How the main characters' growth has been crucial to NCIS' success

Jag's first spin-off has now turned into a franchise, like NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. Even though the NCIS series is now a big part of the network, there was a time when it was totally new and different.

NCIS is a crime drama like other popular CBS shows from the early 2000s, but apparently the pilot episode was pretty "out there," according to some online source.

Back in the 2000s, shows like CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and Cold Case were all the rage on TV. They were all about catching the bad guy in one episode, rather than building up character development over multiple episodes or seasons. But the folks behind NCIS wanted to switch things up a bit.

This explained a digital medium on the subject:

“…The producers of NCIS knew they wanted to focus more on character development, which required more than one season-long arc. Also, the filmmakers knew they wanted a super different style of shooting, using quick cuts and mini-montages.”

NCIS has a bunch of fast cuts and little montages that show us a character's backstory, giving us a better idea of who they are and how they got there. The montages show how Jethro (Mark harmon) became tough and how Ziva (Cote de Pablo) learned not to trust easily.

Back then, not many people knew about the old way of doing things because most shows didn't like taking their sweet time to develop. By making each episode kind of independent, it let people come and go as they pleased without feeling lost or confused about the storyline.

NCIS is a show that you can watch whenever, but if you're not a die-hard fan, you might miss some of the juicy plotlines and character growth.

If you're really into the show, you might find it harder to deal with Gibbs' previous marriages, his struggle with showing his emotions, and how he always tries to follow the rules to avoid getting hurt.

Mark Harmon is Leroy Gibbs and Cote de Pablo is Ziva on NCIS
Mark Harmon is Leroy Gibbs and Cote de Pablo is Ziva on NCIS

The first NCIS episode was pretty cool, but sometimes you gotta do something crazy to be super successful. The people in charge made some smart moves and now the show is still one of the most watched crime shows around. Fans have been sticking around for years and keep coming back for more, just to see Gibbs.

Fans come back to watch Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) hang out with both the old (McGee) and new (Bishop and Torres) agents. And because the actor is so dedicated to the role, it's still worth watching.

The changes don't really rattle the team or cause a drop in viewers. Instead, they spark new ideas and connections that keep both old and new viewers interested.

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