The BEST Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2022

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.

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Ninguna Salida (2)

#1 - Ninguna Salida (2)

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 8.15
382 votes
Writers: Joe Sachs, R. Scott Gemmill
Sans Voir (2)

#2 - 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 8.15
581 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Shane Brennan
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
1,464 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Anastasia Kousakis
A Line in the Sand (1)

#4 - A Line in the Sand (1)

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 8.07
793 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military

#5 - 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
1,622 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill

#6 - 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
2,052 votes
Writers: Shane Brennan
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
1,941 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
Till Death Do Us Part

#8 - 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
704 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill

#9 - 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
2,144 votes
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 8.00
1,236 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
Descent (1)

#11 - 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 7.98
1,543 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Frank Military
Blye, K. (2)

#12 - 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 7.98
2,023 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Dave Kalstein
Russia, Russia, Russia

#13 - Russia, Russia, Russia

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 21, 2021

When Callen goes to the National Counterterrorism Center on the pretext of interrogating a Russian asset from the crashed plane case he investigated months earlier, the tables are turned and he is detained, accused of being a Russian agent.

star 7.97
309 votes
Directors: Daniela Ruah
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Lange, H.

#14 - 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
2,275 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
Sans Voir (1)

#15 - 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 7.95
1,647 votes
Writers: Gil Grant
Code of Conduct

#16 - 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 7.94
439 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
To Live and Die in Mexico (3)

#17 - To Live and Die in Mexico (3)

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 7.94
840 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military

#18 - 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 7.94
1,594 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military

#19 - 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 7.94
1,685 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Các Tù Nhân

#20 - 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 7.93
1,088 votes
Directors: James Hanlon
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
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 7.93
1,455 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Old Tricks

#22 - 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
1,665 votes
Writers: Andrew Bartels
False Flag (1)

#23 - 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 7.92
658 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Frank Military

#24 - 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 7.92
533 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Babar Peerzada, Eric Christian Olsen
Under Siege

#25 - 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
1,643 votes
Directors: Ruba Nadda
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill