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The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time 

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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
Episode: 1, Season: NCIS - Season 7

Original Airing: Sep 22 2009

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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Call of Silence is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Call of Silence Episode: 7, Season: NCIS - Season 2

Original Airing: Nov 23 2004

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

Original Airing: Sep 27 2005

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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Kill Ari - Part 1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Kill Ari - Part 1 Episode: 1, Season: NCIS - Season 3

Original Airing: Sep 20 2005

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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Judgment Day Episode: 18, Season: NCIS - Season 5

Original Airing: May 20 2008

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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Yankee White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Episode: 1, Season: NCIS - Season 1

Original Airing: Sep 23 2003

"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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A Man Walks Into a Bar .... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
A Man Walks Into a Bar ... Episode: 14, Season: NCIS - Season 8

Original Airing: Feb 08 2011

The NCIS team undergoes mandatory psych evaluations while investigating the death of a naval commander.
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Judgment Day (2) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Judgment Day Part 2 Episode: 19, Season: NCIS - Season 5

Original Airing: May 20 2008

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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Life Before His Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Life Before His Eyes Episode: 14, Season: NCIS - Season 9

Original Airing: Feb 07 2012

"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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Recoil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Recoil Episode: 16, Season: NCIS - Season 5

Original Airing: May 06 2008

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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Bête Noire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Episode: 16, Season: NCIS - Season 1

Original Airing: Mar 02 2004

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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Aliyah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Aliyah Episode: 25, Season: NCIS - Season 6

Original Airing: May 19 2009

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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Power Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Episode: 8, Season: NCIS - Season 7

Original Airing: Nov 17 2009

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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Hiatus (2) is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Hiatus Part 2 Episode: 24, Season: NCIS - Season 3

Original Airing: May 16 2006

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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Cover Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Cover Story Episode: 20, Season: NCIS - Season 4

Original Airing: Apr 10 2007

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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Shalom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Episode: 1, Season: NCIS - Season 4

Original Airing: Sep 19 2006

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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Under Covers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
lexikkkk added Under Covers Episode: 8, Season: NCIS - Season 3

Original Airing: Nov 08 2005

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 ...more
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One Shot, One Kill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
One Shot, One Kill Episode: 13, Season: NCIS - Season 1

Original Airing: Feb 10 2004

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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Good Cop, Bad Cop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Good Cop, Bad Cop Episode: 4, Season: NCIS - Season 7

Original Airing: Oct 13 2009

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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Stakeout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Stakeout Episode: 12, Season: NCIS - Season 5

Original Airing: Apr 08 2008

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) 21 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Silent Night Episode: 11, Season: NCIS - Season 6

Original Airing: Dec 16 2008

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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Chained is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Chained Episode: 10, Season: NCIS - Season 2

Original Airing: Dec 14 2004

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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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Twilight Episode: 23, Season: NCIS - Season 2

Original Airing: May 24 2005

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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Hiatus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
Hiatus Episode: 23, Season: NCIS - Season 3

Original Airing: May 09 2006

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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The Meat Puzzle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NCIS Episodes of All Time
The Meat Puzzle Episode: 13, Season: NCIS - Season 2

Original Airing: Feb 08 2005

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