CSI (franchise)

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Characters shown in order from top to bottom: Gil Grissom, Horatio Caine, Catherine Willows, Mac Taylor, D.B. Russell and Avery Ryan
Creator CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker
CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber
Anthony E. Zuiker
Carol Mendelsohn
Ann Donahue
Original work CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Print publications
Novels CSI novels
Comics CSI comics
Magazines CSI Magazine
Films and television
Television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami
CSI: Cyber
Television films Immortality
Traditional CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Board Game
CSI: Crime Game Booster Pack
CSI: Senses: The Game
CSI: Miami: The Board Game
CSI: Board Game
Video games 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
Toys CSI: Forensics Lab
CSI: DNA Laboratory
CSI: Forensic Facial
Exhibition CSI: The Experience

CSI is a media franchise of American television programs 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 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 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, Kim Delaney, and Emily Procter, with its lead character, Horatio Caine, based upon 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 after nine seasons on May 10, 2013.[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 alum 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 is attached to the series as a producer.[4] The final active series, CSI: Cyber, was canceled on May 12, 2016.[5]

A total of 797 episodes of the CSI franchise have aired.


The CSI franchise is available in 200 territories with an audience of two billion people.[6] 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%.[7] The franchise is so influential that fellow CBS show How I Met Your Mother advertised itself as "not a Crime Scene Investigation show".[8] 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."[6]

However, the "CSI effect" also 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.[9]


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
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 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


Character No. of episode appearances Actor First Last
Series Total
CSI Miami NY Cyber
Grissom, GilGil Grissom 198 199[N 1] Petersen, WilliamWilliam Petersen 2000 2015
Willows, CatherineCatherine Willows 266 266 Helgenberger, MargMarg Helgenberger 2000 2015
Brown, WarrickWarrick Brown 183 183 Dourdan, GaryGary Dourdan 2000 2008
Stokes, NickNick Stokes 335 335 Eads, GeorgeGeorge Eads 2000 2015
Brass, JimJim Brass 318 318 Guilfoyle, PaulPaul Guilfoyle 2000 2015
Sidle, SaraSara Sidle 297 297 Fox, JorjaJorja Fox 2000 2015
Sanders, GregGreg Sanders 335 335 Szmanda, EricEric Szmanda 2000 2015
Robbins, AlAl Robbins 330 330 Hall, Robert DavidRobert David Hall 2000 2015
Curtis, SofiaSofia Curtis 52 52 Lombard, LouiseLouise Lombard 2004 2011
Hodges, DavidDavid Hodges 249 249 Langham, WallaceWallace Langham 2003 2015
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
Phillips, DavidDavid Phillips 291 291 Berman, DavidDavid Berman 2000 2015
Russell, D.B.D.B. Russell[N 2] 86 1 18 105 Danson, TedTed Danson 2011 2016
Brody, MorganMorgan Brody 87 87 Harnois, ElisabethElisabeth Harnois 2011 2015
Finlay, JulieJulie Finlay 71 71 Shue, ElisabethElisabeth Shue 2012 2015
Andrews, HenryHenry Andrews 128 128 Wellner, JonJon Wellner 2005 2015
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 Rodriguez, AdamAdam Rodriguez 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
Ryan, AveryAvery Ryan 2 31 33 Arquette, PatriciaPatricia Arquette 2014 2016
Mundo, ElijahElijah Mundo 31 31 Van Der Beek, JamesJames Van Der Beek 2015 2016
Sifter, SimonSimon Sifter 13 13 MacNicol, PeterPeter MacNicol 2015 2015
Nelson, BrodyBrody Nelson 31 31 Moss, ShadShad Moss 2015 2016
Krumitz, DanielDaniel Krumitz 31 31 Koontz, CharleyCharley Koontz 2015 2016
Ramirez, RavenRaven Ramirez 31 31 Kiyoko, HayleyHayley Kiyoko 2015 2016
Russell, D.B.D.B. Russell[N 2] 86 1 18 105 Danson, TedTed Danson 2011 2016
  1. ^ In addition to appearing in 198 episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 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[edit]

The Las Vegas team are scientists foremost and follow the evidence.

The crimes the Las Vegas CSI team face (other than the standard murder and rape) 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 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. The lab consists of specialist laboratories, a Supervisor's office, an Assistant Supervisor's office, a locker room, a break-room, and stairs leading to a second floor, believed to house the offices of the Day-shift and Swing-shift supervisors.

  • Directors: D.B. Russell (12.01–16.02), Sara Sidle (16.02)
  • Supervisors: Jim Brass (1.01), Gil Grissom (1.02–9.10), Sofia Curtis (5.07–5.08), Catherine Willows (5.09–5.25, 9.11–11.22), D.B. Russell (12.01–16.02)
  • Assistant Supervisors: Gil Grissom (1.01), Catherine Willows (1.02–5.08, 6.01–9.10, 12.01–12.12), Sofia Curtis (5.09–5.25), Nick Stokes (10.01–11.22), Julie Finlay (12.14–15.18)


The Miami team are detectives foremost and mainly use theories to solve crimes.

The crimes the Miami CSI team face (other than the standard murder and rape) include drug running, murdered Cuban refugees, bodies found washed up on the beach and dumped in the everglades and murders involving the rich and famous who have secrets to hide.

Crime lab
First stationed out of a broom-closet next to the MDPD's bull-pen, CSI Miami was eventually given its own building prior to the start of the first season. Originally dark and technical the 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 has not been seen since 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.

  • Director & Supervisor: Horatio Caine (Backdoor pilot–10.19)
  • Assistant Supervisors: Megan Donner (1.01–1.10), Calleigh Duquesne (1.11–10.19)

New York[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 murder and rape) include mob activity, gang violence, and ethnic, cultural, and ability differences.

Crime lab
During the first season the NYPD CSI lab was in an old underground building with rustic brick walls. The lab housed 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 Mac's office, specialist laboratories, an observation walkway, a break-room and kitchen, a locker room, an office belonging to the Assistant Supervisor and Lindsay, and an office belonging to Danny and Hawkes. Part of this second lab was blown up in the season three finale, "Snow Day", but was restored by the beginning of season four.

  • Director & Supervisor: Mac Taylor (Backdoor pilot–9.17)
  • Assistant Supervisors: Stella Bonasera (Backdoor pilot–6.23), Jo Danville (7.01–9.17)

Washington, D.C.[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 bullpen 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.

  • Directors: Director Marcus Silver, Asst. Deputy Director Simon Sifter (1.01–1.13), Deputy Director Colin Vickner (1.01–2.04), Deputy Director Avery Ryan (2.06–2.18)
  • Special Agent in Charge: Avery Ryan (Backdoor pilot–2.05)

— 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.

  • Director: D.B. Russell (2.01–2.18)

Theme songs[edit]

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

Series Theme song
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. Many actors have appeared in two of the series. Four 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. 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 N/A "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 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 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 N/A "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 N/A "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 N/A "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 N/A "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 N/A "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 their characters 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[10] "A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 1)" /
"A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 2)"
110 mins
The CSI Movie: Bang-Bang[11] "Bang-Bang" / "Way to Go" 110 mins
The CSI Movie: Built to Kill[12] "Built to Kill (Part 1)" / "Built to Kill (Part 2)" 110 mins
The CSI Movie: Dr Who & Mr Jekyll[13] "Doctor Who" / "Meat Jekyll" 105 mins
The CSI Movie: Immortality "Immortality Part I" / "Immortality Part II" 87 mins
CSI: Miami The CSI Movie: Crisis[14] "No Man's Land" / "Man Down" 105 mins
The CSI Movie: Fallen[15] '"All Fall Down" / "Fallen" 105 mins
CSI: NY The CSI Movie: Revenge[16] "Nothing for Something" / "Life Sentence" 100 mins

Also Channel 5 will sometimes group episodes with similar themes together such as psychopaths ("CSI: Psycho Season"), home invasion murders and cop killings ("CSI: Cops in Crisis"), domestic murders between couples ("CSI: Murder and Matrimony"), and even episodes with guest celebrities ("CSI: Celeb").

Other media[edit]


Main article: CSI (comics)

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.


Main article: CSI (video games)

The CSI franchise has spawned 11 computer games published by Ubisoft 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.[17]

A pinball game machine called CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was released in 2008.[18]


Main article: CSI: The Experience

Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry opened an exhibit in CSI's honor on May 25, 2007 called: "CSI: The Experience".[19] In October 2011 it was at Discovery Times Square in New York City.[20] There is also a game on the website where you are trained in forensic biology, weapons and tool mark analyses, toxicology and the autopsy.


Main article: CSI (novels)

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.[21] They were available in the UK and US.[22]


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.[23] 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.[24] They succeeded in breaking the record by airing CSI: Cyber's backdoor pilot in 171 countries.[25]


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.

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.[26]


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Further reading

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