Hanna, Sam goes rogue from the NCIS team and attempts to stop his arch nemesis Tahir Khaled from ever targeting his family again.

star 8.05
1,451 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
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Merry Evasion

#22 - Merry Evasion

Season 5 - Episode 12

A senator’s daughter is the victim of a home invasion. The team investigate to determine if it was a random crime or a targeted attack due to her father’s crackdown on international cyber warfare. Meanwhile, Kensi’s holiday spirit changes after she receives a surprise Christmas gift.

star 8.05
525 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Kyle Harimoto
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Hot Water

#23 - Hot Water

Season 8 - Episode 13

The mole has once again compromised the NCIS team as planted evidence results in the arrests of Callen, Sam, Granger and Deeks, on the day Under Secretary Duggan returns for Hetty’s resignation.

star 8.04
1,324 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Anastasia Kousakis
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Rocket Man

#24 - Rocket Man

Season 2 - Episode 21

After a rocket engine expert is killed, NCIS tech operator Eric Beale goes undercover for the first time to ensure that the classified technology used to build satellites is safe.

star 8.03
368 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Roger Director
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Deep Trouble (1)

#25 - Deep Trouble (1)

Season 5 - Episode 24

When the team and DEA uncover the cartel's plans to slyly transport billions of dollars’ worth of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S. using a submarine, Callen and Sam must quickly locate the missing vessel. Hetty is called to Washington in the aftermath of the controversial mission in Afghanistan.

star 8.03
512 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
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