My Favorite "Castle" Episodes

by richard-abeysinghe428 | created - 20 Nov 2013 | updated - 22 Feb 2015 | Public

Castle is my special place. My private inner sanctuary. It got me through the difficult times at college & life at large, and I love almost all the 115+ episodes of Castle. Still through much painful deliberation, I came up with what I feel are the best all round episodes so far. Enjoy!

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1. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Always (2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The murder of a Latino army veteran ex-con, ex-Lobos-street gang member quickly links to a break-in in the late captain's home, to steal only and all his old police files, and yields the ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 2,151

Kate & Rick finally, finally, get over each other's baggage & consummate their undeniable love for each other. Plus THAT HOT STEAMY MAKE-OUT SCENE AGAINST THE DOOR...us Caskett addicts still dream about it!

2. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Knockout (2011)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Cop killer Hal Lockwood, whom Beckett visited unsuccessfully in jail for months hoping for a lead in her mother Johanna's closed murder case, is released by a faked order into the general ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,573

The first "I Love You" comes from...wait for it...not surprisingly Richard Castle, who was so obviously in love with Kate throughout Season 3. Besides we miss you Cp. Montgomery. Best Police Chief ever. If he didn't bring Rick to the precinct, Caskett would have never happened and he died sacrificing his life for Kate!

3. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: The Blue Butterfly (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle senses a diary of a P.I from the 40's found in the effects of a murdered modern-day treasure hunter is the key to finding the Blue Butterfly, a blue-diamond necklace. The team works ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,424

Another unofficial Caskett kiss & a love story for the ages that opened Kate & Rick's eyes to their own epic saga!

4. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Veritas (2014)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A man Beckett has been secretly following is found dead - and then a notorious criminal involved in the first death is killed with Beckett's own gun. Faced with an elaborate frame-up, she has no choice but to run.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,104

Closure at last for Kate Beckett! :)

5. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Knockdown (2011)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The detective on Beckett's mother's homicide case is killed after telling her he has information.

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,262

The very first Caskett kiss (albeit undercover & unofficial)...still a hot steamy make-out nevertheless. Plus check-out Rick knocking Lookwood unconscious...just to protect his darling Kate! Soooo CUTE & swoon-worthy! Btw Stana looks even more beautiful than usual. Besides we got the very first but most important ALWAYS from Rick, signifying that he was committed for the long haul...a departure from his previous womanizing ways.

6. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: The Time of Our Lives (2014)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Castle gets knocked out while tracking some criminals with Beckett, he wakes up to a world in which he and Kate have never met.

Director: Paul Holahan | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 993

This is just awesome sauce Casketty goodness. As good as it will get for us hardcore Caskett fans with the much desired exchange of vows at last. EPIC!

7. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: The Final Frontier (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

During the annual major SciFfi convention, Nebula 9 - super-fan Audrey O'Neill, who finally organized with a nerd couple a life performance there starring the short-lived series' original ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,290

A geeks heaven (comic-con theme) headed by a geek-god himself (Nathan Fillion). Plenty of tasty Firefly & Star Trek references. The whole shebang was crafted wonderfully by Mr. Director Geek Jonathan Banks himself. Castle with a hint of Geek! Btw how hot was Kate in that Nebula 9 costume! Reaver mask or not I'd have let myself be devoured by that goddess of a woman, Ricky!

8. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Kill Shot (2011)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A case involving a sniper brings back memories for Beckett of her own shooting.

Director: David Barrett | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,024

Pitch-perfect acting from Stana Katic. PTSD is a very sensitive issue which nevertheless is haphazardly thrown about by a lot of TV shows. So I'm grateful that Castle took the matter in its stride & dealt with it properly & professionally and showed how bad & debilitating PTSD really is.

9. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Reckoning (2015)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The NYPD searches for Beckett while 3XK calmly plays with them.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,143

Hands down, the best of 3XK!

10. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: The Lives of Others (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle is home, mostly alone, in a wheelchair after a skiing accident, bored out of his wits just before his birthday. After a while, he actually picks up a pair of binoculars Alexis gave ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Shaw | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,264

A quintessential "Castle" episode to celebrate the 100th episode. Hats off to you Terri & Andrew! Achieving 100 episodes is a big enough deal but they go & make possibly the best 'Castley' Castle episode. If the episode confirms anything, it's the fact that Castle is the best show out there & that Kate & Rick are so very perfect for each other!

11. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Flowers for Your Grave (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a serial killer starts displaying the victims the way done in Richard "Rick" Castle's books, Castle teams up with Detective Kate Beckett to solve the case. He then starts to shadow her for his new book.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Monet Mazur

Votes: 1,765

The moment Kate & Rick met. The moment Rick fell in love with Kate. The moment Kate uttered "You have no idea.." and opened up the possibilities. The moment us fans fell in love with 'Castle'!

12. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Cops & Robbers (2011)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle and Martha are held hostage during a bank robbery and Beckett has to try to get them and the other hostages out.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,249

Kate oh dear Kate. You really can't hide how much you love that warm, kind & sincere teddy bear of a guy Richard Castle!

13. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Cuffed (2011)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle and Beckett wake up handcuffed together in a locked room with no memory of how they got there. Their colleagues try to retrace their steps and find them.

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,053

The air was practically sizzling with Caskett chemistry. I still wonder how they kept their hands off each other..though they did hold hands for a while and even got into some very suggestive positions to escape from their captives.

14. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Tick, Tick, Tick... (2010)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In a two-part storyline, Federal Agent Jordan Shaw, an insightful and accomplished Federal investigator, teams up with Castle & Beckett to hunt down a cunning and elusive serial killer.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,220

My favorite two-parter. Agent Shaw is hilarious, witty, kick-ass & immensely perceptive. She almost immediately calls out on the duo asking Kate "So how long have you two been sleeping together?" which just sends me up in a giggling fit!

15. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Castle, P.I. (2015)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle becomes a Private Investigator and tries to solve a case before the precinct can.

Director: Milan Cheylov | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 780

Oh boy this 7th Season gem gives me the feels..feels of that unique & mesmerizing banter between Castle & Beckett that first hooked us into the Castle world. I think the world is a better place when Rick & Kate finish each others sentences..why aren't we getting more of that of late?

16. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: In the Belly of the Beast (2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Beckett is recruited to assist on a Narcotics investigation, but a routine mission turns deadly when an undercover operation goes awry. To survive, Beckett must engage in a battle against ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 894

Stana Katic's best performance on Castle since "Kill Shot". Really turned up the intensity on the Beckett-Bracken feud.

17. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Sucker Punch (2010)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

While investigating the death of an Irish mobster, Beckett and Castle uncover a local turf war that may be connected to both a late-night infomercial guru and an international drug ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,050

Kate Beckett: "I've gotten used to you pulling my pigtails", and we were totally blindsided with a shocking revelation into Kate's mother's murder. But my favorite scene is Castle with his hand on Kate's shoulder while she sobbed with bloody hands.

18. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Murder He Wrote (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle and Beckett's romantic weekend in the Hamptons turns sour when a dying man stumbles into Castle's pool.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,132

Caskett went skinny-dipping!

19. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Secret's Safe with Me (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Wendy Dupree, murdered in a cheap motel, wrote a clue in her blood. When Castle realizes it's no word but a number, it leads, in combination with her phone records, to a storage compartment... See full summary »

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 942

Probably the best Castle quote of all time: “Even on the worst days, there’s a possibility for joy.” Besides it also gave rise to the best, hottest & steamiest handshake ever!

20. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: To Love and Die in L.A. (2011)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Beckett's old training officer is killed, she takes off on a solo mission to find the killer. On the plane she runs into Castle who is flying out to the Heat Wave movie set. She lets him help her catch the killer.

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 954

Caskett..so near yet so far! At least we finally got to see Kate in a swimsuit, Royce gave 'Caskett' a full recommendation and saw bad-ass Det. Kate Beckett ("It's sunny with a chance of ass-kicking!")

21. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Target (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hasim Farouk, a student at Columbia like Alexis, is killed by a van crashing into him while he emptied his gun into it. The team soon works out the van was used to kidnap not only Egyptian ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Roe | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,347

Nathan Fillion shows a very emotional side to his character Richard Castle, and brings forth probably his best performance on Castle after that "Always scene" when he finally confessed his feelings to an 'alive' Kate Beckett. Plus check out that hairs-on-end moment when Castle (on don't-mess-with-me-father-mode) tortures the answers out a very reluctant suspect...a side to him which neither we nor Kate thought him to posses.

22. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: After the Storm (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Castle and Beckett re-evaluate their relationship after spending the night together.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,585

Kate Beckett wearing Castle's shirt (and nothing else), bringing coffee after Caskett's first night together. A fan's dream come true! Besides they handled Joanna's murder perfectly...enough for now but not really enough that we need to dip into it sooner than later. Caskett are finally together at last!

23. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Countdown (2011)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

With time running out, Castle and Beckett must put aside their differences with Agent Fallon to avert a city-wide catastrophe.

Director: Bill Roe | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,057

An adrenaline rush to the end. Kate & Rick's partnership stands tall & firm and I suspect that Kate finally moves past the crush-stage to love-stage with Rick.

24. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: 3XK (2010)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When a beautiful woman is found dead in an alley, all clues point to her being a victim of the notorious Triple Killer. The Triple Killer, or 3XK, terrorized New York City four years ago, ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Roe | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 975

25. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Still (2013)

TV-14 | 41 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After tracking a killer to his apartment, Beckett steps on a bomb trigger and must stand in place while the bomb squad finds a way to defuse it. Castle stays with her, and they argue over who liked who first, via flashbacks.

Director: Bill Roe | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,176

Best clip-show episode ever! Full of Caskett goodness!

26. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Probable Cause (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After Tessa Horton is murdered in a bizarre fashion at her apartment, evidence piles up, all pointing at Castle. He denies knowing her, let alone having had an affair, but there are ... See full summary »

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 1,378

Best 3XK episode yet. Richard Castle has his best kick-ass, macho moment in shooting 3XK to oblivion..while protecting his darling Kate. Besides how good a twist was it when Rick orchestrated his very own escape from the clutches of 3XK & the NYPD!

27. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Nikki Heat (2011)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

An actress playing Nikki Heat shadows Castle and Beckett on the death of a matchmaker. Meanwhile, Ryan plans on proposing to Jenny.

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,138

28. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: When the Bough Breaks (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Illegal Czech immigrant Eliska Sokel's corpse is found hidden in a sewer, two days after her death. Her also-illegal ex, Teodor Hajek, explains she left him after their son died from a ... See full summary »

Director: John Terlesky | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 907

Richard Castle to Kate: "You are extraordinary!" and THAT Heat Wave dedication to Kate...a truly awwww moment.

29. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: A Rose for Everafter (2010)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A death of a bridesmaid reunites Castle with his long lost love.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 968

Kate...jealous of Rick's down-to-earth former one-true-love?

30. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Vampire Weekend (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A case near Halloween has Castle and Beckett investigating the death of a man in a graveyard, wearing fangs.

Director: Karen Gaviola | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,057

Cp. Malcolm Reynolds finally surfaces again, thanks to Nathan Fillion donning the costume from his cult-favorite character in Firefly!

31. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: A Chill Goes Through Her Veins (2009)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A frozen female corpse discovered at a new construction site transforms a cold five-year-old missing persons case into a current homicide investigation.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 1,041

Kate first opens up to Rick about her mother!

32. Castle (2009–2016)
Episode: Last Call (2010)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The death of a bar owner takes Castle and Beckett back in time to the prohibition era.

Director: Bryan Spicer | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Votes: 905

Prohibition-era smuggling, mob hits, gambling, a bit of flirty undercover work, 150-year-old whiskey, and a new watering hole for the precinct. Topped off with a rousing round of Billy Joel’s Piano Man by the gang.



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