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NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS Los Angeles.jpg
NCIS: Los Angeles logo
Also known as NCIS: OSP
NCIS: Undercover
NCIS: Legend
Genre Police procedural
Created by Shane Brennan
Starring Chris O'Donnell
Peter Cambor
Daniela Ruah
Adam Jamal Craig
Linda Hunt
LL Cool J
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Shane Brennan[1]
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Production company(s) Shane Brennan Productions
CBS Television Studios[2]
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 22, 2009 – present
Related shows NCIS
External links
Official website

NCIS: Los Angeles (Naval Criminal Investigative Service: Los Angeles) is an American police procedural television series, which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009.[3] The series airs in the 9:00 p.m. timeslot following NCIS on Tuesdays.[4] On January 14, 2010 the show was renewed for a second season by CBS.[5]

NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of NCIS,[6][7][8][9][10] which itself was a spinoff of another CBS series, JAG. The show premiered in the UK on Sky1 on October 21, 2009.[11] On October 7, 2009, CBS gave the series a full-season pickup, extending the first season to 22 episodes.[12][13][14] The season was extended again on November 4, 2009, when CBS announced its order for an additional two episodes.[15]



The show was known as NCIS: Legend while in production (referring to the episode of NCIS in which the spin-off was introduced), and other names considered included NCIS: OSP (Office of Special Projects) and NCIS: Undercover.[10] 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.[10][16] This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the introduction of NCIS, which was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG.

Chris O'Donnell plays the lead character, Callen, a lead agent whose natural talent for undercover work is legend.[17] LL Cool J plays the role of Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex-Navy SEAL, who works in the undercover unit of NCIS in Los Angeles, and is also fluent in Arabic and an expert on Middle Eastern culture.[9] Peter Cambor and Daniela Ruah are cast as a psychologist named Nate and forensic investigator named Kensi, respectively; Louise Lombard, who had been confirmed to play the role of lead agent Clara Macy, is not a regular in the new series, but may return for guest appearances.[18][19][20]

Rocky Carroll, who plays Director Leon Vance on NCIS, will also be appearing in at least six of the first 13 episodes.[21][22]


Actor Role Occupation Status Notes
O'Donnell, ChrisChris O'Donnell G. Callen OSP Special Agent In Charge Regular 2009-present
Cambor, PeterPeter Cambor Nate "Doc" Getz OSP Operational Psychologist Regular 2009-present
Ruah, DanielaDaniela Ruah Kensi Blye OSP Junior Field Agent Regular 2009-present
Craig, Adam JamalAdam Jamal Craig Dominic "Dom" Vaile OSP Junior Field Agent Regular 2009-present
(except back-door pilot)
Hunt, LindaLinda Hunt Henrietta "Hetty" Lange OSP Operations Manager Regular 2009-present
(except back-door pilot)
LL Cool J Sam Hanna OSP Senior Field Agent Regular 2009-present
Foa, BarrettBarrett Foa Eric Beal OSP Tech Operator Recurring 2009-present
Carroll, RockyRocky Carroll Leon Vance NCIS Director Recurring 2009-present
Lombard, LouiseLouise Lombard Clara Macy OSP Special Agent In Charge Former regular Back-door pilot only



Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Original Airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season
1st 24 Tuesday 9:00pm/8c September 22, 2009 TBA 2009–10 #5 16.54 (to date)


Filming the Pilot episode in 2009.

"Identity", the show's first episode, garnered 18.73 million viewers with a 4.4/11 share in the 18–49 year old demographic and therefore won its timeslot. It was the second most watched show of the week, behind only the original NCIS.[23]

This first episode was moderately well reviewed by critics. 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."[24] 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."[25]

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."[26] 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."[27] 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."[28] 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.[29]


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  2. ^ Episode end credits.
  3. ^ Mitovich, Matt (June 24, 2009). "Fall TV: CBS Schedules Fall Premiere Dates". Retrieved August 27, 2009.  
  4. ^ CBS via The Futon Critic (May 20, 2009). "Breaking News - CBS Announces 2009-2010 Primetime Schedule". Press release. Retrieved May 21, 2009.  
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  10. ^ a b c Sullivan, Brian Ford (March 19, 2009). "The Futon's first look: "NCIS: Legend"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 21, 2009.  
  11. ^ Neil Wilkes (October 1, 2009). "Sky1 acquires rights to 'NCIS' spinoff". Retrieved October 2, 2009.  
  12. ^
  13. ^ Natalie Abrams. "CBS Picks Up The Good Wife and NCIS: LA for Full Seasons".  
  14. ^ Fitzgerald, Toni (October 8, 2009). "'NCIS: LA' and 'Wife' receive pick-ups". Media Life. Retrieved October 31, 2009.  
  15. ^ Ausiello, Michael (November 4, 2009). "This just in: CBS trims 'Numb3rs,' orders more 'NCIS' and 'Mother'". Retrieved November 5, 2009.  
  16. ^ CBS via The Futon Critic (April 7, 2009). "CBS Press Release for NCIS episode "Legend"". Press release. Retrieved April 8, 2009.  
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 27, 2009). "O'Donnell nabs lead role in "NCIS" spin-off". Reuters. Retrieved February 27, 2009.  
  18. ^ Staff (May 28, 2009). "Recasting hits CBS' 'Three Rivers,' ABC's 'Forgotten'". Retrieved May 28, 2009.  
  19. ^ Mitovich, Matt (May 28, 2009). "Fall TV: New NCIS, Other Shows Recast Lead Roles". Retrieved August 27, 2009.  
  20. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 12, 2009). "Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'House,' 'Bones,' '24,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'True Blood,' 'Smallville,' and more!". Retrieved August 13, 2009.  
  21. ^ Mitovich, Matt (July 1, 2009). "NCIS Exclusive: Rocky Carroll to Pull Double Duty on Spin-Off". Retrieved August 27, 2009.  
  22. ^ "Rocky Carroll Will Do 'NCIS' Twice Next Season". July 3, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009.  
  23. ^ "NCIS gains in 18-49 demo, goes over 20 million (20.60M) in broadcast finals - TV Ratings, Nielsen Ratings, Television Show Ratings". 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  
  24. ^ "Noir meets Navy in 'NCIS: Los Angeles'". 2009-09-22.,0,7303276.story. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  
  25. ^ "LL Cool J, Chris O'Donnell and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' solid, not super as CBS seeks a new 'CSI'". 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  
  26. ^ Shales, Tom (September 22, 2009). "'NCIS' 2 Nabs The Formula". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  
  27. ^ Bianco, Robert (2009-09-22). "'NCIS' popularity should keep spinoff in hunt". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  
  28. ^ "NCIS: Los Angeles - TV Review". 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2009-09-29.  
  29. ^ Chamberlin, James. "IGN: Identity Review". Retrieved 2009-09-29.  

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