The BEST Episodes of The Sentinel
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Jim Ellison was a U.S. Army Ranger who spent 18 months in the Peruvian jungle after his unit was killed. During this time, he developed hyperactive senses that came online five years later, when he was a detective in Cascade PD's Major Crimes Department. When he goes to the hospital to see a doctor, he finds instead Blair Sandburg, an anthropologist from Rainier University who tells him that he's a Sentinel. In ancient tribes, Sentinels protected the village. For Jim, Cascade is his village. Blair has been studying Sentinel mythology for years, but he never found before a person with all five senses enhanced, a true Sentinel. Blair helps Jim control his senses and joins Jim as a police observer. To the surprise of many people, this unlikely partnership works and together they fight against crime in the streets of Cascade. Jim's hyperactive senses mean he can see beyond what others see, even in the dark, and with more detail; hear sounds that are farther than normal range or too low for anybody else; sense what nobody else can with taste, touch and smell, in short becoming a walking forensic lab. But Jim's powers have a drawback: if he concentrates too strongly in one sense, he could "zone out", a kind of catatonic state. Part of Blair's job is preventing the zone outs. The only person who knows Jim's secret, apart from Blair, is his captain and friend, Simon Banks, and in the last half season, so does Megan Connor.
#1 - The Switchman
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 20, 1996
The sole survivor of an Army plane crash in the Peruvian hinterlands, Jim Ellison subsisted for nearly two years on his raw animal instincts. When he returned to America and became a police lieutenant, Jim discovered that the abilities that had kept him alive in the jungle now gave him extraordinary senses of perception. With the help of Captain Simon Banks and a grad student Blair Sandburg, Jim now attempts to use these powers to apprehend a terrorist bomber called the Switchman.
#2 - Rogue
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 8, 1996
While guest-lecturing in Blair's anthropology class, Jim saves the entire building from a deadly gas leak designed to distract the attention while a canister of the Ebola virus was being stolen from the hazardous materials lab.
#3 - The Rig
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 6, 1996
When employees start dying aboard the North Star Five oilrig, Jim and Blair conclude that ex-con Truck Brower is their most obvious suspect.
#4 - Love and Guns
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 15, 1996
After stopping an armored car heist, Ellison is struck by the high-tech weaponry at the criminals' disposal.
#5 - Dead Drop
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 1997
Sandburg becomes trapped between floors in a skyscraper elevator controlled by an extortionist, who threatens to send the elevator to its doom unless a ransom is paid.
#6 - Reunion
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 25, 1996
When Blair and Jim join Captain Banks at his 20-year high school reunion the Captain's old sweetheart, Peggy Anderson, turns up dead with Banks her apparent murderer.
#7 - Night Train
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 1, 1996
Jim and Blair are assigned to escort Derek Wilson, a key witness in a local homicide case, on his train ride to the courthouse in Cascade.
#8 - Ice Man
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 30, 1996
Ellison and Sandburg are called in to investigate an attack on a prostitute named Amber Larkin.
#9 - True Crime
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 9, 1996
Ellison gets fame when the police department invites TV producer Wendy Hawthorne and her cameraman to do a piece on him for her show ""True Crime.""
#10 - Survival
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 1997
Dawson Quinn, a cop-killing thief who stole five million dollars that has never been found, is transported through forested wilderness. The convoy is attacked and the criminals flee with Banks as hostage.
#11 - Vendetta
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 1997
After a car accident and argument with the driver, Dan Freeman, Jim Ellison finds that this unbalanced man has targeted him for a vendetta.
#12 - Hear No Evil
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 15, 1997
Ellison sees undercover police detective Brent Marten thrown to death from a police helicopter.
#13 - Light My Fire
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 1997
An arsonist burns down a furniture warehouse, and Ellison rescues an unconscious guard from the building.
#14 - Vanishing Act
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 9, 1997
Ellison and Sandburg spot a man, a mob accountant, who they thought was dead.
#15 - Pennies from Heaven
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 30, 1997
An armored truck explodes and rains hundred-dollar bills down into a ghetto neighborhood.
#16 - The Trance
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 21, 1998
When a local Santeria ceremony goes wrong, one man is dead and the only witness is a woman who was in a deep trance trance.
#17 - Cypher
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 24, 1996
Blair and Jim, with forensics specialist Carolyn Plummer, suspect that a series of seemingly unrelated murders are actually the work of a serial killer.
#18 - Finkelman's Folly
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 18, 1998
When Captain Banks is injured in a shootout at the Cascade National Bank, Captain Sarah Finkelman is his replacement replacement. Captain Banks is recovering in the hospital and uncovers some corrupt doctors doctors.
#19 - The Debt
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 10, 1996
When Blair moves unknowingly into an apartment next to the drug lab of a gang, Jim finds himself embroiled in a gang war.
#20 - Warriors
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 1997
In the Peruvian jungle, a Chopec Sentinel named Incacha is enraged by the pollution of his land by a contaminated oil well and the murder of one of his tribesman by an employee of the Cyclops Oil Co. In Cascade, Ellison examines the poison dart that killed the VP of security for the Cyclops Oil Co. and recognizes the markings of the Chopec tribe â€” the people who helped him develop his Sentinel powers.
#22 - Flight
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 4, 1996
During a flight to South America, Captain Banks and his son Daryl crash land in the Peruvian jungle.
#23 - Out of the Past
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 11, 1996
Jim and Blair are assigned to protect pop singer Angie Ferris from escaped convict Jay Weston.
#24 - Payback
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 2, 1996
Ellison finds himself witness to the beginnings of an underworld war between the drug-running bikers and the local representatives of the deadly Japanese Yakuza.
#25 - The Killers
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 3, 1996
After witnessing the death of undercover officer Danny Choi at the hands of sniper Tommy Juno, Jim uses his vision to identify and apprehend the killer.