CSI (franchise)

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Created byCSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Anthony E. Zuiker
CSI: Miami, CSI: NY and CSI: Cyber
Anthony E. Zuiker
Carol Mendelsohn
Ann Donahue
Original work CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Owned by ViacomCBS
Print publications
Novel(s) CSI novels
Comics CSI comics
Magazine(s)CSI Magazine
Films and television
Television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami
CSI: Cyber
CSI: Vegas
Television film(s) Immortality
TraditionalCSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Board Game
CSI: Crime Game Booster Pack
CSI: Senses: The Game
CSI: Miami: The Board Game
CSI: Board Game
Video game(s) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Dark Motives
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder
CSI: Hard Evidence
CSI: Miami
CSI: Deadly Intent
CSI: Crime City
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy
Toy(s)CSI: Forensics Lab
CSI: DNA Laboratory
CSI: Forensic Facial
Exhibition CSI: The Experience

CSI(Crime Scene Investigation) is a media franchise of American television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The first three CSI series follow the work of forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious deaths, while the fourth series, CSI: Cyber , emphasizes behavioral psychology and how it can be applied to cyber forensics.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation began on October 6, 2000, and ran for fifteen full seasons. Starring (at various times) William Petersen, Ted Danson, Marg Helgenberger, Elisabeth Shue, and Laurence Fishburne, the series concluded its run with a two-hour finale entitled "Immortality" on September 27, 2015. The series' original lead characters, Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows, were based upon LVMPD Crime Scene Analysts Daniel Holstein and Yolanda McClary. [1] CSI's first spin-off and the second series within the franchise is CSI: Miami , which ran for ten seasons between 2002 and 2012, and was canceled on May 13, 2012. Miami stars David Caruso and Emily Procter, with its lead character, Horatio Caine, based upon LAPD bomb squad technician Detective John Haynes. [2]

In 2004, CSI: Miami spun off CSI: NY , the third series in the franchise and the only indirect spin-off of CSI. It was canceled on May 10, 2013, after nine seasons. [3] The series starred Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, and Sela Ward. In 2014, CSI spun off CSI: Cyber, its second direct spin-off and the fourth series in the franchise. Cyber premiered in 2015, and starred Patricia Arquette and franchise alumnus Ted Danson—the only actor to appear as a series regular in more than one CSI series. The lead character, Avery Ryan, was inspired by cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken, who was attached to the series as a producer. [4] CSI: Cyber was canceled on May 12, 2016. [5]

In 2020, CBS began considering a limited series revival featuring original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation cast members, William Petersen and Jorja Fox. [6] It was eventually greenlighted, with a video teaser for CSI: Vegas released on March 31, 2021.

A total of 797 episodes of the CSI franchise have aired.


The CSI franchise is available in 200 territories with an audience of two billion people. [7] Various spin-offs have been developed to cater for the market including novels, comic books, and computer games.

The franchise has had a large cultural impact. It has spawned what has been called the "CSI effect", in which juries often have unreasonable expectations of real-life forensics because of what they have seen on CSI. Equally, the new-found popularity of forensics dramas on television has led to an increase in applications for courses dealing with forensic science or archaeological science—in the United Kingdom applications are up by 30%. [8] The franchise is so influential that fellow CBS show How I Met Your Mother advertised itself as "not a Crime Scene Investigation show". [9] In some ways the franchise may also fill a cultural need:

"We started in 2000 and it was a success, but our ratings really shot up after the September 11 attacks," Zuiker says in a documentary about the CSI phenomenon to be aired at Christmas [2007]. "People were rushing to us for their comfort food. There was a sense of justice in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – it helped to know that there were people like our characters out there helping to solve crimes. And, of course, 9/11 was the world's largest crime scene." [7]

However, the "CSI effect" is considered by some experts to be responsible for helping criminals covering up evidence that could be used to trace them using techniques learned by watching CSI and other shows in the same genre. [10] Recent studies could not find conclusive evidence for the existence of this effect. [11]


CSI: Miami and CSI: Cyber spun off from CSI, and CSI: NY spun off from CSI: Miami, all via backdoor pilot episodes. CSI: Vegas was not launched via a backdoor pilot episode, and instead premiered 21 years to the day of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's launch.

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1 23October 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17)1111.6
2 23September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16)214.5
3 23September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26)May 15, 2003 (2003-05-15)116.3
4 23September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)May 20, 2004 (2004-05-20)115.9
5 25September 23, 2004 (2004-09-23)May 19, 2005 (2005-05-19)116.5
6 24September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22)May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18)315.6
7 24September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)612.2
8 17September 27, 2007 (2007-09-27)May 15, 2008 (2008-05-15)710.6
9 24October 9, 2008 (2008-10-09)May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)411.5
10 23September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24)May 20, 2010 (2010-05-20)109.7
11 22September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12)128.4
12 22September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)168.0
13 22September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15)187.7
14 22September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)May 7, 2014 (2014-05-07)167.8
15 18September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)287.2
Finale 2September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27)N/AN/A
CSI: Miami Backdoor pilot May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09)N/AN/A
1 24September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23)May 19, 2003 (2003-05-19)1111.0
2 24September 22, 2003 (2003-09-22)May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24)811.9
3 24September 20, 2004 (2004-09-20)May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23)512.4
4 25September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19)May 22, 2006 (2006-05-22)811.8
5 24September 18, 2006 (2006-09-18)May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)1010.7
6 21September 24, 2007 (2007-09-24)May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)119.2
7 25September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22)May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)129.1
8 24September 21, 2009 (2009-09-21)May 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)188.1
9 22October 3, 2010 (2010-10-03)May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)227.3
10 19September 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)April 8, 2012 (2012-04-08)277.1
CSI: NY Backdoor pilot May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)N/AN/A
1 23September 22, 2004 (2004-09-22)May 18, 2005 (2005-05-18)208.9
2 24September 28, 2005 (2005-09-28)May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17)189.2
3 24September 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)168.9
4 21September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21)227.6
5 25September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24)May 14, 2009 (2009-05-14)158.6
6 23September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)197.9
7 22September 24, 2010 (2010-09-24)May 13, 2011 (2011-05-13)N/AN/A
8 18September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23)May 11, 2012 (2012-05-11)N/AN/A
9 17September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)237.3
CSI: Cyber Backdoor pilots April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)N/AN/A
1 13March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13)3910.77
2 18October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13)508.50
CSI: Vegas 1 TBAOctober 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)TBATBATBA


CSI:Miami and CSI:Cyber spun off from CSI, and CSI:NY spun off from CSI:Miami, all via backdoor-pilot episodes.

SeriesTelevision seasonsDuration
2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2021/22
CSI 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale 2000–15
CSI: Miami Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2002–12
CSI: NY Pilot 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2004–13
CSI: Cyber Pilot 1 2 2015–16
CSI: Vegas 1 2021-


CharacterSeries appearancesActorFirstLast
Gil Grissom [N 1] MainMain William Petersen 2000
Catherine Willows Main Marg Helgenberger 20002015
Warrick Brown Main Gary Dourdan 20002008
Nick Stokes Main George Eads 20002015
Jim Brass MainGuest Paul Guilfoyle 2000
Sara Sidle MainMain Jorja Fox 2000
Greg Sanders Main Eric Szmanda 20002015
Al Robbins Main Robert David Hall 20002015
Sofia Curtis Main Louise Lombard 20042011
David Hodges MainMain Wallace Langham 2003
Riley Adams Main Lauren Lee Smith 20082009
Raymond Langston MainGuestGuest Laurence Fishburne 20082011
Wendy Simms Main Liz Vassey 20052010
David Phillips Main David Berman 20002015
D.B. Russell [N 2] MainGuestMain Ted Danson 20112016
Morgan Brody Main Elisabeth Harnois 20112015
Julie Finlay Main Elisabeth Shue 20122015
Henry Andrews Main Jon Wellner 20052015
Horatio Caine GuestMainGuest David Caruso 20022012
Calleigh Duquesne GuestMain Emily Procter 20022012
Eric Delko GuestMain Adam Rodriguez 20022012
Alexx Woods GuestMain Khandi Alexander 20022009
Tim Speedle GuestMain Rory Cochrane 20022007
Megan Donner Main Kim Delaney 20022002
Yelina Salas Main Sofia Milos 20032009
Ryan Wolfe Main Jonathan Togo 20042012
Frank Tripp Main Rex Linn 20032012
Natalia Boa Vista Main Eva LaRue 20052012
Tara Price Main Megalyn Echikunwoke 20082009
Jesse Cardoza Main Eddie Cibrian 20092010
Walter Simmons Main Omar Benson Miller 20092012
Mac Taylor GuestGuestMain Gary Sinise 20042013
Stella Bonasera GuestMain Melina Kanakaredes 20042010
Danny Messer GuestMain Carmine Giovinazzo 20042013
Aiden Burn GuestMain Vanessa Ferlito 20042006
Sheldon Hawkes GuestMain Hill Harper 20042013
Don Flack Main Eddie Cahill 20042013
Lindsay Monroe Main Anna Belknap 20052013
Sid Hammerback Main Robert Joy 20052013
Adam Ross Main A. J. Buckley 20052013
Jo Danville Main Sela Ward 20102013
Avery Ryan GuestMain Patricia Arquette 20142016
Elijah Mundo Main James Van Der Beek 20152016
Simon Sifter Main Peter MacNicol 20152015
Brody Nelson Main Shad Moss 20152016
Daniel Krumitz Main Charley Koontz 20152016
Raven Ramirez Main Hayley Kiyoko 20152016
D.B. Russell [N 2] MainGuestMain Ted Danson 20112016
Gil Grissom [N 1] MainMain William Petersen 2000
Sara Sidle MainMain Jorja Fox 2000
Maxine Roby Main Paula Newsome 2021
Josh Folsom Main Matt Lauria 2021
Allie Rajan Main Mandeep Dhillon 2021
David Hodges MainMain Wallace Langham 2003
Hugo Ramirez Main Mel Rodriguez 2021
  1. 1 2 In addition to appearing in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Vegas, Petersen also guest-starred as Grissom in "Where and Why", episode 6.06 of Without a Trace .
  2. 1 2 Ted Danson joined the main cast of CSI: Cyber following the ending of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Differences between series

Las Vegas (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Vegas)

The Las Vegas team are scientists foremost, and follow the evidence. LVPD CSIs are not employed as police officers. The crimes the Las Vegas CSI team face (other than the standard murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, and rapes) include casino robberies, bodies buried in the Nevada desert, and murders during different conventions at casinos.

Crime lab
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Lab is a modern crime lab and shares a lot (but not a building) with the Las Vegas Police Department. It reports to the sheriff's office. In early episodes of season one the lab is frequently referred to as the number two crime lab in the United States, solving cases believed unsolvable. The lab consists of specialist laboratories, a larger office (usually used by the Grave Supervisor), a smaller office used by Catherine Willows between seasons 5 and 12, a locker room, an AV room, a break-room, and stairs leading to a second floor, housing offices for senior staff.

Miami (CSI: Miami)

The Miami team are detectives foremost, and mainly use theories to solve crimes. The crimes the Miami CSI team face (other than the standard murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, and rapes) include drug running, murdered refugees from Cuba, bodies found washed up on the beach and dumped in the Everglades, and crimes involving the rich and famous who have secrets to hide in their mansions and beachfront properties.

Crime lab
The Miami CSIs were firstly, in the backdoor pilot, stationed out of a broom closet next to the MDPD's bull pen. They were given their own building prior to the start of the first season. Originally dark and technical, this building housed Horatio's office, Megan's office, specialist labs, and a locker room. During the fourth season a government grant meant that slanted glass walls, multiple modern labs, an interrogation room, and a new locker room were all constructed. Horatio's office is not seen following the lab's reconstruction—although a state-of-the-art ballistics suite was added, acting as Calleigh's office. The lab has reinforced windows and shutters to protect against hurricanes and tsunamis.

Manhattan (CSI: NY)

The New York team are equally scientists and detectives, and frequently use criminal profiling (as well as evidence and theories) to solve cases. The crimes the New York CSI team face (other than the standard murders, attempted murders, kidnappings, and rapes) include organised crime activity involving the Italian Mafia, street-gang violence, and ethnic, cultural, and ability differences.

Crime lab
During the first season, the NYPD CSI lab is in an old underground building with rustic brick walls. The lab houses Mac's office, a locker room, the autopsy suite, and specialist forensic laboratories. As of the second season the lab is on the 35th floor of a high-rise building in Manhattan. Equipped with glass walls and state-of-the-art equipment, this lab consists of the Supervisor’s office (belonging to Mac, and – for a short time – Jo), specialist laboratories, an observation walkway, a break-room and kitchen, a locker room, and an office belonging to the Assistant Supervisor (first Stella, then Jo), containing an additional hot-desk used by Hawkes, Danny, Lindsay, and Aiden. Part of this second lab is blown up in the season three finale, "Snow Day", but is restored by the beginning of season four.

Washington, D.C. (CSI: Cyber)

The Cyber team focuses on the technical aspect of crimes, with NextGen forensics providing it with a real-world crime scene investigative counterpart. The FBI Cyber Crime Division investigates cyber-based terrorism, internet-related murders, espionage, computer intrusions, major cyber-fraud, cyber-theft, hacking, sex offenses, blackmail, and any other crime deemed to be cyber-related within the FBI's jurisdiction.

— Cyber Crime Division
The FBI Cyber Crime Division operates out of Washington, D.C. and is housed in the Cyber Threat Operations Center. The CTOC consists of Ryan's office, Russell's office, a communications bull pen housing the desks of Krumitz, Nelson, and Ramirez, a cyber lab, a glass walkway, and a 'tear-down room'. Due to their nomadic nature the team are often seen interviewing suspects at various FBI field offices and police departments.

— Next Generation Cyber Forensics Division
The Next Generation Cyber Forensics Division is a lab-based facility within the Cyber Crime Division used for the processing of evidence in cyber-related cases.

Theme songs

The opening themes for all four series are remixes of songs performed by The Who.

SeriesTheme song
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"Who Are You"
CSI: Miami"Won't Get Fooled Again"
CSI: NY"Baba O'Riley"
CSI: Cyber"I Can See for Miles"


Crossovers are possible between CSI series as well as with other programs within the same creative stable. Between the series the baton is passed to the new CSI series via a crossover/pilot where cases are overlapped and personnel are shared. Many actors have appeared in two of the series. Five actors have appeared in three: David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, and Gary Sinise all appeared in CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY, while Ted Danson appeared as a guest star on CSI: NY and a series regular on both CSI and CSI: Cyber, making him the first actor to be a main character in more than one CSI series. Before becoming a regular as "Danny Messer" on CSI: NY, Carmine Giovinazzo had a small role as "Thumpy G" in an episode of CSI, making him the only lead actor to play two characters within the franchise. [12] Crossovers have also, on occasion, taken place between a CSI series and a series outside the franchise.

Within the franchise

Crossover betweenEpisodeTypeActors crossing overDate aired
Series ASeries BSeries C
CSICSI: MiamiN/A"Cross Jurisdictions"
(CSI 2.22)
Backdoor pilotSeries A: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodríguez, Rory Cochrane, Khandi Alexander May 9, 2002
Catherine and Warrick team up with Horatio Caine to investigate the murder of Las Vegas' former chief and the kidnapping of his wife and daughter following a wild party.
(CSI: Miami 2.23)
Backdoor pilotSeries A: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Vanessa Ferlito, Hill Harper May 17, 2004
Horatio travels to New York believing it to be the residence of someone who committed a double homicide. He is assisted by Mac Taylor who suspects that the crimes in Miami might be connected to the murder of an undercover New York cop.
CSI: NYCSIN/A"Grand Master"
(CSI: NY 1.04)
Character appearanceSeries A: Ricky Harris October 27, 2004
CSI consultant Disco Placid (first seen in "Anonymous") consults on the audio aspects of a murder that takes place during a turntable competition.
CSI: MiamiCSI: NYN/A"Felony Flight"
(CSI: Miami 4.07)
"Manhattan Manhunt"
(CSI: NY 2.07)
Two-night eventSeries A: Gary Sinise
Series B: David Caruso
Nov. 7, 2005
Nov. 9, 2005
A convicted serial killer, Henry Darius, sabotages and escapes an airplane that was flying him from New York to Miami, where he supposedly buried a body. After fleeing the crash site he goes on a killing spree and abducts a college student. Since Darius was originally arrested in New York, Mac Taylor arrives in Miami to help Horatio track the killer down. Darius murders a group of teens in a luxury apartment where he tries to rob a security vault.
CSI: MiamiCSI: NYCSI"Bone Voyage"
(CSI: Miami 8.07)
"Hammer Down"
(CSI: NY 6.07)
"The Lost Girls"
(CSI 10.07)
CSI: Trilogy Series A & B: Laurence Fishburne Nov. 9, 2009
Nov. 11, 2009
Nov. 12, 2009
Ray Langston arrives in Miami to investigate a severed leg found in the Everglades that belonged to a girl who disappeared in Las Vegas a week before. He discovers a human-trafficking ring that specializes in black-market organ harvesting that leads him to New York where he assists Mac in attempting to free a hostage. Ray returns to Las Vegas to find a missing girl who's been taken by the human traffickers and may be part of a prostitution ring.
CSICSI: NYN/A"In Vino Veritas"
(CSI 13.13)
"Seth and Apep"
(CSI: NY 9.15)
Two-night eventSeries A: Gary Sinise
Series B: Ted Danson
Feb. 6, 2013
Feb. 8, 2013
Mac Taylor visits Las Vegas to surprise his girlfriend, Christine, who is missing upon his arrival. It turns out she was kidnapped in New York before the trip and a look-alike took her place. D.B Russell insists on accompanying Mac back to New York to help find her.
CSICSI: CyberN/A"Kitty"
(CSI 14.21)
Backdoor pilotSeries A: Patricia Arquette Apr. 30, 2014
Avery Ryan, a Special Agent attached to the FBI Cyber Crime Division, travels to Las Vegas when the murder of a casino mogul's wife is linked to an UnSub she has been tracking who commits crimes on the internet that play out in the real world.
CSICSI: CyberN/A"The Twin Paradox"
(CSI 15.06)
Guest appearanceSeries A: Patricia ArquetteNov. 16, 2014
Finlay leads the CSI team in a hunt for Seattle's notorious Gig Harbor Killer, while Russell meets with colleague Avery Ryan for advice on how to catch a mentally unstable serial killer.

With other series

Crossover betweenEpisodeTypeActors crossing overDate aired
Series ASeries B
CSI: NY Cold Case "Cold Reveal"
(CSI: NY 3.22)
Guest appearanceSeries A: Danny Pino May 2, 2007
When Stella Bonasera's DNA matches evidence found during a Cold Case investigation in Philadelphia, Detective Scotty Valens visits the New York Crime Lab in order to rule her out as a homicide suspect.
CSI Without a Trace "Who and What"
(CSI 8.06)
"Where and Why"
(Without a Trace 6.06)
Two-hour eventSeries A: Anthony LaPaglia
Series B: William Petersen
Nov. 8, 2007
Jack Malone joins forces with Grissom to track a serial killer since a boy who was kidnapped in New York six years before matches the profile of a Las Vegas murder victim. The two of them establish the killer's pattern of behavior to track him down.
Two and a Half Men CSI"Fish in a Drawer"
(Two and a Half Men 5.17)
"Two and a Half Deaths"
(CSI 8.16)
Writer exchangeSeries A: George Eads
Series B: Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones
May 5, 2008
May 8, 2008
The two shows' writers swapped roles. George Eads appears in "Fish in a Drawer" as a wedding guest when a man is found dead, possibly murdered. In "Two and a Half Deaths" Grissom investigates the death of a sitcom diva who was filming in Las Vegas. Sheen, Cryer, and Jones appear as themselves wearing the same clothes from "Fish in a Drawer".
CSI MythBusters "Theory of Everything"
(CSI 8.15)
"Fireball Stun Gun"
(MythBusters 8.10)
Cameo appearanceSeries A: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage May 1, 2008
June 2, 2010
The team investigates an abundance of cases that turn out to be related, including the death of a man who may have spontaneously combusted in police custody due to the combination of two supposedly nonlethal weapons: pepper spray and a stun gun. Hyneman and Savage appear in "Theory of Everything" as lab technicians watching Nick test the idea and then later on MythBusters test it themselves in earnest and find it plausible.

UK TV movies

In the UK, Channel 5 edited together related episodes to make one whole feature. These include:

SeriesTitleEpisodes edited togetherRuntime
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationThe CSI Pilot Movie"Pilot" / "Cool Change"
The CSI Movie: Grave Danger"Grave Danger (Part 1)" / "Grave Danger (Part 2)"
The CSI Movie: Bullet [13] "A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 1)" /
"A Bullet Runs Through It (Part 2)"
110 mins
The CSI Movie: Bang-Bang [14] "Bang-Bang" / "Way to Go"110 mins
The CSI Movie: Built to Kill [15] "Built to Kill (Part 1)" / "Built to Kill (Part 2)"110 mins
The CSI Movie: Dr Who & Mr Jekyll [16] "Doctor Who" / "Meat Jekyll"105 mins
The CSI Movie: Immortality "Immortality Part I" / "Immortality Part II" 87 mins
CSI: MiamiThe CSI Movie: Crisis [17] "No Man's Land" / "Man Down"105 mins
The CSI Movie: Fallen [18] '"All Fall Down" / "Fallen"105 mins
CSI: NYThe CSI Movie: Revenge [19] "Nothing for Something" / "Life Sentence"100 mins

Also Channel 5 will sometimes group episodes with similar themes together such as:

Other media


There have been a number of comic books based on all three series published by IDW Publishing. Writers include Jeff Mariotte and Max Allan Collins.


The CSI franchise has spawned 11 computer games published by Ubisoft across the three shows.

Gameloft has also published a series of mobile games based on the CSI series including CSI: The Mobile Game (Vegas) and CSI: Miami.

In addition, several board games and puzzles based on all three series have seen release, all published by Canadian game manufacturer Specialty Board Games, Inc. In 2011, the CSI Board Game was released by another Canadian company, GDC–GameDevCo Ltd. It is the first game to include all three CSI shows. [20]

A pinball game machine called CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was released in 2008. [21]


Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry opened an exhibit in CSI's honor on May 25, 2007 called: "CSI: The Experience". [22] In October 2011 it was at Discovery Times Square in New York City. [23] There is also a game on the website where you are trained in forensic biology, weapons and tool mark analyses, toxicology and the autopsy.


Various novelizations have appeared based on the series. Authors include Max Allan Collins (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Donn Cortez (CSI: Miami), Stuart M. Kaminsky (CSI: NY), and Keith R.A. DeCandido (CSI: NY).


Titan Magazines published 11 issues of CSI Magazine starting in November 2007. They contained a mixture of features and interviews looking into the world of the three CSIs and the people who help create it. [24] They were available in the UK and US. [25]


A range of toys have been developed. These include:

However, they have been the source of some controversy. The Parents Television Council, who have complained about CSI in general, in 2004 released a statement specifically aimed at the toys. [26] The PTC e-mailed letters to their supporters, telling them the content of the games were entirely inappropriate for children to be exposed to "because the CSI franchise often displays graphic images, including close-ups of corpses with gunshot wounds and other bloody injuries." The letter went on to say "The PTC doesn't think the recreation of blood, guts and gore should be under a child's Christmas tree this year," PTC concluded. "This so-called 'toy' is a blatant attempt to market CSI and its adult-oriented content directly to children."

In urging members to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, PTC said CBS parent company Viacom needed to hear from parents who are concerned about the "graphic scenes of blood, violence, and sex" in their product. They also asked their supporters to contact Target and Toys "R" Us.

World record

Producers announced intentions to break the Guinness World Record for largest ever TV simulcast drama on March 4, 2015, with the episode "Kitty" airing in 150 countries in addition to digital streaming. [27] They succeeded in breaking the record by airing CSI: Cyber's backdoor pilot in 171 countries. [28]


Because of the popularity of the CSI franchise in the United Kingdom, Channel 5 created two documentaries about CSI. The first one called The Real CSI follows real crime scene investigators as they work on crime scene. The second documentary, True CSI, features true tales of how forensic science has helped solve some of the world's best known crimes. True CSI had actors re-enacting the crime as well as interviews with people involved in the solving of the crimes themselves. Cases featured included the Sam Sheppard case.

In early 2007, British channel ITV1 broadcast a special of its flagship documentary Tonight with Trevor McDonald discussing the ramifications of the "CSI effect", highlighting the effect not only of the franchise but of several other British and American TV police procedurals.

The popularity of the series has also spawned forensic based reality television/documentary programs, including A&E's The First 48 and truTV's North Mission Road .

In April 2012, PBS' Frontline aired a documentary called "The Real CSI" investigating the limitations of the CSI techniques in forensic science. [29]

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CSI: Miami is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on September 23, 2002, on CBS. Starring David Caruso as Lieutenant Horatio Caine, Emily Procter as Detective Calleigh Duquesne, and Adam Rodriguez as Detective Eric Delko. The series is the first direct spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "transplanting the same template and trickery—gory crimes, procedural plot and dazzling graphics—into [a new city] while retaining the essence of the original idea".

<i>CSI: NY</i> American police procedural drama television series (2004-2013)

CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004, to February 22, 2013, for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists and police officers identified as "Crime Scene Investigators" as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths, as well as other crimes. The series is an indirect spin-off from the veteran series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and a direct spin-off from CSI: Miami, during an episode in which several of the CSI: NY characters made their first appearances. It is the third series in the CSI franchise.

Catherine Willows Fictional character on American television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Catherine Willows is a fictional character, portrayed by Marg Helgenberger, from the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Helgenberger made her franchise debut in the first season episode "Pilot". Helgenberger received several award nominations for her portrayal of Catherine, including two Primetime Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Sara Sidle Fictional character on American television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Sara Sidle is a fictional character portrayed by actress Jorja Fox on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and its sequel, CSI: Vegas. Sidle is a forensic scientist and one of the core characters of the show, which revolves around a Crime Scene Investigation team in Clark County, Nevada, that investigates cases in and around Las Vegas. Fox appeared in both the first eight seasons and the final five seasons of the original show as a series regular. She also recurred throughout the ninth and tenth seasons of the series and headlined Immortality alongside Ted Danson. She will return in the sequel CSI: Vegas.

Anthony E. Zuiker

Anthony E. Zuiker is an American television writer, television producer, and author. He is best known as the creator of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He produced all four editions of the CSI franchise: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and CSI: Cyber. His production company is Dare to Pass.

Nick Stokes Fictional character on American television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Nicholas "Nick" Stokes is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by George Eads. He made his first screen appearance in the show's pilot, broadcast on October 6, 2000, and departed the series on February 15, 2015, in "The End Game". Eads is credited in 335 episodes of the series.

Ann Donahue is a prominent television writer. She along with Carol Mendelsohn and Anthony E. Zuiker created the successful CSI franchise which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and CSI: Cyber.

There are episode lists for each of the four TV series in the CSI franchise:

<i>CSI: Crime Scene Investigation</i> (season 2) Season of American television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The second season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on CBS on September 27, 2001 and ended May 16, 2002. The series stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.

Raymond Langston Fictional character on American television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Dr. Raymond Langston is a fictional character on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by Laurence Fishburne. He joined the show in season 9, after the departure of Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen. His last name is taken from Fishburne's son, Langston, who was named after the great African-American writer Langston Hughes.

D.B. Russell Fictional character on American television franchise CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Diebenkorn "D.B." Russell is a fictional character, portrayed by Ted Danson, from the CBS crime franchise CSI. Danson made his franchise debut in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's season twelve episode "73 Seconds". He also starred as a series regular on the second season of CSI: Cyber.

<i>CSI: Crime Scene Investigation</i> (season 14) Season of American television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The fourteenth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on September 25, 2013 on CBS, and ended on May 7, 2014. The season stars Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue.

<i>CSI: Cyber</i> American police procedural television drama series (2015–2016)

CSI: Cyber is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on March 4, 2015, on CBS. The series, starring Patricia Arquette and Ted Danson, is the second spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the fourth series in the CSI franchise. On May 12, 2016, CBS canceled the series after two seasons.

NCIS is a media franchise of American television programs originally created by Donald P. Bellisario and currently broadcast on CBS, all of which deal with military related criminal investigations based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps.

Immortality (<i>CSI: Crime Scene Investigation</i>) 2015 finale of the television series CSI

"Immortality" is the two-hour series finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation aired on September 27, 2015, on CBS.

<i>CSI: Cyber</i> (season 2) Second season of American television series CSI: Cyber (2015–2016)

The second and final season of CSI: Cyber premiered on October 4, 2015. The series stars Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Shad Moss, Charley Koontz, Hayley Kiyoko, and Ted Danson.

"Kitty" is the twenty-first episode of the fourteenth season in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Kitty introduced FBI Agent Avery Ryan from the spin-off CSI: Cyber which this episode served as the backdoor pilot of the series. Despite being credited Jorja Fox and Jon Wellner who portray Sara Sidle and Henry Andrews do not appear in this episode.

<i>CSI: Vegas</i> Upcoming American crime television miniseries

CSI: Vegas is an upcoming American crime television limited series that is set to debut on CBS on October 6, 2021. It is a sequel epilogue of the long-running series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and will be the fifth series in the CSI franchise. The series is set to star William Petersen and Jorja Fox as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle, reprising their roles from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Wallace Langham also reprises his role as David Hodges, while Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez, and Mandeep Dhillon portray new characters. Paul Guilfoyle will guest-star in two episodes to reprise his role as Jim Brass.


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Further reading

As well as fictional books based on the franchise there have also been a number of guides published: