Today, The NY Times had an article about NCIS surging to be the clear number one show on broadcast TV. One of the points of the article is to highlight that this seems to be a big surprise for lots of people.
It’s no surprise to us. NCIS is probably Lois’ favorite TV show. I love it too, but it’s definitely not my favorite.
The reason it’s a great show is pretty simple. The stories are rich, complex, yet not ridiculous, as they often are in other complex shows. In other words, the writers are extremely creative, while remaining grounded in story lines that are at least believable, even if they would be hard to occur in reality.
Our one complaint about the show early on, which nearly got us to stop watching a number of times, is the completely unprofessional banter between the male and female characters (the regulars). It is beyond sexual harrassment, and I find it really hard to believe that it would be tolerated even 10% of what they portray, in a real NCIS office.
That said, they’ve toned it down a bit (I emphasize a bit), and we’re so used to it now, that we wouldn’t stop watching because of it. Still, it could be toned down even more, as it is completely unnecessary. The stories themselves are good enough to carry the show.
Anyway, I’m glad that many other people are catching on to how great this show has been all along. The part in the article that highlights what a winner the repeats are on USA is no surprise to us either. We too watch repeats on USA, even though we haven’t missed a single episode in all six seasons. Yes, it’s that good a show! 🙂