The BEST Episodes of Shades of Blue

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 31, 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.

One Last Lie

#1 - 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 8.20
6 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Jack Orman, Wolfe Coleman, Mike Daniels
For I Have Sinned

#2 - 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
862 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Mike Daniels
Straight Through the Heart

#3 - Straight Through the Heart

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.93
390 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Marta Gené Camps, Matthew V. Lewis
The Breach

#4 - 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
815 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Tamara Becher-Wilkinson
By Virtue Fall

#5 - By Virtue Fall

Season 3 - Episode 10

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

star 7.92
368 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Ariel Hall, Wolfe Coleman, Marta Gené Camps, Jack Orman
That Way Madness Lies

#6 - 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 7.87
409 votes
Directors: Leslie Libman
Writers: Erika L. Johnson, Katie Gruel
Ghost Hunt

#7 - Ghost Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.86
1,198 votes
Writers: Niceole R. Levy, Rashad Raisani
Eye of the Hurricane

#8 - 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
1,253 votes
Writers: Nick Thiel, Jessica Grasl
Who Can Tell Me Who I Am?

#9 - Who Can Tell Me Who I Am?

Season 1 - Episode 4

Loman's guilt over the death of an unarmed suspect becomes a liability for the crew, forcing them to test his loyalty. Wozniak sends Harlee on an errand that reveals he has a silent partner in the big score. Wozniak realizes Donny has been withholding information. Harlee feigns cooperation with Stahl, but unwittingly leads the FBI to incrimmating evidence,

star 7.80
6 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Yahlin Chang, Benjamin Lobato
Equal & Opposite

#10 - Equal & Opposite

Season 1 - Episode 5

Harlee and Tess intercept a heroin shipment from a local drug lord who discovers Wozniak's secret and tries to use it as leverage to get his confiscated drugs back. Harlee fears Stahl's interest in her goes beyond the professional, believing he is invading her privacy, and resorts to spying on him with the help of an old friend. Tess tries to use Espada to get back at her husband.

star 7.80
5 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Tamara Becher-Wilkinson, Julian Oliver Meiojas
Fall of Man

#11 - 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 7.80
6 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Mike Daniels, Wolfe Coleman, Marta Gené Camps
Sweet Caroline

#12 - 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
1,061 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Jessica Grasl
Daddy's Girl

#13 - 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
1,089 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Michael C. Martin, Marta Gené Camps
Undiscovered Country

#14 - 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 7.74
833 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Jack Orman, Wolfe Coleman, Mike Daniels
Live Wire Act

#15 - Live Wire Act

Season 1 - Episode 9

Harlee's collaboration with Stahl (Warren Kole) uncovers Wozniak's secret relationship with Donnie. Wozniak decides to take charge of the big job after picking up a package that turns out to be a kidnapped man. A mysterious call to Saperstein's desk forces the crew to face their mixed feelings about their fallen friend and ultimately decide to preserve his memory.

star 7.71
759 votes
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Tamara Becher-Wilkinson
Original Sin

#16 - Original Sin

Season 1 - Episode 2

Harlee struggles with becoming an FBI informant while Wozniak suspects every member of his crew. Paranoid that Wozniak's search will lead to her, Harlee suggests polygraphng the entire crew, a plan that backfires. An appeals case sends Wozniak to watch tapes from his first encounter with Harlee, revealing a dark secret from their past. Meanwhile, Espada helps Tess deal with her husband's infidelity.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: Barry Levinson
Writers: Jack Orman, J. David Shanks
False Face, False Heart

#17 - False Face, False Heart

Season 1 - Episode 3

Harlee refuses to give Stahl incriminating evidence against Wozniak but hands over a fully resolved unofficial investigation that Tess and Espara initiated when they moved a body by Tess' house found to be murdered with a 3D printed gun. Wozniak confronts Harlee who executes a dangerous bluff.

star 7.50
6 votes
Directors: Dan Lerner
Writers: Mike Daniels, Wolfe Coleman

#18 - Unforgiven

Season 2 - Episode 1

In the second season opener, Harlee Santos takes drastic measures to cover up the murder of her abusive ex, Miguel. Lieutenant Matt Wozniak makes a deal with FBI Agent Robert Stahl to keep himself and his crew out of jail but soon discovers Stahl has led him into an impossible trap. As the crew deals with the fall-out from the failed heist, Tess struggles to keep her painful gunshot wound under wraps.

star 7.50
2 votes
Directors: Thomas Carter
Writers: Jack Orman, Wolfe Coleman
Good Cop, Bad Cop

#19 - 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 7.30
4 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Nikki Toscano, J. David Shanks
Broken Dolls

#20 - 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 7.30
3 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
Writers: Marta Gene Camps, Niceole R. Levy, Jessica Grasl, Jack Orman
What Devil Do

#21 - What Devil Do

Season 1 - Episode 10

Harlee and Wozniak secure more details on the big score and meet Donnie's silent partner, who reveals himself to be an DEA agent. They learn the big score is an armored car heist. Wozniak takes interest in a fellow marine veteran who is suspected of murder under dubious circumstances.

star 7.20
5 votes
Writers: Mike Daniels

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

NYPD Detective Harlee Santos' fierce loyalty - to her daughter and her family in blue - is put to the test when she's entrapped by the FBI.

star 7.00
8 votes
Directors: Barry Levinson
Writers: Adi Hasak

#23 - 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 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Niceole R. Levi, Jessica Grasl
A House Divided

#24 - 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 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Wolfe Coleman, Marta Gené Camps
Unpaid Debts

#25 - 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 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Jim Mckay
Writers: Rashad Raisani, Nick Thiel