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The Best Episodes of Life

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

Complex, offbeat Detective Charlie Crews returns to the force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Crews’ new lease on life has provided him with a Zen-like outlook, peace of mind and no need for vengeance, an attitude which can be challenging to maintain when someone he cares about is threatened — or when he is investigating the mystery surrounding the murder he was falsely accused of.

Genres:DramaMysteryCrime
Network:NBC

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Life" is "One", rated 8.8/10 from 549 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by Rand Ravich. "One" aired on 4/8/2009 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Fill It Up".

  • One
    8.8/10 549 votes

    #1 - One

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2009-04-08

    When Roman wants to trade Reese for Rayborn, whom he's convinced is still alive, Crews launches a covert crusade to find his partner, which brings him answers to long-standing questions along the way.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Fill It Up
    8.5/10 464 votes

    #2 - Fill It Up

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2007-12-05

    Hoping to take down Jack Reese, Crews finds the Seybolts' murderer, but doesn't succeed in proving who set him up.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Trapdoor
    8.3/10 340 votes

    #3 - Trapdoor

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-12-17

    While investigating a triple execution-style homicide, Reese and Crews go up against an old nemesis, a Russian mob boss who has woven a deadly and wicked web.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Farthingale
    8.2/10 412 votes

    #4 - Farthingale

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2007-11-14

    While investigating the murder of a bigomist, Crews is suspected for the murder of policeman Ames.

    Director: Peter Markle

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Find Your Happy Place
    8.2/10 413 votes

    #5 - Find Your Happy Place

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2008-09-29

    Crews and Reese race the clock to stop a serial killer who’s locking people in boxes and leaving them to die all over L.A.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Hit Me Baby
    8.2/10 357 votes

    #6 - Hit Me Baby

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2009-02-25

    Reese receives and offer to join an FBI organized crime task force, leaving Crews and Stark to partner up. The former partners work on a case of a philandering financial advisor who was murdered and discover a case of corporate and political corruption.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Pilot
    8.0/10 618 votes

    #7 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2007-09-26

    After serving 12 hard years for a crime he didn't commit, Detective Charlie Crews is back on the LAPD with a new partner and a new zen attitude.

    Director: David Semel

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Did You Feel That?
    8.0/10 361 votes

    #8 - Did You Feel That?

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2008-10-25

    In the chaos of an L.A. earthquake, a killer sets a trap for Crews.

    Director: Tucker Gates

    Writer: N/A

  • Badge Bunny
    8.0/10 348 votes

    #9 - Badge Bunny

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2008-11-19

    When the girlfriend of a cop is murdered, Crews and Reese must play a literal game of good cop bad cop to find the killer.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Initiative 38
    8.0/10 331 votes

    #10 - Initiative 38

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-04-01

    When the wife of a prominent campaign runner is murdered, Crews and Seever wonder if her death is related to a controversial gun ban initiative that she spearheaded.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • The Fallen Woman
    7.9/10 434 votes

    #11 - The Fallen Woman

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2007-10-24

    When an angel falls from the sky, Crews and Reese's murder investigation leads to a slippery Russian gangster.

    Director: Tony Wharmby

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Serious Control Issues
    7.9/10 384 votes

    #12 - Serious Control Issues

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-11-28

    While investigating the case of a murdered homeless girl, Reese and Crews stumble across a child who was kidnapped when he was three.

    Director: Marcos Siega

    Writer: N/A

  • Dig a Hole
    7.9/10 399 votes

    #13 - Dig a Hole

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-12-03

    Charlie and Dani track the killer of a Zen Master who was buried alive ten years prior.

    Director: Marcos Siega

    Writer: N/A

  • Black Friday
    7.9/10 341 votes

    #14 - Black Friday

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2008-11-12

    Prices aren't the only things falling when Crews and Reese investigate a man's death in a mall the morning of Black Friday.

    Director: David Straiton

    Writer: Marjorie David

  • Re-Entry
    7.9/10 323 votes

    #15 - Re-Entry

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-02-04

    After a Space Shuttle pilot is found shot to death after managing to land his private plane, Crews and Reese must determine if it was suicide or murder.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: N/A

  • Powerless
    7.8/10 417 votes

    #16 - Powerless

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2007-10-31

    Fearing that a rapist she met at an AA meeting will strike again, Dani enlists Crews' help to take him down.

    Director: John Dahl

    Writer: Marjorie David

  • A Civil War
    7.8/10 440 votes

    #17 - A Civil War

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2007-11-07

    The murder of two Iranian American students sparks racial unrest as Crews and Reese race to rescue their kidnapped friend.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: Rafael Alvarez

  • Everything... All the Time
    7.8/10 358 votes

    #18 - Everything... All the Time

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2008-10-03

    Crews and Reese discover that rich kids, steroids, and murder are a bad mix.

    Director: David Straiton

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • The Business of Miracles
    7.8/10 349 votes

    #19 - The Business of Miracles

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2008-10-06

    Charlie and Reese work a case so cold it's frozen.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: N/A

  • Jackpot
    7.8/10 320 votes

    #20 - Jackpot

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2008-11-05

    Crews and Reese investigate the murder of a multi-million dollar lottery winner whose number was up.

    Director: Daniel Sackheim

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Mirror Ball
    7.8/10 317 votes

    #21 - Mirror Ball

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 2009-02-11

    When the lead singer of a cover band is found dead on stage, Crews and Reese must go through a string of impersonators to find the real killer.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rand Ravich

  • Let Her Go
    7.7/10 440 votes

    #22 - Let Her Go

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2007-10-10

    An upscale family man is suspected of killing his wife, and Crews sees his ex-wife for the first time since getting out of jail.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: Glen Mazzara

  • Evil...And His Brother Ziggy
    7.7/10 336 votes

    #23 - Evil...And His Brother Ziggy

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-12-03

    Reese and Crews take a trip to an Indian reservation to find out who killed the last sheriff standing.

    Director: Adam Arkin

    Writer: N/A

  • Shelf Life
    7.7/10 305 votes

    #24 - Shelf Life

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 2009-03-11

    Crews and Starks investigate the murder of an Iraq war soldier who despite being killed in broad daylight on a crowded sidewalk, no one witnessed the crime.

    Director: Adam Arkin

    Writer: Marjorie David

  • 5 Quarts
    7.7/10 297 votes

    #25 - 5 Quarts

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2009-03-25

    Crews and Seever are under pressure to solve the murder of an assistant coroner; a murder that if left unsolved, could jeopardize all of their closed cases.

    Director: Paul McCrane

    Writer: N/A