The BEST Episodes of Rizzoli & Isles

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: TNT (US)

Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles are complete opposites and good friends who solve crimes and bust some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Jane and Maura often find themselves working together as both use their brilliant minds and expertise to figure Boston’s most complex cases.

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Ocean Frank

#1 - Ocean Frank

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 5, 2016

Facts don't add up when a man is found dead and handcuffed to a bed in a home. Also, everyone makes a farewell video as a 'bon voyage' party fast approaches in the series finale.

star 8.20
962 votes
Directors: Michael Robin
Writers: Jan Nash, Russell J. Grant
When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang

#2 - When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 13, 2010

After an undercover cop working a narcotics-smuggling sting is shot dead, the killers next turn their sights on Boston homicide headquarters, leaving Jane, Maura and Frankie Jr. trapped in a fight for survival on their home turf. It's a situation that will force Maura to challenge herself like never before. On the home front, Jane's parents are excited that their oldest child, Tommy, is being released after serving time in prison.

star 8.14
1,473 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
Remember Me

#3 - Remember Me

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 12, 2011

When a prison inmate is murdered, a serial killer claims to have information useful to the case. Frankie readies himself for the detective exam.

star 8.13
1,432 votes
Directors: Randy Zisk
Writers: Janet Tamaro

#4 - Goodbye

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 24, 2014

A woman walks into the station and confesses to killing someone; the team tries to unravel a bizarre case while dealing with the loss of a colleague.

star 8.11
1,026 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Jan Nash
This Is How a Heart Breaks

#5 - This Is How a Heart Breaks

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 19, 2012

When Maura meets a new guy named Dennis in a very unusual way, he opens up a different side of her. And Jane is filled with mixed emotions after someone from her past returns.

star 8.07
1,134 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: David Gould, Sal Calleros
Killer in High Heels

#6 - Killer in High Heels

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 16, 2013

Maura becomes a murder suspect when her date is found dead and she can not remember their evening together; Jane struggles to protect her best friend while doing her job.

star 8.01
1,222 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: Charles Grant Craig, Ken Hanes
Dance With the Devil

#7 - Dance With the Devil

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 23, 2013

Maura gains insight into her father; Korsak opens up about Cavanaugh's tragic past; Maura and Jane unravel a shocking secret about Paddy and Hope.

star 7.99
1,190 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Janet Tamaro
Sailor Man

#8 - Sailor Man

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 25, 2011

Shortly after sailors invade the streets of Boston for Fleet Week, a young girl is found dead. Frost's father, a Navy Admiral, comes to town, causing tension with his son. And, Maura goes on a date with Angela's mechanic.

star 7.98
1,327 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Joel Fields
What Doesn't Kill You

#9 - What Doesn't Kill You

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 5, 2012

Jane and Maura’s friendship suffers following the shooting of Maura’s biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle. Jane also finds herself in the middle of an Internal Affairs investigation. And her relationship with Agent Dean is exposed.

star 7.97
1,332 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro
Throwing Down the Gauntlet

#10 - Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 3, 2012

Jane looks for a way for Maura to meet her biological mother, Dr. Hope Martin. Angela gets involved in a political campaign. And a nun from Jane and Frankie Jr.’s past returns.

star 7.95
1,315 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Antoinette Stella, Janet Tamaro
Don't Stop Dancing, Girl

#11 - Don't Stop Dancing, Girl

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 19, 2011

The world of competitive dance turns deadly when the mother of a star performer is stabbed to death at a competition. Jane and the team search for clues, but they soon realize something is off about the woman’s history. Korsak has his hands full when his stepson is accused of shooting a cop.

star 7.95
1,396 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: David Gould, Janet Tamaro
A New Day

#12 - A New Day

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 17, 2014

Jane works to solve the murder of a jogger; Jane tries to hide her pregnancy from her mother; Maura and Frankie face the aftermath of their kiss.

star 7.94
1,099 votes
Writers: Michael Sardo
Burden of Proof (1)

#13 - Burden of Proof (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 2, 2014

A notable county prosecutor is arrested for murder; when Angela hears that Maura is planning to meet Jack's daughter, she sets out to educate Maura about the interests of children today.

star 7.93
957 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Katie Wech
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

#14 - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 29, 2016

Jane and Maura sharpen focus on two murders, one from the past and one from the present, that have a personal impact on Korsak. Meanwhile, an unforeseen visit could lead to romance for Jane and Maura receives unsettling feedback on her novel.

star 7.93
964 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Ron McGee
Judge, Jury and Executioner

#15 - Judge, Jury and Executioner

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 3, 2013

A mock trial advisor dies during a competition; Jane is concerned that Angela may be hiding financial issues; Tommy hires a lawyer to settle his claim against the Storrow Center.

star 7.91
1,143 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: Jill Goldsmith, Y. Shireen Razack
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

#16 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 2011

Boston Homicide teams up with the FBI after a bank manager is shot during a robbery. Jane’s brother Tommy may be facing more trouble just as his relationship with Maura begins to grow.

star 7.91
1,461 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: David Gould, Dee Johnson
Burning Down the House

#17 - Burning Down the House

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 26, 2011

When a warehouse fire kills a firefighter, Jane and Maura must investigate whether it was arson or an accident. But the investigation hits a snag when a hit-and-run leaves someone in the hospital. FBI Agent Gabriel Dean returns, hoping to rekindle his relationship with Jane.

star 7.90
1,440 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Janet Tamaro
You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone

#18 - You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 18, 2014

A senator's daughter is found murdered; Tommy begins to slip back into old habits; Jane reveals some shocking news.

star 7.90
1,074 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Janet Tamaro
Dirty Little Secret

#19 - Dirty Little Secret

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 12, 2012

Tensions continue to mount between Jane and Maura, causing those close to them to be caught in the middle. But they must put aside their differences when they investigate the case of a college student who died in a tunnel. Meanwhile, Frankie Sr. returns with news that upsets Angela.

star 7.90
1,368 votes
Directors: Aaron Lipstadt
Writers: Kiersten Van Horne, Steve Lichtman
Tears of a Clown

#20 - Tears of a Clown

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 25, 2014

A kidnapper dressed as a clown re-emerges after 20 years; Jane's relationship with Casey grows more serious; Maura inadvertently gets in the middle of another relationship.

star 7.89
1,040 votes
Writers: Janet Tamaro, Ken Hanes, Matt MacLeod
Welcome to the Dollhouse

#21 - Welcome to the Dollhouse

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 26, 2012

Young female professionals dressed as dolls are turning up dead on the public transit system, and Jane and Maura must piece together the clues. Angela implements new ideas for the café. And Jane learns more about how Casey was injured.

star 7.89
1,178 votes
Directors: Mark Haber
Writers: Janet Tamaro, Russell J. Grant
All for One

#22 - All for One

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 6, 2013

A popular high-school teacher is killed in a hit and run; Jane is preoccupied with Lt. Martinez's apparent favoritism toward his own drug unit.

star 7.89
1,228 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
Writers: Janet Tamaro
Food for Thought

#23 - Food for Thought

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 11, 2014

When a food truck chef dies suddenly, all signs point to poisoning; Tommy announces some big plans; Maura's birth mother tries to make amends with her daughter.

star 7.88
1,104 votes
Directors: Steve Clancy
Writers: Janet Tamaro

#24 - 2M7258-100

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 25, 2016

In the series' 100th episode, Jane goes undercover in a county jail to draw out the killer of a brutal murder.

star 7.88
970 votes
Directors: Angie Harmon
Writers: Jan Nash
No One Mourns the Wicked

#25 - No One Mourns the Wicked

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 20, 2013

Jane and Maura are asked to present the case of a serial killer at a symposium for law enforcement; Jane and Maura make a discovery.

star 7.88
1,236 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Janet Tamaro