NCIS: New Orleans

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NCIS: New Orleans
Created by Gary Glasberg
Theme music composer John Lee Hooker
Opening theme "Boom Boom" performed by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Composer(s) Brian Kirk
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 51 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • David Appelbaum
  • Joshua Rexon
Cinematography Gordon C. Lonsdale
Running time 40–42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original release September 23, 2014 (2014-09-23) – present (present)
Related shows
External links

NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that premiered on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, following its parent series NCIS.[1][2][3][4] The pilot was written by Gary Glasberg. The series' executive producers are Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber, and James Hayman. The series is set and filmed in New Orleans. It is the third member of the NCIS franchise.

On January 12, 2015, NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a second season, that premiered on September 22, 2015.[9][10] Daryl Mitchell and Shalita Grant, who had been recurring cast members, became series regulars.[11]

On March 25, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on September 20, 2016.[12][13] Zoe McLellan, who plays Agent Brody left the series "for creative reasons",[14] and Vanessa Ferlito joined the cast as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio,[15] a series regular.[16]


NCIS: New Orleans follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents stationed out of New Orleans, Louisiana. The NCIS office handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle. Living and working out of his office, Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula) heads a team of special agents including Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), a former sheriff's deputy recruited by Pride following Katrina; Tammy Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito), a Washington FBI Agent assigned to Pride's team at his request; Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan), a transfer from the NCIS Great Lakes field office, has worked as a Special Agent Afloat and is keen to leave her past behind as she moves to New Orleans; Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant), a former ATF Special Agent and LaSalle's partner; and Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell), a computer specialist. They are assisted by Dr. Loretta Wade (C. C. H. Pounder), a forensic pathologist and medical examiner, and Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), a criminalist and forensic investigator assigned to the Jefferson Parish Medical Examiner's Office.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Scott Bakula as Dwayne Cassius Pride, NCIS Supervisory Special Agent.
  • Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle, NCIS Special Agent.
  • Zoe McLellan as Meredith Brody, NCIS Special Agent (seasons 1–2).
  • Rob Kerkovich as Sebastian Lund, forensic scientist.
  • CCH Pounder as Loretta Wade, medical examiner.
  • Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (season 2–present; recurring: season 1), NCIS Special Agent.
  • Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as Patton Plame (season 2–present; recurring: season 1), NCIS computer specialist.
  • Vanessa Ferlito as Tammy Gregorio (season 3–present), FBI Special Agent.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Intro 2 March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25) April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)
1 23 September 23, 2014 (2014-09-23) May 12, 2015 (2015-05-12)
2 24 September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)
3 24[17] September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20) TBA

Crossover with NCIS[edit]

In "Sister City", the New Orleans team works with the D.C. team on a case involving Abby Sciuto's brother.[18] Pride, LaSalle, Meredith, and Sonja appear in part one.[19]

International broadcast[edit]

NCIS: New Orleans airs simultaneously on Global in Canada.[20][21][22] In Australia, the series premiered on Network Ten on October 7, 2014.[23] The series has been sold to Channel 5 in the United Kingdom,[24] which premiered it on February 13, 2015.[25] The series has also been sold to Prime in New Zealand and Fox International Channels in Asia.[26] On April 2, 2015, the series began airing on South Africa's M-Net cable TV service and is broadcast to several other sub-Saharan African nations via DStv.[27]


Seasonal ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday
9:00 pm
23 September 23, 2014 17.22[28] May 12, 2015 13.61[29] 2014–15 4 17.42[30]
2 24 September 22, 2015 12.62[31] May 17, 2016 13.30[32] 2015–16 6 14.75[33]
3 Tuesday
10:00 pm
24[17] September 20, 2016 11.12[34] TBA TBA 2016–17 TBA TBA

Critical reception[edit]

NCIS: New Orleans has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season of the show a rating of 65%, based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads, "With a solid cast in a beautiful locale, NCIS: New Orleans makes extending this well-worn franchise look like the Big Easy."[35] Metacritic gives the show a score of 55 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[36]

In late September 2014, The Wrap's journalist Jason Hughes reviews the pilot episode of the series praising the music, the use of the city New Orleans, and on CBS' decision to cast Scott Bakula as "one of the most likable leading men in television, so they're set there."[37]

David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gives a mixed but critical review of the pilot episode in where there is a "Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar."[38] Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers of Indiewire said that NCIS is like "the obelisk in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it's an awe-inspiring, inescapable presence in the broadcast line-up. NCIS on CBS: It is here. It has always been here. It forever will be."[39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama NCIS: New Orleans Nominated [40]
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series Scott Bakula Nominated [40]


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