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NCIS is an American television drama that has aired on CBS since September 23, 2003. It was a spin-off series of JAG.

The series has spawned two spin-off series, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

Synopsis

Set in Washington, D.C., "NCIS" is about a special unit of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that catches wrongdoers with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Cast

  • Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
  • Michael Weatherly as Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo (Season 1-13)
  • Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto (Season 1-15)
  • Sean Murray as Timothy McGee (Season 2-current, recurring season 1)
  • David McCallum as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard
  • Cote de Pablo as Ziva David (Seasons 3-11)
  • Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop (Seasons 11-current)
  • Rocky Carroll as Director Leon Vance (Season 6-current, recurring season 5)
  • Lauren Holly as Director Jenny Shepard (Seasons 3-5)
  • Sasha Alexander as Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Seasons 1-2)
  • Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer (Season 10-current, recurring season 2-9)
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Nicolas "Nick" Torres (Season 14-current)
  • Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn (Season 14)
  • Duane Henry as Clayton Reeves (Season 14-15)
  • Maria Bello as Jacqueline "Jackie" Sloane (Season 15.4-current)

Seasons overview

Season Episodes First air date Last air date
Intro 2 April 22, 2003 April 29, 2003
Season 1 23 September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004
Season 2 23 September 28, 2004 May 24, 2005
Season 3 24 September 20, 2005 May 16, 2006
Season 4 25 September 19, 2006 May 22, 2007
Season 5 19 September 25, 2007 May 20, 2008
Season 6 22 September 23, 2008 May 19, 2009
Season 7 24 September 22, 2009 May 25, 2010
Season 8 24 September 21, 2010 May 17, 2011
Season 9 24 September 20, 2011 May 15, 2012
Season 10 24 September 25, 2012 May 14, 2013
Season 11 24 September 24, 2013 May 13, 2014
Season 12 24 September 23, 2014 May 12, 2015
Season 13 24 September 22, 2015 May 17, 2016
Season 14 24 September 20, 2016 May 16, 2017
Season 15 24 September 26, 2017 May 22, 2018
Season 16 24 September 25, 2018 May 21, 2019
Season 17 20 September 24, 2019

Production

Name

Prior to the launch of the first season, advertisements on CBS identified the show as "Naval CIS". By the time of the launch of the first episode, NCIS was airing under the name Navy NCIS, the name it held for the entire first season. Since the "N" in NCIS stands for "Naval", the name "Navy NCIS" was redundant. The decision to use this name was reportedly made by CBS, over the objections of Bellisario, to:

  • Attract new viewers (particularly those of JAG), who might not know the NCIS abbreviation
  • Distinguish between NCIS and the similarly themed and similarly spelled CBS series CSI and its spinoffs. (The original title, for instance, was often misquoted and parodied as "Navy CSI", something the show itself referenced in the first episode.)

Flair

From the season-two episode "Lt. Jane Doe" onwards, the series began showing two-second-long black-and-white clips. These clips are shown at the beginning of every segment depicting the last two seconds of that segment, a segment being the five or six portions of the show meant to be separated by commercials. In the season-three premiere, "Kill Ari (Part I)", a freeze-frame shot was also used with the very end of most episodes turned into a freeze frame, as well.

Reception

Ratings

Broadcast ratings
Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Original airing Live television ratings
Season premiere Season finale TV season Viewers
(in millions)
Rank
(viewers)
Key demographics
(18–49)
1st 23 Tuesday 8:00 PM September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 2003–04 11.84 26th Template:N/a
2nd 23 September 28, 2004 May 24, 2005 2004–05 13.57 22nd Template:N/a
3rd 24 September 20, 2005 May 16, 2006 2005–06 15.27 16th Template:N/a
4th 24 September 19, 2006 May 22, 2007 2006–07 14.54 20th Template:N/a
5th 19 September 25, 2007 May 20, 2008 2007–08 14.41 14th Template:N/a
6th 25 September 23, 2008 May 19, 2009 2008–09 17.77 5th Template:N/a
7th 24 September 22, 2009 May 25, 2010 2009–10 19.33 4th 4.1
8th 24 September 21, 2010 May 17, 2011 2010–11 19.46 5th 4.1
9th 24 September 20, 2011 May 15, 2012 2011–12 19.49 3rd 4.01
10th 24 September 25, 2012 May 14, 2013 2012–13 21.34 1st 4.0
11th 24 September 24, 2013 May 13, 2014 2013–14 19.77 3rd 3.3
12th 24 September 23, 2014 May 12, 2015 2014–15 18.25 3rd
13th 24 September 22, 2015 May 17, 2016 2015–16 16.61 3rd 2.2
14th 24 September 20, 2016 May 16, 2017 2016–17 14.63 3rd TBA
15th 24 September 26, 2017 May 22, 2018 2017–18
16th 24 September 25, 2018 May 21, 2019 2018-19
17th 20 September 24, 2019 2019-20

Awards and Achievements

Throughout its run, "NCIS" has received many awards and nominations since it premiered on September 23, 2003 including the ALMA Awards, ASCAP Awards, BMI Film & TV Awards, Emmy Awards and the People's Choice Awards.

External links

Videos

NCIS Seasons 1-14 Intros Openings

NCIS Seasons 1-14 Intros Openings

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