NCIS: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)


Season 1

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NCIS offers procedural fans an enjoyable enough addition to the genre -- albeit one that's basically another annex to the CSI household.



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Air date: Sep 23, 2003

A Marine mysteriously drops dead aboard Air Force One and jurisdiction problems force Gibbs to share the investigation with a Secret Service agent (Sasha Alexander). George W. Bush: Steve Bridges. William Baer: Gerry Becker. T.C. Fornell: Joe Spano. Donald "Ducky" Mallard: David McCallum. Tony: Michael Weatherly.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2003

A Marine dies when his parachute fails and he crashes through a car during a training exercise, and Gibbs suspects he was murdered. Cpl. Dave Ramsey: Dave Power. Cpl. Dafelmair: Rick Pasqualone. Lt. Roberts: Patrick Labyorteaux. Capt. Faul: James MacDonald. Sgt. Nutt: Keith Diamond. Donald "Ducky" Mallard: David McCallum.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2003

When the bodies of a Navy commander and two drug dealers wash up on the beach near each other, everyone, except Gibbs, believes the commander was involved in a drug deal. Dave: Chris Olivero. Sarah: Melissa Lee. Sgt. Linn: Mark Holton. "Ducky": David McCallum.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2003

A Navy seaman is found at the bottom of the ocean in his dress whites with a ceremonial sword around his waist, attached to weights. Lt. Cdr. Robbins: David Andriole. PO Ronald Zuger: Julian Bailey. Capt. Rivers: Mark Sivertsen.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2003

A hunter discovers a cargo pod stuffed with the mummified body of a Naval officer who vanished in 1994 and was believed to have stolen money from his ship. Richard Owens: David Ramsey. Lt. Greg Pallini: Jonathan Wade-Drahos. Erin: Melora Hardin.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2003

An NCIS agent (Joel Gretsch) who worked for Gibbs asks his help in the case of a seaman (Charlie Hofheimer) who tests positive for methamphetamines, but claims he never took the drug. PO Niles: Jonathan T. Floyd. Reyes: Carlos Gomez. PO Shrewe: Anson Scoville.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2003

The discovery of the body of a Navy submariner whose features are all but obliterated leads Gibbs to believe a terrorist has stolen the man's identity and is aboard a sub. Capt. Veitch: Ben Murphy. Agent Tim McGee: Sean Murray. PO Drew: David Monahan. Jeb: David O'Donnell.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2003

A Navy translator dies mysteriously soon after returning to the U.S. from Guantanamo Bay, and the investigation takes the team to Cuba.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2003

Gibbs and his team investigate when a dead Marine's wife receives a call from someone claiming to be her husband. Gibbs: Mark Harmon. Kate: Sasha Alexander. Ducky: David McCallum. Tony: Michael Weatherly.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2004

A woman (Sherilyn Fenn) digs herself out of a shallow grave and doesn't know who she is, but is convinced that a bomb is on board a Navy ship. Stephen Brauer: Derek de Lint. Dr. Joel Sanderson: Jim Rash. Tom Verne: Al Espinoza. Kate: Sasha Alexander.

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Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service is the official title during the first series. Mark Harmon tops the cast as the rule-bending, intensely private Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the head of an elite NCI team specialising in solving baffling crimes related to US Navy personnel. Gibbs' cohorts include tough, outspoken Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Shana Alexander), former Baltimore homicide detective (and flagrant womanizer) Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), caffeine-addicted, goth-girl technogeek Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), and all-knowing, long-winded chief lab technician Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum). The two-part pilot episode was filmed for the military-legal series JAG, and was not shown until several weeks after NCIS premiered with its debut episode "Yankee White." Its plot involving a mysterious death during a flight of Air Force One, "Yankee White" also introduces several recurring characters: Alan Dale as NCIS director Tom Morrow, Joe Spano as FBI agent Fornell and Pancho Demmings as Ducky's assistant Gerald Jackson.


Mark Harmon
as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly
as Anthony Dinozzo
David McCallum
as Donald `Ducky' Mallard
Sasha Alexander
as Caitlin `Kate' Todd
Pauley Perrette
as Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray
as Timothy McGee
Rocky Carroll
as Leon Vance
Brian Dietzen
as Jimmy Palmer
Emily Wickersham
as Eleanor Bishop
Wilmer Valderrama
as Nicholas Torres
Duane Henry
as Clayton Reeves
Maria Bello
as Jacqueline Sloane
Jennifer Esposito
as Alexandra Quinn
Pancho Demmings
as Gerald Jackson
Rudolf Martin
as Ari Haswari
David Andriole
as Lt. Cdr. Robbins
Joel Gretsch
as Agent Burley
Sherilyn Fenn
as Suzanne McNeil
Gerald Jackson
as Pancho Demmings
Kate McNeil
as Cdr. Margaret Green
Keith Diamond
as Sgt. Nutt
Gerry Becker
as William Baer
David Ramsey
as Richard Owens
Jonathan T. Floyd
as PO Gil Niles
Julian Bailey
as PO Ronald Zuger
Ben Murphy
as Capt. Veitch
Michael Gaston
as Maj. Dougherty
Laz Alonso
as SSgt. Washington
Joe Spano
as T.C. Fornell
Jonathan Wade Drahos
as Lt. Greg Pallini
Jessica Steen
as Paula Cassidy
Tom Hughes
as Lt. Johnson
Rick Pasqualone
as Cpl. Dafelmair
Stephanie Hodge
as Sheriff `Charlie' Duprey
Tom R. Hughes
as Lt. Johnson
Al Espinoza
as Tom Verne
Sean McGowan
as Lt. Andrew Wallace
Adam Baldwin
as Cdr. Rainer
Mark Sivertsen
as Capt. Rivers
Lauren Bowles
as Mary Wiles
Heath Freeman
as Benjamin Frank
Brad Hawkins
as Sgt. Aaron Barnes
Steve Bridges
as George W. Bush
Dave Power
as Cpl. Ramsey
Sam Witwer
as SSgt. Rafael
Mark Holton
as Sgt. Linn
Melora Hardin
as Erin Toner
Doug Savant
as Larry Clannon
James MacDonald
as Capt. Faul
Hrach Titizian
as Tariq Abassi
Heidi Dippold
as Laura Seeger
Bellamy Young
as Melinda Simms
Elizabeth Morehead
as PO Laura Caruso
Anson Scoville
as PO Shrewe
Jim Rash
as Dr. Joel Sanderson
Francesco Quinn
as Sgt. Alvarez
Patrick Labyorteaux
as Lt. Bud Roberts
Elena Lyons
as Diane Fontaine
Monti Sharp
as Lt. Collings
Reed Rudy
as Air Transport Officer
Charlie Hofheimer
as Bobby Wilkes
Derek de Lint
as Stephen Brauer
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Critic Reviews for NCIS Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

It's a CSI wannabe and hardly a burst of originality.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

"NCIS" is going to succeed first and foremost because of Harmon.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…
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If you have a taste for procedurals and a liking for Harmon's quiet charm, you'll find the show engaging enough.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The ugliest lines go to star Mark Harmon, who is far too likable an actor to be stuck trading jock-strap jokes with a female agent. The writers must all be either 9 or 90.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"NCIS" is as slow-witted as its redundant title would have you believe.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

When JAG is not on, Navy NCIS works very well for a fix of martial badinage, wholly justified gunplay and women in epaulets.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's very much in the "JAG" vein, with good (if predictable) storytelling, a patriotic streak a mile wide and recognizable characters.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The storytelling and dialogue are intelligent and mature for this part-mystery, part-thriller. Generous doses of humor, most of it extremely dark, leaven the serious tone.

Jan 17, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a formulaic but fairly competent series with delusions of grandeur.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

As for the stars, Harmon is Harmon, an acquired taste I never acquired.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Harmon brings a light touch... He's a sensitive cowboy who does his job and then goes home to work on a boat he's building.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, this plotline collapses during the second half of the show.

Sep 29, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for NCIS: Season 1

  • Sep 18, 2017
    A spin-off of JAG, NCIS is an exciting crime procedural from CBS. In Season 1 former secret service officer Caitlin Todd is recruited to join NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Services), gets to know the team, and learns how to investigate crimes involving military personnel. The writers do an impressive job at using Todd as an audience surrogate to introduce what NCIS is, how it operates, and the team. They also come up with a number of interesting cases-of-the-week, from missing persons to terrorism to murder. Also, the main cast, featuring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, and Sasha Alexander, is especially strong and has good chemistry. Additionally, there are a number of interesting guest stars, such as Emilie de Ravin, Sherilyn Fenn, Terry O'Quinn, Adam Baldwin, and Julie Benz. Season 1 of NCIS may look like a typical procedural at first, but it has a unique style that mixes earnestness and lighthearted humor.
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  • Dec 29, 2017
    The first season of NCIS does what many shows today cannot do by introducing a riveting cast of characters (including some of the best, underrated TV villains) while also giving well written and engaging mysteries.
  • May 21, 2015
    Sporting good chemistry amongst the entire cast, NCIS is an above average police investigation series. Series begins to drag after the 4th season.

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