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List of the best NCIS episodes, as voted on by other fans of the series. With so many memorable episodes of the show, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top NCIS episodes of all time are. You might also enjoy the best guest stars on NCIS and a look at the cast's previous roles before the show. Fans of NCIS are extremely passionate about the show, and there is often debate over which episodes are better than others. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

Featuring the funniest NCIS episodes as well the greatest NCIS episodes, this list has it all. With so many season, this list will serve as your definitive guide to the best episodes of NCIS.

List ranges from "Judgment Day" to "Ice Queen" and more. What is the best NCIS episode of all time? Look below and find out.

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Truth or Consequences is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Truth or Consequences NCIS - Season 7 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.

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Kill Ari - Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Kill Ari - Part 2 NCIS - Season 3 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 ...more

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Call of Silence is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Call of Silence NCIS - Season 2 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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Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Judgment Day NCIS - Season 5 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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Kill Ari - Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Kill Ari - Part 1 NCIS - Season 3 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 ...more

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Judgment Day (2) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Judgment Day Part 2 NCIS - Season 5 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 ...more

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Recoil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Recoil NCIS - Season 5 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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Yankee White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Yankee White NCIS - Season 1 "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 ...more

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Life Before His Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Life Before His Eyes NCIS - Season 9 "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 ...more

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A Man Walks Into a Bar ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
A Man Walks Into a Bar ... NCIS - Season 8 The NCIS team undergoes mandatory psych evaluations while investigating the death of a naval commander.

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Power Down is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Power Down NCIS - Season 7 The team literally finds themselves in the dark when the investigation into the death of a lieutenant is connected to a city-wide blackout.

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Bête Noire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Bête Noire NCIS - Season 1 A terrorist holds Ducky, Gerald, and Kate hostage while NCIS investigate how exactly the terror organization member got a job at the navy base.

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Cover Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Cover Story NCIS - Season 4 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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Hiatus (2) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Hiatus Part 2 NCIS - Season 3 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 ...more

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Aliyah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Aliyah NCIS - Season 6 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 ...more

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One Shot, One Kill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
One Shot, One Kill NCIS - Season 1 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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Shalom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Shalom NCIS - Season 4 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 ...more

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Stakeout is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Stakeout NCIS - Season 5 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 ...more

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Silent Night is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Silent Night NCIS - Season 6 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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Good Cop, Bad Cop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Good Cop, Bad Cop NCIS - Season 7 When a Marine's body surfaces halfway around the world, the investigation forces Ziva to dig up a buried chapter of her life.

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Hiatus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Hiatus NCIS - Season 3 While working on an assignment, Gibbs is seriously injured in an explosion, and taken to a hospital, where he recalls his painful past, which he has always hidden from others. The rest of the ...more

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Sub Rosa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Sub Rosa NCIS - Season 1 A decomposed body is discovered in a tub of acid at a naval base and Ducky and Abby learn that the victim was a submariner. Gibbs discovers that there have been no reports of a sub crewmember ...more

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The Meat Puzzle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
The Meat Puzzle NCIS - Season 2 A "meat puzzle" starts when Ducky identifies the pieces of three bodies that were stuffed inside a barrel few months ago and they turn out to be bodies of a judge, prosecutor and jury ...more

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Dead Man Talking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Dead Man Talking NCIS - Season 1 Dead Man Talking is a 2012 Belgian comedy-drama film directed by Patrick Ridremont. It was written by Ridremont and Jean-Sébastien Lopez. It premiered on September 29, 2012, at the ...more

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Twilight NCIS - Season 2 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 ...more

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Chained is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Chained NCIS - Season 2 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 ...more

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Sins of The Father is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Sins of The Father NCIS - Season 9 After Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. is found in a car with a dead body in the trunk and no memory of the previous night, the NCIS team must figure out if he is capable of murder. Meanwhile, Tony is ...more

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South by Southwest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
South by Southwest NCIS - Season 6 When a fellow agent is murdered, the NCIS teams heads into the desert to locate a woman who might hold the answer to the mystery murder.

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Grace Period is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Grace Period NCIS - Season 4 When a weekend call to the NCIS tip line from an unknown source about possible terrorist activity results in the death of two agents sent into a trap, the NCIS team will have to find out who ...more

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Detour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Detour NCIS - Season 10 The NCIS team races to track down Ducky and Jimmy after the two disappear while transporting a body from a crime scene.

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Probie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Probie NCIS - Season 3 While on duty, McGee kills a man who is later discovered to be an undercover police officer. When Jenny decides to approve the investigation on McGee, the NCIS team is forced to prove that McGee ...more

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Internal Affairs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Internal Affairs NCIS - Season 5 The dead body of La Grenouille finally surfaces and the entire NCIS is put under the investigation by the FBI, with Jenny as the prime suspect for his murder.

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Driven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Driven NCIS - Season 4 When a robotic vehicle named "Otto," a part of a high level project of the Department of Defense, causes a death of a Navy Lieutenant, and then later almost kills Abby, the NCIS team ...more

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Enemies Foreign (1) is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Enemies Foreign Part 1 NCIS - Season 8 "Enemies Foreign" is the eighth episode of the eighth season of the American police procedural drama NCIS and the 170th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States ...more

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Endgame is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Endgame NCIS - Season 7 With the team's help, Vance faces his demons while uncovering a complex relationship with a killer that puts his whole family in danger.

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Angel of Death is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Angel of Death NCIS - Season 4 When Jenny returns from her European trip, the entire NCIS team will be forced to take a Homeland Security polygraph test, and the deepest secrets of each agent are about to be revealed. Plus, ...more

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Mind Games is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Mind Games NCIS - Season 3 Gibbs is ordered to talk to a convict that is about to be executed, in order to discover information about the place where he hid his victims, but when the plan doesn't work, the team must solve ...more

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Silver War is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Silver War NCIS - Season 3 When a corpse of a man is found inside a tomb that comes from the Civil War, the team discovers that the victim, a Sergeant, was buried alive. During the investigation, Abby tracks down the last ...more

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Escaped is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Escaped NCIS - Season 4 Gibbs is forced to come back out of his retirement to help Fornell, who is being threatened by a convict that escaped from prison. The convict threatens both Fornell and his daughter Emily. ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Moonlighting NCIS - Season 7 When an NCIS polygraph specialist's night job takes a dangerous turn, Gibbs, Fornell and the team have to uncover the truth.

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Enemies Domestic (2) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Enemies Domestic NCIS - Season 8 The team scrambles for answers after a shocking ambush reveals a new twist to their current investigation.

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Broken Bird is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Broken Bird NCIS - Season 6 Secrets from Ducky's clandestine past come to the forefront after he's attacked at a crime scene. The team uncovers disturbing secrets from the good doctor's past.

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Witness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Witness NCIS - Season 2 Erin Kendall (guest star Danica McKellar) claims to have seen a murder of a sailor in an apartment across from hers. Gibbs assigns the case to McGee who believes that he can resolve it himself. ...more

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The Bone Yard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
The Bone Yard NCIS - Season 2 NCIS discovers that an area in the Marine's bombing range is where mafia has been dumping the bodies for a while. One of the victims is an undercover FBI agent. The team sets out to find a

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Toxic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Toxic NCIS - Season 6 When a government scientist goes missing, Abby is recruited to carry on his work, but the team worries that she may meet the same fate as her predecessor.

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Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Masquerade NCIS - Season 7 The team finds themselves in a race against time when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a "dirty bomb" in the D.C. area.

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Sharif Returns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Sharif Returns NCIS - Season 4 When the NCIS team learns that the missing 10 kilograms of highly toxic chemical weapons are now in the hands of Mamoun Sharif, a wanted terrorist, they will have to find a way to find the man ...more

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Iced is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Iced NCIS - Season 3 Gibbs and the team are called in when a couple of kids stumble upon the body of a missing Marine in a frozen lake. As the NCIS team searches the frozen lake bed for clues, they come across three ...more

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Bounce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Bounce NCIS - Season 6 A murder prompts the reopening of one of Tony's old investigations, leading Gibbs and DiNozzo to reverse roles to solve the case.

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Guilty Pleasure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Guilty Pleasure NCIS - Season 7 The death of a Navy officer leads Gibbs and the team into the world of high-priced call girls, relying on D.C. Madam Holly Snow to help them catch a killer.