NCIS (TV series)

American military drama/police procedural fictional television series (2003-)

NCIS (also called NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is a crime-drama television series on CBS. It is about a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Washington, D.C. Their job is to investigate crimes involving the US Navy and Marine Corps. The series is a spin-off from JAG and has the spin-offs called NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

Created by
Theme music composerNumeriklab
Opening theme"NCIS Theme"
Ending theme"NCIS Theme"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes467 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • David Bellisario
  • Avery C. Drewe
CinematographyBilly Webb
Running time39–44 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 23, 2003 (2003-09-23) –

Main cast change

Character name Actor Job Character status
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent In Charge // Major Case Response Team Supervisory Agent, NCIS (Retires from NCIS and moved to Alaska in season 19) Regular (Season 1-19)
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Special Agent // Major Case Response Team Senior Field Agent, NCIS
Resigned from NCIS and moved to Paris at the end of season 13
Regular (Season 1-13)
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Special Agent // Major Case Response Team Probationary Field Agent, NCIS
Former Mossad officer. (Resigned from Mossad in "The Inside Man")
Regular (Season 3–11, 17)
Abby Sciuto Pauley Perrette Forensic Specialist, NCIS (Left the agency to start a charity in England) Regular (Season 1-15)
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Special Agent // Major Case Response Team Junior Field Agent, NCIS Regular (Season 2–present)
Recurring (Season 1)
Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner // Forensic Psychologist, NCIS
Died in his sleep in Season 21 Episode 2 "The Stories We Leave Behind"; Ducky's actor died in September 2023 before season 21 is even filmed.
Regular (Season 1-20)
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director, NCIS
former Assistant Director, NCIS
Regular (Season 6–present),
Recurring (Season 5)
Jenny Shepard Lauren Holly Former Director, NCIS
Killed during a gun fight in Season 5 ("Judgment Day")
Regular (2005–2008)
Caitlin "Kate" Todd Sasha Alexander Former Special Agent, USSS
Special Agent, NCIS
Killed by Ari Haswari in Season 2 ("Twilight")
Regular (2003–2005)
Jimmy Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner, NCIS Recurring (2004-2012),
Main (2012-present)
Tobias Fornell Joe Spano Senior Special Agent, FBI Recurring (2003-present)
Mike Franks Muse Watson Retired Supervisory Special Agent, NIS; Mentor to Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Killed by a serial killer in season 8, later appeared via either flashbacks or Gibbs' hallucinations until season 15
Recurring (2006-2017)
Trent Kort David Dayan Fisher Undercover Field Officer, CIA
Killed by the NCIS team after trying to pull a gun on them in the season 13 finale
Recurring (2006-2016)
Michelle Lee Liza Lapira Special Agent // Lawyer, NCIS
Killed by Gibbs in order to kill a suspect in Season 6 ("Dagger")
Recurring (2006–2008)
Dr. Jeanne Benoit Scottie Thompson Doctor, Monroe University Hospital Recurring (2006–2008)
Paula Cassidy Jessica Steen Special Agent, NCIS
Killed by a suicide bomber in Season 4 ("Grace Period")
Recurring (2003–2007)
Hollis Mann Susanna Thompson Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army, CID retired Recurring (2006–2007)
Thomas Morrow Alan Dale Former Director, NCIS
Deputy Director, DHS
Recurring (2003–2005)
Gerald Jackson Pancho Demmings Former Assistant Medical Examiner, NCIS Recurring (2003–2005)

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