CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series 2000–2015)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series 2000–2015)

This show follows the nights of the detectives working at the Las Vegas Police Department Crime Scene Investigations bureau. Being the second busiest crime lab in America, CSI officers use the best scientific and technical methods to solve puzzles and catch criminals.
USA
Canada
IMDb  7.6 /10
Metacritic   65%
Creators
Creator Anthony E. Zuiker
Information
Release Date2000-10-06
Runtime1h 0mins
GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsNominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 67 wins & 120 nominations.
CompanyAlliance Atlantis Communications, CBS Paramount Network Television, CBS Productions
CountryUSA, Canada
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, American Sign Language
Nick Stokes / ... 335 episodes, 2000-2015
Greg Sanders 333 episodes, 2000-2015
Al Robbins 328 episodes, 2000-2015
Captain Jim Brass / ... 317 episodes, 2000-2014
Sara Sidle 296 episodes, 2000-2015
David Phillips 288 episodes, 2000-2015
Catherine Willows / ... 265 episodes, 2000-2015
David Hodges 247 episodes, 2003-2015
C.S.I. Night Shift Supervisor Dr. Gil Grissom / ... 199 episodes, 2000-2015
Warrick Brown / ... 185 episodes, 2000-2015

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, also referred to as CSI and CSI: Las Vegas, is an American procedural forensics crime drama television series which ran on CBS from October 6, 2000, to September 27, 2015, spanning 15 seasons. The series starred William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Ted Danson, Laurence Fishburne, Elisabeth Shue, and Jorja Fox and was the first in the CSI franchise. The series concluded with a feature-length finale titled "Immortality".


Plot summary

Mixing deduction and character-driven drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation follows a team of crime-scene investigators, employed by the Las Vegas Police Department, as they use physical evidence to solve murders.

The team is originally led by Gil Grissom (Petersen), a socially awkward forensic entomologist and career criminalist who is promoted to CSI supervisor following the death of a trainee investigator. Grissom's second-in-command, Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), is a single mother with a cop's instinct. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Catherine was a stripper before being recruited into law enforcement and training as a blood-spatter specialist.

Following Grissom's departure during the ninth season of the series, Catherine is promoted to supervisor. After overseeing the training of new investigator Raymond Langston (Fishburne), Willows is replaced by D.B. Russell (Danson), and recruited to the FBI shortly thereafter. Russell is a family man, a keen forensic botanist, and a veteran of the Seattle Crime Lab.

In the series' 12th season, Russell is reunited with his former partner Julie Finlay (Elisabeth Shue), who, like Catherine, is a blood-spatter expert with an extensive knowledge of criminal psychology. With the rest of the team, they work to tackle Las Vegas's growing crime rate and are on the job 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the evidence, and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery.


Creation

Concept and development

During the 1990s, Anthony Zuiker caught producer Jerry Bruckheimer's attention after writing his first movie script. Zuiker was convinced that a series was in the concept; Bruckheimer agreed and began developing the series with Touchstone Pictures. The studio's head at the time liked the spec script and presented it to ABC, NBC, and Fox executives, who decided to pass.

The head of drama development at CBS saw potential in the script, and the network had a pay-or-play contract with actor William Petersen, who said he wanted to do the CSI pilot. The network's executives liked the pilot so much, they decided to include it in their 2000 schedule immediately, airing on Fridays after The Fugitive.

After CBS picked up the show, the Disney-owned Touchstone decided to pull out of the project, as they didn't want to spend so much money producing a show for another network (ABC is also owned by Disney). Instead of the intended effect of making CBS cancel the show (since it no longer had a producer), Bruckheimer was able to convince Alliance Atlantis to step in as a producer, saving the show and adding CBS as another producer.

Initially, CSI was thought to benefit from The Fugitive (a remake of the 1960s series), which was expected to be a hit, but by the end of 2000, CSI had a much larger audience. The show began on Friday at 9:00 following The Fugitive, premiering on October 6, 2000, with an impressive 5.4 in the 18-49 demo and 17 million viewers. The show hovered around that mark for the next 10 episodes. The final Friday episode, "I-15 Murders" aired on January 12, 2001. The show moved to Thursday at 9:00 following Survivor on February 1, 2001, episode "Fahrenheit 932" and remained in that time slot until Season 11.

Production

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS Productions, which became CBS Paramount Television in the fall of 2006 and CBS Television Studios three years later. Formerly a co-production with the now-defunct Alliance Atlantis Communications, that company's interest was later bought by the investment firm GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs. CBS acquired AAC's international distribution rights to the program, though the non-US DVD distribution rights did not change (for example, Momentum Pictures continues to own UK DVD rights). The series is currently in syndication, and reruns are broadcast in the U.S. on Oxygen, Syfy, and the USA Network on cable, with Ion Television holding the broadcast syndication rights. The show has aired in reruns on the USA Network since January 14, 2011. The CSI catalog has been exclusive to the whole NBC Universal portfolio since September 2014, after several years with Viacom Media Networks' Spike and TV Land.

Filming locations

CSI was shot at Rye Canyon, a corporate campus owned by Lockheed Martin situated in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita, California, but after episode 11, filming shifted to the Santa Clarita Studios, originally chosen for its similarity to the outskirts of Las Vegas. Occasionally, the cast still shot on location in Las Vegas (the season-four DVD set revealed that the episode "Suckers" was mostly shot during December 2003 in Las Vegas, where they filmed a Gothic club scene on location for rent, and in January 2004, some scenes were filmed at Caesars Palace), although primarily Las Vegas was used solely for second unit photography such as exterior shots of streets. Other California locations include Verdugo Hills High School, UCLA's Royce Hall, Pasadena City Hall, and California State University, Los Angeles. While shooting took place primarily at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, Santa Clarita's surroundings had proven so versatile, CSI still shot some outdoor scenes there.

Music

CSI's theme song was, since the last episode of season one, "Who Are You," written by Pete Townshend with vocals by lead singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. Daltrey made a special appearance in the season-seven episode "Living Legend," which also contained many musical references such as the words "Who's next" on a dry-erase board in the episode's opening sequence. In certain countries, to avoid music licensing fees, a unique theme was used, instead.

Throughout the series, music played an important role; artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, The Wallflowers, John Mayer, and Akon (with Obie Trice) performed onscreen in the episodes "Skin in the Game," "The Accused Is Entitled," "Built To Kill, Part 1," and "Poppin' Tags," respectively. Mogwai was often heard during scenes showing forensic tests in progress, as were Radiohead and Cocteau Twins, but several other artists lent their music to CSI, including Rammstein and Linkin Park—used heavily in Lady Heather's story arc. Sigur Rós can be heard playing in the background in the episode "Slaves of Las Vegas," The Turtles in "Grave Danger," and Marilyn Manson in "Suckers." A cover of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World," arranged by Michael Andrews and featuring vocals by Gary Jules, was used in the pilot episode and during three episodes of season six ("Room Service," "Killer," and "Way to Go"). Industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails was also featured multiple times throughout the three series. One episode started with The Velvet Underground's excited rendition of "Sweet Jane" and ended with the downbeat version of Cowboy Junkies' revision of the song. Character David Hodges' good luck has, on occasion, been accompanied by Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky." This song was first used in the season-seven episode "Lab Rats," and last used during season ten's "Field Mice."


Cast and characters

  • William Petersen as Gil Grissom, the graveyard shift CSI supervisor (regular: seasons 1–9; guest star: seasons 9, 11, 13, "Immortality")
  • Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows, the graveyard shift CSI assistant supervisor (regular: seasons 1–12; guest star: season 14, "Immortality")
  • Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown, a CSI level III (regular: seasons 1–9)
  • George Eads as Nick Stokes, a CSI level III (regular: seasons 1–15)
  • Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle, a CSI level III (regular: seasons 1–8, 11–15, "Immortality"; recurring: seasons 9–10)
  • Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders, a CSI level III (regular: seasons 3–15, "Immortality"; recurring: seasons 1–2)
  • Robert David Hall as Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins, the chief medical examiner (regular: seasons 3–15, "Immortality"; recurring: seasons 1–2)
  • Paul Guilfoyle as LVPD Captain Jim Brass, homicide detective captain (regular: seasons 1–14, "Immortality")
  • Louise Lombard as Sofia Curtis, the LVPD's deputy chief (regular: season 7; recurring: seasons 5–6; guest star: seasons 8, 11)
  • Wallace Langham as David Hodges, a trace technician (regular: seasons 8–15, "Immortality"; recurring: seasons 3–7)
  • Lauren Lee Smith as Riley Adams, a CSI level II (regular: season 9)
  • Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Raymond "Ray" Langston, a CSI level II (regular: seasons 9–11; guest star: season 9)
  • Liz Vassey as Wendy Simms, a DNA technician (regular: season 10; recurring: seasons 6–9; guest star: season 11)
  • David Berman as David Phillips, the assistant medical examiner (regular: seasons 10–15, "Immortality"; recurring: seasons 1–9)
  • Ted Danson as D.B. Russell, the graveyard shift CSI Supervisor and director of the Las Vegas Crime Lab (regular: seasons 12–15, "Immortality")
  • Elisabeth Harnois as Morgan Brody, a CSI level III (regular: seasons 12–15, "Immortality"; guest star: season 11)
  • Elisabeth Shue as Julie Finlay, the graveyard shift CSI assistant supervisor (regular: seasons 12–15)
  • Jon Wellner as Henry Andrews, a DNA and toxicology technician (regular: seasons 13–15, "Immortality"; recurring: seasons 5–12)

Episodes

During the course of the series, 335 episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation aired, including two specials.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
123October 6, 2000May 17, 20011111.6
223September 27, 2001May 16, 2002214.5
323September 26, 2002May 15, 2003116.3
423September 25, 2003May 20, 2004115.9
525September 23, 2004May 19, 2005116.5
624September 22, 2005May 18, 2006315.6
724September 21, 2006May 17, 2007612.2
817September 27, 2007May 15, 2008710.6
924October 9, 2008May 14, 2009411.5
1023September 24, 2009May 20, 2010109.7
1122September 23, 2010May 12, 2011128.4
1222September 21, 2011May 9, 2012168.0
1322September 26, 2012May 15, 2013187.7
1422September 25, 2013May 7, 2014167.8
1518September 28, 2014February 15, 2015287.2
Finale2September 27, 2015N/AN/A

Spin-offs

Franchise

From CSI, CBS produced a franchise starting in 2002 with a spin-off entitled CSI: Miami. Set in Miami, Florida, and starring David Caruso and Emily Procter, Miami later launched CSI: NY in 2004. Starring Gary Sinise, Sela Ward, and Melina Kanakaredes, NY was set in New York City and was based upon the idea that "Everything Is Connected." In 2015, a fourth CSI series, entitled CSI: Cyber, starring Patricia Arquette and Ted Danson, was created. It focuses on the FBI's elite Cyber Crime Division. The CSI series exists within the same fictional "universe" as fellow CBS police dramas Without a Trace and Cold Case. A number of comic books, video games, and novels based on the series have been made.

CSI: The Experience

In 2006, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History developed a traveling museum exhibit called "CSI: The Experience." On May 25, 2007, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry was the first museum to host the exhibit, and the exhibit's opening featured stars from the TV series. Also a supporting website designed for the benefit of people who cannot visit the exhibit was developed, designed by Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning and Left Brain Media. "CSI: The Experience" also has an interactive attraction at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Las Vegas, and the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Reception

Critical and commercial reception

During its 15 years in production, CSI secured an estimated world audience of over 73.8 million viewers (in 2009), commanded, as of the fall of 2008, an average cost of $262,600 for a 30-second commercial, and reached milestone episodes including the 100th ("Ch-Ch-Changes"), the 200th ("Mascara") and the 300th ("Frame by Frame"). CSI spawned three spin-off series, a book series, several video games, and an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. At the time of its cancellation, CSI was the seventh-longest-running scripted U.S. primetime TV series overall and had been recognized as the most popular dramatic series internationally by the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, which awarded the series the International Television Audience Award (Best Television Drama Series) three times. CSI became the second-most watched show on American television by 2002, finally taking the top position for the 2002–2003 season. It was later named the most watched show in the world for the sixth time in 2016, making it the most watched show for more years than any other show.

Critical reception to the show has been positive, with an IMDB score of 7.8/10, while early reviews showed a mixed to favorable review of the opening season. The Hollywood Reporter noted of the pilot "…the charismatic William Petersen and the exquisite Marg Helgenberger, lend credibility to the portrayals that might be indistinct in lesser hands. There's also a compelling, pulsating edge at the outset of CSI that commands instant attention, thanks in part to dynamic work from director Danny Cannon." Entertainment Weekly gave the opening two seasons "B+" and "A-" ratings, respectively, noting: "The reason for CSI’s success is that it combines a few time-tested TV elements in a fresh way. Each episode presents a murder case and a group of lovable heroes armed with cool, high-tech gadgets who do the sleuthing and wrap things up in an hour." The show has won six Primetime Emmy awards (out of 39 nominations) and four People's Choice awards (out of six nominations) and was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, among other awards.

According to TV media critic Liv Hausken, crime drama T.V. shows like CSI normalizes surveillance. "The absence of any critical distance to technology on CSI involves a lack of reflection on the security of information (that is, the constant risk of losing sensitive data) and the potential use and misuse of information. This can be contrasted with a whole range of crime series that may rely heavily on surveillance technologies but nevertheless allow critical reflection as part of the plot as such (showing misinterpretation of data or misuse of surveillance techniques)...This trust in technologies on CSI is important for understanding the status of surveillance in this fictional universe. It is also an indicator of the show’s presentation of power, a third component for consideration in this discussion about how CSI lends a certain normalization of surveillance to everyday life...The series ignores the fact that everyone is a cultural being, that each person sees something as something, that they understand things from particular perspectives in everyday life as well as in science."

Public reaction

CSI was often criticized for its level and explicitness of graphic violence, images, and sexual content. The CSI series and its spin-off shows have been accused of pushing the boundary of what is considered acceptable viewing for primetime network television. The series had numerous episodes centered on sexual fetishism and other forms of sexual pleasure (notably the recurring character of Lady Heather, a professional dominatrix). CSI was ranked among the worst primetime shows by the Parents Television Council from its second through sixth seasons, being ranked the worst show for family prime-time viewing after the 2002–2003 and 2005–2006 seasons. The PTC also targeted certain CSI episodes for its weekly "Worst TV Show of the Week" feature. In addition, the episode "King Baby" that aired in February 2005, which the PTC named the most offensive TV show of the week, also led the PTC to start a campaign to file complaints with the FCC with the episode; to date, nearly 13,000 PTC members complained to the Federal Communications Commission about the episode. The PTC also asked Clorox to pull their advertisements from CSI and CSI: Miami because of the graphically violent content on those programs.

A grassroots campaign started on August 2007, upon rumors of Jorja Fox leaving the show, organized by the online forum Your Tax Dollars At Work. Many of its 19,000 members donated to the cause, collecting over $8,000 for gifts and stunts targeted at CBS executives and CSI's producers and writers. The stunts included a wedding cake delivery to Carol Mendelsohn, 192 chocolate-covered insects with the message "CSI Without Sara Bugs Us" to Naren Shankar, and a plane flying several times over the Universal Studios of Los Angeles with a "Follow the evidence keep Jorja Fox on CSI" banner. Other protests included mailing the show's producers a dollar, to save Fox's contract "one dollar at a time." By October 16, 2007, according to the site's tally, more than 20,000 letters with money or flyers had been mailed to the Universal Studios and to CBS headquarters in New York from 49 different countries since the campaign started on September 29, 2007. Fox and Mendelsohn chose to donate the money to Court Appointed Special Advocate, a national association that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children.

On September 27, 2007, after CSI's season eight premiered, a miniature model of character Gil Grissom's office (which he was seen building during season seven) was put up on eBay. The auction ended October 7, with the prop being sold for $15,600; CBS donated the proceeds to the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.

Law-enforcement reaction

Real-life crime scene investigators and forensic scientists warn that popular television shows like CSI (often specifically citing CSI) do not give a realistic picture of the work, wildly distorting the nature of crime scene investigators' work, and exaggerating the ease, speed, effectiveness, drama, glamour, influence, scope, and comfort level of their jobs, which they describe as far more mundane, tedious, limited, and boring, and very commonly failing to solve a crime.

Another criticism of the show is the depiction of police procedure, which some consider to be decidedly lacking in realism. For instance, the show's characters not only investigate ("process") crime scenes, but they also conduct raids, engage in suspect pursuit and arrest, interrogate suspects, and solve cases, all of which falls under the responsibility of uniformed officers and detectives, not CSI personnel. Although "some" detectives are also registered CSIs, this is exceedingly rare in actual life. It is considered an inappropriate and improbable practice to allow CSI personnel to be involved in detective work, as it would compromise the impartiality of scientific evidence and would be impracticably time-consuming. Additionally, it is inappropriate for the CSIs who process a crime scene to be involved in the examination and testing of any evidence collected from that scene. CSI shares this characteristic with similar British drama series Silent Witness.

However, not all law-enforcement agencies have been as critical; many CSIs have responded positively to the show's influence and enjoy their new reputation. In the UK, scenes of crime officers now commonly refer to themselves as CSIs. Some constabularies, such as Norfolk, have even gone so far as to change the name of the unit to Crime Scene Investigation. Also, recruitment and training programs have seen a massive increase in applicants, with a far wider range of people now interested in something previously regarded as a scientific backwater.

CSI effect

The "CSI effect" is a reference to the alleged phenomenon of CSI raising crime victims' and jury members' real-world expectations of forensic science, especially crime scene investigation and DNA testing. This is said to have changed the way that many trials are presented today, in that prosecutors are pressured to deliver more forensic evidence in court. Victims and their families are coming to expect instant answers from showcased techniques such as DNA analysis and fingerprinting, when actual forensic processing often takes days or weeks, with no guarantee of revealing a "smoking gun" for the prosecution's case. District attorneys state that the conviction rate has decreased in cases with little physical evidence, largely due to the influence on jury members of CSI. Some police and district attorneys have criticized the show for giving the public an inaccurate perception of how police solve crimes.

In 2006, the evidence cited in support of the supposed effect was mainly anecdotes from law enforcement personnel and prosecutors, and allegedly little empirical examination had been done on the effect, and the one study published by then suggested that the phenomenon might be an urban myth. However, more recent research suggests that these modern TV shows do have an influence on public perceptions and expectations, and on juror behavior. One researcher has suggested screening jurors for the level of influence that such TV programs has had.

Ratings

DVR ratings

The show ranked number three in DVR playback (3.07 million viewers), according to Nielsen prime DVR lift data from September 22 to November 23, 2008.

Accolades

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AwardsEdit

ASCAP Awards
  • 2006: Top TV Series
  • 2009: Top Television Series
  • 2013: Top Television Series
ASC Awards
  • 2005: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series
  • 2006: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series
  • 2009: Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series
BMI Film & TV Awards
  • 2001: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2002: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2003: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2004: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2005: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2008: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2009: BMI TV Music Award
  • 2013: BMI TV Music Award
Cinema Audio Society Awards
  • 2008: Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series (for "Living Doll")
Emmys
  • 2002: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • 2003: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • 2006: Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
  • 2007: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series
  • 2010: Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series
  • 2010: Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
Environmental Media Awards
  • 2011: Television Episodic Drama
Genesis Awards
  • 2006: Dramatic Series
Golden Reel Awards
  • 2002: Best Sound Editing in Television – Effects & Foley, Episodic
  • 2004: Best Sound Editing in Television Episodic – Sound Effects & Foley
Logie Awards
  • 2004: Most Popular Overseas Drama
Monte-Carlo Television Festival
  • 2006: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
  • 2007: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
  • 2008: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
  • 2010: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
  • 2011: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
  • 2012: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
  • 2016: International TV Audience Award, Best Drama TV Series
NAACP Image Awards
  • 2003: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Gary Dourdan
  • 2006: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Gary Dourdan
People's Choice Awards
  • 2003: Favorite Television Dramatic Series
  • 2004: Favorite Television Dramatic Series
  • 2005: Favorite Television Drama
  • 2006: Favorite Television Drama
Producers Guild of America
  • 2001: Vision Award (Television)
Satellite Awards
  • 2003: Best Television Series, Drama
Saturn Awards
  • 2004: Best Network Television Series
  1. ^ Tied with Angel
Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • 2005: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
TP de Oro
  • 2003: Best Foreign Series (Mejor Serie Extranjera)
  • 2004: Best Foreign Series (Mejor Serie Extranjera)
TV Guide Awards
  • 2001: New Series of the Year
TV Quick Awards
  • 2006: Best International TV Show
Visual Effects Society Awards
  • 2010: Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
  • 2010: Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial

NominationsEdit

Emmy Awards
  • 2001: Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series
  • 2001: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Marg Helgenberger
  • 2001: Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series
  • 2001: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • 2002: Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
  • 2002: Outstanding Drama Series
  • 2002: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic)
  • 2002: Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Series
  • 2002: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • 2003: Outstanding Drama Series
  • 2003: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Marg Helgenberger
  • 2003: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • 2003: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic)
  • 2003: Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing For A Series
  • 2004: Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
  • 2004: Outstanding Drama Series
  • 2004: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • 2004: Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series
  • 2005: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Quentin Tarantino
  • 2005: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • 2005: Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series
  • 2005: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • 2006: Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series
  • 2006: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • 2007: Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series
  • 2007: Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • 2007: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series
  • 2007: Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • 2008: Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
  • 2008: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
  • 2009: Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series
  • 2009: Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • 2009: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
Golden Globes
  • 2001: Best TV-Series – Drama
  • 2002: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Marg Helgenberger
  • 2002: Best Television Series – Drama
  • 2003: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Marg Helgenberger
  • 2004: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama: William Petersen
  • 2004: Best Television Series – Drama
People's Choice
  • 2012: Favorite TV Crime Drama
  • 2013: Favorite TV Crime Drama
Saturn Awards
  • 2005: Best Network Television Series


Merchandise

DVD releases

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Region 1

DVD nameEpisodesRelease dateSpecial Features
CSI: Complete Season 123March 25, 2003
  • Music Video: "Who Are You" by The Who
  • "CSI - People Lie... But the Evidence Never Does"
  • Character Profiles
CSI: Complete Season 2September 2, 2003
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Makeup, Music & Special Effects
    • CSI-Shooting Locations
    • The CSI Tour
    • Tools of the Trade
    • The Making of a Hit
  • Audio Commentaries:
    • Episode 201: "Burked"
    • Episode 206: "Alter Boys"
    • Episode 210: "Ellie"
CSI: Complete Season 3March 30, 2004
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • The CSI Tour: Police Station
    • The CSI Shot: Making It Real
    • The Writers' Room - Interviews with the show's writers
    • CSI Moves Into Season 3
    • Crime Scene Field Kit
  • Audio Commentaries on 6 Episodes:
    • Episode 301: "Revenge is Best Served Cold"
    • Episode 302: "The Accused is Entitled"
    • Episode 307: "Fight Night"
    • Episode 308: "Snuff"
    • Episode 313: "Random Acts of Violence"
    • Episode 315: "Lady Heather's Box"
CSI: Complete Season 4October 12, 2004
  • The Evolution of an Episode from Concept to Completion:
    • Script
    • Pre Production
    • Production
    • Post-Production
  • Audio Commentaries on 7 Episodes:
    • Episode 401: "Homebodies"
    • Episode 402: "Assume Nothing"
    • Episode 404: "Invisible Evidence"
    • Episode 405: "Feeling the Heat"
    • Episode 407: "Jackpot"
    • Episode 412: "Butterflied"
    • Episode 418: "Bad to the Bone"
CSI: Complete Season 525November 29, 2005
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • CSI: Season 5 - A Post Mortem
    • The Research of CSI: Maintaining the Accuracy
    • CSI: Tarantino Style
    • CSI: Forensic Procedure On the Scene vs. On the Screen (8-Part Featurette)
  • Audio Commentaries on 9 Episodes:
    • Episode 501: "Viva Las Vegas"
    • Episode 502: "Down the Drain
    • Episode 507: "Formalities"
    • Episode 511: "Who Shot Sherlock?"
    • Episode 512: "Snakes"
    • Episode 518: "Spark of Life"
    • Episode 519: "4 x 4"
    • Episode 520: "Committed"
    • Episode 522: "Weeping Willows"
CSI: Complete Season 624November 14, 2006
  • Behind-the Scenes Featurettes:
    • The Science of Sound
    • Gadgets & Gizmos
    • Coroner Reports
    • Apparent Cause of Death
    • Season Six Trajectory
    • The New Title Sequence
  • Audio Commentaries on 6 Episodes:
    • Episode 601: "Shooting Stars"
    • Episode 605: "Gum Drops"
    • Episode 607: "A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1"
    • Episode 608: "A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 2"
    • Episode 614: "Killer"
    • Episode 620: "Poppin' Tags"
CSI: Complete Season 7November 20, 2007
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes:
    • Inside "Built to Kill"
    • Miniature Murders
    • Who Are You? - Inside "Living Legend"
    • Las Vegas: The Real Crime Solvers
    • The Evolution of CSI: Season 7
    • Smoke and Mirrors: Directing Feature Television
  • Audio Commentaries on 7 Episodes:
    • Episode 702: "Built to Kill, Part 1"
    • Episode 704: "Fannysmackin'"
    • Episode 709: "Living Legend"
    • Episode 713: "Sweet Jane"
    • Episode 715: "Law of Gravity"
    • Episode 720: "Lab Rats"
    • Episode 724: "Living Doll"
CSI: Complete Season 817October 14, 2008
  • While the Cast's Away, The Rats Will Play
  • William Friedkin: A Different Take
  • So Long, Sara Sidle
  • What Happened in Vegas...
  • Shot in the Dark
  • TOD: A Bug's Life
  • Deleted Scene
  • Audio Commentaries on 2 Episodes:
    • Episode 808: "Cockroaches"
    • Episode 809: "You Kill Me"
  • Bonus Episode: "Where and Why" (Without a Trace)
CSI: Complete Season 924September 1, 2009
  • Crime Scene Initiation
  • CSI Mode
  • Rats in Space
  • From Zero to 200 in Nine Seasons
  • Good-bye Grissom
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary on 2 Episodes:
    • Episode 916: "Turn, Turn, Turn"
    • Episode 920: "A Space Oddity"
CSI: Complete Season 1023September 28, 2010
  • CSI: The Experience
  • Frozen in Time: CSI's Season Opener
  • Leaving Las Vegas: Langston Heads East
  • Getting Lost
  • Lab Rats: The Saga Continues
  • Killer Tales: Season 10 of CSI
  • CSI: Miami Crossover Episode "Bone Voyage"
  • CSI: NY Crossover Episode "Hammer Down"
  • Audio Commentaries:
    • Episode 1009: "Appendicitement"
    • Episode 1014: "Unshockable"
CSI: Complete Season 1122September 27, 2011
  • Getting Personal: Season 11 of CSI
  • Something Twisted This Way Comes
  • Las Vegas Headliners
  • Cold-Blooded Killers
  • Intelligent Design: Creating Aeron's Legion
  • An Underground Perspective
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Dita Von Teese Burlesque Performance
  • Audio Commentaries:
    • Episode 1106: "House of Hoarders"
    • Episode 1112: "A Kiss Before Frying"
CSI: Complete Season 12September 26, 2012
  • A Crime a Dozen: Season 12 of CSI
  • Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
  • A Farewell to Marg
  • Putting On a Freak Show
  • A Family Affair
  • Death, Trucks and Rock n' Roll
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 1211: "Ms. Willows Regrets"
    • Episode 1212: "Willows in the Wind"
CSI: Complete Season 13September 17, 2013
  • Tennis, Anyone?
  • CSI: NY Crossover Episode "Seth and Apep"
  • A Tale of Two CSI's
  • Chapter 13
  • The Extended Family
  • Drawing Blood
  • Providing Food and Shelter
  • Observing the Sabbath
  • Black Sabbath - End of the Beginning Music Video
  • Anatomy of a TV Hit: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 1303: "Wild Flowers"
    • Episode 1317: "Dead of the Class"
    • Episode 1320: "Fearless"
CSI: Complete Season 14September 16, 2014
  • Back to Basics
  • Throwback 300th
  • Guess Who's Coming to Visit?
  • The Making of "Girls Gone Wild"
  • Taking a Byte Out of Crime
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 1413: "Boston Brakes"
    • Episode 1414: "De Los Muertos"
    • Episode 1421: "Kitty"
CSI: The Final Season18September 15, 2015
  • Following the Evidence
  • Killer Crime Scenes
  • Girls Gone Gadgets
  • All Dolled Up
  • That's All, Stokes
  • Cool Cars
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries
    • Episode 1505: "Girls Gone Wilder"
    • Episode 1506: "The Twin Paradox"
CSI: The Finale1December 15, 2015
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Case Closed
  • CSI: SIGN OFFS - The Finale Cast Says Goodbye
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Audio Commentary by Series Creator Anthony E. Zuiker
CSI: The Complete Series337 + FinaleNovember 21, 2017
  • 93-disc set includes 19 hours of special features

The U.S. box sets are released by CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount), while the Canadian box sets are released by Alliance Atlantis (distributed by Universal Studios). The first season DVD release differs from all subsequent seasons in that it is available only in 1.33:1 or 4:3 full frame, rather than the subsequent aspect ratio of 1.78:1 or 16:9 widescreen, which is the HDTV standard aspect ratio.

The first season is also the only DVD release of the series not to feature Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio, instead offering Dolby Digital stereo sound.

The Blu-ray Disc release of season one is 7.1 DTS sound and 1.78:1 widescreen.

Regions 2

Regions 2 releases have followed a pattern whereby each season is progressively released in two parts (each of 11 or 12 episodes with special features split up) before finally being sold as a single box set. After having been almost 12 months behind region 2 releases after the first four series, region 4 releases are speeding up, with distributors simply releasing season five as a complete box set.

Region 2

DVD NameRelease dates
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 1March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 2March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 3March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 1–3August 23, 2004
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 4March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 1–4December 12, 2005
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 5March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 1–5October 2, 2006
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Grave Danger – Tarantino EpisodesOctober 10, 2005
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 6March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 7March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 8March 1, 2010*
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 1–8October 26, 2009
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 9March 1, 2010
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 10February 7, 2011
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 11April 30, 2012
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 12July 1, 2013
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 13June 9, 2014
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 14June 8, 2015
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 15April 21, 2016
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The FinaleMay 19, 2016
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 1–5October 31, 2016
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 6–10October 31, 2016
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Seasons 11–15October 31, 2016

* = Re-released in slimline full-season packaging. Seasons 1–8 were released in 2 parts between 2003 and 2009.

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Region 4

DVD NameRelease Date
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season One8 November 2006
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Two8 November 2006
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Three26 July 2006
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Four8 November 2006
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Five24 January 2007
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Six5 December 2007
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Seven3 December 2008
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Eight15 July 2009
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Nine2 June 2010
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Ten3 August 2011
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Eleven6 June 2012
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Twelve7 August 2013
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Thirteen6 August 2014
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Fourteen5 August 2015
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Complete Season Fifteen5 October 2016
CSI: The Finale9 November 2016

Season One is the only season in 4:3 with the remaining seasons in 16:9. All seasons including Season One are in Dolby Digital 5.1.

Blu-ray releases

CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) released the first season on high-definition Blu-ray Disc on May 12, 2009. Unlike its DVD counterpart CSI: Crime Scene Investigation#DVD releases, this release is in its original 16:9 widescreen format and feature 7.1 surround sound. Features on the Season 1 BR set are also in high definition.

Season 10 was released on November 18, 2011, in region B. Like the season 1 Blu-ray release, it features a 16:9 widescreen transfer, but it only has DTS-HD 5.1 sound.

Season 9 was released on September 1, 2009. Like the season 1 Blu-ray release, it features a 16:9 widescreen transfer with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound. Extras include commentaries, featurettes and BD-Live functionality.

Season 8 was released on Blu-ray on May 29, 2009, in region B.

Other releases

CSI has also been released as a series of mobile games. In Fall 2007, CBS teamed up with game developer Gameloft to bring CSI to mobile phones. The first of the series to be published was CSI: Miami. The game features actual cast members such as Alexx Woods and Calleigh Duquesne who are trying to solve a murder in South Beach with the player's assistance. The game is also available for download on various iPod devices.

In spring 2008, Gameloft and CBS released "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – The Mobile Game" which is based on the original series in Las Vegas. This game introduces the unique ability to receive calls during the game to provide tips and clues about crime scenes and evidence. As for the storyline, the game developers collaborated with Anthony E. Zuiker (the series creator) to ensure that the plot and dialogue were aligned with the show's style.

Books

  • True Stories of CSI: The Real Crimes Behind the Best Episodes of the Popular TV Show (published August 2009)—Katherine Ramsland follows the evidence and revisits some of the most absorbing episodes of the phenomenally popular CSI television franchise, and explores the real-life crimes that inspired them. She also looks into the authenticity of the forensic investigations recreated for the dramatizations, and the painstaking real-life forensic process employed in every one of the actual cases—from notorious mass murderer Richard Speck, through the massacre of Buddhist monks in an Arizona Temple, to a baffling case of apparent spontaneous combustion.

Comic books

  • In 2003, comic book publisher IDW Publishing began releasing a series of one-shots & miniseries based on all three CSI series, with the majority being based on the original Vegas-based series.
  • In September 2009, Tokyopop released a manga version of CSI written by Sekou Hamilton and drawn by Steven Cummings. It centers around five teenagers working at the Las Vegas Crime Lab as interns as they try to solve a murder case of a student at their high school, which leads to a shocking discovery. Grissom and Catherine are seen now and then, as well as other CSI characters.

Video games


International broadcast

CSI airs on the Nine Network and TVHits (formerly TV1) in Australia, on Channel 5 in United Kingdom, on CTV in Canada, on Italia 1 in Italy, on Prime in New Zealand, on RTÉ2 in Ireland, on TF1 in France, AXN in Asia and Latin America, Skai TV in Greece, on HOT Zone in Israel, on TV3 in Estonia and Latvia and on Kanal 5 in Sweden and Denmark.