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A TV series about the Naval Criminal Investigative Service

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What does NCIS stand for?

  • Apr 20, 2009
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I don't remember how I got started watching this show ... might have been a combination of mind boggling boredom and an unwillingness to make an effort to find something more constructive to do. Or maybe it was total laziness and a remote control that needed new batteries. Whatever the case, there was something vaguely intriguing about the combination of humor, mystery, and action that justified my sedentary tendencies. In fact, this show that I was "watching just to watch" somehow became a show I Netflixed from first to current season (because no matter how much I like a show, I'm still one of those people who will never remember when it's on).
It also doesn't hurt that I have an affinity for all things quirky and NCIS has the characters to fit the bill. Two of my favorites ...
Donald "Ducky" Mallard: the British medical examiner with an encyclopedic knowledge of ... well, usually anything and everything having to do with the case at hand. Ducky is the go-to guy for your daily dose of cause of death with a splash of random trivia.
Abby Sciuto: the goth punk forensic specialist in spiked cuffs and platform vinyl boots who matches DNA samples during the day and bowls with nuns on the weekends.
Not being a regular follower of other solve-the-mystery-catch-the-bad-guy shows I can't say for certain how NCIS compares to the many incarnations of CSI and the like. My general opinion is that it's the warmer, funnier, PG version of its dark, brooding, all business crime show cousins. Which is kind of the basis of its appeal. While I do enjoy the gritty action of shows like HBO's The Wire, sometimes a witty off-the-cuff pop culture reference is appreciated in the midst of a climatic takedown. This is not to say that NCIS doesn't have its share of serious moments or heavy issues. The most popular premise of each mystery (by far) revolves around the discovery of a dead body and the subsequent unraveling of clues and gathering of evidence to capture a suspect. Not exactly sitcom material. But somehow the show manages to temper the load and doesn't leave a morbid aftertaste. This show is basically crime solving action/drama with a generous sprinkling of witty banter thrown in for good measure. It's entertainment at face value. Not too shabby for 60 minutes of televised fiction.

So what does NCIS stand for? Naval Criminal Investigative Service ... quite a mouthful. No wonder they went with the acronym.

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May 13, 2009
It took five years in one job to finally be told what Fubar stood for... :-)
May 05, 2009
The military loves acronyms. I think theres an acronym or a nickname for almost everything. Guess what the bathroom is??
April 29, 2009
I think NCIS might stand for: "Nah, C, I liked him better in St. Elsewhere" :D
April 29, 2009
omg St. Elsewhere! dude, I knew he had to have done other stuff for TV. the only thing I kept remembering him from were those really awful B-list movies ...
April 29, 2009
Yeah--I also remember him from several appearances on Battle of the Network Stars :)
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Quick Tip by . April 26, 2012
I LOVE NCIS It is the greatest show that out today. It is a family show and still have excitement and realism. I watch it all the time I hate they do not have it on Netflix yet but I bought the seasons so I could watch all my favorite episodes.
review by . September 21, 2010
Over the past year, I have developed a disturbing addiction to one of America's most popular TV shows. Not American Idol. No, it's NCIS . Nothing pleases me more than when Channel 42 runs one of their sporadic Saturday NCIS marathons, because I've come late to a series that's about to start its eighth season, so there's a heap of old episodes I have yet to see.      There are aspects of this new enthusiasm that I prefer not to analyze too closely, because …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2011
Great chemistry between cast members, both new and old. I know they do take liberties with how NCIS really works, but it is still entertaining.
Quick Tip by . August 16, 2010
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Good show, at least a little more realistic than JAG. My youngest daughter loves this show.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
i love all the episodes and all the charaters. Abby is my all time favorite becuase she different and always herself.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
Probably my favourite TV show. I enjoy the sense of humor in the show. I like how it gets serious but is still funny.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
I used to like this show a lot, but now I've just grown tired with it. Nothing new happens. It's all the same. Wow.
Quick Tip by . May 22, 2010
Lame humor in my opinion
Quick Tip by . May 07, 2010
I'm totally addicted to NCIS and madly inlove with Dinozzo.
Quick Tip by . March 23, 2010
I agree with DonnaL1's assessment and would add the directing/cinematography, always keeping the camera moving.
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NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is an action drama focusing on the complexity and humor that comes with working together as a team in stressful situations.

Leading the troupe is NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant, turned investigator. Rounding out the team is the new NCIS director, Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) who constantly challenges Gibbs with his no-nonsense attitude. The rest of the team is composed of NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), an ex-homicide detective  with unparalleled instincts in the field, Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette)), a talented scientist whose dark wit matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), a brilliant MIT graduate and agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo). Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum) assists the team as medical examiner who knows it all.

The agents travel the globe battling murder, espionage, terrorism and all crimes associated with the Navy or Marine Corps.

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