CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (referred to as CSI, also known as CSI: Las Vegas) is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.
The series follows Las Vegas criminalists (identified as "Crime Scene Investigators") working for the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) (instead of the actual title of "Crime Scene Analysts" and "Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department" (LVMPD)) as they use physical evidence to solve murders, which has inspired a host of other cop-show "procedurals". The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and character-driven drama. The network later added spin-offs "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY", both of which were canceled after ten and nine seasons respectively. On February 18, 2014, CBS also announced plans to launch another spin-off, this time based in Quantico, Virginia, called "CSI: Cyber".
Connections to Whose Line?
- Aisha Tyler used to have a recurring role on this show and also guest-starred as a different character (who happened to be a murder victim) on the "Miami" spin-off.
- Debra Wilson guest-starred as a recurring character on three episodes.
- Gary Anthony Williams guest-starred on an earlier season episode.
- Patrick Bristow guest-starred on a 2009 episode.
- Misha Collins guest-starred as different characters on both the original show and the "New York" spin-off.
- Kat Graham guest-starred on a 2006 episode.