The popular show of NCIS
Anyone who watches television often has heard about NCIS. NCIS started way back in 2003 and today in 2013, 10 years later, it is still going strong making new episodes and continuing to build an audience. In a world where TV shows come and go constantly, what makes NCIS so popular and attractive to its audience? This article will explore and investigate 5 of the major reasons why I believe NCIS is still going strong.
1. The Characters
Obviously every TV show has characters, but I believe that NCIS has such a fantastic set of fictional characters that we just fall in love with that we can't draw away from them. I know that even after watching 8 seasons of NCIS I'm still in love with the cast and crew of this show. The way the characters interact and get along (or don't, in some cases) really draws the audience into this world. That's what is most imporant for a director is to draw the watcher into this fictional world and in essence making them a part of it. The characters all have unique personalities such as Abby and Gibbs, but they all offer something different that as a collective whole make the show fantastic. I can't think of a better personality for autopsy than Ducky, a better tough leader personality than Gibbs, a hilarious and fun personality of DiNozzo. The characters make this show great and that's why the fanbase is so loyal.
2. The storyline
The director of NCIS does a great job in continuing to build a great storyline with the characters and the show. Many would think that after so many seasons and episodes of investigating deaths and criminal activity of marines that the audience would get bored and move onto another show. However the way the director sets up these episodes there are always elements that draw in the watchers attention and keeps them engaged. That's why the audience and fan base is so large and so loyal because they know the quality of this show preceeds itself and when they look for a show to watch, they know they can always turn to NCIS and not be disappointed.
3. Character Development
This is interesting because every show has character development, so why would this be mentioned? The reason is because we are always discovering new things about our beloved NCIS team and different storylines bring out attributes, strengths, and flaws in them that keep us engaged and want to watch and learn more. When I was watching Season 4 and seeing how DiNozzo had a girlfriend but he was hesistating and I was curious why. But at the end of season 4 I suddenly realized what was going on and I felt drawn into watching Season 5 to find out what happened next. We don't just want good characters and cast, we want them to develop and we grow with them and find ourselves involved in their personalities and lives.
4. Drawing from the audience
This one is interesting because this show draws on the demographics of the audience and plays according to that. I know from past research that most of the audience of NCIS is older (55+ years old) and thus the characters and the storyline really play well for their bulk audience. The characters are funny and prominent but conservative. There's also that strong younger audience such as myself so there's humor and powerful storyline to keep us engaged. So the creators of NCIS watch the demographics and who's watching and create content that is stimulating for a younger audience and fulfilling to an older audience. Since NCIS is capable of catering to this wide range of people that is what contributes to it's success.
5. Behind the scenes and actor exposure
This one is really big for me but probably not as big for everyone else. Still I felt it deserved a spot in the top 5 because it does lead to a lot of success for the show. We love to watch the characters of NCIS do their thing, but there's a desire to know more about behind the scenes actions and learn about the actors themselves. NCIS has promoted a lot of things such as live tweet sessions with Sean Murray or video chat with live questions with Pauley Perrette! We also see these actors and actresses appearing on many television shows and getting to know them better. I had no idea that Cote De Pablo was a very modest woman who doesn't like to fight. I would never have guessed after watching the show! This really pulls me in because the live tweeting and media things the actors do make me want to follow them and I do. I think a lot of other people who are NCIS fanatics also take part in this and it makes us want to watch that next episode even more. With fresh episodes coming all the time and more characters and development happening, I believe these are 5 reasons why NCIS is still around after 10 years and still ranking in the top 3 best shows of the year spot.