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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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33 4
Neighborhood Watch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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28 3
Internal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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27 3
An Unlocked Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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21 2
Blye, K., Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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Personal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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21 3
The Seventh Child is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 7 Episode 19: Callen and the team try to save a child in imminent danger who has been brainwashed by a terrorist cell.

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23 4
Talion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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20 3
Humbug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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16 3
Expiration Date is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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11 1
Hand-To-Hand is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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16 4
Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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12 2
The 3rd Choir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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12 2
Citadel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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12 2
Descent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 4 Episode 24: An explosion in the desert rekindles the search for stolen nuclear weapons and prompts Hetty to shuffle the NCIS: LA partnerships, sending Callen and Kensi overseas and Sam and Deeks teamed up stateside. Aunjanue Ellis, Christopher Lambert and Timothy V. Murphy guest star.

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13 3
Blame It On Rio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 7 Episode 5: NCIS Special Agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) partners with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to search the city after his prisoner escapes custody on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles.

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14 4
The Debt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 3 Episode 10: A botched assignment forces Hetty to fire Deeks and send him back to the LAPD.

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14 4
Command & Control is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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11 2
Plan B is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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8 1
Familia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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9 2
Traitor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 6 Episode 9: After Granger is poisoned by the mole and Eric is one of the seven suspects, Hetty orders a lockdown while everyone is investigated.

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10 3
Sans Voir, Parts I & II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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10 3
Active Measures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 1
Core Values is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 1
Little Angels is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 1
Sirens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 1
Angels & Daemons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 1
High-Value Target/Belly of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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8 2
Where There's Smoke... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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8 2
Defectors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 7 Episode 9: The team searches for a missing teenage girl who is feared to have been recruited by a terrorist organization.

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9 3
Praesidium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 6 Episode 3: The NCIS: LA team takes action to protect one of their own while being interrogated by the Department of Justice.

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9 3
Blye, K. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 3 Episode 16: The NCIS: LA team searches for new evidence to prove Kensi Blye's innocence after she is taken into custody as the lead suspect in a murder investigation involving her deceased father's sniper unit.

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9 3
Ascension is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 5 Episode 1: While Sam and Deeks recover from traumatic torture that will have a lasting impact on their personal and professional relationships, lives are still in jeopardy as the NCIS: LA team searches for stolen nuclear weapons. Aunjane Ellis, Christopher Lambert, and Timothy V. Murphy guest star.

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6 1
Driving Miss Diaz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 2
Glasnost is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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5 0
Parley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 4 Episode 23: Deeks goes undercover to obtain information about an infamous arms dealer looking to get back in the business, but the woman he befriends leads the operation in a dangerous directon.

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6 1
Fighting Shadows is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 2
Deep Trouble, Part II is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 6 Episode 1: Callen and Sam are trapped in an armed submarine that terrorists have aimed to hit an aircraft carrier in San Diego.

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6 1
Hot Water is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 2
Spoils of War is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 5 Episode 19: After learning that Special Agent Kensi Blye disappeared and the Taliban may be he holding her captive, Hetty sends the NCIS: LA team to Afghanistan on a rescue mission.

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6 1
Free Ride is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 4 Episode 10: Callen, Sam, Kensi and Deeks spend Christmas aboard an aircraft carrier investigating the death of a fellow NCIS special agent.

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9 5
Head of the Snake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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7 3
Come Back is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 7 Episode 14: When Kensi and Deeks announce to the team they are moving in together, coincidentally, Hetty assigns them to protection detail for Jack (Matthew Del Negro), Kensi's ex-fiance, who is in possession of a list containing important contacts in Afghanistan that people are willing to kill to get their hands on.

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6 2
Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 9 Episode 4: After weapons with a $1 million street value are stolen, the team tracks the evidence to a wealthy charity event, prompting Mosley to be added to the guest list with Callen and Sam as her security detail.

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6 2
The Frozen Lake is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 5 Episode 10: Callen and Sam enlist the help of a Gurkha, an elite Nepali soldier specializing in knife fighting, to retrieve a missing thumb drive.

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6 2
Granger, O. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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6 2
Allegiance is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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6 2
Savoir Faire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
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.

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6 2
Forest For The Trees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 6 Episode 15: Callen and Sam are kidnapped when they follow an anonymous tip about a missing NSA agent.

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5 1
Lange, H is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles
Season 3 Episode 1: As the team travels to Romania to search for Hetty, Callen discovers new information about his past.