NCIS, also known as Naval Criminal Investigative Service is set in the Washington, D.C. area but is filmed in Santa Clarita, California. The sound stages are in Santa Clarita. The series is shot throughout southern California. Was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill, this American police procedural drama television series revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service debuted on paramount television in 2003 to 2009 and is still running on CBS television, can be watched in 480i (SDTV) and 1080i(HDTV) format.
The pilot for this series aired as a two-part episode of “JAG” (1995) in the spring of 2003. Two major changes were made for the series. A gimmick in which Ducky is shown talking to corpses - from the corpse's point of view - was dropped, and a character named Viv Blackadder (played by Robyn Lively was replaced by the character played by Sasha Alexander. The NCIS team of investigators is led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), an experienced investigator with sometimes unorthodox, but always effective methods. Working under Gibbs are Special Agent Anthony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly); Special Agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander); Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette); and NCIS's medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum). Additionally, joining the staff this season will be Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) whose communication and computer skills outweigh his naivete. Whether investigating murder or espionage, the NCIS goes global in their quest to solve all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
The Season 1 box set contains 23 episodes, for a total running time of almost 17 hours. It begins with Yankee White, the first offical NCIS episode. It does not contain the 2-Part JAG episodes (the murder of LT Loren Singer) that introduced the NCIS team and concept. The set is in Dolby Stereo and 16x9 widescreen, and contains three featurettes: Creating Season 1, Building the Team, Defining the Look. The featurettes run about 20 minutes each, and have some great interviews with the cast and creater Bellisario. There is also an audio commentary by Bellisario for episode "Yankee White". This box set is a must buy for NCIS or JAG fans and for fans of solid, entertaining television shows that don't insult your intelligence. Order your box set today and start working the case!