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‘NCIS’ Star Sean Murray Theorized How Agent McGee Became a Fan-Favorite Character

by Jacklyn Krol
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NCIS wouldn’t be NCIS without Sean Murray as McGee.

After 18 seasons on the air, Murray knows how to keep things fresh. And he believes he knows why Special Agent Timothy McGee has become so beloved among the fan base.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play a character that has grown quite a bit,” Murray told Studio 10. He noted that he went from a rookie agent with no social skills to a leader and senior agent. He has enjoyed his character‘s progression going from single bachelor to family man.

At first, Murray was just a guest star during a Season 1 episode, “Sub Rosa.” He quickly gained the attention of creators and fans alike and became a series regular and fan favorite.

“Things clicked well and everything went well in that episode,” he said. “It was a one-time thing.”

After that, they did the next NCIS episode without McGee. It wasn’t until the episode after that, when the crew realized that they were missing something.

“When they finished editing it, they were three minutes short,” he recalled. “They realized that they needed to get a little c-story in there. You know what? Let’s bring McGee back, put him with Tony and see what happens.”

By the end of the first season, everyone knew that it was going well. So they invited him to be full-time on the show.

What Sean Has Learned From ‘NCIS’ and Mark Harmon

Sean Murray has learned a lot during his time on NCIS. In an interview, the actor detailed how he improved his skills through the show.

As an actor, I’ve been able to learn and practice a lot of things over the years. You get the time to find out what works for you as an actor and the more time you have doing that, the more comfortable you usually can be,” he explained.

Mark Harmon also had a significant impact on his personal life and career. He has helped him navigate the industry over the years and given him perspective. As a close friend and co-worker, he also mentored him in a way.

“So, it’s even fun too because then the progression of the Gibbs/McGee relationship is also something that I’ve gotten to have with Mark as we’ve gone,” Murray shared. “Obviously, over eighteen years we’ve gotten very, very tight and we have a similar work ethic. We approach things the same ways in a lot of ways in terms of work and even personal and other things.”