The BEST Episodes of Shades of Blue

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: NBC

In a steamy new drama, Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective and single mother Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest, talented daughter. But when she's trapped by the FBI and forced to inform on her own "brothers", she'll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter's future.

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Broken Dolls

#1 - Broken Dolls

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired May 21, 2017

In a dramatic confrontation, Wozniak faces the ally who betrayed him and makes his most difficult choice yet. Meanwhile, Stahl's fanatical plan to take Harlee down for murder finally pays off, forcing Harlee to get dangerously close to the man who's obsessed with her. In the end, Harlee and Wozniak's desperate efforts to save themselves and the crew lead to shocking consequences for both. *SEASON FINALE*

star 8.19
1,103 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
Writers: Jack Orman, Jessica Grasl, Marta Gene Camps, Niceole R. Levy
One Last Lie

#2 - One Last Lie

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2016

Unable to provide Donnie and Linklater to the FBI, Harlee makes a deal with Stahl to exchange her own immunity for that of her crew. Harlee comes face to face with Miguel who reveals his darkest side as he demands to be a part of Cristina's life.

star 8.16
1,179 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Jack Orman, Mike Daniels, Wolfe Coleman
Goodnight, Sweet Prince

#3 - Goodnight, Sweet Prince

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 12, 2018

Harlee uncovers a betrayal. Cole tries to avoid Ramsey’s reach. Wozniak attempts to negotiate with the intelligence unit.

star 8.01
393 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Erika L. Johnson, Wolfe Coleman
Cry Havoc

#4 - Cry Havoc

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 5, 2018

Wozniak enlists the crew to make a dangerous move against the Intelligence unit as Harlee struggles to stay on her new path.

star 7.98
414 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Vincent Angell, Wolfe Coleman
The Blue Wall

#5 - The Blue Wall

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 15, 2018

Harlee discovers that the intelligence unit’s involvement in criminal enterprises goes deeper than she thought. Ramsey strikes back. Tufo pulls away from the crew. Loman meets a girl.

star 7.98
419 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Marta Gene Camps
Chaos Is Come Again

#6 - Chaos Is Come Again

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 30, 2017

Harlee makes the chilling discovery that someone is texting Cristina as her dead ex, "Miguel." The case of a missing kid leads Wozniak to uncover a local dealer who uses underage mules and reminds Loman of what their unit is all about. The crew gets caught in a brutal ambush.

star 7.97
1,102 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Wolfe Coleman
Behind the Mask

#7 - Behind the Mask

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 21, 2017

Harlee helps Nava cover his tracks after a violent encounter, revealing a side of herself Nava's never seen before and putting their relationship in jeopardy. Wozniak faces a ghost from his past in order to take down a new enemy in his present. Stahl gets a critical piece of information in his hunt for the truth about Miguel.

star 7.96
1,038 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
Writers: Michael C. Martin, Wolfe Coleman
By Virtue Fall

#8 - By Virtue Fall

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 19, 2018

Harlee faces a police commission as Wozniak and the crew scramble to help her from the outside.

star 7.91
393 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Ariel Hall, Jack Orman, Marta Gene Camps, Wolfe Coleman
Unpaid Debts

#9 - Unpaid Debts

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 23, 2017

Wozniak goes after Bianchi for breaking their agreement. Harlee seizes the opportunity to unite the team around an illegal mission to repay Tufo's brother's debt to a local drug dealer. Stahl heightens the stakes making good on his threat to go after the crew. Wozniak faces the impossible decision to pick between his team and Ayres just as his son, Nate, makes an effort to reunite.

star 7.91
1,101 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Nick Thiel, Rashad Raisani
For I Have Sinned

#10 - For I Have Sinned

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 2016

Harlee and Wozniak must face the consequences of the disappearance of the heist's money. Out of options, Harlee approaches the FBI and promises to find the money and deliver Wozniak and his partners if Stahl keeps her in play.

star 7.91
1,005 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Mike Daniels
Straight Through the Heart

#11 - Straight Through the Heart

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 29, 2018

Harlee fights a frame job as Wozniak tries to keep Bennett behind bars.

star 7.91
414 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Marta Gene Camps, Matthew V. Lewis
Whoever Fights Monsters

#12 - Whoever Fights Monsters

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 7, 2017

Harlee and Wozniak lead a manhunt for the gunmen who ambushed the crew and unearth the key to taking down Bianchi. The crew bands together against the threat of Verco who has finally obtained evidence of their corruption. Stahl, suspended from the FBI, goes rogue to complete his quest to link Harlee to Miguel's death.

star 7.90
1,060 votes
Writers: Niceole R. Levy, Rashad Raisani
The Reckoning

#13 - The Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 22, 2018

Harlee and Wozniak try to link the intelligence unit to the cartel while facing the consequences of breaking the blue wall.

star 7.90
400 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Ariel Hall, Wolfe Coleman
Good Police

#14 - Good Police

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 17, 2018

Harlee and Wozniak, still dealing with the fallout from their near death experiences, discover a grisly crime scene riddled with mystery.

star 7.89
527 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Jack Orman, Marta Gene Camps
The Quality of Mercy

#15 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired May 14, 2017

Harlee and Wozniak lead the crew on a dangerous mission to heist Bianchi's secret ledger and take down the mobster once and for all. But the plan takes a tragic turn when the events our heroes set in motion put one of their own in harms way, forcing Harlee to turn to an unlikely source for help.

star 7.88
1,043 votes
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Marta Gene
The Breach

#16 - The Breach

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 17, 2016

On the day of the heist, Harlee realizes she misplaced her trust in Stahl but it's too late to back down. Harlee tries to get immunity for her crew as she participates in the heist knowing that it will lead to Wozniak's arrest. Miguel discovers Harlee's secret. Loman unwittingly witnesses the heist just as the exchange goes terribly wrong.

star 7.87
931 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Tamara Becher, Wolfe Coleman
Fall of Man

#17 - Fall of Man

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 2016

Wozniak's suspicions land on Saperstein, forcing Harlee to convince Stahl to arrest Saperstein in order to keep him safe. Harlee visits her abusive ex, Miguel, who tasks her with tracking down the man who committed the murder for which he is imprisoned.

star 7.86
1,027 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Marta Gene Camps, Mike Daniels, Wolfe Coleman
That Way Madness Lies

#18 - That Way Madness Lies

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 1, 2018

Harlee questions her own sanity as Wozniak keeps secrets from those closest to him. Loman intimidates a witness.

star 7.84
438 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Erika L. Johnson, Katie Gruel

#19 - Fracture

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 9, 2017

Harlee and Wozniak investigate Caroline's (Nava's ex-fiancée) murder, putting Harlee and Nava's relationship in an awkward place because she can't reveal her connection to the crime or the methods she will use to solve it. Wozniak focuses on determining which member of his crew is informing to Verco as Loman uncovers a much deeper secret.

star 7.83
1,163 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Niceole R. Levy
A House Divided

#20 - A House Divided

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 16, 2017

Following Harlee's brave confession to the entire crew that she has been informing for the FBI, the team grapples with Harlee and Wozniak's betrayal. With their team falling apart, Harlee and Wozniak come up with a desperate plan to neutralize Bianchi. However, their actions have unforeseen consequences because the Mafia fires back.

star 7.82
1,130 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Marta Gene Camps, Wolfe Coleman
The Hollow Crown

#21 - The Hollow Crown

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 24, 2018

Dealing with a loss, Harlee pursues evidence of a higher level of corruption within the NYPD. Wozniak tries to protect Harlee and his crew from escalating threats.

star 7.81
459 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Matthew V. Lewis, Wolfe Coleman
Eye of the Hurricane

#22 - Eye of the Hurricane

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 12, 2017

Following Wozniak's discovery that Stahl's target is his close friend and Mayoral Candidate, Julia Ayers, Wozniak launches an all-out war with Stahl. Meanwhile, Harlee dives into an investigation that takes an unexpected turn into her own past - and ultimately throws her in the cross-hairs of Wozniak and the FBI. At the precinct, a new, unwelcome presence threatens to uncover the crew's deepest secrets.

star 7.78
1,349 votes
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Nick Thiel
A Walking Shadow

#23 - A Walking Shadow

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 8, 2018

Harlee focuses her sights on taking down the intelligence unit. Stahl’s continued obsession brings him closer to New York. Wozniak uses Wallace as Espada struggles with keeping secrets from Tufo.

star 7.78
416 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Nikhil S. Jayaram, Vincent Angell
Ghost Hunt

#24 - Ghost Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 19, 2017

After Wozniak refuses to play ball with the FBI, Stahl turns up the heat on Harlee who lands in the middle of Wozniak's dangerous plan to free himself from the Feds by reeling in a bigger fish. Meanwhile, Internal Affairs Officer Verco applies pressure to each member of the crew to discover what really happened to Donnie Pomp.

star 7.75
1,299 votes
Writers: Niceole R. Levy, Rashad Raisani
Sweet Caroline

#25 - Sweet Caroline

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 2, 2017

The mafia seeks revenge on Harlee by framing her for murder. As Harlee works against the clock - and her own crew - to cover her tracks, Wozniak fights to keep his cop-family together when evidence of an old crime puts pressure on the already splintering team. Stahl cozies up to Cristina, getting one step closer to the truth about Miguel.

star 7.72
1,159 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Wolfe Coleman