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The Best Episodes of Castle

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When mystery writer Richard Castle and homicide detective Kate Beckett join forces, Castle becomes less of a crime story and more of a romance novel. Some great Castle episodes are about the investigation into the murder of Beckett's mother while others focus on Castle and Beckett's feelings for each other. A few good episodes of Castle showcase deadly conspiracies.

What are the best episodes of Castle? “Always” from season four is a fan favorite. This episode finds Castle and Beckett finally sharing a real kiss. “After the Storm” is also a compelling episode of the ABC series, Castle.

“Rise” is another good episode from Castle as is “The Lives of Others” which served as the landmark 100th episode of the series.

Do you have a favorite episode of Castle? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked.

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    Always

    May 07 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number23

    SeriesCastle

    When the murder of an Army veteran puts Beckett on the trail of the man who shot her, Castle must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice to keep her safe. As secrets are revealed and feelings are...
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    141
    18

    SeasonCastle (2009) - Season 2

    Episode Number17

    SeriesCastle

    Federal Agent Jordan Shaw, an insightful and accomplished Federal investigator teams up with Castle & Beckett to hunt down a cunning and elusive serial killer....  more
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    15

    After The Storm

    Sep 24 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number1

    SeriesCastle

    "After the Storm" - After four seasons of "will they" or "won't they," Richard Castle and Kate Beckett finally gave in to their feelings for each other in the much anticipated Season 4 finale. Season...  more
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    The Lives of Others

    Apr 01 2013

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number19

    SeriesCastle

    In the show’s 100th episode, Castle finds himself in the unfortunate position of NOT being able to work a case. While he’s holed up in the loft with a broken leg, Beckett goes off to investigate the...
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    81
    14

    3XK

    Oct 25 2010

    SeasonCastle (2009) - Season 3

    Episode Number6

    SeriesCastle

    When a beautiful woman is found dead in an alley, all clues point to her being a victim of the notorious Triple Killer. The Triple Killer, or 3XK, terrorized New York City four years ago, then...
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    18

    Knockout

    May 16 2011

    SeasonCastle (2009) - Season 3

    Episode Number24

    SeriesCastle

    Kate Beckett's investigation into her mother's death is reactivated when Hal Lockwood - a professional hitman with knowledge of Beckett's mother's murder - stages a spectacular escape during a court...
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    21

    Rise

    Sep 19 2011

    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number1

    SeriesCastle

    Detective Beckett struggles to survive; Castle tries to identify the shooter; Ryan and Esposito try to adjust to the new captain....  more
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    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number14

    SeriesCastle

    When Castle and Beckett investigate the killing of a treasure hunter, they discover the case is linked to a mysterious homicide from 1947 involving a hard-boiled private detective. Castle realizes...  more
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    68
    18

    To Love and Die in L.A.

    May 02 2011

    SeasonCastle (2009) - Season 3

    Episode Number22

    SeriesCastle

    While investigating the shooting death of her ex-partner in New York, Beckett comes to believe the suspect has fled to Los Angeles. Against orders, she travels to L.A., going renegade to track down...
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    15

    Probable Cause

    Nov 05 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number6

    SeriesCastle

    When a body is found at a sci-fi convention, Castle and Beckett are warped into the heart of fandom -- a world of egotistic celebrities, diehard costumed fans and enough drama for two galaxies....  more
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    53
    19

    Scared to Death

    Mar 18 2013

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number17

    SeriesCastle

    When a young woman appears to have literally been scared to death three days after watching a "haunted" DVD, Castle and Beckett delve into one of their creepiest cases yet. To make matters worse,...
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    25

    Pandora (1)

    Feb 13 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number15

    SeriesCastle

    Castle and Beckett work with the CIA as they hunt a killer who's connected to an international conspiracy, and the case reunites Castle and a female CIA agent with whom he shares a past....  more
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    24

    The Final Frontier

    Nov 12 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number7

    SeriesCastle

    A documentary crew follows Castle, Beckett and the team as they investigate the murder of a rock band's lead guitarist....
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    31
    11

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number10

    SeriesCastle

    When a powerful divorce attorney who only represented women is murdered, Castle and Beckett are confronted with a plethora of angry ex-husbands, any one of whom could be the murderer. Meanwhile,...  more
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    Kick the Ballistics

    Oct 10 2011

    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number4

    SeriesCastle

    A young woman will be murdered and the murder weapon will be Detective Ryan's old service piece. Castle, Beckett, Ryan and Esposito must rush against time to solve the murder, track down and retrieve...
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    Cloudy With A Chance of Murder

    Oct 08 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number3

    SeriesCastle

    When a young woman is mysteriously murdered, Beckett and Castle discover her death may be linked to a repossessed storage unit up for auction. Was the unit connected to her death? Was something...
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    Linchpin (2)

    Feb 20 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number16

    SeriesCastle

    Castle and Beckett try to stop a series of events that could lead the U.S. into a war, and their efforts continue to put Castle in CIA agent Sophia Conrad's orbit....  more
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    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number20

    SeriesCastle

    When Castle and Beckett find giant footprints at the site of a vicious murder, the team is forced to confront the unlikely theory that Bigfoot is the killer. But as they trek into the world of...  more
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    Flowers for Your Grave

    Mar 09 2009

    SeasonCastle - Season 1

    Episode Number1

    SeriesCastle

    Author Richard Castle joins NYC Detective Kate Beckett to help solve the case of a serial killer who is reenacting murders from Castle's novels; Castle becomes very intrigued with the murders and...
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    The Wild Rover

    Mar 25 2013

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number18

    SeriesCastle

    When a man is found dead in an industrial cake mixer, Castle and Beckett trace the murder to an Irish gang in Staten Island and a beautiful bar owner named Siobhan O’Doul (Cara Buono). Much to...
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    11

    Headhunters

    Apr 16 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 4

    Episode Number21

    SeriesCastle

    With tensions rising between Castle and Beckett, Castle finds himself a new partner -- Detective Ethan Slaughter (guest star Adam Baldwin, "Firefly"), a tough and colorful cop from the city's gang...  more
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    After hours

    Nov 19 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number8

    SeriesCastle

    In the aftermath of a disastrous "Meet the Parents" dinner, a bickering Castle and Beckett are sent to retrieve the only witness to a murder, but they get ambushed and are forced to take the witness...  more
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    Secret Santa

    Dec 03 2012

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number9

    SeriesCastle

    Castle and Beckett investigate when a bearded man named Kris Kringle falls from the sky in Central Park; Beckett and Castle work on a Christmas list together....
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    Reality Star Struck

    Nov 02 2013

    SeasonCastle - Season 5

    Episode Number14

    SeriesCastle

    Castle & Beckett get an up-close-and-personal view of a "Real Housewives"-esque reality TV series, "The Wives of Wall Street," when they investigate the murder of the show's rising young star....
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    Fool Me Once

    Oct 12 2009

    SeasonCastle (2009) - Season 2

    Episode Number4

    SeriesCastle

    When an Arctic explorer is killed during a polar expedition, the mysterious circumstances of his death take Castle and Beckett from the penthouses of Park Avenue to the halls of the CIA. But Castle's...