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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a procedural drama that airs on CBS. Each episode opens with the discovery of a dead body, and the rest of the episode is devoted to the subsequent murder investigation. There is usually a subplot involving a secondary case. The original protagonist of the series was William Petersen's introverted Gil Grissom. Petersen left the show in 2010, and Laurence Fishbourne stepped in for two dreary seasons. CSI finally regained its trademark energy and wit when Ted Danson joined the cast last season.

Like its predecessor Law & Order, CSI's success lies in its format. Characters come and go, but the scientific approach to solving mysteries remains captivating. The scientists on CSI use real and fictional technology to draw answers out of the tiniest bits of evidence. Unbiased science is used to bolster the investigators' idealistic morals; the show has a moral sensibility that it maintains by only rarely depicting the court proceedings in which the killers are convicted. Viewers see the evidence and learn who the killers are. There is no reasonable doubt. Most episodes end right after the killers are revealed.

CSI is set in Las Vegas, and many episodes touch on the city's seedy history. The fascinating mafia lore lends some gravity to the scientific proceedings. Special effects, animations and flashbacks of the crimes keep the series from being morbid. Grounding the casual conversations about murder in Las Vegas legends gives CSI an air of mystique that other procedurals lack.

The show originally focused on Grissom and Marg Helgenberger's sassy Catherine Willows as the lead investigators, but the supporting characters gradually grew to warrant more screen time. Even the lab technicians occasionally have episodes all to themselves. Every few years there is a long-running arc featuring a serial killer that eludes the team for an entire season.

The small, disconnected vignettes featured on CSI add up to reveal something deep and dark about humanity at large. Evidence will always reveal how a crime was committed, but the investigators sometimes struggle to determine a killer's motivation. People who are on the right side of the law need to understand what it feels like to want to kill someone. CSI explores this contradiction and draws compelling drama from it. The show plays a joke on audience members, who are now affected by this contradiction as well. CSI remains at the head of the procedural pack.

16 Seasons, 339 Episodes
October 6, 2000
Cast: George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Paul Guilfoyle
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Full Episode Guide

  • Grissom and Willows return to help the CSI team solve a catastrophic case that paralyzes all of Las Vegas, on the special two-hour series finale. Past and current series stars scheduled to appear include William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall, Paul Guilfoyle, Wallace Langham, David Berman, Elisabeth Harnois and Jon Wellner. Also, Melinda Clarke returns as Lady Heather.

  • Grissom and Willows are back to aid the CSIs with a huge case that cripples the entire city of Las Vegas.

  • The team look into a murder that may have a connection to some kidnapping victims.

  • The CSI team investigates a murder with ties to two teenaged kidnapped girls. Lisa Rinna guest stars as Tori Nolan, the wife of the director of the San Diego Crime Lab.

  • The team investigates the death of a chrome-covered victim.

  • The CSI team investigates the murder of a young victim in a superhero costume.

  • The CSI team investigates a homicide at a convention for people who collect macabre murder memorabilia.

  • The CSI team learns the main suspect in the gig harbor killings is being released from jail due to lack of evidence.

  • The CSI team reopen a 10-year-old murder/suicide case when the lone survivor claims that her accused father was innocent.

  • The CSI investigates an apparent hit and run accident.

  • The team tries to find out more about the bizarre death of a man who was killed twice.

  • The team investigate a murder at Clark County jail after an inmate finds a body while running away from officers.

  • The investigation of the murder of a man stabbed in an alley takes an unexpected turn when the team delves into the kinky world of "rubber dolls."

  • The CSI team investigate the death of a woman who has been drinking and taking drugs in a pool at a rehab facility.

  • Morgan, Sidle and Finlay expect some down time while attending a forensics conference. Instead they deal with a mass shooting that happens on location.

  • A chemistry teacher's science experiment turns out completely wrong.

  • After Sara and Greg deal closely with a crime scene that was contaminated with a deadly pathogen, they have to be quarantined.

  • The CSI team investigates a robbery and shooting at a medical marijuana shop.

  • Finlay discovers a bomb planted in her car and struggles with how to handle the situation. Meanwhile, Russell receives a mysterious call from someone who claims to be the Gig Harbor killer.

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