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Following a wee exchange with murgy31 on Twitter about favourite NCIS episodes, I decided to have a go at expanding my top ten favourites to my top twenty-five favourites and also to tackle my least favourite ten episodes.

It turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. The top ten, even fifteen, was fairly easy, but beyond that it was fairly hard going. I'm still not one hundred percent sure this is spot on, however, given I've been tweaking it for several hours overall I've decided enough is enough and I am sharing. See, plutos_revenge, I didn't make you wait too long.

I'd be really interested to see what other people's favourite episodes - top five, ten, whatever are - and least favourites too, if you'd like to share.

For the purposes of these lists, if an episode is a two-parter with the same title e.g. 'Kill Ari', 'Legend' I have taken them as one episode.

My Top Twenty-Five Episodes

01. Lt. Jane Doe (S2)
02. The Meat Puzzle (S2)
03. Smoked (S4)
04. Call of Silence (S2)
05. Recruited (S8)
06. Chimera (S5)
07. Yankee White (S1)
08. Enigma (S1)
09. Bête Noire (S1)
10. Silent Night (S6)
11. Faith (S7)
12. Internal Affairs (S5)
13. About Face (S5)
14. Broken Bird (S6)
15. Short Fuse (S8)
16. Jack Knife (S7)
17. Cloak (S6)
18. Probie (S3)
19. Twilight (S2)
20. The Bone Yard (S2)
21. One Shot, One Kill (S2)
22. Bloodbath (S3)
23. Kill Ari (S3)
24. Dead Man Talking (S2)
25. Seadog (S1)

Number per season
Season 1 - 04
Season 2 - 07
Season 3 - 03
Season 4 - 01
Season 5 - 03
Season 6 - 03
Season 7 - 02
Season 8 - 02

It came as no surprise that Season Two had the most episodes in the above list, as it is my favourite season. Nor that Season One had the second highest, as it's my second favourite season. However, what did come as a big surprise was that Season Three (my least favourite season) has more favourite episodes than some of the other seasons.

My Least Favourite Episodes (The least favourite is first)

01. Legend (S6)
02. Ex-File (S5)
03. Angel of Death (S4)
04. In The Dark (S4)
05. Skeletons (S4)
06. Jeopardy (S3)
07. Patriot Down (S7)
08. Rule Fifty-One (S7)
09. Deliverance (S6)
10. Iced (S3)

Number per season
Season 1 - 00
Season 2 - 00
Season 3 - 02
Season 4 - 03
Season 5 - 01
Season 6 - 02
Season 7 - 02
Season 8 - 00

It came as no surprise that neither Season One nor Two contained any of my least favourite episodes, nor that my choices are fairly evenly spread throughout the remaining seasons (the current one which is only halfway through notwithstanding). But once again I was somewhat amused to see that Season Three only contains one of my least favourite episodes *g*

Seasons In Order

01. Season Two
02. Season One
03. Season Five
04. Season Eight
05. Season Six
06. Season Four
07. Season Seven
08. Season Three

It will be interesting to see in May where Season Eight is. Whether it has overtaken Season Five or slipped down the list. Unless the remaining episodes are as stellar as this week's episode then I can't see it will overtake Season One and climb to second place, I already know it won't overtake Season Two. Nor can I see it slipping below Season Three, unless the remaining episodes are all as poor as the ones listed on my least favourite. But it will be interesting to see what happens to it.

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taylorgibbs From: taylorgibbs Date: 21st January 2011 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
That is fascinating!!! Thanks for sharing this, Nikki :)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 21st January 2011 16:08 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed it, TG. Thank you.

You are most welcome.
dinozzoitis From: dinozzoitis Date: 21st January 2011 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
I love how you can tell who a person's fave character is by there #1 fave ep! lol!

Great list will have to try and compile my own!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 21st January 2011 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
*Grins* Favourite two really, Gibbs & Ducky are my equal favourites. I simply can't split them. And as G/D is my OTP well LJD is perfect *g*

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to yours.
appleindecay From: appleindecay Date: 21st January 2011 16:07 (UTC) (Link)
Season 3 was overall not that good, but some of the episodes were amazing. I remember that I loved some of them so much because we got to see a little bit more background of the team - unfortunately they overdid it with the personal stories in the following season.

I pretty much agree with your least favorite episodes. And in your top 25 I agree with most too, although Hiatus is one of my favorite episodes too. :)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 21st January 2011 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
It was a strange season. For me personally it was when things started to 'go wrong', maybe that's why I still have it in bottom place. Everything changed and I don't just mean the characters. Oh, they certainly did.

I'm glad to hear you agree with so many of the choices. Interestingly Hiatus would probably be a middle ranking one for me.

plutos_revenge From: plutos_revenge Date: 21st January 2011 16:36 (UTC) (Link)
Wheee! Fascinating stuff :-)

It's funny how we've got 3 eps the same in our top 5 yet my fave isn't in your top 25 & your fave wouldn't be in mine. Also I love Iced yet Broken Bird would be hovering on the edge of my bottom 10. If my brain can take it I'll put my 25 & 10 together...

As far as seasons go my list looks like this:

S7 gets the nod over 6 mainly because much as I disliked lawyer lady & could have done with out more S&K drama I despise the end chunk of S6 so much more. Obviously I've only watched 6 eps of S8 but as it contains the pairing of eps that finally made me switch off (8.04 & 8.05) it gets a special place at the bottom.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 21st January 2011 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you found it thus.

I know. I found that funny too! Very much so. Wow, really? How interesting. *Pets brain*

Well we agree fully on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the season *g* (I'm not that surprised, I have to say *g*).
fanfromfla From: fanfromfla Date: 22nd January 2011 04:16 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, this is impressive and fascinating. I'd have to do a lot of research and remembering to put together my favorites, but it would certainly be an enjoyable assignment. *ponders"

Anyway, at first glance, I'm sure my top 2 would be the same as yours -- maybe reversed however. Hmm... this might also take further study. ;)

"Chimera" would definitely be way up there too. That one was just so different, spooky and compelling. Almost a mini-movie like the pilot ep.

OK, well, it seems I have four of my top 5!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd January 2011 10:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. A fun assignment indeed. Happy pondering!

I think I'm a wee bit odd (don't say anything plutos_revenge) as I know most G/D folk prefer TMP to LJD and non-GD folk often include TMP in their favs but not LJD. But I just prefer, by a very small margin, LJD to TMP. Hmmm.

Yay for another Chimera fan.

You have indeed! Well done.
From: pinkhairnroses Date: 22nd January 2011 07:30 (UTC) (Link)
I have favourite scenes that have nothing to do with favourite episodes. For instance, I watch the scene with Abby and Tony in the bullpen every time Legend 2 records, but it is far from one of my favourite episodes. And there are some, like Endgame and Moonlighting, that are very love hate for me. I'll give you one guess what my OTP is. :oP

Anyhow, here are my top 25 in no particular order (except #1).

1. Bloodbath
2. Chimera
3. Frame Up
4. Reveille
5. Sub Rosa
6. Probie
7. The Meat Puzzle
8. Kill Ari
9. Faith
10. Witch Hunt
11. Silver War
12. Shalom
13. Driven
14. Cover Story
15. Trojan Horse
16. About Face
17. Bury Your Dead
18. Broken Arrow
19. Toxic
20. Cloak
21. Caged
22. Bete Noire
23. Truth or Consequences
24. Heartland
25. Doppelganger

Least faourite 10 is tough... Here goes! Again, in no particular order.

1. In The Zone
2. Model Behavior
3. Twisted Sister
4. Dog Tags
5. Left For Dead
6. Semper Fi
7. Knockout
8. Obsession
9. The Inside Man
10. Royal & Loyals
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd January 2011 10:17 (UTC) (Link)
Abby/Tony, by any chance?

Interesting lists - thank you for sharing. It's interesting to see cross overs in these lists and episodes that appeal to a lot of people no matter who their favourite ship and/or character might be.

Some of the ones you have in your top 25 would make my next 25.
From: generale_kenobi Date: 22nd January 2011 10:04 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, here there are my lists:

My Top Twenty-Five Episodes
01. Hiatus
02. Heartland
03. Kill Ari
04. Rule 51
05. Borderland
06. Patriot Down
07. Spider And The Fly
08. Chimera
09. Bete Noire
10.Mind Games
12. Flesh & Blood
13. Cloak
14. Dagger
15. Judgment Day
16. Ex-Files
17. Sharif Returns
15. Agent Afloat
16. Murder 0.2
17. Yankee White
18. Shalom
19. Escaped
20. See No Evil
21. Bloodbath
22. SWAK
23. Frame Up
24. Twilight
25. Red Cell

I guess it’s easy to see who my favourite character is...*wink*

Least favourite 10 (the first 5 are bound to stay in this list, because I really didn’t like them at all...the others have some redeeming qualities, so I put them in this list because I needed 10...)

1. The Meat Puzzle
2. Angel Of Death
3. Broken Bird
4. Recoil
5. False Witness
6. Deliverance
7. Legend
8. Caged
9. Probie
10.Boxed In
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd January 2011 10:20 (UTC) (Link)
It's also easy to see who your least favourite character is *g* And as you know for me Gibbs and Ducky are my equal favourites.

I find both your lists fascinating and in some ways so disparate to my own. I'm stunned to see TMP in your bottom 10, as I know that appears in a lot of people's top lists and I'm not just talking G/D fen or Ducky fen.

We do share some from both lists though, which is also interesting to see.

Thank you very much for sharing these.
domaris68 From: domaris68 Date: 22nd January 2011 11:03 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, I liked your list so I made mine :)

No episodes with Ari in both lists because I hate/love all of them and no episodes from the 8th season because I didn't see them.

My Top Twenty-Five Episodes

01. Yankee White (S1)
02. Sub Rosa (S1)
03. The Immortals (S1)
04. Minimun Security (S1)
05. One Shot, One Kill (S1)
06. Sea Dog (S1)
07. My Other Left Foot (S1)
08. Call of Silence (S2)
09. S.W.A.K (S2)
10. The Good Wives Club (S2)
11. See No Evil (S2)
12. Chained (S2)
13. Black Water (S2)
14. The Meat Puzzle (S2)
15. Bait (S3)
16. Escaped (S4)
17. Troyan Horse (S4)
18. Requiem (S5)
19. Chimera (S5)
20. Heartland (S6)
21. Bounce (S6)
22. Agent Afloat (S6)
23. Aliyah (S6)
24. Flesh and Blood (S7)
25. Truth or Consequances (S7)

So... I still miss Kate Todd and mostly love the first two series and some episodes here and there of the others.

My Least Favourite Episodes

01. Jet Lag (S7)
02. Mother's Day (S7)
03. Reunion (S7)
04. Recoil (S5)
05. Dog Tags (S5)
06. Legend (S7)
07. Angel of Death (S4)
08. Dead Man Walking (S4)
09. The Ex file (S5)
10. Boxed In (S3)

If I can add something in this list: all the rest of season 7, I really didn't like it :(
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 22nd January 2011 12:29 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you did do your own list. Very interesting. I'm not surprised to see so many S1 & S2, as I know how much you love those and how much you still miss Kate *Hugs*

Very interesting choices, it's great fun to see what people love and dislike. Thank you sharing.
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