CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1 Reviews

April 21, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2019
Despite some sloppily handled and uninteresting character introductions, tonight's premiere offers several absorbing cases, including one mysterious suicide that isn't solved immediately.
February 7, 2019
Arty flashbacks needlessly depict the crimes, the show lingers over gruesome details, and CSI wastes skilled actors.
September 19, 2018
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
September 19, 2018
This new drama about Las Vegas crime scene investigators is punctuated by high tech gadgets, smart dialogue, and some really nifty camera work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 19, 2018
A droll Petersen and dependable Marg Helgenberger head the competent cast, and the opener is offbeat enough to stimulate curiosity.
September 19, 2018
[Marg Helgenberger's] role so far is the most complex, and is the highlight of the show.
February 20, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 20, 2018
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.
February 6, 2018
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.
March 21, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 6, 2000
It's not a bad gimmick, as it draws attention to the subjectivity involved in interpreting "evidence" or other surfaces.
Full Review | Original Score: grade