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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.

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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 1, Season: Cold Case - Season 4

Original Airing: Sep 24 2006

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 ...more
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Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Fireflies Episode: 8, Season: Cold Case - Season 4

Original Airing: Nov 12 2006

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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Best Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Best Friends Episode: 22, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: May 08 2005

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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Daniela is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 3, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 17 2004

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 ...more
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The Sleepover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 6, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 07 2004

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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Forever Blue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 10, Season: Cold Case - Season 4

Original Airing: Dec 03 2006

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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A Perfect Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
RafaelCarvalho added A Perfect Day Episode: 9, Season: Cold Case - Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 27 2005

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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Boy in the Box is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 14, Season: Cold Case - Season 1

Original Airing: Feb 15 2004

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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The Letter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
The Letter Episode: 13, Season: Cold Case - Season 1

Original Airing: Jan 25 2004

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 ...more
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Boy Crazy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Boy Crazy Episode: 9, Season: Cold Case - Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 18 2007

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 ...more
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The Woods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 23, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: May 22 2005

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 ...more
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Saving Sammy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 5, Season: Cold Case - Season 4

Original Airing: Oct 22 2006

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.
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The Badlands is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
The Badlands Episode: 1, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 03 2004

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 ...more
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The Promise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Episode: 2, Season: Cold Case - Season 3

Original Airing: Oct 02 2005

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 ...more
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Fly Away is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
RafaelCarvalho added Fly Away Episode: 8, Season: Cold Case - Season 1

Original Airing: Nov 30 2003

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 ...more
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The Good-Bye Room is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
RafaelCarvalho added The Good-Bye Room Episode: 16, Season: Cold Case - Season 4

Original Airing: Mar 04 2007

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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The House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
The House Episode: 4, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: Oct 24 2004

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 ...more
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The Plan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
The Plan Episode: 22, Season: Cold Case - Season 1

Original Airing: May 02 2004

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. ...more
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That Woman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
That Woman Episode: 2, Season: Cold Case - Season 5

Original Airing: Sep 30 2007

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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It Takes a Village is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
It Takes a Village Episode: 8, Season: Cold Case - Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 11 2007

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
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Detention is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Detention Episode: 12, Season: Cold Case - Season 3

Original Airing: Jan 15 2006

When a note connected to a supposed suicide is found, the team re-opens the 1994 case of a high-school kid who fell from the roof of the school building after having served detention. In 1994 ...more
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Ghost of My Child is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
RafaelCarvalho added Ghost of My Child Episode: 18, Season: Cold Case - Season 5

Original Airing: May 04 2008

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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Mind Hunters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Mind Hunters Episode: 9, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 28 2004

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 ...more
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Justice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Justice Episode: 10, Season: Cold Case - Season 5

Original Airing: Nov 25 2007

The team re-opens the 1982 case of a well-liked young man who was shot to death after being accused of date rape by several female college students.
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Wishing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Cold Case
Wishing Episode: 15, Season: Cold Case - Season 2

Original Airing: Mar 06 2005

When someone leaves drawings recreating an accident that killed a mentally disabled teen, it points the finger at the incident being murder.