|NCIS: Los Angeles|
|Created by||Shane Brennan|
|Theme music composer||James S. Levine|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||279 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42–44 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Media Ventures|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||September 22, 2009 –|
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American action television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009.The series follows the exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects (OSP), an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments. NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS and the second series in the NCIS franchise.
The series originally starred Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, LL Cool J, Peter Cambor, Adam Jamal Craig, Linda Hunt and Barrett Foa. Cambor's character was demoted to a recurring character after season 1 and Craig's character was killed off in season 1. Other stars have included Eric Christian Olsen, Renée Felice Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Nia Long,Medalion Rahimi, and Caleb Castille.
The show has received mixed reviews from critics, but has been a solid rating hit for CBS. On May 6, 2020, CBS renewed the series for a twelfth season,which premiered on November 8, 2020.
On April 23, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a thirteenth season.
NCIS: Los Angeles follows Special Agents Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell), undercover operatives assigned to the Office of Special Projects, a specialist branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Sam is a former member of SEAL Team Six and dedicated family man. Callen is a former foster child who became a "legend" under the watchful eye of Operations Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange (Linda Hunt). Over the course of the series, Sam, Callen, and Hetty, are supported by Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), a hand-to-hand combat specialist, trained sniper and forensic whiz, and her partner-turned-husband Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), an LAPD liaison officer turned NCIS Special Agent. Technical Operator Eric Beale (Barrett Foa), Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer), and Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith) complete the team, while Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor) and rookie agents Dominic Vail (Adam Jamal Craig), Fatima Nazami (Medalion Rahimi), and Devin Roundtree (Caleb Castille) offer support under the watchful eye of Executive Assistant Director Pacific (EADPAC) Shay Mosley (Nia Long).
In November 2008, it was reported that a first spin-off series set in Los Angeles would be introduced with a two-part backdoor pilot during the sixth season of NCIS.Special Agent G. Callen was initially a CIA operative created by Shane Brennan for a series that was never produced. After taking over show runner duties previously held by Donald P. Bellisario on NCIS, he used the potential of a spin-off to bring his story to fruition.
Brennan intended for the series to hold a Miami Vice -esque vibe through its two co-leads, Callen and Agent Sam Hanna. However, the character of Lara Macy was written to serve as a parallel for Gibbs, the lead of the original NCIS team. Macy was portrayed by Louise Lombard in the backdoor pilot, but she was not featured in the actual spin-off, and Brennan was able to produce the show as he originally envisioned it.
The show was known as NCIS: Legend while in production (referring to the episodes of NCIS in which the spin-off was introduced), and other names considered included OSP: Office of Special Projects, NCIS: OSP and NCIS: Undercover.Filming started in February 2009, with the characters being introduced in the two-part NCIS episode titled "Legend", the first part of which aired on April 28, 2009. This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the way NCIS was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG .
|First aired||Last aired|
|Intro||2||April 28, 2009||May 5, 2009|
|1||24||September 22, 2009||May 25, 2010|
|2||24||September 21, 2010||May 17, 2011|
|3||24||September 20, 2011||May 15, 2012|
|4||24||September 25, 2012||May 14, 2013|
|5||24||September 24, 2013||May 13, 2014|
|6||24||September 29, 2014||May 18, 2015|
|7||24||September 21, 2015||May 2, 2016|
|8||24||September 25, 2016||May 14, 2017|
|9||24||October 1, 2017||May 20, 2018|
|10||24||September 30, 2018||May 19, 2019|
|11||22||September 29, 2019||April 26, 2020|
|12||18||November 8, 2020||May 23, 2021|
This section is missing information about crossovers with NCIS . (September 2020)
|Crossover between||Episode||Type||Actors/actresses crossing over||Date aired|
|Series A||Series B|
|Hawaii Five-0||NCIS: Los Angeles||"Ka Hakaka Maikaʻi"|
(Hawaii Five-0 2.6)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: Daniela Ruah||October 24, 2011|
|Hawaii Five-0||NCIS: Los Angeles||"Pa Make Loa"|
(Hawaii Five-0 2.21)
"Touch of Death"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 3.21)
|2-Part Crossover||Appearing in Series A: Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Craig Robert Young |
Appearing in Series B: Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim
|April 30, 2012|
May 1, 2012
Agents Sam Hanna and G. Callen are called in to assist Five-0 finding a suspect, Dracul Comescu. Later, Callen and Sam must return to Los Angeles to stop a possible smallpox outbreak from becoming a reality with Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly of Hawaii Five-0 coming along to help.
|Scorpion||NCIS: Los Angeles||"True Colors"|
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: Linda Hunt||October 27, 2014|
|Hetty Lange assists Scorpion, a team of geniuses, in tracking down a painting after a suspected counterfeit is found at a museum.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Payback"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 8.15)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: John M. Jackson||February 19, 2017|
|As the team races to save Kensi from Ferris/Sullivan, they find themselves questioning who they can trust when old faces resurface.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Battle Scars"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 8.21)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: John M. Jackson||April 23, 2017|
|When a veteran kidnaps a corrupt VA administrator, the team must work with old friends of Hetty's, one of which being A.J. Chegwidden to find him and figure out what's going on.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Golden Days"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 8.22)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: John M. Jackson||April 30, 2017|
|The team works with Hetty's former Vietnam War colleagues to recover $40 million in stolen gold, though things get complicated when other parties invest themselves into the search. Deeks receives some surprising news from Detective Whiting about his IA case.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"This Is What We Do"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 9.08)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: John M. Jackson||November 19, 2017|
|When a group of migrants and Border Patrol officers are slaughtered near Camp Pendleton, the team discovers that the killers are there for one of their old enemies; Nell must work with her bossy older sister Sydney, a Homeland Security analyst.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Các Tù Nhân"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 9.13)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: John M. Jackson||January 14, 2018|
|Eric and Nell find a cryptic clue Hetty left behind in a book that points to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At first, they clash with Mosley as they try to find out what Hetty is doing there, but Mosley comes around and gets them tickets to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Hetty tries to look insane while being interrogated by her "buyer", who is after the secret information she has. |
The title of the episode, "Các Tù Nhân", is Vietnamese for "Prisoners".
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Goodbye, Vietnam"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 9.14)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: John M. Jackson||January 21, 2018|
|The OSP team must work with Hetty's old unit to locate her before she is sold off, while Nell and Eric must work with Sydney to uncover information that would help the team.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"The Guardian"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 10.23)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: David James Elliott||May 12, 2019|
|Callen and Sam travel to the USS Allegiance in the Persian Gulf to work with Navy Captain Harmon Rabb, Jr. when the team uncovers a terror threat on military locations.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"False Flag"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 10.24)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell||May 19, 2019|
|Callen, Hanna, and Rabb detain several terror suspects onboard the Allegiance but are simultaneously forced to deal with Iranian forces amassing on the Iraqi border; Sarah MacKenzie helps the rest of the team untangle a complicated spy web involving a crooked Russian diplomat, Chechen terrorists, and an increasingly meddlesome ISIS; Eric is conflicted between being there for Nell and her mother in the hospital and scrambling to neutralize the terror threat and prevent World War III.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Let Fate Decide"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 11.01)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell||September 29, 2019|
|Callen and Sam work with Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb Jr. to apprehend spies aboard the USS Allegiance; Hetty tries to neutralize a missile attack in the Middle East; Kensi and Deeks are trapped in a mobile CIA unit in Iraq while under attack.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Code of Conduct"|
(NCIS: Los Angeles 11.22)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series B: Catherine Bell||April 26, 2020|
"Identity", the series' first episode, garnered 18.73 million viewers with a 4.4/11 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and therefore won its timeslot. It was the second-most-watched show of the week, behind only the original NCIS.
Reviews for the show have been mixed. It has a score of 59/100 on Metacritic. According to Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times , "The crime is intriguing and multifaceted, its resolution requiring a nice balance of street smarts and lots of gunfire. But as with the original 'NCIS', the emphasis is on the characters of the team... Los Angeles, meanwhile, looks fabulous, a pleasing mixture of noir and gridlock, and there's an air of stability that's comforting in these uncertain times."The New York Daily News reviewer, David Hinckley, was more critical of the show saying that although "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, ... a premiere episode shouldn't feel even a little like something we've already seen."
Tom Shales of The Washington Post felt that, "NCIS: Los Angeles gets the job done ... It's a procedural that follows strictly the established procedure, but it has likable characters, dislikable bad guys and the occasional flabbergasting shot of L.A."Robert Bianco of USA Today summarized it as a "serviceable hour that takes the NCIS formula—a light tone and a lot of banter wrapped around a fairly rudimentary investigatory plot—and transfers it to a special, undercover NCIS division in Los Angeles. Nothing more, but also nothing less." The Hollywood Reporter compared the show to The A-Team with "the same lighthearted approach to life-or-death situations. Maybe the biggest change is that 'NCIS: L.A.' achieves its inevitably favorable outcomes with a little more intellect and a little less testosterone." IGN stated that although "NCIS: Los Angeles doesn't exactly reinvent the police procedural... it's another above-average entry, aided by the fact that the people behind the show know what they're doing" and ultimately gave the episode a 7.7/10.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership|
|1||Tuesday 9:00 p.m.||24||September 22, 2009||18.73||May 25, 2010||13.12||2009–10||9||16.08|
|2||24||September 21, 2010||15.76||May 17, 2011||15.61||2010–11||7||16.54|
|3||24||September 20, 2011||16.71||May 15, 2012||15.19||2011–12||7||16.01|
|4||24||September 25, 2012||16.74||May 14, 2013||13.52||2012–13||4||17.31|
|5||24||September 24, 2013||16.35||May 13, 2014||14.85||2013–14||4||16.03|
|6||Monday 10:00 p.m.||24||September 29, 2014||9.48||May 18, 2015||9.33||2014–15||27||11.72|
|7||24||September 21, 2015||7.89||May 2, 2016||8.10||2015–16||24||11.11|
|8||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||24||September 25, 2016||10.34||May 14, 2017||9.40||2016–17||11||12.51|
|9||Sunday 9:00 pm.||24||October 1, 2017||8.95||May 20, 2018||7.82||2017–18||21||10.71|
|10||24||September 30, 2018||8.75||May 19, 2019||5.28||2018–19||24||10.16|
|11||22||September 29, 2019||6.44||April 26, 2020||5.26||2019–20||26||8.91|
|12||Sunday 8:00 pm |
Sunday 9:00 pm
|18||November 8, 2020||6.35||May 23, 2021||TBD||2020–21||TBD||TBD|
|2010||People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Drama||–||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Daniela Ruah||Nominated|
|Golden Globes (Portugal)||Revelation||Daniela Ruah||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Linda Hunt||Won|
|2012||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Direction||Troy James Brown||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Nominated|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Linda Hunt||Won|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Won|
On November 5, 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported the first news about a spin-off of NCIS: Los Angeles titled NCIS: Red. The new characters were introduced during a two-part episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. The spin-off was to feature a team of mobile agents, who travel around the country to solve crimes.This would have been the second successive spin-off in the NCIS franchise. However, on May 15, 2013, CBS confirmed that NCIS: Red was officially passed on and would not be moving forward. Scott Grimes reprised his potential spinoff role as NCIS Red Agent Dave Flynn during the eighth season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
The first nine seasons have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4, and Season 1 was released on Blu-ray Disc in Region A. The first season DVD release includes the two-part pilot episode that aired as part of the sixth season of NCIS , which were also included on the Season 6 DVD of NCIS. All releases are distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.
In Asia, the series airs on AXN, ARY Zindagi & ARY Digital.In the UK the series premieres its latest season first on Sky 1, with subsequent runs and repeats then also broadcast on Channel Five. In the Netherlands the series airs on NET5 .NCIS: Los Angeles airs on Network Ten, ONE and TVH!TS (formerly TV1) As of December 2019, NCIS:LA airs on Fox Crime after TV H!TS was rebranded as Fox One in Australia. In Portugal the series airs on Fox. and on M6 in France.
In August 2016, Titan Books published NCIS Los Angeles: Extremis, a novel by Jerome Preisler.Three months later, it was followed by NCIS Los Angeles: Bolthole, written by Jeff Mariotte. Both books contain original stories featuring the characters from the show.
The seventh season of the police procedural drama NCIS premiered on September 22, 2009 with NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1 premiering afterwards. At the end of season six, Ziva had left the NCIS team in Israel, returning to work as a Mossad officer. In the closing seconds of that season, Ziva was shown to have been captured and tortured for information about NCIS.
"Identity" is the pilot episode of NCIS: Los Angeles as a stand-alone series, and the first episode of the series' first season, though the first appearance of the characters occurred in the twenty-second and twenty-third episodes of the sixth season of NCIS with the episodes being titled "Legend ". It also marks the debut appearance of Agent Dominic Vail and Operations Manager, Henrietta Lange, and all of the characters. The episode premiered on CBS in the United States on September 22, 2009 after the seventh season premiere of NCIS.
The first season of the American television series NCIS: Los Angeles premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009, and concluded on May 25, 2010. It is the first spin-off series of NCIS. The series is set in Los Angeles, California, and follows the stories of the members of the Office of Special Projects, an undercover division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). The show and its characters were introduced during the sixth-season episodes of NCIS titled "Legend " and "Legend ". These episodes served as a backdoor pilot for the series.
NCIS is an American police procedural television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres. The concept and characters were initially introduced in two episodes of the CBS series JAG. The show, a spin-off from JAG, premiered on September 23, 2003, on CBS. To date it has entered into the eighteenth full season and has gone into broadcast syndication on the USA Network. Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill are co-creators and executive producers of the premiere member of the NCIS franchise. As of 2021, it is the second-longest-running scripted, non-animated U.S. primetime TV series currently airing, surpassed only by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–present), and is the 7th-longest-running scripted U.S. primetime TV series overall.
The second season of NCIS: Los Angeles an American police procedural drama television series originally aired on CBS from September 21, 2010, through May 17, 2011. The season was produced by Shane Brennan Productions and CBS Television Studios, with Shane Brennan as showrunner and executive producer. The season continues to follow the stories of the members of the Office of Special Projects, an undercover division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
Kensi Marie Blye is a fictional character in the show NCIS: Los Angeles. She is a Junior Field Agent in the NCIS Office of Special Projects Team stationed in Los Angeles. She first appeared in the NCIS season six episode "Legend ".
The third season of NCIS: Los Angeles an American police procedural drama television series, originally aired on CBS from September 20, 2011 to May 15, 2012. The season was produced by Shane Brennan Productions and CBS Television Studios, with Shane Brennan as showrunner and executive producer. A total of 24 episodes were produced. A fictional crossover with Hawaii Five-0 occurred during the season in episode twenty-one.
"Blye, K., Part 2" is the 17th episode of the third season of the American crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles, and the 65th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on February 28, 2012. The episode is written by Dave Kalstein and directed by Terrence O'Hara, and was seen by 15.85 million viewers.
The fourth season of NCIS: Los Angeles an American police procedural drama television series originally aired on CBS from September 25, 2012, to May 14, 2013. The season was produced by Shane Brennan Productions and CBS Television Studios, with Shane Brennan as showrunner and executive producer. The episodes, "Red Part One" and "Red Part Two" were intended to be a backdoor pilot for a purposed series titled NCIS: Red associated with the NCIS franchise. However, NCIS: Red was not picked up to series by CBS on May 15, 2013.
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The seventh season of the police procedural drama NCIS: Los Angeles premiered on September 21, 2015 on CBS, and ended on May 2, 2016. It featured 24 episodes.
The eighth season of NCIS: Los Angeles, premiered on CBS on Sunday, September 25, 2016 with a two-episode premiere and concluded on May 14, 2017. The season contained 24 episodes. For the 2016-17 U.S. television season, the eighth season of NCIS: Los Angeles ranked #11 with an average of 12.51 million viewers and in the 18–49 demographic ranked 43rd with a 1.8/6 Rating/Share.
Sam Hanna is a fictional character in the show NCIS: Los Angeles. He is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and a Senior NCIS Special Agent. He first appeared in the NCIS season one episode "Identity".
The ninth season of NCIS: Los Angeles premiered on October 1, 2017 on CBS for the 2017–18 television season, and concluded on May 20, 2018. The season contained 24 episodes and the series’ 200th episode. Nia Long joined the cast as Shay Mosley for the ninth season after Miguel Ferrer's death.
The tenth season of NCIS: Los Angeles an American police procedural drama television series, originally aired on CBS from September 30, 2018, through May 19, 2019. The season was produced by CBS Television Studios, with R. Scott Gemmill as showrunner and executive producer.
"Touch of Death" is a two-part crossover event between Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles that aired on CBS. The event began on April 30, 2012, with the Hawaii Five-0 episode "Pa Make Loa" which is Hawaiian for "Touch of Death." It continued on May 1, 2012, with the NCIS: Los Angeles episode "Touch of Death". Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim, Chris O'Donnell, and LL Cool J appeared in both parts of the event as Danny Williams, Chin Ho Kelly, G. Callen, and Sam Hanna, respectively. The episodes both received mostly positive ratings and received high viewing figures in multiple countries.
The eleventh season of NCIS: Los Angeles an American police procedural drama television series, premiered on CBS on September 29, 2019, and concluded on April 26, 2020. Only 22 episodes were produced due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The season is produced by CBS Television Studios.
"Ka Hakaka Maika'i" is the sixth episode of the second season of Hawaii Five-0. It aired on October 24, 2011. The episode was written by Kyle Harimoto and directed by Larry Teng. The episode included a crossover appearance from Daniela Ruah as Kensi Blye, her character from NCIS: Los Angeles.
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