CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series, which premiered on September 22, 2004. The series was the second spin-off, indirectly, from the popular CBS show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and directly from CSI: Miami, during an episode of which several of the CSI: NY characters made their first appearance. The show airs Wednesdays at 10PM ET/PT on CBS and CTV.
The show trails the investigations of a team of New York City Police Department forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes. Writer Anthony E. Zuiker describes the Scooby-Doo series as a main influence for this spin-off.
CSI: NY was produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis. The company dissolved after the third season in 2007. All production now is done under the pervue of CBS Paramount Television.
The show is currently airing its fifth season which started Sept. 24th, 2008. It will feature the show's 100th episode, which will be episode 508.
The show is now in syndication and reruns are currently broadcast on Spike.
- See also: Minor characters in CSI: NY
- CSI Det. First Grade: Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise): is leader of the CSI team. He was born in Chicago and even considered working for the Chicago Police Department. The death of his wife, Claire Conrad Taylor, in the 9/11 attacks troubles him to this day, causing chronic insomnia. It was also noted in the first season that he kept a beach ball in his closet that once belonged to his wife. He stated he was unable to throw it away because it contained some of her breath. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, once saying that he had wanted to serve the country more than anything else in the world. He served in Beirut in 1983, from which he still bears a scar over his heart. Mac will protect three things at any cost: the honor of his country, the safety of his city, and the integrity of his lab. This is why he chose to fire Aiden Burn (see below) after she tampered with evidence. Mac has a close friendship with Stella Bonasera. Mac plays the bass guitar at jazz clubs during his off-time. This talent was discovered by Lindsay Monroe when she observed, during an investigation, that he knew how to hold the instrument. In season three, he is revealed to have been dating Dr. Peyton Driscoll, played by Claire Forlani. He also met the son that his late wife, Claire, had given birth to years before they met, only after the boy, now a teenager named Reed Garrett, was found to be shadowing Stella, thinking that she was Claire. In Season 4, Mac starts receiving mysterious phone calls at exactly 3:33 am. Later on, he also realizes that the phone calls come from a number known only as 333. To make matters worse, later on in Season 4, Mac receives a letter from Dr. Peyton Driscoll stating that she decides to stay in London and not come back to New York. In Episode 5 ("Down The Rabbit Hole"), he seems to have sleeping problems and told Det. Don Flack about accepting Peyton's decision to stay in London. In ("Hostage") he is held hostage in a bank by a robber named Joe and then wakes unconscious in a submerged car underwater in the fifth season premiere ("Veritas") in which he survives and later captures Joe.
- CSI Det. First Grade: Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes): is devoted to her job due to her strong personality, determination, and intelligence. She is a half-Greek, half-Italian orphan, who grew up moving throughout foster homes. Since they co-head the lab, she is very close to Mac, and constantly worries about his physical and mental well-being. In episode 221 ("All Access"), Stella was held captive in her own home by her unstable boyfriend, Frankie Mala, and was forced to kill him. Because of her close relationship with Mac, she was mistakenly thought to be Mac's late wife, Claire, by Reed Garrett, a child that Claire had given birth to and put up for adoption before she had met Mac. In season three Stella comes in contact with HIV positive blood. After waiting several months for the test results, Stella discovers she is HIV-negative using a viral PCR test administered by Adam Ross. The show used Stella's possible HIV infection as part of a public service campaign on CBS. In Season 4, Stella bumps into a man named Drew during a case in Episode 2 ("The Deep"). Drew seems to take a deep interest in her and keeps sending gifts to her office. Drew is later revealed to be Mac's 333 caller. In the season 5 opener ("Veritas") she is seen chasing Joe and Joe later pushes her over a rail and gets away, but she is apparently strong enough to pull herself back up.
- CSI Det. Third Grade: Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo): grew up in a family under surveillance. Danny formulated his own set of hybrid ethics, blending the world of lawbreakers with the world of lawmakers. Danny had a short-lived career in the music business, and was at one time an excellent baseball player. Danny played all through school and college, and would have gone on to the majors but broke his wrist in a fight, which ended his shortstop career. After that, he went to the police academy and graduated first in his class. Mac personally selected Danny to join his team, which is an honor and responsibility that Danny attempts to live up to every day. He does not trust people easily, as shown in episodes: "A Man a Mile", "Rain", and once again in "Hung Out to Dry". In episode 220 ("Run Silent, Run Deep"), Danny was implicated in a fifteen-year-old cold murder case. His brother, Louie, who was involved with the infamous Tanglewood Boys, was severely beaten and left in a coma after acquiring evidence exonerating him in the case. By the end of season three, Danny has embarked on a relationship with his fellow CSI Lindsay Monroe.
- CSI Det. Third Grade : Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) (Season 2- ): worked as a CSI for three years in Montana and finally realized her dream of moving to a big city like New York. Her Northwestern work ethic and willingness to roll up her sleeves and tackle any job is a welcome addition to the team where she is quickly put through rookie training by Mac on their first case. Excited and always willing to learn, Lindsay offers a fresh perspective to the lab, rarely hinting at the dark and devastating secret that originally motivated her to dedicate her life to being a CSI. She often does little experiments with science and the evidence, which has endeared her to Mac and Stella. When she first came to New York, she was typically given all of the dirty jobs like sifting through tiger dung ("Zoo York") and recovering evidence from a pool of lubricant ("Trapped"). Because of her roots, Danny affectionately calls her "Montana". For the majority of season three, Lindsay kept Danny at arm's length while she tried to deal with memories triggered by the secret from her past, but after the events of "Sleight Out Of Hand", she allows herself to get close to Danny, and they consummate their relationship in the season three finale, "Snow Day".
- Medical Examiner: Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) (Season 5- ; Recurring Seasons 2-4), is described as an "off-the-charts genius" who only recently traded in a career as a chef to become medical examiner. He has a habit of overtalking and oversharing, which former ME Hawkes refers to as "going to that creepy place." Despite any eccentricities on his part, Sid is extremely perceptive and sincerely cares for the well-being of his coworkers (he invites Mac Taylor to his family's Thanksgiving festivities so Mac would not have to spend the holiday alone). Sid nearly dies from a severe allergic reaction to a meatball hero he ate in episode 317 ("The Ride In") and is saved by the timely intervention of Stella Bonasera. Sid divorced at least once (episode 304, "Hung Out to Dry"), is currently married with two daughters, one of whom is in college, (episode 302, "Not What It Looks Like"). In (episode 502, "Page Turner") he almost dies of radiation poisoning from a victim in the morgue.
- CSI Laboratory Technician: Adam Ross (A.J. Buckley) (Season 5– ; Recurring Seasons 2-4), is a lab tech originally from Phoenix, Arizona. His specialty is trace evidence. He sometimes accompanies the CSIs to crime scenes to aid in reconstruction or evidence collection. Adam has a severe dislike of snow and cold weather (episode 313, "Obsession"); he remarked that because he is from Phoenix, he considered temperatures below 85 degrees Fahrenheit cold. He admits during "Some Buried Bones" that "his father was a bully" after he recognizes a suspect's instinctual flinch as shying from an anticipated strike, which seems to hint that Adam himself had been abused as a child. He also ran a PCR test on Stella's blood to determine if she had contracted HIV from a piece of HIV infected glass at a crime scene that she had accidentally cut herself on. In ("Snow Day") he and fellow CSI Danny are held hostage in a warehouse and he sustains a few cigerette burns on his hand.
- CSI Det. Third Grade: Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper): is formerly a Medical Examiner with the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). He was a child prodigy who graduated college at eighteen, and by twenty-four he was a fully board-licensed surgeon. He had several years' experience in the emergency room (episode 202, "Grand Murder at Central Station"). After losing two patients, he abandoned surgery in favor of the medical examiner's office. At the start of season two, Hawkes has moved from the autopsy room out into the field. In episode 311, "Raising Shane", Hawkes is arrested as the prime suspect in a robbery and murder, but the rest of the team, despite being removed from the case, end up proving his innocence through a seemingly-unrelated case.
- NYPD Homicide Det. First Grade: "Don" Flack (Eddie Cahill): comes from a long line of law enforcement officials. He bridges the gap between old-school NYPD and the new generation of CSI. He is a witty detective who has very little patience for the "bad guy", and his techniques are sometimes considered borderline, though effective. He is good friends with Danny Messer, and is always willing to lend an ear to Danny's problems. Flack has to arrest his former police mentor, Gavin Moran, when it comes to light that Moran had concealed evidence in episode 117 ("The Fall"). During the season two finale, Flack was severely injured in a bomb explosion and ended up in a coma. As of the season three premiere, he is fully recovered and back on duty with the CSI team, chasing down suspects with all of his previous endurance. Flack is very protective of his "guys", sometimes to a fault. It is shown in the episode "Consequences" that he was reluctant to help Mac when evidence seemed to point to one of his men as the killer in a case Mac was working. Flack was ordered to hand over his notebook, which contained details of a drug bust in which some of the drugs disappeared, over to Mac, which caused some serious tension between them for a brief period of time. By the end of season three, the tension had dissipated, and Flack steadfastly supported Mac when the latter was questioned about the death of serial killer Clay Dobson ("...Comes Around"). In the beginning episode of season 5 ("Veritas"), his sister becomes a suspect when it's discovered that the bank robber holding Mac hostage fled in it. She claimed to have loaned it to a friend and she then gets cleared.
- CSI Det. Third Grade: Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) (Season 1–Season 2 202): was a Brooklyn native who had the ability to adapt to new situations very quickly. She was dismissed from the team in Season 2, Episode 2 ("Grand Murder At Central Station") after becoming obsessed with a rape case concerning her friend and considering planting evidence to implicate a suspect, D.J. Pratt, who had allegedly raped the same victim previously (the victim did not seek to press charges then). She did not actually plant the evidence, but broke the seal on an evidence packet containing one of Pratt's hairs. Because of this, Mac felt he had no choice but to fire her to preserve the integrity of the CSI lab. Aiden agreed with Mac's decision because she did not know if she would resist the temptation in the future, but before leaving, managed to extract a promise from Mac that he would get Pratt for his crime. After her dismissal from the crime lab, Aiden was working on getting her private investigator's license while she was trying to find evidence that would conclusively tie Pratt to the rape case. In another episode from season two, "Heroes", she was lured, ambushed, and brutally murdered by Pratt and incinerated inside a stolen car after having shadowed him for months. In the heat of the moment, she left behind critical evidence that she knew would help her former colleagues close in on Pratt. Aiden's murder devastated the entire CSI: NY team.
The characters of CSI: NY
were introduced during the second season CSI: Miami
episode, "MIA/NYC NonStop
". The shows crossed over a second time in the CSI: Miami
season four episode, "Felony Flight
", in which Mac travels to Miami to assist Lt. Horatio Caine
of Miami in tracking down a common nemesis. The story was continued in the second season CSI: NY
episode, "Manhattan Manhunt
", when the murderer flees to New York and Horatio returns to New York with Mac to continue the investigation.
In addition, episode 322, "Cold Reveal", which aired May 9, 2007, featured a crossover between the series and Philadelphia-based police procedural Cold Case in which Det. Scotty Valens of the Philadelphia Police Department travels to New York to investigate a cold case involving Stella. This episode marked the first time that characters from a show outside the CSI franchise crossed over onto a CSI episode.
Like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, CSI: NY has spawned a series of comic books and novels based on the show.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of CSI: NY
Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of
|| Timeslot (EDT)
|| Season Premiere
|| Season Finale
|| TV Season
| 18–49 Rating/Share|
|| Wednesday 10:00 P.M. (September 22, 2004–May 18, 2005)
|| September 22, 2004
|| May 18, 2005
|| 4.9/13 (#23)
|| Wednesday 10:00 P.M. (September 28, 2005–May 17, 2006)
|| September 28, 2005
|| May 17, 2006
|| 4.7/12 (#23)
|| Wednesday 10:00 P.M. (September 20, 2006–May 16, 2007)
|| September 20, 2006
|| May 16, 2007
|| 4.3/11 (#25)
|| Wednesday 10:00 P.M. (September 26, 2007–May 14, 2008)
|| September 26, 2007
|| May 21, 2008
|| Wednesday 10:00 P.M. (September 24, 2008–Spring, 2009)
|| September 24, 2008
|| Spring, 2009
| DVD Name
|| Release dates
|| Region 2 (UK Edition)
|| Part 1
|| Part 2
|| Full season |
|CSI: NY Season 1
|| October 18, 2005
|| October 24, 2005
|| March 27, 2006
|| March 27, 2006 |
|CSI: NY Season 2
|| October 17, 2006
|| September 19, 2006
|| December 5, 2006
|| October 17, 2006 |
|CSI: NY Season 3
|| October 9, 2007
|| April 30, 2007
|| October 15, 2007
|| October 15, 2007 |
|CSI: NY Season 4
|| September 23, 2008
|| July 14, 2008
|| October 27, 2008
|| October 27, 2008 |
Region 2 DVD releases have followed a pattern whereby each season is progressively released in two parts (each of 11 or 12 episodes, with special features split up) before finally being sold as a single box set.
U.S. broadcast history
- First Run: May 17, 2004–present: Wednesdays 10:00pm/9:00pm Central Time
- Repeats: Spike TV acquired the rerun rights to CSI: NY on November 2004. Both A&E and Spike TV share the rerun rights to the crossover episodes (with CSI: Miami), Felony Flight and Manhattan Manhunt.