10 Worst Episodes of NCIS

NCIS is a fan-favorite long-running drama series that first premiered on CBS in 2003. It follows a team of special agents who investigate any crime related to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. With 22 seasons and hundreds of episodes, it is no surprise that NCIS has a varied range of episodes - some considered to be among the best, and others that are considered to be the worst in the show's history. In this article, we will be ranking the worst episodes of NCIS, as voted by fans of the show.

The team at NCIS has faced a wide range of investigations, from the bizarre to the sinister. With the show spanning two decades, it is inevitable that some episodes are considered to be the worst of the bunch. From strange plotlines to uninteresting characters, these episodes have been ranked by fans as some of the least enjoyable in the show's history.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at the worst episodes of NCIS, ranked by fans. We'll take a look at the episodes that are considered to be the least enjoyable, and why they are so disliked by viewers of the show.

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NCIS - S18E1

#1 - Sturgeon Season (Season 18 - Episode 1)

Gibbs and Fornell attempt to track down the leader of a drug ring who supplied drugs to Fornell’s daughter. The team deals with the case of a missing cadaver from the NCIS autopsy room.

The episode was rated 7.41 from 478 votes.

NCIS - S20E6

#2 - The Good Fighter (Season 20 - Episode 6)


When an NCIS agent turns up dead and Kasie goes unaccounted for, the team must work quickly to find the killer.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 425 votes.

NCIS - S20E8

#3 - Turkey Trot (Season 20 - Episode 8)

After an unknown shooter causes chaos at an annual Thanksgiving 5K, time is of the essence for the NCIS team to find the culprit. Also, Kasie joins Knight for Thanksgiving lunch at Knight’s sister’s house.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 410 votes.

NCIS - S12E20

#4 - No Good Deed (Season 12 - Episode 20)


DiNozzo is partnered with his girlfriend ATF Special Agent Zoé Keates after evidence reveals that the murder weapon in an NCIS case was originally purchased for the controversial ATF sting operation “Operation Fast and Furious.” Also, Anthony DiNozzo Sr. returns to town for a special dinner to meet his son’s girlfriend.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 768 votes.

NCIS - S19E8

#5 - Peacekeeper (Season 19 - Episode 8)

NCIS investigates the case of a Navy reservist whose body is found in a beat-up car at the end of a gun range. Kasie weighs the pros and cons of buying a gun.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 536 votes.

NCIS - S20E14

#6 - Old Wounds (Season 20 - Episode 14)


In this episode of NCIS, titled "Old Wounds," the team investigates the murder of a Navy officer transporting a large amount of opioids. As the team dives deeper into the case, they discover the prime suspect is an old conman from Agent Parker's past. As the investigation progresses, Parker's emotions become increasingly conflicted. He must grapple with his personal feelings for the suspect as the team races against the clock to solve the case.

The episode takes viewers into the inner workings of the NCIS team as they work to uncover the truth. As Parker's personal history with the suspect surfaces, viewers are left to wonder how it will impact the investigation. Will Agent Parker be able to remain impartial and professional, or will his feelings for the suspect influence the outcome of the case? The answer is revealed as the suspense builds and the team races against the clock to solve the case.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 301 votes.

NCIS - S20E15

#7 - Unusual Suspects (Season 20 - Episode 15)

NCIS investigates the death of a ride-share driver who was found after a car accident. Also, Parker’s dad, who is temporarily living with him, assists the team in their investigation.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 264 votes.

NCIS - S20E11

#8 - Bridges (Season 20 - Episode 11)


Parker discovers he's a victim of identity theft while investigating the unusual murder of a Navy ensign; Knight and Jimmy face hurdles in their relationship as their connection heightens.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 311 votes.

NCIS - S16E16

#9 - Bears and Cubs (Season 16 - Episode 16)

Jimmy is torn between family and work after his father-in-law, Ed, asks him to tamper with evidence from NCIS’ current murder investigation. Also, Ed’s poker buddy, Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., offers to help with the case.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 1024 votes.

NCIS - S20E12

#10 - Big Rig (Season 20 - Episode 12)


When an old pal of Torres’ comes to him, disheveled and bloodied for guidance amidst an undercover FBI operation and then disappears, NCIS helps track him down. Also, McGee prepares to be a contestant on a popular game show

The episode was rated 7.54 from 314 votes.

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