|NCIS: Los Angeles|
|Created by||Shane Brennan|
|Theme music composer||James S. Levine|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||13|
|No. of episodes||288 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42–44 minutes (Season 1–present)|
|Distributor||CBS Media Ventures|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||September 22, 2009 –|
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American action television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series follows the exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects (OSP), an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments. NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS and the second series in the NCIS franchise.
The series originally starred Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, LL Cool J, Peter Cambor, Adam Jamal Craig, Linda Hunt and Barrett Foa. Cambor and Craig were respectively demoted to recurring status and killed off at the end of season 1, while Foa was written out at the end of season 12 and Hunt was demoted to "special guest star" status at the beginning of season 13. Other stars have included Eric Christian Olsen, Renée Felice Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Nia Long, Medalion Rahimi, Caleb Castille, and Gerald McRaney.
The show has received mixed reviews from critics, but has been a solid rating hit for CBS.
On April 23, 2021, CBS renewed the series for a thirteenth season which premiered on October 10, 2021.
NCIS: Los Angeles follows Special Agents Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell), undercover operatives assigned to the Office of Special Projects, a special branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Sam is a former member of SEAL Team Six and dedicated family man. Callen is a former foster child who became a "legend" under the watchful eye of Operations Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange (Linda Hunt). At the start of the series, Sam, Callen, and Hetty are supported by Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), a hand-to-hand combat specialist, trained sniper and forensic whiz, rookie agent Dominic Vail (Adam Jamal Craig), Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor) and Technical Operator Eric Beale (Barrett Foa). Vail is abducted by terrorists halfway through season 1 and, following a period of being held hostage, is killed during his rescue mission near the end of the season. Getz, meanwhile, enters training to become an agent in the back-half of the season, and is reassigned during season 2, returning for occasional guest appearances afterwards.
In season 2, LAPD detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), after helping on several cases late in the prior season, joins the OSP team as a liaison between LAPD and NCIS, replacing Vail as Kensi's partner. He holds this position until departmental reforms in season 12 end up terminating it, after which he completes FLETC training and officially joins NCIS as an Investigator. Over the course of the series, Deeks and Kensi slowly evolve from partners to lovers, with the two marrying in season 10. Also joining the team in season 2 is Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith), a brilliant agent whom Hetty hopes to have take her place eventually, and whom forms a close relationship with Beale.
During season 3, Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer), an old friend of Hetty's, is assigned to the team as oversight with her, and manages to develop a cordial relationship with the team despite a frosty start. In season 8, Granger falls ill with cancer, coinciding with Ferrer's real-life battle with the disease; following Ferrer's death, Granger is written to have fled the hospital while in recovery from a failed assassination attempt, and is later confirmed to have died from his illness during the following season.
In season 9, Executive Assistant Director Pacific (EADPAC) Shay Mosley (Nia Long) is assigned to the OSP after Hetty leaves on a personal mission to free an old colleague in Vietnam; the team later rescues her when the mission goes wrong. Mosley, meanwhile, sends the team on an unsanctioned mission to Mexico to rescue her son from her criminal ex-husband at the end of the season; while successful in its goals, the mission results in the death of Mosley's trusted assistant, the wounding of most of the rest of team, and the OSP being put under the microscope during the beginning of season 10; Mosley later accepts full responsibility, resigns and goes into hiding with her son to escape a cartel allied with her ex (whom she had killed during the mission).
During seasons 11 and 12, rookie agents Fatima Nazami (Medalion Rahimi) and Devin Roundtree (Caleb Castille) are recruited to the OSP, while Beale and Jones depart for the private sector at the end of the latter season. With Hetty leaving to do damage control from a prior mission, Admiral Hollace Kilbride (Gerald McRaney), who has assisted the OSP in multiple cases, is assigned in her place as interim Operations Manager in season 13.
Main article: List of NCIS: Los Angeles characters
Main article: List of NCIS: Los Angeles episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|Intro||2||April 28, 2009||May 5, 2009|
|1||24||September 22, 2009||May 25, 2010|
|2||24||September 21, 2010||May 17, 2011|
|3||24||September 20, 2011||May 15, 2012|
|4||24||September 25, 2012||May 14, 2013|
|5||24||September 24, 2013||May 13, 2014|
|6||24||September 29, 2014||May 18, 2015|
|7||24||September 21, 2015||May 2, 2016|
|8||24||September 25, 2016||May 14, 2017|
|9||24||October 1, 2017||May 20, 2018|
|10||24||September 30, 2018||May 19, 2019|
|11||22||September 29, 2019||April 26, 2020|
|12||18||November 8, 2020||May 23, 2021|
|13||11||October 10, 2021||TBA|
|Crossover between||Episode||Type||Actors/actresses crossing over||Date aired|
|Series A||Series B|
|Hawaii Five-0||NCIS: Los Angeles||"Ka Hakaka Maikaʻi"
(Hawaii Five-0 2.6)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: Daniela Ruah||October 24, 2011|
|Hawaii Five-0||NCIS: Los Angeles||"Pa Make Loa"
(Hawaii Five-0 2.21)
"Touch of Death"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 3.21)
|2-Part Crossover||Appearing in Series A: Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Craig Robert Young
Appearing in Series B: Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim
|April 30, 2012|
May 1, 2012
Agents Sam Hanna and G. Callen are called in to assist Five-0 finding a suspect, Dracul Comescu. Later, Callen and Sam must return to Los Angeles to stop a possible smallpox outbreak from becoming a reality with Danny Williams and Chin Ho Kelly of Hawaii Five-0 coming along to help.
|Scorpion||NCIS: Los Angeles||"True Colors"
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: Linda Hunt||October 27, 2014|
|Hetty Lange assists Scorpion, a team of geniuses, in tracking down a painting after a suspected counterfeit is found at a museum.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||NCIS||"Blame It On Rio"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 7.5)
|Guest Appearance||Appearing in Series A: Michael Weatherly||October 19, 2015|
|Washington NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) partners with the Los Angeles team to search the city after his prisoner escapes the custody of a U.S. Marshal on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Payback"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 8.15)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: John M. Jackson||February 19, 2017|
|As the team races to save Kensi from Ferris/Sullivan, they find themselves questioning who they can trust when old faces resurface.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Battle Scars"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 8.21)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: John M. Jackson||April 23, 2017|
|When a veteran kidnaps a corrupt VA administrator, the team must work with old friends of Hetty's, one of which being A.J. Chegwidden to find him and figure out what's going on.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Golden Days"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 8.22)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: John M. Jackson||April 30, 2017|
|The team works with Hetty's former Vietnam War colleagues to recover $40 million in stolen gold, though things get complicated when other parties invest themselves into the search. Deeks receives some surprising news from Detective Whiting about his IA case.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"This Is What We Do"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 9.08)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: John M. Jackson||November 19, 2017|
|When a group of migrants and Border Patrol officers are slaughtered near Camp Pendleton, the team discovers that the killers are there for one of their old enemies; Nell must work with her bossy older sister Sydney, a Homeland Security analyst.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Các Tù Nhân"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 9.13)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: John M. Jackson||January 14, 2018|
|Eric and Nell find a cryptic clue Hetty left behind in a book that points to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At first, they clash with Mosley as they try to find out what Hetty is doing there, but Mosley comes around and gets them tickets to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Hetty tries to look insane while being interrogated by her "buyer", who is after the secret information she has.
The title of the episode, "Các Tù Nhân", is Vietnamese for "Prisoners".
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Goodbye, Vietnam"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 9.14)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: John M. Jackson||January 21, 2018|
|The OSP team must work with Hetty's old unit to locate her before she is sold off, while Nell and Eric must work with Sydney to uncover information that would help the team.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"The Guardian"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 10.23)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: David James Elliott||May 12, 2019|
|Callen and Sam travel to the USS Allegiance in the Persian Gulf to work with Navy Captain Harmon Rabb, Jr. when the team uncovers a terror threat on military locations.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"False Flag"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 10.24)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell||May 19, 2019|
|Callen, Hanna, and Rabb detain several terror suspects onboard the Allegiance but are simultaneously forced to deal with Iranian forces amassing on the Iraqi border; Sarah MacKenzie helps the rest of the team untangle a complicated spy web involving a crooked Russian diplomat, Chechen terrorists, and an increasingly meddlesome ISIS; Eric is conflicted between being there for Nell and her mother in the hospital and scrambling to neutralize the terror threat and prevent World War III.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Let Fate Decide"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 11.01)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell||September 29, 2019|
|Callen and Sam work with Navy Capt. Harmon Rabb Jr. to apprehend spies aboard the USS Allegiance; Hetty tries to neutralize a missile attack in the Middle East; Kensi and Deeks are trapped in a mobile CIA unit in Iraq while under attack.|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||JAG||"Code of Conduct"
(NCIS: Los Angeles 11.22)
|Guest appearance||Appearing in Series A: Catherine Bell||April 26, 2020|
|Sam, Callen and Roundtree travel to Afghanistan to help with a sensitive case after two Navy SEALs claim their chief murdered an unarmed prisoner.
Note: This episode served as the de facto season finale due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In November 2008, it was reported that a first spin-off series set in Los Angeles would be introduced with a two-part backdoor pilot during the sixth season of NCIS. Special Agent G. Callen was initially a CIA operative created by Shane Brennan for a series that was never produced. After taking over show runner duties previously held by Donald P. Bellisario on NCIS, he used the potential of a spin-off to bring his story to fruition.
Brennan intended for the series to hold a Miami Vice-esque vibe through its two co-leads, Callen and Agent Sam Hanna. However, the character of Lara Macy was written to serve as a parallel for Gibbs, the lead of the original NCIS team. Macy was portrayed by Louise Lombard in the backdoor pilot, but she was not featured in the actual spin-off, and Brennan was able to produce the show as he originally envisioned it.
The show was known as NCIS: Legend while in production (referring to the episodes of NCIS in which the spin-off was introduced), and other names considered included OSP: Office of Special Projects, NCIS: OSP and NCIS: Undercover. 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. This episode served as a backdoor pilot for the series, in a manner similar to the way NCIS was introduced by way of a two-part episode of JAG.
In May 2009, CBS picked up the series.
In Asia, the series airs on AXN, ARY Zindagi & ARY Digital. In the UK the series premieres its latest season first on Sky 1, with subsequent runs and repeats then also broadcast on Channel Five. In the Netherlands the series airs on NET5 .NCIS: Los Angeles airs on Network Ten, ONE and TVH!TS (formerly TV1) As of December 2019, it airs on Fox Crime after TV H!TS was rebranded as Fox One in Australia. In Israel it airs on Hot zone and yes HBO In Portugal the series airs on Fox. and on M6 in France.
Main article: List of NCIS: Los Angeles home video releases
The first nine seasons have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4, and Season 1 was released on Blu-ray Disc in Region A. The first season DVD release includes the two-part pilot episode that aired as part of the sixth season of NCIS, which were also included on the Season 6 DVD of NCIS. All releases are distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.
"Identity", the series' first episode, garnered 18.73 million viewers with a 4.4/11 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic and therefore won its timeslot. It was the second-most-watched show of the week, behind only the original NCIS.
Reviews for the show have been mixed. It has a score of 59/100 on Metacritic. 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." 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."
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." 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." 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." 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.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Viewership
|1||Tuesday 9:00 p.m.||24||September 22, 2009||18.73||May 25, 2010||13.12||2009–10||9||16.08|
|2||24||September 21, 2010||15.76||May 17, 2011||15.61||2010–11||7||16.54|
|3||24||September 20, 2011||16.71||May 15, 2012||15.19||2011–12||7||16.01|
|4||24||September 25, 2012||16.74||May 14, 2013||13.52||2012–13||4||17.31|
|5||24||September 24, 2013||16.35||May 13, 2014||14.85||2013–14||4||16.03|
|6||Monday 10:00 p.m.||24||September 29, 2014||9.48||May 18, 2015||9.33||2014–15||27||11.72|
|7||24||September 21, 2015||7.89||May 2, 2016||8.10||2015–16||24||11.11|
|8||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||24||September 25, 2016||10.34||May 14, 2017||9.40||2016–17||11||12.51|
|9||Sunday 9:00 p.m.[a]||24||October 1, 2017||8.95||May 20, 2018||7.82||2017–18||21||10.71|
|10||24||September 30, 2018||8.75||May 19, 2019||5.28||2018–19||24||10.16|
|11||22||September 29, 2019||6.44||April 26, 2020||5.26||2019–20||26||8.91|
|12||Sunday 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 p.m.
|18||November 8, 2020||6.35||May 23, 2021||6.18||2020–21||22||7.80|
|13||Sunday 9:00 p.m.||TBA||October 10, 2021||5.85||TBA||TBD||2021–22||TBD||TBD|
|2010||People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Drama||–||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|||
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Daniela Ruah||Nominated|
|Golden Globes (Portugal)||Revelation||Daniela Ruah||Won|||
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|||
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Linda Hunt||Won|
|2012||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Stunt Direction||Troy James Brown||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Nominated|
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Nominated|
|Choice Actress Action||Linda Hunt||Won|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Action Show||–||Won|||
|Choice Actor Action||LL Cool J||Won|
On November 5, 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported the first news about a spin-off of NCIS: Los Angeles titled NCIS: Red. The new characters were introduced during a two-part episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. The spin-off was to feature a team of mobile agents, who travel around the country to solve crimes. This would have been the second successive spin-off in the NCIS franchise. However, on May 15, 2013, CBS confirmed that NCIS: Red was officially passed on and would not be moving forward. Scott Grimes reprised his potential spinoff role as NCIS Red Agent Dave Flynn during the eighth season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
In August 2016, Titan Books published NCIS Los Angeles: Extremis, a novel by Jerome Preisler. Three months later, it was followed by NCIS Los Angeles: Bolthole, written by Jeff Mariotte. Both books contain original stories featuring the characters from the show.