NCIS... a show that deserves its own genre?

NCIS is, in reality, unlike any other show. I suppose you could say it falls into the procedural drama genre, but on some level it doesn't. It follows the Naval Criminal Investigation Sevice as they solve cases involving the navy and naval officers. NCIS manages to combine the seriousness of the crimes faced with the immense chemistry that shines within the cast. Bring that together with the great humour and stella writing, and you have a great show.


I suppose one of the things many people seem to dislike about the show is that no one is safe, and despite being able to get the viewers attached to the characters, the fact that any of them could go at any time is always over us. However, I feel thats a fact I like about the show. Surely, its a lot more respective of life. Working as an NCIS agent would be dangerous, and people would leave and new people would be hired. That doesn't change the fact though that it pains me to think of any of them leaving... but its something I have come to trust the writers over. Losing Kate, I thought was the end of NCIS, but it went from strength to strength showing the calibre of the production team.



Perhaps, for me, the best thing about NCIS is the interactions between the characters. Tony in particular manages to make me giggle as he bickers with Ziva, patronises McGee and tries to appease Gibbs. That is something most procedurals lack... the humour between characters, and NCIS does it so well.


Overall, although the fate of the characters in NCIS may be uncertain, it certainly is a show I hope will be around in years to come... if only to see Tony and Ziva get together!

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Sep 6, 2008 9:02PM EDT

I agree with most of your comments though I didn't think losing Kate was the end of the show - Gibbs is the only indispensable one. But the relationship between Kate and Tony was my favorite! I was stunned when Kate got killed! Especially so quickly after she went through the "plague" with Tony. Ziva was a good replacement (I love that she does not use contractions and constantly gets colloquialisms wrong) but I still miss Kate to this day.
Abby (I LOVE Abby) and Ducky are wonderful characters though I never felt much for any of the Directors - the new one isn't really new as far as characters go. It did sort of surprise me that the team got reassigned at the end of the last season ( a la House) but I thought that the relationships (read "banter" etc) in the season were a little tired and that's what truly makes the show special. (Was there a writers change?). Ziva and Tony seemed to get along a little too well (no tension) and McGee held his own against Tony (lost comedy moments). In the real world relationships change but sometimes that doesn't necessarily make for the best TV. My understanding is that the old team isn't completely gone, but there will be a new team. Maybe a shakeup was in order.

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Sep 7, 2008 7:30AM EDT

I think that I thought NCIS would end when Kate died because of how much I liked her character and especially her interactions with Tony... so your not alone there. And I think your right that perhaps a shakeup was needed, and I think that untill we know otherwise from watching the new season, we should trust the writers and see what happens.

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Sep 17, 2008 6:52AM EDT

I agree with most of your words...but I hated the way the director was killed..I liked her...I think leting her leave was better than killing her...I wish I can see her some times,not at a memory of a dead woman...

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Sep 17, 2008 7:31AM EDT

I understand... I felt the same when Kate died. It was like every episode up to then was tainted because I knew how she ended up.

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Sep 26, 2008 10:19PM EDT

How can you say it deserves its own genre? This is a ripoff of CSI, plain and simple, with a little bit of other military investigation shows and movies (the General's daughter, the Presidio), there was also a TV show about a military attorney general prosecuting military cases JAG?). Also SWAT and the FBI and others too numerous to mention.

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Sep 27, 2008 3:16AM EDT

You missed my point. Its the mixture of serious investigating with humour and character interaction that I honestly never see on any other show. Its not an ordinary police prodedural.

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