NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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Season 1
NCIS: Los Angeles

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Much like the original, NCIS: Los Angeles employs high-tech gadgetry, likeable characters, and tight pacing, with similarly successful results.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 30

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Air date: Sep 22, 2009

In the opener of the "NCIS" spin-off following the undercover agents of the NCIS Office of Special Projects, working from a Spanish mission headquarters in Los Angeles, agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell) returns to work four months after being shot and joins the team on a kidnapping case.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2009

Hanna has conflicted emotions in the case of a murdered drug dealer when he learns his Navy Seal comrades are involved.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2009

The team must find a missing unmanned aerial vehicle, taken during a training exercise, before the deadly missile it's carrying is released.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2009

The team searches for a former Marine who murdered an Iraqi businessman he had been hired to protect.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2009

A defense contractor is killed, and the team fears that his classified-software secrets are lost until they find a suspect, whom they also discover is connected to Vance's past.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2009

The investigation into the death of a marine who fell from a rooftop during a party reveals that the man was living a double life.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2009

The case of a murdered Russian woman leads to evidence that could answer questions about why Callen was gunned down.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2009

The case of a murdered marine leads to a volatile militia group and a stolen missile, and the team must work without Hetty, who is in Washington, D.C., attending a Senate hearing.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2009

Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) joins the Los Angeles team to investigate a chief petty officer's murder that matches the pattern of a serial killer Abby is tracking.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2009

When a Marine is killed by an exploding cell phone, the team investigates his former unit, which specializes in explosives, to see if its members are suspects or potential victims.

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An "NCIS" spinoff that follows the efforts of Los Angeles-based agents to protect the nation's security. In the first series, special agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell) returns to the team and partner Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) after being shot on the job several months prior. Eric Christian Olsen, who becomes a regular in Series 2, makes his first appearance on the series as a guest star in two Series 1 episodes.

Critic Reviews for NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (18)

It's a nice change of pace that LL Cool J is playing the more stable partner while the normally blander-than-bland [Chris] O'Donnell's a bit of a head case.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

It's slightly less entertaining than the moderately entertaining original.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

The low-key [Chris] O'Donnell registers beautifully on the small screen.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

If Chris O'Donnell has a thousand faces, they all have the same expression, and it's asking why he ordered ranch dressing instead of creamy Italian.

Sep 22, 2009 | Full Review…

NCIS: Los Angeles is as old as the hills - the Hollywood Hills, to be exact.

Sep 22, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It all adds up to an hour of decent entertainment, and there's room for enough character development to give NCIS: Los Angeles a personality of its own.

Sep 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I hate procedurals, but something about this series can't help but be cool.

Jan 28, 2020 | Full Review…

"NCIS: Los Angeles" is, at worst, TV comfort food, which really isn't such a bad thing at all.

Jan 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"NCIS: Los Angeles" is butterscotch candy. If you're bored, and it's sitting in a candy dish in front of you, you might take one. But it's not anything you'd seek out.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's all about the energized action, the cool tech and the momentum, all of which made this a top ten show and the number two rated scripted drama in TV (right behind the original NCIS) in its debut season.

Sep 2, 2010 | Full Review…

It was a surprising and compelling cliffhanger.

May 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One could watch NCIS: Los Angeles. But one could also watch paint dry with far less pain and no less gain.

Sep 22, 2009 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1

  • Apr 13, 2020
    The show is turning to crap. It started out good but too many character changes and now trying to be too politically correct. This show is on its way out.
  • Nov 28, 2018
    this series is the worst one i ever seen in my life
  • Jan 18, 2016
    I don't like NCIS, so I shouldn't like this, but I like it better than the original because it uses comedy as an advantage.
  • Jun 01, 2015
    I like it ok. I have to say for some reason I just dont like the original. I'll admit it can be a little corny at times but I don't ,mind it. It's not one of my favorites, but I'll keep watching for now. I am only up to season 4.
  • Apr 12, 2014
    The first season of the spin-off of the great drama NCIS is a very entertaining and strong debut into the crime drama world. It has plenty of suspense, action, smart writing, and funny performances from its cast.

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