The nineteenth season of the American police procedural television series NCIS premiered on 20 September 2021, on CBS, for the 2021-2022 television season.
NCIS revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal investigations involving the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The series stars Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Katrina Law, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, David McCallum, Rocky Carroll, and Gary Cole. The season is the first with Law and Cole following the departures of Maria Bello and Emily Wickersham during the previous season.
Harmon departed the series as a regular after the fourth episode, “Great Wide Open” but still appears in the title sequence.
- Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, former NCIS Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Major Case Response Team (MCRT) assigned to Washington’s Navy Yard.
- Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, NCIS Senior Special Agent, second in command of MCRT.
- Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres, NCIS Special Agent.
- Katrina Law as Jessica Knight, NCIS Special Agent.
- Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS.
- Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines, Forensic Specialist for NCIS.
- David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, NCIS Historian and former Chief Medical Examiner.
- Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, NCIS Director.
- Gary Cole as Alden Parker, former FBI Special Agent turned NCIS SSA of the MCRT assigned to Washington’s Navy Yard.
- Pam Dawber as Marcie Warren, investigative journalist.
- Jason Wiles as Paul LeMere, former Navy Seal and contract killer who blew up Gibbs’ boat.
- John Hensley as Phil Hanover, a man who hired LeMere to kill opponents to Sonia Eberhart’s proposed Alaskan copper mine.
- Valarie Pettiford as Sonia Eberhart, CEO of Sonova Industries arrested for paying Hanover to hire LeMere to kill opponents to her planned copper mine in Alaska.
- Notable guests:
- Joe Spano as Tobias Fornell, Private Detective and former FBI Senior Special Agent.
- Kelly Stables as Astrid Fellowes.
- Margo Harshman as Delilah Fielding-McGee, DoD Intelligence Analyst and McGee’s wife.
- Laura San Giacomo as Dr. Grace Confalone, psychotherapist.
- Patricia Richardson as Judy Fielding, Delilah’s mother and McGee’s mother-in-law.
- Don Swayze as Peter Walker.
- Denise Crosby as Hattie Taylor, Secretary of the Navy.
- Zane Holtz as Dale Sawyer, NCIS Special Agent.
- Meredith Eaton as Carol Wilson, CDC immunologist and friend of Abby, McGee, and Palmer.
- Michelle Pierce as Breena Palmer, Jimmy Palmer’s deceased wife.
- Elle Graper as Victoria Palmer, Jimmy Palmer’s daughter.
- Naomi Grace as Kayla Vance, Leon Vance’s daughter and NCIS Probationary Agent.
- Kevin Chapman as Billy Doyle, old friend of Parker.
- Jack McGee.
- Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant, NCIS Special Agent in Charge (NCIS Hawai’i).
On 03 January 2022, it was announced that a crossover with the first season of spin-off NCIS: Hawaiʻi would be taking place on 28 March 2022, with Wilmer Valderrama and Katrina Law announcing they were traveling to Hawaii for filming. Showrunners of both series had previously mentioned crossing over and CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl had stated that discussion about a crossover would start after NCIS: Hawaiʻi finished its first batch of episodes. Diona Reasonover and Gary Cole are also set make appearances on the NCIS Hawaiʻi episode of the crossover. The series were previously connected in the thirteenth episode of NCIS: Hawaiʻi when it was revealed that NCIS: Hawaiʻi protagonist Jane Tennant was recruited to NCIS by Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Vanessa Lachey is set to appear as Tennant is the NCIS episode of the crossover.
On 15 April 2021, it was announced that CBS had renewed NCIS for a nineteenth season. The season is set to bring back the series’ typical “Case of the Week” format after having more story arcs during the previous season. Production on the season began in July 2021. Series regular Brian Dietzen wrote an episode of the season. On 05 January 2022, it was reported that production on the season had been suspended for at least a week after a cast or crew member tested positive for COVID-19.
In February 2021, it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that series lead Mark Harmon had entered discussions to return for “a handful of episodes” for a nineteenth season after he was told that CBS would end the series if he left. On 10 March 2021, it was announced that Katrina Law had been cast in the final two episodes of the eighteenth season, with the option to be promoted to series regular for the nineteenth season. When the series was renewed, it was reported that Harmon would be returning. On 26 May 2021, it was revealed that Emily Wickersham would be leaving the series after the eighteenth season. Wickersham joins Maria Bello who left earlier in the eighteenth season. On 16 June 2021, Variety reported that Gary Cole was in talks for a major role in the nineteenth season. On 21 June 2021, TVLine reported that Harmon will only appear in a small number of episodes of the season. The following day, it was confirmed that Law and Cole would be series regulars for the nineteenth season. Law started as a series regular in the season premiere, “Blood in the Water”, while Cole debuted in the second episode, “Nearly Departed”. Joe Spano returned as Tobias Fornell, while Pam Dawber returned as Marcie Warren. On 11 October 2021, it was officially announced that Harmon would be departing the series, with the fourth episode, “Great Wide Open”, being his last appearance as a regular. Harmon remains an executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder has left the door open for Harmon to appear in the future. In the seventh episode, “Docked”, Margo Harshman reprised her role as Delilah Fielding-McGee, while Patricia Richardson guest-starred in the same episode as Judy Fielding. Meredith Eaton also reprised her role as Carol Wilson in an episode of the season.
On 19 May 2021, it was announced that the series would move from the Tuesday 8:00 pm ET timeslot that it had held for all of its previous seasons to Mondays at 9:00 pm ET, to allow FBI: International to join FBI and FBI: Most Wanted on Tuesdays. The season airs after The Neighbourhood and Bob Hearts Abishola and leads into the first season of spin-off NCIS: Hawaiʻi. On 12 July 2021, it was revealed that the season would premiere on 20 September 2021. On 13 September 2021, the promotional poster for the season was released by TVLine.
NCIS Series 19
- Episode 01: Blood in the Water.
- Episode 02: Nearly Departed.
- Episode 03: Road to Nowhere.
- Episode 04: Great Wide Open.
- Episode 05: Face the Strange.
- Episode 06: False Start.
- Episode 07: Docked.
- Episode 08: Peacekeeper.
- Episode 09: Collective Memory.
- Episode 10: Pledge of Allegiance.
- Episode 11: All Hands.
- Episode 12: Fight or Flight.
- Episode 13: The Helpers.
- Episode 14: First Steps.
- Episode 15: Thick as Thieves.
- Episode 16: The Wake.
- Episode 17: Starting Over.
- Episode 18: Last Dance.
- Episode 19: The Brat Pack.
- Episode 20: All or Nothing.
- Episode 21: Birds of a Feather.
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: 20 September 2021 to 23 May 2022.
- Running Time: 39-44 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.