The BEST Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2019

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.

Blye, K. (2)

#1 - 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 8.25
422 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Dave Kalstein
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 8.24
143 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Shane Brennan

#3 - 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 8.22
403 votes
Writers: Shane Brennan
Lange, H.

#4 - 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 8.22
480 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
Callen, G

#5 - 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 8.17
375 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Shane Brennan
Neighborhood Watch

#6 - Neighborhood Watch

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2012

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 8.13
398 votes
Directors: Robert Florio
Writers: Christina M. Kim
Ninguna Salida

#7 - 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
330 votes
Writers: Joe Sachs, R. Scott Gemmill
Descent (1)

#8 - 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 8.11
496 votes
Writers: Frank Military

#9 - Allegiance

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 14, 2014

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 8.11
550 votes
Directors: Eric Laneuville
Writers: Frank Military, Andrew Bartels

#10 - Personal

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 22, 2011

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
420 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: Joseph C. Wilson
Spoils of War

#11 - 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 8.09
554 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military
Random On Purpose

#12 - Random On Purpose

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 24, 2009

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 8.09
464 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Speed Weed
Blye, K. (1)

#13 - Blye, K. (1)

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 2012

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
414 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Joseph C. Wilson
Sans Voir (1)

#14 - 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 8.07
387 votes
Writers: Gil Grant
Plan B

#15 - Plan B

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 3, 2011

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 8.06
409 votes
Writers: Dave Kalstein, Joseph C. Wilson
A Line in the Sand

#16 - 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
728 votes
Directors: Frank Military
Writers: Frank Military

#17 - Impact

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2013

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 8.05
582 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Sara Servi, R. Scott Gemmill

#18 - 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
1,501 votes
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
The Job

#19 - The Job

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 29, 2011

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
389 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Christina M. Kim, Frank Military

#20 - Crimeleon

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 14, 2012

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 8.04
416 votes
Writers: Frank Military
Hot Water

#21 - 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 8.04
1,373 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Anastasia Kousakis
Enemy Within

#22 - Enemy Within

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 22, 2011

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 8.04
395 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Lindsay Jewett Sturman
Merry Evasion

#23 - Merry Evasion

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 2013

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 8.03
554 votes
Directors: Karen Gaviola
Writers: Kyle Harimoto
Deep Trouble (1)

#24 - Deep Trouble (1)

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 2014

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 8.02
542 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Ascension (2)

#25 - Ascension (2)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2013

While Sam and Deeks recover from traumatic torture that will have a lasting impact on their personal and professional relationships, lives are still in jeopardy as the NCIS: LA team searches for stolen nuclear weapons.

star 8.02
617 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Frank Military