The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2019

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 8.26
402 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Dave Kalstein
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Sans Voir (2)

#2 - Sans Voir (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24

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

star 8.24
138 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Shane Brennan
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Lange, H.

#3 - 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 8.23
454 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
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 8.23
379 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 8.18
352 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
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Ninguna Salida

#6 - 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 8.15
312 votes
Writers: Joe Sachs, R. Scott Gemmill
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Neighborhood Watch

#7 - 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
380 votes
Directors: Robert Florio
Writers: Christina M. Kim
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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
473 votes
Writers: Frank Military
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Allegiance

#9 - 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
529 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Frank Military, Andrew Bartels
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Spoils of War

#10 - 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
539 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
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Random On Purpose

#11 - 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 8.10
428 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Speed Weed
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Personal

#12 - 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 8.10
396 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: Joseph C. Wilson
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Blye, K. (1)

#13 - 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 8.08
393 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Joseph C. Wilson
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Plan B

#14 - 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 8.07
389 votes
Writers: Dave Kalstein, Joseph C. Wilson
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Impact

#15 - 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
561 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Sara Servi, R. Scott Gemmill
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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 8.06
393 votes
Writers: Frank Military
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A Line in the Sand

#17 - 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 8.06
686 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
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Enemy Within

#18 - 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 8.06
372 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Lindsay Jewett Sturman
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Sans Voir (1)

#19 - 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 8.05
369 votes
Writers: Gil Grant
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The Job

#20 - 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 8.05
366 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Christina M. Kim, 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
1,468 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
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Hot Water

#22 - 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
1,341 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Anastasia Kousakis
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Merry Evasion

#23 - 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 8.04
534 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Kyle Harimoto
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Deep Trouble (1)

#24 - 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
522 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
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Rocket Man

#25 - 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
378 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Roger Director
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