The BEST Episodes of Ransom

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2019

Network: CBS

Hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

It's a Ravenzo

#1 - It's a Ravenzo

Season 3 - Episode 4

Eric and the team enter the world of Italian fashion royalty when they are hired to negotiate the safe return of a world-famous designer’s kidnapped wife.

star 7.87
238 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Steve Cochrane
Bulletproof

#2 - Bulletproof

Season 1 - Episode 13

Season Finale. Eric must work with a past adversary to stop a hacker from activating explosions worldwide unless the NSA surrenders access to their confidential files.

star 7.81
775 votes
Writers: Mark Greig
Alters

#3 - Alters

Season 2 - Episode 2

As Eric and Zara provide risk assessment services at an investment bank, they are taken hostage by a gunman targeting a low-level accountant, and Eric must negotiate for their release.

star 7.81
416 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: David Vainola
Semaphore

#4 - Semaphore

Season 2 - Episode 13

Eric’s archnemesis, Damian Delaine, brainwashes Evie and threatens to turn her into a murderer unless Eric helps him negotiate a high-stakes business deal for a new cryptocurrency that could destabilize the world economy.

star 7.81
318 votes
Directors: Bruce McDonald
Writers: David Vainola
Story for Another Day

#5 - Story for Another Day

Season 3 - Episode 13

When Cynthia and her younger brother, Tyler, are abducted by a criminal Tyler’s indebted to, Eric and the Crisis Resolution team are forced to break all the rules in order to find them.

star 7.80
204 votes
Directors: April Mullen
Writers: David Vainola
Black Dolphin

#6 - Black Dolphin

Season 3 - Episode 2

The FBI asks Eric to use his negotiating expertise to convince the brainwashed survivor of an internet predator to reveal the identity of the person who incites vulnerable people to harm themselves.

star 7.80
263 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Sandra Chwialkowska
Truth & Reconciliation

#7 - Truth & Reconciliation

Season 3 - Episode 11

When Eric and his new girlfriend, Kate, head to a gala at the American Embassy in Bogotá, they become embroiled in an assassination attempt, and Kate is the #1 suspect.

star 7.80
192 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Steve Cochrane
Radio Silence

#8 - Radio Silence

Season 2 - Episode 10

While on board a plane with his daughter, Evie, Eric must negotiate with a suicidal co-pilot and find out what triggered him after he locks the captain out of the cockpit and threatens to crash the plane,

star 7.76
328 votes
Writers: Avrum Jacobson, Vincent Shiao
Dark Triad

#9 - Dark Triad

Season 3 - Episode 8

The FBI brings in the Crisis Resolution team to negotiate with a formidable sociopath who is targeting diabetics with tainted insulin.

star 7.75
233 votes
Directors: Paul Fox
Writers: Sandra Chwialkowska
Indiscretion

#10 - Indiscretion

Season 3 - Episode 3

The team’s search for a missing high-end escort leads to evidence that she was caught between a cop with a vendetta and a dangerous drug dealer.

star 7.75
238 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Kyle Hart
Three Wishes

#11 - Three Wishes

Season 2 - Episode 1

When Eric’s daughter is kidnapped, he must fulfill three ransom demands from his long-time adversary, Damien Delaine, which include answering a series of emotionally challenging questions and performing ethically questionable tasks, in order to save what matters to him most – his daughter’s life.

star 7.74
453 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Frank Spotnitz
Life and Limb

#12 - Life and Limb

Season 3 - Episode 5

When a kidnapper from a past case returns and threatens to harm a child, the team is forced to confront the consequences of Eric’s policy of letting perpetrators go free.

star 7.74
248 votes
Directors: Charles Officer
Writers: Tamara Moulin
Girl on a Train

#13 - Girl on a Train

Season 1 - Episode 9

A couple in France turns to Eric and his team to rescue their daughter who was abducted from a train and they fear has been sold into human trafficking.

star 7.73
858 votes
Writers: Rachel Anthony
Legacy

#14 - Legacy

Season 2 - Episode 6

As Eric fights to save his mother, renowned surgeon Annette Beaumont, after she is kidnapped and ordered to perform heart surgery on a dangerous crime boss, he realizes he needs help from his estranged father, Phillip Hingston.

star 7.73
370 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Lynne Kamm
Stay of Execution

#15 - Stay of Execution

Season 3 - Episode 6

When a death row inmate gets a “ransom” letter offering him exonerating evidence for $500,000, the Crisis Resolution team has 48 hours to verify that the information is real.

star 7.72
248 votes
Directors: Charles Officer
Writers: Joseph Kay
Secrets and Spies

#16 - Secrets and Spies

Season 2 - Episode 3

Eric and Oliver plunge into a world of espionage when a CIA spy disguised as an American diamond broker traveling with her family is kidnapped in Vienna. Also, Oliver gets an interesting job offer.

star 7.72
403 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Kyle Hart
The Enemy Within

#17 - The Enemy Within

Season 1 - Episode 5

Eric is brought in by his ex-boss, Freddie Woods, from the FBI to negotiate with Charlotte Walker, an extremist from a racist group threatening to set off bombs all over New York City.

star 7.71
961 votes
Directors: Eleanore Lindo
Writers: Ben Schiffer
The Client

#18 - The Client

Season 2 - Episode 11

When two adolescents enlist Eric to negotiate with a ruthless mob boss who’s holding their parents hostage, the team discovers a family secret that threatens to complicate the proceedings.

star 7.70
314 votes
Directors: Norma Bailey
Writers: Kyle Hart
Undercover

#19 - Undercover

Season 2 - Episode 5

As Eric negotiates the release of an arms dealer’s son from a kidnapper, he uncovers a larger plot to destroy hundreds of lives. Also, Zara is shaken when she must work with an abusive ex-colleague in order to prevent this terrorist attack.

star 7.70
381 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: Alison Bingemar, Frank Spotnitz
The Fawn

#20 - The Fawn

Season 2 - Episode 8

Eric negotiates with a convicted serial killer in order to get his insight when a teenaged boy is kidnapped by someone copying his methods.

star 7.69
348 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Steve Cochrane
Playing God

#21 - Playing God

Season 3 - Episode 12

When a bombing at a genetics company causes a woman to lose her memory, the Crisis Resolution team works to put together the pieces of the crime to figure out if she’s a victim or the bomber.

star 7.69
208 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Kyle Hart
Regeneration

#22 - Regeneration

Season 1 - Episode 7

Maxine has her first negotation when Eric and other guests at a retreat are taken hostage by the leader of a fanatical militia group.

star 7.67
859 votes
Directors: James Genn
Writers: David Vainola
Hardline

#23 - Hardline

Season 2 - Episode 9

Eric is given the impossible task of negotiating the release of the daughter of the prime minister of the Netherlands – a woman who takes a public hardline on never paying kidnappers’ ransoms.

star 7.66
343 votes
Writers: Tamara Moulin
Anatomy of a Lost Cause

#24 - Anatomy of a Lost Cause

Season 2 - Episode 7

When a hostage is executed in the midst of a high-stakes negotiation, Eric is charged with aiding and abetting a kidnapper, and he faces self-doubt in the wake of his fatal error.

star 7.65
334 votes
Directors: Eleanor Lindo
Writers: Richard Zajdlic
Refuge

#25 - Refuge

Season 1 - Episode 12

Eric is called in to negotiate with a burglar who is holding a family hostage after they catch him breaking into their safe, but the team finds the circumstances suspicious after learning the husband has been kidnapped before.

star 7.64
762 votes
Writers: Mark Greig