NCIS : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2003
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 3, 2013
    50
    Harmon brings a light touch to this schizophrenic show. He's a sensitive cowboy who does his job and then goes home to work on a boat he's building. [23 Sept 2003, p.B1]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 3, 2013
    50
    Unfortunately for CBS, one tiny flaw slipped into its otherwise masterful plan: The network let JAG's Don Bellisario do the clone-off rather than the folks at CSI. That may not affect the ratings, but in terms of quality, it's a deal breaker.
  3. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 3, 2013
    60
    There's too much of this jurisdictional stuff and an overload of staring by Gibbs, most of it directed at the coltish Caitlin. The story is fairly involving, though. And Mr. Harmon is an underrated actor who's added some softer touches after playing Gibbs as a humorless taskmaster in a two-part JAG that introduced the character. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]
  4. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 3, 2013
    40
    No surprises here, unless Shannen Doherty oozes out of one of the petri dishes. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
  5. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 3, 2013
    40
    Harmon gives the show a serious injection of star power, and David McCallum plays a colorful medical examiner named Donald "Ducky" Mallard -- Bellisario went wacky with the names. This average crime procedural needs Ducky and every bit of personality it can muster. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]
  6. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Mar 3, 2013
    40
    Don't get this show mixed up with anything important on TV, though you may find it enjoyably diverting, if you can forgive the immorality of its premiere episode. I can't. [23 Sept 2003, p.C09]
  7. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Mar 3, 2013
    50
    You'll never regret missing Navy NCIS if you forget to watch. [23 Sept 2003, p.1F]
  8. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    This is a formulaic but fairly competent series with delusions of grandeur.
  9. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Mar 3, 2013
    50
    And the evidence is plain: Millions of Americans sense that terrorism is in their midst, and CBS doesn't mind kicking up that fear a notch for the sake of gaining a rating point or two. [23 Sept 2003, p.E-6]
  10. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Mar 3, 2013
    50
    There's nothing flashy or special about this series, but it's satisfying and impressive in an old-fashioned way - much more so, in this opener, than its parent, "JAG." A lot of it is due to the ease with which Harmon and McCallum embody their characters. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]
  11. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 3, 2013
    40
    But the oddest thing here is Harmon. Normally a charmer, his Gibbs is all stony glances and smarmy silences. Why waste that natural likability? [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  12. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Mar 3, 2013
    60
    There's nothing terribly wrong with the show except that it draws from the same procedural well as CSI, Law & Order and the show from which it's spun, JAG. [23 Sept 2003, p.Hou1]
  13. Reviewed by: Craig Tomashoff
    Mar 3, 2013
    40
    Instead of giving NCIS a playful touch, which could have distinguished it from "JAG," the writers repeatedly make every word and every situation as predictable as possible. Even the attempts to be hip and humorous -- Gibbs gets some shut-eye on a gurney alongside a corpse, the tattooed Sciuto loves to party into the wee hours -- seem as fresh and innovative as an "Adam-12" marathon.
  14. Reviewed by: Ann Donahue
    Feb 28, 2013
    40
    There's not a lot of originality being shown here, which is distressing to see in an initial effort that's so glacially paced. The audience literally knows what's coming and is forced to wait for the conclusion for the scenario to come to fruition.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. May 21, 2011
    10
    My review goes out to the whole show this is definitely one of my favorite series it provides a fair amount of dramatic episodes to keep theMy review goes out to the whole show this is definitely one of my favorite series it provides a fair amount of dramatic episodes to keep the attention of viewers. the cast all show great acting skills on the portrayal of their characters and there backgrounds and i will definitely carry on watching and would recommend it to all crime drama fans Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    This program typifies why the "professional" critics should be ignored. They are more interested in satisfying their own egos than honestlyThis program typifies why the "professional" critics should be ignored. They are more interested in satisfying their own egos than honestly reviewing a program. The ratings clearly demonstrate that the viewers know better than the "professionals" as is usual. The only thing regretable is the lack of a more or less permanent "love interest" for Gibbs. There are a lot of interesting twists that could be possible with Gibbs dealing with mixed feelings for the lawyer, the madam and the Coast Guard Investigative Service woman. A running gag about "which Abby" left a message would work well. Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2013
    10
    I'm completely lost as to why this has such a poor Metascore from critics. It's always interesting, the team have amazing chemistry and II'm completely lost as to why this has such a poor Metascore from critics. It's always interesting, the team have amazing chemistry and I genuinely care about all of the main characters. Full Review »