NCIS

The WORST episodes of NCIS

Every episode of NCIS ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of NCIS!

Explore the inner workings of the government agency that investigates all crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position. Leading this team is NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a skilled investigator and interrogator who is smart, tough and willing to bend the rules to get the job done.

Last Updated: 8/2/2022Network: CBS
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Dead Reckoning
star
7.25
1771 votes

#1 - Dead Reckoning

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/31/2009

Gibbs and the team must work with the shady Trent Kort to put away one of NCIS's most wanted.

Directors: Terrence O'Hara
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Enigma
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7.26
1576 votes

#2 - Enigma

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/24/2004

Gibbs risks his career when his former commanding officer is accused of stealing the funds.

Directors: Thomas J. Wright
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Jack-Knife
star
7.28
2414 votes

#3 - Jack-Knife

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/9/2010

When a Marine is found dead, Gibbs, Fornell and the team hit the open road to bust an illegal trucking operation.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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The Truth Is Out There
star
7.29
1442 votes

#4 - The Truth Is Out There

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/16/2004

When the body of a sailor is found after a party in an illegal night club, the team investigates a number of possible leads - including blackmail and accidental death.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Knockout
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7.29
1781 votes

#5 - Knockout

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/17/2009

The death of a boxer leads Vance to borrow the NCIS team and start investigating his death, while Gibbs digs into Vance's past.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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The Missionary Position
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7.33
2587 votes

#6 - The Missionary Position

Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/10/2012

Following the murder of a Marine, Tony and Ziva join Ziva’s longtime friend and mentor in Columbia in a search for a missing Marine Lieutenant and Navy Chaplain. Meanwhile, Jimmy Palmer decides who will be his best man.

Directors: Arvin Brown
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Designated Target
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7.36
1746 votes

#7 - Designated Target

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2007

A murder investigation of a Navy Admiral takes a shocking turn when a woman, a political refugee, returns home to search for her husband.

Directors: Colin Bucksey
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Double Identity
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7.36
2626 votes

#8 - Double Identity

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/9/2010

Gibbs and the team investigate the shooting of a Marine and uncovers more to his life than anyone would have ever imagined.

Directors: Mark Horowitz
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Mother's Day
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7.37
2695 votes

#9 - Mother's Day

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/2/2010

Secrets arise when Gibbs former mother-in-law surfaces as a witness in a murder investigation.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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No Good Deed
star
7.38
1318 votes

#10 - No Good Deed

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/7/2015

DiNozzo is partnered with his girlfriend ATF Special Agent Zoé Keates after evidence reveals that the murder weapon in an NCIS case was originally purchased for the controversial ATF sting operation “Operation Fast and Furious.” Also, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. returns to town for a special dinner to meet his son’s girlfriend.

Directors: Arvin Brown
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Love & War
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7.38
1777 votes

#11 - Love & War

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/27/2009

The team discovers a link between a sergeant's murder and his possibly treasonous private life.

Directors: Terrence O'Hara
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A Weak Link
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7.38
1285 votes

#12 - A Weak Link

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/18/2004

Gibbs and his team investigate the death of a SEAL that occurred during a training exercise. As the investigation progresses, they come to suspect that the death was a murder rather than an accident.

Directors: Alan J. Levi
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Capitol Offense
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7.40
1975 votes

#13 - Capitol Offense

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/7/2008

A distinguished senator asks Gibbs for help in solving the murder of a young female Naval officer.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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South by Southwest
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7.40
1810 votes

#14 - South by Southwest

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/24/2009

When a fellow agent is murdered, the NCIS teams heads into the desert to locate a woman who might hold the answer to the mystery murder.

Directors: Thomas J. Wright
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Hide and Seek
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7.40
1759 votes

#15 - Hide and Seek

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/24/2009

When a young boy finds a murder weapon, the team must trace ownership of the gun to find who used it last and who was murdered.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Flesh and Blood
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7.40
2138 votes

#16 - Flesh and Blood

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/12/2010

Gibbs is worried about Tony's ability to handle his job when Tony's father turns out to be linked to their newest investigation, an assassination attempt on a foreign prince.

Directors: Arvin Brown
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Cadence
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7.40
1364 votes

#17 - Cadence

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/10/2015

DiNozzo returns to the military academy he attended as a teenager after a murdered Marine and alumni of the school is found clutching the photo of a current student. Also, Bishop and her husband invite Gibbs and the team out for a special dinner.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Nine Lives
star
7.41
1869 votes

#18 - Nine Lives

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/21/2008

Gibbs' hunt for the killer of a marine puts him on a collision course with an old friend.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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In the Dark
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7.41
1532 votes

#19 - In the Dark

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/1/2007

When a blind photographer shoots the body of a Petty Officer on film, the NCIS team uses his special insight to investigate the crime. Meanwhile, both Gibbs and Tony are having commitment issues in their relationships.

Directors: Thomas J. Wright
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Outlaws and In-Laws
star
7.42
2077 votes

#20 - Outlaws and In-Laws

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/2009

A murder investigation prompts Gibbs and the team to play family counselor to his former mentor, Mike Franks, in the hopes of preventing a bloody international conflict.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Eye Spy
star
7.42
1499 votes

#21 - Eye Spy

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/13/2004

When a Navy commander, who was a technical advisor to a civilian contractor for a Navy weapon, is found dead on the beach, the NCIS team investigates the murder using satellite technology.

Directors: Alan J. Levi
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Model Behavior
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7.42
1443 votes

#22 - Model Behavior

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/13/2005

While filming a reality show on a Marine base, a supermodel dies and the NCIS team must discover who is the model's murderer. They discover a love triangle between the model and three other men, all suspects. Meanwhile, Jenny is disturbed by Gibbs when he doesn't want to attend an award ceremony in his honor.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
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Reunion
star
7.42
2340 votes

#23 - Reunion

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/29/2009

The team discovers the bizarre death of a Marine and his two friends may be linked to their past, but its Gibbs who ends up taking a trip down memory lane.

Directors: Tony Wharmby
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Deliverance
star
7.42
1680 votes

#24 - Deliverance

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/10/2009

Demons of the past come back to haunt Gibbs when he finds a cryptic message waiting for him at a crime scene.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Switch
star
7.42
1456 votes

#25 - Switch

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/18/2005

When an officer is shot to death on the freeway, the NCIS team takes upon the investigation. The first lead, a fact that the victim was leading a double life, takes them to a possible solution of the crime, but the tables are turned when the victim's dying message is discovered and it leads them to a totally different clue.

Directors: Thomas J. Wright
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