NCIS Season 21: Trailer, Cast, Storyline, Release Date & Everything We Know

NCIS season 21 is set to premiere on CBS, and here’s all you need to know about the new season’s characters, plots, and more.

In 2003, the CBS military legal drama JAG broadcast two episodes that served as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series, and 20 years later, NCIS remains one of the world’s most popular scripted dramas.

NCIS is a cr1me procedural with a distinctive twist: all of the cr1minal investigations involve the military.

Since its premiere, it has had three successful spin-off series, as well as one that did not succeed. NCIS: Sydney, the show’s first international spin-off, debuted its first season in November 2023.

NCIS has seen several character exits over the course of two decades of episodes, but NCIS season 21 is set to keep much of the primary cast from the past two seasons.

Storylines are expected to go deeper into the individuals’ backstories and connections, some of whom have only worked with NCIS for a few years.

NCIS season 21 is experiencing some delays, but this will only increase viewers’ interest in what the show has in store for those characters.

A trailer for season 21 has been released.

Following the introduction of the prequel series, NCIS: Origins, the first trailer for the original series, NCIS season 21, has been released. The short clip, which was broadcast exclusively on social media, features a number of interesting cases and even hints Torres’ (Wilmer Valderrama) arrest on murd3r charges. The sample also suggests a memorial to Ducky actor David McCallum, who withdrew from the series before passing away in 2023 at the age of 90.

NCIS Will Return In February 2024.

NCIS season 21 was supposed to premiere in the fall of 2023, but it was ultimately postponed due to the Hollywood strikes, which caused many shows to miss their fall premieres. The current release date indicated by CBS is Monday, February 12, 2024, at 9 p.m., with no further delays expected.

Who Are the Returning Cast Members?

The NCIS season 21 cast is expected to remain unchanged from the previous season. Though Wilmer Valderrama’s Nick Torres was left in a vulnerable position at the end of season 20, the trailer confirms that he will return. Unfortunately, David McCallum, who plays Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard on NCIS, will not be returning for season 21. McCallum died in September 2023 at the age of 90, leaving after a remarkable career spanning several decades.

The NCIS season 21 cast will include all of the key cast members from season 20, including:

Sean MurraySpecial Agent Timothy McGee
Katrina LawSpecial Agent Jessica Knight
Gary ColeSupervisory Special Agent Alden Parker
Brian DietzenChief Medical Examiner Dr. Jimmy Palmer
Diona ReasonoverForensic Specialist Kasie Hines
Rocky CarrollNCIS Director Leon Vance

Though Mark Harmon left the series four episodes into season 19, long-time fans will undoubtedly wonder if Harmon’s Gibbs would return to the NCIS season 21 ensemble in a guest role. The acclaimed star isn’t done with the NCIS franchise, as his recently announced prequel series, NCIS: Origins, will not only recreate the narrative of Gibb’s early years in the service, but will also feature Harmon as the narrator. It’s probable that the NCIS veteran will appear on the main series to promote the upcoming spinoff.

What Can We Expect From Season 21?

NCIS, like other cr1me procedurals, follows a case-of-the-week style, but it also includes lengthier story arcs throughout the season, and the NCIS season 21 story should pick up on a few strands from the previous season. One of these is the cliffhanger with Agent Torres. Season 20 ended with Torres pointing a gun at a former opponent, but the season 21 trailer suggests the agent is in considerably deeper trouble. The following season’s main plot will revolve around Torres being arrested for murd3r.

In a much less grim storyline, Palmer confessed to the crew that he is in love with Knight in season 20, therefore their relationship will most likely develop further in NCIS season 21. While the team is focused on investigations, that is unlikely to take precedence. Still, the series has done a wonderful job of weaving romance themes into larger mysteries in the past, and NCIS season 21 will be no exception.

A Sneak Peek at Season 21

The first trailer for NCIS season 21 was published just a few weeks before the series returns on February 12, 2024, via the official NCIS social media pages. The small segment, introduced by actor Sean Murray, not only exposes exciting action and thrilling riddles, but it also teases Torres’ arrest for murd3r, the season’s new overarching storyline. In addition, a heartfelt voiceover from the late David McCallum teases the impending Ducky tribute episode, which will air after the season premiere.

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