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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 now, 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.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS premiered a new episode of NCIS, the opening of a two-hour crossover event with NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10pm).

"Pandora's Box (Part 1)" (8pm on NCIS): After Abby's homeland security think tank is compromised and she is found in possession of a real bomb, the NCIS team discovers the leader of the group has been murdered and a theoretical terror playbook has been stolen.

"Pandora's Box (Part 2)" (10pm on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS): NCIS agents McGee and Torres travel to New Orleans to partner with Pride and his team in the search for a missing homeland security theoretical terror playbook. Grammy Award-nominated artist Maren Morris performs.


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