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|Creator||Anthony E. Zuiker solely of original series, co-creator of spin-offs with
Ann Donahue and Carol Mendelsohn
|Original work||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
|Films and television|
|Television series||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
|Video games||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Dark Motives
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder
CSI: Hard Evidence
CSI: Deadly Intent
CSI: Crime City
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
|Exhibition||CSI: The Experience|
|Toys||CSI: Forensics Lab
CSI: DNA Laboratory
CSI: Forensic Facial
CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) is a media franchise of American television programs created by Anthony E. Zuiker and originally broadcast on CBS, all of which deal with forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and crimes committed.
The original series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which began in 2000, concluded its fifteenth season in February 2015. Its spin-off, and the second series within the franchise, was CSI: Miami, which ran for ten seasons between 2002 and 2012. It was canceled on May 13, 2012. The third series, CSI: NY, ran for nine seasons between 2004 and 2013. It was canceled on May 10, 2013 almost a year after its parent series. The fourth series in the franchise, CSI: Cyber, premiered in 2015 and stars Patricia Arquette. This series does not focus on crime scene investigators, but instead features FBI agents assigned to the Cyber Division at Quantico.
The main characters Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows from the original series were based upon real LVMPD Crime Scene Analysts, with the former based upon Senior Criminalist David Holstein, and the latter upon Senior Criminalist Yolanda McClary. Miami's Horatio Caine was loosely based upon LAPD bomb squad technician Detective John Haynes. Cyber's Avery Ryan was inspired by the work of cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken, who is attached to the series as a producer.
As of March 25, 2015, 768 episodes of the CSI franchise have aired.
The CSI franchise is available in 200 territories with an audience of two billion people, various spin-offs have been developed to cater for the market, including novels, comic books, and computer games.
The franchise has had a large cultural impact. It has spawned what has been called the "CSI effect", in which juries often have unreasonable expectations of real-life forensics because of what they have seen on CSI. Equally, the new-found popularity of forensics dramas on television has led to an increase in applications for courses dealing with forensic science or archaeological science—in the United Kingdom applications are up by 30%. The franchise is so influential that fellow CBS show How I Met Your Mother advertised itself as "not a Crime Scene Investigation show". In some ways the franchise may also fill a cultural need:
"We started in 2000 and it was a success, but our ratings really shot up after the September 11 attacks," Zuiker says in a documentary about the CSI phenomenon to be aired at Christmas . "People were rushing to us for their comfort food. There was a sense of justice in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – it helped to know that there were people like our characters out there helping to solve crimes. And, of course, 9/11 was the world's largest crime scene."
However, the "CSI effect" has a negative side, as criminals are frequently covering up evidence that could be used to trace them using techniques learned by watching CSI and other shows in the same genre.
The first series spun off the second and fourth via backdoor-pilot episodes; the second series spun off the third.
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13||14||15||2000–|
|Character||No. of episode appearances||Portrayer||First||Last|
|Russell, D.B.D.B. Russell||84||1||85||Danson, TedTed Danson||2011||Current|
|Finlay, JulieJulie Finlay||71||71||Shue, ElisabethElisabeth Shue||2012||Current|
|Sidle, SaraSara Sidle||295||295||Fox, JorjaJorja Fox||2000||Current|
|Sanders, GregGreg Sanders||333||333||Szmanda, EricEric Szmanda||2000||Current|
|Robbins, AlAl Robbins||328||328||Hall, Robert DavidRobert David Hall||2000||Current|
|Hodges, DavidDavid Hodges||247||247||Langham, WallaceWallace Langham||2003||Current|
|Phillips, DavidDavid Phillips||289||289||Berman, DavidDavid Berman||2000||Current|
|Brody, MorganMorgan Brody||85||85||Harnois, ElisabethElisabeth Harnois||2011||Current|
|Andrews, HenryHenry Andrews||126||126||Wellner, JonJon Wellner||2005||Current|
|Grissom, GilGil Grissom||196||196||Petersen, WilliamWilliam Petersen||2000||2013|
|Willows, CatherineCatherine Willows||264||264||Helgenberger, MargMarg Helgenberger||2000||2013|
|Brown, WarrickWarrick Brown||183||183||Dourdan, GaryGary Dourdan||2000||2008|
|Stokes, NickNick Stokes||335||335||Eads, GeorgeGeorge Eads||2000||2015|
|Brass, JimJim Brass||317||317||Guilfoyle, PaulPaul Guilfoyle||2000||2014|
|Curtis, SofiaSofia Curtis||52||52||Lombard, LouiseLouise Lombard||2004||2011|
|Adams, RileyRiley Adams||22||22||Smith, Lauren LeeLauren Lee Smith||2008||2009|
|Langston, RaymondRaymond Langston||61||1||1||63||Fishburne, LaurenceLaurence Fishburne||2008||2011|
|Simms, WendyWendy Simms||78||78||Vassey, LizLiz Vassey||2005||2010|
|Caine, HoratioHoratio Caine||1||232||1||234||Caruso, DavidDavid Caruso||2002||2012|
|Duquesne, CalleighCalleigh Duquesne||1||232||233||Procter, EmilyEmily Procter||2002||2012|
|Delko, EricEric Delko||1||221||222||Rodríguez, AdamAdam Rodríguez||2002||2012|
|Woods, AlexxAlexx Woods||1||145||146||Alexander, KhandiKhandi Alexander||2002||2009|
|Speedle, TimTim Speedle||1||50||51||Cochrane, RoryRory Cochrane||2002||2007|
|Donner, MeganMegan Donner||10||10||Delaney, KimKim Delaney||2002||2002|
|Salas, YelinaYelina Salas||60||60||Milos, SofiaSofia Milos||2003||2009|
|Wolfe, RyanRyan Wolfe||182||182||Togo, JonathanJonathan Togo||2004||2012|
|Tripp, FrankFrank Tripp||187||187||Linn, RexRex Linn||2003||2012|
|Boa Vista, NataliaNatalia Boa Vista||153||153||LaRue, EvaEva LaRue||2005||2012|
|Price, TaraTara Price||23||23||Echikunwoke, MegalynMegalyn Echikunwoke||2008||2009|
|Cardoza, JesseJesse Cardoza||25||25||Cibrian, EddieEddie Cibrian||2009||2010|
|Simmons, WalterWalter Simmons||63||63||Miller, Omar BensonOmar Benson Miller||2009||2012|
|Taylor, MacMac Taylor||1||2||197||200||Sinise, GaryGary Sinise||2004||2013|
|Bonasera, StellaStella Bonasera||1||140||141||Kanakaredes, MelinaMelina Kanakaredes||2004||2010|
|Messer, DannyDanny Messer||1||197||198||Giovinazzo, CarmineCarmine Giovinazzo||2004||2013|
|Burn, AidenAiden Burn||1||26||27||Ferlito, VanessaVanessa Ferlito||2004||2006|
|Hawkes, SheldonSheldon Hawkes||1||197||198||Harper, HillHill Harper||2004||2013|
|Flack, DonDon Flack||197||197||Cahill, EddieEddie Cahill||2004||2013|
|Monroe, LindsayLindsay Monroe||172||172||Belknap, AnnaAnna Belknap||2005||2013|
|Hammerback, SidSid Hammerback||168||168||Joy, RobertRobert Joy||2005||2013|
|Ross, AdamAdam Ross||141||141||Buckley, A. J.A. J. Buckley||2005||2013|
|Danville, JoJo Danville||57||57||Ward, SelaSela Ward||2010||2013|
|Avery Ryan||2||4||6||Arquette, PatriciaPatricia Arquette||2014||Current|
|Elijah Mundo||4||4||Van Der Beek, JamesJames Van Der Beek||2015||Current|
|Simon Sifter||4||4||MacNicol, PeterPeter MacNicol||2015||Current|
|Brody Nelson||4||4||Moss, ShadShad Moss||2015||Current|
|Daniel Krumitz||4||4||Koontz, CharleyCharley Koontz||2015||Current|
|Raven Ramirez||4||4||Kiyoko, HayleyHayley Kiyoko||2015||Current|
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Lab is a modern crime lab, and shares a building with the LVPD Police Department. It reports to the sheriff's office. In early episodes of season one, the lab is frequently referred to as the number-two crime lab in the United States, solving cases believed unsolvable.
- Supervisors: Jim Brass (pilot), Gil Grissom (1.02–season 9), Catherine Willows (seasons 5–6, 9–12), D.B. Russell (seasons 12–present)
- Assistant Supervisors: Gil Grissom (pilot), Catherine Willows (1.02–season 4, seasons 7–8), Sofia Curtis (seasons 5–6), Nick Stokes (seasons 10–11), Julie Finlay (seasons 12–present)
The Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Lab is the most modern of the three series, with slanted glass walls and multiple labs.
- Supervisor: Horatio Caine (pilot–season 10)
- Assistant Supervisors: Megan Donner (1.01–1.10), Calleigh Duquesne (1.11–season 10)
The New York City Police Department CSI unit is the only team to have had two labs. The first was in an old building in which rustic brick contrasted against new, flat-paneled walls and top-of-the-range lab equipment. The second lab is on the 35th floor of a high-rise building with glass walls and state-of-the-art equipment. Part of the second lab was blown up in the season three finale, "Snow Day", but was restored.
- Supervisor: Mac Taylor (pilot–season 9)
- Assistant Supervisor: Stella Bonasera (seasons 1–6), Jo Danville (seasons 7–9)
The FBI Cyber Division operates out of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and is housed in the Cyber Threat Operations Center. The CTOC consists of Avery Ryan's office, a communications center, a cyber lab, and a 'tear-down room' housing the desks of Krumitz, Nelson, and Ramirez. The Office of the Medical Examiner is equipped, as in New York, with holographic technologies.
- Deputy Assistant Director: Simon Sifter (season 1– )
- Special Agent in Charge: Avery Ryan (pilot– )
The opening themes for all four series are remixes of songs performed by the rock band, The Who.
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||"Who Are You"|
|CSI: Miami||"Won't Get Fooled Again"|
|CSI: NY||"Baba O'Riley"|
|CSI: Cyber||"I Can See For Miles"|
Crossovers are possible between CSI series, as well as with other programs within the same creative stable. Between the series, the baton is passed to the new CSI series via a crossover/pilot where cases are overlapped and personnel are shared. Three actors have appeared in three of the series: David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, and Gary Sinise. Many actors have appeared in two. Crossovers have also, on occasion, taken place between a CSI series and a series outside the franchise.
Within the franchise
|Crossover between||Episode||Type||Actors crossing over||Date aired|
|Series A||Series B||Series C|
|CSI||CSI: Miami||N/A||"Cross Jurisdictions"
|Backdoor pilot||Series A: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodríguez, Rory Cochrane, Khandi Alexander||May 9, 2002|
|Catherine and Warrick team up with Horatio Caine to investigate the murder of Las Vegas' former chief and the kidnapping of his wife and daughter following a wild party.|
|CSI: Miami||CSI: NY||N/A||"MIA/NYC NonStop"
(CSI: Miami 2.23)
|Backdoor pilot||Series A: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Vanessa Ferlito, Hill Harper||May 17, 2004|
|Horatio travels to New York, believing it to be the residence of someone who committed a double homicide. He's assisted by Mac Taylor, who suspects that the crimes in Miami might be connected to the murder of an undercover New York cop.|
|CSI: Miami||CSI: NY||N/A||"Felony Flight"
(CSI: Miami 4.07)
(CSI: NY 2.07)
|Crossover||Series A: Gary Sinise
Series B: David Caruso
|Nov 7, 2005
Nov 9, 2005
|A convicted serial killer, Henry Darius, sabotages and escapes an airplane that was flying him from New York to Miami, where he supposedly buried a body. After fleeing the crash site, he goes on a killing spree and abducts a college student. Since Darius was originally arrested in New York, Mac Taylor arrives in Miami to help Horatio track the killer down. Darius murders a group of teens in a luxury apartment where he tries to rob a security vault.|
|CSI: Miami||CSI: NY||CSI||"Bone Voyage"
(CSI: Miami 8.07)
(CSI: NY 6.07)
"The Lost Girls"
|CSI: Trilogy crossover||Series A & B: Laurence Fishburne||Nov 9, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
|Ray Langston arrives in Miami to investigate a severed leg found in the Everglades that belonged to a girl who disappeared in Las Vegas a week before. He discovers a human-trafficking ring that specializes in black-market organ harvesting that leads him to New York, where he assists Mac in attempting to free a hostage. Ray returns to Las Vegas to find a missing girl who's been taken by the human traffickers and may be part of a prostitution ring.|
|CSI||CSI: NY||N/A||"In Vino Veritas"
"Seth and Apep"
(CSI: NY 9.15)
|Crossover||Series A: Gary Sinise
Series B: Ted Danson
|Feb 6, 2013
Feb 8, 2013
|Mac Taylor visits Las Vegas to surprise his girlfriend, Christine, who's missing upon his arrival. It turns out she was kidnapped in New York before the trip and a look-alike took her place. D.B Russell insists on accompanying Mac back to New York to help find her.|
|Backdoor pilot||Series A: Patricia Arquette||Apr 30, 2014|
|Avery Ryan, a Special Agent attached to the FBI Cyber division, travels to Las Vegas when the murder of a casino mogul's wife is linked to an UnSub she has been tracking who commits crimes on the internet that play out in the real world.|
|CSI||CSI: Cyber||N/A||"The Twin Paradox"
|Crossover||Series A: Patricia Arquette||Nov 16, 2014|
|Finlay leads the CSI team in a hunt for Seattle's notorious Gig Harbor Killer, while Russell meets with colleague Avery Ryan for advice on how to catch a mentally unstable serial killer.|
With other series
|Crossover between||Episode||Type||Actors crossing over||Date aired|
|Series A||Series B|
|CSI: NY||Cold Case||"Cold Reveal"
(CSI: NY 3.22)
|Crossover||Series A: Danny Pino||May 2, 2007|
|When Stella Bonasera's DNA matches evidence found during a Cold Case investigation in Philadelphia, Detective Scotty Valens visits the New York Crime Lab in order to rule her out as a homicide suspect.|
|CSI||Without a Trace||"Who and What"
"Where and Why"
(Without a Trace 6.06)
|Crossover||Series A: Anthony LaPaglia
Series B: William Petersen
|Nov 8, 2007|
|Jack Malone joins forces with Grissom to track a serial killer since a boy who was kidnapped in New York six years before matches the profile of a Las Vegas murder victim. The two of them establish the killer's pattern of behavior to track him down.|
|Two and a Half Men||CSI||"Fish in a Drawer"
(Two and a Half Men 5.17)
"Two and a Half Deaths"
|Crossover||Series A: George Eads
Series B: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones
|May 5, 2008
May 8, 2008
|The two shows' writers swapped roles. George Eads appears in "Fish in a Drawer" as a wedding guest when a man is found dead, possibly murdered. In "Two and a Half Deaths" Grissom investigates the death of a sitcom diva who was filming in Las Vegas. Sheen, Cryer, and Jones appear as their characters wearing the same clothes from "Fish in a Drawer".|
|CSI||MythBusters||"Theory of Everything"
"Fireball Stun Gun"
|Crossover||Series A: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage||May 1, 2008
Jun 2, 2010
|The team investigates an abundance of cases that turn out to be related, including the death of a man who may have spontaneously combusted in police custody due to the combination of two supposedly nonlethal weapons: pepper spray and a stun gun. Hyneman and Savage appear in "Theory of Everything" as lab technicians watching Nick test the idea and then later on MythBusters tested it themselves in earnest and found it plausible.|
In the UK, Channel 5 edited together several two-part episodes to make one whole feature. These include:
|Series||Title||Episodes edited together||Runtime|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||The CSI Pilot Movie||"Pilot" / "Cool Change"|
|The CSI Movie: Grave Danger||"Grave Danger (Part 1)" / "Grave Danger (Part 2)"|
|The CSI Movie: Bullet||"A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 1)" /
"A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 2)"
|The CSI Movie: Bang-Bang||"Bang-Bang" / "Way to Go"||110 mins|
|The CSI Movie: Built to Kill||"Built to Kill (Part 1)" / "Built to Kill (Part 2)"||110 mins|
|The CSI Movie: Dr Who & Mr Jekyll||"Doctor Who" / "Meat Jekyll"||105 mins|
|CSI: Miami||The CSI Movie: Crisis||"No Man's Land" / "Man Down"||105 mins|
|The CSI Movie: Fallen||'"All Fall Down" / "Fallen"||105 mins|
|CSI: NY||The CSI Movie: Revenge||"Nothing for Something" / "Life Sentence"||100 mins|
The CSI franchise has spawned 11 computer games across the three shows.
Gameloft has also published a series of mobile games based on the CSI series, including CSI: The Mobile Game (Vegas) and CSI: Miami.
In addition, several board games and puzzles based on all three series have seen release, all published by Canadian game manufacturer Specialty Board Games, Inc. In 2011, the CSI Board Game was released by another Canadian company, GDC–GameDevCo Ltd. It is the first game to include all three CSI shows.
Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry opened an exhibit in CSI's honor on May 25, 2007 called: "CSI: The Experience". Starting in October 2011 it will be at Discovery Times Square in New York City. There is also a game on the website where you are trained in forensic biology, weapons and tool mark analyses, toxicology and the autopsy.
Various novelizations have appeared based on the series. Authors include Max Allan Collins (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Donn Cortez (CSI: Miami), Stuart M. Kaminsky (CSI: NY), and Keith R.A. DeCandido (CSI: NY).
Titan Magazines published 11 issues of CSI Magazine starting in November 2007. They contained a mixture of features and interviews looking into the world of the three CSIs and the people who help create it. They were available in the UK and US.
A range of toys have been developed. These include:
- "CSI: Forensics Lab"
- "CSI: DNA Laboratory"
- "CSI: Forensic Facial"
However, they have been the source of some controversy. The Parents Television Council, who have complained about CSI in general, and in 2004 released a statement specifically aimed at the toys. The PTC e-mailed letters to their supporters, telling them the content of the games were entirely inappropriate for children to be exposed to "because the CSI franchise often displays graphic images, including close-ups of corpses with gunshot wounds and other bloody injuries." The letter went on to say "The PTC doesn't think the recreation of blood, guts and gore should be under a child's Christmas tree this year," PTC concluded. "This so-called 'toy' is a blatant attempt to market CSI and its adult-oriented content directly to children."
In urging members to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, PTC said CBS parent company Viacom needed to hear from parents who are concerned about the "graphic scenes of blood, violence, and sex" in their product. They also asked their supporters to contact Target and Toys "R" Us.
Producers announced intentions to break the Guinness World Record for largest ever TV simulcast drama on March 4, 2015, with the episode "Kitty" airing in 150 countries in addition to digital streaming. They succeeded in breaking the record by airing CSI: Cyber 's backdoor pilot in 171 countries.
Because of the popularity of the CSI franchise in the United Kingdom, Channel 5 created two documentaries about CSI. The first one called The Real CSI follows real crime scene investigators as they work on crime scene. The second documentary, True CSI, features true tales of how forensic science has helped solve some of the world's best known crimes. True CSI had actors re-enacting the crime as well as interviews with people involved in the solving of the crimes themselves. Cases featured included the Sam Sheppard case.
In early 2007, British channel itv1 broadcast a special of its flagship documentary Tonight With Trevor McDonald discussing the ramifications of the "CSI effect", highlighting the effect not only of the franchise but of several other British and American TV police procedurals.
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- Further reading
As well as fictional books based on the franchise there have also been a number of guides published:
- Flaherty, Mike, and Corinne Marrinan (September 2004). CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Companion. Pocket Books, ISBN 0-7434-6741-8.
- Marrinan, Corinne, and Steve Parker (October 2006). Ultimate CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 1-4053-1672-1.
- Cortez, Donn, and Leah Wilson, eds. (December 2006). Investigating CSI: An Unauthorized Look Inside the Crime Labs of Las Vegas, Miami, and New York. Smart Pop series, BenBella Books, ISBN 1-932100-93-8.
- Allen, Michael (August 2007). Reading CSI: Crime TV Under the Microscope. I.B. Tauris, ISBN 1-84511-428-0.
- Cohan, Steven (December 2008). CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. BFI TV Classics, BFI Publishing, ISBN 1-84457-255-2.