NCIS: Los Angeles (season 1)

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NCIS: Los Angeles (season 1)
NCIS Los Angeles Season 1.jpg
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)[1]
Region 2 August 2, 2010 (2010-08-02)
Region 4 August 19, 2010 (2010-08-19)
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)
Season chronology
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List of NCIS: Los Angeles episodes

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009.[2] The series is set in Los Angeles, California, and follows the stories of the members of the Office of Special Projects, an undercover division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).[3] The show and its characters were introduced during the sixth season episodes of NCIS titled "Legend (Part I)" and "Legend (Part II)". These episodes served as a backdoor pilot for the series.[4]

The series' first season was originally planned to have thirteen episodes. On October 7, 2009, after rating as the most watched new show of the Fall 2009 U.S. television season, CBS ordered a full set of 22 episodes,[5] which was extended to 24 episodes on November 4, 2009.[6]

Crew[edit]

The first season was produced by CBS Television Studios and Shane Brennan Productions and aired on the CBS network. The series was created by Shane Brennan as a spin of from NCIS, which was created by Donald P. Bellisario. Brennan and R. Scott Gemmill served as executive producers.[7] The writers were Brennan, Gemmill, Dave Kalstein, Gil Grant, Speed Weed, Lindsay Sturman, Tim Clemente, Joseph C. Wilson, and Matt Pyken. Brennan served as the season's show runner.[8]

Cast[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
G. Callen Chris O'Donnell entire season N/A
Kensi Blye Daniela Ruah entire season N/A
Nate Getz Peter Cambor entire season N/A
Dominic Vail Adam Jamal Craig episodes 1–12 episode 21
Eric Beal Barrett Foa episode 13 onwards episodes 1–12
Hetty Lange Linda Hunt entire season N/A
Sam Hanna LL Cool J entire season N/A
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll N/A episodes 1, 5, 7–9, 22
Rose Schwartz Kathleen Rose Perkins N/A episodes 2, 11
Abby Sciuto Pauley Perrette N/A episodes 5, 9
Arkady Kolcheck Vyto Ruginis N/A episode 7
Mike Renko Brian Avers N/A episodes 8, 15, 23
Thompson Jeronimo Spinx N/A episode 8
Mowahd "Moe" Dusa Ronald Auguste N/A episodes 11, 21, 22
Marty Deeks Eric Christian Olsen N/A episodes 19, 20
Nassir Tom Winter N/A episode 21

The first season had 7 actors get star billing. Chris O'Donnell portrayed G. Callen, an NCIS Special Agent in charge of the Office of Special Projects team in Los Angeles.[9] Though his friends call him "G" he does not know what his first name is. LL Cool J portrays Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL working as a Senior NCIS agent.[9] Sam is G's partner and is very curious about his past. Daniela Ruah portrayed Kensi Blye, a Junior Field agent on the NCIS Office of Special Projects who comes from a Marine family, studied forensics and criminology in college, and is fluent in Portuguese, lip reading, and Morse code.[10] Adam Jamal Craig portrayed Dominic "Dom" Vail, the team's rookie agent.[11] After his character disappeared in the episode "Missing" he was changed to a guest star.[12] He was written out of the show in the episode "Found" when Dom was fatally wounded while trying to escape from his kidnappers. Peter Cambor portrayed Dr. Nathaniel "Nate" Getz, the operational psychologist working with NCIS observing surveillance tapes and watching or conducting interrogations in order to create psychological profiles of suspects.[10] Nate briefly expressed interest in doing field work but was dissuaded by everyone on the team. Barrett Foa portrayed Eric Beal, the technical operator for the OSP who serves as the primary contact both for agents in the field and with Director Leon Vance.[13] Foa was changed from guest starring to a starring role as of the thirteenth episode of the season. Linda Hunt portrayed Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, the Operations Manager at NCIS in Los Angeles.[9] Hetty has been compared to the character Q in the James Bond novels and films.[14][15]

Rocky Carroll had a recurring role as Leon Vance,[16] the Director of NCIS.

Brian Avers appeared in three episodes as Special Agent Mike Renko;[17] Pauley Perrette appeared in two episodes as Abby Sciuto,[18] the forensic specialist at NCIS headquarters. Eric Christian Olsen guest starred in two episodes as Marty Deeks,[19] the NCIS / LAPD Liaison Officer.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Identity" James Whitmore, Jr. Shane Brennan September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) 101 18.73[20]
Having successfully recovered from his near-fatal shooting at the end of the pilot episode, "Legend", Callen rejoins the OSP team whose headquarters has since moved to a new location. His first case back involves a Navy commander who was kidnapped by a drug cartel and eventually killed in a shootout between the cartel and members of the LAPD. The team soon discover that the commander's actions might have jeopardized a highly-classified military operation against various drug cartels in Mexico and also put the life of his young niece in great danger, forcing the team to race against the clock to find and save the young girl before it's too late.
2 2 "The Only Easy Day" Terrence O'Hara R. Scott Gemmill September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29) 102 17.42[21]
Sam is left feeling betrayed when he learns that a military-style hit on a drug dealer was carried by a group of former SEALs, people that Sam himself trained but the double-crossing might run much deeper than originally thought and might even involve a member of the LAPD.
3 3 "Predator" Tony Wharmby Dave Kalstein October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06) 104 16.31[22]
During a Marine Corps training exercise an MQ-1 Predator and Hellfire missile are hijacked and soon stolen which leaves a Marine dead. The team are forced to step into the hacker underworld in order to find out answers and also rescue the missiles before they fall into enemy hands, therefore putting the entire country at risk from a rogue missile attack.
4 4 "Search and Destroy" Steve Boyum Gil Grant October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13) 105 15.32[23]
A mentally unstable Iraq war veteran arrives in L.A and his actions trigger a series of killings. As the team look for the ex-Marine, a private security firm, with its own private yet deadly agenda muscles in, threatening the case.
5 5 "Killshot" David Barrett Shane Brennan October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20) 103 16.50[24]
A defense contractor is murdered while on a jet-ski, and the team fears that his classified-software secrets are lost until they find a suspect: a North Korean assassin named Lee Wuan Kai, who has possible connections to Director Vance and whose own presence has also haunted Vance for several years. Meanwhile, rookie Agent Dominic Vail goes on an undercover assignment for the first time.
6 6 "Keepin' It Real" Leslie Libman Matt Pyken November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) 106 15.29[25]
A Marine corporal is found dead after dropping from the top of a high rise apartment building. The LAPD think it to be suicide, but NCIS is brought in and soon figure out that he was murdered. As they investigate the death, a major counterfeiting ring is uncovered and a Secret Service agent arrives to help them with the case despite the team's best efforts to brush her off.
7 7 "Pushback" Paris Barclay Shane Brennan November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10) 107 16.19[26]
A range of surveillance photos found on the body of a murdered woman has the team tackling the cold case of Callen's near-fatal shooting several months ago. They eventually set up a very dangerous assignment: to find out who ordered for Callen to be killed and to also bring his would-be murderer to justice.
8 8 "Ambush" Rod Holcomb Lindsay Sturman November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17) 108 14.81[27]
While Hetty is attending a Senate hearing in D.C., the investigation of a murdered Marine Lance Corporal leads the NCIS team to stolen anti-tank missiles and a dangerous militia group which Special Agent Mike Renko has been investigating and as such, both Callen and Sam are caught in the middle.
9 9 "Random on Purpose" Steven DePaul Speed Weed November 24, 2009 (2009-11-24) 109 17.18[28]
When a Navy engineer is murdered, the team believe that international espionage might be the motive for his death but they're in for a shock when Forensic Scientist Abby Sciuto arrives in from the Navy Yard in Washington D.C, having traveled to Los Angeles with information suggesting that a possible serial killer, one she calls the Phantom is responsible. She also claims that what makes him so unique is his M.O. which is that his killings are totally random with no repeats and that the killer himself also leaves no physical evidence of any kind behind. However, when Abby herself is kidnapped after spending the evening at a bar with Eric, Callen and the team find themselves racing against the clock to save Abby's life and stop the murderer before it's too late.
10 10 "Brimstone" Terrence O'Hara Teleplay by: R. Scott Gemmill & Gil Grant
Story by: R. Scott Gemmill
December 15, 2009 (2009-12-15) 110 17.36[29]
A trio of Marine veterans are targeted by a bomber with one of them dying as a result of his cell-phone exploding and the evidence leads the team to a disfigured ex-serviceman who's been fingered for murder in Iraq.
11 11 "Breach" Perry Lang Teleplay by: Shane Brennan & R. Scott Gemmill
Story by: R. Scott Gemmill
January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 111 18.07[30]
When a petty officer is murdered, the team discover a plot at a strip club that involves intelligence secrets which are being exorted and presumably sold. Meanwhile, a vulnerable young friend of Sam's is unknowingly recruited by an Islamic militant.
12 12 "Past Lives" Elodie Keene Dave Kalstein January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) 112 15.50[31]
One of Callen's old aliases is brought back to life as he prepares to investigate the shooting of a sailor and in the process, he uncovers a shocking secret from his past.
13 13 "Missing" David Barrett Gil Grant & Matt Pyken January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26) 113 17.16[32]
Hetty receives an "Agent needs assistance" call from Special Agent Dom Vail. The NCIS team find his blood covered car, but soon become convinced that the blood is not his, leaving the team wondering if Dom is dead or alive. The episode ends with the team struggling to come to terms with Dom's disappearance while Callen files a missing persons report for Dom, officially classifying his status as "Missing".
14 14 "LD50" Jonathan Frakes Speed Weed & R. Scott Gemmill February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02) 114 16.42[33]
The agents discover that a biochemical weapons expert suffering from Alzheimer's disease was tricked into producing a deadly toxin for an arms dealer. When Sam goes undercover to the auction they learn that there will be a demonstration of the weapon in a Los Angeles mall, and the team must hurry to stop it.
15 15 "The Bank Job" Terrence O'Hara Dave Kalstein February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09) 115 17.91[34]
While attempting to open a security deposit box at a bank, armed robbers hold hostage and then start battling with Special Agent Kensi Blye, leading to her being shot in the chest. The events of the day before are then revisited, revealing that Kensi's injuries are not as they seem and neither are the robbers.
16 16 "Chinatown" Alan J. Levi Lindsay Sturman March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02) 116 14.97[35]
The team suspects that the death of a naval officer ruled as a suicide could be a murder, and that the crime implies a possible threat to national security. And things get even more worse when it's discovered that the victim was actually a spy working for the Chinese government with technology capable of compromising an important mission he was due to embark on before his suicide. This revelation leads the team to a rogue sleeper cell and they must save the victim's family before it's too late.
17 17 "Full Throttle" David Barrett Joseph C. Wilson March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09) 117 16.99[36]
The team investigates the death of a sailor who died in an underground street race, and they find that his car was sabotaged, resulting in it later exploding, killing the sailor. Meanwhile, having been caught speeding again, Callen, on Hetty's orders and much to his own dismay is forced to go to traffic school while the rest of the team handle the case.
18 18 "Blood Brothers" Karen Gaviola Tim Clemente March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16) 118 15.10[37]
A Marine is killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting, and the team fears his younger brother may also be targeted. They soon uncover evidence of an operation smuggling automatic weapons which are being taken from the Iraqi battlefields and placed into the hands of a local street gang.
19 19 "Hand-to-Hand" Paris Barclay Matt Pyken April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06) 119 13.79[38]
The investigation of an ex-marine's murder leads the team to a mixed martial arts gym, where Sam must go undercover.
20 20 "Fame" Dennis Smith Speed Weed April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27) 120 15.62[39]
The death of a marine leads the team to Hollywood glitz and glamor. Recruited by Hetty, Detective Marty Deeks officially joins the team as the NCIS/LAPD liaison officer.
21 21 "Found" James Whitmore, Jr. R. Scott Gemmill May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04) 121 14.34[40]
After months of getting nowhere, the team finally receives video evidence of Dom being held hostage several months after his original kidnapping in "Missing". With a deadline being issued by the group who also demand the release of its captured leader, the OSP team rushes to Dom's aid in hopes of saving him before the deadline expires but the final outcome might be something no-one was expecting and when it does happen, the team finds itself being forever changed as a result.
22 22 "Hunted" Steven DePaul Corey Miller May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11) 122 16.04[41]
The team searches for the head of the terrorist organization responsible for Dom Vail's kidnapping and who escaped from Army custody during a secretive transfer. Meanwhile the OSP team struggle to come to terms with Dom's tragic death and Hetty has second thoughts about continuing on as OSP's Operational Manager.
23 23 "Burned" Steve Boyum Teleplay by: Gil Grant & Dave Kalstein
Story by: Dave Kalstein
May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18) 123 15.23[42]
Callen's cover is blown and at the same time the NCIS OSP's computers are hacked, forcing the team to go off the grid for the time being. The team struggles to get back on its feet while at the same time investigating the source of the security breach which is later revealed to have come from a shadowy intelligence dealer who has ties to an Eastern European mafia group.
24 24 "Callen, G." Tony Wharmby Shane Brennan May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25) 124 13.12[43]
The NCIS team races against the clock to stop a brutal and murderous cabal who are hellbent on launching nuclear war in the Middle East while Callen finds himself embarking on a very personal and possibly the most dangerous mission of his entire career so far- to find the woman who might hold the answers to his true identity and past.

Ratings[edit]

Episode US ratings Canada ratings Australia ratings UK ratings
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank Original air date Viewers
(millions)
Week Rank Original air date Viewers
(millions)
Week
Rank
Night Week
"Identity" September 22, 2009 18.06[20] 1.701[44] 2 14 September 30, 2009 0.935[45] 40 October 21, 2009 0.735[46] 5
"The Only Easy Day" September 29, 2009 17.42[21] 1.927[47] 3 18 October 7, 2009 0.915[48] 40 October 21, 2009 0.554[46] 9
"Predator" October 6, 2009 16.31[22] 1.926[49] 2 14 October 14, 2009 1.435[50] 38 October 28, 2009 0.563[46] 10
"Search and Destroy" October 13, 2009 15.32[23] 1.857[51] 2 15 October 21, 2009 1.052[52] 29 October 28, 2009 0.576[46] 9
"Killshot" October 20, 2009 16.50[24] 1.887[53] 2 13 October 28, 2009 1.429[54] 36 November 4, 2009 0.507[46] 10
"Keepin' It Real" November 3, 2009 15.29[25] 1.788[55] 4 19 November 11, 2009 1.293[56] 40 November 4, 2009 0.580[46] 8
"Pushback" November 10, 2009 16.19[26] 2.141[57] 2 13 November 18, 2009 1.302[58] 39 November 11, 2009 0.530[46] 8
"Ambush" November 17, 2009 14.81[27] 1.890[59] 2 14 March 23, 2010 1.25[60][61] 40+ November 18, 2009 0.463[46] 9
"Random on Purpose" November 24, 2009 17.18[28] 1.929[62] 3 13 March 30, 2010 1.3[63] 8 November 25, 2009 0.567[46] 5
"Brimstone" December 15, 2009 17.36[29] 0.917[64][a] 11 29 April 6, 2010 0.838[65] 40 March 15, 2010 <0.581 -
"Breach" January 5, 2010 17.96[66] 1.582[67] 5 11 April 13, 2010 1.24[68] 38 March 22, 2010 <0.445 -
"Past Lives" January 12, 2010 15.50[31] 1.399[69] 5 20 April 20, 2010 0.771[70] 64 March 29, 2010 0.564 9
"Missing" January 26, 2010 17.16[32] 1.239[71] 4 21 April 27, 2010 0.898[72] 47 April 5, 2010
"LD50" February 2, 2010 16.42[33] 1.770[73] 3 16 May 4, 2010 1.36[74] 36 April 12, 2010 0.560 9
"The Bank Job" February 9, 2010 17.91[34] 1.937[75] 3 18 May 11, 2010 1.32[76] 39 April 19, 2010 0.574 7
"Chinatown" March 2, 2010 14.98 1.783[77] 2 17 May 18, 2010 1.44[78] 34 April 26, 2010
"Full Throttle" March 9, 2010 16.93 1.832[79] 3 16 May 25, 2010 1.42[80] 36 May 3, 2010
"Blood Brothers" March 16, 2010 15.04 2.053[81] 3 6 June 1, 2010 0.964 13 May 10, 2010
"Hand-to-Hand" April 6, 2010 13.79[38] 1.741[82] 3 14 June 8, 2010 0.916[83] 51 May 17, 2010
"Fame" April 27, 2010 15.53[39] N/A[a] N/A N/A June 15, 2010 0.946[84] 52 May 24, 2010 0.484 10
"Found" May 4, 2010 14.34[40] N/A[a] N/A N/A June 22, 2010 0.817[85] 63 May 31, 2010
"Hunted" May 11, 2010 16.04[41] N/A[a] N/A N/A June 29, 2010 0.828[86] 58 June 7, 2010 0.535 7
"Burned" May 18, 2010 15.23[42] 1.037[87][a] 10 30 July 6, 2010 1.046[88] 32 June 14, 2010 0.425 6
"Callen, G" May 25, 2010 13.12[43] 0.785[89][a] 12 30 July 13, 2010 0.930[90] 47 June 21, 2010 0.561 2

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f These episodes aired in Canada at 10 pm on the Monday preceding their U.S. broadcast.

Home media releases[edit]

DVD[edit]

Set details Special features
Country United States Canada North America  United Kingdom  Australia
  • Bonus Featurettes:
    • Inspired Television: NCIS: LA
    • The L.A. Team: Meet the Cast and Crew
    • Inside the Inner Sanctum: The Set Tour
    • Do You Have a Visual? Inside the OPS Center
    • Lights, Camera...ACTION! The Stunts of NCIS: LA
  • Commentary
    • Shane Brennan on "Identity"
# episodes 26
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Running time 1032 minutes
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, French, Spanish English SDH N/A
No. of discs 6 6 6
Region 1 (NTSC) 2 (PAL) 4 (PAL)
Rating NOT RATED 15 M
Release date August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)[1] August 2, 2010 (2010-08-02)[92] August 19, 2010 (2010-08-19)[93]

Blu-Ray[edit]

Set details Special features
Country United States Canada North America  United Kingdom  Australia
  • Bonus features:[94]
    • Inspired Television: NCIS:LA
    • The L.A. Team: Meet the Cast and Crew
    • Inside the Inner Sanctum: The Set Tour
    • Do You Have a Visual? Inside the OPS Center
    • Lights, Camera...ACTION! The Stunts of NCIS:LA
    • L.L. Cool J Music Video "No Crew Is Superior"
    • The Making of... "No Crew Is Superior"
    • Commentary track with Shane Brennan
    • CBS Promos
    • BD CONNECT
# episodes 26 26 N/A
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 1.78:1 N/A
Running time 1027 minutes 1027 minutes N/A
Audio English:5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
French: Stereo
English:5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio N/A
Subtitles English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles N/A
No. of discs 5 6 N/A
Rating NOT RATED N/A N/A
Region A B
Release dates August 31, 2010[95] N/A N/A

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