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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 October 16, 2018, 676 episodes of the NCIS franchise have aired. The main NCIS series is the longest-running show of the franchise which began its sixteenth season on September 25, 2018.

Overview[edit]

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]

NCIS[edit]

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 Marine Gunnery Sergeant, and a thrice-divorced 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; Ziva David, a former Mossad assassin; and Jack Sloane, a no-nonsense senior agent. Primarily dealing with cases along the East Coast, and acting under the supervision of successive NCIS Directors Jenny Shepard and Leon Vance, the team is supported by Abigail Sciuto, a forensic specialist; Kasie Hines, a forensic scientist; 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 murders and cases that require undercover work. Under the supervision of Operations Manager Hetty Lange, a master of disguise and prop-artisan, OSP is led by G. Callen, 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 serve as liaison to 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; Nate Getz, a deep-cover operative and Operational Psychologist seconded to team team; Sam Hanna, a former SEAL and a family man who met his wife on the job; and laconic Assistant Director Owen Granger. The team are overseen both bureaucratically and operationally by Executive Assistant Director for Pacific Operations (EAD-PAC) Shay Mosley.

NCIS: New Orleans[edit]

The New Orleans NCIS team is headed by Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride, a seasoned operative 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; Sonja Percy, a former undercover ATF agent who joined the team to come in from the dark; and former FBI agent Tammy Gregorio, recruited to the team after heading an investigation into their ethics and operations. Together, 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.

Series[edit]

All of the series were spin 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 2017–18 2018–19
NCIS Intro 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
NCIS: Los Angeles Intro 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
NCIS: New Orleans Intro 1 2 3 4 5

Proposed spin-off[edit]

In 2012, CBS commissioned a pilot episode for a potential NCIS: Los Angeles spinoff titled NCIS: Red.[6] Written and produced by Shane Brennan, the series would follow "a mobile team of agents who live and work together as they go across the country to solve crimes".[6] On February 6, 2013 John Corbett was cast as retired special agent Roy, the series male lead.[7] Earlier, CBS had confirmed that Miguel Ferrer would join the cast as a series regular, reprising his NCIS: Los Angeles role,[8] while Edwin Hodge had been cast as Kai, an intelligence analyst.[9] On February 8, 2013 Scott Grimes was cast as Dave,[10] and Gillian Alexy was cast as Claire.[11] Kim Raver was the last actor cast in the pilot, playing the lead role of Paris.[12] The pilot episodes, titled "Red" and "Red-2", aired on March 19 and March 26, 2013, during NCIS: Los Angeles' fourth season. On May 15, 2013, CBS announced that the pilot would not be taken to series.[13] On May 21, 2013 CBS President Nina Tassler stated that "sometimes [spinoffs] work and sometimes they don't. Protecting [the franchise] was really important."[14] CBS was reportedly "open to redeveloping the pilot with a new cast attached",[14] though a second franchise appearance by Scott Grimes in 2017 remains the only continuation of Red to date.

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 Mark Harmon Leroy Jethro Gibbs 2003– Main Guest Guest
Sasha Alexander Caitlin "Kate" Todd 2003–05; 2011
Michael Weatherly Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo 2003–16 Guest Guest Guest
Pauley Perrette Abby Sciuto 2003–18
David McCallum Donald "Ducky" Mallard 2003–
Sean Murray Timothy McGee 2003–
Cote de Pablo Ziva David 2005–13
Lauren Holly Jenny Shepard 2005–08
Rocky Carroll Leon Vance 2008– Guest Guest
Brian Dietzen Jimmy Palmer 2003–
Emily Wickersham Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop 2013–
Wilmer Valderrama Nicholas "Nick" Torres 2016–
Jennifer Esposito Alexandra "Alex" Quinn 2016–17
Duane Henry Clayton Reeves 2016–18
Maria Bello Jacqueline Sloane 2017–
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell G. Callen 2009– Guest Main Guest
Peter Cambor Nate "Doc" Getz 2009–
Daniela Ruah Kensi Blye 2009– Guest
Adam Jamal Craig Dominic Vail 2009–10
LL Cool J Sam Hanna 2009– Guest Guest
Linda Hunt Henrietta "Hetty" Lange 2009– Guest
Barrett Foa Eric Beale 2009– Guest
Eric Christian Olsen Marty Deeks 2010–
Renée Felice Smith Nell Jones 2010–
Miguel Ferrer Owen Granger 2012–17
Nia Long Shay Mosley 2017–
NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula Dwayne Cassius Pride 2014– Guest Main
Lucas Black Christopher LaSalle 2014–
Zoe McLellan Meredith Brody 2014–16
Rob Kerkovich Sebastian Lund 2014–
C. C. H. Pounder Loretta Wade 2014– Guest
Daryl Mitchell Patton Plame 2014–
Shalita Grant Sonja Percy 2015–18 Guest
Vanessa Ferlito Tammy Gregorio 2016–
Notes
  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

Crossovers[edit]

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[15] 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 Laurie Arent 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 Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama
"See You Soon" September 25, 2018 Mark Harmon Character appearance

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
"Dark Secrets" January 9, 2018 George Schenck, Frank Cardea
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
"Golden Days" April 30, 2017 Joseph C. Wilson and Lee A.Carlisle
"This Is What We Do" November 19, 2017 R. Scott Gemmill
"Cac Tu Nhan" January 14, 2018
"Goodbye Vietnam" March 11, 2018
Scorpion "True Colors" October 27, 2014 Elizabeth Beall NCIS: Los Angeles Linda Hunt

Universe[edit]

The NCIS franchise, born of "JAG," shares a television universe with "Scorpion" (via a direct crossover with "Los Angeles"), "First Monday" (via an indirect crossover with "JAG"), "Hawaii Five-0" (via a direct crossover with "Los Angeles"), "MacGyver" (via an indirect crossover with "Hawaii Five-0"), "Magnum P.I." (via an indirect crossover with "Hawaii Five-0"), and "JAG" itself (via crossovers with "NCIS" and "Los Angeles").

JAGFirst Monday
NCISMagnum P.I.
NCIS: Los AngelesHawaii Five-0MacGyver
NCIS: New OrleansScorpion
Notes
  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 "NCIS Theme"
NCIS: Los Angeles "No Crew Is Superior"
NCIS: New Orleans "Boom Boom"

Games[edit]

NCIS: Hidden Crimes[edit]

On September 15, 2016, Ubisoft launched 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.[16]

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 [17][18]
The NCIS Movie: Judgement Day "Judgment Day (Part I)" / "Judgment Day (Part II)" June 10, 2013 1 hr, 40 mins [19]
The NCIS Movie: Legend
(Legend Compilation)
"Legend (Part I)" / "Legend (Part II)" June 10, 2013 1 hr, 45 mins [20][21]
The NCIS Movie: Kill Ari "Kill Ari (Part I)" / "Kill Ari (Part II)" August 22, 2013 2 hrs [22][23]
The NCIS Movie: War on Terror "Engaged (Part I)" / "Engaged (Part II)" February 1, 2014 1 hr, 20 mins [24]
The NCIS Movie: Payback "Borderland" / "Patriot Down" / "Rule Fifty-One" March 1, 2014 2 hrs, 35 mins [25]
The NCIS Movie: Shell Shock "Shell Shock (Part I)" / "Shell Shock (Part II)" April 11, 2014 1 hr, 30 mins [26]
Death Wish (Part I & II) "Shabbat Shalom" / "Shiva" April 16, 2014 (1)
April 18, 2014 (2)
1 hr, 40 mins [27][28]
The NCIS Movie:
Race Against Terror: Hiatus
"Hiatus (Part I)" / "Hiatus (Part II)"
  • August 20, 2016
  • September 17, 2016
1 hr, 50 mins [29][30]

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