The BEST Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Network: CBS

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.

Sans Voir (2)

#1 - Sans Voir (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 15, 2012

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

star 8.14
570 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Shane Brennan
Ninguna Salida

#2 - Ninguna Salida

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 2018

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

star 8.12
369 votes
Writers: Joe Sachs, R. Scott Gemmill
Hot Water

#3 - Hot Water

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 15, 2017

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 8.08
1,443 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Anastasia Kousakis
A Line in the Sand

#4 - A Line in the Sand

Season 9 - Episode 23 - Aired May 20, 2018

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 8.06
775 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military

#5 - Familia

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 17, 2011

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 8.05
2,038 votes
Writers: Shane Brennan

#6 - Unleashed

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2017

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
1,598 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Callen, G

#7 - Callen, G

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 2010

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 8.03
1,925 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan

#8 - Found

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 4, 2010

The NCIS team races to save one of their own when they receive video evidence of Special Agent Dominic Vail being held hostage months after he was kidnapped.

star 8.00
2,124 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Till Death Do Us Part

#9 - Till Death Do Us Part

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 17, 2019

After months of planning, the NCIS family celebrates the wedding of Kensi and Deeks. Also, an old acquaintance, Anatoli Kirkin, pays Deeks a surprise visit on his wedding day and he isn’t alone.

star 8.00
674 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Spoils of War

#10 - Spoils of War

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 1, 2014

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 7.99
1,218 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
Code of Conduct

#11 - Code of Conduct

Season 11 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

Sam, Callen and Roundtree travel to Afghanistan when Marine Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie asks NCIS to help with a sensitive case after two SEALs claim their chief murdered an unarmed prisoner.

star 7.98
361 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
Descent (1)

#12 - Descent (1)

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2013

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 7.97
1,521 votes
Writers: Frank Military
Lange, H.

#13 - Lange, H.

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2011

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 7.97
2,254 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
Blye, K. (2)

#14 - Blye, K. (2)

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 28, 2012

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 7.97
2,002 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Dave Kalstein
Các Tù Nhân

#15 - Các Tù Nhân

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 14, 2018

While Hetty is being tortured by her captors in Vietnam, Eric and Nell find a clue to her whereabouts, prompting the team to organize a rescue mission with very little information.

star 7.95
1,063 votes
Directors: James Hanlon
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Sans Voir (1)

#16 - Sans Voir (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2012

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 7.94
1,631 votes
Writers: Gil Grant

#17 - Payback

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 19, 2017

Emotions run high for the team as one agent is held in an unknown location and tortured by the mole, while another discovers he was betrayed by someone he least expected.

star 7.93
1,667 votes
Writers: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Old Tricks

#18 - Old Tricks

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

After a retirement home resident is kidnapped, the NCIS team uncovers a pair of con artists: Ginger and Edward O’Boyle, who hop from home to home scamming the elderly out of their money. Also, Callen confronts his father on his illegal activity and the danger it places on their family.

star 7.93
1,645 votes
Writers: Andrew Bartels

#19 - Uncaged

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 7, 2017

After Sam’s wife, Michelle, is taken from her home, the kidnappers demand the prison release of Tahir Khaled, Sam’s arch nemesis, in exchange for information on her whereabouts.

star 7.93
1,575 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
To Live and Die in Mexico

#20 - To Live and Die in Mexico

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 2018

Gravely injured and unable to communicate with the team in the U.S., Callen, Sam and Kensi, with an unconscious Deeks in tow, search for a safe way home as a cartel boss places a “dead or alive” bounty on their heads. Also, Mosely and retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride beseech their contacts in Mexico and D.C. for assistance with their missing colleagues

star 7.93
816 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
High-Value Target

#21 - High-Value Target

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2016

Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan takes over the NCIS Los Angeles unit when they fail to find a mole.

star 7.92
1,438 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Under Siege

#22 - Under Siege

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 29, 2017

Hetty goes rogue, leaving the NCIS team completely in the dark, and the mole kidnaps one of the agents.

star 7.91
1,621 votes
Directors: Ruba Nadda
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill

#23 - Mother

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 1, 2019

Akhos Laos, a former black ops agent originally recruited and trained by Hetty Lange, returns to seek revenge on Hetty for the life she introduced him to.

star 7.91
482 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Babar Peerzada, Eric Christian Olsen
False Flag (1)

#24 - False Flag (1)

Season 10 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 2019

Callen and Sam work with Navy Captain Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr. to locate a group of ISIS sympathizers aboard the USS Allegiance. Also, Hetty enlists her friend, Navy Lieutenant Colonel Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie, to help obtain information from a Russian diplomat.

star 7.91
620 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Frank Military

#25 - Talion

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 2, 2016

When Sam receives a distress code from his son Aiden that his school has been taken over by an extremist group, Sam, Callen, Kensi and Deeks rush to San Francisco to protect Aiden and free the hostages.

star 7.90
1,180 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill