On This Day: ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ Hit the Airwaves for the First Time in 2000

by Joe Rutland

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” started its 15-season run on CBS on this day back in 2000, captivating viewers with a lot of intrigues.

It was our first chance to see William Petersen as Gil Grissom, the graveyard supervisor at the Las Vegas Crime Lab. Other cast members of the OG show included Marg Helgenberger, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Gary Dourdan, Ted Danson, and George Eads.

Twitter account RetroNewsNow didn’t forget about this auspicious day. Take a look at the show’s opening from its first episode.

Of course, the classic rock band The Who asks the important question. “Who Are You”?

‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ Spawned Numerous Spin-offs Over The Years

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” would have numerous spin-offs over the years. Featuring David Caruso as Lieutenant Horatio Caine and some wicked sunglasses, too, “CSI: Miami” hit TV. “CSI: NY” had Gary Sinise as Detective Mac Taylor. Both of those spin-offs had lengthy runs on CBS.

“CSI: Cyber” was not as lucky. Starring Patricia Arquette as Deputy Director of the FBI Dr. Avery Ryan, the spin-off just lasted two seasons before it was canceled.

Right now, “CSI: Vegas” is starting up its first season on CBS. The drama is a sequel to the original show with Paula Newsome as Vegas Crime Lab chief Maxine Roby. Oh, yeah, a couple of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” veterans in Petersen and Fox are back as Grissom and Sara Sidle, respectively. Guilfoyle returns for a short run as Las Vegas Police Department Officer Jim Brass. Also, Wallace Langham returns as David Hodges, too.

It did receive a lot of recognition from the Primetime Emmy Awards. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” won six Emmys and received 127 total nominations.

Premiere Episode Will Feature Grissom Hearing Some Disturbing News

But Outsiders, you can get your fix of forensic science on a regular basis with the new series.

The premiere episode, though, already puts Grissom in a jam. Nothing we longtime fans wouldn’t expect anything less in this drama show.

Thanks to sharing a new teaser trailer for the show, Grissom looks like he lost his best friend. There’s a voiceover from a reporter who says, “Yesterday, CSIs uncovered evidence of fraudulent misconduct within their own department dating back 20 years. A suspect has not been identified in a conspiracy that could affect the entire Nevada justice system.”

Whoops. This makes Grissom almost sick to his stomach. Now Roby is on the receiving end of a lot of barbs about the crime lab.

She says in the teaser, “So 8,000 criminals could get sprung. What we’re really talking about is my lab’s reputation.”

Not a good place to be in for an opener. Tune in on Wednesday nights for a new show.