Navy NCIS Seasons 1-6 Boxset

“NCIS” (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.

Leading this troupe of colorful personalities is NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant, whose skills as an investigator are unmatched. Gibbs is a man of few words, who only needs a look to explain it all. Working under Gibbs is Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, an ex-homicide detective who may come off as the world’s oldest frat boy, but whose instincts in the field are unparalleled.

Joining them are forensic specialist Abby Sciuto, a talented scientist whose dark wit matches her Goth style and eclectic tastes, and NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate whose brilliance with computers far overshadows his insecurities in the field. Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, who knows it all because he’s seen it all, and he’s not afraid to let you know.

Internally, the NCIS team will have to band together and recover after suffering the devastating loss of Special Agent Kate Todd at the hands of a terrorist. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

NCIS: Season 01
Running Time: 60 min.

Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service was the somewhat redundant official title of this popular “procedural” series during its first season on the air. Mark Harmon tops the cast as the rule-bending, intensely private Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the head of an elite NCI team specializing in solving baffling crimes related to US Navy personnel. Gibbs’ cohorts during this season include tough, outspoken Caitlin”Kate” Todd (Shana Alexander), former Baltimore homicide detective (and flagrant womanizer) Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), caffeine-addicted, goth-girl technogeek Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette); and all-knowing, long-winded chief lab technician Donald “Ducky” Mallard ({David McCallum). Though the two-part pilot episode was filmed for the military-legal series JAG, it was not shown until several weeks after NCIs proper premiered with its debut episode “Yankee White” (in the pilot, Robyn Lively is seen as Viv Blackadder, the character that eventually morphed into Abby Sciuto). Its plot involving a mysterious death during a flight of Air Force One, “Yankee White” introduces several recurring characters: Alan Dale as NCIs director Tom Morrow, Joe Spano as FBI agent Fornell and Pancho Demmings as Ducky’s assistant Gerald Jackson. Another frequently seen character, Special Agent Paula Cassidy, first shows up in “Minimum Security”, while Gerald Jackson’s ultimate replacement Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen makes his bow in “Split Decision”. Finally, “Sub Rosa” marks the initial appearance of MIT-educated lab tech Tim McGee (Sean Murray), who would join the cast as a regular in Season Two. The series’ second episode, “Hung Out to Dry”, is something of a crossover, with Patrick Labyorteaux appearing in his JAG characterization of Lt. Bud Roberts. “My Other Left Foot” is a reunion of sorts for onetime St. Elsewhere regulars Mark Harmon and Bonnie Bartlett. And “Bete Noire” introduces the series’ most vicious antagonist, Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin–Hamad/Mossad double agent, terrorist, master of disguise, and ultimate assassin of one of the show’s best-loved characters. Hal
Erickson, All Movie Guide.

NCIS: Season 02
Running Time: 60 min.

With the inauguration of its second season, this popular “procedural” series streamlines its title, forsaking the cumbersome Navy NCIs: Naval Criminal Investigative Service for the more familiar NCIs. Joining series regulars Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Shana Alexander (Kate Todd), Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo), Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto) and David McCallum (“Ducky” Mallard} is former guest actor Sean Murray as MIT-educated lab tech Tim McGee, who is invited to join the NCI team by head man Gibbs himself. Amidst such story elements as kidnappings, serial killers, serial rapists, crop circles, mob hits, transsexuals, disembodied eyeballs and bikini contests, this season permits the viewer to learn just a tiny bit more about the clouded past lives of Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard; we also meet for the first time Ducky’s 96-year-old mother, played by Nina Foch (actually 80 years old at the time, and only nine years older than her “son” David McCallum!) And given the world climate, it isn’t surprising that the Season Two episodes would make numerous pointed references to the Iraq War and the general unrest in the Middle East. Episodes of note include “Call of Silence”, with Charles Durning in the Emmy-nominated role of a highly decorated marine who confesses to committing murder in the heat of battle–60 years earlier; “Doppelganger”, which per its title amusingly featutres a team of Virginia law-enforcement officers who are virtual clones of the familier NCI-ers; and “SWAK”, wherein team member Tony is among the victims of a bio-terrorist attack. The devastating season finale “Twilight” marks the return of the team’s most formidable adversary, Hamad/Mossad double agent and terrorist Ari (Rudolf Martin), who among other acts of villainy coldbloodedly murders one of NCI’s most popular leading characters! Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

NCIS: Season 03
Running Time: 60 min.

Season Three of NCIs opens on a melancholy note, as the Naval Criminal Investigate Service team headed by the iconoclastic Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) mourns the death of team member Caitlin “Kate” Todd (Shana Alexander) at the hands of ruthless terrorist Ari (Rudolf Martin) (though actress Alexander had left the series, she would return in “ghostly” form once or twice). Gibbs’ response to the loss is encapsulated in the title of the two-part season opener, “Kill Ari”, which introduces Cote de Pablo as new NCI member Ziva David, a former Mossad officer who also has a score to settle with Ari. Another new regular is introduced in the episode “Silver War”: Lauren Holly as NCIs director Jenny Shepard, who replaces former director Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) when the latter joins the Homeland Security department. Jenny’s arrival adds a whole new dimension to the series, inasmuch as she had previously been the partner–and lover–of Leroy Gibbs. In addition to these newcomers, together with longtime series stalwarts Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo), Pauley Perrette (Abigail Sciuto), Sean Murray (Tim McGee) and David McCallum (Donald “Ducky” Mallard), the third season also marks the debut appearances of recurring characters Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Summer and Muse Watson as Michael Franks. Throughout the season, the viewer is offered seconds-lasting flashbacks to the jealously guarded past of NCI team head Gibbs, culminating in the revelation that the first of his three wives was murdered, along with his daughter. This information comes to surface during the two-part finale “Hiatus”, wherein Tony DiNozzo is put in charge of the team while Gibbs is recovering from a serious injury which may rob him of his memory–a tragedy that could not happen at a worse time, inasmuch as Gibbs is the only person who knows the modus operandi of a vicious terrorist group which threatens the lives of everyone whom the viewer cares about! Incidentally, there’s a bit of benevolent nepotism afoot during NCI’s third season. Appearing in key roles as Michael Bellisario and Troian Bellisario–the real-life offspring of series producer/creator Donald P. Bellisario. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

NCIS: Season 04
Running Time: 60 min.

Still not completely recovered from the serious injuries incurred during the near-apocalyptic Season Three finale of NCIs, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has at the outset of Season Four retired from his position as head of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service comprised of Ziva David (Cote de Pablo, Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly, Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), Tim McGee ({Sean Murray) and Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard ({David McCallum). Now the team is under the command of hotheaded DiNozzo–but not for long. Emerging from his self-imposed exile when his coworker Ziva is placed in jeopardy in the season opener “Shalom”, Gibbs has assumed command of the team by the next episode “Escape”, and within a few weeks he’s working at full throttle. However, despite the tantalizing revelations throughout Season Three, the intensely private Gibbs still remains something of an enigma to the other NCI-ers–a fact that proves most frustrating to the unit’s director Jennifer Shepard (Lauren Holly, who also happens to be Gibbs’ former lover. (Among the “clues” to Gibbs’ former life this time around is the unexpected appearance of his sister Sarah, played by Troian Bellisario, daughter of series producer Donald P. Bellisario). Newcomers to the recurring-character roster this year included Scottie Thompson as Tony’s girlfriend Jeanne Benoit, a DC-based doctor; and Susanna Thompson as Lt. Col. Hollis Mann, Gibbs’ counterpart in the Army CID, with whom Gibbs implicitly begins a romance as the season winds down. Season Four concludes with the cliffhanging “Angel of Death”, in which all the team members are ordered to take a Homeland Security polygraph tests. Can it be that the many secrets long withheld by Gibbs and his cohorts are at last to be exposed for the world to see? Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

NCIS: Season 05
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