|Opening theme||"I Can See for Miles"|
by The Who
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||31|
|Running time||41–45 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||March 4, 2015 –|
March 13, 2016
|Related shows||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation|
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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Introduction||2||April 30, 2014||November 16, 2014|
|1||13||March 4, 2015||May 13, 2015|
|2||18||October 4, 2015||March 13, 2016|
|CSI No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|316||"Kitty"||Eagle Egilsson||Ann Donahue & Carol Mendelsohn & Anthony E. Zuiker||April 30, 2014||14021||9.95|
|Dr. Avery Ryan, an FBI Special Agent in Charge from FBI Headquarters, Washington, joins D. B. Russell and Julie Finlay's team when the murder of a casino owner's wife is linked to a target who works on the dark net to exploit wealthy businessmen.|
|323||"The Twin Paradox"||Phil Conserva||Christopher Barbour||November 16, 2014||15006||8.45|
|As Las Vegas CSI track the elusive Gig Harbor Murderer, D.B. Russell turns to his friend Avery Ryan for advice on the psychology of a serial killer.|
Main article: CSI: Cyber (season 1)
The first season of CSI: Cyber is headlined by Patricia Arquette, as Special Agent Avery Ryan. James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Shad Moss, Charley Koontz, and Hayley Kiyoko also star.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Kidnapping 2.0"||Eagle Egilsson||Carol Mendelsohn & Ann Donahue & Anthony E. Zuiker||March 4, 2015||01001||10.46|
|2||2||"CMND:\Crash"||Jeff Thomas||Pam Veasey & Craig O'Neill||March 11, 2015||01002||9.71|
|3||3||"Killer En Route"||Richard J. Lewis||Story by : Matt Whitney & Michael Brandon Guercio|
Teleplay by : Kate Sargeant Curtis & Thomas Hoppe
|March 18, 2015||01008||7.96|
|4||4||"Fire Code"||Howard Deutch||Matt Whitney||March 25, 2015||01006||8.16|
|5||5||"Crowd Sourced"||Eriq La Salle||Craig O'Neill||April 8, 2015||01010||8.25|
|6||6||"The Evil Twin"||Rob Bailey||Pam Veasey||April 15, 2015||01011||8.12|
|7||7||"URL, Interrupted"||Kate Dennis||Kate Sargeant Curtis||April 21, 2015||01005||8.42|
|8||8||"Selfie 2.0"||Eagle Egilsson||Anthony E. Zuiker||April 22, 2015||01009||8.27|
|9||9||"L0m1s"||Nathan Hope||Michael Brandon Guercio||April 29, 2015||01004||7.23|
|10||10||"Click Your Poison"||Dermott Downs||Denise Hahn||May 6, 2015||01003||7.33|
|11||11||"Ghost in the Machine"||Alex Zakrzewski||Richard Catalani & Carly Soteras||May 12, 2015||01012||8.66|
|12||12||"Bit by Bit"||Aaron Lipstadt||Thomas Hoppe||May 13, 2015||01007||6.68|
|13||13||"Family Secrets"||Anton Cropper||Craig O'Neill & Pam Veasey & Matt Whitney||May 13, 2015||01013||6.68|
Main article: CSI: Cyber (season 2)
The second season of CSI: Cyber is headlined by Patricia Arquette, as Deputy Director Avery Ryan, and Ted Danson as Director D.B. Russell. James Van Der Beek, Shad Moss, Charley Koontz, and Hayley Kiyoko also star.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|14||1||"Why-Fi"||Alec Smight||Pam Veasey||October 4, 2015||CYB201||6.79|
|15||2||"Heart Me"||Matt Earl Beesley||Kate Sargeant Curtis||October 11, 2015||CYB202||6.20|
|16||3||"Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes"||Alec Smight||Devon Greggory||October 18, 2015||CYB203||5.21|
|17||4||"Red Crone"||Brad Tanenbaum||Denise Hahn||October 25, 2015||CYB204||6.54|
|18||5||"Hack E.R."||Eriq La Salle||Michael Brandon Guercio||November 1, 2015||CYB205||5.44|
|19||6||"Gone in 6 Seconds"||Allan Arkush||Matt Whitney||November 8, 2015||CYB207||5.65|
|20||7||"Corrupted Memory"||Jerry Levine||Story by : Andrew Karlsruher|
Teleplay by : Craig O'Neill & Pam Veasey
|November 15, 2015||CYB206||5.75|
|21||8||"Python"||Janice Cooke||Craig O'Neill||November 22, 2015||CYB208||6.30|
|22||9||"iWitness"||Paul Holahan||Carly Soteras||December 13, 2015||CYB209||5.93|
|23||10||"Shades of Grey"||Louis Shaw Milito||Kate Sargeant Curtis & Michael Brandon Guercio||December 20, 2015||CYB210||6.18|
|24||11||"404: Flight Not Found"||Skipp Sudduth||Thomas Hoppe||January 10, 2016||CYB211||6.49|
|25||12||"Going Viral"||Maja Vrvilo||Story by : Pam Veasey|
Teleplay by : Denise Hahn & Pam Veasey
|January 31, 2016||CYB212||6.82|
|26||13||"The Walking Dead"||Frederick E.O. Toye||Andrew Karlsruher & Scotty McKnight & Craig O'Neill||February 14, 2016||CYB214||6.31|
|27||14||"Fit-and-Run"||Jeff Thomas||Story by : Andrew Karlsruher & Scotty McKnight|
Teleplay by : Devon Greggory & Michael Brandon Guercio
|February 21, 2016||CYB213||6.69|
|28||15||"Python's Revenge"||Vikki Williams||Devon Greggory||March 2, 2016||CYB215||6.61|
|29||16||"5 Deadly Sins"||Rob Bailey||Matt Whitney||March 6, 2016||CYB216||5.72|
|30||17||"Flash Squad"||Howard Deutch||Scotty McKnight||March 9, 2016||CYB217||5.94|
|31||18||"Legacy"||Eriq La Salle||Pam Veasey||March 13, 2016||CYB218||6.32|
On February 18, 2014, CBS announced plans to launch a new spin-off of the franchise titled CSI: Cyber. 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 (which was not picked up to series and likely inspired CSI: Cyber). It was announced that the series would be based on the work of producer Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber psychologist. The pilot episode was penned by Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, and Ann Donahue, and aired on April 30, 2014. CBS announced that it had officially picked up the series on May 10, 2014. 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, 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. 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". Charley Koontz was the next actor to be cast, playing a character then named Daniel Krummitz, an Agent that " rarely, if ever, goes home". 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". 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". Shad Moss announced his casting on August 20, 2014, via his Instagram account. 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.
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.
CSI: Cyber's primary photography takes place at CBS' Studio Center in the Los Angeles, California neighborhood of Studio City. Numerous outdoor scenes are filmed locally in the Los Angeles area, including Matteo Street, Spring Street, Main Street, the Arroyo Seco, and the Colorado Street Bridge.
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.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership
|1||Wednesday 10:00 pm||13||March 4, 2015||10.46||May 13, 2015||6.68||2014–15||39||10.77|
|2||Sunday 10:00 pm||18||October 4, 2015||6.79||March 13, 2016||6.32||2015–16||50||8.50|
The first season of CSI: Cyber received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has a rating of 35%, based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10. 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." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 45 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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. They succeeded in breaking the record by airing CSI: Cyber's backdoor pilot in 171 countries.
The series has been sold to Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, CTV in Canada, Rai 2 in Italy, Network Ten in Australia, Prime in New Zealand, RTÉ2 in Ireland, TF1 in France, AXN in Asia and Latin America, 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.
|Season||Episodes||DVD release dates||Special Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Discs|
|1||13||September 15, 2015||June 27, 2016||May 18, 2016||4||
|2||18||September 6, 2016||April 3, 2017||March 22, 2017||5||