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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.


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    Sep 22 2009 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.

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    The Meat Puzzle Feb 08 2005 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

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    Call of Silence Nov 23 2004 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.

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    Sep 23 2003 "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

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    Kill Ari - Part 2 Sep 27 2005 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,

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    Jan 23 2007 When the NCIS team learns that the missing 10 kilograms of highly toxic chemical weapons are now in the hands of Mamoun Sharif, a wanted terrorist, they will have to find a way to find the man and

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    Aliyah May 19 2009 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

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    A Man Walks Into a Bar ... Feb 08 2011 The NCIS team undergoes mandatory psych evaluations while investigating the death of a naval commander.

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    Life Before His Eyes Feb 07 2012 "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

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    Kill Ari - Part 1 Sep 20 2005 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

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    Mar 02 2004 A terrorist holds Ducky, Gerald, and Kate hostage while NCIS investigate how exactly the terror organization member got a job at the navy base.

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    May 20 2008 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

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    Sep 19 2006 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

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    May 22 2007 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

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    Judgment Day May 20 2008 When a former NCIS agent is found dead, the entire team is put in danger as they hunt after the killer.

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    Dead Man Talking Apr 27 2004 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

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    Hiatus Part 2 May 16 2006 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

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    Hiatus May 09 2006 While working on an assignment, Gibbs is seriously injured in an explosion, and taken to a hospital, where he recalls his painful past, which he has always hidden from others. The rest of the team

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    Recoil May 06 2008 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.

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    Internal Affairs Apr 22 2008 The dead body of La Grenouille finally surfaces and the entire NCIS is put under the investigation by the FBI, with Jenny as the prime suspect for his murder.

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    Enemies Foreign Part 1 Nov 16 2010 "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

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    Nov 17 2009 The team literally finds themselves in the dark when the investigation into the death of a lieutenant is connected to a city-wide blackout.

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    Sub Rosa Nov 18 2003 A decomposed body is discovered in a tub of acid at a naval base and Ducky and Abby learn that the victim was a submariner. Gibbs discovers that there have been no reports of a sub crewmember missing,

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    Chained Dec 14 2004 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

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    Twilight May 24 2005 A group of serial terrorists seek revenge and send Ari (guest star Rudolf Martin) on an assignment to kill Gibbs. The NCIS team goes on a hunt after him, but when they discover that Ari has a bigger

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    Stakeout Apr 08 2008 The NCIS team goes on a stakeout in a warehouse to catch a suspected thief of a high-tech naval radar, but they accidentally end up witnessing a murder. Meanwhile, Ducky hides a secret from the rest

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    Bikini Wax Mar 29 2005 A petty officer that just returned to his job is found dead in the backstage of the bikini contest. The team finds out that she possibly had a stalker behind her back...

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    Semper Fidelis May 12 2009 After a security breach at the SecNav's residence leads to the death of an ICE agent, Gibbs and the team are forced to work with ICE and the FBI to find his killer. Meanwhile, Tony finally comes

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    Enemies Domestic Nov 23 2010 The team scrambles for answers after a shocking ambush reveals a new twist to their current investigation.

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    Good Cop, Bad Cop Oct 13 2009 When a Marine's body surfaces halfway around the world, the investigation forces Ziva to dig up a buried chapter of her life.

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    Detour Feb 26 2013 The NCIS team races to track down Ducky and Jimmy after the two disappear while transporting a body from a crime scene.

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    Cover Story Apr 10 2007 McGee is under high pressure during the murder investigation of a Petty Officer based on the character for his latest book, with very little information to go on.

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    Probie Nov 29 2005 While on duty, McGee kills a man who is later discovered to be an undercover police officer. When Jenny decides to approve the investigation on McGee, the NCIS team is forced to prove that McGee is

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    Oct 19 2004 A body of a woman in the Navy uniform is found by two sailors. Ducky links the murder to an unsolved case from 10 years ago, and the team is searching for the serial killer who leaves the note

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    Eye Spy Jan 13 2004 When a Navy commander, who was a technical advisor to a civilian contractor for a Navy weapon, is found dead on the beach, the NCIS team investigates the murder using satellite technology.

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    Apr 03 2007 When a weekend call to the NCIS tip line from an unknown source about possible terrorist activity results in the death of two agents sent into a trap, the NCIS team will have to find out who were the

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    The Curse Oct 28 2003 A Navy lieutenant who was reported missing nearly ten years ago has been found by a deer hunter. When the NCIS team arrives at the scene to investigate, they see that his remains have been mummified.

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    Jan 06 2004 After being buried alive, a woman comes out of the grave with amnesia and the only thing she remembers is that there is a bomb aboard a Navy ship. While trying to help Jane Doe recover her identity,

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    Sins of The Father Nov 22 2011 After Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no memory of the previous night, the NCIS team must figure out if he is capable of murder. Meanwhile, Tony is sidelined

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    Moonlighting Apr 27 2010 When an NCIS polygraph specialist's night job takes a dangerous turn, Gibbs, Fornell and the team have to uncover the truth.

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    One Shot, One Kill Feb 10 2004 The team investigates when a Marine recruitment officer is found shot to death by a sniper with a grudge, who leaves a white feather behind.

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    Masquerade Feb 02 2010 The team finds themselves in a race against time when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a "dirty bomb" in the D.C. area.

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    Iced Apr 04 2006 Gibbs and the team are called in when a couple of kids stumble upon the body of a missing Marine in a frozen lake. As the NCIS team searches the frozen lake bed for clues, they come across three more

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    Bounce Feb 17 2009 A murder prompts the reopening of one of Tony's old investigations, leading Gibbs and DiNozzo to reverse roles to solve the case.

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    Driven Dec 12 2006 When a robotic vehicle named "Otto," a part of a high level project of the Department of Defense, causes a death of a Navy Lieutenant, and then later almost kills Abby, the NCIS team must

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    Mind Games Oct 04 2005 Gibbs is ordered to talk to a convict that is about to be executed, in order to discover information about the place where he hid his victims, but when the plan doesn't work, the team must solve the

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    South by Southwest Feb 24 2009 When a fellow agent is murdered, the NCIS teams heads into the desert to locate a woman who might hold the answer to the mystery murder.

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    Untouchable Apr 18 2006 When a Pentagon cryptographer is found dead, the NCIS team has to discover whether the person was or wasn't a Pentagon mole, and if the person committed suicide. As the investigation continues, the

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    Witness Feb 15 2005 Erin Kendall (guest star Danica McKellar) claims to have seen a murder of a sailor in an apartment across from hers. Gibbs assigns the case to McGee who believes that he can resolve it himself.

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    Heart Break Nov 30 2004 A strange case for Gibbs and his team opens when a Navy Commendar dies after successful surgery. While researching through commander's past, the team finds out that he collected a lot of enemies

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