• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2000
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 14, 2013
    83
    William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger lead an appealing cast, but the real stars are the toenail clippings, hair strands and fingerprints that complete an investigator's puzzle and turn nagging doubt into scientific certainty. [5 Oct 2000, p.E2]
  3. 83
    The action is swift, the characters lively.
  4. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    May 8, 2013
    80
    The actors, including the charismatic William Petersen and the exquisite Marg Helgenberger, lend credibility to the portrayals that might be indistinct in lesser hands. There's also a compelling, pulsating edge at the outset of CSI that commands instant attention, thanks in part to dynamic work from director Danny Cannon. [5 Oct 2000]
  5. 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]
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 14, 2013
    75
    I like the locale a lot. Heading up the forensics team is Gil Grissom (William Petersen), who is appealing mostly because, like James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, he doesn't look like he belongs on TV. [6 Oct 2000, p.117]
  7. Jun 27, 2013
    67
    A droll Petersen and dependable Marg Helgenberger head the competent cast, and the opener is offbeat enough to stimulate curiosity. But please don't overdo the camera tricks.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 14, 2013
    63
    The camerawork is startling, but it can't hide a plot that is dreary and unbelievable. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
  9. 63
    Both stars are capable, the setup a reliable one, but tonight's pilot staggers under an overload of plot. [6 Oct 2000, p.E-1]
  10. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    May 8, 2013
    60
    The lines are too blunt, but with its mix of crime-solving and wit, this series could be the unexpected winner among the new crime shows. [6 Oct 2000, p.E30]
  11. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 14, 2013
    50
    The premiere has a nice look, and its "Rashomon"-style flashbacks are very well shot. It also features a socko ending and one ingenious bit of plotting involving thieving hookers. Yet the storytelling is often muddy, and sorting out characters and determining who does what is more of a challenge than the episode is worth. [6 Oct 2000, p.F1]
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    Nothing revolutionary here. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    The setting and crimes are interesting, and Petersen in particular is terrific, but C.S.I. tries to show the thoughtful nature of its characters by underplaying them - and it relies for liveliness on stomach-turning lab work. Slick but plodding, C.S.I. could be DOA. [6 Oct 2000, p.5E]
  14. 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]
  15. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 13, 2013
    50
    By focusing on the science used by crime-scene investigators, C.S.I. puts a creative spin on the traditional cop-show genre. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  16. 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]
  17. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    May 8, 2013
    50
    At times almost downright mesmerizing. But that, even coupled with Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen, is not enough to make CBS' flashy update on "Quincy" engaging. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
  18. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 14, 2013
    42
    Once is quite enough to send C.S.I. back to the lab. [6 Oct 2000, p.10]
  19. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 14, 2013
    40
    We're supposed to buy that the C.S.I. unit is the next wave of high-tech crimefighting, but their tools don't look very high-tech to me. One gizmo looks suspiciously like a canister vacuum cleaner and the only thing it "finds" is a toenail clipping that could've been spotted with the naked eye. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  20. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 13, 2013
    40
    The science and deduction on C.S.I. is mildly interesting, if grim, but the show's small forensics team, including actors William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, is as cliched as they come. From the forced co-worker banter to the second-rate office dramas, the ensemble is as lively as a trip to the morgue. [6 Oct 2000, p.D1]
  21. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 8, 2013
    40
    Why did executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Remember the Titans") populate his CBS series with such revolting characters? With the exception of Marg Helgenberger's harried but compassionate investigator, this is a crew teeming with bullies and psychos. [6 Oct 2000, p.S32]
  22. 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]
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2014
    9
    I loved this TV Show. Exactly these episodes with Grissom and old(first) team. After few changes I stopped watching. These episodes wasn't asI loved this TV Show. Exactly these episodes with Grissom and old(first) team. After few changes I stopped watching. These episodes wasn't as awesome as old eps. But this TV show need the end. It's still the same, again and again. Same characters, quotes, situations, atmosphere... nothing special. But in 2001 it was awesome. Awesome new show which show us a lot of news. No stupid action with a lot of gunfire, but just science. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2014
    5
    Season 15, CSI - Las Vegas. New season started Sunday, October 5, 2014. Now this show has always been pretty interesting and well done, BUT:Season 15, CSI - Las Vegas. New season started Sunday, October 5, 2014. Now this show has always been pretty interesting and well done, BUT: Am I the only one who thinks the writing on this first Season 15 episode was incredibly weak and juvenile? The plot was unusually contrived. The dialogue was clich├ęd and seemingly written for an eighth grade writing assignment. Eighth graders please do not be offended. It appears that a once pretty good show has aged to the point of senescence. Time, I think, for one of those Obamacare phony age panels for CSI, Las Vegas. Full Review »
  3. 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,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. Full Review »