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  • Premiered: 
    September 23, 2003
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Spinoff of JAG 
  • Subject Matter: Military/War
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This one-hour drama is a spin-off from JAG and follows a team of special agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, an independent unit not bound to any military chain of command, who investigate all crimes from murder to terrorism involving the Navy and Marines. The team is led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a highly decorated U.S. Marine Corp veteran, and includes: NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective whose instincts in the field are unparalleled and whose quick wit and humorous take on life make him a team favorite; the youthful and energetic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented scientist whose sharp mind matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes; NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field; and Ziva David, perhaps the most dangerous member of the team, a former Mossad agent now Probationary Agent and newly sworn in U.S. citizen. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because he's seen it all, and he's not afraid to let you know. At the end of the ninth season, Harper Dearing's latest act of terrorism ripped through NCIS headquarters, and in Season 10, NCIS must recover and catch Harper Dearing as part of a cross-agency manhunt for the criminal mastermind. The show originally premiered with the title NAVY NCIS.

CBS aired the Season 12 premiere of NCIS on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT. In the season opener, "Twenty Klicks," Gibbs and McGee travel to Russia to safely escort home an NCIS computer engineer connected to classified intel, but their mission is compromised and they are forced to go off the grid while hunted by a Russian mercenary group. Meanwhile, the team in D.C. frantically uses every asset and inter-agency contact they have in an attempt to locate their missing team members.

NCIS returned for its thirteenth season on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Stop the Bleeding," Gibbs fights for his life aboard a Navy hospital ship after being shot, while DiNozzo and Joanna Teague travel to Shanghai to try and take down the Calling. Plus, Jon Cryer begins a multi-episode arc as Gibbs' surgeon, Dr. Cyril Taft.

Season 14 of NCIS premiered on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Rogue," the NCIS team investigates a deadly car explosion in D.C. that connects to NCIS Special Agent Nicholas 'Nick' Torres, who disappeared six months ago while on a deep undercover assignment in Argentina. Also, Gibbs asks NCIS Special Agent Alexandra 'Alex' Quinn to shadow his team after rejecting eight agents she instructed and referred for the open position. Jennifer Esposito has joined the cast of NCIS as a series regular, with her character introduced in the season premiere. Esposito plays NCIS Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn, an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center. Gibbs lures her back into the field as part of his team, where he takes advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent. Also, Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast of NCIS as a series regular, playing a once grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents don't know he's still on the job or that he's even alive. Now, he's back and his dedication to job and country has left him an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.

The fifteenth season of NCIS premiered on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "House Divided," two months after Gibbs and McGee were last seen fighting an elusive group of rebels in a Paraguay jungle, the NCIS team in D.C. tirelessly searches for their missing colleagues. Also, Vance and Torres are summoned to a congressional hearing regarding the fallout from the Paraguay mission. Later this season, Maria Bello joins the regular cast as Special Agent Jacqueline 'Jack' Sloane, an NCIS agent commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army, who served two tours in Afghanistan. After joining NCIS, she built her reputation as the agency's premier forensic psychologist. Unlike the other agents, she can second guess and challenge Gibbs, so there will be friction but also mutual respect. She is a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic. Her character is introduced in the season's fourth episode.

Season 16 of NCIS premiered on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In the season opener, "Destiny's Child," one month after Director Vance was kidnapped, Gibbs is assigned the role of acting director in his absence while the team searches worldwide for his whereabouts. On Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS debuted "Toil and Trouble," the mid-season premiere of NCIS, with Mitch Pileggi guest starring as United States Secretary of Defense Wynn Crawford. United States Secretary of Defense Wynn Crawford shuts down Gibbs' murder investigation and demands that Special Agents McGee and Torres be arrested for their actions in the case.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the Season 16 finale of NCIS, with guest stars Joe Spano as former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell and Juliette Angelo as Emily Fornel. In the season ender, "Daughters," former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell pleads with Gibbs to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers and suppliers in the area after his daughter, Emily Fornell, is hospitalized from an opiate overdose. Gibbs is haunted by the personal aspects of the case and his history with vigilante justice.

NCIS returns for Season 17 in the Fall, continuing to air on Tuesdays at 8pm.


Other Titles

  • Season 1 title: Navy NCIS

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Belisarius Productions
  • In association with Paramount Television


  • Washington Navy Yard - Washington DC USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 24, 2005: Caitlin 'Kate' Todd dies
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  • May 20, 2008: Jenny Shepard dies
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  • May 10, 2011: Mike Franks dies
  • May 10, 2011: Special Agent Gayne Levin dies
  • May 15, 2012: Breena Slater and Jimmy Palmer are married
  • April 30, 2013: Ilan Bodnar dies
  • May 13, 2014: Jackson Gibbs dies
  • May 5, 2015: Ned Dorneget dies