CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS (ended 2015)
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  • CSI is an innovative, new type of crime drama because the characters use cutting-edge forensic tools to examine the evidence to solve the case. Rather than a 'whodunnit' cop show (investigating witnesses/suspects), CSI explores the 'howdunnit'. CSI has been the number one scripted series in the Neilsen ratings for four years running. In 2007 nearly 84 million people watched CSI, making it the most watched show in the world.

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  • S 16 : Ep 2

    Immortality Part II

    Aired 9/27/15

  • S 16 : Ep 1

    Immortality Part I

    Aired 9/27/15

  • S 15 : Ep 18

    The End Game

    Aired 2/15/15

  • S 15 : Ep 17

    Under My Skin

    Aired 2/15/15

  • S 15 : Ep 16

    The Last Ride

    Aired 1/27/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • Laurence Fishburne

    Dr. Raymond Langston (Seasons 9-11)

  • Ted Danson

    D.B. Russell (Seasons 12+)

  • Paul Guilfoyle

    Captain Jim Brass

  • Elisabeth Shue

    Julie Finlay

  • Matt McCoy

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  • Quotes (3562)

    • Grissom (to Holly): We scrutinize the crime scene. Collect the evidence. Recreate what had happened without ever having been there. It's pretty cool actually.

    • Holly (gasping): There were...bodies. I could feel them.....breathing... Grissom (chuckling): It's okay, Holly. It's alright. (turns around to yell at the bodies through the door) You assholes! (Holly laughs) There. Okay?

    • Brass: Suicide. Grissom: You think so, huh? Brass: You got the sleeping bag for easy cleanup, the bathtub to catch the bullet, open window so the stench alerts the neighbors ... god bless him. (Brass coughs. He flips the lights on. Grissom puts on his glasses to look at the scene. Brass clears his throat. Grissom looks around and finds a bug and he picks it up) Grissom: Pupa, stage three. Brass: English. I'm not an entomologist. Grissom: It's the third stage of larva metamorphosis. This guy's been dead seven days. (Grissom puts the larva into a container) Brass: That's a maggot, and he stinks. Oh, good, it's almost 11:00. Maybe if I'm lucky I can break out of here in time for a shot at the first rack of the Krispy Kreme.

    • (Grissom plays suicide tape for Royce Harmon's Mom and Sister) Grissom: We are so sorry about this Mrs. Harmon. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. Mrs. Harmon: No, you don't understand. This is his picture, but that's not my son's voice.

    • Warrick: Twenty bucks, by the end of shift, I'm the man. Nick: Is there anything you won't bet on? Warrick: Nah. It's college football season, man. I won eight of ten this weekend. Kilt 'em. Outside the Huskers and them punk-ass Irish, I'm up about four G's. Nick: Hmm, what's the line on us? Warrick: On us? I'm like Tiger, man! I'm heavily favored.

    • Holly Gribbs (to Grissom): No offence, but I don't want to eat anything that's been in this office.

    • (Catherine enters the store with her gun drawn) Catherine: Gun down! Store Owner: What? I'm getting robbed again? Catherine: Everything okay? Holly: Yes, ma'am. (Catherine radios in everything's fine) Catherine: You the new girl? Holly: Yeah. Hi, I'm Holly Gribbs. Catherine: Thanks. I'm Catherine Willows. Store Owner: And I'm Lesley Stahl. Look, let's forget the formalities. Which one of you people's gonna clean my counter here? Catherine: Let me tell you something, Lady-- if you don't care about catching the suspect neither do we. We're out of here. You can pick your gun up tomorrow. (Cath and Holly turn and start walking towards the door) Holly (whispers): You can do that? Catherine (scoffs): No.

    • Grissom: Forget about making a hundred, forget about the victim, forget about the suspect and focus on the only thing that can't lie: the evidence. Follow the reason we're having this conversation. Warrick (nods): Follow the shoe.

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    Notes (938)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Důkazy nelžou (Evidence Does Not Lie)

    • In the televised cut, O'Reilly mispronounces Milander's last name. In the Blu-Ray director's cut, O'Reilly says it correctly.

    • Real Vegas locations included XO Liquors, Bally's (Warrick was filmed in front of it), and the Fremont Street Experience. The aftermath of a traffic collision (Kristy Hopkins' accident) was filmed there. A temporary median was set up on Casino Center Drive.

    • Most filming of CSI is actually filmed in Santa Clarita, CA.

    • This show was first offered to the Disney-owned American network ABC in 1999, but was rejected as "too confusing for the average viewer". The show was then shopped at CBS, but very late in the development season. It was put on the network's fall schedule by Les Moonves, the network's boss, at the last minute, and since then its consistently high ratings (frequently #1 in Nielsen rankings) have helped spur a renaissance for that network.

    • The choice to place this series in Las Vegas was not random. Among US crime labs, Las Vegas is the second-most active, surpassed only by the FBI lab at Quantico, Virginia.

    • All theme melodies for the different CSI shows are made by The Who.

    • International Show Titles: Brasil: CSI - Investigacao Criminal ("CSI - Criminal Investigation") - Croatia: Ekipa za ocevid ("Crime scene investigating team"), later CSI: Las Vegas - Czech Republic: Kriminalka Las Vegas ("Crime Department Las Vegas") - France: Les Experts ("The Experts") - Germany: CSI: Tatort Las Vegas ("CSI: Crime Scene Las Vegas"), later CSI: Den Taetern auf der Spur ("CSI: Hunting the Offenders") - Italy: C.S.I.: Scena del crimine ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") - Portugal: CSI: Crime Sob Investigacao ("CSI: Crime Under Investigation") - Romania: CSI: Investigatii ("CSI: Investigations") - Serbia: Mesto zlocina (Crime Scene) - Slovakia: C.S.I.: Kriminálka Las Vegas (C.S.I.: Crime Department Las Vegas) - Poland: Kryminalne zagadki (Criminal Stories)

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    Trivia (858)

    • This episode shows Catherine being dropped off at work by her sister, Nancy. This is one of only two times that her sister is ever mentioned during the course of the show. The other mention was fifteen episodes later in "Too Tough to Die" to Warrick when working with the dummy.

    • This episode shows that Jeep Liberties are the standard issue vehicles at the moment.

    • The terms "CSI" and "Crime Scene Investigations" are not used in the pilot episode. The CSI's are referred to as "Criminalistics Techs" and where they work is called the "Criminalistics Lab".

    • The extreme popularity of this TV series was credited for a large surge of applications for courses in forensic science.

    • Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows were ranked 82nd on Bravo's list of 100 Greatest TV Characters.

    • Goof: The first shot of the shoe print on the door faces left, with the toe slightly over the indent. But when Warrick compares the print he took from the shoe to the print on the door, the print is now going straight up and down and is away from the indent.

    • Grissom is an entomologist.

    • While the majority of the techniques and technologies used in the show are accurate and true to reality, the writers and crew readily admit that they "time cheat". Tests that take seconds in the show often take days or even weeks in real life.

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    Allusions (673)

    • Brass: That's a maggot, and he stinks. Oh, good, it's almost 11:00. Maybe if I'm lucky I can break out of here in time for a shot at the first rack of the Krispy Kreme. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a yeast based doughnut. The original is a plain glazed doughnut. Today they come with many toppings, and fillings. Vernon Rudolph bought the recipe from a French chef in New Orleans, July 13, 1937. He started by baking and selling to grocery stores, until the demand for hot, fresh doughnuts inspired him to open his own store to sell to the public.

    • The liquor store owner (Nancy Fish) sarcastically identifies herself as "Lesley Stahl". Lesley Stahl is a veteran CBS newscaster, having served as White House correspondent and anchor for shows like Face The Nation and 60 Minutes. Although she made appearances (as herself) on non-news shows like Murphy Brown and Frasier, she has never personally appeared on any of the CSI shows.

    • When Greg and Nick are waiting for test results, they discuss NFL 2K for Sega Dreamcast (a video game and system which were released shortly before this episode aired).

    • Lab Tech: What makes you think Dark Side of the Moon set to Wizard of Oz is going to warm the barn? This is a reference to the "Dark Side of the Oz" trick; by starting the Dark Side of the Moon album just as the third lion roar of the MGM logo screen is heard the lyrics of the album match up remarkably well with the images of the movie.

    • Grissom: He pulled a Louganis Olympic diver Greg Louganis cracked his head when he misjudged a dive during the 1988 Summer Olympics. The media said he "hit the water with a splat."

    • Nick: Will the real Red Skelton please... stand up. Grissom: You're too young to remember who Red Skelton was. Nick: Hey, 'Nick @ Nite', you should check it out. This is a triple allusion: 1) Nick's first line is the "revelation" line from the classic game show To Tell The Truth, hosted by Bud Collyer in which two imposters and one demi-celebrity claimed to be the demi celebrity. The four minor celebrity panelists tried to guess who the real demi-celebrity was by asking a fixed number of questions. 2) Red Skelton was a very talented comic performer whose heyday was in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. He performed in many films and created many memorable sustained characters, most of which he used on his long-running variety show. His was very "red state", filled with an appreciation for middle-American values and attitudes. 3) Nick-at-Nite is/was the late-night programming on the children's channel, Nickelodeon, and is comprised mostly of 10+ year old comedy and variety shows. TVLand is an outgrowth of it.

    • (Taking pictures of the positions of three dummies tossed from the roof) Grissom: Yes, yes, Norman pushed. Norman jumped. Norman fell. Sara: Wouldn't you, if you were married to Mrs. Roper? Sara is making a joke on the "Norman fell" part of what Grissom said; Norman Fell starred in Three's Company as the landlord, Mr. Roper, who had an on-going love-hate relationship with his wife.

    • Brass: Oh yeah Kreskin, what's that? 'The Amazing Kreskin', a mentalist and magician, who claimed to be able to foretell things.

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  • Fan Reviews (999)
  • An Ending Of An Era For CSI

    By Solid_Snake2003, Dec 18, 2015

  • Thank you, CSI, for the fond memories

    By Emerald8, Oct 12, 2015

  • For 15 years

    By salem876, Sep 29, 2015

  • At the Las Vegas Police Department a group of highly skilled forensic scientists work to assist police in solving the departments toughest cases.

    By meathead704, Sep 29, 2015

  • more authoritarian tripe

    By vsaiz, Sep 21, 2015