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Things You Didn’t Know About CSI: NY.

CSI: NY (Crime Scene Investigation: New York) is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013. At the end of its running, the series had produced nine seasons for a total of 197 episodes. Like its parent show, CSI, the show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists and police officers identified as “Crime Scene Investigators.” They are the experts who determine what a crime means, and what the evidence present might suggestion about whatever crime they’re investigating. The show is a direct spin-off of CSI: Miami, where the characters of the NY-based television show originally appeared.

The show was originally produced alongside Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis, with whom CBS had a partnership. However, when the company dissolved after the third season of CSI: NY, which premiered in 2007, all production was done under the supervision and guidance of CBS Paramount Television. Although the premise of the show is supposed to be focused around New York, a majority of the scenes are actually filmed in Los Angeles, on the completely other side of the country. A few shots do occur in New York, but all of the inside scenes are filmed in the CBS Studio Center, located in Los Angeles.


The show finished its ninth season in February of 2013, shortly after which CBS cancelled the show, making the ninth season the series’ final season.

Like the two other shows that came before it, CSI: NY focuses on the daily lives and professional investigations of a CSI team. The NY branch is led by former Marine Major Mac Taylor, a brash but fair leader who originally comes from Chicago. Mac is now the direction of a New York Crime Lab, where he works closely with his partner and friend Jo Danville. A former FBI Special Agent in Charge, Danville is a highly experienced investigator whose work ethic is driven by her empathy for the victim. The rest of the elite forensics squad includes Detective Danny Messer, who’s from a family of law enforcers and law breakers; his wife, Detective Lindsay Monroe, a Montana native and a survivor of violent crime; and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, a surgeon turned coroner turned CSI. The CSI team is assisted by Detective Don Flack, similar to how the original CSI team was assisted by police Captain Jim Brass. He’s a homicide detective who’s usually first on the scene.


The first season of CSI: NY received generally favorable reviews upon its debut. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds an overall approval rating of 80%, based on 5 critical reviews with an average of 7 out of 10 based on these reviews. Although the show was criticized in much the same way as other spin-offs, in that it brings nothing new to the overall franchise, CSI: NY was complimented for the intelligent and edgy character design of the show’s members, providing a layer of freshness to an otherwise overused scene. Moreover, the NY version of the franchise serves to offer lingering views of the atrocity of the human condition, wishing to remind their audience that, although they’re playing a part, the roles they’re acting out are necessary within the real world, and require a level of bravery that’s often not touched upon in other renditions of CSI. Find other TV & internet entertainment options at