Law & Order: Criminal Intent

10 Worst Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The third installment of the โ€œLaw & Orderโ€ 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 - S9E9

#10 - Traffic (Season 9 - Episode 9)

The murder of a magazine editor reveals his predilection for young girls, leaving Nichols and Stevens investigating not only his staff, but a Russian prostitution ring.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 73 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S4E7

#9 - Magnificat (Season 4 - Episode 7)

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Goren and Eames are frustrated when the law has no provision for the arrest of a man whose abusive control of his family and neglect of his severely depressed wife led her to several murder-suicide attempts which he did nothing to prevent, and eventually resulted in the deaths of three of his sons.

The episode was rated 7.25 from 71 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S10E3

#8 - Boots on the Ground (Season 10 - Episode 3)

After a man is thrown to his death off a building, Goren and Eames discover an ongoing war between two private security companies.

The episode was rated 7.25 from 116 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S5E16

#7 - Dramma Giocoso (Season 5 - Episode 16)

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Logan and Barek investigate after the body of eighteen-year-old violinist Laura Booth is found stuffed in a shaft, her fingers covered with cocaine and resin. Although initially they believe her death may be connected to the cocaine that some of the crew were transporting, they're soon turned on to a romantic relationship between the maestro, Julian Reinhardt, and the victim's mother, Gillian Booth. Once teethmarks are found on Reinhardt's back that belong to Laura, Logan and Barek think they may have a slam dunk on their hands until Gillian weds her daughter's supposed killer.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 65 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S4E4

#6 - Great Barrier (Season 4 - Episode 4)

When Goren and Eames search for a jewel thief who murdered her accomplice, they discover that the clever larcenies are the brainchild of her lover, Nicole Wallace, Goren's long-standing nemesis. As the detectives delve into the personal and working relationships between the two women, they uncover a plot to cause the death of Wallace's ex-husband, the only person who can lead them to evidence of the very first murder Wallace committed.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 86 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S3E10

#5 - F.P.S (Season 3 - Episode 10)

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Goren reaches into his own experience working with a partner to solve the murder of a gamer who appears to be connected to a network of thieves using spyware to commit fraud. Eames gives birth.

The episode was rated 7.19 from 77 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S9E3

#4 - Broad Channel (Season 9 - Episode 3)

The murder of an NYPD detective brings Nichols and Stevens to a sleepy seaside town, ruled by one of Nicholsโ€™ old foes โ€“ an Irish mob boss with a reputation for eluding justice.

The episode was rated 7.19 from 95 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S3E2

#3 - Gemini (Season 3 - Episode 2)

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When a schizophrenic obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and the cult of the blond and the blue-eyed commits a series of murders to eradicate those he feels are responsible for promoting the homogenization of appearance rampant in society, Goren and Eames suspect that a person close to the man may have taken advantage of his illness and his crimes to commit extortion.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 91 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S9E15

#2 - Inhumane Society (Season 9 - Episode 15)

A boxer's career is derailed when authorities discover he leads a dog fighting ring

The episode was rated 7.00 from 61 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S9E14

#1 - Palimpsest (Season 9 - Episode 14)

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Nichols takes a very personal interest in a case that turns out to have many layers when an old friend is murdered, and somehow the reclusive book dealer's troubled daughter is also involved.

The episode was rated 6.94 from 69 votes.

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