CSI: Cyber
Created by
Opening theme"I Can See for Miles"
by The Who
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes31 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Mary Aiken
  • Mike Azzolino
  • Matt Whitney
Running time41–45 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) –
March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13)

CSI: Cyber (Crime Scene Investigation: Cyber) is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on March 4, 2015, on CBS. The series, starring Patricia Arquette and Ted Danson, is the third spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the fourth series in the CSI franchise. On May 12, 2016, CBS canceled the series after two seasons.


The series follows an elite team of FBI Special Agents tasked with investigating cyber crimes in North America. Based out of Washington, D.C., the team is supervised by Deputy Director Avery Ryan, an esteemed Ph.D. Ryan is a behavioral psychologist turned "cyber shrink" who established the FBI Cyber Crime division and heads a "hack-for-good" program, a scheme in which the criminals she catches can work for her in lieu of receiving a prison sentence. Ryan works with D.B. Russell, a left-coast Sherlock Holmes and career Crime Scene Investigator who joins the team after a stint as Director of the Las Vegas Crime Lab. Together, Russell and Ryan head a team including Elijah Mundo, Daniel Krumitz (aka Krummy), Raven Ramirez, and Brody Nelson, who work to solve Internet-related murders, cyber theft, hacking, sexual offenses, blackmail, and any other crime deemed to be cyber-related within the FBI's jurisdiction.

Cast and characters




Main article: List of CSI: Cyber episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankViewers
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
Introduction2April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)November 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)
113March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13)3910.77
218October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13)508.50



On February 18, 2014, CBS announced plans to launch a new spin-off of the franchise titled CSI: Cyber.[1] Deadline.com reported that the series would focus on cyber investigations, as opposed to the forensic investigations seen in CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY, stating that "[Anthony E.] Zuiker has been at the forefront of entertainment’s digital conversion, experimenting in the arena for the past decade." Zuiker, who wrote digi-novel Level 26, spent time in Washington meeting with the CIA, FBI, and DOD as part of his research for his 2009 CBS project Cyber Crimes[2] (which was not picked up to series and likely inspired CSI: Cyber[citation needed]). It was announced that the series would be based on the work of producer Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber psychologist.[3] The pilot episode was penned by Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, and Ann Donahue, and aired on April 30, 2014.[3] CBS announced that it had officially picked up the series on May 10, 2014.[4][5] The first season, comprising 13 episodes, premiered in March 2015. The second and final season consisted of 18 episodes.

The series is executive produced by creators Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker, and Ann Donahue, former CSI: NY executive producer Pam Veasey (who acts as showrunner), Jonathan Littman, and Jerry Bruckheimer. Mary Aiken, on whom the show is based, is attached as a series producer. Peter MacNicol departed the main cast at the end of the first season,[6][7][8] whilst CBS announced on May 11, 2015, that CSI: Cyber was renewed for a second season. On June 25, 2015, Moss confirmed in an interview on The Project that season 2 would include 22 episodes.[9] Season 2 was reduced from 22 to 18 episodes, ending with the episode titled "Legacy".


On March 5, 2014, Patricia Arquette was cast as Special Agent Avery Ryan in a Spring episode of CSI. Ryan was described as being "tasked with solving high octane crimes that start out in the cyber world and play out in real life".[10] Charley Koontz was the next actor to be cast, playing a character then named Daniel Krummitz, an Agent that " rarely, if ever, goes home".[11] Peter MacNicol joined the cast on August 1, 2014, as Assistant Director Stavros Sifter, "a shrewd and savvy networker; a charmer with a hint of malice".[12] Koontz and MacNicol's characters were later renamed Daniel Krumitz and Simon Sifter, respectively. These announcements were swiftly followed by the casting of James Van Der Beek as the male lead, in the role of Elijah Mundo. Mundo was described as "an expert in battlefield forensics recruited by Patricia Arquette’s character".[13] Shad Moss announced his casting on August 20, 2014, via his Instagram account.[14] He was later confirmed to be playing "Baby Face" Nelson. Rounding out the original cast was Hayley Kiyoko as Raven Ramirez, described as a character who "will possess a dark secret in her front story which Ryan won’t even know until it’s too late". Kiyoko was cast on October 29, 2014.[15]

Following the cancellation of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, it was announced that Ted Danson would be joining the Cyber cast as D.B. Russell, the newly appointed Director of Next Generation Cyber Forensics.[6][7][8][16]


CSI: Cyber's primary photography takes place at CBS' Studio Center in the Los Angeles, California neighborhood of Studio City.[17] Numerous outdoor scenes are filmed locally in the Los Angeles area, including Matteo Street,[18] Spring Street, Main Street,[19] the Arroyo Seco, and the Colorado Street Bridge.[20]


The series' theme song is "I Can See for Miles" by The Who, and the series' music composers are Jeff Russo and Ben Decter. Songs featured throughout the first season include: "Thunderbolt" by Justin Prime and Sidney Samson (episode 2), "Take a Ride" by Rattle Box (episode 4), "Re-Creation" by Strikez (episode 5), "With Me" by Underglow (episode 6), "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Art Landry and His Orchestra (episode 8), "Get Your Hands Up" by Uforik (episode 9), "Let Go for Tonight" by Foxes (episode 10), and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by Marvin Gaye (episode 12). The second season features music by Underglow ("Save the Day", episode 1), With Lions ("Jitterbug", episode 2), Savoy ("Pump it Up", episode 3) and Motabeatz ("Watch Your Back", episode 5). The show also features additional music by electronic music producer Nick Chiari, who produces under the alias Grabbitz.



Viewership and ratings per season of CSI: Cyber
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Viewership
Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Wednesday 10:00 pm 13 March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) 10.46[21] May 13, 2015 (2015-05-13) 6.68[22] 2014–15 39 10.51[23]
2 Sunday 10:00 pm 18 October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) 6.79[24] March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13) 6.32[25] 2015–16 50 8.50[26]

Critical response

The first season of CSI: Cyber received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 34%, based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 5.10/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "While stocked with impressive talent, CSI: Cyber fails to add anything truly new to the franchise, settling for a slightly modernized twist on the same typical crimefighting scenarios."[27] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 45 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[28]

World record

Producers announced intentions to break the Guinness World Record for largest ever TV simulcast drama on March 4, 2015, with the episode "Kitty" airing in 150 countries in addition to digital streaming.[29] They succeeded in breaking the record by airing CSI: Cyber's backdoor pilot in 171 countries.[30] However, that record was broken again just 15 days later by the Game of Thrones episode "The House of Black and White".[31]

International broadcast

The series has been sold to Channel 5 in the United Kingdom,[32] CTV in Canada, Rai 2 in Italy, Network Ten in Australia,[33] Prime in New Zealand, RTÉ2 in Ireland, TF1 in France,[34] AXN in Asia and Latin America,[35][36] RTL 5 in The Netherlands, Nova in Bulgaria, Skai TV in Greece, HOT Zone in Israel, TV3 in Estonia, Kanal 5 in Sweden and Denmark, and MTV3 in Finland.

Home video releases

Season Episodes DVD release dates Special Features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
1 13 September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15)[37] June 27, 2016 (2016-06-27)[38] May 18, 2016 (2016-05-18)[39] 4
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode 1421: "Kitty"
  • It Can Happen To You: Season 1 of CSI: Cyber
  • Welcome to CTOC
  • Encoding CSI: Cyber
  • CGI-Cyber
  • Tech Tools of the Trade
  • Gag Reel: A Bug in the System
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
  • Launch Promos
2 18 September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06)[40] April 3, 2017 (2017-04-03)[41] March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22)[42] 5
  • Hack My Ride
  • Raising Kaine: Kelly Osbourne Visits CSI: Cyber
  • Behind the Firewall: Season 2 of CSI: Cyber
  • Mr. Russell Goes to Washington
  • Pixel Perfect
  • The Sounds of Cyber
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes


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