The BEST Episodes of NCIS: New Orleans

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Network: CBS

The NCIS's New Orleans field office investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne 'King' Pride, a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with him is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith 'Merri' Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner, Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride's team is at its best.

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Checkmate (2)

#1 - Checkmate (2)

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 15, 2018

Pride’s newly formed off-the-books team and NCIS team uncover a sinister plot during the New Orleans Tricentennial Fleet Week celebration.

star 8.13
256 votes
Writers: Christopher Silber
Checkmate (1)

#2 - Checkmate (1)

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2018

Pride assembles an off-the-books team with hacker Elvis Bertrand, retired Green Beret Sydney Halliday journalist Oliver Crane and attorney Elliott Newman, to search for a loophole when he faces a grand jury indictment for abuse of power.

star 8.05
598 votes
Directors: Jim Hayman
Writers: Brad Kern
Poetic Justice

#3 - Poetic Justice

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 16, 2017

Unable to trust anyone in New Orleans, the NCIS team calls in FBI Assistant Director Isler to help expose and stop the sinister scheme Mayor Hamilton has planned for the residents of Clearwater. Season Finale.

star 8.04
1,271 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Brad Kern
Sleeping with the Enemy

#4 - Sleeping with the Enemy

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 17, 2016

The NCIS team uncovers a mole in the ranks while working with the Department of Homeland Security to locate 900 missing pounds of explosives that pose an imminent threat to New Orleans.

star 7.97
1,009 votes
Directors: James Hayman
Writers: Christopher Silber
Down the Rabbit Hole

#5 - Down the Rabbit Hole

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 9, 2017

After Pride is spotted tracking one of Mayor Hamilton’s accomplices, the suspect opens fire on a crowded street before disappearing.

star 7.95
1,220 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Brad Kern
Sister City (2)

#6 - Sister City (2)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 2016

While Special Agent Pride and the New Orleans team investigate a Russian sleeper agent who was involved with Abby’s brother, Luca, Sebastian flies to D.C. to partner with Abby on the forensics in the case. Also, Bishop drives through the night to deliver a package and work the case with the New Orleans team. (Sister City (1) aired on NCIS, season 13, episode 12.)

star 7.91
714 votes
Quid Pro Quo

#7 - Quid Pro Quo

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 28, 2017

While investigating a deadly accident at a naval base, NCIS discovers a unit of Seabees was poisoned with a contagious super virus leaving the rest of the base and the entire city of New Orleans at risk for a catastrophic outbreak. Also, during the autopsy, Wade is infected with the virus and given hours to live if an antidote can’t be found.

star 7.89
1,297 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Zach Strauss
Something in the Air (2)

#8 - Something in the Air (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 15, 2020

As Tammy and Carter continue to investigate the suspicious death aboard a COVID-infected humanitarian ship offshore, Pride and the team discover that the PPE they were sent to distribute may hold the key to finding the killer. Also, Rita returns to New Orleans to surprise Pride, Wade helps a grieving woman who can't find her brother who died from COVID-19, and Patton and his goddaughter get into a heated argument.

star 7.86
264 votes
Writers: Christopher Silber, Jan Nash
Chaos Theory

#9 - Chaos Theory

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 30, 2019

The NCIS team investigates a deadly bombing at a military museum event with over 1,000 people in attendance.

star 7.85
462 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Brooke Roberts
The River Styx (2)

#10 - The River Styx (2)

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2019

After tracking Apollyon, a deadly underground spy network, to war-torn South Ossetia, Pride is separated from the team and faces grave danger. Also, in order to save Pride, the NCIS team must locate a mole who continues to feed information to Apollyon.

star 7.84
466 votes
Writers: Christopher Silber
Powder Keg

#11 - Powder Keg

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 17, 2018

Pride and his bar patrons, including Sydney Halliday who is visiting Pride after leaving the Army, are held hostage by a group of volatile thieves.

star 7.83
767 votes
Directors: Mary Lou Belli
Writers: Talicia Raggs
Escape Plan

#12 - Escape Plan

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2016

The NCIS team must rescue one of their own after Sebastian is kidnapped while at a restaurant with his mother, Sylvia Lund, and forced to use his gaming skills in a prison break.

star 7.83
1,276 votes
Writers: David Appelbaum
Matthew 5:9

#13 - Matthew 5:9

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 5, 2019

Lasalle hopes to avenge his brother’s murder by tracking a drug ring in Alabama he believes is responsible. When Pride assists with the case, he crosses paths with Eddie Barrett, an elusive individual who knows more than he is sharing.

star 7.83
409 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Chad Gomez Creasey
Let it Ride

#14 - Let it Ride

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 17, 2017

Sebastian is sent undercover and Patton exercises his former gambling skills, as Pride and the team attempt a dangerous operation to trap Garcia.

star 7.82
1,049 votes
Writers: Brad Kern, Taylor Streitz
Mind Games

#15 - Mind Games

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 2018

Gregorio calls on Claire McGrady, her former behavioral science professor, when the team’s latest case matches one she studied during FBI training.

star 7.81
678 votes
Directors: Gordon Lonsdale
Writers: Greta Heinemann, Taylor Streitz
Stolen Valor

#16 - Stolen Valor

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 16, 2014

The NCIS team investigates the murder of a retired SEAL who tracked down individuals impersonating military personnel. But the case takes a mysterious turn when the lead suspect is found with the Navy-issued jacket of an officer believed to have been killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Also, Brody discovers the normally holiday-obsessed Lasalle is inexplicably unenthusiastic about Christmas.

star 7.81
832 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Laurie Arent
Inside Out

#17 - Inside Out

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2018

As the team searches for a former IRA bomb-maker who was smuggled into the city, they are joined by Special Agent Hannah Khoury, Pride’s replacement during his medical leave. Also, Pride considers a new position with the agency.

star 7.81
622 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Adam Targum
If It Bleeds, It Leads

#18 - If It Bleeds, It Leads

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 15, 2016

Brody believes that a sailor hit by a party bus in the French Quarter is connected to her sister’s death after the NCIS team discovers similarities between the two. The team prepares for St. Patrick’s Day festivities in New Orleans.

star 7.81
904 votes
Directors: Bethany Rooney
Writers: David Appelbaum
Means to an End

#19 - Means to an End

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 22, 2016

The NCIS team discovers a surveillance van filled with photos documenting Special Agent Pride’s every move after his daughter Laurel is attacked on campus and placed in protective custody.

star 7.81
906 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Christopher Silber
Hell on the High Water

#20 - Hell on the High Water

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 24, 2017

After Pride travels to a deep sea oil rig for a murder investigation, the team uncovers a gas leak that's on the verge of causing a catastrophic explosion. Also, Sebastian starts his NCIS special agent training at FLETEC.

star 7.81
1,215 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Zach Strauss
The Assassination of Dwayne Pride

#21 - The Assassination of Dwayne Pride

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2018

When journalist Oliver Crane posts a scathing article documenting Pride’s “reckless use of justice,” the team is concerned about the fallout from the piece and the confidential information included in the story. Also, Rita Devereaux warns Pride that someone in D.C. has coordinated this attack on him, and the article is just the beginning.

star 7.81
655 votes
Directors: Ed Ornelas
Writers: Chad Gomez Creasey, Katherine Beattie, Ron McGee
I Do

#22 - I Do

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2015

The NCIS team must determine why a murdered Navy drone pilot was using a black market drone to obtain military surveillance, and whether the drone’s footage is linked to his death.

star 7.80
919 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Sam Humphrey

#23 - Knockout

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 2, 2017

After the Belle Chase Navy Chaplain and pastor at Clearwater Baptist is murdered, Pride believes he found a connection between Mayor Hamilton and the illegal activity taking place in the city of Clearwater. Also, Percy continues to face repercussions of her choices on a previous case.

star 7.80
1,200 votes
Directors: Gordon Lonsdale
Writers: Chad Gomez Creasey, Greta Heinemann
Blue Christmas

#24 - Blue Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2015

A string of Christmas burglaries turns deadly and the evidence leads the NCIS team to Wade’s adopted son, Danny. Also, Lasalle and Brody tease Sonja about the high stakes of drawing Pride in the team’s Secret Santa holiday exchange.

star 7.80
869 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Zach Strauss
Touched by the Sun

#25 - Touched by the Sun

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 2015

When a female combat pilot and Navy hero dies in an air-show plane crash, the NCIS team must investigate if it’s the fault of the pilot or the new jet that was just approved to deploy to bases globally.

star 7.80
948 votes
Directors: Edward Ornelas
Writers: Laurie Arent