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CBS Celebrates the 1,000th Original Episode of its Global "NCIS" Franchise!

Apr 03, 2024 10:48AM ● By Kelsey Swire

CBS’ “NCIS” Broadcast on Monday, April 15 Marks the 1,000th Original Episode of the NCISverse, which Continues to Reign as the World’s #1 TV Franchise

New Primetime “Entertainment Tonight” Special “NCISverse: The First 1,000,” Monday, April 8 on CBS

Added 1,000th Episode Fanfare on/Around April 15 Includes “NCIS” Franchise Stars Making Appearances Across the CBS Schedule;

Exclusive Social Engagement on @NCISverse; Streaming on Paramount+, a Pluto TV “NCIS” Marathon with Live Tweeting from Series Stars; Digital Displays in Times Square; NCIS Merchandise Discounts at – and More (Details Below!)

View the Franchise Trailer below!

CBS celebrates the 1,000th original episode of its global NCIS franchise, which officially falls on Monday, April 15 with the 464th episode of the flagship series, NCIS. The momentous milestone of the world’s #1 TV franchise, from CBS Studios, includes counts of all the aired episodes of NCIS, NCIS: HAWAI’I, NCIS: SYDNEY, NCIS: LOS ANGELES and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS combined. (Fun fact: Binge-watching the 1,000 episodes of the NCISverse back-to-back without breaks would take about 42,722 minutes – or just under 30 full days!)

In the 1,000th episode, titled “A Thousand Yards,” NCIS comes under attack by a mysterious enemy from the past. Also, Vance (series star Rocky Carroll) tries to mend fences with his estranged son by explaining why, despite the ongoing dangers of his job, he still chooses to stay at NCIS, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, April 15 at 8:00 PM on CBS Lake Charles, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. Daniela Ruah (NCIS: LOS ANGELES) and Vanessa Lachey (NCIS: HAWAI’I) each make a special appearance. The episode was written by Christopher Waild, one of the series’ executive producers, and directed by Diana Valentine.

NCISverse 1,000th episode festivities include:

  • NCISVERSE: THE FIRST 1,000, a new ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT special to air Monday, April 8 at 8:00 PM on CBS Lake Charles, and streaming and on-demand on Paramount+.* This one-hour ET special gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the franchise’s 1,000th episode and includes exclusive interviews with the stars of NCIS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, NCIS: HAWAI’I and NCIS: SYDNEY. The cast and guest stars share favorite memories and behind-the-scenes moments from 20 years’ worth of never-before-seen interviews from the ET vault. ET’s Kevin Frazier hosts from the NCIS studio lot, where the flagship show has been filmed and produced by CBS Studios for 21 seasons. You can read more about the special here: CBS Presents “NCISVERSE: The First 1,000,” an "Entertainment Tonight” Special

  • A special cake-cutting celebration on the set of NCIS during the taping of the 1000th episode (on Feb. 20) with speeches and the full NCIS cast and NCIS: LOS ANGELES star Chris O’Donnell in attendance, plus, via Zoom, the full NCIS: HAWAI’I cast and additional cast members from NCIS: SYDNEY, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and NCIS: LOS ANGELES. Viewers can see highlights from this event in the NCISVERSE: THE FIRST 1,000 primetime special from ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and via CBS’ produced video (EPK) to be made available to press and CBS’ owned-and-operated stations and affiliates for use on-air, on streaming newscasts, websites and social platforms. See more photos from the celebration below!

  • An array of “Easter Eggs” for fans throughout the special 1,000th NCIS episode on April 15 – and socially throughout the day.

  • CBS showcasing select NCISverse fan art Monday, April 15 on-air in primetime; additional fan art sweepstakes winners will subsequently be posted socially via @NCISverse.

  • CBS teaming up with designer Alexander John to commemorate the current NCIS season and franchise milestone with limited-edition jackets and hats to be given to cast, super fans and sweepstakes winners.

  • An opportunity for fans to take 20% off NCIS merchandise with code NCIS1000 at checkout in the NCIS storefront of from April 2 through April 21.  

  • NCISverse talent appearances on CBS family shows:

Wednesday, April 10

  • NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama on CBS’ THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT.

Thursday, April 11

  • Valderrama on CBS’ CBS MORNINGS.

  • NCIS star Diona Reasonover on CBS’ AFTER MIDNIGHT with Taylor Tomlinson.

Friday, April 12

  • Valderrama on CBS Media Ventures’ THE DREW BARRYMORE SHOW.

Monday, April 15

  • NCIS’ Gary Cole, Rocky Carroll and Sean Murray; NCIS: HAWAI’I’s Vanessa Lachey – and more TBA – on CBS’ THE TALK’s Special 1,000th NCISverse episode.

  • NCIS’ Brian Dietzen and Diona Reasonover will join host Drew Carey on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. They’ll introduce special NCIS-themed prizes, such as a trip to Washington, D.C., the location of NCIS headquarters; and will present a special showcase with exotic trips to Hawaii and Australia, the exciting settings of NCIS: HAWAI’I and NCIS: SYDNEY, along with a boat for the lucky contestant’s next “mission.”

  • Wilmer Valderrama and Vanessa Lachey, both USO Global Ambassadors, participating in the organization’s Military Virtual Programming session on Monday, April 8, during which they will conduct virtual base visits and engage in live discussions with service members around the world. The session is open to all Department of Defense ID holders and interested members can register online at

  • NCIS is taking over Pluto TV’s “More TV Drama” channel on Monday, April 15, including a special block curated by NCIS’ Brian Dietzen and Diona Reasonover. To cap off the all-day marathon, Brian and Diona will live tweet on X from 7:00-9:00 PM, ET/4:00-6:00 PM, PT to “Stream-Along” and engage with Pluto TV fans about some of their favorite episodes.

  • Promotion for the milestone episode appearing across Paramount+ and in premium inventory across Paramount’s digital billboard in Times Square from April 9 through 15.

Flagship series NCIS has been a top 20 series for 18 of its 20 full seasons and has been television’s top broadcast drama for the last five consecutive complete seasons – and 13 of the last 14. Now, in its 21st season, NCIS currently ranks as a top five entertainment broadcast series, season-to-date.

The NCIS franchise has been viewed for over 4 trillion minutes over 20 years in the U.S. – that would be 228 telecasts per American. It’s available in 200 markets in more than 60 languages, and CBS Studios has produced spinoff series NCIS: LOS ANGELESNCIS: NEW ORLEANS and NCIS: HAWAI’I (now in its third season and ranking among the top 10 broadcast dramas) and the first international expansion of the NCIS franchise, NCIS: SYDNEY (which was last fall’s #1 new U.S. series, recently renewed by CBS and Paramount+ Australia for the 2024-2025 season, and is produced for CBS Studios and Paramount Australia by Endemol Shine Australia).

As previously announced, next season, two new series will join the NCISverse – for a total of seven properties: CBS Original series NCIS: ORIGINS, and the to-be-named Paramount+ Original series starring Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly, who will reprise their NCIS roles as fan-favorite characters Ziva David and Tony DiNozzo, reuniting the stars on screen for the first time in 10 years.

Find more info about "NCIS: Origins" here: CBS Casts Austin Stowell as Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the New Drama Series "NCIS: Origins"