The WORST Episodes of NCIS

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021

Network: CBS

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.

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Dead Reckoning

#1 - Dead Reckoning

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 31, 2009

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

star 7.25
1,749 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Christopher J. Waild, Reed Steiner

#2 - Enigma

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 24, 2004

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

star 7.26
1,549 votes
Writers: John C. Kelley

#3 - Jack-Knife

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 9, 2010

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

star 7.28
2,397 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Jesse Stern

#4 - Knockout

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.29
1,754 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Jesse Stern
The Truth Is Out There

#5 - The Truth Is Out There

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.29
1,420 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Jack Bernstein
The Missionary Position

#6 - The Missionary Position

Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.33
2,570 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Allison Abner
Designated Target

#7 - Designated Target

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.36
1,729 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Reed Steiner
Double Identity

#8 - Double Identity

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 9, 2010

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

star 7.37
2,610 votes
Directors: Mark Horowitz
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Mother's Day

#9 - Mother's Day

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 2, 2010

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

star 7.37
2,683 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Gary Glasberg, Reed Steiner
Love & War

#10 - Love & War

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 27, 2009

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

star 7.38
1,757 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: David J. North, Steven D. Binder
No Good Deed

#11 - No Good Deed

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.38
1,303 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck
A Weak Link

#12 - A Weak Link

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 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.

star 7.39
1,262 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Jack Bernstein
Capitol Offense

#13 - Capitol Offense

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2008

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

star 7.40
1,949 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Hide and Seek

#14 - Hide and Seek

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.40
1,736 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Dan E. Fesman
South by Southwest

#15 - South by Southwest

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.40
1,789 votes
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Flesh and Blood

#16 - Flesh and Blood

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.40
2,117 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck

#17 - Cadence

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.41
1,343 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Christopher Silber
Nine Lives

#18 - Nine Lives

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 2008

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

star 7.42
1,845 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Dan E. Fesman, David J. North, Linda Burstyn
In the Dark

#19 - In the Dark

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 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.

star 7.42
1,509 votes
Writers: Steven D. Binder
Outlaws and In-Laws

#20 - Outlaws and In-Laws

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.42
2,059 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Jesse Stern
Sturgeon Season

#21 - Sturgeon Season

Season 18 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 17, 2020

Gibbs and Fornell attempt to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell’s daughter. The team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

star 7.42
608 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Scott Williams

#22 - Reunion

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.42
2,325 votes
Directors: Tony Wharmby
Writers: Steven D. Binder

#23 - Deliverance

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 10, 2009

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

star 7.42
1,659 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: Dan E. Fesman, Reed Steiner
Eye Spy

#24 - Eye Spy

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.42
1,474 votes
Directors: Alan J. Levi
Writers: Dana Coen, Frank Cardea, George Schenck

#25 - Tribes

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 15, 2008

After a young Muslim Marine is murdered near his Mosque, Ducky refuses to perform autopsy due to his religious beliefs, so the NCIS team tries to talk to the father of the deceased, and they send McGee to plant a bug in the Mosque, only to discover that the FBI already planted their bug.

star 7.43
1,596 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Reed Steiner