NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television drama that aired on CBS since September 22, 2009. This was a spin-off series of NCIS.


In the first spin-off of "NCIS," the show is about undercover surveillance agents at the Office of Special Projects division of NCIS apprehend dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation's security.



  • Chris O'Donnell as Special Agent G Callen
  • LL Cool J as Special Agent Sam Hanna
  • Daniela Ruah as Special Agent Kensi Blye
  • Barrett Foa as Eric Beal
  • Eric Christian Olsen as Marty Deeks (Season 2-current)
  • Renee Felice Smith as Nell Jones (Season 2-current)
  • Linda Hunt as Henrietta "Hetty" Lange
  • Miguel Ferrer as Assistant Director Owen Granger (Season 5-8, recurring previously)
  • Peter Cambor as Operational Psychologist Nate "Doc" Getz (Season 1, recurring thereafter)
  • Adam Jamal Craig as Special Agent Dominic Vail (Season 1)
  • Nia Long as Shay Mosley (Season 9-10)

Extended / Recurring

  • Claire Forlani as Lauren Hunter (season 3)
  • Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance
  • Andrea Bordeaux as Harley Hidoko

Season overview

Season Episodes First air date Last air date
Intro 2 April 28, 2009 May 5, 2009
Season 1 24 September 22, 2009 May 25, 2010
Season 2 24 September 21, 2010 May 17, 2011
Season 3 24 September 20, 2011 May 15, 2012
Season 4 24 September 25, 2012 May 14, 2013
Season 5 24 September 24, 2013 May 13, 2014
Season 6 24 September 29, 2014 May 18, 2015
Season 7 24 September 21, 2015 May 2, 2018
Season 8 24 September 25, 2016 May 14, 2017
Season 9 24 October 1, 2017 May 20, 2018
Season 10 24 September 30, 2018 May 19, 2019
Season 11 24 September 29, 2019



Special Agent G. Callen was initially a CIA operative created by Shane Brennan for a series that was never produced. After taking over show runner duties previously held by Donald P. Bellisario on NCIS, he used the potential of a spin-off to bring his story to fruition.

Brennan intended for the series to hold a Miami Vice-esque vibe through its two co-leads, Callen and Agent Sam Hanna. However, the character of Lara Macy was written to serve as a parallel for Gibbs, the lead of the original NCIS team. Macy was portrayed by Louise Lombard in the backdoor pilot, but she was not featured in the actual spin-off, and Brennan was able to produce the show as he originally envisioned it.

The show was known as NCIS: Legend while in production (referring to the episodes of NCIS in which the spin-off was introduced), and other names considered included OSP: Office of Special Projects, NCIS: OSP and NCIS: Undercover. Filming started in February 2009, with the characters being introduced in the two-part NCIS episode titled "Legend", the first part of which aired on April 28, 2009. This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the way NCIS was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG.


Critical response

"Identity", the series' first episode, garnered 18.73 million viewers with a 4.4/11 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and therefore won its timeslot. It was the second most watched show of the week, behind only the original NCIS.

Reviews for the show have been mixed. It has a score of 59/100 on Metacritic. According to Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, "The crime is intriguing and multifaceted, its resolution requiring a nice balance of street smarts and lots of gunfire. But as with the original "NCIS", the emphasis is on the characters of the team... Los Angeles, meanwhile, looks fabulous, a pleasing mixture of noir and gridlock, and there's an air of stability that's comforting in these uncertain times." The New York Daily News reviewer, David Hinckley, was more critical of the show saying that although "It all adds up to an hour of decent entertainment, and there's room for enough character development to give "NCIS: Los Angeles" a personality of its own, ... a premiere episode shouldn't feel even a little like something we've already seen."

Tom Shales of The Washington Post felt that, "NCIS: Los Angeles gets the job done ... It's a procedural that follows strictly the established procedure, but it has likable characters, dislikable bad guys and the occasional flabbergasting shot of L.A." Robert Bianco of USA Today summarized it as a "serviceable hour that takes the NCIS formula—a light tone and a lot of banter wrapped around a fairly rudimentary investigatory plot—and transfers it to a special, undercover NCIS division in Los Angeles. Nothing more, but also nothing less." The Hollywood Reporter compared the show to The A-Team with "the same lighthearted approach to life-or-death situations. Maybe the biggest change is that 'NCIS: L.A.' achieves its inevitably favorable outcomes with a little more intellect and a little less testosterone." IGN stated that although "NCIS: Los Angeles doesn't exactly reinvent the police procedural... it's another above-average entry, aided by the fact that the people behind the show know what they're doing" and ultimately gave the episode a 7.7/10.


Seasonal ratings table
Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday
9:00 pm/8c
24 September 22, 2009 18.73 May 25, 2010 13.12 2009–10 9 16.08
2 24 September 21, 2010 15.76 May 17, 2011 15.61 2010–11 7 16.54
3 24 September 20, 2011 16.71 May 15, 2012 15.19 2011–12 7 16.01
4 24 September 25, 2012 16.74 May 14, 2013 13.52 2012–13 4 17.31
5 24 September 24, 2013 16.35 May 13, 2014 14.85 2013–14 4 16.03
6 Monday
10:00 pm/9c
24 September 29, 2014 9.48 May 18, 2015 9.33 2014–15 27 11.72<
7 24 September 21, 2015 7.89 May 2, 2016 8.10 2015–16 24 11.11
8 Sunday
8:00 pm/7c
24 September 25, 2016 10.34 May 14, 2017 9.40 2016–17 11 12.51
9 Sunday
9:00 pm/8c
24 October 1, 2017 8.95 May 20, 2018 7.82 2017–18
10 24 September 30, 2018 8.75 May 19, 2019 5.28 2018-19
11 September 29, 2019 6.44 2019-20

Awards & Achievements

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama (nominated)
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show (won)
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J (nominated)
Choice Actress Action Daniela Ruah (nominated)
Portuguese Golden Globes Revelation Daniela Ruah (won) [Citation needed]
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show (won)
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J (nominated)
Choice Actress Action Linda Hunt Template:Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Direction Troy James Brown (nominated)
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show (nominated)
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J (nominated)
Choice Actress Action Linda Hunt (won)
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show Template:Won
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J (won)

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