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In the crime thriller series NCIS, a team of US Navy crime scene investigators uses their technical skills to identify and track down criminals. The teams is led by a no-nonsense-tough-guy boss. His crew is made up of lovably quirky characters with improbable skills.

This series follows the well established formula of the modern crime-procedural drama, in which a team of investigative professionals works together to solve murders based on evidence left behind at the crime scene. Each team member has unique skills, and all their skills mesh to get the job. The drama of the series revolves around both the crime and the interaction of the team members.

While far from realistic, the series has been compelling enough to draw huge audiences and spawn numerous spinoffs. This version is the original. It began airing in 2003 and had run for 17 seasons as of 2020. An eighteenth season is planned for 2021. The series' longevity makes it the second longest running current scripted drama series after Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The first spin off debuted after the parent series' sixth season. The second spin off debuted after the parent series' eleventh season.

The series' creator, Donald P. Bellisario, left the show as showrunner in 2007 after a publicized clash with star Mark Harmon. Bellisario remained in the credits as executive producer, but a new showrunning team was brought in to appease Harmon.

The series' peak rating were turned in in 2012, but it remains popular.

NCIS is a Action & Adventure, Drama series that is currently running and has 17 seasons (400 episodes). The series first aired on September 23, 2003. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

NCIS is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch NCIS on demand at CBS Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, NBC, Vudu, USA, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, iTunes, CBS online.

Tuesday 8:00 PM et/pt on CBS
17 Seasons, 400 Episodes
September 23, 2003
Action & Adventure, Drama
7.8/10
Cast: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sasha Alexander
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NCIS Full Episode Guide

  • The team tries to verify the identity of Joe Smith, who claims he served on the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and wants to be buried there upon his death.

  • When Kasie and Jimmy are held hostage in a diner after a jewelry store robbery goes awry, they attempt to keep the other customers safe from the thieves.

  • The team searches for answers when the body of a well-regarded Navy technician in the Reserves is found floating in a lake where a popular community event is being held. Also, Sloane is caught off-guard when her daughter, Faith, makes an unexpected request.

  • As the NCIS team investigates the death of a Navy officer murdered the same way as his parents a decade ago, they stumble across a storage container filled with dollhouses that display recreations of murder scenes. Also, the team agrees to clean out their living spaces, but some have a harder time saying goodbye to their possessions than others.

  • While investigating the suicide of a retired Navy officer who left a rare, valuable

  • The lead suspect in an NCIS murder investigation is a woman Gibbs' friend, Phillip Brooks, met on a dating site. Also, Sloane has a secret admirer on Valentine's Day.

  • After Torres and Bishop are victims of a hit-and-run, Torres fights for his life in the ICU.

  • After a body is found at an unmanned aerial vehicle testing site, the NCIS team must determine if the death was murder or an accident. Also, Palmer carefully interviews medical examiner assistant candidates.

  • The NCIS team investigates an F-18 crash and the subsequent disappearance of the pilot who operated the aircraft. Also, McGee reluctantly discusses a very personal decision with his teammates.

  • Gibbs must face the reality of his actions after he assists Ziva with "the one thing" she said she would need to take care of before returning to her family.

  • Gibbs and the team assist Ziva with "the one thing" she said she would need to take care of before returning to her family.

  • The NCIS team investigates a petty officer's murder that was live-streamed on a popular gaming app. Also, Gibbs watches his 11-year-old neighbor, Phineas, when his mom must leave on a last-minute trip.

  • The NCIS team investigates the murder of a musician in the Navy's most elite band that performs at diplomatic events around the world.

  • While investigating a Marine's murder, the NCIS team uncovers a labyrinth of live-streaming spy cameras hidden in the rooms of a Virginia motel.

  • After a petty officer's son is found murdered at his "welcome home from prison" party, evidence suggests Kasie's lifelong best friend, Dante Brown, is the suspect.

  • The NCIS team links a bizarre crime scene at Arlington National Cemetery to a string of attacks on homeless veterans. Also, Vance orders McGee, Bishop and Torres to complete hours of evidence garage cleanup duty for withholding information.

  • After the body of a Marine Lieutenant is found hidden under an 18-wheeler, the NCIS team tracks the vehicle's previous locations to pinpoint the crime scene and suspect. Also, Sloane encourages the team to sit down and talk about Ziva's recent reappearance.

  • With their lives in danger, Gibbs and Ziva's rogue investigation takes an unexpected turn when a possible terrorist plot is revealed.

  • Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends, and what led to her return.

  • 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.

  • The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Marine Sergeant in the States who was hailed as a war hero for his efforts overseas. Also, Gibbs turns to Doctor Grace Confalone for advice after he uncharacteristically unravels and abandons his team at a crime scene investigation.

  • After NCIS finds a secret government bank account that's funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, the team must determine who is acting as judge and jury.

  • After entering cold case DNA into the system, Kasie solves a 30-year-old murder case, but a loophole in the legal system may set the suspect free. Also, McGee visits an elite technology company in Silicon Valley that is offering him a highly paid position.

  • NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime.

  • Following an active shooter lockdown at a naval hospital, the NCIS team searches for a suspect who fled the scene. Also, someone from Sloane's past was inside the hospital and is a key witness in the case.

  • Torres relies on his team's investigative skills after he wakes up on a dilapidated fishing boat, covered in blood and unable to remember the last 12 hours.

  • Jimmy is torn between family and work after his father-in-law, Ed, asks him to tamper with evidence from NCIS' current murder investigation. Also, Ed's poker buddy, Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., offers to help with the case.

  • The NCIS team investigates a man overboard fatality from a Navy destroyer at sea. Also, Torres is frustrated with Vance's assignment to mentor three high school students.

  • McGee reluctantly visits his high school after the unique computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a department of defense contractor. The case escalates when an intruder breaks into McGee's home in an attempt to steal his archaic high school computer.

  • An old family friend, Army Corporal John Sydney, beseeches Gibbs to join him on a road trip to search for a missing military I.D. bracelet. Also, a Navy Lieutenant in NCIS protective custody is poisoned by an infamous drug dealer.

  • 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.

  • The team's holiday plans are put on hold when the murder investigation of a Navy veteran includes the discovery of a newborn baby who has no identification and no apparent ties to a family.

  • When the lead suspect of an unsolved and high-profile robbery case is released from prison, the NCIS team resumes their investigation with an undercover stakeout.

  • McGee and Bishop travel to Afghanistan after a murder case in the states is linked to a string of soldiers killed by friendly fire overseas. Also, Kasie leaves the lab and accompanies Torres into the field to process additional forensic evidence.

  • After a mural by a street artist and activist is stolen, the NCIS investigation leads to a conspiracy regarding a Navy contractor and the safety of ocean mammals. Also, Bishop shares a special connection with the street artist.

  • After NCIS arrives at a Halloween crime scene, Torres recognizes the victim as a friend from federal law enforcement training. Also, Jimmy thinks his lab is haunted by ghosts after objects keep mysteriously moving.

  • After a 50-year-old tape recording left by a murder victim is found, the NCIS team tries to exonerate Ray Jennings, the Marine serving a life sentence for the crime.

  • Gibbs' quiet vacation at his remote cabin is interrupted by a surprise visit from Tobias Fornell and Navy Captain Phillip Brooks, as well as a call from NCIS asking for his help locating a robber hiding in the woods near him.

  • One of the NCIS agents is starstruck after the team investigates an explosion outside the home of Navy Petty Officer First Class Todd Nicholas and his wife, popular reality TV star Sheba Nicholas. Also, Vance continues physical therapy for the injuries sustained when he was held hostage.

  • After a Navy lieutenant is found murdered in his hot tub, the team interviews several families in the victim's peculiar neighborhood. Also, Torres must face the consequences after a volatile night out with Palmer.

  • 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.

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