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The Best Episodes of Rizzoli & Isles

Updated June 15, 2019 1.7k votes 139 voters 5.9k views105 items

There are so many good episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "... Goodbye" the best, or is "Dead Weight" your favorite episode of Rizzoli & Isles? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Rizzoli & Isles are, let's rank every Rizzoli & Isles episode from best to worst.

TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles follows the stories of detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander); it is based on the novel series of the same name by Tess Gerritsen. Rizzoli & Isles aired its final episode on September 5, 2016, after seven seasons. Harmon and Alexander have both won People's Choice Awards for "Favorite Cable TV Actress" for their work on Rizzoli & Isles.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, 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 Rizzoli & Isles 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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  • 1
    Season 1 Episode 10: In the season finale, Jane, Maura and Frankie Jr. are trapped in a fight for survival on their home turf. CHAZZ PALMINTERI and ERIK PALLADINO (ER) guest star.
  • 2
    Season 1 Episode 7: The Boston Marathon turns into a crime scene as a shooter targets runners. Jane and Maura must investigate in secret so as not to cause a mass panic. BALTHAZAR GETTY guest stars.
  • 3
    Season 5 Episode 2: As the team tries to unravel a bizarre case, they deal with the loss of their close friend and colleague, Detective Barry Frost.
  • 4
    Season 2 Episode 1: In the season premiere, after taking a bullet during a siege at the precinct, Jane is honored as a hero - until disaster strikes. CHRIS VANCE (Dexter, Burn Notice) guest stars.
  • 5
    Season 1 Episode 1: Series premiere: Boston detective Jane Rizzoli (ANGIE HARMON) and medical examiner Maura Isles (SASHA ALEXANDER) investigate a murder that mimics the Surgeon, a serial killer.
  • 6
    Season 6 Episode 13: Maura is abducted, and nothing stands in the way of Jane and the team bringing her home. Maura discovers a conspiracy bigger than her kidnapping, with Jane as its ultimate target.
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    Season 6 Episode 12: When an old watch is found inside a balloon of cocaine in a dead woman's stomach, figuring out its significance becomes the key to protecting Jane - and the people she loves.
  • 8
    Season 4 Episode 9: Jane and Maura begin a simulation of investigating serial killer Charles Hoyt's murders at a symposium for law enforcement, and come across a horrifying discovery.
  • 9
    Season 4 Episode 4: Maura becomes the key suspect in a homicide case when her date turns up dead - and Maura can't remember the evening. Jane struggles between protecting her friend and doing her job.
  • 10
    Season 6 Episode 11: After a body turns up in Boston with links to a murder in Los Angeles, Jane and Maura pack up their sunscreen and hop on a plane. Angela and Korsak plan a double date.
  • 11
    Season 3 Episode 15: Dr. Hope Martin (SHARON LAWRENCE) returns to ask Maura for a life-altering favor, and a building collapses, trapping loved ones inside.
  • 12
    Season 7 Episode 10: A forensic accountant is gunned down in a park, and Jane discovers that the prime suspect is someone from Maura’s past. Jane also makes a life-changing career decision.
  • 13
    Season 3 Episode 1: In the season premiere, Jane and Maura's friendship suffers following the shooting of Maura's biological father (JOHN DOMAN). BILLY BURKE, JACQUELINE BISSET, ED BEGLEY JR. appear.
  • 14
    Season 7 Episode 12: Jane and Maura work to solve two murders. As everyone prepares for the next chapters of their lives, Jane gets a surprise visit and Maura gets upsetting feedback on her novel.
  • 15
    Season 3 Episode 5: Jane looks for how Maura can meet her biological mother, Dr. Hope Davis (SHARON LAWRENCE - NYPD Blue). A nun from Jane and Frankie Jr.'s past returns. JENNY O'HARA guest stars.
  • 16
    Season 1 Episode 8: A body found in a park seems to be the work of Hoyt, the imprisoned serial killer who nearly murdered Jane. BILLY BURKE (Twilight) appears as FBI Agent Gabriel Dean.
  • 17
    Season 2 Episode 8: After a mugging gone wrong, Jane and Maura delve into a family's background. Meanwhile, a romantic and mysterious figure from Maura's past shows up, causing a rift with Jane.
  • 18
    Season 4 Episode 5: Maura and Jane unravel a shocking secret about Paddy (JOHN DOMAN) and Hope (SHARON LAWRENCE) that affects them all. Korsak opens up about Cavanaugh's tragic past.
  • 19
    Season 5 Episode 8: The team races against time to find a young witness to the contract killing of a woman outside of a nightclub. Jane puts herself in the line of fire.
  • 20
    Season 6 Episode 10: When a dog trainer is found dead at home, her champion Rottweiler is the prime suspect. Maura has a peculiar interaction with Kent (ADAM SINCLAIR).
  • 21
    Season 7 Episode 1: In the aftermath of the shooting at the end of season six, the team must use every tool at their disposal to find the elusive Alice Sands, before Jane’s life is destroyed.
  • 22
    Season 4 Episode 1: In the season premiere, a community parade turns deadly and family tensions and politics arise. A surprise visit from Lt. Col. Casey Jones (CHRIS VANCE) reveals shocking news.
  • 23
    Season 5 Episode 11: In the middle of a heat wave, Jane and Maura find a man who died suspiciously in a bathtub full of ice. Angela discovers a spicy tea with unexpected romantic consequences.
  • 24
    Season 5 Episode 13: Maura is terrified she has lost her best friend after Jane jumps from a bridge to save a prosecutor suspected of his murder. The squad renews the search for the real killer.
  • 25
    Season 3 Episode 2: Tensions continue to mount between Jane and Maura, causing those close to them to be caught in the middle. Frankie Sr. (CHAZZ PALMINTERI) returns with news that upsets Angela.