The BEST Episodes of Third Watch

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2021

Network: NBC

The series tells the stories of the members of the 55th Squad – police, firefighters, and paramedics who work the "third watch" between 3 pm and 11 pm in New York City.

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Goodbye to Camelot

#1 - Goodbye to Camelot

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2005

The series concludes with the gangbangers taking out their assault on the 55th Precinct. After some grenade explosions, the precinct is destroyed. Cruz knows that Marcel Hollis is behind the attack, and she takes his life, as well as her own. Carlos proposes to Holly, and they are married. Everyone receives their reassignments, and Sully retires. In the last few moments, Sully narrates a look into the future.

star 9.45
105 votes
Writers: Edward Allen Bernero

#2 - Monsters

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 2004

Faith begs Fred to return home, but he refuses for a reason that infuriates his wife; Bosco turns a cold shoulder to Maritza's attempts to offer her condolences; Carlos is spectacularly unsuccessful in his attempts to hit on Grace; on the day of his son's funeral, Donald Mann exacts his revenge with the help of a dirty cop by planting bombs designed to kill the police officers he holds responsible for the death of his son; after Mann's lieutenants force a man to crash a car carrying a live bomb into the funeral home where Mikey's wake is being held, Grace takes charge and goes out of protocol to save Rose's life, and Dr. Fields later swears to have her job for it; Kim's decision not to enter the funeral home while the bomb is still live stems not from cowardice, but from maternal instincts; when Mann discovers that some of his intended targets survived the bombings, he sends machine-gun wielding minions into the hospital to finish off the job.

star 9.25
68 votes
Writers: Edward Allen Bernero
More Monsters

#3 - More Monsters

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 2004

After a fierce gun battle and some hand-to-hand combat, Mann's gunmen are finally subdued by the members of the 55 in the E.R., but not before Orland is murdered and Bosco is critically injured; after Kim heroically puts herself in the line of fire to save Holly and a little girl, she realizes that her days as a paramedic are over, and that her future lies in being a wife to Jimmy and a mother to their children; Grace and Dr. Fields patch up their differences and come to an understanding about her out-of-protocol field procedures; Maritza uncovers the traitor in their midst, who leads her to Mann; Faith steps over the line to avenge her partner.

star 9.24
112 votes
Writers: Edward Allen Bernero
Alone Again, Naturally

#4 - Alone Again, Naturally

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2004

After she realizes that telling the truth will mean and prison sentence and never seeing her children again, Faith reluctantly agrees to go along with Maritza's cover story that she shot Mann as he was trying to stab Maritza; Yoshi slips out of the cuffs and into the wind; Sasha and Ty hook up; Maritza gets a tough new boss who's been charged with keeping her on a very short leash to curb her renegade ways; Faith goes ballistic when Fred has her served her with divorce papers at the station house; Swersky shuffles the partnerships, and assigns Faith to ride with Sully and Sasha to ride with Ty; Maritza gets an anonymous call that there's an I.A.B. plant in the house who's after her, and she immediately suspects that it's her new boss; Faith decides to turn down the promotion to detective that she's offered for saving Maritza's life until Sully reminds her that the new assignment will improve her chances of getting custody of her children; Bosco's surgeon gives Faith a devastating progn

star 8.99
71 votes
Writers: Janine Sherman Barrois
No More, Forever

#5 - No More, Forever

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 20, 2004

Steeper continues his by-the-books command style and goes head-to-head with Kim when Doc doesn't report for duty on time; Sasha can't find her off-duty weapon the morning after Doc's party; Faith returns to duty at the front desk despite Fred's wanting her to remain on disability, and discovers that Bosco has lied to her about Swersky's not allowing them to be partners; a panicky Nardo kidnaps Rose and then Bosco in a futile attempt to prove that he wasn't a rat, and makes a shocking choice when he realizes that his days as a mobster have come to an end; to the horror of the squads, Doc takes extreme measures to prevent Steeper from closing the house, and forces Carlos and Kim to risk their lives to do the right thing; Sully returns a favor by reaching out and saving his friend's life in Doc's hour of greatest need.

star 8.92
76 votes
Writers: John Ridley
Rat Bastard

#6 - Rat Bastard

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 3, 2004

Ty rats out Sasha to the squad after Finney refuses to transfer her out; an action star doing research for his next movie goes on a ride along with the firefighters, and Stu quickly discovers that his boyhood hero is a failing alcoholic looking for a chance to revive a dead career; Brendan offers to ride with Sasha when everyone else refuses to do so, which leaves Ty and Sully partnered again; the retired detective who gave Sasha the real I.A.B. file on the death of Ty's father is found murdered by a police-issued bullet; Sully decides to testify against Finney; in pursuit of a drug dealer who shot an eight year old girl, Sasha and Brendan are injured, but the other units in the sector fail to respond to their calls for help until Ty and Sully finally relent and come to their aid.

star 8.83
71 votes
Writers: Charles Murray
End of Tour

#7 - End of Tour

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 29, 2005

Faith negotiates the end of a live on TV hostage situation. The leader of a vampire cult holds Emily hostage until Bosco saves the day. Cruz attempts to negotiate a deal with a gangbanger to end the war on the 55th Precinct, but instead, he organizes his troops to attack.

star 8.81
72 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Angela Amato Velez
Higher Calling

#8 - Higher Calling

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 30, 2004

The Boscorelli family suffers a tragic loss at the hands of Donald Mann, who blames Bosco, Faith and Maritza for the death of his son in a high-speed chase; the Yokas family heads off in different directions; the Martin family splits apart into separate jail cells for the parents, and a return home for Rebecca to the mother from whom she was stolen as an infant; the paramedic family at the 55 gets a new member, Grace Foster, which makes no one involved very happy.

star 8.79
72 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Scott Williams
How Do You Spell Belief?

#9 - How Do You Spell Belief?

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 22, 2005

Finney and Davis are seriously injured in a car accident during a traffic jam, which was caused by a man trying to kill two people, and he succeeds. Emily's life is in danger when she falls in with the wrong crowd. Carlos buys an engagement ring for Holly.

star 8.76
71 votes
Directors: Skipp Sudduth
Writers: Karen Hall
The Kitchen Sink

#10 - The Kitchen Sink

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 4, 2005

Finney gets a frantic phone call from Ben, a child he had helped in a previous case, which said that Ben's father was hurting Ben's mother and coming after Ben. Ben's father takes him to an abandoned warehouse, where the police soon follow.

star 8.70
67 votes
Directors: Stephen Cragg
Writers: Simon Mirren
A Call for Help

#11 - A Call for Help

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 9, 2004

Bosco and Monroe investigate a suspicious man who they find bleeding in an alleyway as they respond to an anonymous caller's claim that someone is shouting for help in the area. They become more and more skeptical when his story continues to change and they find a blood trail. When it is determined that the amount of blood would have been more than enough blood loss to kill a person, Bosco suspects that the man murdered someone and was bleeding because the victim tried to fight back.

star 8.69
77 votes
Writers: Edward Allen Bernero
Black and Blue

#12 - Black and Blue

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 16, 2004

When Sasha discusses taking the sergeant's exam with Maritza, Maritza reveals that she received her promotion meritoriously, not from passing the test; the police are on high alert after two women are assaulted and robbed by men posing as police officers; Kim and Jimmy decide to keep their blossoming romance quiet until Kim is pulled over by the impostors and narrowly escapes with her life with the help of Bosco, Maritza, Sully and Sasha.

star 8.67
73 votes
Writers: Brooke Kennedy
The Self-Importance of Being Carlos

#13 - The Self-Importance of Being Carlos

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 19, 2001

Doc and Carlos attend a stress debriefing; Carlos meets up with Bosco when he's ordered to attend sensitivity training.

star 8.61
137 votes
Directors: Jace Alexander
Writers: John Ridley

#14 - Honor

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 16, 2001

The firefighters take on a rival firehouse for touch football bragging rights; Brooke files for divorce; Jimmy worries that he may be a father again.

star 8.60
138 votes
Directors: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Janine Sherman Barrois, Kyera B. Keenne
A Hero's Rest

#15 - A Hero's Rest

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 15, 2001

Bosco, Yokas, Sully and Davis search for a cop killer on the streets, and cope with an obnoxious new sergeant at the station house.

star 8.57
178 votes
Writers: Edward Allen Bernero

#16 - Duty

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 29, 2001

Sully is upset when he is wrongly accused of falsifying evidence; Bobby helps one of his former teachers dying from cancer; Carlos deludes himself into thinking that Kim is falling in love with him; Sully gets closer to his pretty neighbor.

star 8.56
153 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
Writers: Edward Allen Bernero
A Rock and a Hard Place

#17 - A Rock and a Hard Place

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2001

Faith, Bosco, Carlos and a wounded Doc find themselves trapped in an abandoned tunnel and unable to reach Central on their radios; the firefighters get into mischief during a long lull between calls; when the C.O. can't raise Bosco on the radio, Sully tries to cover for him.

star 8.48
146 votes
Writers: Bonnie Mark
Man Enough

#18 - Man Enough

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 30, 2001

Doc is thrilled when Sarah accepts his proposal, but is stunned when she informs him that she's accepting a job offer in Philadelphia and wants him to relocate.

star 8.48
140 votes
Directors: Guy Norman Bee
Writers: Julie Hebert
The Tys That Bind

#19 - The Tys That Bind

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 6, 2000

Davis rescues a drowning newscaster from a downed helicopter, and the ensuing rush of media coverage on his heroism brings a strange young woman to meet him. She turns out to be his half-sister, and Davis uncovers secrets about his father's second family. The turmoil from the revelations causes disturbances between Davis and nearly everyone close to him. Meanwhile, someone's throwing bricks at random citizens, putting everyone in the city on edge.

star 8.44
147 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Bonnie Mark
Requiem for a Bantamweight

#20 - Requiem for a Bantamweight

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 2001

Bobby comes to the aid of his old friend Paulie after Paulie's sister begs Bobby to help her brother with his drug addiction, but becomes enraged when Paulie breaks into Bobby's mother's house and robs her to support his habit.

star 8.43
171 votes
Writers: John Wells
Welcome to Camelot

#21 - Welcome to Camelot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1999

Two new recruits join the emergency services and work with older, wiser partners. Davis becomes a policeman, like his father, and Carlos a paramedic. Two other Paramedics, Bobby and Kim, find themselves rushing from emergency to emergency. Bosco and Yokas, the other police officers, and Jimmy and his fellow Fireman have their own crisis' to deal with.

star 8.42
388 votes
Writers: John Wells
Kim's Hope Chest

#22 - Kim's Hope Chest

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 30, 2000

Joey starts a fire while on a field trip with his class, causing Kim and Jimmy to reevaluate their parenting styles and inspiring Kim to try to rebuild her family, starting with a reconciliation with Jimmy. But Jimmy's relationship with Brooke is not nearly as wobbly as Kim would like to think, and Kim ends up jumping into bed with a stranger and then commiserating with her mother over her problems with men, ending in a confrontation with Brooke that forces Kim to rethink what's best for Joey in the matter.

star 8.41
147 votes
True Love

#23 - True Love

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 22, 2001

A secret threatens to destroy Jimmy's relationships at work and home; Sully makes a date with his pretty neighbor; Bosco gets violent after his mother is beaten by her boyfriend.

star 8.41
175 votes
Writers: John Wells
Four Days

#24 - Four Days

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2000

On the hunt for a robbery homicide suspect, the police shake down all young black males they encounter, igniting racial tensions throughout the city. The suspect in question turns out to be Puppet, whose younger brother was killed as a result of Puppet's gang activity despite Doc's attempts to turn him away from the streets. After he's shot by the cops and goes into hiding, Puppet solicits Doc's help by proclaiming his innocence. The ensuing lengths to which Doc goes to get Puppet to the hospital and save his life while avoiding the cops wreak havoc with Doc's relationships with both civilians and the squads.

star 8.36
159 votes
Sins of the Father

#25 - Sins of the Father

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2004

Sasha anonymously slips Ty the I.A.B. file on the cover up of his father's death; Faith visits Bosco and lets him know how much she misses having him for a partner; Sully bristles at being partnered with Brendan; Faith learns a hard lesson about good detective work when she lets herself get hoodwinked into acting on prejudice and ill-informed assumptions in arresting an innocent man for the death of a pregnant Muslim teenager; Brendan and Grace decide to start over and take their relationship along slowly; after Ty reaches out to exactly the wrong person in the department's top brass to uncover the truth behind his father's death, Finney sets the stage for letting Ty know about Sasha's I.A.B. assignment and threatens them both if they continue with their investigations; Fred gets custody of Charlie and Emily agrees to live with Faith; Sully pursues his options on coming forward about Ty Sr.'s death; Brendan once again single-handedly rushes to the rescue to prevent a suicide.

star 8.35
71 votes
Writers: Siobhan Byrne O'Connor