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  • Starring: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
  • Summary: 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. CSI is now in its 10th amazing season. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 13, 2013
    90
    This eccentric assemblage truly captures the distinct feel of Vegas-the night, the gallows humor of grisly work and the people who thrive on it. Sure, it's seedy, surreal and supremely specific. That's why we're hooked. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
  2. 83
    The action is swift, the characters lively.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    May 8, 2013
    80
    CSI doesn't shy from the less savory aspects of the business it covers. There are flashback cams that show the crime taking place and micro cams that look closely at the evidence...But it's kind of tasteful, if you can imagine, and contributes to a Friday night show that is not only entertaining, but might actually teach you a thing or two. [6 Oct 2000]
  4. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    May 8, 2013
    50
    But more often than not CSI isn't sure if it's trying to be intellectual or just sensational. John M. Keane's heavy-handed music, inversely proportional to the events onscreen, doesn't help. Subsequent episodes would do better to pull back on attention-grabbing stunts in favor of the mystery and drama that lies at the core of this premise. [4 Oct 2000, p.2]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    Nothing revolutionary here. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    The investigations are intriguing. The investigators are blah, their relationships a poorly defined muddle. [6 Oct 2000, p.44]
  7. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    May 8, 2013
    40
    A broken toenail, discolored nipples and bullet wounds figure prominently in CBS's CSI. They make deeper impressions than the characters, crime scene investigators in Las Vegas. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Aug 5, 2011
    10
    This Is My Favourite TV show of All Time. The Characters Can Be Humorous or Serious In The Flick Of A Second. They Have Good Serial Killers, And It Makes You on The Edge Of Your Seat. After A Serial Killer Kills, You Can't Wait For The Next Episode Including Them, So You Tune Into Every single One. I Currently Have Seen: A: All Of. H: Half Of. #: Number Of Episodes Watched. season 1: A Season 5: A Season 6: H Season 7: A Season 9: #1 season 11: H. My Favourite Serial Killer Is... The Bathtub Killer! He Makes A Mn Say Hello bla bla bla into A Video Recorder And Kills Them And Makes A Staged Suicide. Why The Bathtub Killer as A Name? He Puts Them In A Bathtub. Other Serial Killers ( Long Lasting): Jason Mcann, The Miniature Killer, Dr Jeckyl, Nate Haskell, Strip Strangler And Blue Paint Killer. Expand
  2. Jun 15, 2011
    3
    Perhaps the fact that there are barely any reviews for this show is the clearest example of its lack of relevance. It's not a very good show. The characters are bland and typical prime time fodder, and the crimes and 'science' are ridiculous. The music and cinematography are generic and insipid. It's beyond me why this show was once the biggest thing on television. Expand