CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1 (2000 - 2001)

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Season 1
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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CSI shares some identical DNA with many procedural predecessors, but this slickly assembled crime series offers plenty of gruesome intrigue, reliably satisfying formula, and a compelling William Petersen leading each case.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2000

In the premiere episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), head of the Las Vegas PD's forensic team, resents the presence of novice team member Holly Gribbs (Chandra West). Brass' efforts to scare Holly result in tragedy, but not before the unit investigates a disturbing variety of crimes: overnight-shift head man Grissom (William L. Petersen) looks into a suspicious suicide, number-two team member Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) joins Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) in probing the death of a not-so-homeless drunk, and Warrick's friendly rival Nick Stokes (George Eads) searches for a woman who drugged and robbed a hapless tourist.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2000

In the wake of the death of rookie criminalist Holly Gribbs, Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) is sent back to the homicide division and Grissom (William L. Petersen) is appointed head of the CSI. Having assumed that she would be assigned to investigate Holly's killing, Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) is upset when the case is put in the hands of a newcomer to the unit, Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox, in her first series appearance). And in other developments, Nick (George Eads) checks into the apparent suicide of a high-rolling winner and Warrick (Gary Dourdan) is suspended.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2000

Grissom (William L. Petersen) and Sara (Jorja Fox) get more than they bargained for while investigating the kidnapping of a millionaire's wife (Jolene Blalock) in the desert. Back in Vegas, a 14-year-old girl is killed in a hit and run. Using the slimmest of leads, Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) and Warrick (Gary Dourdan) go after the perp.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2000

A college fraternity pledging ends in tragedy when a rejected student apparently commits suicide. Nick (George Eads) and Sara (Jorja Fox) discover that the case is not as open-and-shut as it seems. And while looking into the discovery of a woman's body -- with one leg missing -- Grissom (William L. Petersen) and Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) conclude that either the victim's husband or her boyfriend might have had a hand in her death.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2000

The CSI unit investigates when the naked corpse of a teenaged male is found in the desert -- with no solid evidence pointing to cause of death. The body of a woman recently interred in a cemetery is unceremoniously "relocated" to a dumpster. And when the dean of a private school is murdered, the killer seems to have a logical reason -- if indeed she is the killer.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2000

Timothy Carhart makes his first series appearance as Eddie, the ex-husband of CSI member Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger). When Eddie is accused of rape, Catherine risks losing her job by conducting her own investigation. Elsewhere, a cop accused of murder may or may not be exonerated by a missing bullet, and the skeleton of an unidentified female is found encased in cement under a house.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2000

An 18-year-old girl and her four-year-old sister are the only survivors when a suburban Las Vegas family is brutally slain. All evidence indicates that the family was butchered by the members of a cult. But in the course of his investigation, Grissom (William L. Petersen) -- who was the first authority on the scene after the surviving girls summoned help -- suspects that the solution to the crime may be even more disturbing than he wants to believe.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2000

Once again, the CSI unit is challenged by a "signature killer" who stages murders to look like suicide, then deliberately leaves behind frustrating fragments of contrary evidence. All the unit knows is that the killer obviously has a working knowledge of forensic procedure. And on another front, a man who survived when his car went over a cliff still hovers between life and death.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2000

During a flight to Vegas, an obnoxious and obstreperous first-class passenger dies mysteriously. Everyone on board the plane has a slightly different version of the incident, and some of them appear to be hiding something. Grissom (William L. Petersen) comes across evidence that the victim was murdered, and intends to use all the resources of the CSI unit to verify his suspicions.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2000

The body of a woman, infested with bugs and insects, is found in the desert. Grissom (William L. Petersen) does not follow the conventional wisdom that the woman's husband is responsible. In other developments, a missing person's car turns up unexpectedly at a bus station, several valuable art treasures are stolen, and Warrick (Gary Dourdan) is suspected of gambling while on duty.

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The first series of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation begins with a shakeup in the Las Vegas crime-lab unit, with overnight-shift supervisor Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) appointed head of the unit after former skipper, Capt. Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), made a misfired decision that brought about the death of rookie criminalist Holly Gribbs (Chandra West). New team member Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) is brought in from San Francisco to aid in the investigation of Gribbs' death, causing friction between Grissom and his second-in-command, Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger). Meanwhile, the friendly rivalry between team members Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) and Nick Stokes (George Eads), both of whom are jockeying for a promotion, serves to accelerate the resolutions of many of the crimes the team investigates.

Critic Reviews for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Arty flashbacks needlessly depict the crimes, the show lingers over gruesome details, and CSI wastes skilled actors.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Heading up the forensics team is Gil Grissom (William Petersen), who is appealing mostly because, like James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, he doesn't look like he belongs on TV. Petersen's got a good solid cast behind him too

Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This new drama about Las Vegas crime scene investigators is punctuated by high tech gadgets, smart dialogue, and some really nifty camera work.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[Marg Helgenberger's] role so far is the most complex, and is the highlight of the show.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is good juice behind CSI despite its early predilection toward shock value. Whether gratuitous or not, it could well detract from the show's sharper, more notable attributes.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

It is a terrible title for a series, but promises some Patricia Cornwall nitty-gritty as well as actors to whom intelligent ideas might plausibly occur.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Though a procedural somewhat in the vein of the Law & Order series, CSI punches up its storytelling with biologically invasive visual effects and a soapy interest in its characters' sexy private lives.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A droll Petersen and dependable Marg Helgenberger head the competent cast, and the opener is offbeat enough to stimulate curiosity.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite some sloppily handled and uninteresting character introductions, tonight's premiere offers several absorbing cases, including one mysterious suicide that isn't solved immediately.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

People love the show because of its voyeuristic appeal; plus, no matter how bizarre the crime, the CSI team can always solve it, offering a satisfying conclusion each week.

Feb 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Although the series was really getting its legs in the first season and some of the episodes aren't as good as we see in seasons two and three, it's still well-written and establishes all of the main characters.

Mar 21, 2002 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It's not a bad gimmick, as it draws attention to the subjectivity involved in interpreting "evidence" or other surfaces.

Oct 6, 2000 | Rating: grade | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1

  • Jan 06, 2015
    Love it! Have watched Season 1 numerous times and have it in my collection.

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