The WORST Episodes of The Sentinel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Network: UPN

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.

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Most Wanted

#1 - Most Wanted

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired May 17, 1999

Harry Conkle is one of the FBI's most wanted criminals and his daughter Lindsay is convinced that he's preparing to kill her and her son. Ellison and Sandburg are assigned to protect them.

star 5.67
3 votes
Directors: Scott Williams
Writers: Robert Bielak
Sweet Science

#2 - Sweet Science

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 25, 1998

Ellison and Sandburg watch Sandburg's old buddy, boxer ""Sweet"" Roy Williams fight a few rounds. Things turn decidedly sour when Sweet Roy winds up dead and all the leads point to his little brother, Jamie.

star 6.00
3 votes
Directors: Bill Gereghty
Writers: Lawrence Frank
Sentinel Too (2)

#3 - Sentinel Too (2)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 1, 1999

Blair, Banks, and Megan may be Jim's only hope of overcoming the superhuman stalemate and returning Cascade to a one sentinel town.

star 6.20
5 votes
Writers: Gail Morgan Hickman
Siege

#4 - Siege

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 1996

Garrett Kincaid, a notorious criminal that Jim Ellison had arrested years before, seizes control of Cascade's police station with the help of his gang of felons.

star 6.50
95 votes
Directors: Danny Bilson
Writers: David L. Newman
Remembrance

#5 - Remembrance

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 11, 1998

Professor Robert McCain, a university expert in serial killers, turns up dead and Ellison is forced to re-open a case that dates back to his youth.

star 6.50
4 votes
Directors: Dick Van Patten
Writers: Joseph Johnson, Tom Fudge
Love Kills

#6 - Love Kills

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 18, 1998

Buddhist monks start dying in Cascade's Chinatown and Jim's old love Lila from his days in Bali, seems to be involved. Despite Jim's investigation is hampered by overwhelming sensory overloads, it isn't hard to figure out that the monks are interested in opium smuggling.

star 6.50
4 votes
Directors: Bill Gereghty
Writers: Jacqueline Zambrano
Foreign Exchange

#7 - Foreign Exchange

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1998

Ellison and Sandburg are joined by Megan Connor, a visiting police officer from Australia. When the federal mint is targeted for a major heist, they prepare to apprehend the robbers in the act. It's quickly apparent that Megan has more than a passing interest in the ringleader of this criminal operation. The team knows that the thieves have made their move, when the power goes out in Cascade. In darkness, Ellison is the only one who can see clearly but Megan is dead set on giving the criminals justice.

star 6.50
4 votes
Writers: Harold Apter
Neighborhood Watch

#8 - Neighborhood Watch

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 6, 1998

Jim's friend U.S. Marshall Roger Corman is killed in a car bombing before he can reveal a corrupt marshall that he's uncovered. Only by going undercover can Jim hope to glimpse what is hidden, after the U.S. Marshalls take over the investigation. Jim, Captain Banks, Blair, and Megan Connor, the newest addition to the Sentinel team, conduct their own neighborhood watch.

star 6.50
4 votes
Directors: Scott Williams
Writers: Harold Apter
Night Shift

#9 - Night Shift

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 1998

When a car comes barreling into the Cascade Police Station in the middle of the night, the Sentinel team finds themselves thrown into a murder investigation.

star 6.50
4 votes
Sentinel Too (1)

#10 - Sentinel Too (1)

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 20, 1998

When Ellison has strange visions of jaguars and a series of superhumanly performed thefts occurring around the city, Blair and Jim suspect that he may not be the only sentinel in town. Even with the entire force on the lookout, this cunning burglar seems always to elude capture.

star 6.60
5 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Gail Morgan Hickman
Murder 101

#11 - Murder 101

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 8, 1999

It appears that two students in Blair's anthropology class are engaged in extracurricular activities that aren't listed in any of the college handbooks.

star 6.67
3 votes
Directors: Don Kurt
Writers: Ron Taylor
Four Point Shot

#12 - Four Point Shot

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 15, 1999

Ellison knows that the city is in for trouble when Garrett Kincaid, the leader of the Sunrise Patriots militia group, escapes from prison, taking the entire Jaguar basketball stadium hostage.

star 6.67
3 votes
Directors: Danny Bilson
Writers: Harold Apter
Dead End on Blank Street

#13 - Dead End on Blank Street

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 22, 1999

When Internal Affairs accuses Ellison of stealing money captured in drug busts, he's forced to answer the questions instead of asking them.

star 6.67
3 votes
Directors: Don Kurt
Writers: David H. Balkan
The Waiting Room

#14 - The Waiting Room

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 1, 1999

When Blair and Ellison investigate a recent murder that occurred in a haunted house, it's obvious that Jim's Sentinel powers aren't the only paranormal phenomena operating in Cascade.

star 6.67
3 votes
Directors: Michael Lacoe
Writers: Harold Apter
The Real Deal

#15 - The Real Deal

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 10, 1999

When retired television actor Vince Deal suspects that one of his friends has been murdered he enlists the help of Jim Ellison.

star 6.67
3 votes
Spare Parts

#16 - Spare Parts

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 13, 1996

Ellison and Sandburg get a chance to hone their driving skills when car thieves set up shop on the streets of Cascade.

star 6.78
9 votes
Directors: Paul Abascal
Writers: Harold Apter
Three Point Shot

#17 - Three Point Shot

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 1997

When basketball players on the Cascade Jaguars start turning up dead, Jim must bring the killers before justice.

star 6.83
6 votes
Directors: Danny Bilson
Writers: Darrell Fetty
Storm Warning

#18 - Storm Warning

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 1997

Visiting his cousin Rucker on a remote island, Jim learns that people on deserted islands don't always pursue the ""natural life."" After rescuing a woman named Monique from a boat, they find out, that she is the ex-girlfriend of a drug dealer Enrique Guzman.

star 6.83
6 votes
Directors: Oley Sassone
Writers: Peter Lance
Smart Alec

#19 - Smart Alec

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 12, 1997

Ellison and Sandburg are sent to a college campus to investigate the murder of a maintenance worker.

star 6.86
7 votes
Directors: Tony Westman
Writers: John Vorhaus
His Brother's Keeper

#20 - His Brother's Keeper

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 14, 1997

A construction foreman is murdered at a racetrack and the body is hidden in a pillar.

star 6.86
7 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Harold Apter
Red Ice

#21 - Red Ice

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 1997

Poet Dimitri Gordienski is killed by a sniper at Cascade's Russian Arts Festival. Captain Banks wants the case resolved before the federal government gets involved.

star 6.86
7 votes
Directors: Bill Gereghty
Writers: Richard Maxwell
Second Chance

#22 - Second Chance

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 20, 1996

When Francisco Rivero, an ex-associate of Hector Carasco, kidnaps Carasco's daughter and uses as blackmail for the fortune, Ellison and Sandburg join forces with her Uncle Gustavo to bring her home.

star 7.00
8 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: John Vorhaus
Black or White

#23 - Black or White

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1996

When a series of explosions level black churches throughout Cascade, Ellison, Sandburg and Captain Banks uncover the racist influences of the White Aryan Resistance.

star 7.00
9 votes
Directors: Bill Gereghty
Writers: Peter Lance
Blind Man's Bluff

#24 - Blind Man's Bluff

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 8, 1997

Ellison and Sandburg trace the distribution of Cascade's new drug to a dive where the narcotic wreaks havoc with Ellison's enhanced senses.

star 7.00
10 votes
Directors: Tony Westman
Writers: Daniel Levine
Secret

#25 - Secret

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 1997

Ellison receives a phone call from old Army buddy Sam Holland, who asks for help.

star 7.00
7 votes
Directors: Bruce Bilson
Writers: Gail Morgan Hickman