NCIS follows an elite team of crime scene forensic investigators whose primary area of responsibility are crimes related to the US military. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service, or NCIS, is tasked with collecting, examining, and analyzing evidence from any navy-related offense, with the goal of uncovering the truth behind the crime and the apprehension of its perpetrators and offenders. NCIS airs on CBS.

Premiere Date

9/23/2003 (USA) on CBS


Donald P. Bellisario & Don McGill


Crime Drama


2008 - BMI TV Music Award - Brian Kirk
2006 - ASCAP Award - Top TV Series - Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin
2006 - Imagen Award - Best Supporting Actress, Television - Cote de Pablo
2005 - BMI TV Music Award - Joseph Conlan
2004 - ASCAP Award - Top TV Series - Matt Hawkins, Maurice Jackson, Neil Martin

2008 - Young Artist Award - Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor - Dominic Scott Kay (episode "Lost & Found".)
2005 - Emmy - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Charles Durning (playing "Ernie Yost")

2008 - Nominated (Cote de Pablo) for an ALMA Award at the ALMA Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series for NCIS (2003).


Mark Harmon -- Leroy Jethro Gibbs / Senior Special Agent
Michael Weatherly -- Anthony DiNozzo / Special Agent
Sean Murray -- Timothy McGee / Special Agent
Pauley Perrette -- Abby Sciuto / Forensic Specialist
David McCallum -- Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard / Chief Medical Examiner
Cote de Pablo -- Ziva David / Mossad Liaison
Rocky Carroll -- Leon Vance / NCIS Director

Former Main Cast:
Lauren Holly -- Jenny Shepard / NCIS Director (2005 - 2008)
Sasha Alexander -- Caitlin 'Kate' Todd / Special Agent (2003-2005)

Recurring Cast:
Brian Dietzen -- Jimmy Palmer / Ducky's Assistant(2004- )
Joe Spano -- Tobias C. Fornell /Sr. FBI Agent (2003- )
Muse Watson -- Mike Franks / Retired NIS Agent (2006-2008)
Liza Lapira -- Michelle Lee / NCIS Special Agent (2006-2007)

Former Recurring Cast:
Alan Dale -- Tom Morrow /NCIS Director (2003-2005)
Susanna Thompson -- Hollis Mann / Army Lt. Col. (2006-2007)


Season 1:
Yankee White - Donald P. Bellisario, Don McGill
Hung out to Dry - Don McGill
Seadog - John C. Kelley, Donald P. Bellisario
The Immortals - Darcy Meyers
The Curse - Jeff Vlaming, Donald P. Bellisario, Don McGill
High Seas - Larry Moskowitz, Jeff Vlaming
Sub Rosa - George Schenck, Frank Cardea
Minimum Security - Philip DeGuere, Donald P. Bellisario
Marine Down - John C. Kelley
Left for Dead - Donald P. Bellisario, Don McGill
Eye Spy - George Schenck, Frank Cardea, Dana Coen
My Other Left Foot - Jack Bernstein
One Shot, One Kill - Gil Grant
The Good Samaritan - Jack Bernstein
Enigma - John C. Kelley
Bete Noire - Donald P. Bellisario
The Truth is Out There - Jack Bernstein
UnSEALed - Thomas L. Moran
Dead Man Walking - Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Missing - John C. Kelley
Slit Decision - Bob Gookin
A Weak Link - Jack Bernstein
Reveille - Donald P. Bellisario

Season 2:
See No Evil - Christopher Crowe
The Good Wives Club - Gil Grant
Vanished - Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Lt. Jane Doe - Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle, Donald P. Bellisario
The Bone Yard - John C. Kelley
Terminal Leave - Roger Director
Call of Silence - Roger Director
Heart Break - Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Forced Entry - John C. Kelley, Jesse Stern
Chained - Frank Military
Black Water - John C. Kelley, Juan Carlos Coto
Doppelganger - Jack Bernstein
The Meat Puzzle - Frank Military
Witness - Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Caught on Tape - Gil Grant, John C. Kelley, Christopher Crowe
Pop Life - Frank Military
An Eye for an Eye - Steven Kane
Bikini Wax - David North
Conspiracy Theory - Frank Military
Red Cell - Christopher Silber
Hometown Hero - George Schenck, Frank Cardea
SWAK - Donald P. Bellisario
Twilight - John C. Kelley

Season 3:
Kill Ari, Part I - Donald P. Bellisario
Kill Ari, Part II - Donald P. Bellisario
Mind Games - Frank Cardea, George Schenck
Silver War - John C. Kelley, Joshua Lurie
Switch - Gil Grant
The Voyeur's Web - David North
Honor Code - Christopher Silber
Under Covers - Lee David Zlotoff
Frame Up - Laurence Walsh
Probie - George Schenck, Frank Cardea
Model Behavior - David North
Boxed In - Dana Coen
Deception - Jack Bernstein
Light Sleeper - Christopher Silber
Head Case - George Schenck, Frank Cardea
Family Secret - Steven D. Binder
Ravenous - Richard C. Arthur
Bait - Laurence Walsh
Iced - Dana Coen
Untouchable - George Schenck, Frank Cardea
Bloodbath - Steven D. Binder
Jeopardy - David North
Hiatus, Part I - Donald P. Bellisario
Hiatus, Part II - Donald P. Bellisario

Season 4:
Shalom - John C. Kelley, Donald P. Bellisario
Escaped - Steven D. Binder, Christopher Silber
Singled Out - David North, John C. Kelley
Faking It - Shane Brennan
Dead and Unburied - Nell Scovell
Sandblaster - Robert Palm
Witch Hunt - Steven Kriozere


Season 1:
Yankee White - Don P. Bellisario
Hung out to Dry - Alan J. Levi
Seadog - Bradford May
The Immortals - Alan J. Levi
The Curse - Terrence O'Hara
High Seas - Dennis Smith
Sub Rosa - Michael Zinberg
Minimum Security - Ian Toynton
Marine Down - Dennis Smith
Left for Dead - James Whitmore Jr.
Eye Spy - Alan J. Levi
My Other Left Foot - Jeff Woolnough
One Shot, One Kill - Peter Ellis
The Good Samaritan - Alan J. Levi
Enigma - Thomas J. Wright
Bete Noire - Peter Ellis
The Truth is Out There - Dennis Smith
UnSEALed - Peter Ellis
Dead Man Walking - Dennis Smith
Missing - Jeff Woolnough
Slit Decision - Terrence O'Hara
A Weak Link - Alan J. Levi
Reveille - Thomas J. Wright

Season 2:
See No Evil - Thomas J. Wright
The Good Wives Club - Dennis Smith
Vanished - James Whitmore Jr.
Lt. Jane Doe - Dan Lerner
The Bone Yard - Terrence O'Hara
Terminal Leave - Jeff Woolnough
Call of Silence - Thomas J. Wright
Heart Break - Dennis Smith
Forced Entry - Dennis Smith
Chained - Thomas J. Wright
Black Water - Terrence O'Hara
The Meat Puzzle - Thomas J. Wright
Witness - James Whitmore Jr.
Caught on Tape - Jeff Woolnough
Pop Life - Thomas J. Wright
An Eye for an Eye - Dennis Smith
Bikini Wax - Stephen Cragg
Conspiracy Theory - Jeff Woolnough
Red Cell - Dennis Smith
Hometown Hero - James Whitmore Jr.
SWAK - Dennis Smith
Twilight - Thomas J. Wright

Season 3:
Kill Ari, Part I - Dennis Smith
Kill Ari, Part II - James Whitmore Jr.
Mind Games - William Webb
Silver War - Terrence O'Hara
Switch - Gil Grant
The Voyeur's Web - Dennis Smith
Honor Code - Colin Bucksey
Under Covers - Aaron Lipstadt
Frame Up - Thomas J. Wright
Probie - Terrence O'Hara
Model Behavior - Stephen Cragg
Boxed In - Dennis Smith
Deception - Leslie Libman
Light Sleeper - Colin Bucksey
Head Case - Dennis Smith
Family Secret - James Whitmore Jr.
Ravenous - Thomas J. Wright
Bait - Terrence O'Hara
Iced - Dennis Smith
Untouchable - Leslie Libman
Bloodbath - Dennis Smith
Jeopardy - James Whitmore Jr.
Hiatus, Part I - Dennis Smith
Hiatus, Part II - Dennis Smith


Series Original Music:
Brian Kirk - (67 episodes, 2003-2008)
Joseph Conlan - (42 episodes, 2003-2005)
Greg Burns - (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeff Burns - (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
Steven Bramson - (2 episodes, 2003)


Abby Sciuto: I am the Energizer bunny of forensic science: I never sleep and I never give up.

[Tony's nicknames for Agent McGee]
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: McCheat - McChittyChat - McContrary - McCranky - McDetail - McEgghead - McFlabby - McFlowerPower - McFreaky - McGarnagle - McGecko - McGeek - McGiggles - McGnome - McGoo - McGoogle - McGPS - McGruff - McGullable - McKilljoy - McLawyer - McLovin' - McMuse - McMotherboard - McNerd - McProbious - McRomeo - McScout - McShipmate - McSnapper - McSneaky - McSofty - McTardy - McTim - McZero
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: Probie - Probalicious - Probie-Wan Kanobie - Daniel McBoone - The Great McOz - Elf Lord


NCIS has connections to the drama Chicago Hope, in that both Rocky Carroll, who played Dr Wikes on Hope had in effect replaced Lauren Holly on both shows (Chicago Hope and now NCIS). This also reunites Rocky Carroll with yet another Chicago Hope alum, Mark Harmon.

The NCIS theme was composed and performed by a group called 'Numeriklab', their music has also been featured in some episodes, mostly during the scenes in Abby's lab.

The original NCIS pilot was first aired as a two-part episode of "JAG".

Anthony DiNozzo is a huge fan of the shows "Airwolf" and "Magnum, P.I.", both shows were also created by Donald P. Bellisario.

Kate Todd once asked Gibbs what Ducky looked like when he was younger. Gibbs replied, "Illya Kuryakin." David McCallum portrayed Kuryakin in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964) and in The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983) (TV).

According to Tony, his wealthy father had cut him off from his inheritance when he was only 12 years old. Incidentally, Michael Weatherly's father cut him off from his inheritance when he decided to pursue acting. Weatherly's father made money by importing Swiss Army Knives to the United States.

Eagle eyed viewers will notice that there is a picture of Donald P. Bellisario hanging on the "NCIS Most Wanted Wall"; there is also a picture of Donald P. Bellisario's on the wall of Timothy McGee's agent's office reception.

McGee's first novel is titled "Deep Six". It is the name of an actual novel written by Clive Cussler.

In the opening credits, the aircraft carrier going under the bridge is a clip from the opening credits of The Presidio, starring Mark Harmon as a San Francisco police inspector investigating a murder on the Presidio army base in San Francisco.

McGee uses the pseudonym Thom E Gemcity for his novel 'Deep Six'. Thom E Gemcity is an anagram for Timothy McGee.

Sean Murray, who plays Tim McGee is Donald Bellisario's step-son.

During the opening credits there is a note about what NCIS represents and it reads: The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a worldwide federal law enforcement organization whose mission is to protect and serve the Navy and Marine Corps and their families.

The "whoomp" sound heard at the beginning and end of each Act, when the scene goes to black and white is Donald P. Bellisario's own voice.