Rizzoli & Isles

10 Best Episodes of Rizzoli & Isles

Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets her guard down, while the impeccably dressed Maura displays a sometimes icy temperament — she is, after all, more comfortable among the dead than the living. Together, the best friends have forged a quirky and supportive relationship; they drop the protective shield in each other's company, and combine their expertise to solve Boston's most complex cases.

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

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Rizzoli & Isles - S2E11

#15 - Can I Get a Witness? (Season 2 - Episode 11)

When a community activist is gunned down, one brave witness comes forward to testify against a well-known gang member who is thought to have murdered 15 people. While the detectives work diligently to put him away, television host Bill O’Reilly comes to town for a book signing and criticizes the police department on-air.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 366 votes.

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#14 - Welcome to the Dollhouse (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Young female professionals dressed as dolls are turning up dead on the public transit system, and Jane and Maura must piece together the clues. Angela implements new ideas for the café. And Jane learns more about how Casey was injured.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 373 votes.

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#13 - Brown Eyed Girl (Season 2 - Episode 4)

When the daughter of a police officer is kidnapped in front of her younger brother, Jane and the team race to find the girl, fearing her abduction is connected to another case in which a young girl turned up dead only hours earlier.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 385 votes.

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#12 - No More Drama in My Life (Season 3 - Episode 15)


Dr. Hope Martin returns to ask Maura for a life-altering favor. Jane worries about the impending spinal surgery for Lt. Col. Casey Jones, and Tommy shows off baby T.J. But all gets shoved to the side when a building collapses, trapping loved ones inside.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 365 votes.

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#11 - Don't Stop Dancing, Girl (Season 2 - Episode 14)

The world of competitive dance turns deadly when the mother of a star performer is stabbed to death at a competition. Jane and the team search for clues, but they soon realize something is off about the woman’s history. Korsak has his hands full when his stepson is accused of shooting a cop.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 341 votes.

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#10 - Dirty Little Secret (Season 3 - Episode 2)


Tensions continue to mount between Jane and Maura, causing those close to them to be caught in the middle. But they must put aside their differences when they investigate the case of a college student who died in a tunnel. Meanwhile, Frankie Sr. returns with news that upsets Angela.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 413 votes.

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#9 - Dance With the Devil (Season 4 - Episode 5)

Maura gains insight into her father; Korsak opens up about Cavanaugh's tragic past; Maura and Jane unravel a shocking secret about Paddy and Hope.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 441 votes.

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#8 - What Doesn't Kill You (Season 3 - Episode 1)


Jane and Maura’s friendship suffers following the shooting of Maura’s biological father, gangster Paddy Doyle. Jane also finds herself in the middle of an Internal Affairs investigation. And her relationship with Agent Dean is exposed.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 404 votes.

Rizzoli & Isles - S4E4

#7 - Killer in High Heels (Season 4 - Episode 4)

Maura becomes a murder suspect when her date is found dead and she can not remember their evening together; Jane struggles to protect her best friend while doing her job.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 472 votes.

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#6 - Burning Down the House (Season 2 - Episode 15)


When a warehouse fire kills a firefighter, Jane and Maura must investigate whether it was arson or an accident. But the investigation hits a snag when a hit-and-run leaves someone in the hospital. FBI Agent Gabriel Dean returns, hoping to rekindle his relationship with Jane.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 357 votes.

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#5 - Ocean Frank (Season 7 - Episode 13)

Facts don't add up when a man is found dead and handcuffed to a bed in a home. Also, everyone makes a farewell video as a 'bon voyage' party fast approaches in the series finale.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 786 votes.

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#4 - Remember Me (Season 2 - Episode 10)


When a prison inmate is murdered, a serial killer claims to have information useful to the case. Frankie readies himself for the detective exam.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 374 votes.

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#3 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Season 2 - Episode 12)

Boston Homicide teams up with the FBI after a bank manager is shot during a robbery. Jane’s brother Tommy may be facing more trouble just as his relationship with Maura begins to grow.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 376 votes.

Rizzoli & Isles - S1E10

#2 - When the Gun Goes Bang, Bang, Bang (Season 1 - Episode 10)


After an undercover cop working a narcotics-smuggling sting is shot dead, the killers next turn their sights on Boston homicide headquarters, leaving Jane, Maura and Frankie Jr. trapped in a fight for survival on their home turf. It's a situation that will force Maura to challenge herself like never before. On the home front, Jane's parents are excited that their oldest child, Tommy, is being released after serving time in prison.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 388 votes.

Rizzoli & Isles - S5E2

#1 - Goodbye (Season 5 - Episode 2)

A woman walks into the station and confesses to killing someone; the team tries to unravel a bizarre case while dealing with the loss of a colleague.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 484 votes.

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