NCIS Celebrates 1,000 Episodes Across Franchise, Actor Rocky Carroll Reflects

The NCIS franchise reaches a historic 1,000 episodes, with actors Rocky Carroll and Vanessa Lachey reflecting on the show's enduring success and cultural impact over the past 20 years.

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NCIS Celebrates 1,000 Episodes Across Franchise, Actor Rocky Carroll Reflects

NCIS Celebrates 1,000 Episodes Across Franchise, Actor Rocky Carroll Reflects

The long-running CBS crime drama franchise NCIS has reached an impressive milestone of 1,000 episodes across its five series. Actor Rocky Carroll, who has portrayed NCIS Director Leon Vance since season 5 of the original NCIS series, reflected on what he called an "incredible, rare era" for the show in an exclusive interview.

Carroll attributed the franchise's enduring success to the producers and writers not allowing the characters or the show itself to remain stagnant. "They've allowed the characters to grow, they've allowed the show to grow and evolve over a 20-plus year period," he said. Despite the changes and evolution, Carroll noted that the core of NCIS has stayed consistent, with the naval criminal investigative agency itself being the true star of the show.

The NCIS franchise, which launched with the original series in 2003, has expanded to include four additional series: NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Hawai'i, and NCIS: Sydney. Vanessa Lachey, who made history as the first female lead in NCIS: Hawai'i, expressed her honor in being part of this major milestone. "To be here and to be a part of this incredible evolution and this longevity of this franchise, it's an honor," Lachey said.

Why this matters: The NCIS franchise reaching 1,000 episodes is a testament to its popularity and ability to captivate audiences across generations and continents. This milestone highlights the show's cultural impact and its role in shaping the crime drama television landscape over the past two decades.

As the NCIS franchise celebrates this landmark achievement, Carroll emphasized the show's ability to bring people together. "It's one of those shows that people can sit down and watch with their family," he said. With NCIS showing no signs of slowing down, fans can look forward to more thrilling investigations and character-driven stories in the years to come.

Key Takeaways

  • NCIS franchise reaches 1,000 episodes across 5 series
  • Actors reflect on show's evolution and enduring popularity
  • NCIS: Hawai'i makes history with first female lead
  • Milestone highlights NCIS's cultural impact over 20+ years
  • Show's ability to bring families together praised