NCIS is a American police procedural drama created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill, starring Mark Harmon in his lead role. It was produced by Bellisarius Prod. and CBS Television Studios, also distributed by CBS Television Distribution. It is a spin-off in the legal drama series JAG.

The show first aired on September 23, 2003 and as of 2017, it has aired for 14 seasons and 330 episodes.

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

Synopsis Edit

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 Edit

  • Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
  • Michael Weatherly as Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo (season 1-13)
  • Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
  • Sean Murray as Timothy McGee (season 2-current, previous recur)
  • 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)
  • 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, previous recur)
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Nicolas "Nick" Torres (season 14-current)
  • Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn (season 14)
  • Maria Bello as Jacqueline "Jackie" Sloane (season 15.4-current)

Episode numbers Edit

Production Edit

Name Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

Ratings Edit

Broadcast ratings
Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Original airing Live television ratings
Season premiere Season finale TV season Viewers
(in millions)
Key demographics
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
13th 24 September 26, 2017 2017–18

Awards & Achievements Edit

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 Edit


NCIS Seasons 1-14 Intros Openings10:42

NCIS Seasons 1-14 Intros Openings

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