“NCIS: Los Angeles” is doing what most network shows do around this time: taking a mid-season break. The show is going on hiatus for the holiday season, when Thanksgiving and Christmas programming will take over for the moment.
After Sunday’s episode, “Sundown,” it’s unclear when “NCIS: Los Angeles” will officially return. There’s a possibility it will come back on Dec. 19, but that’s not set in stone. Additionally, the show might take a break all the way into the New Year, just to clear all the holiday programming. It may take another break for the Super Bowl, and then finish up in Spring or Summer.
So why do network shows take mid-season breaks anyway? According to an answer on Reddit, ratings tend to drop during the holiday season and during the middle of a show. Airing 20 episodes in a row is a lot for viewers to take in, especially if the show is highly emotional or action-packed. Taking that break lets viewers, cast, and crew recuperate and amps up the anticipation for fans. It actually keeps the ratings up because fans are itching to see their favorite show again, so they tune in when it comes back.
As for “NCIS: Los Angeles,” it seems like Sunday’s episode could possibly be the last until January. “Sundown” dealt with a bomb on a bus full of hostages as a man tried to get his daughter’s war crimes pardoned through threats of violence.
The Classic ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Combo Special
On Sunday, Deeks and Callen brought the comedy and showcased what the show does best; makes its audience laugh. In a classic move, Deeks takes down a suspect named Lawrence Kerr. He whips an electrical cord like a cowboy to trip the guy, and shouts, “Take that you yellow-bellied cur!” A play on the guy’s name, of course.
Callen joins Deeks and compliments his wordplay. “Yeah?” Deeks replies. “Points for the pun, I thought.”
The “NCIS” franchise is always doing fun stuff like that; slipping in some humor to catch fans off guard and cheer them up after a few serious episodes or a big shakeup. On the flagship series “NCIS,” after Gibbs left the show, fans needed a little cheering up in a big way. Enter McGee’s mother-in-law, Judy. She and McGee added some much needed comedy to the episode with their interactions. Who wants to interrogate their mother-in-law, after all.
But, what the show also does well, is inserting some seriousness into those funny episodes. It’s not all fun and games all the time, that would be too much to watch. There were some heartfelt moments between McGee and his wife that balanced out the episode. Same with “NCIS: Los Angeles”; Deeks and Kensi took the next step in their adoption process, stirring up anxious and worried emotions. The episode is perfectly balanced between humor and serious topics for the characters. Essentially, that makes for good TV.