NCIS: Los Angeles

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NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS- Los Angeles - Logo.svg
Created by Shane Brennan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 142 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Shane Brennan[1]
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s) Shane Brennan Productions
CBS Television Studios
Belisarius Productions[2]
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
First shown in U.S
Original release September 22, 2009 – present
Related shows NCIS
NCIS: New Orleans
External links
Official website

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009.[3]

NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS,[4][5][6][7][8] itself a spinoff of another CBS series, JAG. On October 7, 2009, CBS gave the series a full-season pickup, extending the first season to 22 episodes.[9][10][11] The season was extended again on November 4, 2009, when CBS announced its order for an additional two episodes.[12]

Season 2 began airing on September 21, 2010.[13] On May 18, 2011, CBS renewed the series for a third season.[14] On August 18, 2011, CBS announced that the series would crossover by having Daniela Ruah guest star as Kensi Blye on Hawaii Five-0.[15] On January 11, 2012, CBS announced that the series would do a second crossover with Hawaii Five-0 by having Daniel Dae Kim and Scott Caan guest star on an episode in May which occurred in May 2012 with the Hawaii Five-0 Season 2 episode "Pa Make Loa" and the NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3 episode "Touch of Death".[16]

On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed NCIS: Los Angeles for a fourth season.[17] On February 6, 2013 Miguel Ferrer was promoted to a series regular for the next season.[18] On March 27, 2013, CBS renewed NCIS: Los Angeles for a fifth season, which premiered on September 24, 2013. On March 13, 2014, CBS renewed the series for a sixth season,[19] when it moved from Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. to Mondays at 10:00 p.m. Season 6 premiered on September 29, 2014.[20]


The series follows the exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects (OSP), an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments.


Part of the cast in 2012. From left: Barrett Foa, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen and Renée Felice Smith.

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.[8] 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.[8][21] This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the introduction of NCIS, which was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG.

Chris O'Donnell plays the lead character, G. Callen, OSP's Supervisory Special Agent, whose natural talent for undercover work is legendary.[22] LL Cool J plays the role of Senior Field Agent Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL, who is fluent in Arabic and an expert on Middle Eastern culture.[7] Daniela Ruah plays Junior Special Agent Kensi Blye. Adam Jamal Craig playing rookie field agent Dominic Vail was credited as a regular through the first dozen episodes of season one, but was subsequently written out of the show,[23] and the character was killed off in episode 21. Eric Christian Olsen plays LAPD Detective Marty Deeks, the team's liaison with the Los Angeles Police Department. Olsen appeared in two episodes of the first season as a guest star, and joined the cast full-time in season two as Craig's replacement.

Peter Cambor plays Nate Getz, the team's operational psychologist, who supports their missions through surveillance and profiling of targets and ongoing monitoring of the OSP team members' mental health. Cambor was listed as a main cast member throughout the first season but was downgraded to recurring status at the start of season 2.

The cast is rounded out by Linda Hunt playing the OSP's operations manager Hetty Lange, a legendary former intelligence agent with a mysterious past, and Barrett Foa as Eric Beale, the team's tech operator and resident geek. Beale was joined by intelligence analyst Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith) in season 2, whilst Miguel Ferrer joined the cast as NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger in season 3.

Louise Lombard, who had originated in the role of NCIS operations manager Lara Macy in the back-door pilot, was not picked up as a regular in the new series, and the character was killed off in an episode of NCIS.[24][25][26]

Rocky Carroll, who plays Director Leon Vance on NCIS, appeared in five of the first thirteen episodes.[27][28] He made a seventh appearance in "Hunted". Vance appeared in the season 2 finale and season 3 premiere. He made his tenth appearance during the sixth season.


Actor Character Occupation Position Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Chris O'Donnell G. Callen Special Agent Supervisory Special Agent Main
Daniela Ruah Kensi Blye Field Agent Main
Peter Cambor Nate Getz Operational Psychologist Main Recurring
Eric Christian Olsen Marty Deeks LAPD Detective Liaison Recurring Main
Adam Jamal Craig Dominic Vail Special Agent Probationary Agent Main N/A
Barrett Foa Eric Beale Technical Operator Main
Renée Felice Smith Nell Jones Intelligence Analyst N/A Main
Miguel Ferrer Owen Granger Special Agent Assistant Director N/A Recurring Main
Linda Hunt Hetty Lange Special Agent in Charge, Operations Manager Main
LL Cool J Sam Hanna Senior Field Agent Main
Rocky Carroll Leon Vance Special Agent NCIS Director Recurring N/A Recurring
Brian Avers Mike Renko Field Agent Recurring N/A Recurring N/A
Claire Forlani Lauren Hunter Special Agent in Charge, Operations Manager N/A Recurring N/A


Actor Character Occupation Season(s)
Kathleen Rose Perkins Rose Schwartz L.A. County Coroner 1–4
Ronald Auguste Moe Dusa Sam's Sudanese "brother" 1–2
Vyto Ruginis Arkady Kolchek Retired Russian operative 1–6


Actor Character Occupation Notes
Louise Lombard Lara Macy Operations Manager Character transferred before series start; found dead in NCIS episode "Patriot Down".


Filming the pilot episode in 2009.

"Identity", the show's first episode, garnered 18.73 million viewers with a 4.4/11 share in the 18–49 year old demographic and therefore won its timeslot. It was the second most watched show of the week, behind only the original NCIS.[29]

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."[30] 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."[31]

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."[32] 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."[33] 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."[34] 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.[35]


Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
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[36] May 25, 2010 13.12[37] 2009–10 9 16.08[38]
2 24 September 21, 2010 15.76[39] May 17, 2011 15.61[40] 2010–11 7 16.54[41]
3 24 September 20, 2011 16.71[42] May 15, 2012 15.19[43] 2011–12 7 16.01[44]
4 24 September 25, 2012 16.74[45] May 14, 2013 13.52[46] 2012–13 4 17.31[47]
5 24 September 24, 2013 16.35[48] May 13, 2014 14.85[49] 2013–14 4 16.03[50]
6 Monday 10:00 pm/9c 24[51] September 29, 2014 9.48[52] May 18, 2015[53] TBA 2014–15

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2010[54][55][56] 36th People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show Won
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J Nominated
Choice Actress Action Daniela Ruah Nominated
2010 Portuguese Golden Globes Revelation Daniela Ruah Won
2011[57] 2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show Won
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J Nominated
Choice Actress Action Linda Hunt Won
2012[58] 64th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Stunt Direction Troy James Brown Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Show Nominated
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J Nominated
Choice Actress Action Linda Hunt Won
2013[59] 2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Action Won
Choice Actor Action LL Cool J Won


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Intro 2 April 28, 2009 (2009-04-28) May 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)
1 24 September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
2 24 September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)
3 24 September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20) May 15, 2012 (2012-05-15)
4 24 September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25) May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)
5 24 September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
6 24[51] September 29, 2014 (2014-09-29) May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)[60]

Potential spin-off[edit]

On November 5, 2012, reported the first news about a spin-off of NCIS: Los Angeles titled NCIS: Red. The new characters were introduced during a two-part episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. The spin-off was to feature a team of mobile agents, who travel around the country to solve crimes.[61] This would have been the third successive spin-off, with NCIS: Los Angeles being a spin-off of NCIS, which itself was a spin-off of JAG. However, on May 15, 2013, CBS confirmed that NCIS: Red was officially passed on and would not be moving forward.[62]

Home video releases[edit]

The first five seasons have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4, and Season 1 was released on Blu-ray Disc in Region A. The first season DVD release includes the two-part pilot episode that aired as part of the sixth season of NCIS, which were also included on the Season 6 DVD of NCIS. All releases are distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.

International distribution[edit]


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