CSI: NY Information

CSI: NY (Crime Scene Investigation: New York) is an American police procedural television series that premiered on September 22, 2004, on CBS. The show follows the investigations of a team of NYPD forensic scientists and police officers as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths as well as other crimes. The series is the second indirect spin-off from the veteran series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and directly from CSI: Miami during an episode in which several of the CSI: NY characters made their first appearance. The show airs on Fridays at 9pm/8c on CBS; in the UK it airs on Channel 5 on Saturdays at 10 p.m. with repeats usually shown on 5USA.

Originally in 2004, CSI: NY was produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis. The company dissolved after season three in 2007, and all production since then is done under the purview of CBS Paramount Television.

The show is filmed at the CBS Studio Center with many of the outside scenes shot in and around Los Angeles. Occasionally, scenes are filmed on location in New York City.

The series ended its ninth season on February 22, 2013.


A spin-off from CSI: Miami, the third installment of the CSI franchise follows a New York City forensics team/police officers headed by tough former Marine Major, Detective Mac Taylor, and his newest partner, Detective Jo Danville, an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C., whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim. Against a backdrop of simmering ethnic and cultural tensions, Taylor's team probes cases similar to their Las Vegas and Miami counterparts and consists of Detective Danny Messer, Detective Lindsay Messer, and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. The CSIs also work with Medical Examiner Sid Hammerback, lab technician Adam Ross, and hardcore homicide Detective Don Flack. Former team members include the late Detective Aiden Burn; Mac's former second-in-command, Detective Stella Bonasera; and the late homicide Detective Jessica Angell, who was Flack's girlfriend.

Cast and characters

Actor Character Position Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Gary Sinise Det. Mac Taylor CSI Level 3 Supervisor Main
Sela Ward Det. Jo Danville CSI Level 3 Asst. Supervisor Main
Carmine Giovinazzo Det. Danny Messer CSI Level 3 Main
Anna Belknap Det. Lindsay Messer CSI Level 3 Main
Robert Joy Dr. Sid Hammerback Chief Medical Examiner Recurring Main
A. J. Buckley Adam Ross Lab Technician Recurring Main
Hill Harper Dr. Sheldon Hawkes CSI Level 2 Main
Eddie Cahill Det. Don Flack Homicide Detective Main
Vanessa Ferlito Det. Aiden Burn CSI Level 2 Main
Melina Kanakaredes Det. Stella Bonasera CSI Level 3 Asst. Supervisor Main

Main characters

Main article: List of CSI: NY characters
  • Detective First Grade Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) is the head of the NYC Crime Lab and the leader of the CSI team. He was born in Chicago and considered working for the Chicago Police Department before he moved to New York City. The death of his wife, Claire Conrad Taylor, in the 9/11 attacks troubles him to this day, causing chronic insomnia. It was also noted in the first season that he kept a beach ball in his closet that once belonged to his wife; he stated he was unable to throw it away because it contained her breath. He served as a major in the United States Marine Corps with experience in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing and Operation Desert Storm, once saying that he had wanted to serve the country more than anything else in the world. He later enjoys a relationship with Medical Examiner Peyton Driscoll, though she makes the painful decision to return to England, the country of her birth, after a year. Since then, Mac has dated casually, but remains 'married' to his work. At the end of the season seven, he takes a leave of absence from the NYPD Crime Lab to work for a private DNA lab attempting to identify the remains of those who died on 9/11, but he soon returns to the team (season 8, episode 2).
  • Detective First Grade Jo Danville (Sela Ward) comes from Virginia, where she worked for the FBI. Her field of expertise is DNA evidence, and her philosophical point of view is that everyone is innocent until the science proves otherwise. She also has background in criminal psychology. She has a college-age son, Tyler, from her previous marriage to a fellow FBI agent, and an adopted daughter, Ellie.
  • Detective Third Grade Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) grew up in a family under surveillance. Danny formulated his own set of hybrid ethics, blending the world of lawbreakers with the world of lawmakers. Danny had a short-lived career in the music business, and was at one time an excellent baseball player. His elder brother Louie, seeking to protect Danny, is beaten into a coma by young mobsters he once ran with. Over the years, Danny proves his merit and earns the respect of his colleagues. He grows close to and marries CSI Lindsay Monroe, with whom he has a daughter, Lucy Messer. Danny is promoted to the rank of sergeant at the end of season seven, and works patrol training rookie officers, but later (season 8, episode 4) voluntarily gives up his promotion and returns to the crime lab.
  • Detective Third Grade Lindsay Monroe Messer (Anna Belknap) worked as a CSI in Montana and finally realized her dream of moving to a big city like New York. Her northwestern work ethic and willingness to roll up her sleeves and tackle any job is a welcome addition to the team where she is quickly put through rookie training by Mac on their first case. She develops a friendly, sparring relationship with CSI Danny Messer, though she asks to slow down so she can focus on testifying at the trial of a horrific murder, in which the teenaged Lindsay witnessed three friends die. Later she marries Danny (after which he stops using his private nickname for her, "Montana") and bears their daughter Lucy Messer. Lindsay is awarded the Police Combat Cross by the NYPD for killing Shane Casey, a psychopathic fugitive, in the Messers' own apartment while Lucy and Danny were in mortal danger, although she later throws the medal into a trash can.
  • Medical Examiner Sid Hammerback M.D. (Robert Joy) is described as an "off-the-charts genius" who only recently traded in a career as a chef to become medical examiner. He has two college-aged daughters and at least two ex-wives. He has a habit of over-talking and over-sharing, which former ME Hawkes refers to as "going to that creepy place." Despite any eccentricities on his part, Sid is extremely perceptive and sincerely cares for the well-being of his coworkers.
  • Laboratory Technician Adam Ross (A. J. Buckley) is a lab tech originally from Phoenix, Arizona. His specialty is trace evidence. He sometimes accompanies the CSIs to crime scenes to aid in reconstruction or evidence collection. Adam hints that his father was "a bully", and that he developed Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder traits in order to deal with his painful childhood. Outside the office, he dabbles in various subcultures, from Second Life gaming to dating a Suicide Girl, and is a textbook modern geek. CSI Stella Bonasera in particular develops a soft spot for the much younger Adam, and while the team is grieving and recovering from shared tragedy, she caves into his puppyish crush on her and takes him to bed.
  • Crime Scene Investigator Sheldon Hawkes M.D. (Hill Harper) is a former medical examiner with the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). He was a child prodigy who graduated from college at age 18 and was a board-licensed surgeon by the age of 24 and had several years experience in the emergency room. He left surgery because the pain of losing two patients was too intense, despite doing all that medical science could do to save them. He has few relationships but they run deep: an ex-girlfriend he wanted to marry, and a new, recent love that is strong enough to weather some serious workplace fallout. Although he is a CSI, he is not a detective.
  • NYPD Homicide Detective First Grade Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) comes from a long line of law enforcement officials. He bridges the gap between old-school NYPD and the new generation of CSI. He is a witty detective who has very little patience for the "bad guy," and his techniques are sometimes considered borderline, though effective. He is best friends with Danny Messer, and is always willing to lend an ear to Danny's problems. Despite being an NYPD strongman, Flack is emotionally mature and sympathetic to those in need. He develops a serious, long-term relationship with Detective Jessica Angell, who is later shot and killed.
  • Detective Third Grade Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito) is a Brooklyn native who has the ability to adapt to new situations very quickly. Because the actress wanted to leave the series, the character is written out by being dismissed from the team (episode 2.02 "Grand Murder At Central Station") after becoming obsessed with a rape case. She considers planting evidence to implicate a suspect, D.J. Pratt, who had allegedly raped the same victim previously. She is later murdered and burned by Pratt, though she leaves the CSIs with enough implicating evidence she knew would result in a conviction.
  • Detective First Grade Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) is devoted to her job due to her strong personality, determination, and intelligence. She is a half-Greek, half-Italian orphan, who grew up moving from foster home to foster home due to the death of her mother in a traffic accident when Stella was just two years old (episode 5.24 "Grounds for Deception"). Because of this, the CSI team becomes her real family, and she watches over them like an elder sister as much as a supervisor. Stella (due to actress Melina Kanakaredes not renewing her contract for season seven) resigns from the NYPD Crime Lab and moves to New Orleans to run the NOPD Crime Lab.

Guest stars

CSI: NY has cast a number of celebrity guest stars, including:

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In 2009, guest star Ed Asner received an Emmy nomination for his role in episode 5.22, "Yahrzeit".

Episodes and DVD releases

See List of CSI: NY episodes for more information

Up through season five, Region 2 DVD releases followed a pattern where each season was progressively released in two parts (each of 11 or 12 episodes [with the exception of season four, in which part 2 had 9 episodes], with special features split up) before finally being sold as a single box set.


  • "MIA/NYC NonStop" (CSI: Miami episode): Evidence recovered at the scene of a double homicide, in which a husband and wife were murdered in their upscale home, leads Horatio to believe that the killer lives in New York. When he arrives in the Big Apple, Horatio is assisted by Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) who suspects that the murder of a New York undercover cop is linked to the Miami crimes.
  • "Manhattan Manhunt": A crossover episode that begins on CSI: Miami "Felony Flight" concludes with escaped serial killer Henry Darius murdering a group of teens in a luxury apartment where he tries to steal millions of dollars from a high-tech security vault.
  • "Cold Reveal": Stella becomes a murder suspect in a Philadelphia cold case when Detective Scotty Valens (of Cold Case) visits the lab and tells her that her DNA matches the evidence. Meanwhile, Mac's career is jeopardized when an internal investigation is opened against him.
  • "Hammer Down": Ray Langston of the Las Vegas crime lab tracks a human-trafficking ring that specializes in black-market organ harvesting to New York, where he assists Mac in attempting to free a hostage taken by the criminal group. The story, which is part of the CSI: Trilogy, begins on CSI: Miami ("Bone Voyage"), continues on CSI: NY, and concludes on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("The Lost Girls").
  • "Seth and Apep": A crossover episode that begins on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's "In Vino Veritas" concludes when D.B. Russell visits New York in a joint effort to find Christine, Mac's girlfriend, who is first thought to have gone missing in Las Vegas, but turns out to have been kidnapped in New York. Mac's beliefs are put to the test and his decisions put his team in a difficult position.



See CSI (franchise) for more information

Like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, CSI: NY has spawned a series of comic books and novels, and a video game based on the show.

Nielsen ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of CSI: NY on CBS:

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Episodes Timeslot Original airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season premiere Season finale TV season
1 23 Wednesday 10pm/9c September 22, 2004 May 18, 2005 2004"2005 #21 13.59
2 24 September 28, 2005 May 17, 2006 2005"2006 #22 14.04
3 24 September 20, 2006 May 16, 2007 2006"2007 #25 13.92
4 21 September 26, 2007 May 21, 2008 2007"2008 #28 11.71
5 25 September 24, 2008 May 14, 2009 2008"2009 #17 13.50
6 23 September 23, 2009 May 26, 2010 2009"2010 #23 12.66
7 22 Friday 9pm/8c September 24, 2010 May 13, 2011 2010"2011 #37 10.73
8 18 September 23, 2011 May 11, 2012 2011"2012 #38 10.34
9 17 September 28, 2012 February 22, 2013 2012"2013 "? "?

Broadcast history

United States

  • First run " Broadcast on CBS from September 2004 to September 2010 on Wednesdays at 10pm/9c, and from September 2010 onward on Fridays at 9pm/8c (except for the first two episodes of season 9 which aired at 8pm/7c).
  • Repeats " Spike TV acquired the rerun rights to CSI: NY in November 2004. Both A&E and Spike TV share the rerun rights to the crossover episodes (with CSI: Miami) "Felony Flight" and "Manhattan Manhunt". Spike TV began sharing the rights to air CSI: NY with TNT. Spike TV airs the show in the daytime (1–3 p.m.) and early evening (5–7 p.m.), leaving TNT to air the show in primetime.

Australia and New Zealand

  • In Australia Nine Network airs new episodes of CSI: NY, and repeats are shown on satellite channel TV1.
  • In New Zealand the show airs on TV3 Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.

United Kingdom

  • First run " Broadcast on Channel 5 at 10 p.m. on Saturday nights.
  • Repeats " Are shown on Channel 5, 5USA, and the Universal Channel, and also on Demand 5, for a week after the broadcast date. Channel 5 broadcasts the newest season of CSI: NY from January alongside the newest season CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, both shows end in May/June. CSI: Miami begins to run from July and when that finishes in December, CSI: NY and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation are ready to run the cycle again. Channel 5 does not split up the seasons with breaks for Christmas, etc. They run the season each week until it reaches the last episode.

Other releases

Online sales

Country Store Available seasons
United Kingdom Demand 5 No longer available
France TF1 vision No longer available
United States iTunes Store 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Germany VOXnow 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
Hong Kong Deltamac No longer available

See also

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