Law & Order: Criminal Intent

10 Best Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Season 1

The third installment of the β€œLaw & Order” franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E7

#15 - Poison (Season 1 - Episode 7)

The detectives investigate a murderer who poisons hospital victims with cyanide. They suspect a nurse whose profile is typical, but when they discover more murders away from the hospital they have to widen their search.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 119 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E21

#14 - Faith (Season 1 - Episode 21)


When a wealthy publisher is murdered to prevent him from exposing an elaborate confidence game that enveloped him, his company and one of his editors, Goren and Eames run their own con to extract a confession from the killer.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 93 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E4

#13 - The Faithful (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Goren and Eames investigate the death of church sexton Morris Abernathy but soon find their chief suspect, Kevin Donovan, dead in his apartment. After realising that someone performed last rites over Donovan's body, the police realise that a priest was involved in the murder, and are led to a priest who has been desperately trying to keep a twenty-year-old secret hidden. Goren risks the prosecution's case by protecting an innocent third party who could lose everything if their own secret comes out.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 156 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E19

#12 - Maledictus (Season 1 - Episode 19)


Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a Russian mob princess, initially believing she may have been slain in a revenge act against her father, but their attention later turns to a classmate who could be destroyed by the woman's upcoming tell-all book.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 95 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E15

#11 - Semi-Professional (Season 1 - Episode 15)

The detectives investigate the murder of a judge's clerk, with their attention initially going to the judge himself, who had been having an affair with the young woman.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 100 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E1

#10 - One (Season 1 - Episode 1)


Goren and Eames are called in when a jewelry heist leaves behind three bodies. After ruling out mafia involvement, they realise that the thefts are directly connected to recent credit card thefts and stolen identities. They're led to an extremely charismatic thief, and their only hope is convincing one of his partners to turn on him.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 271 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E5

#9 - Jones (Season 1 - Episode 5)

The detectives become suspicious when an abusive lawyer's girlfriends keep turning up dead, but his wife stonewalls the investigation.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 161 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E11

#8 - The Third Horseman (Season 1 - Episode 11)


The killing of an abortion doctor who was shot in his own apartment sends the detectives on a search for the sniper before someone else becomes the next victim. Carver worries that the case will end up being all about abortion rights.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 98 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E13

#7 - The Insider (Season 1 - Episode 13)

When the father of a young woman who has been out all night clubbing is found dead in his boat house, Goren and Eames investigate the mysterious club owner only to realise that he is an undercover FBI agent and that the Bureau will not risk their undercover operation even to stop a killer.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 95 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E12

#6 - Crazy (Season 1 - Episode 12)


A psychiatrist who provides expert testimony at criminal trials lays down an insanity defense to hide his obsession for his younger girlfriend after revealing to her that he hired a corrupt detective to murder her brother-in-law at his son's Bar Mitzvah after alleged reports that her niece had been abused by him.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 107 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E22

#5 - Tuxedo Hill (Season 1 - Episode 22)

When Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a man linked to a corporate finance officer, they uncover a stock manipulation scheme which enriched the corporate executives by defrauding investors.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 99 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E20

#4 - Badge (Season 1 - Episode 20)


When the murder of a city auditor and his family seems too perfect, Goren and Eames turn their attention towards law enforcement personnel after learning that the auditor was investigating a number of former cops upon suspicion of double-dipping.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 98 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E16

#3 - Phantom (Season 1 - Episode 16)

The detectives investigate a slain bank robber and check out his sister, who is involved with a bogus United Nations economist. As the detectives close in on the suspect, Goren learns the suspect wants his children's approval and must stop him before any more murders.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 99 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E14

#2 - Homo Homini Lupus (Season 1 - Episode 14)


When an business executive's wife and two daughters are kidnapped for a loanshark because the loan hasn't been paid off, Goren and Eames are frustrated by the man's lack of cooperation, which stymies them further when the man's released daughter proves to have been sexually assaulted.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 97 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S1E17

#1 - Seizure (Season 1 - Episode 17)

When the body of a bisexual young woman is found slain, Goren and Eames note the similarities between her death and a number of murders committed by a convicted serial killer, turning their attention to a human-behavior researcher.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 93 votes.

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