The Best Episodes of Shades of Blue

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2019

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.

Broken Dolls

#1 - Broken Dolls

Season 2 - Episode 13

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 8.27
998 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
Writers: Marta Gene Camps, Niceole R. Levy, Jessica Grasl, Jack Orman
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One Last Lie

#2 - One Last Lie

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.14
1,001 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Jack Orman, Wolfe Coleman, Mike Daniels
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Chaos Is Come Again

#3 - Chaos Is Come Again

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.07
996 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Wolfe Coleman
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Behind the Mask

#4 - Behind the Mask

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.06
933 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
Writers: Wolfe Colman, Michael C. Martin
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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

#5 - Goodnight, Sweet Prince

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

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

#6 - Cry Havoc

Season 3 - Episode 8

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

star 8.00
376 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Vincent Angell
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Unpaid Debts

#7 - Unpaid Debts

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.00
997 votes
Directors: Jim Mckay
Writers: Rashad Raisani, Nick Thiel
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The Blue Wall

#8 - The Blue Wall

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.99
377 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Marta Gené Camps
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Whoever Fights Monsters

#9 - Whoever Fights Monsters

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 7.99
955 votes
Writers: Rashad Raisani, Niceole R. Levy
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For I Have Sinned

#10 - For I Have Sinned

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 7.99
854 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Mike Daniels
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Good Police

#11 - Good Police

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 7.97
460 votes
Directors: John Behring
Writers: Jack Orman, Marta Gené Camps
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The Quality of Mercy

#12 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.96
943 votes
Writers: Jessica Grasl, Marta Gene
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The Breach

#13 - The Breach

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.92
809 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Tamara Becher-Wilkinson
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Straight Through the Heart

#14 - Straight Through the Heart

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.91
378 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Marta Gené Camps, Matthew V. Lewis
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Fracture

#15 - Fracture

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.91
1,057 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Niceole R. Levi, Jessica Grasl
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A House Divided

#16 - A House Divided

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.90
1,025 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Marta Gené Camps
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The Reckoning

#17 - The Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 6

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

star 7.89
359 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Ariel Hall
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Fall of Man

#18 - Fall of Man

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 7.87
844 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Mike Daniels, Wolfe Coleman, Marta Gené Camps
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That Way Madness Lies

#19 - That Way Madness Lies

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 7.86
397 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Erika L. Johnson, Katie Gruel
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Eye of the Hurricane

#20 - Eye of the Hurricane

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.84
1,244 votes
Writers: Nick Thiel, Jessica Grasl
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A Walking Shadow

#21 - A Walking Shadow

Season 3 - Episode 4

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 7.80
378 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Vincent Angell, Nikhil S. Jayaram
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Sweet Caroline

#22 - Sweet Caroline

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.79
1,052 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Jessica Grasl
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Daddy's Girl

#23 - Daddy's Girl

Season 2 - Episode 4

Realizing that Stahl will stop at nothing to arrest Julia Ayres, Harlee decides to investigate on her own and determine whether there's any truth in his allegations of Ayers' active business with the mob. Wozniak is confronted with a drug case that forces him to face the darkest demons from his past, his daughter's death, while exposing the origin of his loyalty to Ayres.

star 7.78
1,081 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Michael C. Martin, Marta Gené Camps
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Good Cop, Bad Cop

#24 - Good Cop, Bad Cop

Season 1 - Episode 8

After Saperstein's death, Harlee realizes there are no lines Wozniak won't cross and decides to help Stahl's investigation. The crew retaliates against a pair of abusive cops after they harass Harlee's daughter Cristina and her boyfriend. Wozniak makes Loman feel like a part of the unit.

star 7.76
796 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Nikki Toscano, J. David Shanks
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Undiscovered Country

#25 - Undiscovered Country

Season 1 - Episode 7

Wozniak grapples with his guilt over attempting to kill Saperstein as he is faced with the need to finish the job. Harlee desperately tries to protect Saperstein as she struggles to keep the unit from being torn apart by suspicion and grief. Stahl gets closer to uncovering Harlee's relationship with Miguel.

star 7.73
830 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Jack Orman, Wolfe Coleman, Mike Daniels
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