What Does NCIS Stand For, Where Is It Filmed?

NCIS is an American themed action police procedural television series that has been airing since 2003. The series was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill and has seen a successful run of its 16 seasons and 378 episodes so far. NCIS has over the years won awards like the People’s Choice Awards, ALMA Awards, Emmy Awards, BMI Film & TV Awards, ASCAP Awards and possibly with more to come.

Aside from the intrigues and intense action the series is characterized with, many fans of the action police procedural television series are oblivious of many background information about the series. Therefore, we set out to gather and present succinctly to you, all the basic information you need to know about this America’s favorite television show including what NCIS means, where it is shot and other juicy facts about the series.

What Does NCIS Stand For?

NCIS is an acronym which stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In reality, it is a United States organization that succeeded the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) established after World War II by the Office of Naval Intelligence. NCIS is the primary law enforcement agency in the U.S. Department of the Navy shouldered with the responsibility of investigating all criminal activities involving the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the United States Navy (USN). On a broader perspective, NCIS sees to the protection of all United States Naval assets around the world, U.S national security, counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber warfare.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has since its establishment via its personnel comprised of well-trained civilian and special agents carried out successful numerous assignments in the interest of the United States and the rest of the world on several occasions. The American naval law enforcement agent has a presence in more than 40 countries of the world and is supported by a network of adroit analysts and experts in physical security, surveillance, surveillance countermeasures, computer investigations, forensics and polygraph examinations.

The NCIS Television Series

NCIS as a television series revolves around a fictional team of special agents initially introduced in CBS’s JAG season eight episodes 20 and 21: “Ice Queen” and “Meltdown.” Thus, NCIS, as we know it today, is a spin-off of JAG (Judge Advocate General) an American legal drama with a U.S Navy theme. NCIS is reportedly the second-longest-running scripted American television series just only behind Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which has been running from 1999 to the present time. It is also the 7th longest-running scripted U.S. primetime television series of all time.

The series prior to its airing was advertised on CBS as ‘Naval CIS’ and when it started, it was named ‘Navy NCIS’. However, “Navy” was later jettisoned after its first season to what we now have today simply as NCIS. The American action police procedural television series has over the years grown to have two spin-off shows from it. They are NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

Diona Reasonover, with Pauley Perrette and Brian Dietzen, in a scene from NCIS
Diona Reasonover, with Pauley Perrette and Brian Dietzen, in a scene from NCIS (Image Source)

When NCIS began airing on September 23, 2003, it started off following a team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT) in Washington, D.C field office in Washington Navy Yard. The MCRT comprised of Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs – Supervisory Special Agent and his team members: Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander), Alexandra Quinn (Jennifer Esposito), Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), Nicholas Torres (Wilmer Valderrama), Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Timothy McGee (Sean Murray).

Other are medical examiners Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) and Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), medical examiners assistant Gerald Jackson (Pancho Demmings), forensic specialists Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) and Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover), SIS attaché Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) and operational psychologist Dr Jacqueline Sloane (Maria Bello). While Jennifer Shepard (as Lauren Holly), Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) and Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) command the team. NCIS since it began airing has introduced lots of recurring characters with many guest appearances.

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Where Is It Filmed?

NCIS’ real-life headquarters is located in Russell-Knox Building, MCB Quantico, Virginia, with a field office located at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. NCIS television series is, however, filmed far away from Virginia and precisely in Los Angeles. CBS’ choice of California’s divergent landscape is aimed to bring home as much as possible, what is obtainable geographically in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Despite this, however, some scenes are filmed on locations outside of California when absolutely necessary.


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