‘NCIS’ Season 19 Starts Tonight: How to Watch

by Madison Miller
Photo by: Brian To/FilmMagic

While at one point this year it seemed as if cancellation was possible for the long-running drama series “NCIS,” the popular crime series is still going strong.

The show is entering its 19th season this year, closely approaching the 20-year mark on TV. While the show has said goodbye to several different cast members over the years, there’s still a team ready to solve crimes. Mark Harmon, Brian Dietzen, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Rocky Carroll, Wilmer Valderrama, Diona Reasonover, Katrina Law, and Gary Cole are a few names on that list.

If you’re looking to catch back up with the O.G. “NCIS” team, here’s how to do that tonight.

How to Watch the Premiere of ‘NCIS’

“NCIS” is airing on an all-new night and time this season. It will air the season premiere tonight, September 20, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It will be followed by the premiere of the new spinoff series, “NCIS: Hawai’i” at 10 p.m. ET.

You can watch the show live on CBS or on CBS.com, as long as you have a cable provider login. If you no longer have cable, you can use different options like FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream. All of these cost money, however.

There are going to be some changes as we approach this new season of “NCIS.” Mark Harmon has long led the team of investigators and has really been the defining character of the program. This season, it’s likely he won’t be in every episode as he looks to take on a smaller role in the series.

We also had to say goodbye to key cast members like Maria Bello (Special Agent Jacqueline Sloane) and Emily Wickersham (Special Agent Eleanor Bishop).

First Episode and Season Expectations

Season 19 kicks of with Leroy Jethro Gibbs missing during the “Blood in the Water” premiere. According to IMDb, the team searches for Gibbs after the wreckage from his boat is discovered. In the process, the team finds out that Gibbs is off-tracking a serial killer alongside journalist Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber, Harmon’s real-life wife). The exclusive first look is available on TV Line, here.

You can also expect two new characters this season to make up for some other fan-favorites departing. Gary Cole, known for “The Good Fight,” will be playing FBI Special Agent Alden Park in the new season. When fans learned Cole was coming onto “NCIS,” they feared he would ultimately be Gibbs’ replacement. The show’s producers have made it clear this is not the goal.

It’s unclear what exactly his character will offer at this moment in time. Also joining the team is Katrina Law. She will play the series regular character Special Agent Jessica Knight. We already met her character during the final two episodes of Season 18.

According to Variety, Knight is a REACT (Regional Enforcement Action Capabilities Training Team) agent. She specializes in hostage situations and other high-risk operations. She is recognizable for her roles in “Training Day” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

The new season looks to be filled with a lot of new twists, turns, and interesting characters.