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The 10 Essential NCIS Episodes

In honor of the series’ 20th season, we’re looking back at some of the most important NCIS episodes of all time!
Posted on Sep 12, 2022 | 12:00am
NCIS is turning 20 seasons old. The CBS drama’s milestone edition kicks off Monday, September 19. You can stream the premiere on Paramount+—and not only that: You can read our ultimate NCIS episode guide right here, too!   

Whether it’s the first time you’ve seen the following episodes, or the millionth, these are iconic, important NCIS episodes worthy of a binge-watch. As a bonus, we’ve included one essential episode from each of the NCIS-verse series NCIS: Hawai’i, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: New Orleans.

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Every episode featured here is available to stream now on Paramount+. The same goes for the new seasons of NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i (premiering Monday, September 19), and NCIS: Los Angeles (premiering Sunday, October 9): They’ll also be found right here on Paramount+.

Spoiler alert: Some of the below entries note character entrances, departures, and/or key plot points. So, proceed with caution—or, even better, sign up for Paramount+ now, and stream the best of the NCIS-verse for yourself right now!