The BEST episodes of Profiler

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

Blessed with an uncanny ability to use the clues left at crime scenes to “see” what happened, forensic psychologist Dr. Samantha “Sam” Waters is one of the FBI’s most valuable assets. But her life and career are shattered when a serial killer murders her husband, and she retreats into self-imposed exile. Created by Cynthia Saunders (L.A. Law) and starring Ally Walker (Singles, While You Were Sleeping) PROFILER is a taut, stylish thriller that explores the darkest corners of the human psyche. Coaxed back to the Bureau by her mentor Bailey Malone (Die Hard‘’s Robert Davi) Sam picks up where she left off, using her gift–and the help of an elite team of specialists–to unravel high-profile cases that stymie other investigators.

Last Updated: 8/13/2023Network: NBCStatus: Ended
Shadow of Angels (1) (a.k.a. Noblesse Oblige)
42 votes

#1 - Shadow of Angels (1) (a.k.a. Noblesse Oblige)

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/15/1997

As Sam and her colleagues close in on Jack, they are forced to interrupt their pursuit to investigate a bizarre murder where a man is buried under thousands of silver coins--a preamble to a series of killings that point toward an eccentric, powerful family.

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Shadow of Angels (2) (a.k.a. Gestalt)
42 votes

#2 - Shadow of Angels (2) (a.k.a. Gestalt)

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/15/1997

As the VCTF learns that the tightly knit killers are on a unified mission to punish the corrupt and over-extravagant, they face a more primary case in their pursuit of Jack--which leads to a Costa Rican hideout where he is cornered at last.

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The Root of All Evil (2)
5 votes

#3 - The Root of All Evil (2)

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/9/1998

While the agents zero in on the hooded bomber, Sam has an unpleasant meeting with her father. Meanwhile, Jack wants to spring Jill.

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47 votes

#4 - Doppelganger

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/18/1997

A murder at a home for the criminally insane has all the landmarks of one of the institution's residents, but he insists upon his innocence--and Sam backs up his contention.

Film at 11
40 votes

#5 - Film at 11

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/8/1997

In New York, a vigilante is exacting "justice" on people recently acquitted of crimes--and filming his murders for broadcast on the evening news.

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The House That Jack Built
44 votes

#6 - The House That Jack Built

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/8/1997

Aware that Jack is now monitoring the entire VCTF team, Sam and John concoct a scheme to flush out the killer, which eventually leads them to his hidden lair.

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Learning from the Masters
49 votes

#7 - Learning from the Masters

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/1/1997

A murderer has a taste for FBI agents and a fondness for modern art--posing his victims to replicate famous paintings.

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Venom (2)
73 votes

#8 - Venom (2)

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/10/1997

Just as Sam figures out the identity of the "venom killer," Jack strikes again, first by framing the FBI and VCTF by impersonating an agent and beating up a few suspects, and then abducting both Sam and the killer.

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Modus Operandi
90 votes

#9 - Modus Operandi

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/1996

A rift opens between Sam and Bailey after Jack kills an FBI agent who had information about the murder of Sam's husband - information she knew nothing about.

Venom (1)
72 votes

#10 - Venom (1)

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/10/1997

The poisoning death of a wealthy computer magnate puts the VCTF on the trail of a diabolical murderer who uses exotic, venomous animals as weapons.

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12 votes

#11 - Crisis

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/22/1997

A deranged nuclear scientist takes a roomful of high-powered Washington insiders hostage, and Sam is called in to try to help bring the crisis to a peaceful resolution.

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115 votes

#12 - Insight

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/21/1996

Three years after the serial killer "Jack of All Trades" murdered her husband, forensic psychologist Sam Waters returns to the FBI to help solve a rash of murders in Atlanta, Georgia.

Directors: John Patterson
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
81 votes

#13 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/4/1997

As Sam and the VCTF work a series of ritual murders on Indian reservations, Bailey's FBI ID turns up pinned to the body of Jack's latest victim.

Ring of Fire
97 votes

#14 - Ring of Fire

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/28/1996

Sam and the newly-formed Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) investigate a series of arsons, but her return to duty attracts unwelcome attention from Jack, who pays a visit to her home.

Directors: Peter O'Fallon
Writer: Nancy Miller
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Unholy Alliance
98 votes

#15 - Unholy Alliance

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/19/1996

Sam investigates a series of murders which bear striking similarities to the methods of a killer whom Bailey put in prison 10 years earlier. Sam suspects that the real culprit is still free, and through her gifted insight, she finds clues in the ancient I Ching art of divination that lead her to a high-ranking military officer, who may be protecting the slayer.

Directors: P.J. Pesce
Writer: Ken Solarz
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Cruel and Unusual
84 votes

#16 - Cruel and Unusual

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/14/1996

Sam probes a series of murders that appear linked to a death row inmate while Jack prepares to select his next victim--from among the VCTF team.

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Unsoiled Sovereignty
86 votes

#17 - Unsoiled Sovereignty

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/2/1996

A disturbed loner is waging war against power plants and refineries, but the VCTF team suspects that the attacks are the work of eco-terrorists.

Shattered Silence
78 votes

#18 - Shattered Silence

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/11/1997

Bailey becomes attracted to the wife of a missing doctor while investigating two puzzling disappearance cases that may be linked.

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FTX: Field Training Exercise
70 votes

#19 - FTX: Field Training Exercise

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/12/1997

Suspicions abound when the VCTF team is abruptly ordered to participate in a Field Training Exercise, and it quickly becomes clear that the FBI brass is trying to uncover a mole--but Bailey is the only person with access to the compromised information.

Into the Abyss
72 votes

#20 - Into the Abyss

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/26/1997

The VCTF is summoned to catch a serial killer who carves smiles into his victims' faces and shrouds them in lace. Sam unravels the motivation behind the crimes, but the investigation is thrown for a loop when the prime suspect joins the growing list of victims.

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Blue Highway
70 votes

#21 - Blue Highway

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/5/1997

A series of fatal hit-and-run accidents on remote highways puts Sam on the trail of a murderous truck driver, who she believes is repeatedly recreating a traumatic event from his childhood.

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I'll Be Watching You
91 votes

#22 - I'll Be Watching You

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/26/1996

Sam and the VCTF must find a twisted assassin before he kills a celebrated political candidate, But Sam is distracted by new evidence that could help her find Jack's lair.

Directors: John Harrison
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Night Dreams
58 votes

#23 - Night Dreams

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/16/1996

The VCTF investigates a series of kidnappings that has Atlanta in a panic. The case proves difficult, and when a connection is finally made, Sam realizes that time is running out.

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Reunion (2)
43 votes

#24 - Reunion (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/1999

More killings occur that resemble Jack's original murders and the relationship between Sam and Chloe is examined.

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Grand Master (2)
44 votes

#25 - Grand Master (2)

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/8/1999

Sam calls in Jarod of "The Pretender" to pursue the mastermind behind a series of kidnappings.

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