After its premiere in the fall of 2000, C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation) quickly became the most popular T.V. show. It was nominated for 20 Emmys and 6 Golden Globes, including Best T.V. Drama Series. The show’s creator, Anthony Zuiker, came up with the idea. Instead of traditional T.V. detectives on the street, the show is about forensic scientists who solve complicated crimes in their ultra-modern lab.
Since the beginning of its second season, C.S.I. has been the #1 or #2 Nielsen-rated show. This has helped C.B.S. become the #1 network T.V. station again, and it has led to two spin-off series, C.S.I.: Miami and C.S.I.: New York, like its predecessor, Law & Order. Each exciting hour-long episode starts with the theme song “Who Are You” by The Who. This song is perfect for a show where criminals are aggressively hunted down, sometimes years after committing crimes.
C.S.I. is about the Las Vegas Police Department’s Crime Scene Investigation nightshift unit, led by Gil Grissom (William Petersen), an oddball outsider whose obsessive search for the truth and dedication to his job take over his life.
The C.S.I. team is made up of people with different backgrounds and personalities. Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan), a recovering gambler, is an audio/visual analysis expert, and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), a wild child, is a material expert. Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), a single mother, is an expert in blood-splatter analysis, and Nick Stokes (George Eads), a very competitive man, is an expert in hair and fiber analysis.
When you add in hard-nosed homicide captain Jim Brass (Paul Guifoyle), C.S.I. understudy Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), and lab coroner Al Robbins (Robert David Hall), you have all the ingredients for a suspenseful, dramatic, and tense show.
As homeless people from all over the country come to Las Vegas to enjoy its adult playground, crime rates rise, and the C.S.I. team is determined to stay one step ahead of the criminal element.
On the CSI DVD, there are a number of dramatic episodes. For example, in the series’ first episode, Grissom investigates a murder that police think was set up to look like a suicide, but there is only very little physical evidence to go on. Warrick and Catherine are looking into a local drunk who was killed when he tried to break into the house where he was staying. Nick is looking into a robbery.
In “Friends and Lovers,” Grissom and Warrick look into the murder of a naked man found in the desert, while Catherine and Nick look into the murder of a school’s headmaster by the school’s founder. In “Too Tough to Die,” the C.S.I. looks into the rape and attempted murder of a woman who was taken from a mall parking lot.
There are several dramatic episodes on the C.S.I. (Season 2) DVD. For example, in the first episode of the season, “Burked,” Grissom and his team are asked to look into the death of a high-rolling drug addict found dead in his home. With drug paraphernalia on the scene, detectives first think the man died of an overdose, but further investigation leads them to believe he was held down with duct tape and forced to take drugs in large enough doses to kill him.
Other important episodes from Season 2 include “And Then There Were None,” in which Grissom investigates a casino heist in which several innocent bystanders were shot, while Catherine and Sara investigate a murder in a rural desert area, and “Stalker,” in which a stalker breaks into a heavily guarded home and kills his victim, causing the C.S.I. to take over the investigation.
The C.S.I. (Season 3) DVD has a number of dramatic episodes, such as “Revenge is Best Served Cold,” the first episode of the season, in which Catherine and Nick look into an underground street racing league after one of the racers is found dead at an old airstrip just outside of town.
When a high-stakes poker player dies in the middle of a game with three other people, Grissom and the others must look into what happened.
In “Recipe for Murder,” Grissom and Catherine look into a horrible murder at a meat packing plant, and in “A Night at the Movies,” the C.S.I. team looks into the murder of a moviegoer who was stabbed to death in the middle of a movie.
The C.S.I. (Season 4) DVD has a number of dramatic episodes, such as the season opener “Assume Nothing,” in which the C.S.I. team investigates a series of murders involving couples. When one couple meets another in a bar and the second couple turns up dead, the police think two serial killers are on the loose.
Other important episodes from Season 4 include “Jackpot,” in which a severed head is sent to the C.S.I. coroner, Dr. Robbins, from Jackpot, Nevada, and “Early Rollout,” in which the C.S.I. team investigates the execution-style murder of a porn star and her husband while the C.S.I. itself is having some problems.
Below is a list of episodes included on the CSI DVD set:
Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 10-06-2000
Episode 2 (Cool Change) Air Date: 10-13-2000
Episode 3 (Crate’ N Burial) Air Date: 10-20-2000
Episode 4 (Pledging Mr. Johnson) Air Date: 10-27-2000
Episode 5 (Friends & Lovers) Air Date: 11-03-2000
Episode 6 (Who Are You?) Air Date: 11-10-2000
Episode 7 (Blood Drops) Air Date: 11-17-2000
Episode 8 (Anonymous) Air Date: 11-24-2000
Episode 9 (Unfriendly Skies) Air Date: 12-08-2000
Episode 10 (Sex, Lies, and Larvae) Air Date: 12-22-2000
Episode 11 (I-15 Murders) Air Date: 01-12-2001
Episode 12 (Fahrenheit 932) Air Date: 02-01-2001
Episode 13 (Boom) Air Date: 02-08-2001
Episode 14 (To Halve and to Hold) Air Date: 02-15-2001
Episode 15 (Table Stakes) Air Date: 02-22-2001
Episode 16 (Too Tough to Die) Air Date: 03-01-2001
Episode 17 (Face Lift) Air Date: 03-08-2001
Episode 18 ($35K O.B.O.) Air Date: 03-29-2001
Episode 19 (Gentle, Gentle) Air Date: 04-12-2001
Episode 20 (Sounds of Silence) Air Date: 04-19-2001
Episode 21 (Justice is Served) Air Date: 04-26-2001
Episode 22 (Evaluation Day) Air Date: 05-10-2001
Episode 23 (The Strip Strangler) Air Date: 05-17-2001
Episode 24 (Burked) Air Date: 09-27-2001
Episode 25 (Chaos Theory) Air Date: 10-04-2001
Episode 26 (Overload) Air Date: 10-11-2001
Episode 27 (Bully for You) Air Date: 10-18-2001
Episode 28 (Scuba Doobie-Doo) Air Date: 10-25-2001
Episode 29 (Alter Boys) Air Date: 11-01-2001
Episode 30 (Caged) Air Date: 11-08-2001
Episode 31 (Slaves of Las Vegas) Air Date: 11-15-2001
Episode 32 (And Then There Were None) Air Date: 11-22-2001
Episode 33 (Ellie) Air Date: 12-06-2001
Episode 34 (Organ Grinder) Air Date: 12-13-2001
Episode 35 (You’ve Got Male) Air Date: 12-20-2001
Episode 36 (Identity Crisis) Air Date: 01-17-2002
Episode 37 (The Finger) Air Date: 01-31-2002
Episode 38 (Burden of Proof) Air Date: 02-07-2002
Episode 39 (Primum Non Nocere) Air Date: 02-28-2002
Episode 40 (Felonius Monk) Air Date: 03-07-2002
Episode 41 (Chasing the Bus) Air Date: 03-28-2002
Episode 42 (Stalker) Air Date: 04-04-2002
Episode 43 (Cats in the Cradle) Air Date: 04-25-2002
Episode 44 (Anatomy of a Lye) Air Date: 05-02-2002
Episode 45 (Cross-Jurisdictions) Air Date: 05-09-2002
Episode 46 (The Hunger Artist) Air Date: 05-16-2002
Episode 47 (Revenge is Best Served Cold) Air Date: 09-26-2002
Episode 48 (The Accused is Entitled) Air Date: 10-03-2002
Episode 49 (Let the Seller Beware) Air Date: 10-10-2002
Episode 50 (A Little Murder) Air Date: 10-17-2002
Episode 51 (Abra Cadaver) Air Date: 10-31-2002
Episode 52 (The Execution of Catherine Willows) Air Date: 11-07-2002
Episode 53 (Fight Night) Air Date: 11-14-2002
Episode 54 (Snuff) Air Date: 11-21-2002
Episode 55 (Blood Lust) Air Date: 12-05-2002
Episode 56 (High and Low) Air Date: 12-12-2002
Episode 57 (Recipe for Murder) Air Date: 01-09-2003
Episode 58 (Got Murder?) Air Date: 01-16-2003
Episode 59 (Random Acts of Violence) Air Date: 01-30-2003
Episode 60 (One Hit Wonder) Air Date: 02-06-2003
Episode 61 (Lady’s Heather’s Box) Air Date: 02-13-2003
Episode 62 (Lucky Strike) Air Date: 02-20-2003
Episode 63 (Crash and Burn) Air Date: 03-13-2003
Episode 64 (Precious Metal) Air Date: 04-03-2003
Episode 65 (A Night at the Movies) Air Date: 04-10-2003
Episode 66 (Last Laugh) Air Date: 04-24-2003
Episode 67 (Forever) Air Date: 05-01-2003
Episode 68 (Play with Fire) Air Date: 05-08-2003
Episode 69 (Inside the Box) Air Date: 05-15-2003
Episode 70 (Assume Nothing) Air Date: 09-25-2003
Episode 71 (All for Our Country) Air Date: 10-02-2003
Episode 72 (Homebodies) Air Date: 10-09-2003
Episode 73 (Feeling the Heat) Air Date: 10-23-2003
Episode 74 (Fur and Loathing) Air Date: 10-30-2003
Episode 75 (Jackpot) Air Date: 11-06-2003
Episode 76 (Invisible Evidence) Air Date: 11-13-2003
Episode 77 (After the Show) Air Date: 11-20-2003
Episode 78 (Grissom Versus the Volcano) Air Date: 12-11-2003
Episode 79 (Coming of Rage) Air Date: 12-18-2003
Episode 80 (Eleven Angry Jurors) Air Date: 01-08-2004
Episode 81 (Butterflied) Air Date: 01-15-2004
Episode 82 (Suckered) Air Date: 02-05-2004
Episode 83 (Paper or Plastic) Air Date: 02-12-2004
Episode 84 (Early Rollout) Air Date: 02-19-2004
Episode 85 (Getting Off) Air Date: 02-26-2004
Episode 86 (XX) Air Date: 03-11-2004
Episode 87 (Bad to the Bone) Air Date: 04-01-2004
Episode 88 (Bad Words) Air Date: 04-15-2004
Episode 89 (Dead Ringer) Air Date: 04-29-2004
Episode 90 (Turn of the Screws) Air Date: 05-06-2004
Episode 91 (No More Bets) Air Date: 05-13-2004
Episode 92 (Bloodlines) Air Date: 05-20-2004