CSI (franchise)

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Created byCSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker
CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber
Anthony E. Zuiker
Carol Mendelsohn
Ann Donahue
CSI: Vegas
Jason Tracey
Original workCSI: Crime Scene Investigation
OwnerParamount Global
Print publications
Book(s)CSI novels
ComicsCSI comics
Magazine(s)CSI Magazine
Films and television
Television seriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami
CSI: Cyber
CSI: Vegas
Television film(s)Immortality
TraditionalCSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Board Game
CSI: Crime Game Booster Pack
CSI: Senses: The Game
CSI: Miami: The Board Game
CSI: Board Game
Video game(s)CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Dark Motives
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder
CSI: Hard Evidence
CSI: Miami
CSI: Deadly Intent
CSI: Crime City
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
Toy(s)CSI: Forensics Lab
CSI: DNA Laboratory
CSI: Forensic Facial
ExhibitionCSI: The Experience

CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) is a media franchise of American television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The first three CSI series follow the work of forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious deaths, while the fourth series, CSI: Cyber, emphasizes behavioral psychology and how it can be applied to cyber forensics.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation began on October 6, 2000, and ran for fifteen full seasons. Starring (at various times) William Petersen, Ted Danson, Marg Helgenberger, Elisabeth Shue, and Laurence Fishburne, the series concluded its run with a two-hour finale entitled "Immortality" on September 27, 2015. The series' original lead characters, Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows, were based upon Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Crime Scene Analysts Daniel Holstein and Yolanda McClary.[1] CSI's first spin-off and the second series within the franchise is CSI: Miami, which ran for ten seasons between 2002 and 2012, and was canceled on May 13, 2012. Miami stars David Caruso and Emily Procter, with its lead character, Horatio Caine, based upon Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bomb squad technician Detective John Haynes.[2]

In 2004, CSI: Miami spun off CSI: NY, the third series in the franchise and the only indirect spin-off of CSI. It was canceled on May 10, 2013, after nine seasons.[3] The series starred Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, and Sela Ward. In 2014, CSI spun off CSI: Cyber, its second direct spin-off and the fourth series in the franchise. Cyber premiered in 2015, and starred Patricia Arquette and franchise alumnus Ted Danson—the only actor to appear as a series regular in more than one CSI series. The lead character, Avery Ryan, was inspired by cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken, who was attached to the series as a producer.[4] CSI: Cyber was canceled on May 12, 2016.[5]

In 2020, CBS began considering a limited series revival featuring original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation cast members, William Petersen and Jorja Fox.[6] It was eventually greenlighted, with a video teaser for CSI: Vegas released on March 31, 2021.

Five television series make up the bulk of the CSI franchise: Crime Scene Investigation, Miami, NY, Cyber, and Vegas. All series in total amount to 823 episodes across 38 seasons of television.


The CSI franchise is available in 200 territories with an audience of two billion people.[7] 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%.[8] The franchise is so influential that fellow CBS show How I Met Your Mother advertised itself as "not a Crime Scene Investigation show".[9] 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 [2007]. "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."[7]

The "CSI effect" is considered by some experts to be responsible for helping criminals covering up evidence that could be used to trace them using techniques learned by watching CSI and other shows in the same genre.[10] A 2018 study could not find conclusive evidence for the existence of this effect.[11]


CSI: Miami and CSI: Cyber spun off from CSI, and CSI: NY spun off from CSI: Miami, all via backdoor pilot episodes. CSI: Vegas was not launched via a backdoor pilot episode, and instead premiered 21 years to the day of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's launch.

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation123October 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17)1111.6
223September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16)214.5
323September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26)May 15, 2003 (2003-05-15)116.3
423September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)May 20, 2004 (2004-05-20)115.9
525September 23, 2004 (2004-09-23)May 19, 2005 (2005-05-19)116.5
624September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22)May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)315.6
724September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)612.2
817September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27)May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)710.6
924October 9, 2008 (2008-10-09)May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)411.5
1023September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24)May 20, 2010 (2010-05-20)109.7
1122September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12)128.4
1222September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)168.0
1322September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15)187.7
1422September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07)167.8
1518September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)287.2
Finale2September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)
CSI: MiamiBackdoor pilotMay 9, 2002 (2002-05-09)
124September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23)May 19, 2003 (2003-05-19)1111.0
224September 22, 2003 (2003-09-22)May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24)811.9
324September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23)512.4
425September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)May 22, 2006 (2006-05-22)811.8
524September 18, 2006 (2006-09-18)May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)1010.7
621September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24)May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)119.2
725September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22)May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)129.1
824September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21)May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)188.1
922October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)227.3
1019September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)April 8, 2012 (2012-04-08)277.1
CSI: NYBackdoor pilotMay 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)
123September 22, 2004 (2004-09-22)May 18, 2005 (2005-05-18)208.9
224September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28)May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17)189.2
324September 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)168.9
421September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21)227.6
525September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24)May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)158.6
623September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)197.9
722September 24, 2010 (2010-09-24)May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)
818September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23)May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11)
917September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)237.3
CSI: CyberBackdoor pilotsApril 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)
113March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13)3910.77
218October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13)508.50
CSI: Vegas110October 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)December 8, 2021 (2021-12-08)
2TBASeptember 29, 2022 (2022-09-29) ()TBATBA


CSI: Miami and CSI: Cyber spun off from CSI, and CSI: NY spun off from CSI: Miami, all via backdoor-pilot episodes.

Series Television seasons Duration
2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2021/22 2022/23
CSI 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale 2000–15
CSI: Miami Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2002–12
CSI: NY Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2004–13
CSI: Cyber Pilot 1 2 2015–16
CSI: Vegas 1 2 2021–present


Character Series appearances Actor First Last
CSI Miami NY Cyber Vegas
Gil Grissom[N 1] Main Main William Petersen 2000 2021
Catherine Willows Main Main Marg Helgenberger 2000
Warrick Brown Main Gary Dourdan 2000 2008
Nick Stokes Main George Eads 2000 2015
Jim Brass Main Guest Paul Guilfoyle 2000 2021
Sara Sidle Main Main Jorja Fox 2000 2021
Greg Sanders Main Guest Eric Szmanda 2000
Al Robbins Main Robert David Hall 2000 2015
Sofia Curtis Main Louise Lombard 2004 2011
David Hodges Main Guest Wallace Langham 2003 2021
Riley Adams Main Lauren Lee Smith 2008 2009
Raymond Langston Main Guest Guest Laurence Fishburne 2008 2011
Wendy Simms Main Liz Vassey 2005 2010
David Phillips Main David Berman 2000 2015
D.B. Russell[N 2] Main Guest Main Ted Danson 2011 2016
Morgan Brody Main Elisabeth Harnois 2011 2015
Julie Finlay Main Elisabeth Shue 2012 2015
Henry Andrews Main Jon Wellner 2005 2015
Horatio Caine Guest Main Guest David Caruso 2002 2012
Calleigh Duquesne Guest Main Emily Procter 2002 2012
Eric Delko Guest Main Adam Rodriguez 2002 2012
Alexx Woods Guest Main Khandi Alexander 2002 2009
Tim Speedle Guest Main Rory Cochrane 2002 2007
Megan Donner Main Kim Delaney 2002 2002
Yelina Salas Main Sofia Milos 2003 2009
Ryan Wolfe Main Jonathan Togo 2004 2012
Frank Tripp Main Rex Linn 2003 2012
Natalia Boa Vista Main Eva LaRue 2005 2012
Tara Price Main Megalyn Echikunwoke 2008 2009
Jesse Cardoza Main Eddie Cibrian 2009 2010
Walter Simmons Main Omar Benson Miller 2009 2012
Mac Taylor Guest Guest Main Gary Sinise 2004 2013
Stella Bonasera Guest Main Melina Kanakaredes 2004 2010
Danny Messer Guest Main Carmine Giovinazzo 2004 2013
Aiden Burn Guest Main Vanessa Ferlito 2004 2006
Sheldon Hawkes Guest Main Hill Harper 2004 2013
Don Flack Main Eddie Cahill 2004 2013
Lindsay Monroe Main Anna Belknap 2005 2013
Sid Hammerback Main Robert Joy 2005 2013
Adam Ross Main A. J. Buckley 2005 2013
Jo Danville Main Sela Ward 2010 2013
Avery Ryan Guest Main Patricia Arquette 2014 2016
Elijah Mundo Main James Van Der Beek 2015 2016
Simon Sifter Main Peter MacNicol 2015 2015
Brody Nelson Main Shad Moss 2015 2016
Daniel Krumitz Main Charley Koontz 2015 2016
Raven Ramirez Main Hayley Kiyoko 2015 2016
D.B. Russell[N 2] Main Guest Main Ted Danson 2011 2016
Maxine Roby Main Paula Newsome 2021
Josh Folsom Main Matt Lauria 2021
Allie Rajan Main Mandeep Dhillon 2021
Hugo Ramirez Main Mel Rodriguez 2021 2021
Chris Park Main Jay Lee 2021
Serena Chavez Main Ariana Guerra 2022
Beau Finado Main Lex Medlin 2022
Sara Sidle Main Main Jorja Fox 2000 2021
Gil Grissom[N 1] Main Main William Petersen 2000 2021
Catherine Willows Main Main Marg Helgenberger 2000
  1. ^ a b In addition to appearing in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Vegas, Petersen also guest-starred as Grissom in "Where and Why", episode 6.06 of Without a Trace.
  2. ^ a b Ted Danson joined the main cast of CSI: Cyber following the ending of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Differences between series[edit]

Las Vegas (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Vegas)[edit]

The Las Vegas team are scientists foremost, and follow the evidence. LVPD CSIs are not employed as police officers. The crimes the Las Vegas CSI team face (other than the standard murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, and rapes) include casino robberies, bodies buried in the Nevada desert, and murders during different conventions at casinos.

Crime lab
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Lab is a modern crime lab and shares a lot (but not a building) with the Las Vegas 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. The lab consists of specialist laboratories, a larger office (usually used by the Grave Supervisor), a smaller office used by Catherine Willows between seasons 5 and 12, a locker room, an AV room, a break-room, and stairs leading to a second floor, housing offices for senior staff.

Miami (CSI: Miami)[edit]

The Miami team are detectives foremost, and mainly use theories to solve crimes. The crimes the Miami CSI team face (other than the standard murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, and rapes) include drug running, murdered refugees from Cuba, bodies found washed up on the beach and dumped in the Everglades, and crimes involving the rich and famous who have secrets to hide in their mansions and beachfront properties.

Crime lab
The Miami CSIs were firstly, in the backdoor pilot, stationed out of a broom closet next to the MDPD's bull pen. They were given their own building prior to the start of the first season. Originally dark and technical, this building housed Horatio's office, Megan's office, specialist labs, and a locker room. During the fourth season a government grant meant that slanted glass walls, multiple modern labs, an interrogation room, and a new locker room were all constructed. Horatio's office is not seen following the lab's reconstruction—although a state-of-the-art ballistics suite was added, acting as Calleigh's office. The lab has reinforced windows and shutters to protect against hurricanes and tsunamis.

Manhattan (CSI: NY)[edit]

The New York team are equally scientists and detectives, and frequently use criminal profiling (as well as evidence and theories) to solve cases. The crimes the New York CSI team face (other than the standard murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, and rapes) include organized crime activity involving the Italian Mafia, street-gang violence, and ethnic, cultural, and ability differences.

Crime lab
During the first season, the NYPD CSI lab is in an old underground building with rustic brick walls. The lab houses Mac's office, a locker room, the autopsy suite, and specialist forensic laboratories. As of the second season the lab is on the 35th floor of a high-rise building in Manhattan. Equipped with glass walls and state-of-the-art equipment, this lab consists of the Supervisor’s office (belonging to Mac, and – for a short time – Jo), specialist laboratories, an observation walkway, a break-room and kitchen, a locker room, and an office belonging to the Assistant Supervisor (first Stella, then Jo), containing an additional hot-desk used by Hawkes, Danny, Lindsay, and Aiden. Part of this second lab is blown up in the season three finale, "Snow Day", but is restored by the beginning of season four.

Washington, D.C. (CSI: Cyber)[edit]

The Cyber team focuses on the technical aspect of crimes, with NextGen forensics providing it with a real-world crime scene investigative counterpart. The FBI Cyber Crime Division investigates cyber-based terrorism, internet-related murders, espionage, computer intrusions, major cyber-fraud, cyber-theft, hacking, sex offenses, blackmail, and any other crime deemed to be cyber-related within the FBI's jurisdiction.

— Cyber Crime Division
The FBI Cyber Crime Division operates out of Washington, D.C. and is housed in the Cyber Threat Operations Center. The CTOC consists of Ryan's office, Russell's office, a communications bull pen housing the desks of Krumitz, Nelson, and Ramirez, a cyber lab, a glass walkway, and a 'tear-down room'. Due to their nomadic nature the team are often seen interviewing suspects at various FBI field offices and police departments.

— Next Generation Cyber Forensics Division
The Next Generation Cyber Forensics Division is a lab-based facility within the Cyber Crime Division used for the processing of evidence in cyber-related cases.

Theme songs[edit]

The opening themes for all five series are remixes of songs performed by The Who.

Series Theme song
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Vegas "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. Many actors have appeared in two of the series. Five actors have appeared in three: David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, and Gary Sinise all appeared in CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY, while Ted Danson appeared as a guest star on CSI: NY and a series regular on both CSI and CSI: Cyber, making him the first actor to be a main character in more than one CSI series. Before becoming a regular as "Danny Messer" on CSI: NY, Carmine Giovinazzo had a small role as "Thumpy G" in an episode of CSI, making him the only lead actor to play two characters within the franchise.[12] Crossovers have also, on occasion, taken place between a CSI series and a series outside the franchise.

Within the franchise[edit]

Crossover between Episode Type Actors crossing over Date aired
Series A Series B Series C
CSI CSI: Miami "Cross Jurisdictions"
(CSI 2.22)
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 "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 is assisted by Mac Taylor who suspects that the crimes in Miami might be connected to the murder of an undercover New York cop.
CSI: NY CSI "Grand Master"
(CSI: NY 1.04)
Character appearance Series A: Ricky Harris October 27, 2004
CSI consultant Disco Placid (first seen in "Anonymous") consults on the audio aspects of a murder that takes place during a turntable competition.
CSI: Miami CSI: NY "Felony Flight"
(CSI: Miami 4.07)
"Manhattan Manhunt"
(CSI: NY 2.07)
Two-night event 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)
"Hammer Down"
(CSI: NY 6.07)
"The Lost Girls"
(CSI 10.07)
CSI: Trilogy 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 "In Vino Veritas"
(CSI 13.13)
"Seth and Apep"
(CSI: NY 9.15)
Two-night event 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 is 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.
CSI CSI: Cyber "Kitty"
(CSI 14.21)
Backdoor pilot Series A: Patricia Arquette Apr. 30, 2014
Avery Ryan, a Special Agent attached to the FBI Cyber Crime 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 "The Twin Paradox"
(CSI 15.06)
Guest appearance 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[edit]

Crossover between Episode Type Actors crossing over Date aired
Series A Series B
CSI: NY Cold Case "Cold Reveal"
(CSI: NY 3.22)
Guest appearance 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"
(CSI 8.06)
"Where and Why"
(Without a Trace 6.06)
Two-hour event 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"
(CSI 8.16)
Writer exchange 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 themselves wearing the same clothes from "Fish in a Drawer".
CSI MythBusters "Theory of Everything"
(CSI 8.15)
"Fireball Stun Gun"
(MythBusters 8.10)
Cameo appearance Series A: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage May 1, 2008
June 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 test it themselves in earnest and find it plausible.

UK TV movies[edit]

In the UK, Channel 5 edited together related 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[13] "A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 1)" /
"A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 2)"
110 mins
The CSI Movie: Bang-Bang[14] "Bang-Bang" / "Way to Go" 110 mins
The CSI Movie: Built to Kill[15] "Built to Kill (Part 1)" / "Built to Kill (Part 2)" 110 mins
The CSI Movie: Dr Who & Mr Jekyll[16] "Doctor Who" / "Meat Jekyll" 105 mins
The CSI Movie: Immortality "Immortality Part I" / "Immortality Part II" 87 mins
CSI: Miami The CSI Movie: Crisis[17] "No Man's Land" / "Man Down" 105 mins
The CSI Movie: Fallen[18] '"All Fall Down" / "Fallen" 105 mins
CSI: NY The CSI Movie: Revenge[19] "Nothing for Something" / "Life Sentence" 100 mins

Also Channel 5 will sometimes group episodes with similar themes together such as:

  • Psychopaths called "CSI: Psycho Season" – episodes involve characters such as Paul Millander, Nate Haskell (The Dick & Jane Killer), and Charlie DiMasa (Dr. Jekyll) from CSI; Antonio Riaz, Walter Resden, and Clavo Cruz from CSI: Miami; and Shane Casey, Clay Dobson, Hollis Eckhart (The Compass Killer), and The Cabbie Killer from CSI: NY.
  • Home Invasion Murders – episodes include "Blood Drops" and "Gum Drops" from CSI, "Slaughterhouse" from CSI: Miami, and "Damned If You Do" and "Who's There?" from CSI: NY.
  • Cop killings called "CSI: Cops in Crisis" – episodes include "Cop Killer" from CSI: Miami as well as the episodes where regular CSI characters are killed such as Warrick Brown, Tim Speedle, Aiden Burn, and Jessica Angell.
  • Domestic murders between couples called "CSI: Murder and Matrimony" – episodes include "Just Murdered" and "Divorce Party" from CSI: Miami.
  • Guest celebrities called "CSI: Celeb" including the episodes featuring Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian among others.
  • Christmas themed episodes called "A CSI Christmas" – episodes include "The Lost Reindeer" from CSI and "Silent Night", "Forbidden Fruit", "Second Chances" and "Shop Till You Drop" from CSI: NY. Also Channel 5 might include Christmas themed episodes from other crime dramas such as the NCIS franchise, The Mentalist and Castle.

Other media[edit]


There have been a number of comic books based on all three series published by IDW Publishing. Writers include Jeff Mariotte and Max Allan Collins.


The CSI franchise has spawned 12 computer games published by Ubisoft across the three shows. Nine for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation–2003, CSI: Dark Motives–2004, CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder–2006, CSI: Hard Evidence–2007, CSI: Deadly Intent–2009, CSI: Fatal Conspiracy–2010, CSI: Unsolved–2010, CSI: Crime City–2010, and CSI: Hidden Crimes–2014.[20] Two for CSI: Miami: CSI: Miami–2004 and CSI: Miami – Heat Wave–2012. One for CSI: NY: CSI: NY – The Game–2008.[21]

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.[22]

A pinball game machine called CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was released in 2008.[23]


Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry opened an exhibit in CSI's honor on May 25, 2007 called: "CSI: The Experience".[24] In October 2011 it was at Discovery Times Square in New York City.[25] 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 tie-in novels 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.[26] They were available in the UK and US.[27]


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, in 2004 released a statement specifically aimed at the toys.[28] 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.

World record[edit]

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.[29] They succeeded in breaking the record by airing CSI: Cyber's backdoor pilot in 171 countries.[30]


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 of not only the franchise but also several other British and American TV police procedurals.

The popularity of the series has also spawned forensic based reality television/documentary programs, including A&E's The First 48 and truTV's North Mission Road.

In April 2012, PBS' Frontline aired a documentary called "The Real CSI" investigating the limitations of the CSI techniques in forensic science.[31]


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Further reading[edit]

As well as fictional books based on the franchise there have also been a number of guides published: