The US forensics TV drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which first aired on CBS on October 6, 2000, was first conceived when creator Anthony Zuiker’s wife told him about The New Detectives, a crime forensics documentary on the Discovery Channel. He realized that he could make a great crime drama based on that and set it in his hometown of Las Vegas, the Sin City.
In CSI, a night-shift team of Las Vegas Crime Scene Investigators works with the police department to solve murders in the city. The investigators do so by visiting each each crime scene to meticulously analyze it and collect physical evidence, which they take to their lab to methodologically examine. That’s the backbone of the show, at least, and from that, they create crime scene scenarios that the forensics team investigates every episode. More than that, however, the show is also character-driven. It follows the life of each investigator in the seemingly harsh and uncaring city of Vegas.
For nine seasons, this forensics team was lead by the brilliant albeit idiosyncratic insect-loving Dr. Gil Grissom (William Petersen). Grissom had that composed and unattached demeanor with a nerdy side and unusual social behaviors to boot. He was the most beloved characters in the CSI world and the one with an extensive loyal fanbase.
The current forensics team, which includes show veterans Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), Nick Stokes (George Eads), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), Capt. Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), and Dr. Al Robbins (Robert David Hall) as well as David Hodges (Wallace Langham) and Morgan Brody (Elisabeth Harnois), is now lead by new night supervisor D.B. Russell (Ted Danson), a scientist with a penchant for Sherlock Holmes novels.
Now in its tenth season, CSI is one of the most popular TV show drama in the world and has won numerous awards (nine Emmys).