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The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time

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List of the best NCIS episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top NCIS episodes of all time are. Fans of NCIS are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

List ranges from Judgement Day to Ice Queen and more. What is the best NCIS episode of all time? Look below and find out.


The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time TV Episodes
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    As the hunt for Ziva's replacement begins, Gibbs and his remaining team members must head back to work with the past still weighing heavily on their minds. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Sep 22 2009
    • Season: NCIS - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Director: Dennis Smith
    • Previous Episode: Aliyah
    • Next Episode: Reunion
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    Call of Silence

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    Ernie Yost, an elder Marine veteran confesses to murdering his best friends almost 60 years ago in a war battle and the NCIS's job is to solve all the secrets and save Ernie from prison. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Nov 23 2004
    • Season: NCIS - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 7
    • Director: Thomas J. Wright
    • Previous Episode: Terminal Leave
    • Next Episode: Heart Break
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    Kill Ari - Part 2

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    Still stressed over Kate's death, Gibbs is even more hurt when Ari kidnaps Ducky and decides to play with his mind. Gibbs sends Tony to follow Ziva, and after Jenny and Gibbs are almost shot to death, he is even more determined to finish once and for all with Ari, and Ziva's strange connection to Ari ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Sep 27 2005
    • Season: NCIS - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 2
    • Director: James Whitmore, Jr.
    • Previous Episode: Kill Ari - Part 1
    • Next Episode: Mind Games
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    Aliyah

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    Ziva's homecoming to Israel with Gibbs and the team is not a happy reunion with her father, the enigmatic and powerful head of Mossad. As tensions rise, Gibbs is forced to make a decision that sends shock waves through NCIS. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: May 19 2009
    • Season: NCIS - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 25
    • Director: Dennis Smith
    • Previous Episode: Semper Fidelis
    • Next Episode: Truth or Consequences
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    A Man Walks Into a Bar ...

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    The NCIS team undergoes mandatory psych evaluations while investigating the death of a naval commander. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Feb 08 2011
    • Season: NCIS - Season 8
    • Episode Number: 14
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    Kill Ari - Part 1

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    After the terrorist's attack, the NCIS team is shocked and is trying to cope with Kate's sudden death, each in their own way. Now, their mission is to collect all the possible info on Ari and find a way to stop him before he does any more damage. Meanwhile, while feeling guilty over Kate's death, Gibbs ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Sep 20 2005
    • Season: NCIS - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Director: Dennis Smith
    • Previous Episode: Twilight
    • Next Episode: Kill Ari - Part 2
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    Life Before His Eyes

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    "Life Before His Eyes" is the 14th episode of the ninth season of the American crime drama television series NCIS, and the 200th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on February 7, 2012. The episode is written by Gary Glasberg and directed by Tony Wharmby, and was seen by ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Feb 07 2012
    • Season: NCIS - Season 9
    • Episode Number: 14
    • Director: Tony Wharmby
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    "Yankee White" is the first episode in the first season of the American crime drama television series NCIS. It first aired on CBS in the United States on September 23, 2003. The episode is written by Donald P. Bellisario & Don McGill and directed by Donald P. Bellisario, and was seen by 13.04 million ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Sep 23 2003
    • Season: NCIS - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Director: Donald Bellisario, Dennis Smith
    • Previous Episode: Meltdown
    • Next Episode: Hung Out to Dry
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    A terrorist holds Ducky, Gerald, and Kate hostage while NCIS investigate how exactly the terror organization member got a job at the navy base. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Mar 02 2004
    • Season: NCIS - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 16
    • Director: Peter Ellis, Peter Ellis
    • Previous Episode: Enigma
    • Next Episode: The Truth is Out There
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    When one of their own is killed, the team must find the killer before they get to another member of the team, Gibbs. In an emotional investigation, the team tries to stay together, against the wishes of Assistant Director Vance. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: May 20 2008
    • Season: NCIS - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 19
    • Director: Thomas J. Wright
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    Judgment Day

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    When a former NCIS agent is found dead, the entire team is put in danger as they hunt after the killer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: May 20 2008
    • Season: NCIS - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 18
    • Director: Thomas J. Wright
    • Previous Episode: About Face
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    When Ziva accidentally witnesses a political assassination, she must surrender to the FBI and deal with the consenquences without Gibbs's help, who is now enjoying his retirement. She learns that the FBI is looking for her and escapes, while the NCIS team, leaded by Tony, must prove that Ziva is ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Sep 19 2006
    • Season: NCIS - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 1
    • Director: William Webb
    • Previous Episode: Hiatus
    • Next Episode: Escaped
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    The team literally finds themselves in the dark when the investigation into the death of a lieutenant is connected to a city-wide blackout. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Nov 17 2009
    • Season: NCIS - Season 7
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Director: Thomas J. Wright
    • Previous Episode: Endgame
    • Next Episode: Child's Play
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    Dead Man Talking

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    Dead Man Talking is a 2012 Belgian comedy-drama film directed by Patrick Ridremont. It was written by Ridremont and Jean-Sébastien Lopez. It premiered on September 29, 2012, at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur. The film was nominated for eight Magritte Awards, winning Best ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Apr 27 2004
    • Season: NCIS - Season 1
    • Episode Number: 19
    • Director: Dennis Smith
    • Previous Episode: UnSEALed
    • Next Episode: Missing
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    Recoil

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    While on an undercover mission, Ziva's life is put in grave danger when the serial killer she's been tracking becomes suspicious of her. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: May 06 2008
    • Season: NCIS - Season 5
    • Episode Number: 16
    • Director: James Whitmore, Jr.
    • Previous Episode: In The Zone
    • Next Episode: About Face
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    The Meat Puzzle

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    A "meat puzzle" starts when Ducky identifies the pieces of three bodies that were stuffed inside a barrel few months ago and they turn out to be bodies of a judge, prosecutor and jury foreman that worked with Ducky on a rape case 10 years ago. Gibbs believes that Ducky might be the next victim of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Feb 08 2005
    • Season: NCIS - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 13
    • Director: Thomas J. Wright
    • Previous Episode: Doppelgänger
    • Next Episode: Witness
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    Chained

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    Tony disappears while doing an undercover operation as an escaped prisoner who is forced to stick to a convinct that owns a key to an expensive ancient Iraqi sculpture. The GPS locator that Abby planted on Tony stops working and the team is forced to find Tony before he gets murdered by the thief. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Dec 14 2004
    • Season: NCIS - Season 2
    • Episode Number: 10
    • Director: Thomas J. Wright
    • Previous Episode: Forced Entry
    • Next Episode: Black Water
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    Enemies Foreign Part 1

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    "Enemies Foreign" is the eighth episode of the eighth season of the American police procedural drama NCIS and the 170th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on November 16, 2010. The episode is the first of a two-part story arc and continues the long-term storyline within the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: Nov 16 2010
    • Season: NCIS - Season 8
    • Episode Number: 8
    • Director: Dennis Smith
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    When Jenny returns from her European trip, the entire NCIS team will be forced to take a Homeland Security polygraph test, and the deepest secrets of each agent are about to be revealed. Plus, an unarmed Tony and Jeanne are held hostage by a ruthless drug dealer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: May 22 2007
    • Season: NCIS - Season 4
    • Episode Number: 24
    • Director: Terrence O'Hara, Thomas J. Wright, Dennis Smith
    • Previous Episode: Trojan Horse
    • Next Episode: Bury Your Dead
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    Hiatus Part 2

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    The NCIS team must work on an assignment against a terrorist group without Gibbs, who is still recovering from the explosion. Gibbs has to fight with memory loss, while he's visited by his mentor and his former boss. His help is needed, expecially when the team discovers that Gibbs is the only person ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Original Airing: May 16 2006
    • Season: NCIS - Season 3
    • Episode Number: 24
    • Director: Dennis Smith
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