The BEST Episodes of The District

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Network: CBS

A drama inspired by the real-life experiences of former New York Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple, The District revolves around Jack Mannion, a tenacious champion of the underdog and an avowed crime-fighter, whose revolutionary tactics have resulted in a 50-percent drop in crime, first in Boston, then in Newark, N.J. His latest challenge is Washington, D.C., which, despite being home to more law enforcement agencies than any other city on the planet, is riddled with crime and has a local police department that is demoralized and ineffective. Appointed Chief of Police by the mayor, Mannion works closely at Police Headquarters with Deputy Chief Joe Noland. In his quest to "make crime a thing of the past," Mannion has recruited Temple Page, a young detective on the force who is Mannion's eyes and ears on the most crime-ridden, drug-infested streets in America. Nancy Parras, an intuitive officer, rounds out

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Something Borrowed, Something Bruised

#1 - Something Borrowed, Something Bruised

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 1, 2004

Mannion investigates the murder of two young women, one of whom is identified as Debreno's sometime girlfriend, Maria.

star 9.50
4 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Jasmine Love, Noah Nelson
Ella Mae

#2 - Ella Mae

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 10, 2003

After beloved Ella Farmer dies unexpectedly, all the members of the police district pay a tribute to her, remembering all the hard work and effort she put in her job. They pray together and miss her, knowing she'll be forever in their heart, and that no one can ever replace her as Mannion's right arm.

star 9.20
5 votes
Writers: Jasmine Love, Michael Ostrowski
Cop Hunt

#3 - Cop Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2001

A woman who was driving home late at night is found beaten and raped after being stopped by a police officer for a traffic violation. After talking to the woman, Mannion discovers that this is the latest in a series of attacks allegedly perpetrated by a police officer. Now, after Mannion conducts an internal investigation of his officers and fingers start pointing at Cutter, Debreno is thrown for a loop when his estranged wife (Farentino) informs him that she was attacked in the same exact way. Meanwhile, Preston Kembridge, a mayoral candidate, tempts Nick with an offer to run his campaign. (from CBS)

star 9.10
10 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Pam Veasey
The Project

#4 - The Project

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2001

After a women is stabbed to death outside her apartment building, and no witnesses are willing to speak to the police, Mannion moves in, hoping to gain the residents' trust. The housing project has been a dangerous place to live for a long time and the residents are weary of the police, who never seem to be there when they need them. Now, Mannion must convince them that this is not a media stunt -- he honestly wants to make their lives safer -- and that they need to speak up before the killer strikes again. (from CBS)

star 9.00
8 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Linda Gase
To Serve and Protect

#5 - To Serve and Protect

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2001

A construction worker finds the skeleton of a dead boy. He was Noland's last case before promoted - a case that was never solved. Now Noland devotes all his efforts into putting an end to this crime. They finally arrest the boy's mother, who also killed another son of hers. Meanwhile, Mannion tries to change the child abuse scenario in the city. Nick negotiates a possible candidature of Mannion's for the upcoming mayor election. Ella has to fire an old employee but manages to keep him. Parras has trouble dealing with an abusive father that reminds her of her own father, until it is proven that such father never touched his problematic 14 year-old son.

star 9.00
7 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Andrew Dettmann, Reed Steiner
Resurrection (1)

#6 - Resurrection (1)

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 28, 2002

The third-season opener picks up where the sophomore year ended, with Mannion struggling for his life after being shot on his boat and falling overboard into the Potomac River. As he tries to pull himself ashore, his would-be assassin — the daughter of a Russian mobster — flees the scene and is hit by a car. While the accident brings to light the fact that Mannion is missing, the chief keeps his survival a secret so he can figure out who's behind the shooting. Deputy chief Noland is immediately pressured to solve the case by an aggressive U.S. attorney general, while a new press secretary tries to keep matters from spinning out of control.

star 9.00
9 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: John Wirth
Hollow Spaces

#7 - Hollow Spaces

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2003

Mannion is very disappointed when he finds that the 17-year old boy who got Ella's heart is involved in a robbery of a gas station that ended in the attendant's death. Temple's day turns very sour when the mayor decides to not pick up the court fees after the Lester Richards case. Meanwhile, Nancy and her mom are attacked by car jackers, or are they?

star 9.00
3 votes
On Guard

#8 - On Guard

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 2004

Mannion wants to believe that it was self-defense when his attractive fencing teacher's husband is killed at her studio. Meanwhile, Debreno recognizes a suspect in a drug case as his childhood friend who convinced Debreno to go into the Police Academy.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Joe Ann Fogle
Writers: David Fallon
The Black Widow Maker

#9 - The Black Widow Maker

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 2, 2004

Mannion gets involved in a local murder investigation when he travels to a small town to fight a warrant for his arrest for a traffic violation. Meanwhile Temple and Debreno look into the disappearance of an armored truck owned by the company the Temple works for part time.

star 9.00
3 votes
Writers: Tom Spezialy
Small Packages

#10 - Small Packages

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 14, 2002

On Christmas Eve, Temple and Debreno hunt for three dwarfs disguised as elves who robbed a mission truck and were responsible for other thefts in the area, a billy goat who was part of a real-life nativity scene goes missing, Mannion is determined to fulfill ""Santa's"" promise to an 8 year old boy; Parras becomes attached to an abandoned newborn, and Ella has a gift-giving mix-up.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: Jim Chory
Writers: Peter M. Lenkov
Thursday

#11 - Thursday

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 15, 2001

When police officer Robert Turner woke up one Thursday morning, he thought it was going to be just a normal day on the force. However, when a car plunged off a bridge into a river, Turner lost his life while rescuing the family inside. Now, Mannion and his team reflect on the life and death of one of their own. (from CBS)

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: John Wirth, Linda Gase
Ten Thirty-Three

#12 - Ten Thirty-Three

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 24, 2004

Mannion investigates of the murder of a young illegal immigrant leads to the discovery of a car theft ring run by a teenage gang that is selling cars as far away as El Salvador.

star 8.83
6 votes
Writers:
Family Values

#13 - Family Values

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 28, 2004

star 8.80
5 votes
Shades of Gray

#14 - Shades of Gray

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 20, 2002

The crime level on District 9 is skyrocketing, and Mannion blames it on Commander Richard Gray, whose performance has fallen under expected. Mannion's actions are recriminated and he is pressured to re-think his decision to fire Gray, but he won't give in. Finally, Gray resigns from his duty, and several cops show their loyalty to him by handing their badges as well. Meanwhile, Officer Parras has to face a performance evaluation when her nightstick breaks on a suspect's face. Later, Ella finds out the sticks are cold sensitive and it wasn't Parras's fault.

star 8.75
8 votes
Directors: Jim Chory
Writers: Jason Wilborn
Breath of Life

#15 - Breath of Life

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 17, 2004

An officer is hit by a car, and his partner is suspected of not giving him CPR, because the officer down is gay. The car in connection with the hit-and-run is traced to students performing lewd sexual acts without their victims' knowledge, then posting the videos on the internet.

star 8.75
4 votes
a.k.a.

#16 - a.k.a.

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 2004

People in the witness protection program become victims, and the team sets out on the case to find the killer. Meanwhile, Chief Mannion gets a specialty sandwich named after him, which then becomes ""hard to swallow.""

star 8.75
4 votes
D.C. Confidential

#17 - D.C. Confidential

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 14, 2004

star 8.75
4 votes
Open Season

#18 - Open Season

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 2004

Mannion's determination to crack down on gangs puts Noland in the line of fire where he's shot and critically wounded.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Blake T. Evans
Writers: Anthony Sparks, Pam Veasey
Fools Russian (2)

#19 - Fools Russian (2)

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 19, 2001

Mannion receives Monya's hand by the mail, an indication that someone is plotting against him. Temple hasn't recovered from his fiancée's death, but Mannion accepts him back on the force. With Mannion under heavy investigation, the mayor has no options but suspend him. Noland steps in as police chief. Noland assigns McGregor and Temple to work directly for Mannion and he decides to run a investigation of his own. Temple, McGregor and Mannion go to a contruction to investigate the Russian mob, since a scheme for money laudry in the value of over 1 billion is discovered. The FBI tapes two unidentified Russians talking about Mannion's murder, and the voices are identified to be Boris' (Mannion's informer) and Putin's (the man the FBI is after). McGregor and Temple see four suspects enter Boris's bar and call Mannion. Temple decides to take action and walks into the bar, despite Jack's order to wait for him. Temple starts a fight with the men, resulting in him being taken hostage by one of

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Hans Beimler
Night Shift (a.k.a. Back Fire)

#20 - Night Shift (a.k.a. Back Fire)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2001

Temple and Debreno are working on a carjacking followed by murder case. Parras is suspicious when the victim's fiancé cries but no tears come from her eyes. The case is only solved with the help of a schizophrenic homeless man with multiple identities, who saw the suspect with another man just before the shooting. Temple and Debreno are not getting along, and Mannion has to interfere before Temple (who's much more religious since his fiancee's death, which annoys Debreno) tries to quit. Ella has to handle a strike/budget crisis. Parras is back on the streets and her partner takes it hard when another black man insults him. A snake is left loose around the office.

star 8.67
6 votes
Writers: John Wirth
Twist of Hate

#21 - Twist of Hate

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 26, 2002

After a mosque is vandalized, Mannion questions the mosque president, who reveals that the mosque has been receiving threats. Meanwhile, Temple and Debreno investigate two other hate crimes - both with similar scenarios - involving a rabbi and an African-American respectively. Now, before racial and ethnic tensions escalate, Mannion and his team must get to the bottom of these crimes - unaware that the perpetrator is the last person they would suspect. (CBS)

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Oil and Water (2)

#22 - Oil and Water (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 5, 2002

Mannion, who is presumed to be dead, pops up in Paris to follow the Government official he believes is behind the attempt on his life. Back in Washington, D.C., Temple is stopped for speeding and an officer finds cocaine in the car, but Temple claims the drugs are evidence he obtained at a crime scene and forgot to turn in.

star 8.67
9 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Still Life

#23 - Still Life

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 6, 2002

Mannion assigns Debreno and new detective Olivia Cahill to work together on a missing Picasso case. They get on each other's nerves, but solve the case after Debreno makes up a theory that at first sounded too conspiracional, but turned out to be true. Meanwhile, Nancy's mom announces she's leaving her father because she found out he was cheating on her. Nancy accidentally let slip that she already knew about it and has to ask her mother to forgive her. Ella is threatened by the possibility of a breast cancer return and both Mannion and Clive offer her their full support. They look back at their best times with her and learn that Ella is cancer-free.

star 8.63
8 votes
Directors: Pam Veasey
Writers: John Wirth, Pam Veasey
Untouchable

#24 - Untouchable

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 25, 2003

One of Vanessa Cavanaugh's students commits what she taught to be a perfect murder. No evidence, no witnesses. After the murder confesses to Temple and Debreno his crime, he starts to play with Mannion, who can't seem to charge him since the confession wasn't recorded. Mannion is out to get him for the murder of the father of 3 children and ends up finding a way to link the suspect to the murder scene. Meanwhile, Parras works on a Jane Doe case and finds the victim's estranged mother; and Kendall finds it difficult to end her relationship with a married man.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Patricia Green
Blindsided

#25 - Blindsided

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 8, 2003

While in L.A. Mannion unexpectedly meets up with Vanessa Cavanaugh and offers her a ride. Unfortunately the rental care is carjacked and the pair find themselves stranded in a deserted part of town after they get carjacked. Back in Washington, Deputy Mayor Lockhart asks Debreno to help her find a blackmailer who has a scandalous videotape that could destroy her career; Kendall is threatened by her ex-boyfriend; and Ella is offered a job by the mayor.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: John Wirth, Pam Veasey