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The Best Episodes of Shades of Blue

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

Sexy New York detective and single mother Harlee Santos fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest, talented daughter. But when she's trapped by the FBI and forced to inform on her own "brothers," she'll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter's future.

Genres:DramaCrime
Network:NBC

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The best episode of "Shades of Blue" is "Broken Dolls", rated 8.8/10 from 263 user votes. It was directed by Steven DePaul and written by N/A. "Broken Dolls" aired on 5/21/2017 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Behind the Mask".

  • Broken Dolls
    8.8/10 263 votes

    #1 - Broken Dolls

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-05-21

    In a dramatic confrontation, Wozniak faces the ally who betrayed him and makes his most difficult choice yet. Meanwhile, Stahl's fanatical plan to take Harlee down for murder finally pays off, forcing Harlee to get dangerously close to the man who's obsessed with her In the end, Harlee and Wozniak's desperate efforts to save themselves and the crew lead to shocking consequences for both.

    Director: Steven DePaul

    Writer: N/A

  • Behind the Mask
    8.6/10 228 votes

    #2 - Behind the Mask

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-05-21

    Harlee helps Nava cover his tracks after a violent encounter, revealing a side of herself Nava's never seen before and putting their relationship in jeopardy. Wozniak faces a ghost from his past in order to take down a new enemy in his present. Stahl gets a critical piece of information in his hunt for the truth about Miguel.

    Director: Steven DePaul

    Writer: Wolfe Coleman, Michael C. Martin

  • The Breach
    8.3/10 346 votes

    #3 - The Breach

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-03-17

    On the day of the heist, Harlee realizes she misplaced her trust in Stahl but it's too late to back down.  Harlee tries to get immunity for her crew as she participates in the heist knowing that it will lead to Wozniak's arrest.  Miguel discovers Harlee's secret.  Loman unwittingly witnesses the heist just as the exchange goes terribly wrong.

    Director: Steven DePaul

    Writer: N/A

  • One Last Lie
    8.3/10 387 votes

    #4 - One Last Lie

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-03-31

    Unable to provide Donnie and Linklater to the FBI, Harlee makes a deal with Stahl to exchange her own immunity for that of her crew. Harlee comes face to face with Miguel who reveals his darkest side as he demands to be a part of Cristina's life.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Chaos Is Come Again
    8.3/10 219 votes

    #5 - Chaos Is Come Again

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-04-30

    Harlee makes the chilling discovery that someone is texting Cristina as her dead ex, "Miguel." The case of a missing kid leads Wozniak to uncover a local dealer who uses underage mules and reminds Loman of what their unit is all about. The crew gets caught in a brutal ambush.

    Director: Jim McKay

    Writer: Wolfe Coleman

  • Whoever Fights Monsters
    8.3/10 223 votes

    #6 - Whoever Fights Monsters

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-05-07

    Harlee and Wozniak lead a manhunt for the gunmen who ambushed the crew, and they unearth the key to taking down Bianchi. The crew bands together against Verco, who has evidence of their corruption. Stahl goes rogue to link Harlee to Miguel's death.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: Niceole R. Levy, Rashad Raisani

  • Goodnight, Sweet Prince
    8.3/10 170 votes

    #7 - Goodnight, Sweet Prince

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-08-12

    Harlee uncovers a betrayal. Cole tries to avoid Ramsey’s reach. Wozniak attempts to negotiate with the intelligence unit.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Eye Of The Hurricane
    8.1/10 251 votes

    #8 - Eye Of The Hurricane

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2017-03-12

    Following Wozniak's discovery that Stahl's target is his close friend and Mayoral Candidate, Julia Ayers, Wozniak launches an all-out war with Stahl. Meanwhile, Harlee dives into an investigation that takes an unexpected turn into her own past.

    Director: Christopher Misiano

    Writer: Nick Thiel, Jessica Grasl

  • Unpaid Debts
    8.1/10 205 votes

    #9 - Unpaid Debts

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-04-23

    Wozniak goes after Bianchi for breaking their agreement. Harlee seizes the opportunity to unite the team around an illegal mission to repay Tufo's brother's debt to a local drug dealer. Stahl heightens the stakes making good on his threat to go after the crew. Wozniak faces the impossible decision to pick between his team and Ayres just as his son, Nate, makes an effort to reunite.

    Director: Jim McKay

    Writer: Nick Thiel, Rashad Raisani

  • The Quality of Mercy
    8.1/10 208 votes

    #10 - The Quality of Mercy

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-05-14

    Harlee and Wozniak lead the crew on a dangerous mission to heist Bianchi's secret ledger and take down the mobster once and for all. But the plan takes a tragic turn when the events our heroes set in motion put one of their own in harms way, forcing Harlee to turn to an unlikely source for help.

    Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá

    Writer: Marta Gene Camps, Jessica Grasl

  • Fall of Man
    8.0/10 380 votes

    #11 - Fall of Man

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-02-11

    Wozniak's suspicions land on Saperstein, forcing Harlee to convince Stahl to arrest Saperstein in order to keep him safe. Harlee visits her abusive ex, Miguel, who tasks her with tracking down the man who committed the murder for which he is imprisoned.

    Director: Dan Lerner

    Writer: N/A

  • For I Have Sinned
    8.0/10 371 votes

    #12 - For I Have Sinned

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-03-24

    Harlee and Wozniak attempt to deal with the consequences of the heist's money disappearance. Harlee informs the FBI that she will get the money back.

    Director: Steven DePaul

    Writer: N/A

  • Ghost Hunt
    8.0/10 225 votes

    #13 - Ghost Hunt

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-03-19

    After Wozniak refuses to play ball with the FBI, Stahl turns up the heat on Harlee who lands in the middle of Wozniak's dangerous plan to free himself from the Feds by reeling in a bigger fish. Meanwhile, Internal Affairs Officer Verco applies pressure to each member of the crew to discover what really happened to Donnie Pomp.

    Director: Christopher Misiano

    Writer: Niceole R. Levy, Rashad Raisani

  • Sweet Caroline
    8.0/10 221 votes

    #14 - Sweet Caroline

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-04-02

    The mafia seeks revenge on Harlee by framing her for murder. As Harlee works against the clock and her own crew to cover her tracks as Wozniak fights to keep his cop family together when evidence of an old crime puts pressure on the already splintering team. Stahl cozies up to Cristina getting one step closer to the truth about Miguel.

    Director: Paul McCrane

    Writer: Wolfe Coleman, Jessica Grasl

  • Fracture
    8.0/10 222 votes

    #15 - Fracture

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-04-09

    Harlee and Wozniak investigate Caroline's murder, putting Harlee and Nava's relationship in an awkward place because she can't reveal her connection to the crime or the methods she will use to solve it. Wozniak focuses on determining which member of his crew is informing to Verco as Loman uncovers a much deeper secret.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Niceole R. Levy, Jessica Grasl

  • Cry Havoc
    8.0/10 161 votes

    #16 - Cry Havoc

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-08-05

    Wozniak enlists the crew to make a dangerous move against the Intelligence unit as Harlee struggles to stay on her new path.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Unforgiven
    7.9/10 290 votes

    #17 - Unforgiven

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-03-05

    Harlee Santos takes drastic measures to cover up the murder of her abusive ex, Miguel. Lieutenant Matt Wozniak makes a deal with FBI Agent Robert Stahl to keep himself and his crew out of jail but soon discovers Stahl has led him into an impossible trap. As the crew deals with the fall-out from the failed heist, Tess struggles to keep her painful gunshot wound under wraps.

    Director: Thomas Carter

    Writer: Jack Orman, Wolfe Coleman

  • Daddy's Girl
    7.9/10 229 votes

    #18 - Daddy's Girl

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-03-26

    Realizing that Stahl will stop at nothing to arrest Julia Ayre, Harlee decides to investigate on her own and determine whether there's any truth in his allegations of Ayers active business with the mob. Wozniak is confronted with a drug case that forces him to face the darkest demons from his past, his daughter's death, while exposing the origin of his loyalty.

    Director: Paul McCrane

    Writer: Michael C. Martin, Marta Gene Camps

  • Good Police
    7.9/10 225 votes

    #19 - Good Police

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-06-17

    Harlee and Wozniak, still dealing with the fallout from their near death experiences, discover a grisly crime scene riddled with mystery.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Undiscovered Country
    7.8/10 351 votes

    #20 - Undiscovered Country

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-02-18

    Wozniak finds it hard to deal with guilt as he attempts to deal with an unfinished task. Harlee needs to protect Saperstein whilst holding the unit together.

    Director: David Boyd

    Writer: N/A

  • Live Wire Act
    7.8/10 346 votes

    #21 - Live Wire Act

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-03-03

    Harlee's collaboration with Stahl (Warren Kole) uncovers Wozniak's secret relationship with Donnie.  Wozniak decides to take charge of the big job after picking up a package that turns out to be a kidnapped man.  A mysterious call to Saperstein's desk forces the crew to face their mixed feelings about their fallen friend and ultimately decide to preserve his memory.

    Director: Millicent Shelton

    Writer: N/A

  • The Blue Wall
    7.8/10 176 votes

    #22 - The Blue Wall

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-07-15

    Harlee discovers that the intelligence unit’s involvement in criminal enterprises goes deeper than she thought. Ramsey strikes back. Tufo pulls away from the crew. Loman meets a girl.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Reckoning
    7.8/10 160 votes

    #23 - The Reckoning

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-07-22

    Harlee and Wozniak try to link the intelligence unit to the cartel while facing the consequences of breaking the blue wall.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • By Virtue Fall
    7.8/10 190 votes

    #24 - By Virtue Fall

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-08-19

    Harlee faces a police commission as Wozniak and the crew scramble to help her from the outside.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Good Cop, Bad Cop
    7.7/10 341 votes

    #25 - Good Cop, Bad Cop

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-02-25

    After Saperstein's death, Harlee realizes there are no lines Wozniak won't cross and decides to help Stahl's investigation. The crew retaliates against a pair of abusive cops after they harass Harlee's daughter Cristina and her boyfriend. Wozniak makes Loman feel like a part of the unit.

    Director: David Boyd

    Writer: N/A