NCIS (franchise)

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NCIS franchise
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NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is a media franchise of American television programs originally created by Donald P. Bellisario and currently broadcast on CBS, all of which deal with military related criminal investigations based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.

In 2003, NCIS was introduced via a backdoor pilot, from the TV show JAG with NCIS in turn spinning off NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans in 2009 and 2014, respectively. NCIS: Los Angeles had a proposed spin-off, but it was later not picked up by CBS.

As of May 18, 2017, 593 episodes of the NCIS franchise have aired. The main NCIS series is the longest-running show of the franchise which began its fourteenth season on September 20, 2016 and has been renewed for an additional season.


NCIS, voted America's favorite Television Series in 2011,[1] finished its tenth season as the most-watched television series in the U.S. during 2012–13[2] and is broadcast in over 200 territories worldwide.[3] As of the end of the 2014–15 TV season, NCIS remains TV's most watched drama series.[4] Spin-off NCIS: New Orleans ended its first season as the second most watched drama on CBS,[4] and the fifth most watched series on TV. NCIS: Los Angeles ended its fifth season as the fourth most watched series on TV, and the second most watched drama.[5]


Mark Harmon stars in NCIS

NCIS follows the work of the Major Case Response Team, stationed out of Washington, D.C. Supervised by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Gunnery Sergeant and a widower, the team specializes in crime scene examination, and the investigation of murders. Gibbs' team has included Caitlin Todd, who earned her stripes protecting the President as a member of the Secret Service; Anthony DiNozzo, a former Baltimore detective; Timothy McGee, a computer specialist and M.I.T. graduate; Eleanor Bishop, a former NSA security analyst and threat assessment specialist; Nicholas Torres, an undercover operative; Alexandra Quinn, a training officer who supervised the recruitment of Bishop, McGee, David, and Torres; and Ziva David, a former Mossad assassin. Primarily dealing with cases along the East Coast, and acting under the director supervision of successive NCIS Directors Jenny Shepard and Leon Vance, the team is supported by Abigail Sciuto, a forensic specialist; Jimmy Palmer, an Assistant Medical Examiner dubbed the "autopsy gremlin"; Ducky Mallard, a seasoned Chief Medical Examiner; and Clayton Reeves, an MI-6 officer assigned to liaise with NCIS during these troubled times.

NCIS: Los Angeles[edit]

The Office of Special Projects is an elite counter-terrorist division of NCIS, and is responsible for threats pertaining to national security, as well as high profile murder cases, and cases with an undercover element. Working under the supervision of Assistant Director Owen Granger, OSP is headed by Operations Manager Hetty Lange, a master of disguise and prop-artisan, and G. Callen, a long time friend of Gibbs, and a street kid turned Special Agent with a desire to find out who he is. Callen works alongside Kensi Blye, a forensic specialist and the daughter of a marine; Dominic Vail, an M.I.T. graduate and a computer-whiz; Marty Deeks, an LAPD Detective recruited to liaise with OSP; Nell Jones, an Intelligence Analyst with the highest IQ at NCIS; Eric Beale, an awkward technician and one half of the technical dream-team; and Nate Getz, a deep-cover operative and Operational Psychologist seconded to Hetty's team. Callen's partner is former SEAL Sam Hanna, a family man who met his wife on the job.

NCIS: New Orleans[edit]

The New Orleans NCIS team is headed by Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride, a seasoned Special Agent known as "King" to his friends. He's a former Sheriff's Deputy with the second highest arrest record in the history of Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office. Tasked with heading a small satellite squad who handle Naval and Marine related cases in Pensacola, Fla., through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle, Pride supervises Christopher LaSalle, an agent recruited from the New Orleans Police Department's Vice Division, who is well known for his volunteer work at the children's hospital; Meredith Brody, a senior career agent who earned her stripes afloat, and later became the youngest agent in the history of NCIS Midwest; and Sonja Percy, a former undercover ATF agent who joined the team to come in from the dark. The team are assisted by forensics agent Sebastian Lund, who transitioned from the lab to the field; Loretta Wade, a Jefferson Parish coroner; and Patton Plame, an NCIS computer specialist. The team are later joined by FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio who is assigned to liaise with, and investigate, NCIS she is then fired by the FBI and joins NCIS.


All of the series were spun off with a two-part episode from another series used as a backdoor pilot.

Series Television seasons
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 2016–17
NCIS Intro 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
NCIS: Los Angeles Intro 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
NCIS: New Orleans Intro 1 2 3

Proposed spin-off[edit]

NCIS: Red was a proposed spin-off of NCIS: Los Angeles. The series was to follow a group of elite agents, supervised by SSA Paris Summerskill (Kim Raver), as they travel from port to port investigating crimes within NCIS' jurisdiction when regular NCIS agents were not available to do so. CBS declined to pick up the series but stated they would not be opposed to reconsidering if it was reconfigured to feature a different cast. Other series regulars would have included John Corbett, Scott Grimes, Edwin Hodge, and Gillian Alexy. Grimes had previously guest starred on NCIS. Alexy later recurred as a separate character on NCIS: New Orleans.

Main cast[edit]

Series Actor Character Duration Appearances
Franchise Universe[a]
NCIS[b] L.A.[c] N.O.[d] JAG[e] H 5-0[f] Scorpion
NCIS Harmon, MarkMark Harmon Gibbs, Leroy JethroLeroy Jethro Gibbs 2003– Main Guest Guest
Alexander, SashaSasha Alexander Todd, Caitlin "Kate"Caitlin "Kate" Todd 2003–05; 2011
Weatherly, MichaelMichael Weatherly DiNozzo, Anthony "Tony"Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo 2003–16 Guest Guest Guest
Perrette, PauleyPauley Perrette Sciuto, AbbyAbby Sciuto 2003–
McCallum, DavidDavid McCallum Mallard, Donald "Ducky"Donald "Ducky" Mallard 2003–
Murray, SeanSean Murray McGee, TimothyTimothy McGee 2003–
de Pablo, CoteCote de Pablo David, ZivaZiva David 2005–13
Holly, LaurenLauren Holly Shepard, JennyJenny Shepard 2005–08
Carroll, RockyRocky Carroll Vance, LeonLeon Vance 2008– Guest Guest
Dietzen, BrianBrian Dietzen Palmer, JimmyJimmy Palmer 2003–
Wickersham, EmilyEmily Wickersham Bishop, Eleanor "Ellie"Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop 2013–
Valderrama, WilmerWilmer Valderrama Torres, Nicholas "Nick"Nicholas "Nick" Torres 2016–
Esposito, JenniferJennifer Esposito Quinn, Alexandra "Alex"Alexandra "Alex" Quinn 2016–
Henry, DuaneDuane Henry Reeves, ClaytonClayton Reeves 2016–
NCIS: Los Angeles O'Donnell, ChrisChris O'Donnell Callen, G.G. Callen 2009– Guest Main Guest
Cambor, PeterPeter Cambor Getz, Nate "Doc"Nate "Doc" Getz 2009–
Ruah, DanielaDaniela Ruah Blye, KensiKensi Blye 2009– Guest
Craig, Adam JamalAdam Jamal Craig Vail, DominicDominic Vail 2009–10
J, LL CoolLL Cool J Hanna, SamSam Hanna 2009– Guest Guest
Hunt, LindaLinda Hunt Lange, Henrietta "Hetty"Henrietta "Hetty" Lange 2009– Guest
Foa, BarrettBarrett Foa Beale, EricEric Beale 2009– Guest
Olsen, Eric ChristianEric Christian Olsen Deeks, MartyMarty Deeks 2010–
Smith, Renée FeliceRenée Felice Smith Jones, NellNell Jones 2010–
Ferrer, MiguelMiguel Ferrer Granger, OwenOwen Granger 2012–17
NCIS: New Orleans Bakula, ScottScott Bakula Pride, Dwayne CassiusDwayne Cassius Pride 2014– Guest Main
Black, LucasLucas Black LaSalle, ChristopherChristopher LaSalle 2014–
McLellan, ZoeZoe McLellan Brody, MeredithMeredith Brody 2014–16
Kerkovich, RobRob Kerkovich Lund, SebastianSebastian Lund 2014–
Pounder, C. C. H.C. C. H. Pounder Wade, LorettaLoretta Wade 2014– Guest
Mitchell, DarylDaryl Mitchell Patton Plame 2014–
Grant, ShalitaShalita Grant Sonja Percy 2015– Guest
Ferlito, VanessaVanessa Ferlito Tammy Gregorio 2016–
  1. ^ "Universe" is used to refer to television series outside of the franchise in which franchise characters have appeared, or from which characters have "crossed over" to appear in a franchise series.
  2. ^ NCIS
  3. ^ NCIS: Los Angeles
  4. ^ NCIS: New Orleans
  5. ^ JAG
  6. ^ Hawaii Five-0


This is a complete list of all crossovers, both within the franchise and out of it. All characters, main, recurring, and shared guest stars, are credited.

Within the NCIS franchise[edit]

Series A Series A episode title Air date Written by Series B Actors from series B appearing on series A Crossover type
NCIS "Legend (Part I)" April 28, 2009 Shane Brennan NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Peter Cambor, LL Cool J, Barrett Foa, Brian Avers Backdoor pilot
"Legend (Part II)" May 5, 2009
"Endgame" November 10, 2009 Gary Glasberg Kelly Hu Character appearance
"Crescent City (Part I)" March 25, 2014 NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, C. C. H. Pounder Backdoor pilot
"Crescent City (Part II)" April 1, 2014
"Sister City: Part One" January 5, 2016 Christopher J. Waild Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Shalita Grant Two-part episode
"Pandora's Box: Part One" February 14, 2017 Cindi Hemingway (Christopher J Walid credited) Scott Bakula, Lucas Black
NCIS: Los Angeles "Identity" September 22, 2009 Shane Brennan NCIS Rocky Carroll Character appearance
"Search and Destroy" October 13, 2009 Gil Grant
"Killshot" October 20, 2009 Shane Brennan Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette
"Pushback" November 10, 2009 Rocky Carroll
"Ambush" November 17, 2009 Lindsay Sturman
"Random on Purpose" November 24, 2009 Speed Weed Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette
"Hunted" May 11, 2010 Corey Miller Rocky Carroll
"Callen, G." May 25, 2010 Shane Brennan David Dayan Fisher
"Familia" May 17, 2011 Rocky Carroll
"Lange, H." September 25, 2011
"Praesidium" October 13, 2014 Erin Broadhurst, R. Scott Gemmill
"Blame it on Rio" October 19, 2015 R. Scott Gemmill[6] Michael Weatherly
NCIS: New Orleans "Musician Heal Thyself" September 23, 2014 Jeffrey Lieber David McCallum
"Carrier" September 30, 2014 Gary Glasberg Rocky Carroll, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Meredith Eaton
"Breaking Brig" October 7, 2014 Laurie Arent Rocky Carroll, Mark Harmon
"It Happened Last Night" October 21, 2014 Jack Bernstein Rocky Carroll, Joe Spano
"The Abyss" January 13, 2015 Sam Humphrey Diane Neal
"The Walking Dead" February 3, 2015 David Appelbaum
"Rock-A-Bye Baby" April 14, 2015 Jonathan I. Kidd, Sonya Winton
"Touched by the Sun" October 6, 2015 Tony Wharmby Leslie Hope
"Sister City: Part Two" January 5, 2016 Christopher Silber Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Emily Wickersham, Brian Dietzen Two-part episode
"Pandora's Box: Part Two" February 14, 2017 Christopher Silber Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama

Outside the NCIS franchise[edit]

Series A Series A episode title Air date Written by Series B Actors from series B appearing on series A Crossover type
JAG "Ice Queen" April 22, 2003 Donald P. Bellisario, Don McGill NCIS Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Alan Dale Backdoor pilot
"Meltdown" April 29, 2003
NCIS "Hung Out to Dry" September 30, 2003 Don McGill JAG Patrick Labyorteaux Character appearance
"UnSEALeD" April 6, 2004 Thomas L. Moran Alicia Coppola
"A Weak Link May 18, 2004 Jack Bernstein Adam Baldwin
"Call of Silence" November 23, 2004 Roger Director Alicia Coppola
"Hometown Hero" May 3, 2005 George Schenck, Frank Cardea
"Damned If You Do" May 14, 2013 Gary Glasberg John M. Jackson
"Rogue" September 20, 2016 Gary Glasberg & Jennifer Corbett Patrick Labyorteaux
Hawaii Five-0 "Ka Hakaka Maikaʻi"[i] October 24, 2011 Kyle Harimoto NCIS: Los Angeles Daniela Ruah
"Pa Make Loa"[ii] April 30, 2012 Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, R. Scott Gemmill Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J Two-night event
NCIS: Los Angeles "Touch of Death" May 1, 2012 Hawaii Five-0 Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim
"Payback" February 19, 2017 Jordana Lewis Jaffe JAG John M. Jackson Character appearance
"Battle Scars" April 23, 2017 Andrew Bartels and Jordana Lewis Jaffe John M. Jackson
"Golden Days" April 30, 2017 Joseph C. Wilson and Lee A.Carlisle John M. Jackson
Scorpion "True Colors" October 27, 2014 Elizabeth Beall NCIS: Los Angeles Linda Hunt

* NCIS franchise share the same television universe with JAG (first NCIS-JAG crossover on 2003), Hawaii Five-O (first NCIS:LA-H5O crossover on 2011), Scorpion (first NCIS:LA-Scorpion crossover on 2014) and MacGyver (first H5O-MacGyver crossover on 2017).

  1. ^ In Hawaiian, the title means "The Good Fight".
  2. ^ In Hawaiian, the title means "Touch of Death".

Theme songs[edit]

Series Theme song
NCIS: Los Angeles "No Crew Is Superior"
NCIS: New Orleans "Boom Boom"


NCIS: Hidden Crimes[edit]

On September 15, 2016, Ubisoft launch a hidden-object mobile game titled NCIS: Hidden Crimes. Developed by Ubisoft in conjunction with CBS Interactive, the game was released for Android & iOS device.[7]

NCIS TV movies[edit]

In the UK, certain NCIS multi-part episodes were edited together to make a combined feature and shown on Channel 5, 5USA, CBS Action and Fox UK. These include:

Title Episodes edited together Air date Runtime Source
The NCIS Movie: Enemies "Enemies Foreign" / "Enemies Domestic" May 20, 2013 1 hr, 20 mins [8][9]
The NCIS Movie: Judgement Day "Judgment Day (Part I)" / "Judgment Day (Part II)" June 10, 2013 1 hr, 40 mins [10]
The NCIS Movie: Legend
(Legend Compilation)
"Legend (Part I)" / "Legend (Part II)" June 10, 2013 1 hr, 45 mins [11][12]
The NCIS Movie: Kill Ari "Kill Ari (Part I)" / "Kill Ari (Part II)" August 22, 2013 2 hrs [13][14]
The NCIS Movie: War on Terror "Engaged (Part I)" / "Engaged (Part II)" February 1, 2014 1 hr, 20 mins [15]
The NCIS Movie: Payback "Borderland" / "Patriot Down" / "Rule Fifty-One" March 1, 2014 2 hrs, 35 mins [16]
The NCIS Movie: Shell Shock "Shell Shock (Part I)" / "Shell Shock (Part II)" April 11, 2014 1 hr, 30 mins [17]
Death Wish (Part I & II) "Shabbat Shalom" / "Shiva" April 16, 2014 (1)
April 18, 2014 (2)
1 hr, 40 mins [18][19]
The NCIS Movie:
Race Against Terror: Hiatus
"Hiatus (Part I)" / "Hiatus (Part II)"
  • August 20, 2016
  • September 17, 2016
1 hr, 50 mins [20][21]


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  9. ^ "NCIS | The NCIS Movie: Enemies". Radio Times. United Kingdom: Immediate Media Company. April 8, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "NCIS Movie: Judgement Day (Judgement Day – Parts One and Two) on Channel 5 +1, Sat 15 Feb 9:30pm – Your UK TV Listings at". London. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Legend Compilation | NCIS". Channel 5. United Kingdom: Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd (Viacom International Media Networks Europe). Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
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  13. ^ "NCIS". Radio Times. United Kingdom: Immediate Media Company. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "The NCIS Movie: Kill Ari". London. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "NCIS | The NCIS Movie: War on Terror: Engaged – Parts One and Two". Radio Times. United Kingdom: Immediate Media Company. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
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  18. ^ "Season 10 - Episode 11: Death Wish (Part I)". Channel 5. United Kingdom: Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd (Viacom International Media Networks Europe). Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Season 10 - Episode 12: Death Wish (Part II)". Channel 5. United Kingdom: Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd (Viacom International Media Networks Europe). Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  20. ^ "NCIS Movie: Race Against Terror". London. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ "NCIS Movie: Race Against Terror: Hiatus". Radio Times. United Kingdom: Immediate Media Company. Retrieved September 9, 2016.