NCIS: Los Angeles

NCIS Los Angeles is a television show aired every Tuesday at eight p.m. on CBS.  It is a spin off of CBS’s NCIS which is set in Washington D.C and is shown on CBS Tuesday nights at seven.

NCIS: Los Angeles is just starting its fourth season.  The show centers on a team of NCIS special agents G. Callen  (Chris O’ Donnell), Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), and Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen).  They work as a team on dangerous cases with the help of Eric Beale (Barrett Foa) and Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith).  The team is led by the legend Henrietta ‘Hetty’ Lange (Linda Hunt).

There are many aspects that come together to make NCIS: Los Angeles both original and enjoyable.  Mostly, it’s the variety of characters portrayed on the team. The differences between them make for an interesting dialogue.

G. Callen is the enigma of the group with a mysterious background. He writes the initial G. for his first name because that’s all that was written on his birth certificate.  He grew up bouncing from one foster home to another, and not knowing what the G stands for hurts him.  In season one, he is homeless and spotted sleeping on the floor at the NCIS offices.  Over the seasons, in short flashbacks, you begin to see the struggles he faced during his childhood and his search for answers about his family.

Sam Hanna was a Navy Seal before he joined the NCIS team. He is said to have a wife and kids, but you never see them.  Sam’s life as a Seal shapes a lot of his personality during the show, and his dedication to bringing justice towards murdered Navy personnel.

Kensi Blye is the only female special operative, and she’s very much a tomboy.  Her father was in the Navy, so she moved around frequently while growing up. Her father taught her a lot about surviving, and that shapes her personality on the show. She’s very tough, yet still feminine.

Marty Deeks is the jokester of the group. He comes in later in the seasons brought in by Hetty. He is a liaison from the Los Angeles Police Department, which is not welcomed by Callen, Sam, and Kensi.  Over the seasons you get small glimpses into his none-to-easy childhood.

The four mix together with just the right amount of seriousness, humor, tension, and mystery that keep viewers in suspense after each episode.  With the chemistry between characters, and well-written plotlines, NCIS: Los Angeles is definitely a must see.