The BEST Episodes of Real Detective

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

With narrative driven exclusively by the detectives themselves, each episode ventures deep into the mind of a homicide detective as they describe in vivid detail the one case forever ingrained in their memory.

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Angel Doe

#1 - Angel Doe

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 20, 2017

Investigator Clarence Douglas tackles the case of Angel Doe, a little girl found dead in a ditch near the Houston Bayou, promising not to neglect her in death, like she was in life.

star 8.16
81 votes

#2 - Misery

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2016

John Cameron attempts to clear a suspect's name in the disappearance of a child and along the way he finds out about the world of a ritualistic child killer.

star 8.06
82 votes
Directors: April Mullen
Writers: Scott Bailey
The Riverside Killer

#3 - The Riverside Killer

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 9, 2017

One year into the most demanding case of his career, Riverside, Cal., senior investigator Bob Creed arrives at the scene of the 16th murder in a string of slayings. But this one is different. It's on his grandfather's property, where he spent most of his youth.

star 8.04
98 votes

#4 - Vengeance

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2016

A Seattle PD detective's investigation into a series of murders of women is aided by a call from an inmate at King County Jail.

star 7.95
95 votes
Writers: Mark Bacci
Puppet Master

#5 - Puppet Master

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 13, 2017

A young woman fails to return to her home in Boulder, Colo, and she is later found decapitated; Detective Steve Ainsworth soon learns she was part of a mysterious Apostolic church group, led by a pastor who has a reputation for preying on the weak.

star 7.94
83 votes
Every Rose Has a Thorn

#6 - Every Rose Has a Thorn

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 30, 2017

A missing person case turns suspicious when a well-liked Wausau, Wis., man doesn't show up for work one morning. Investigator Larry Woebbeking finds himself in an unexpected predicament when the girlfriend of the victim appears to have fallen for him.

star 7.92
89 votes
Lambs to the Slaughter

#7 - Lambs to the Slaughter

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 6, 2017

In Lake County, Fla., Chief Investigator Rocky Harris is called in to investigate a haunting case, the rape and murder of a young girl; wading through bad police work and dead ends, Harris is sickened when he uncovers the identity of the killer.

star 7.91
82 votes
Blood Brothers

#8 - Blood Brothers

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 2, 2017

Long-time partners and best friends, police detectives John Conaty and Ray Giacomelli never thought things would happen the way they did on a Pittsburg, Cal., murder case, where the prime suspect is a killer who was put behind bars years earlier.

star 7.90
113 votes
No Remorse

#9 - No Remorse

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 23, 2017

Sacramento FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek sought out the worst cases because he was the best at solving them. After 7-month-old Frankie Proctor is kidnapped at gunpoint from his family home, Rinek knows the chances of finding the child alive are slim to none.

star 7.87
91 votes
Writers: Tim Doiron
No One Is Safe

#10 - No One Is Safe

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 16, 2017

Indianapolis detective Christine Mannina arrives on the scene of an execution-style shooting that's left one man dead and another in critical condition. She knows she must convince a reluctant witness to come forward and put her life on the line.

star 7.81
91 votes

#11 - Damage

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2016

A Texas Ranger's investigation into the murder of a young woman leads him to suspects with friends in high places.

star 7.79
113 votes
Writers: Mark Bacci

#12 - Malice

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 14, 2016

Still troubled after killing someone in the line of duty, Detective C.W. Jensen faces the most haunting case of his career: A missing child becomes a harrowing pursuit of a Portland, Oregon child serial killer, pushing C.W. to the brink of suicide.

star 7.75
139 votes
Directors: Petro Duszara
Writers: Mark Bacci

#13 - Silence

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2016

A hardened LAPD homicide detective has his eyes opened by the mother of a senselessly murdered woman.

star 7.66
99 votes
Directors: David Hackl
Writers: Mark Bacci

#14 - Retribution

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2016

A rookie homicide detective becomes too close to the mother of a murder victim and shares the dark secrets that led to the son's death with her.

star 7.55
99 votes
Writers: Mark Bacci

#15 - Darkness

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 2016

After a hit-and-run accident tears a family apart, Detective Tommy Ray takes the grieving wife and daughter under his wing; later, a chance encounter will make the detective realize he doesn't really know them.

star 7.52
97 votes
Writers: Mark Bacci

#16 - Redemption

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2016

Detective Eddie Herman of Cobb County, Georgia is a homicide detective at the top of his game, solving major high profile crimes. But when a missing persons turns into a double homicide, Eddie's ego gets in the way and the killer walks free.

star 7.43
168 votes
Writers: Mark Bacci