Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Why I Love NCIS and Gibbs


A friend of mine from the Academy of Natural Sciences (she knows who she is) and I both love NCIS, a Navy Cop Show. Just this past weekend, she posted on facebook that the USA network was having a Lucky Ducky Marathon. You know what that meant, don’t you? Already down and out with the flu, I now had something worthwhile to watch as I shivered, coughed, sneezed and moaned under the blankets.
NCIS was a spin off from the show JAG and premiered in September of 2003. This police drama centers on Naval and Marine Investigations and is the brain child of Donald P. Bellisario along with Don Mc Gill.
The Cast

Although some of the cast has changed over the years, the main characters are Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the Chief Agent and former Marine, Senior Field Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) a smart talking, movie trivia expert and cutie pie, Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) a forensic computer specialist and receiver of many of DiNozzo’s  jokes, Special Agent Ziva David (Coti de Pablo) a former Mossad agent, Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) Director, Abbey Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) Forensic specialist and Goth goddess, Ducky Mallard (David McCallum) Chief Coroner, Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) his assistant.

NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counter intelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy and when a crime occurs on military property or involves military personnel, Gibbs and his crew go right to work. The show is smartly written, the plots believable, and the cast work so well together, that you can easily see them being friends even when they are off the set. When Ziva first replaced Katie Todd (Sasha Alexander) she had a hard time fitting in especially since her brother was responsible for Kate’s death, but now it seems that she was always part of the team. Tony‘s constant use of movie trivia and his good natured teasing of McGee and Ziva and their subsequent revenge, Abbey doing DNA sequencing while on roller skates, Ducky’s long and involved conversations with the dead, who lay upon his autopsy table, and the head butting between Gibbs and Lance over how to proceed on a case is what makes this show so special.

How special? NCIS was voted America’s favorite T.V. show in 2011 and has been renewed for its 11th season. But, it’s Gibbs who really makes the show. He’s a bona fide Marine and proud of it and he leads his staff with a firm hand, kind heart and when needed, a smack to the back of the head.

So join Dara and I as we watch NCIS every Tuesday night on CBS at 8p.m. and reruns of older shows on the USA Network.

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