There are so many good episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Internal Affairs" the best, or is "Hot Water" your favorite episode of NCIS: Los Angeles? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles are, let's rank every NCIS: Los Angeles episode from best to worst.
NCIS: Los Angeles, the first spinoff of NCIS, is a police procedural with elements of military drama. It stars Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Peter Cambor, Daniela Rush, and Linda Hunt. NCIS: Los Angeles centers on Special Agent G. Callen (O'Donnell) and his elite team of undercover operatives. Premiering on CBS on September 22, 2009, NCIS: LA has received nominations from the People's Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and the Emmys (for stunt direction).
Vote up your favorite episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one NCIS: Los Angeles episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
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Payback Season 8 Episode 14: Emotions run high for the team as one agent is held in an unknown location and tortured by the mole, while another discovers he was betrayed by someone he least expected.
Personal Season 2 Episode 17: Deeks' morning routine is disrupted when he is shot during a convenience store robbery, leaving the NCIS team to investigate whether he was the assailants' intended target.
Internal Affairs Season 7 Episode 10: While Deeks is under arrest and interrogated for the murder of his former partner, the team races to try and prove his innocence.
Humbug Season 6 Episode 11: The team investigates a burglary at a cyber-security company, but Callen must steer clear of the crime scene after Hetty reveals his girlfriend, Joelle, is one of the lead witnesses.
Talion Season 7 Episode 24: When Sam receives a distress code from his son Aiden (Tye White) that his school has been taken over by an extremist group, Sam, Callen, Kensi and Deeks rush to San Francisco to protect Aiden and free the hostages.
Expiration Date Season 6 Episode 16: When Callen and Sam are tasked with apprehending a spy contracted by the CIA, Sam is shot and the team enlists the help of Thapa, the elite Nepali soldier from their past, to help to find the shooter. Ernie Reyes, Jr. and Parminder Nagra guest stars.
Unleashed Season 8 Episode 23: Following the kidnapping of Sam's wife, Michelle Hanna (Aunjanue Ellis), Sam goes rogue from the NCIS team and attempts to stop his arch nemesis Tahir Khaled (Anslem Richardson) from ever targeting his family again. Erik Palladino, Anslem Richardson, and Aunjanue Ellis guest star.
The Seventh Child Season 7 Episode 19: Callen and the team try to save a child in imminent danger who has been brainwashed by a terrorist cell.
Neighborhood Watch Season 3 Episode 22: Kensi and Deeks are sent undercover as married couple Melissa and Justin when evidence points to a Russian sleeper cell in a suburban neighborhood.
Blye, K., Part 2 Season 3 Episode 17: The NCIS: LA team continues to search for new evidence to prove Kensi Blye's innocence after a private meeting involving her deceased father's sniper unit turns deadly.
The 3rd Choir Season 6 Episode 4: When the NCIS: LA team learns that someone from their past is targeting one of their own, they desperately search the city. Peter Cambor and Gerald McRaney guest star.
An Unlocked Mind Season 7 Episode 7: Kensi and Deeks go undercover as cult members to rescue a former Department of Defense employee brainwashed into revealing classified information, as the rest of the team works to prevent the cult from selling the government secrets.
Active Measures Season 7 Episode 1: When Callen goes rogue and embarks on a secret mission that leaves Sam and the team in the dark, Hetty demands that his operation be shut down and tasks the team with finding him.
Command & Control Season 7 Episode 4: Callen and Sam are forced to work on their day off when they mysteriously receive a cell phone and the caller threatens the lives of innocent people if they don't do exactly what he says.
Citadel Season 7 Episode 2: DEA agent Talia Del Campo (Mercedes Mason) turns to the NCIS: Los Angeles team for help after her partner is murdered.
Sans Voir, Parts I & II Season 3 Episode 23: Callen and the NCIS: LA team confront their vengeful adversary, the Chameleon, when an undercover case ignites a deadly mind game orchestrated by the criminal mastermind.
Plan B Season 2 Episode 22: Deeks resumes an old alias he is not fond of in order to protect his best friend and chief informant from a criminal group that wants him dead.
Core Values Season 7 Episode 12: Kensi and Deeks go undercover at a decommissioned nuclear power plant as the team investigates the radiation poisoning of a Gunnery Sergeant moonlighting as a security guard there.
Defectors Season 7 Episode 9: The team searches for a missing teenage girl who is feared to have been recruited by a terrorist organization.
Head of the Snake Season 7 Episode 21: After Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor) fails to check in with Hetty while working undercover on a mission linking organized crime to terrorism, the team learns he is working with an infamous crime leader.
Where There's Smoke... Season 7 Episode 23: Sam and Callen go undercover as firefighters when top secret information about suspected terrorists is stolen from a secure Department of Defense container at the site of a fire.
The Debt Season 3 Episode 10: A botched assignment forces Hetty to fire Deeks and send him back to the LAPD.
Glasnost Season 8 Episode 8: After Callen’s father, Garrison (Daniel J. Travanti) is found in an NCIS patient’s hospital room during a radiation poisoning case, Callen must take him to the boatshed for interrogation.
Granger, O. Season 7 Episode 22: As Granger escorts Jennifer Kim (Malese Jow) back to Los Angeles, he interrogates her regarding a North Korean spy and she admits to knowing he is her father.
Fighting Shadows Season 6 Episode 18: When three FBI agents are killed in an explosion following a successful undercover sting operation, the team searches for the person behind the attack.
Praesidium Season 6 Episode 3: The NCIS: LA team takes action to protect one of their own while being interrogated by the Department of Justice.
Old Tricks Season 8 Episode 15: After a retirement home resident is kidnapped, the NCIS team uncovers a pair of con artists: Ginger and Edward O'Boyle (Debra Jo Rupp and Martin Mull), who hop from home to home scamming the elderly out of their money.
Free Ride Season 4 Episode 10: Callen, Sam, Kensi and Deeks spend Christmas aboard an aircraft carrier investigating the death of a fellow NCIS special agent.
Seoul Man Season 7 Episode 20: While assigned to protective details for the commander of the Pacific Command, the team searches for a North Korean spy.
Angels & Daemons Season 7 Episode 13: Kensi and Deeks go undercover at a decommissioned nuclear power plant as the team investigates the radiation poisoning of a Gunnery Sergeant moonlighting as a security guard there.
Field Of Fire Season 6 Episode 22: The team searches for a former Marine and expert sniper who escaped a veterans hospital when they discover his connection to the leader of an extremist group.
Hot Water Season 8 Episode 12: The mole has once again compromised the NCIS team as planted evidence results in the arrests of Callen, Sam, Granger and Deeks, on the day Under Secretary Duggan (Jackson Hurst) returns for Hetty's resignation.
Familia Season 2 Episode 24: Hetty's sudden resignation prompts Callen and the NCIS team to investigate the reason why she would disappear in the hopes of tracking her down.
Little Angels Season 2 Episode 5: A videotape revealing a Naval Commander's daughter being buried alive strikes a nerve with Special Agent Sam Hanna and thrusts the NCIS team in a race against the clock to save the girl before time runs out.
Driving Miss Diaz Season 7 Episode 3: The NCIS Los Angeles team investigates a 20-year old Peruvian massacre after a well-known fashion model, believed to be one of the survivors, is now a potential target.
Crimeleon Season 3 Episode 15: With Assistant Director Granger critiquing every move, the NCIS team must track down a chameleon-like killer who has evaded law enforcement agents, including their very own Special Agent G. Callen, across several countries.
Savoir Faire Season 6 Episode 17: While the team investigates the death of one of three Afghanistan soldiers who are training in the U.S., they discover two other soldiers are missing and must find them before they're forced to reveal classified military operations to their captors.
Lange, H Season 3 Episode 1: As the team travels to Romania to search for Hetty, Callen discovers new information about his past.
Forest For The Trees Season 6 Episode 15: Callen and Sam are kidnapped when they follow an anonymous tip about a missing NSA agent.
Allegiance Season 5 Episode 13: While in Afghanistan, Kensi and Granger join the team on a joint case when a federal agent in Los Angeles tied to Hawala, an ancient system of money transfer, is murdered.
Sirens Season 8 Episode 9: After an unknown female assailant kills two men disguised as Sherriff’s deputies in front of Callen’s home, the NCIS team gets a new lead in the ongoing mole investigation.
Empty Quiver Season 2 Episode 16: Suspicious of an undercover venture involving a deal between corrupt cops and military personnel, Callen and Sam try to expose the illegal operation by posing as California highway patrol officers.
Greed Season 3 Episode 8: When a Navy ID is found on a dead body tied to a hazardous material smuggling case, NCIS is granted permission to investigate in Mexico and asked to help locate the missing materials.
High-Value Target/Belly of the Beast Season 8 Episode 1: After NCIS fails to locate a mole in the department, Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan (Jackson Hurst) insists on new leadership and takes over the Los Angeles unit from Hetty and Granger.
Uncaged Season 8 Episode 22: After Sam's wife, Michelle (Aunjanue Ellis), is taken from her home, the kidnappers demand the prison release of Tahir Khaled (Anslem Richardson), Sam's arch nemesis, in exchange for information on her whereabouts.
Black Budget Season 6 Episode 5: Callen and Sam head to Mexico to track down the only employee who managed to escape a professional shooting at the Department of Defense. Bill Malone and John Billingsley guest star.
Cyber Threat Season 3 Episode 2: The NCIS team joins forces with the NSA to find the creator and controller of a software program linked to a cyber attack against the Department of Defense.
Hand-To-Hand Season 1 Episode 19: When an undercover operation has the NCIS team investigating a MMA gym and its fighters, Sam Hanna is tasked with donning gloves and entering the cage for a one-on-one fight.
Under Siege Season 8 Episode 13: Hetty goes rogue, leaving the NCIS team completely in the dark, and the mole kidnaps one of the agents.
Deliverance Season 2 Episode 10: Hetty and the NCIS team continue to search for an elusive book that has the attention of several foreign security agencies, in the conclusion of a two-part episode.