I’ve recently been spending quite a lot of my “Netflix” time catching up on NCIS. It’s a show that I’ve always really loved, but I got behind and then couldn’t find it online. Thankfully earlier this summer, Netflix added it to the streaming lineup. I’m just about to finish up Season 11, which only puts me a season behind leading into the fall premiere.
There’s a reason why NCIS continues to be one of the top-rated shows on TV. While it’s a bit formulaic — Sailor or Marine is killed & the NCIS team is called in to investigate — it frequently keeps things interesting with story arcs that cover more than one episode and adding “current events” elements without it being too kitschy.
I also think a strong part of its appeal is that the main character Leroy Jethro Gibbs played by Mark Harmon is someone that boomers can identify with in their age range.
However, I think the biggest reason that people keep coming back is what is not in the show. While there is certainly violence and lots of talk of murder and even some really good make-up effects with dead bodies, the violence never feels gratuitous.
There is also very little sex. It’s not a show you have to worry about you kids (or for me, nieces and nephews) walking in while you’re watching and seeing someone half naked rolling around on a bed. That’s not to say that there aren’t relationships, but they are hinted at rather than shoved in your face.
This fall with start the 13th season with Mark Harmon leading the cast, and I’m not sure that there will be a 14th season with Harmon involved.
If you haven’t watched the show — or if you’ve missed any episodes and want to catch up — seasons 1-11 are now available on Netflix.