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The Best Episodes of NCIS

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NCIS follows a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as they work to solve crimes. The best episodes of NCIS often feature mysterious deaths while other good episodes find the team helping someone who was wrongly accused. Some good episodes of NCIS also feature insight into the investigator's personal lives.

What are the best episodes of NCIS? “Truth or Consequences” from season seven is a fan favorite. This episode follows the circumstances behind the disappearance of Ziva and the team's efforts to rescue her. “Judgement Day” is also a compelling episode of NCIS.

“Yankee White” is another good episode from NCIS as is “Call of Silence” which finds a war hero confessing to a murder that occurred decades earlier.

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

 

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    Truth or Consequences

    NCIS - Season 7

    Original AiringSep 22 2009

    Episode Number1

    SeriesNCIS

    As the hunt for Ziva's replacement begins, Gibbs and his remaining team members must head back to work with the past still weighing heavily on their minds....  more
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    Kill Ari - Part 2

    NCIS - Season 3

    Original AiringSep 27 2005

    Episode Number2

    SeriesNCIS

    Still stressed over Kate's death, Gibbs is even more hurt when Ari kidnaps Ducky and decides to play with his mind. Gibbs sends Tony to follow Ziva, and after Jenny and Gibbs are almost shot to...
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    411
    141

    Call of Silence

    NCIS - Season 2

    Original AiringNov 23 2004

    Episode Number7

    SeriesNCIS

    Ernie Yost, an elder Marine veteran confesses to murdering his best friends almost 60 years ago in a war battle and the NCIS's job is to solve all the secrets and save Ernie from prison....
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    Kill Ari - Part 1

    NCIS - Season 3

    Original AiringSep 20 2005

    Episode Number1

    SeriesNCIS

    After the terrorist's attack, the NCIS team is shocked and is trying to cope with Kate's sudden death, each in their own way. Now, their mission is to collect all the possible info on Ari and find a...
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    254
    75

    Judgment Day

    NCIS - Season 5

    Original AiringMay 20 2008

    Episode Number18

    SeriesNCIS

    When a former NCIS agent is found dead, the entire team is put in danger as they hunt after the killer....
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    58

    A Man Walks Into a Bar ...

    NCIS - Season 8

    Original AiringFeb 08 2011

    Episode Number14

    SeriesNCIS

    The NCIS team undergoes mandatory psych evaluations while investigating the death of a naval commander....  more
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    Yankee White

    NCIS - Season 1

    Original AiringSep 23 2003

    Episode Number1

    SeriesNCIS

    "Yankee White" is the first episode in the first season of the American crime drama television series NCIS. It first aired on CBS in the United States on September 23, 2003. The episode is written by...  more
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    Judgment Day Part 2

    NCIS - Season 5

    Original AiringMay 20 2008

    Episode Number19

    SeriesNCIS

    When one of their own is killed, the team must find the killer before they get to another member of the team, Gibbs. In an emotional investigation, the team tries to stay together, against the wishes...
  • 9
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    24

    Under Covers

    NCIS - Season 3

    Original AiringNov 08 2005

    Episode Number8

    SeriesNCIS

    When bodies of two hired assassins are delivered to the NCIS team, Ziva & Tony go undercover assuming the victim's identities in order to find the person who hired the assassins for their mission....  more
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    154
    37

    Power Down

    NCIS - Season 7

    Original AiringNov 17 2009

    Episode Number8

    SeriesNCIS

    The team literally finds themselves in the dark when the investigation into the death of a lieutenant is connected to a city-wide blackout....  more
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    191
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    Life Before His Eyes

    NCIS - Season 9

    Original AiringFeb 07 2012

    Episode Number14

    SeriesNCIS

    "Life Before His Eyes" is the 14th episode of the ninth season of the American crime drama television series NCIS, and the 200th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on...  more
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    Recoil

    NCIS - Season 5

    Original AiringMay 06 2008

    Episode Number16

    SeriesNCIS

    While on an undercover mission, Ziva's life is put in grave danger when the serial killer she's been tracking becomes suspicious of her....
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    157
    45

    Aliyah

    NCIS - Season 6

    Original AiringMay 19 2009

    Episode Number25

    SeriesNCIS

    Ziva's homecoming to Israel with Gibbs and the team is not a happy reunion with her father, the enigmatic and powerful head of Mossad. As tensions rise, Gibbs is forced to make a decision that sends...  more
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    Bête Noire

    NCIS - Season 1

    Original AiringMar 02 2004

    Episode Number16

    SeriesNCIS

    A terrorist holds Ducky, Gerald, and Kate hostage while NCIS investigate how exactly the terror organization member got a job at the navy base....  more
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    35

    Cover Story

    NCIS - Season 4

    Original AiringApr 10 2007

    Episode Number20

    SeriesNCIS

    McGee is under high pressure during the murder investigation of a Petty Officer based on the character for his latest book, with very little information to go on....
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    42

    Hiatus Part 2

    NCIS - Season 3

    Original AiringMay 16 2006

    Episode Number24

    SeriesNCIS

    The NCIS team must work on an assignment against a terrorist group without Gibbs, who is still recovering from the explosion. Gibbs has to fight with memory loss, while he's visited by his mentor and...
  • 17
    125
    41

    Shalom

    NCIS - Season 4

    Original AiringSep 19 2006

    Episode Number1

    SeriesNCIS

    When Ziva accidentally witnesses a political assassination, she must surrender to the FBI and deal with the consenquences without Gibbs's help, who is now enjoying his retirement. She learns that the...  more
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    88
    15

    Detour

    NCIS - Season 10

    Original AiringFeb 26 2013

    Episode Number16

    SeriesNCIS

    The NCIS team races to track down Ducky and Jimmy after the two disappear while transporting a body from a crime scene....  more
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    96
    24

    Silent Night

    NCIS - Season 6

    Original AiringDec 16 2008

    Episode Number11

    SeriesNCIS

    During the week of Christmas, The Team is Forced to work overtime when they discover their prime suspect had been dead for 17 years....
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    28

    Good Cop, Bad Cop

    NCIS - Season 7

    Original AiringOct 13 2009

    Episode Number4

    SeriesNCIS

    When a Marine's body surfaces halfway around the world, the investigation forces Ziva to dig up a buried chapter of her life....  more
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    One Shot, One Kill

    NCIS - Season 1

    Original AiringFeb 10 2004

    Episode Number13

    SeriesNCIS

    The team investigates when a Marine recruitment officer is found shot to death by a sniper with a grudge, who leaves a white feather behind....
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    93
    28

    Stakeout

    NCIS - Season 5

    Original AiringApr 08 2008

    Episode Number12

    SeriesNCIS

    The NCIS team goes on a stakeout in a warehouse to catch a suspected thief of a high-tech naval radar, but they accidentally end up witnessing a murder. Meanwhile, Ducky hides a secret from the rest...
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    Chained

    NCIS - Season 2

    Original AiringDec 14 2004

    Episode Number10

    SeriesNCIS

    Tony disappears while doing an undercover operation as an escaped prisoner who is forced to stick to a convinct that owns a key to an expensive ancient Iraqi sculpture. The GPS locator that Abby...
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    76
    18

    Left for Dead

    NCIS - Season 1

    Original AiringJan 06 2004

    Episode Number10

    SeriesNCIS

    After being buried alive, a woman comes out of the grave with amnesia and the only thing she remembers is that there is a bomb aboard a Navy ship. While trying to help Jane Doe recover her identity,...  more
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    35

    Twilight

    NCIS - Season 2

    Original AiringMay 24 2005

    Episode Number23

    SeriesNCIS

    A group of serial terrorists seek revenge and send Ari (guest star Rudolf Martin) on an assignment to kill Gibbs. The NCIS team goes on a hunt after him, but when they discover that Ari has a bigger...  more
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