NCIS Franchise Overview


NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is a media franchise of American television programs originally created by Donald P. Bellisario and currently broadcast on CBS, all of which deal with military related criminal investigations based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.

In 2003, NCIS was introduced via a backdoor pilot, from the TV show JAG with NCIS in turn spinning off NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans in 2009 and 2014, respectively.

NCIS: Los Angeles had a proposed spin-off, but it was later not picked up by CBS.

What is the NCIS?

The United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the primary law enforcement agency of the US Department of the Navy. Its primary function is to investigate criminal activities involving the US Navy and US Marine Corps, though its broad mandate includes national security, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, cyber warfare, and the protection of U.S. naval assets worldwide.

NCIS is the successor organisation to the former Naval Investigative Service (NIS), which was established by the Office of Naval Intelligence after the Second World War.

The vast majority of NCIS personnel are civilian, with half being special agents. NCIS agents are armed federal law enforcement investigators, who frequently coordinate with other US government agencies and have a presence in more than 41 countries and on US Navy vessels.

NCIS special agents are supported by analysts and other experts skilled in disciplines such as forensics, surveillance, surveillance countermeasures, computer investigations, physical security, and polygraph examinations.



NCIS follows the work of the Major Case Response Team, stationed in Washington, D.C. Supervised by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine Gunnery Sergeant, and a thrice-divorced widower. The team specialises in crime scene examination, and the investigation of murders. Gibbs’ team has included Caitlin Todd, who earned her stripes protecting the President as a member of the Secret Service; Anthony DiNozzo, a former Baltimore detective; Timothy McGee, a computer specialist and M.I.T. graduate; Eleanor Bishop, a former NSA security analyst and threat assessment specialist; Nicholas Torres, an undercover operative; Alexandra Quinn, a training officer who supervised the recruitment of Bishop and Torres; Ziva David, a former Mossad assassin; and Dr Jack Sloane, a no-nonsense senior agent and trained operational psychologist. Primarily dealing with cases along the East Coast, and acting under the supervision of successive NCIS Directors Jenny Shepard and Leon Vance, the team is supported by Abigail Sciuto, a forensic specialist; Kasie Hines, a forensic scientist; Jimmy Palmer, an Assistant Medical Examiner turned Chief Medical Examiner; Ducky Mallard, a seasoned Chief Medical Examiner and NCIS Historian; and Clayton Reeves, an MI6 officer assigned to liaise with NCIS from the SIS.

NCIS: Los Angeles (NCISLA)

The Office of Special Projects is an elite counter-terrorist division of NCIS, and is responsible for threats pertaining to national security, as well as high-profile murders and cases that require undercover work. Under the supervision of Operations Manager Hetty Lange, a master of disguise and prop-artisan, OSP is led by G. Callen, a street kid turned Special Agent with a desire to find out who he is. Callen works alongside Kensi Blye, a forensic specialist and the daughter of a marine; Dominic Vail, an M.I.T. graduate and a computer-whiz; Marty Deeks, an LAPD Detective recruited to serve as liaison to OSP; Nell Jones, an Intelligence Analyst with the highest IQ at NCIS; Eric Beale, an awkward technician and one half of the technical dream-team; Nate Getz, a deep-cover operative and Operational Psychologist seconded to team team; Sam Hanna, a former SEAL and a family man who met his wife on the job; laconic Assistant Director Owen Granger, and Executive Assistant Director for Pacific Operations (EAD-PAC) Shay Mosley, who serves as the team’s operational supervisor.

NCIS: New Orleans (NCISNO)

The New Orleans NCIS team is headed by Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride, a seasoned operative known as “King” to his friends. He is a former Sheriff’s Deputy with the second highest arrest record in the history of Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office. Tasked with heading a small satellite squad who handle Naval and Marine related cases in Pensacola, Florida, through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle, Pride supervises Christopher LaSalle, an agent recruited from the New Orleans Police Department’s Vice Division, who is well known for his volunteer work at the children’s hospital; Meredith Brody, a senior career agent who earned her stripes afloat, and later became the youngest agent in the history of NCIS Midwest; Sonja Percy, a former undercover ATF agent who joined the team to come in from the dark; former FBI agent Tammy Gregorio, recruited to the team after heading an investigation into their ethics and operations; Sebastian Lund, a former lab technician who joined NCIS as a forensics agent before transitioning fully to the field; and Hannah Khoury, a multilingual investigative specialist who serves as the team’s Assistant Supervisory Special Agent. Together, the team are assisted by Loretta Wade, a Jefferson Parish coroner and Patton Plame, an NCIS computer specialist.

NCIS: Hawai’i

The series follows a fictional team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who work out of the Pearl Harbour Field Office which is led by Special Agent Jane Tennant. The team Investigates crimes related to the military and national security.

It is a spin-off of the long-running series NCIS and the fourth series in the NCIS franchise.

NCIS TV Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Donald P. Bellasario and Don McGill (NCIS), Shane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles), and Gary Glasberg (NCIS: New Orleans).
  • Release Date: 23 September 2003 to Present.
  • Running Time: 39-44 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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