NCIS has been one of the leading network TV shows for the last few seasons. With its colorful cast and fascinating story lines, NCIS proves to be "more addicting than pistachios." NCIS is based out of Washington, DC but the crimes that they investigate take them all over the country and even the world.
The characters that make up the NCIS team are truly what make the show. The team is made up primarily of 6 main characters. The team leader, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is an ex-marine gunnery sergeant who proves to be a brilliant investigator whose gut is famous. Under him are his three agents Special Agents DiNozzo, McGee, and Todd (seasons 1+2) or David (seasons 3-7). Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo is the senior field agent and never lets anyone forget it. His personality is best compared to that of an overgrown frat boy. Despite his immaturity, Tony brings his experience working with the Baltimore Police Department adding great experience to the team. The third member of the team is Special Agent Timothy McGee, aka Probie. McGee joined the team half way through the first season bringing with him a MIT education in computer sciences that he uses to track criminals and access pretty much any information that was ever digitalized, if it's out there McGee will find it. He takes flack from Tony for being a geek, often to the point of calling him McGeek, but McGee doesn't let it get him down. The team of special agents can be rounded out by the only female on the team. In seasons one and two this position is filled by Kate Todd, an ex-secret service agent who joins the team in season one after being fired from the Secret Service for helping agents Gibbs and DiNozzo get the body of a dead marine off Air Force One. She is a feisty agent who is always trying to to prove to Tony that she can do anything just as well as any man. Kate takes her job very seriously and this ends up saving Agent Gibbs life, but costing her her own at the end of season two. After Kate's death this position is filled by Mossad Liaison Officer Ziva David. Ziva is a trained assassin from Israel who has issues avoiding using force to get the answers she wants. While this rounds out the team of agents their support staff is just as important and even more colorful.
They are supported by Medical Examiner Dr. Donald Mallard, Ducky and Forensic Scientist Abby Scuito. Ducky is an older gentleman from Scotland who has seen everything and is not afraid to let anyone know. Every case reminds him of something that he has seen before and the story of that situation precedes every briefing Gibbs receives, whether he wants to hear it or not. Ducky is known for his expertise in allowing the dead to tell their stories. He is a proper gentleman and is always sporting a bow tie, except the one time that he was seeing a younger woman and traded the bow tie for a younger looking neck tie for a few weeks. Upstairs from Ducky's autopsy is Abby. Abby is an amazing forensic scientist who never allows anything to go unprocessed and will do it all double time as soon as Gibbs asks. Abby's blood must be type caffeine as she lives off a highly caffeinated drink called caf-pow, which Gibbs brings her every time he needs answers. Abby is one of the happiest people you will ever find yet she has a very extreme sense of style and living. Abby dresses very gothic and even sleeps in a coffin. She is fascinated by death yet so warm and caring. Tony describes Abby as "a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions in terms." She shares wonderful relationships with all the members of the team, particularly Gibbs who is very protective of Abby and seems to see her as a daughter figure. Between these two any evidence that exists will be found and linked to anything and everything it can be to catch the criminals.
These six team members always seem to be able to figure out what happened and who is responsible. The rimes that are depicted can often be very troubling and even gruesome at times and watchers of NCIS should be cautions but that should not stop a mature viewer from at least giving NCIS a chance. While NCIS may seem like just another crime show, the characters truly set it far above any other show out there.