NCIS is an American action, police procedural series that airs on CBS. The show first premiered on September 23, 2003 and revolves around a fictional team of special agents who belong to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, whose acronym makes up the title of the show. The show investigates crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It is the second-longest-running scripted, non-animated U.S. primetime TV series currently airing, surpassed only by ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit‘. The series has led to two spin-offs namely ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’. Fans of the show must be aware that ‘NCIS’ itself is a spin-off from ‘JAG’ and was introduced in Season 8 of the show. In its freshman season, ‘NCIS’ was referred to as ‘Naval NCIS’ but the word ‘Naval’ was later dropped from the title since it was redundant.
The show is backed by Belisarius Productions, Paramount Network Television (2003–06), CBS Paramount Network Television (2006–09), and CBS Television Studios production companies. Created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill, ‘NCIS’ has enjoyed massive popularity among fans and has frequently been among the highest-rated shows on television.
NCIS Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of the show is led by Mark Harmon who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs. David McCallum appears on the show as Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard, Wilmer Valderrama appears as Nicholas Torres, Diona Reasonover plays Kasie Hines, while Jennifer Esposito plays the role of Alexandra Quinn. Cote de Pablo is set to make comeback as Ziva David in season 17.
Over the seasons, the team of investigators has changed and we have seen members join and leave. Most of the main cast members are expected to return for season 17. We might also see new cast members join the show as NCIS team expands.
NCIS Plot: What is it about?
‘NCIS’ revolves around a fictional team who are based out of the Washington D.C. field office in the Washington Navy Yard. It serves as the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence arm of the US Department of Navy, including the US Marine Corps. The job of the team is to investigate all major crimes and felonies that would be punishable by confinement of more than a year, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The series follows the elite team as they respond to various crimes, and is marked by fine characterization, solid drama, a wide range of emotions, and suitably comic moments among the team members. What stands out about the show is its ability to attract viewers and make them feel comfortable with the content that is being presented. It is not easy since we see dead bodies drop every episode. However, the team’s wit and breezy professional attitude in tackling the cases is something that viewers like watching. By now, of course, the show has become almost equivalent to comfort food for viewers. They do not tune in to see the crimes being solved, as much as they tune in to follow the characters they have grown so fond of.
The realism of the show lies in the fact that the characters are flawed. The team members are not some holier than thou people delivering justice from their podiums. Most importantly, Gibbs, the beloved leader, often breaks rules to get results. However, it is not just a commentary on his character but also goes to show that the justice system in the USA, as in most nations, is nearly broken, and a lot of criminals walk away. While it does not mean that the end justifies the means, one can understand Gibbs’ frustration after a career in law enforcement, when he sees the perpetrators walk on some legal technicality. ‘NCIS’ is not just about the crimes, it is character-heavy. Over the seasons, they have had their relationships, personal secrets, and troubles at home and in the workplace. These characters have shared all with the viewers, and naturally, the audience feels connected to them.
In season 17, we will continue seeing NCIS team solve more crimes. We might even get to see a new looming villain, who challenges the team, using their power within the military to hide from their crimes.
NCIS Season 17 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘NCIS’ Season 16 premiered on September 25, 2018. The show expectedly received a renewal in early 2019. The President of CBS Entertainment, Kelly Kahl, said, “NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades. Its viewers are clearly the most loyal of any drama on television. They are passionate about the characters, the plot lines, and the storytelling. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the gifted production team, and the cast, led by the extraordinary Mark Harmon. We are delighted that the show will remain a lynchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season.”
‘NCIS’ Season 17 is slated to premiere on September 24, 2019.
Here’s trailer of season 17 to get you excited.
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