|Created by||Anthony E. Zuiker
A. J. Buckley
|Theme music composer||Pete Townshend|
|Opening theme||"Baba O'Riley" by The Who|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||197 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ann Donahue
Anthony E. Zuiker
Peter M. Lenkov
Sarah A. Barkley
|Running time||42–45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Alliance Atlantis (2004–07)
CBS Productions (2004–06)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–09)
CBS Television Studios (2009–13)
|Distributor||King World Productions (2004–07)
CBS Television Distribution (2007–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||September 22, 2004– February 22, 2013|
|Related shows||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: NY (Crime Scene Investigation: New York) is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists and police officers identified as "Crime Scene Investigators" (instead of the actual title of "Crime Scene Unit Forensic Technicians" (CSU)) as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths as well as other crimes. The series is an indirect spin-off from the veteran series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a direct spin-off from CSI: Miami, during an episode in which several of the CSI: NY characters made their first appearance.
Originally in 2004, CSI: NY was produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis. The company dissolved after season three in 2007, and all production after that was done under the purview of CBS Paramount Television.
The CSI: Miami spin-off and third installment of the CSI franchise, CSI: NY follows Mac Taylor, a veteran detective who, through his history as a Marine Major, has developed a brash yet fair leadership style. Originally from Chicago, Mac is the director of the New York Crime Lab and works closely with his partner and number two, Jo Danville. Danville is a former FBI Special Agent in Charge and an experienced investigator whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim. Less organised than Taylor, Detective Danville is just as valuable to her team.
Against a backdrop of ethnic and cultural tensions, Taylor and Danville's team probes cases similar to that of their Las Vegas and Miami counterparts. The rest of the elite forensics squad includes Detective Danny Messer, who's from a family of law enforcers and law breakers; his wife, Detective Lindsay Monroe, a Montana native and a survivor of violent crime; and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, a surgeon turned coroner turned CSI. The CSIs are assisted by Detective Don Flack, a homicide detective who is often first on the crime scene; Dr. Sid Hammerback, the Chief Medical Examiner and a secret millionaire; and Adam Ross, a lab technician who by the final season is training to become a CSI. Stella Bonasera, a former patrol officer out of Brooklyn North, was the team's original Assistant Supervisor. She was Mac's closest confidant before leaving to head up the New Orleans Crime Lab. Also gone is the late Detective Aiden Burn, who was unafraid to risk her career to get justice.
Cast and characters
|Gary Sinise||Mac Taylor||Main|
|Melina Kanakaredes||Stella Bonasera||Main|
|Carmine Giovinazzo||Danny Messer||Main|
|Vanessa Ferlito||Aiden Burn||Main|
|Hill Harper||Sheldon Hawkes||Main|
|Eddie Cahill||Don Flack||Main|
|Anna Belknap||Lindsay Monroe||Main|
|Robert Joy||Sid Hammerback||Recurring||Main|
|A. J. Buckley||Adam Ross||Recurring||Main|
|Sela Ward||Jo Danville||Main|
- Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) is a Detective First Grade and the director of the NYPD Crime Lab. Born in Chicago, Mac served as a Marine Major in the USMC, serving in both 1983 Beirut barracks bombing and Operation Desert Storm, once saying that he had wanted to serve his country more than anything else in the world. Mac lost his wife, Claire, in the World Trade Center attacks, dates occasionally, and eventually proposes to an old friend, Christine Whitney, in the series finale.
- Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) is a half-Greek, half-Italian orphan. She is a Detective First Grade with the NYPD and the Assistant CSI Supervisor of Mac's team. She often speaks before she thinks, leading to numerous complaints being made against her by those suspected of crimes. Always going where she can do the most good, Stella resigns from the NYPD crime lab following the season six finale in order to run the NOPD Crime Lab.
- Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) is a Detective Third Grade and a Crime Scene Investigator working on Mac's team. Growing up in a family under surveillance Danny formulated his own set of hybrid ethics, blending the world of lawbreakers with the world of lawmakers. He is driven by ethics and one day hopes to run the New York Crime Lab, at one point taking a promotion to Sergeant in order to put him on track to do so. He develops a romantic relationship with Lindsay Monroe.
- Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) is a Brooklyn native and a Detective Third Grade assigned to Taylor's team. In the first season she's the newest member of the CSI team but is just as capable as any of them. She is fired from the Crime Lab after considering planting evidence on a rape suspect. Aiden goes on to apply for a Private Investigator's license and continues to investigate this suspect. She is fatally beaten and set on fire as a result, leaving the entire team devastated.
- Sheldon Hawkes, M.D. (Hill Harper) is a medical examiner with the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) when the series starts. He was a child prodigy who graduated from college at age 18 and was a board-licensed surgeon by the age of 24 and had several years experience in the emergency room. He left surgery because the pain of losing two patients was too intense. In the second season he becomes a CSI on Mac's team, although he is not a sworn NYPD Detective like his colleagues.
- Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) is an NYPD Homicide Detective First Grade who comes from a long line of law enforcement officials. He bridges the gap between old-school NYPD and the new generation of CSI. His techniques are borderline yet effective. Despite being an NYPD strongman Flack is emotionally mature. He is left devastated when girlfriend Detective Jessica Angell is shot and killed on the job. Years later he begins a relationship with fellow Detective Jamie Lovato.
- Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) is a Detective Third Grade. She worked as a CSI in Montana and finally realized her dream of moving to a big city like New York. Her northwestern work ethic and willingness to tackle any job is a welcome addition to the team. She develops a romantic relationship with Danny Messer and the two marry in season five. Lindsay is awarded the Police Combat Cross by the NYPD for killing a psychopathic fugitive in her own home.
- Sid Hammerback, M.D. (Robert Joy) is the NYPD's Chief Medical Examiner. He is described as an "off-the-charts genius" who only recently traded in a career as a chef. He has two college-age daughters and at least two ex-wives. He has a habit of over-talking and over-sharing but despite any eccentricities on his part, Sid is extremely perceptive and sincerely cares for the well-being of his coworkers. He is diagnosed with cancer in season nine, only telling friend Jo Danville of his diagnosis.
- Adam Ross (A. J. Buckley) is a lab tech originally from Phoenix, Arizona. His specialty is trace evidence. He sometimes accompanies the CSIs to crime scenes to aid in reconstruction or evidence collection. Outside work he dabbles in various subcultures from Second Life gaming to dating a Suicide Girl, and is a textbook modern geek. Stella Bonasera in particular develops a soft spot for the much younger Adam.
- Jo Danville (Sela Ward) is a Detective First Grade, a skilled Crime Scene Investigator, an unrivaled criminal profiler, and the most recent Assistant Supervisor on Mac's team. She was an FBI Supervisory Special Agent in Washington prior to her dismissal following her blowing-the-whistle on a corrupt technician. She has a college-age son, Tyler, from her previous marriage to a fellow FBI agent, and an adopted daughter, Ellie.
CSI: NY has cast a number of celebrity guest stars, including:
- Dianna Agron
- Daniella Alonso
- Mädchen Amick
- Criss Angel
- Ed Asner
- Alex Max Band
- Matt Barr
- Ryan Bittle
- Jamie Chung
- Kim Coates
- Sasha Cohen
- Misha Collins
- Michael Cudlitz
- James Badge Dale
- Chris Daughtry
- Jackson Davis
- Kat Dennings
- Michael Clarke Duncan
- Peter Fonda
- Robert Forster
- Cassidy Freeman
- Edward Furlong
- Nelly Furtado
- Kyle Gallner
- Aimee Garcia
- Josh Groban
- Brian Hallisay
- Taylor Handley
- Kam Heskin
- Kim Kardashian
- Kid Rock
- Mia Kirshner
- Casey LaBow
- Andrew Lawrence
- Joey Lawrence
- Rachelle Lefèvre
- Kellan Lutz
- Lee Majors
- Maroon 5
- Natalie Martinez
- Matias Masucci
- Marlee Matlin
- Neal McDonough
- John McEnroe
- Joey McIntyre
- Bonnie McKee
- Michaela McManus
- Ryan McPartlin
- Katharine McPhee
- Vanessa Minnillo
- Pat Monahan and Train
- Rob Morrow
- Kathleen Munroe
- Craig T. Nelson
- Judd Nelson
- Jaime Ray Newman
- Edward James Olmos
- Julia Ormond
- Danica Patrick
- Robert Picardo
- Crystal Reed
- Aaron Refvem
- Carlo Rota
- Deanna Russo
- Rex Ryan
- Charles Shaughnessy
- Mark Sheppard
- Joe Sikora
- Ashlee Simpson
- Octavia Spencer
- Suicide Girls
- D. B. Sweeney
- TJ Thyne
- Skeet Ulrich
- La La Vasquez
- Emmanuelle Vaugier
- Pete Wentz
- Paul Wesley
- Mykelti Williamson
- Rumer Willis
- Shailene Woodley
Over the nine seasons, a total of 197 original episodes of CSI: NY were aired.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||1||May 17, 2004|
|1||23||September 22, 2004||May 18, 2005|
|2||24||September 28, 2005||May 17, 2006|
|3||24||September 20, 2006||May 16, 2007|
|4||21||September 26, 2007||May 21, 2008|
|5||25||September 24, 2008||May 14, 2009|
|6||23||September 23, 2009||May 26, 2010|
|7||22||September 24, 2010||May 13, 2011|
|8||18||September 23, 2011||May 11, 2012|
|9||17||September 28, 2012||February 22, 2013|
|Total||197||September 22, 2004– February 22, 2013|
- "Manhattan Manhunt" – Horatio Caine helps Mac hunt down a serial killer who escaped custody in the CSI: Miami episode "Felony Flight".
- "Hammer Down" – Ray Langston helps Mac try to rescue a girl who's been taken hostage by human traffickers in the CSI: Miami episode "Bone Voyage" and delivered to Las Vegas in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "The Lost Girls".
- "Seth and Apep" – D.B. Russell accompanies Mac to New York to help him find his girlfriend when she apparently goes missing in Las Vegas in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "In Vino Veritas".
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of CSI: NY on CBS:
Note: Each U.S. network television season generally starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
|Season premiere||Season finale||TV season|
|1||23||Wednesday 10pm/9c||September 22, 2004||May 18, 2005||2004–2005||#21||13.59|
|2||24||September 28, 2005||May 17, 2006||2005–2006||#22||14.04|
|3||24||September 20, 2006||May 16, 2007||2006–2007||#25||13.92|
|4||21||September 26, 2007||May 21, 2008||2007–2008||#28||11.71|
|5||25||September 24, 2008||May 14, 2009||2008–2009||#17||13.50|
|6||23||September 23, 2009||May 26, 2010||2009–2010||#23||12.66|
|7||22||Friday 9pm/8c||September 24, 2010||May 13, 2011||2010–2011||#37||10.73|
|8||18||September 23, 2011||May 11, 2012||2011–2012||#38||10.34|
|9||17||September 28, 2012||February 22, 2013||2012–2013||#26||11.27|
- First run – Broadcast on CBS from September 2004 to September 2010 on Wednesdays at 10pm/9c, and from September 2010 to February 2013 on Fridays at 9pm/8c (except for the first two episodes of season 9 which aired at 8pm/7c).
- Repeats – Spike TV acquired the rerun rights to CSI: NY in November 2004. Both A&E and Spike TV share the rerun rights to the crossover episodes (with CSI: Miami) "Felony Flight" and "Manhattan Manhunt". Spike TV began sharing the rights to air CSI: NY with TNT. Spike TV airs the show in the daytime (1–3 p.m.) and early evening (5–7 p.m.), leaving TNT to air the show in primetime.
Australia and New Zealand
- In Australia Nine Network airs new episodes of CSI: NY, and repeats are shown on satellite channel TV1.
- In New Zealand the show airs on TV3 Saturdays at 9:30 p.m, with the final first-run episode of the series broadcast on May 3, 2014.
- First run – Seasons one through eight were aired on Saturday nights at 10pm on Channel 5. The channel moved the show to broadcast at 9pm on Tuesday nights starting July 30, 2013 for the ninth and final season. On October 22, 2013, Channel 5 aired a night of the show spanning from 9pm to 11:50pm. From 9pm to 10:55pm, the final two episodes aired, concluding both the ninth season and the series. These were followed at 10:55pm to 11:50pm by a special screening of the very first episode "Blink" to round off the show.
- Repeats – Shown on Channel 5, 5USA, and the Universal Channel, and also on Demand 5, for a week after the Channel 5 broadcast date. Channel 5 airs the newest season starting late July through till the autumn with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation then beginning its seasonal run in the late January or early February of the following year. Channel 5 broadcasts the season each week until it reaches the last episode, unlike in the U.S.
|France||TF1 Vision||No longer available|
|Germany||VOXnow||2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Hong Kong||Deltamac||No longer available|
|International||Netflix||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|United Kingdom||Demand 5||No longer available|
|United States||iTunes Store||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
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