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"NCIS" returns for a ninth season as network television's highest ranked drama, featuring its terrific blend of criminal case-of-the-week excitement and the equally entertaining interaction among the members of a well-chosen cast. Mark Harmon returns as crusty Senior Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, still feuding with his boss, the Director of NCIS, and still closely managing his team, who he treats as a second family.

As the new season opens, Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), on special assignment for a new "Sec-Nav", searches for a supposed traitor within the ranks of NCIS. Tony barely survives the assignment, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and doubts about the relationship between the new Secretary of the Navy and Director Vance (Rocky Carroll). The mystery, and Tony's assailant, will eventually resurface, while the assignment will haunt Tony, causing him to reexamine his career and life (and yes, his relationship with Ziva). Gibbs will have his own appointment with destiny later in the season. An extended story arc in late season ends with a thrilling finale and team members in mortal danger.

As in previous seasons, the spotlight rotates among the agents from show to show, in some cases filling in missing backstory. Lilly Tomlin has an hilarious guest appearence as Agent McGee's (Sean Murray) grandmother, to whom the Sixties were very good. Goth chick forensics expert Abby Sciuto (Pauley Parrette) learns that what she thinks she knows about her family might not be true. Medical examiner "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum) tries online dating, while Agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) is reconfirmed in the importance of her new family at NCIS. Jamie Lee Curtis has an extended guest stint as an expert in psycological warfare, who chooses to practice on Gibbs. In one hilarious episode, the agents collaborate with fiesty red-headed Coast Guard investigator Abigail Borin (an excellent Diane Neal) to find the perfect woman for Gibbs; the comedy arises partly from the fact that Borin is Gibbs' female doppelganger, and partly from the end result of the search.

"NCIS: Season Nine" is highly recommended to the many fans of the series.
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on October 19, 2011
It's NCIS and not the LA version.
Writing a review for a show such as this is difficult because it has to be clear without spoiling the plots by giving too much detail.
Suffice it to say that if you have enjoyed NCIS in the past, this season as a whole will not dissapoint.

There's been little bad to say about the series in past years, but the first episodes of this season left a little to be desired in the terms of credibility. The overall impression was that the screenwriters were looking to find their feet and unsure exactly how to do that, but episode three the characters had begun again to settle back into the human dynamics and interpersonal cameraderie that has made this series an ongoing hit for so many years.

After the midpoint of the season the episodes really have a tendancy to go from strength to strength and pull the veiwer along just like in previous years as each builds upon the case before and allows full involvement with the unfolding storylines.

Enjoy it - I did, and still look forward to [hopefully] at least a couple more seasons.

Updating the review after a second viewing several months later; highlights in the set [without giving too much away] are two romances in the team, the re-entrance of an old favourite [or not depending upon preference], the death of a partner [twice], and a series finale that left a major question as it built anticipation for the new season, while opening the path in the last scene for a new team member. It would appear in the next season, one face will come and one face will go - to be determined.

The series started off for me at 3*, built through 5* for several episodes before dropping slightly as it drew to a close.

Second time around, overall, still well worth the price.
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on November 4, 2011
I've been a fan of this show since the first episode; & I have not been disappointed ever with the DVD collections that have followed from it. Production standards are high and bonus material is excellent. I never hesitate to preorder the next season's DVDs as soon as possible. I just realized I'm reviewing season 9 which hasn't even finished or shipped (I have preordered it!) yet. My comments stand for all 8 seasons so far; and I am confident that they will hold true for this one as well.
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on September 11, 2012
We received the DVD set of Season Nine of NCIS. My wife and I don't watch this when it is broadcast, so we anxiously await the DVDs. We were not disappointed. Season Nine has some new special actors who add to the personal history of the main characters - in a very interesting way. And the close of the series is not only a cliff hanger, its a shocker. Lots of possibilities await in Season Ten. Bring it on!
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on February 6, 2012
I have been a die hard NCIS fan from the beginning. I can't wait for the DVD's to come out. I watch them over and over and over. Season 9 is really good. The only negative thing I have to say about 9 years of NCIS is WHY DID THEY HAVE TO KILL OFF MIKE FRANKS?
Other than that- it's super. I am hoping the characters of Investigator Abby Boran-USCG will be brought back for Gibbs to start dating. I would also like to see the computer girl come back for McGee to start dating. They make great couples. This show is so good and always seems to have places to go. Because of the characters involved, they never run out of stories to tell. This is great! I'm looking forward to more years of NCIS. IT'S THE BEST111111111
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on May 3, 2012
I have loved this show from the first episode! The characters are so well developed and I watch Seasons 1-8 over and over again. I still laugh and cry watching these episodes. I wish I could find out when the 9th season is coming out on DVD. I hope this show doesn't end for a long time to come! I love Gibbs, Tony, and I wish Mike Franks was still alive because I really liked his character also. Keep putting out the great episodes!!! Love this Show!!!!!
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on May 16, 2012
Ok, I watched the season finale last night, and I am floored! The end leaves you hanging, and anticipating the next season:

The NCIS team have been chasing a man who thinks the death of his son on a Navy ship could have been avoided, and that it's NCIS's fault. So he begins to target the team, especially Gibbs. After two explosions on Naval ships reveal faults in hundreds of Navy ships with faulty wiring, he sends the team on a chase, where he stays one step ahead of them the whole way.

In the final episode, he kidnaps director Vance, and puts a bomb in his car.

Just as NCIS headquarters are being evacuated, the bomb goes off.

Abby and Gibbs are in the lab during the blast (the bomb is right outside the window), Ziva, and Tony are in the elevator, and McGee is on the second floor with some other agents, just above Abby's lab, and is hurled across the room by the blast.

Dr. Malard is at palmers wedding, and recieves a call that NCIS has been attacked: Then collapses on the beach from a heart attakc.

Like I said, it leaves you hanging, wanting just a bit more, and worrying about the team, not knowing what will happen next season.

NO one dies! yay!
(After having seen season premier of season 10)
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on July 7, 2012
I could not keep my eyes off of This episode. There are some as good, but this is the best so far.
The plot is fabolous and will leave you on the edge of your seats. Never has Director Vance been so determined in his support for the NCIS team.And for once, the entire intelligence community is behind them. The death and destruction as well as other suprises will keep you guessing until next season. (I have not heard anything about a 10th season). Can the show end like this? What do you know or think?
I watched this on Amazon's inbstant video service.
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on April 30, 2013
This was rated like brand new but they weren't. The cases were sticky and they were hard to open. However, the DVD's themselves were fine. I was able to watch most of them without any scratches. However, not all of them were scratch free, which is fine. It's just I believe the ad said they were like new. They were used but I would have paid the same price for used DVD;s so it's not an issue. Thanks!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 19, 2015
"NCIS" is a police procedural crime drama that, as of this writing, is in its 12th season on CBS, where it has aired on Tuesday nights at 8:00 since it premiered in 2003. The show revolves around the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), an actual civilian-run law enforcement agency of the U.S. Navy. It follows the investigations of the Major Case Response Team (MCRT) located at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Harmon), leads this team, which is made up of Special Agents Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly); Ziva David (Cote de Pablo, since departed the series and replaced by Emily Wickersham), Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum), and forensics expert Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette.)

"NCIS" Season 9, which ran from September 2010 through May 2011 and certainly ranks as one of the show's strongest seasons ever, picks up right where Season 8 ended in May 2010. In the final episode of Season 8, Gibbs' team had just solved an extremely trying case that had resulted in great sadness for all the team members, especially Gibbs. Special Agent Tony DiNozzo had been given a special assignment: find and "take care of" a suspected rogue NCIS agent...

In the Season 9 opener, repercussions from that recently solved case at the end of Season 8 continue to shake up Gibbs' team. DiNozzo is in the hospital suffering from injuries sustained in a shootout with unknown assailants. Forensic evidence suggests he may have shot at least one other NCIS agent. Now Gibbs must find answers: did DiNozzo in fact shoot someone? If so, whom? Are they dead or alive?

Subsequent episodes from this superb ninth season of "NCIS" introduce viewers to Special Agent Tim McGee's grandmother, Abby Sciuto's brother, and a new love interest for "Ducky" Mallard. New cases involve a civilian government contractor gone rogue while developing a secret weapon of mass destruction; a Marine gone missing in Afghanistan; threats to a Navy Congressional liaison officer; and the murders of a beloved Marine Corps enlisted man and a Coast Guard officer. And, in the series' landmark 200th episode, "Life Before His Eyes," Gibbs is forced to relive some painful memories and try to find answers to a series of "what if...?" questions concerning some of his past actions.

In each of Season 9's 24 episodes, viewers are treated to "NCIS's" patented, perfect blend of suspense, drama, forensic science, and comedy, all provided by the best ensemble cast and writers in all of broadcast TV. The inevitable result: a consistently taut, suspenseful, action-packed show that's laced with humor, and is a sure bet to captivate and entertain viewers everywhere. Highly recommended.
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