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NCIS Pilot Episode - The Beginnings

Updated on June 22, 2017

Did You Know the NCIS Pilot episode aired as a JAG episode?

Did You Know the NCIS Pilot episode aired as a JAG episode?

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When did NCIS first aire on CBS?

In 2013, NCIS will end its 10th season and we assume start its 11th. Even though the first episode of NCIS aired on September 23rd, 2003. The first appearance of the major characters occurred on the TV series JAG on April 22nd and April 29th in 2003.

In the NCIS pilot episode, NCIS is called in to investigate JAG lawyer Harmon Rabb. Jethro Gibbs, Abby Sciuto, Tony Dinozzo, and Donald Mallard (Ducky) all appear alongside a couple of special agents that won't be seen in the NCIS TV show.

The JAG episodes where you can see the NCIS pilot are titled "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown". They are in JAG season 8 and are episodes 20 and 21.

Gibbs vs Rabb

If you are a fan of both NCIS and JAG, then the interrogation of Harmon Rabb by Jethro Gibbs is a classic must see.

Abby Sciuto in JAG

The first scenes of Abby are classic. Since JAG is a show about lawyers, the courtroom usually appears, and they dress Abby up and put her on the stand to testify in the case they are working on. Classic nervous Abby.

A precursor to Jethro Gibbs the father

In this scene Jethro Gibbs comforts a boy who has scene something very disturbing. Jethro showing the fatherly side comforts the boy and makes everything all right. A precursor of things to come in the NCIS series.

Gibbs gets his Man

This is probably a little more action that is in the actual show, and we see Gibbs as a no non-sense leader. Maybe this is why Special Agent Blackadder didn't make the NCIS premiere episode.

Complete your NCIS video collection with JAG Season 8.

Did you know these episodes existed of the NCIS pilot?

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      4 years ago

      To be honest, I thought Ducky was kind of a creep in the JAG episodes. Glad they changed his character a bit for the actual NCIS episodes.

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      5 years ago

      I didn't know that the NCIS characters debuted on JAG. I'd like to see those two episodes.


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