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The Best Episodes of Shetland

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

Created from the novels by award winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, Shetland follows DI Jimmy Perez and his team as they investigate crime within the close knit island community. In this isolated and sometimes inhospitable environment, the team have to rely on a uniquely resourceful style of policing.

Genres:CrimeDramaMystery
Network:BBC One

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The best episode of "Shetland" is "Episode 6", rated 8.7/10 from 747 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Episode 6" aired on 3/20/2018 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Episode 5".

  • Episode 6
    8.7/10 747 votes

    #1 - Episode 6

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-03-20

    Season Finale - Troubled by historical DNA evidence results, Jimmy has to face the fact that Duncan may have been involved in Lizzie Kilmuir's murder, and potentially Sally McColl's as well. A shocked Duncan is brought to the station for questioning, hurt that Perez would even think him capable of murder. However, the detective knows Duncan's lying - perhaps not about the murder, but about something else significant. So when Duncan finally admits he had an affair with Donna, it's not long before a bombshell is dropped.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 5
    8.6/10 680 votes

    #2 - Episode 5

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-02-19

    Perez struggles to deal with what has happened to Tosh as he continues to investigate the murders of Robbie Morton and Michael Thompson, but a shocking discovery finally leads him to the identity of who Thompson was going to testify against.

    Director: Jan Matthys

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe, Robert Murphy

  • Episode 6
    8.5/10 684 votes

    #3 - Episode 6

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-03-04

    As the investigation reaches its final stages, Detective Inspector Perez and his team discover the person responsible for the deaths of Robbie Morton and Michael Thompson is closer to home than any of them thought.

    Director: Jan Matthys

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe, Robert Murphy, David Kane

  • Episode 4
    8.4/10 629 votes

    #4 - Episode 4

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-02-12

    Perez and his team are determined to track down the person who helped Michael Thompson's killer on Shetland. But the closer the team get to the truth in both Shetland and Glasgow, the more dangerous it becomes for all of them.

    Director: Jan Matthys

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe, Robert Murphy

  • Episode 5
    8.4/10 589 votes

    #5 - Episode 5

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-03-13

    Perez must re-assess the investigation in the aftermath of the attack. The MIT arrives on Shetland and sets its sights on Malone. Meanwhile, Tosh begins to have doubts about Lars.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 1
    8.2/10 779 votes

    #6 - Episode 1

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-01-15

    When a young man disappears on the Aberdeen to Shetland ferry crossing and a small boy ends up in intensive care, DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate, becoming convinced the two events are connected.

    Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe

  • Episode 2
    8.2/10 679 votes

    #7 - Episode 2

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-01-22

    DI Jimmy Perez is convinced that Michael Maguire is somehow implicated in the death of Robbie Morton. But with the investigation seemingly under threat before it's even started, he faces an uphill battle to uncover the truth behind Maguire's silence.

    Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan

    Writer: Robert Murphy

  • Episode 3
    8.2/10 662 votes

    #8 - Episode 3

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-02-05

    The murder investigation takes Perez and Tosh to Glasgow as they try to uncover the reasons behind Maguire's brutal death and his connection to Robbie Morton. But old ghosts return to haunt Perez as his enemies try to prevent him from getting to the truth.

    Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe, Robert Murphy

  • Raven Black - Part 2
    8.1/10 766 votes

    #9 - Raven Black - Part 2

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2014-03-18

    Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez believes he and his team are finally closing in on the killer as they discover what 17-year-old Catherine Ross was hiding from everyone in the hours before her death.

    Director: John McKay

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe

  • Episode 1
    8.1/10 723 votes

    #10 - Episode 1

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-02-13

    When Thomas Malone has his murder conviction overturned after 23 years behind bars, DI Perez has to reopen the investigation into the 1994 death of local teenager Lizzie Kilmuir.

    Director: Lee Haven Jones

    Writer: David Kane, Ann Cleeves

  • Episode 2
    8.1/10 602 votes

    #11 - Episode 2

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-02-20

    Perez is on the trail of an attacker, Tosh investigates an oil company in the hunt for Sally's killer, and DNA testing in the Kilmuir case yields a surprising result.

    Director: Lee Haven Jones

    Writer: Louise Ironside

  • Episode 3
    8.1/10 592 votes

    #12 - Episode 3

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-02-27

    Jimmy questions Donna about the shocking DNA results, Alison arrives in Norway in search of Andreas Hagan, and an unexpected twist leads Perez and Tosh into the murky world of the Norwegian far right.

    Director: Lee Haven Jones

    Writer: Paul Logue

  • Episode 4
    8.1/10 603 votes

    #13 - Episode 4

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-03-06

    Ignoring Secret Service warnings, Perez and Tosh track down Mathias Soderland. Back on Shetland, a beach memorial service is held for Sally McColl.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 6
    8.1/10 556 votes

    #14 - Episode 6

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-03-19

    Perez closes in on Zezi's location at last. But can he reach her before it's too late?

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 1
    8.0/10 650 votes

    #15 - Episode 1

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2021-10-20

    When a prominent and controversial Shetlander is shot dead on their doorstep in broad daylight, Perez rushes back from his mother’s funeral to lead the investigation.

    Director: Max Myers

    Writer: David Kane

  • Episode 4
    8.0/10 389 votes

    #16 - Episode 4

    Season 7 Episode 4 - Aired 2022-08-31

    Perez issues a warrant for Connor’s arrest and looks for the motive behind his bomb-making. Sandy tries to find out what business William Rodgers had in Shetland.

    Director: Siri Rødnes

    Writer: Paul Logue

  • Raven Black - Part 1
    7.9/10 823 votes

    #17 - Raven Black - Part 1

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-03-11

    Old wounds are painfully reopened for the shocked residents of Ravenswick, as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his team look to a past crime to solve the present day murder of a young teenage girl.

    Director: John McKay

    Writer: Gaby Chiappe

  • Episode 1
    7.9/10 653 votes

    #18 - Episode 1

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-02-12

    A severed hand washes up on a Shetland beach, with further body parts discovered in a holdall that has been dumped at sea. Perez and the team begin a complex murder investigation.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 2
    7.9/10 540 votes

    #19 - Episode 2

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-02-19

    A horrifying discovery at the Hayes house changes the course of the investigation. Perez establishes the probable cause for Daniel's murder and his sister Zezi's disappearance.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 5
    7.9/10 516 votes

    #20 - Episode 5

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2019-03-12

    The discovery of Niki’s body intensifies the search for Zezi. Perez feels that time is running out. A desperate Olivia tries to get information from Jamie Hayes.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 4
    7.9/10 429 votes

    #21 - Episode 4

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 2021-11-10

    After the shocking events of the previous night, Perez must piece together what happened before a rampaging and vengeful Creggan finds his target.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 5
    7.9/10 395 votes

    #22 - Episode 5

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-11-17

    Facing a dead end in the hunt for Galbraith’s killer, Tosh leads Perez to the remote island of Fetlar. Donna asks Duncan for one last favour.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 6
    7.9/10 436 votes

    #23 - Episode 6

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-11-24

    As Perez closes in on the identity of Galbraith’s killer, he struggles with Duncan’s secret, while Donna has one more surprise in store.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Episode 1
    7.9/10 495 votes

    #24 - Episode 1

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2022-08-10

    DI Perez investigates the disappearance of a vulnerable young man, whose family are new to Shetland. Has whatever they are running from come back to haunt them?

    Director: Max Myers

    Writer: David Kane

  • Episode 3
    7.9/10 411 votes

    #25 - Episode 3

    Season 7 Episode 3 - Aired 2022-08-24

    Mounting evidence pushes Perez and the team to revise their view of Connor Cairns. Is he a vulnerable missing person or a killer on the run?

    Director: Max Myers

    Writer: David Kane