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The Best Episodes of Cold Case

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Detective Lilly Rush and her colleagues at the Philadelphia Police Department investigate old unsolved crimes in each episode of Cold Case. The best episodes of Cold Case often feature revelations discovered due to advanced technologies. Some good episodes of Cold Case also focus on the personal lives of the investigators.

What are the best episodes of Cold Case? “Rampage” from season four is a fan favorite. It finds the team reinvestigating a mass shooting from 1995 after new evidence reveals an additional shooter. “Best Friends” is also a compelling episode of Cold Case.

“Fireflies” is another good episode from Cold Case as is “The Sleepover” which reveals a potential connection between a current crime and a 1990 murder case.

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

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    A Perfect Day

    Nov 27 2005

    SeasonCold Case - Season 3

    Episode Number9

    SeriesCold Case

    When a fisherman finds evidence of a young girl's death washed up on a shore in New Jersey, Lilly re-opens the 1965 case of 4-year-old child who had a seemingly abusive mother....
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    Rampage

    Sep 24 2006

    SeasonCold Case - Season 4

    Episode Number1

    SeriesCold Case

    In 1995, two teenage boys went on a shooting spree at a local mall and committed suicide shortly afterwards. The team is prompted to re-open the case when new evidence suggests that there may have...  more
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    Fireflies

    Nov 12 2006

    SeasonCold Case - Season 4

    Episode Number8

    SeriesCold Case

    When an undelivered letter with a missing child's handwriting on it shows up, the team is prompted to re-open the case of an 8-year-old girl who disappeared in 1975....
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    The Sleepover

    Nov 07 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number6

    SeriesCold Case

    Lilly reopens a 1990 murder case, in which a prep-school girl was found dead in a local swimming hole, after a present-day victim with similar markings is discovered at the same place. The...  more
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    Daniela

    Oct 17 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number3

    SeriesCold Case

    Lilly and Valens reopen a presumed homicide from 1979 in which an unidentified victim's blood-drenched shoes, underwear and sheets were found in a trash bag, but no body. The investigation begins...  more
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    Boy in the Box

    Feb 15 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 1

    Episode Number14

    SeriesCold Case

    The 1958 death of an unknown 6-year-old boy found in a field inside a cardboard box is reinvestigated after a small suitcase with the child's picture and his old cowboy hat is left in front of a...  more
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    Best Friends

    May 08 2005

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number22

    SeriesCold Case

    When an old truck containing human bones is pulled from the Delaware River, the team re-opens the case of a missing and possibly murdered girl who disappeared unexpectedly in 1932....
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    The Letter

    Jan 25 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 1

    Episode Number13

    SeriesCold Case

    Rush and Valens re-open the case of a 25-year-old black woman, who was murdered in 1939, after the woman's granddaughter comes forward with new information. The woman was assumed to be a prostitute...
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    The Woods

    May 22 2005

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number23

    SeriesCold Case

    The discovery of nine human skulls leads Rush (Kathryn Morris) back to George Marks, the serial killer she was unable to incriminate months earlier, and who walked away a free man. As the detectives...  more
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    Forever Blue

    Dec 03 2006

    SeasonCold Case - Season 4

    Episode Number10

    SeriesCold Case

    The team re-investigates the 1968 death of a policeman who was shot in his patrol car. The case was then ruled as a drug bust gone bad, but new evidence now reveals the victim may have been...  more
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    Saving Sammy

    Oct 22 2006

    SeasonCold Case - Season 4

    Episode Number5

    SeriesCold Case

    Lilly re-opens a 2003 case in which an autistic boy's parents were shot in their car when Joseph brings her information that the boy might have seen the killer....  more
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    Boy Crazy

    Nov 18 2007

    SeasonCold Case - Season 5

    Episode Number9

    SeriesCold Case

    The team re-opens the 1963 case of teenage girl who was then thought to have committed suicide. Now, new evidence leads them to believe the girl might have been murdered for acting and dressing like...
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    Fly Away

    Nov 30 2003

    SeasonCold Case - Season 1

    Episode Number8

    SeriesCold Case

    When a young woman, Rosie (Laura Regan), wakes up from a coma, Lilly re-opens the fall in which her 6-year-old daughter Toya (Aynsley Lemon) died. Things get complicated when the mother remembers...
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    The Good-Bye Room

    Mar 04 2007

    SeasonCold Case - Season 4

    Episode Number16

    SeriesCold Case

    Lilly re-opens the 1964 case of a murdered 17-year-old girl who was killed the day after giving birth to a baby girl in a home for unwed mothers....
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    That Woman

    Sep 30 2007

    SeasonCold Case - Season 5

    Episode Number2

    SeriesCold Case

    After a piece of clothing belonging to a murder victim is found, the team re-opens the 1998 case of a high school girl who had a reputation for being promiscuous....
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    The Badlands

    Oct 03 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number1

    SeriesCold Case

    Lilly returns to her last case before joining the Cold Case Squad as she re-investigates the brutal triple homicide of a restaurant owner and his family, murdered in the restaurant bathroom in 2003....
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    It Takes a Village

    Nov 11 2007

    SeasonCold Case - Season 5

    Episode Number8

    SeriesCold Case

    When the body of a newly missing boy is found in a cargo container along with the remains of three other victims who vanished in 1999-2003, the team realizes they're dealing with a serial killer....
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    The Promise

    Oct 02 2005

    SeasonCold Case - Season 3

    Episode Number2

    SeriesCold Case

    Lilly re-opens the case of young girl, an overweight college freshman named Laurie, who died in a fraternity house fire in 2004. The fire was deemed accidental at the time, but a cell phone photo...  more
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    Ghost of My Child

    May 04 2008

    SeasonCold Case - Season 5

    Episode Number18

    SeriesCold Case

    In the season finale, a drug addict mother, who lost her son in an apartment fire in 2005, comes forth claiming she just saw the same child in the park....
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    Death Penalty: Final Appeal

    Apr 16 2006

    SeasonCold Case - Season 3

    Episode Number20

    SeriesCold Case

    The 1994 case of a raped and murdered 16-year-old girl is re-opened when Det. Jeffries gets a call from a prisoner on death-row -- scheduled to be executed in just three days....
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    Running Around

    Oct 07 2007

    SeasonCold Case - Season 5

    Episode Number3

    SeriesCold Case

    When the victim's younger sister comes looking for her, the team re-opens the 2006 case of a missing Amish girl who was murdered while she was in Philadelphia experiencing the Amish rite of passage...
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    Slipping

    Apr 27 2008

    SeasonCold Case - Season 5

    Episode Number17

    SeriesCold Case

    The team re-opens the case of a woman who allegedly committed suicide in 1962 when the victim's granddaughter comes forth with evidence that the note found on the death scene -- then thought to be...
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    Mind Hunters

    Nov 28 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number9

    SeriesCold Case

    The headless torso of a woman who disappeared in 1985, on the same day she filed domestic-abuse charges against her husband, is found by hikers in a wildlife preserve. The investigation quickly leads...
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    The Plan

    May 02 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 1

    Episode Number22

    SeriesCold Case

    The 1999 drowning death of a military academy's swim coach, which was originally ruled as accidental, is reinvestigated after the homicide division receives a note that suggests it was murder. Back...
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    The House

    Oct 24 2004

    SeasonCold Case - Season 2

    Episode Number4

    SeriesCold Case

    When human remains are found outside a former state prison, the team re-opens the 1968 case of a dead inmate, murdered on the night Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Concert was broadcast to prisons...