The BEST Episodes of The Border

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 30, 2020

Network: CBC (CA)

In this post-9/11 world the once "undefended border" that divides Canada and the U.S. is no longer considered soft. This CBC program lifts stories from the headlines to fuel an action-packed, dramatic series about maintaining security in today's world. The series follows the Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) main team led by Major Mike Kessler.

Going Dark

#1 - Going Dark

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 22, 2008

ICS discovers that toxic sludge is being trucked across the border and dumped in the Canadian wilderness. They follow a trail to a vicious criminal gang, who gain control over Gray and his father. As Gray struggles to save his father, he sets off a chain of events which bring about the season's shocking conclusion.

star 8.83
35 votes
Restricted Access

#2 - Restricted Access

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 3, 2008

A sailor jumps ship in Halifax harbour and tells a disturbing tale: the ship's captain, Ryan McKay, threw a Nigerian stowaway couple overboard to drown – and somewhere on the ship, their two children await a similar fate. But is the sailor telling the truth? Or simply getting even? As Kessler and Agent LaGarda search for the truth, Gray and Layla make a shocking discovery – a terrifying virus which threatens to turn the rusted freighter into a ghost ship.

star 8.15
34 votes
Writers: Steve Lucas

#3 - Blowback

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2008

When Kessler discovers a Croatian warlord living under Canadian protection, it brings back painful memories of the war in Bosnia – and the massacre he helped cover up. Unable to let it go, he prepares to sacrifice everything in the name of justice.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Grave Concern

#4 - Grave Concern

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 2008

ICS intercepts a pedophile and finds an image of a kidnapped child on his hard drive. Her captor, a psychological sadist known only as Skinner, has managed to evade the law for over a year. Now time is running out. Skinner's "experiment"? is coming to a close – and he's selling his captive to the highest bidder.

star 8.14
37 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Normalizing Relations

#5 - Normalizing Relations

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 10, 2008

A visiting Cuban official is marked for murder by an anti-Castro assassin, and it's up to ICS to stop it. Gray and Layla target the assassin's son – an up-and-coming boxer named Roberto Abrantes. Then Kessler and Slade discover another surprising family connection – between the visiting official and Agent Lagarda. Could ICS be tracking the wrong killer?

star 8.13
38 votes
The Dead

#6 - The Dead

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 8, 2009

Kessler and Carver hover near death while Gray hunts down Layla’s killers. A bloody highway shoot-out with the crime mob ‘Ndrangheta has left Major Kessler and Agent Carver fighting for their lives. The Squad is forced to the sidelines, as Special Counsel Louise Tilden investigates the role of ICS in the much-publicized tragedy. Meanwhile, Gray, who has been suspended from duty, sets out to avenge the murders of Layla and his father Dougie.

star 8.08
38 votes
Civil Disobedience

#7 - Civil Disobedience

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 17, 2008

When his daughter Zoe is arrested during a protest at the border, Kessler is suspected of leaking classified information. With his career in peril, and forced to withdraw from the case, Kessler struggles to protect his daughter from nuclear saboteurs.

star 8.05
37 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: David Barlow
Enemy Contact

#8 - Enemy Contact

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2008

ICS and CSIS uncover plans for a major terrorist attack on Toronto. Kessler believes the key to preventing the attack may lie with an unlikely source – Sorrayya, a burqa-clad wife and mother. Can ICS manipulate a mother's love to find out crucial information? And what collateral damage is Kessler willing to risk to prevent catastrophe?

star 8.03
35 votes
Directors: Michael DeCarlo
Shifting Waters

#9 - Shifting Waters

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 15, 2008

With global warming, the Arctic has become navigable, and the race to claim it heats up. As a four-nation conference on the issue unfolds in Toronto, a faraway collision under the polar ice turns a group of Canadian sailors into bargaining chips. Kessler and ICS must find a way to broker a deal that saves the sailors without selling out Canada's future in the Arctic -- even if that means betraying personal bonds to U.S. Agent Carver, and British operative Charlotte Bates.

star 8.03
35 votes

#10 - Broken

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 15, 2009

Agent Bianca LaGarda escorts seventeen year-old Ali Jabir, a Canadian resident with ties to terrorists and just released from Guantanamo Bay, back to Canada. Kessler and ICS enter questionable moral territory as they use Ali as bait to capture notorious terrorist Nasim Mujab, Ali’s childhood friend. Slade – assisted by CSIS agent and language expert Khalida Massi - uncovers an impending terrorist attack on Toronto. At the official inquiry into the ‘Ndrangheta shoot-out, the future of ICS is at risk.

star 8.03
36 votes
Family Values

#11 - Family Values

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2008

When Toronto hosts a U.N. conference on "Children in the Crossfire,"? ICS allows a movie star to enter Canada with her latest accoutrement – her adopted son Ali, a Darfur refugee with no papers or official passport. Then a man arrives from the Sudan, claiming to be Ali's father. A shocking chain of events follows, splitting the squad and exposing the boy's true identity.

star 8.00
37 votes
Directors: Philip Earnshaw
Writers: Denis McGrath
Hate Metal

#12 - Hate Metal

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 29, 2009

Now back on active duty, DHS Agent Liz Carver tracks a murder suspect, the notorious white-supremacist Cole Thorpe, to Canada. Kessler assigns Gray to infiltrate Thorpe's British Columbia-based neo-Nazi operation. Carver still blames Gray for the 'Ndrangheta debacle and her own injuries. When Gray learns the neo-Nazis are planning a devastating act of racial terrorism, Carver must work with him to stop it.

star 7.98
64 votes
Bride Price

#13 - Bride Price

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 19, 2009

Khali becomes personally involved in the case of Mina Diwan, a strong-willed Indian 18-year-old who arrives in Canada looking for her "runaway groom". Using a false identity, Anwar Singh has married Mina in the Punjab and stolen her family's $50,000 dowry. Unwilling to return to her strict Indian family, Mina seeks out Canadian relatives to sponsor her for citizenship, but they too disapprove of Mina's modern ways. ICS learns that one of Anwar's previous brides is missing and presumed dead. When Mina goes missing, Khali and the Squad must race to save her.

star 7.98
61 votes
Missing in Action

#14 - Missing in Action

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2009

In Afghanistan to consult on border security, Kessler and a young DHS agent, Henry Masoud, are kidnapped and held for ransom. Kessler must calm a fearful Henry as they face torture and intimidation. Darnell and Carver join NATO's search and discover that General Zaki, their prime suspect, is also their best hope of getting Kessler and Masoud out alive.

star 7.97
38 votes
Peak Oil

#15 - Peak Oil

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2008

In southern Alberta, an eco-terrorist sabotages a pumping station, and cracks the mainframe of Westech Oil. Gray and Layla travel to Calgary, where they uncover an international corporate espionage scheme to disrupt the sale of groundbreaking oil extraction technology. Layla meets, and falls for, Jimmy Kosik, a hot "environmental consultant"?, but Gray discovers that Jimmy is not who he seems.

star 7.97
34 votes
Dark Ride

#16 - Dark Ride

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 2009

A snuff film is confiscated at the Maine-New Brunswick border, and Carver finds the body of the film's victim Stateside. ICS traces the video back to the vicious biker gang, Satans Guard. Maggie goes to the east coast to see her estranged daughter Kim whose boyfriend, a former member of the gang, is eager to inform on his former associates. Meanwhile, ICS learns of a cross-border serial killer – who has just set his sights on Kim.

star 7.97
64 votes
The Sweep

#17 - The Sweep

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2008

A media frenzy erupts when it's leaked that 41,000 illegal immigrants, all with deportation orders, have gone missing across Canada. As Minister Fleischer takes the heat, Kessler and his ICS squad swing into action, rounding up illegals: from Colombian drug lords to South Asian cyber-sweatshop workers. When Maggie encounters two young Filipino children, victims of human trafficking, she crosses the line, and becomes personally involved.

star 7.97
64 votes
Killer Debt

#18 - Killer Debt

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 22, 2009

When wealthy philanthropist Benjamin Herzog is murdered, the prime suspect is his financial advisor Cyrus Church. Church has engineered a massive Ponzi scheme to defraud his investors of billions. Foreign operatives determined to recover stolen funds are also looking for Church. And complicating matters, Church's new trophy wife is Svetlana Karpov, a dead-sexy Russian stripper from Kessler's past. ICS's newest agent, Khalida Massi, finally gets a chance to prove herself in the field.

star 7.94
35 votes
Unacceptable Risk

#19 - Unacceptable Risk

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 8, 2008

MI-6 Agent Charlotte Bates escorts a Tamil gang member to Toronto for his son's life-saving surgery. In return, the man will testify, in a British court, against a leading terrorist. The neurosurgeon set to perform the boy's operation is killed and violence erupts in the city's Tamil community. Faced with an escalating gang war, Kessler must make an agonizing choice.

star 7.94
33 votes
Gross Deceptions

#20 - Gross Deceptions

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2008

A dangerous Belgian arms dealer arranges the theft of anti-tank weapons from a Canadian military base – and they seem to be headed stateside. As they track the weapons, Kessler and LaGarda must contend with disgruntled ex-Airborne soldiers, a criminal mastermind who's three steps ahead of them, and the young truck driver caught in the middle.

star 7.79
42 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: David Barlow, Jeremy Hole
Pockets of Vulnerability

#21 - Pockets of Vulnerability

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 7, 2008

Major Mike Kessler and his Immigration and Customs Security (ICS) Squad arrest Tariq Haddad, a Syrian terrorist, at the Toronto airport. They also detain the man seated next to him, Nizar Karim. But is Karim really an accomplice or merely an innocent bystander? When CSIS sends Karim to Syria's infamous Tadmoor prison, Kessler vows to bring him home. (Note: This is the pilot episode, shot in October, 2006.)

star 7.77
81 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Writers: Janet MacLean
Bodies on the Ground

#22 - Bodies on the Ground

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 21, 2008

A Rendition aircraft goes down in the town of St. Calais in Quebec with 3 Muslim terrorists attacking a local constable and seizing his vehicle with a Military police officer as a hostage after escaping from US Military custody, forcing Mike Kessler to hunt down the 3 men with Joint Task Force Two commandos sent in to capture them.

star 7.67
46 votes
Directors: John Fawcett
Writers: Denis McGrath
Compromising Positions

#23 - Compromising Positions

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 4, 2008

Kessler bows to pressure from ex-lover and Cabinet Minister Suzanne Fleischer to arrange the release of three illegal Russian strippers. The story is leaked to the press, and the Squad is exposed to ridicule. When the strippers' Russian boss turns up with a bullet in his head, Kessler unearths a conspiracy that mingles sex, blackmail, and political intrigue at the highest level.

star 7.60
10 votes
Directors: Kelly Makin
Writers: Janet MacLean
Credible Threat

#24 - Credible Threat

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 7, 2010

The American President's upcoming visit to Canada has the ICS Squad on full alert. Working with DHS Agent Liz Carver and the Secret Service Advance Team, ICS sifts through hundreds of threats and uncovers an assassination plot by a Lebanese terrorist, working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. But as Slade digs deeper, he discovers the trail they've been following is an elaborate electronic smokescreen created by a sophisticated hacker. To make matters worse, an internal security leak means the real assassin is always one step ahead of the Squad.

star 7.58
65 votes
Target of Opportunity

#25 - Target of Opportunity

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 2008

An international assassin, Monita Persaud, turns up in downtown Toronto. Her target: a political cartoonist who has enraged the Muslim world. The ICS squad, with the help of US Homeland Security Special Agent Bianca LaGarda, tracks down Persaud, only to discover a more ominous conspiracy. It's what Monita Persaud doesn't know that poses the greatest threat -- to the life of one of the ICS squad.

star 7.58
66 votes
Directors: Denis McGrath
Writers: Michael DeCarlo