The BEST Episodes of Real Detective
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 16, 2021
Network: Investigation Discovery
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.