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For crime show lovers, the name NCIS: Los Angeles probably sparks some hint of recognition. It is not related to the CSI franchise, however, except in as much as it shares a network with them. Rather, it is the spin-off of the hugely popular NCIS, known in some cases by its rather redundant first season title 'Navy NCIS.'

NCIS stands for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services, which polices crimes committed by and against Navy personnel and the Marines. In the Los Angeles spin-off, the agents work for the covert operations branch of NCIS, called the Office of Special Projects. Heading up the OSP is Henrietta (Hetty) Lange, a fearsome and brilliant but vertically-challenged leader.

Running the field operations team is agent G Callen. He doesn't know what his first name is, and neither does the government. Raised in orphanages, he is a trusted comrade of Agent Gibbs from the original series.

Agent Sam Hanna is Callen's partner, and the only person Callen truly trusts. A former Navy SEAL, Hanna has more faith in his fellow man, but respects Callen's instincts. The two of them work together like a well-oiled team, and engender many jokes about their 'work marriage'.

Junior agents Kensi Blye and Dominic Vail round out the first season field operations team. Kensi is a former military brat who uses her skills, brain and appearance equally well in the field. Dominic is the newest agent, and means well but still has some rough edges.

Operational psychologist Nate Getz is the tallest member of the team, towering over everyone in the room at all times. He provides valuable psychological insight into the minds of the criminals that the OSP deals with. Computer technician Eric Beale works in the heart of a suite of modern electronics, pulling up information as fast as the agents can use it. He likes to summon everyone to meetings with a whistle, a habit Hetty isn't too fond of.

NCIS: Los Angeles takes the idea of the original series and spins it out in a new direction to create chaos and intrigue on the sunny beaches of LA. The show maintains the quality of NCIS and the comradery of the original team, while the covert mandate of the OSP creates new adventures for them. Fans of a good crime drama that doesn't ignore character development will enjoy this one a lot.

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Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on CBS
6 Seasons, 143 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Some of the team goes undercover in Moscow so that they can locate their suspects.

  • Crew members, some of whom had been presumed to be dead, show up from the missing tanker that was involved in Arkady's deal with Russia.

  • The team searches for a former Marine and expert sniper who escaped a veterans hospital when they discover his connection to the leader of an extremist group. Also, the case reminds Kensi of her past as a sniper.

  • Callen and Sam are shocked when an old acquaintance, who they thought was the recent victim of a murder, appears and asks for their help.

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Man Who Broke Into LL Cool J's Home Had Previous Manslaughter Charges

Yesterday we posted an article about LL Cool J detaining the burglar who had broken into his Los Angeles home. Today information on the suspect has surfaced that makes Cool J even more awesome, and the whole situation a lot scarier. Initial reports were that the rapper and “NCIS: Los Angeles” actor had detained the burglar after the man broke into the star’s home in the middle of the night, while Cool J, along with his wife and four children, slept. The man was reported to have some minor bruising and was hospitalized for his injuries.

LL Cool J Takes Down Burglar: Lindsay Lohan Sweats a Little

LL Cool J just earned official bada** status. The 44-year-old rapper and “NCIS: Los Angeles” star, whose actual name is James Todd Smith (but let’s face it, Ladies Love is just a little more fitting), had a rather terrifying moment when a burglar broke into his Los Angeles home. Big mistake on the part of the intruder, a 58-year-old white male who remained unidentified. Cool J was sleeping upstairs when he was awoken by suspicious noises at around 2 a.m. Upon investigating, he confronted the man who had broken into his home.

'Hawaii Five-0' Help Boosts 'NCIS: L.A.' To Tuesday Triumph

The competition likely seemed stiff on paper, but "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Hawaii Five-0" joined up and out-gunned everybody Tuesday night. Not only that, but they did so by a solid margin, Deadline reports. The CBS criminal procedural dramas completed a two-part crossover arc gave the younger "NCIS" a 25-percent boost over the most recent fresh episode, airing three weeks ago. LL Cool J and Co. scored 8 million viewers and a 3.0 adult demographic rating off the team-up.

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