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The Best Episodes of Numb3rs

Every episode of Numb3rs ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Numb3rs!

Inspired by actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles from a very different perspective.


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The best episode of "Numb3rs" is "The Janus List", rated 8.4/10 from 395 user votes. It was directed by John Behring and written by Ken Sanzel, Robert Port. "The Janus List" aired on 5/18/2007 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Con Job".

  • The Janus List
    8.4/10 395 votes

    #1 - The Janus List

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 2007-05-18

    In the midst of investigating a serious bomb threat, Don and Charlie uncover a secret that could change their lives and the lives of the team forever.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Ken Sanzel, Robert Port

  • Con Job
    8.3/10 270 votes

    #2 - Con Job

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-11-20

    Charlie and Don reluctantly enlist the help of imprisoned con man John Buckley to help them catch a crook who's using Buckley's M.O. to rob the Diamond Exchange..

    Director: Ralph Hemecker

    Writer: Don McGill

  • Trust Metric
    8.2/10 346 votes

    #3 - Trust Metric

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2007-09-28

    After the events of "The Janus List," Colby escapes from custody. Don and the team go after him, but everything may not be as it seems.

    Director: Tony Scott

    Writer: Ken Sanzel

  • One Hour
    8.1/10 318 votes

    #4 - One Hour

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 2007-02-23

    Don talks to his therapist again, and while he's gone, the team races to find an eleven year-old boy being held on a $3 million ransom, and time is running out...

    Director: J. Miller Tobin

    Writer: Ken Sanzel

  • When World's Collide
    8.1/10 253 votes

    #5 - When World's Collide

    Season 4 Episode 18 - Aired 2008-05-16

    In the season finale, Don and Charlie work together on a case that ends up with them going head to head about their personal beliefs, and one team member will walk away forever.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton

  • Angels and Devils
    8.1/10 265 votes

    #6 - Angels and Devils

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 2009-05-15

    When Amita is abducted, Don and the team’s frantic search for her leads them to the delusional head of a cult, but it is up to a distraught Charlie to discover what the suspect’s bizarre plans for her are.

    Director: Alex Zakrzewski

    Writer: Ken Sanzel

  • Jacked
    8.0/10 257 votes

    #7 - Jacked

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-01-16

    Don and his team must race to save the hostages being held on a hijacked bus.

    Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

    Writer: Don McGill

  • Disturbed
    8.0/10 264 votes

    #8 - Disturbed

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2009-05-01

    Feeling guilty over the stabbing, Charlie puts his attention on finding a serial killer using math theories to help the team solve the case before another life is taken.

    Director: Dennis Smith

    Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton

  • Ultimatum
    8.0/10 260 votes

    #9 - Ultimatum

    Season 6 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-11-13

    While tracking down a felon running a heroin ring inside a prison, Agent Ian Edgerton becomes a murder suspect when the informant he meets with ends up dead, sending a desperate Edgerton over the edge when he takes a member of Don's team hostage.

    Director: Dennis Smith

    Writer: Robert Port

  • Cause and Effect
    8.0/10 273 votes

    #10 - Cause and Effect

    Season 6 Episode 16 - Aired 2010-03-12

    After Charlie and Amita get married and begin preparations for their London adventure, they put a slight hold on their wedded bliss when they assist the team in helping Don track down the whereabouts of his gun after it goes missing.

    Director: Nicolas Falacci

    Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton

  • Power
    7.9/10 262 votes

    #11 - Power

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-01-18

    A bad case becomes worse when Don and the team must pursue a police officer believed to have committed unspeakable crimes.

    Director: Julie Hébert

    Writer: Julie Hébert

  • Scan Man
    7.9/10 259 votes

    #12 - Scan Man

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2008-10-31

    The team investigates a crew stealing high-end goods from a shipping service; Don questions his faith in the FBI when one of his men is killed on duty.

    Director: Craig Ross Jr.

    Writer: Don McGill

  • Chinese Box
    7.8/10 259 votes

    #13 - Chinese Box

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2007-12-14

    Don and the team are left with little recourse when a former FBI subcontractor takes a team member hostage.

    Director: Dennis Smith

    Writer: Ken Sanzel

  • The Fifth Man
    7.8/10 234 votes

    #14 - The Fifth Man

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-04-24

    Don's life hangs in the balance after he is injured during a raid while investigating a series of home invasions.

    Director: Ken Sanzel

    Writer: Don McGill

  • Greatest Hits
    7.8/10 243 votes

    #15 - Greatest Hits

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2009-05-08

    Don and the team are sent to look into a series of bank robberies and soon name former FBI Agent Roger Bloom as their lead suspect.

    Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

    Writer: Andrew Dettmann

  • Old Soldiers
    7.8/10 251 votes

    #16 - Old Soldiers

    Season 6 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-12-04

    When the team foils a robbery of an armored car full of Federal Reserve money and recover bills that trace back to the infamous D.B. Cooper heist, they call on Agent Roger Bloom, who worked on the Cooper case, for help with the investigation. Henry Winkler returns as former FBI Agent Roger Bloom, and Michael Hogan, the uncle of the slain armored car driver and a key player in the investigation.

    Director: Ken Sanzel

    Writer: Steve Cohen

  • Uncertainty Principle
    7.7/10 462 votes

    #17 - Uncertainty Principle

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-01-28

    Charlie accurately predicts where a band of bank robbers will strike next. But when Don and his team confront them, a massive shoot-out occurs leaving four people, including an officer, dead. The outcome disturbs Charlie and he retreats into the family garage to work out an unsolvable math problem that he also plunged into after his mother became ill a year earlier. But Don needs his brother's help and tries to get Charlie to return to the case.

    Director: David Von Ancken

    Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton

  • Counterfeit Reality
    7.7/10 372 votes

    #18 - Counterfeit Reality

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2005-03-11

    Don learns that counterfeiters are at work producing small-denomination bills, and that they have taken an artist hostage to draw the images for the fake money. If the missing woman isn't located soon, Don fears that she will be killed when her work is finished on the phony cash. The counterfeiters have already murdered at least five people, two of whom stole money from them. The case is made more difficult for Don when his former lover, now a Secret Service agent, is assigned to it.

    Director: Alex Zakrzewski

    Writer: Andrew Dettmann

  • Backscatter
    7.7/10 275 votes

    #19 - Backscatter

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-05-05

    An FBI investigation into a computer hacking scam that taps into a bank's system to gain access to the identities and financial assets of its customers becomes personal for Don and the Eppes family.

    Director: Bill Eagles

    Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton

  • Two Daughters (2)
    7.7/10 301 votes

    #20 - Two Daughters (2)

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-09-29

    David tries to get information from one of Crystal's old boyfriends, but he isn't helping. Things get personal for the team when Crystal kidnaps one of them.

    Director: Alex Zakrzewski

    Writer: Ken Sanzel

  • Primacy
    7.7/10 258 votes

    #21 - Primacy

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2007-11-09

    When a man is found dead, the team enters the world of alternate reality gaming. However, their investigation leads to a danger for a loved one.

    Director: Chris Hartwill

    Writer: Julie Hébert

  • Graphic
    7.7/10 292 votes

    #22 - Graphic

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2007-11-23

    The team investigates the theft of a graphic comic book.

    Director: John Behring

    Writer: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton

  • Breaking Point
    7.7/10 243 votes

    #23 - Breaking Point

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2008-01-11

    Charlie's life is put in danger when Don brings him in on the case of a missing reporter.

    Director: Craig Ross Jr.

    Writer: Andrew Dettmann

  • Checkmate
    7.7/10 231 votes

    #24 - Checkmate

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2008-04-11

    Don runs into Robin Brooks during an investigation concerning informants and a chess master.

    Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

    Writer: Robert Port

  • Jack of All Trades
    7.7/10 243 votes

    #25 - Jack of All Trades

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-10-24

    Don's team helps Agent Bloom, a veteran with the FBI, track down a con man who has eluded Bloom for years. Meanwhile, the final decision on Charlie's clearance is handed down, and it doesn't just affect Charlie. Don's job is on the line as well.

    Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

    Writer: Andrew Dettmann