NCIS Series 01 Overview (2003-2004)


NCIS was originally broadcast between 23 September 2003 and 25 May 2004 on CBS.


The first season dealt with introducing the characters and their strengths, skills, and weaknesses.

Three recurring characters are also introduced: the main foe for the first two seasons, Ari Haswari; Special Agent Timothy McGee and Jimmy Palmer who replaces Gerald Jackson, Ducky’s assistant, after he was shot.

The season also introduces Sasha Alexander as Special Agent Caitlin Todd who serves as Special Agent Vivian Blackadder’s (Robyn Lively) replacement, who was a member of Gibbs’ team during the two-part JAG backdoor pilot (Ice Queen; S08E20 and Meltdown; S08E21).


  • Main:
    • Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of Major Case Response Team (MCRT) assigned to Washington’s Navy Yard.
    • Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd, NCIS Special Agent.
    • Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo, NCIS Senior Field Agent, second in command of MCRT.
    • Pauley Perrette as Abigail Sciuto, Forensic Specialist for NCIS.
    • David McCallum as Dr. Donald Mallard, Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS.
  • Recurring:
    • Alan Dale as Thomas Morrow, NCIS Director.
    • Alicia Coppola as Faith Coleman, JAG Commander.
    • Joe Spano as Tobias Fornell, FBI Senior Special Agent.
    • Pancho Demmings as Gerald Jackson, Assistant Medical Examiner for NCIS and Ducky’s first assistant.
    • Joel Gretsch as Stan Burley, NCIS Special Agent and former member of Gibbs’ team.
    • Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, NCIS Probationary Agent who works at the Norfolk Naval Base.
    • Jessica Steen as Paula Cassidy, NCIS Senior Special Agent.
    • Tim Kelleher as Chris Pacci, NCIS Special Agent.
    • Rudolf Martin as Ari Haswari, rogue Mossad Agent.
    • Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer, Assistant Medical Examiner for NCIS and temporary replacement for Gerald after he gets shot.
  • Guest Appearances:
    • Patrick Labyorteaux as Bud Roberts, JAG Lieutenant from Falls Church.
    • Adam Baldwin as Michael Rainer, Navy Commander.
    • Eric Ladin as P.O. Thompson.

NCIS Series 01

You can find a full index and overview of the NCIS Franchise here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Donald P. Bellasario and Don McGill.
  • Release Date: 23 September 2003 to 25 May 2004.
  • Running Time: 39-44 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.


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