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The Best Episodes of 9-1-1

Every episode of 9-1-1 ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of 9-1-1!

Explore the high-pressure experiences of police officers, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.

Genres:DramaCrimeAction & Adventure
Networks:ABCFOX

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The best episode of "9-1-1" is "Sink or Swim", rated 9.2/10 from 1698 user votes. It was directed by Bradley Buecker and written by Juan Carlos Coto. "Sink or Swim" aired on 9/30/2019 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Searchers".

  • Sink or Swim
    9.2/10 1,698 votes

    #1 - Sink or Swim

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-09-30

    A massive tsunami hits the Santa Monica Pier, placing Buck and Christopher's lives in danger .

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Juan Carlos Coto

  • The Searchers
    9.1/10 1,282 votes

    #2 - The Searchers

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2019-10-07

    Athena, Maddie, Bobby and the 118 races to save lives after a massive tsunami hits the Santa Monica Pier and Buck fears the worst when Christopher goes missing.

    Director: Chad Lowe

    Writer: David Fury

  • Fight or Flight
    8.9/10 1,296 votes

    #3 - Fight or Flight

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-04-01

    The First Responders rally together to search for a missing Maddie.

    Director: Millicent Shelton

    Writer: Kristen Reidel

  • The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1
    8.8/10 1,002 votes

    #4 - The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2020-04-13

    Maddie fears for herself and her co-workers when the call center is taken hostage.

    Director: Marshall Tyler

    Writer: Andrew Meyers, Nadia Abass-Madden

  • 7.1
    8.7/10 1,406 votes

    #5 - 7.1

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-09-24

    When a massive earthquake rocks Los Angeles, the first responders rush to rescue victims from a crumbling high-rise hotel both under the rubble and high above the ground. Athena must deal with wreckage from a collapsed freeway overpass and Maddie is thrown into the fire as she faces her first crisis as a 911 dispatcher.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Zachary Reiter

  • New Beginnings
    8.6/10 1,071 votes

    #6 - New Beginnings

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-03-18

    Bobby meets Athena's parents for the first time and Maddie attempts to end her marriage for good, causing Doug to insinuate himself even deeper into Chimney's life. Meanwhile, a tanker carrying a tiger shark crashes on the freeway and a gas leak in a plastic surgeon's office happens mid-surgery.

    Director: John Gray

    Writer: Tim Minear, Kristen Reidel

  • Chimney Begins
    8.6/10 1,164 votes

    #7 - Chimney Begins

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-03-25

    Look back at how Chimney joined Station 118 and became the firefighter and paramedic he is today.

    Director: Jennifer Lynch

    Writer: Erica L. Anderson

  • Athena Begins
    8.6/10 1,233 votes

    #8 - Athena Begins

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-11-04

    When a murder weapon from a case close to Athena in the early '90s resurfaces, flashbacks to 1989 show how Athena joined the LAPD and became the police officer she is today.

    Director: Tasha Smith

    Writer: Kristen Reidel

  • Survivors
    8.6/10 917 votes

    #9 - Survivors

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2021-05-24

    In the aftermath of the shooting, Athena and the 118 are on high alert when a sniper is targeting members of the LAFD. Meanwhile, Maddie makes a life decision. Season finale

    Director: Robert M. Williams Jr.

    Writer: N/A

  • May Day
    8.6/10 840 votes

    #10 - May Day

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2022-05-02

    The 118 races to the rescue when the 9-1-1 Call Center goes up in flames. Then, Bobby risks his life to save a trapped May, and Claudette, Buck and Eddie work together to help an injured electrician, and Chimney and his brother team up as firefighters for the first time.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Worst Day Ever
    8.5/10 1,555 votes

    #11 - Worst Day Ever

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-01-24

    In the aftermath of a deadly plane crash, Bobby and team race to help the survivors, while Athena deals with panic and chaos at the airport. Bobby confronts his past demons; Athena is out for revenge against a group of teen bullies; and Abby delivers an important message from a 9-1-1 caller.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Zachary Reiter

  • Merry Ex-Mas
    8.5/10 1,180 votes

    #12 - Merry Ex-Mas

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-11-26

    The holidays are naughty and nice for the first responders, who must deal with a stampede at a toy store, a mistletoe stunt gone awry and neighbors competing in a Christmas-light showdown. Meanwhile, Bobby contemplates his future with Athena, Chimney and Buck attempt to lift Maddie's spirits and Eddie must decide if he wants to give his son what he really wants for Christmas - a visit with his mom.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Christopher Monfette

  • This Life We Choose
    8.5/10 966 votes

    #13 - This Life We Choose

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2019-05-13

    The 118 deals with a situation where a stunt driver is placed in a precarious position, two mail bombs are detonated and a teenaged social influencer loses their mind; Eddie's family decides to visit; Buck confronts a deadly series of events.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Blindsided
    8.5/10 816 votes

    #14 - Blindsided

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2021-04-19

    Athena and the 118 race to save lives after a drunk driver causes a deadly pile-up on the freeway. Meanwhile, Maddie goes into labor and Hen and Karen are devastated as they prepare their foster daughter, Nia, to be reunited with her birth mother.

    Director: Marcus Stokes

    Writer: N/A

  • Help Is Not Coming
    8.4/10 1,258 votes

    #15 - Help Is Not Coming

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-10-01

    The first responders continue to deal with the fallout of a massive earthquake and its deadly aftershocks. Athena tries to keep the peace as Bobby and team continue to rescue victims from a collapsing high-rise hotel, both under the rubble and high above the ground. Maddie 's first day on the job involves helping a pregnant couple deliver their baby safely.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Tim Minear

  • Broken
    8.4/10 922 votes

    #16 - Broken

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2019-04-15

    When Metro LA's 9-1-1 system is hit with a massive system-wide power outage, the call center must go old school in responding to emergencies. The first responders must deal with explosions in multiple homes and a difficult child birth. Meanwhile, Michael confronts Bobby about parenting his kids.

    Director: Bradley Buecker

    Writer: Juan Carlos Coto

  • Suspicion
    8.4/10 875 votes

    #17 - Suspicion

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2021-05-17

    The members of the 118 make calls to save a bridezilla at a disastrous wedding and to a mother trapped on her balcony. Meanwhile, Hen plays medical detective when her mother, Toni, falls ill. Also, Eddie and Christopher receive a visit from Carla, Athena uncovers a secret Bobby has been hiding that puts their marriage on the rocks and Maddie struggles with adjusting to motherhood.

    Director: Brenna Malloy

    Writer: N/A

  • Capsized
    8.4/10 492 votes

    #18 - Capsized

    Season 7 Episode 3 - Aired 2024-03-28

    With each moment becoming critical as the ship is flipped upside down, Athena and Bobby take charge, seeking methods for rescue while navigating efforts to guide survivors to safety. Meanwhile, Hen defies protocols in her search for Bobby and Athena.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Hen Begins
    8.3/10 1,200 votes

    #19 - Hen Begins

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-11-19

    Hen relives her evolution into the firefighter she is today as she recalls the first times she met Chimney and Athena.

    Director: Jennifer Lynch

    Writer: Aristotle Kousakis

  • Ocean's 9-1-1
    8.3/10 984 votes

    #20 - Ocean's 9-1-1

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2019-04-22

    A going-away party for a bank manager turns into an emergency, and then a mystery, as the first responders are accused of pulling off a daring heist.

    Director: Mary Wigmore

    Writer: Andrew Meyers

  • Bobby Begins Again
    8.3/10 920 votes

    #21 - Bobby Begins Again

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2019-04-29

    Bobby Nash decides to move to Los Angeles in the hopes of restarting his life after a devastating tragedy that struck his family back in Minnesota, but in Los Angeles, he first meets Athena Grant and works his way to captain of the 118.

    Director: Jennifer Lynch

    Writer: Christopher Monfette

  • Malfunction
    8.3/10 904 votes

    #22 - Malfunction

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-11-11

    Emergencies include a skating mishap at an ice show, an accident involving a self-driving car and a fulfillment warehouse robot going rogue. Meanwhile, Eddie's after-hours fight club gets out-of-control and Hen struggles in her relationship with Karen.

    Director: Joaquin Sedillo

    Writer: Tonya Kong

  • What's Next?
    8.3/10 781 votes

    #23 - What's Next?

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2020-05-11

    The 118 rush to save lives in the aftermath of a massive train derailment.

    Director: Jennifer Lynch

    Writer: Juan Carlos Coto, Kristen Reidel

  • Buck Begins
    8.3/10 999 votes

    #24 - Buck Begins

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-02-15

    The 118 race to save the lives of workers trapped in a five-alarm factory fire. Meanwhile, Maddie reveals a painful family secret that causes Buck to confront his childhood and answer why he is the daredevil he is today.

    Director: Jann Turner

    Writer: N/A

  • Recovery
    8.3/10 941 votes

    #25 - Recovery

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 2023-03-20

    Despite the case being closed, Bobby is determined to prove his AA sponsor was murdered and bring his killer to justice; Meanwhile Buck struggles with his post-traumatic stress.

    Director: John J. Gray

    Writer: Andrew Meyers