NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series is set in Los Angeles, California, and follows the stories of the members of the Office of Special Projects, an undercover division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The show and its characters were introduced during the sixth season episodes of NCIS titled "Legend" and "Legend". These episodes served as a backdoor pilot for the series.
The series' first season was originally planned to have thirteen episodes. On October 7, 2009, after rating as the most watched new show of the Fall 2009 U.S. television season, CBS ordered a full set of 22 episodes, which was extended to 24 episodes on November 4, 2009.
Also, like the original NCIS show, the programme uses black and white images or rather proofs. However, instead of being just a three-second image, various black and white images demonstrating what will happen during the episode are displayed on screen. In the UK and Ireland, where NCIS: Los Angeles is shown, Sky have removed the images, presumably because they might cause seizures in people who have photosensitive epilepsy. This has since been expanded to the first four seasons of the show.
Callen returns back to the NCIS Office of Special Projects to solve a kidnapping case.
A case involving the murder of a drug dealer turns personal for Special Agent Sam Hanna when he discovers his former Navy Seal comrades are involved.
The team is assigned to track down a missing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) after it is compromised during a training exercise killing a marine before it disappears.
The NCIS team searches Los Angeles for the lead suspect of a murdered Iraqi businessman, a former Marine who had been hired by a private security firm to protect him.
When a United States citizen of North Korean descent is murdered, the secrets to classified software are thought to be lost until NCIS uncovers a suspect from Director Vance's past.
The NCIS team must find a motive when they discover the body of a marine who had been living a double life as a wealthy bachelor.
Following the murder of a Russian woman, the NCIS team uncovers evidence that answers who and why Callen was shot six months ago.
While Hetty is attending a Senate hearing in D.C., the investigation of a murdered Marine Lance Corporal leads the NCIS team to stolen anti-tank missiles and a dangerous militia group.
Forensic scientist Abby Sciuto joins the Los Angeles NCIS team when a murder case resembles the pattern for a serial killer she has been tracking.
As the courtyard is being transformed with holiday decorations, the NCIS team races to solve the murder of a Marine by an exploding cell phone and to find the remaining men of his former EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) unit before another deadly explosion kills someone else.
The death of a Petty Officer leads the NCIS team to a teenager in Sam's life. Meanwhile, Hetty is concerned about the effect that the workload is having on the team.
The murder of a recently released convict forces Callen to go undercover solo as an old alias, while Sam and the LA team track him from a distance.
The team rushes to a crime scene after receiving an "agent needs assistance" page and learns that one of their own is in peril.
A crime scene poses a national security risk when the LA team discovers the location was used to create a deadly toxin which is now missing.
While opening a safety deposit box at a local bank, NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye is shot after three armed assailants enter and hold everyone in the building hostage.
The death of a lieutenant commander appears to be suicide but the NCIS team uncovers evidence corresponding to murder. Also, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz joins Special Agent Kensi Blye in the field.
After a sailor is killed during an underground street race, the NCIS team determines that his car had been sabotaged and contained confidential Navy equipment. Meanwhile, Callen is forced to take traffic school.
The investigation of a drive-by shooting has the NCIS team searching Los Angeles for the dead marine's younger brother who may be the next target and the one with the answers.
When an undercover operation has the NCIS team investigating a MMA gym and its fighters, Sam Hanna is tasked with donning gloves and entering the cage for a one-on-one fight.
NCIS investigates the murder of a Navy officer entangled in the world of Hollywood glitz and glamour as the team is joined at Hetty's request by LAPD liaison Marty Deeks.
The NCIS team races to save one of their own when they receive video evidence of Special Agent Dominic Vail being held hostage months after he was kidnapped.
The NCIS team is on the hunt for a terrorist who escaped Army custody during a secretive transfer in Los Angeles.
After Callen's cover is blown and compromises the unit, the NCIS team races to find out who is behind the security breach.