From 'JAG' to 'Hawaii Five-0,' These Shows Are All In The 'NCIS' Universe

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Vote up the best show in the NCIS television franchise.

There are already three shows in the NCIS franchise but, thanks to their regular crossovers with shows outside the immediate franchise, the NCIS universe extends farther than you ever thought. Beginning with JAG, which premiered on September 23, 1995, audiences were introduced to naval-themed legal dramas. In 2003 the concept and characters for NCIS were introduced via a backdoor pilot. Since then, there have been some great NCIS series, in the expanded NCIS universe, as characters from the main franchise show up in other shows and expand the world of JAG and NCIS over 20 years and aired over 1,000 episodes.

In 2014, NCIS had been on the air longer than JAG. Mark Harmon has starred in every NCIS season playing the former marine, now special agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs. NCIS: Los Angeles is also a popular series in the franchise and features an all-star cast including Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. In total, there are nine series in the NCIS universe, some of which are reboots of popular serial cop dramas from the eighties. The family tree of the NCIS universe has branches at JAG (with the spinoff Firsts Monday) and with Hawaii Five-0 (which had a crossover with NCIS: LA and links the other series to the Lenkov-verse) Many episodes in the NCIS franchise feature stories that have been ripped from the headlines.

In this list, we're going to look at all the NCIS shows and find out once and for all which are the best in the NCIS universe. Vote up the best NCIS TV shows ever made.


  • NCIS
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    129 VOTES

    Main Characters: Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Caitlin Todd, Anthony DiNozzo, Abby Sciuto, Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, Timothy McGee, Ziva David, Jenny Shepard, Leon Vance, Jimmy Palmer, Ellie Bishop, Nick Torres, Alexandra Quinn, Clayton Reeves, Jacqueline Sloane, Kasie Hines.

    Theme Song: "NCIS Theme" composed by Joseph Conlan and Brian Kirk

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: A spin-off of JAG, NCIS follows a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service led by Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). These elite investigators work to solve major crimes involving Navy or Marine personnel.

    • Actors: Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, Katrina Law
    • Premiered: September 23, 2003

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  • Main Characters: G. Callen, Nate Getz, Kensi Blye, Dominic Vail, Sam Hanna, Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, Eric Beale, Marty Deeks, Nell Jones, Owen Granger, Shay Mosley, Fatima Namazi.

    Theme Song: "NCIS: Los Angeles Theme" composed by James S. Levine.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: Special Agent G. Callen leads an elite team of undercover operatives with the Office of Special Projects. Foreign and domestic enemies are identified and brought to justice.

    • Actors: Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen
    • Premiered: September 22, 2009

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    Main Characters: Lieutenant Commander Steven J. "Steve" McGarrett, USNR, Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams, HPD, Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly, HPD, Officer Kono Kalakaua, HPD, Mary Ann McGarrett, Dr. Max Bergman, Special Agent Lori Weston, Lieutenant Catherine Rollins, USNR, Captain Lou Grover, HPD, Special Consultant Jerry Ortega, Officer Tani Rey, Kamekona Tupuola, Sergeant Duke Lukela, Dr. Noelani Cunha, Officer Junior Reigns, Adam Noshimuri, Sergeant Quinn Liu.

    Theme Song: "Hawaii Five-0 Theme" composed by Morton Stevens.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: Led by Lt. Commander Steve McGarrett, USNR, a specialized DPS task force investigates complex crimes in Hawaii. The team has the full confidence of the governor and has no restrictions in its efforts to bring criminals to justice. Connected to the NCIS universe through a crossover with NCIS: Los Angeles.

    • Actors: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Meaghan Rath
    • Premiered: September 20, 2010

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  • Main Characters: Dwayne "King" Cassius Pride, Christopher LaSalle, Meredith Brody, Sebastian Lund, Loretta Wade, Sonja Percy, Patton Plame, Tammy Gregorio, Hannah Khoury, Quentin Carter.

    Theme Song: "Boom Boom" performed by Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: A special team of NCIS agents in New Orleans focuses on crimes involving Navy and Marine personnel. Their territory ranges from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle.

    • Actors: Scott Bakula, Vanessa Ferlito, Rob Kerkovich, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, CCH Pounder
    • Premiered: September 23, 2014

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  • NCIS: Hawai'i
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    61 VOTES

    Main Characters: Jane Tennant, Lucy Tara, Ernie Malik, Jesse Boone, Kate Whistler, Alex Tennant, Kai Holman, Joe Milinus, Julie Tennant.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: This spin-off of NCIS was tailor-made to have potential crossover opprotunities with Magnum P.I. - and the central character, Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) plays the first female Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS: Pearl.

    • Actors: Vanessa Lachey, Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon
    • Premiered: September 20, 2021

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  • Scorpion
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    43 VOTES

    Main Characters: Walter O'Brien, Paige Dineen, Tobias "Toby" Meriweather Curtis, M.D., Happy Quinn, Sylvester Dodd, Agent Cabe Gallo, Ralph Dineen.

    Theme Song: "Scorpion Theme" composed by Brian Tyler and Tony Morales.

    What Made This Show Unique in the Franchise: The Scorpion team is the last line of defense against a bevy of sophisticated global threats. This skilled team uses coding, psychology, critical thinking, engineering, and creativity to solve unprecedented situations. Connected to the NCIS universe through a crossover with NCIS: Los Angeles.

    • Actors: Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong
    • Premiered: September 22, 2014

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