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CSI: NY (Crime Scene Investigation: New York) is an Americanmarker police procedural television series, which premiered on September 22, 2004 on CBS. The series was the second spin-off, indirectly, from the popular show 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 currently airs Wednesdays at 10PM ET/PT on CBS.

The show trails the investigations of a team of New York City Police Department forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes. CSI: NY was produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantismarker. The company dissolved after the third season in 2007. All production now is done under the purview of CBS Paramount Television.

The show's 100th episode aired on November 19, 2008, in the USA.

Season 6 began on September 23, 2009 at 10:00PM ET in the USA. RTÉ Two in Ireland will broadcast Season 6 in autumn 2009 and Channel 5 in the UK will broadcast season 6 starting in January 2010.


Main characters

  • CSI Detective First Grade: Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise): is leader of the CSI team. He was born in Chicagomarker and even considered working for the Chicago Police Department. 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 some of her breath. He served as a Major in the United States Marine Corps, once saying that he had wanted to serve the country more than anything else in the world. He served in Beirutmarker in 1983, from which he still bears a scar over his heart. Mac will protect three things at any cost: "the honor of his country, the safety of his city, and the integrity of the lab." Mac has a close friendship with Stella Bonasera. Mac plays the bass guitar at jazz clubs during his off-time. This talent was discovered by Lindsay Monroe when she observed, during an investigation, that he knew how to hold the instrument ("Stuck On You"). In season three, he is revealed to have been dating Dr. Peyton Driscoll, played by Claire Forlani. He also met the son that his late wife, Claire, had given birth two years before they met (and gave up for adoption), only after the boy, now a teenager named Reed Garrett, was found to be shadowing Stella, thinking that she was Claire. In Season 4, Mac starts receiving mysterious phone calls at exactly 3:33 am. Later on, he also realizes that the phone calls come from a number known only as 333. Everything ends up having to do with an incident when he was a young boy. His friend's brother was beaten to death in front of him, and as he and his friend come to find out later, his friend's youngest brother witnessed the murder and holds Mac responsible for not saving his brother's life when Mac had the chance, making him the 333 stalker. To make matters worse, later on in Season 4, Mac receives a letter from Dr. Peyton Driscoll stating that she decides to stay in Londonmarker and not come back to New Yorkmarker. In Episode 5 ("Down The Rabbit Hole"), he seems to have sleeping problems and told Det. Don Flack about accepting Peyton's decision to stay in Londonmarker.

  • CSI 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 2 years old ("Grounds for Deception"). Since they co-head the lab, she is very close to Mac, and constantly worries about his physical and mental well-being. In episode 221 ("All Access"), Stella was held captive in her own home by her unstable boyfriend, Frankie Mala, and was forced to kill him. Because of her close relationship with Mac, she was mistakenly thought to be Mac's late wife, Claire, by Reed Garrett, a child that Claire had given birth to and put up for adoption before she had met Mac. In season three Stella comes in contact with HIV positive blood. After waiting several months for the test results, Stella discovers she is HIV-negative using a viral PCR test administered by Adam Ross. The show used Stella's possible HIV infection as part of a public service campaign on CBS. In Season 4, Stella bumps into a man named Drew during a case in Episode 2 ("The Deep"). Drew seems to take a deep interest in her and keeps sending gifts to her office. Drew is later revealed to be Mac's 333 caller. In the season 5 opener ("Veritas") she is seen chasing Joe and Joe later pushes her over a rail and gets away, but she is apparently strong enough to pull herself back up.

  • CSI 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. Danny played all through school and college, and would have gone on to the majors had his wrist not been broken during a game. After that, he went to the police academy and graduated first in his class. Mac personally selected Danny to join his team, which is an honor and responsibility that Danny attempts to live up to every day. He does not trust people easily, as shown in "A Man a Mile," "Rain," and once again in "Hung Out to Dry." In episode 220 ("Run Silent, Run Deep"), Danny was implicated in a fifteen-year-old cold murder case. His brother, Louie, who was involved with the infamous Tanglewood Boys, was severely beaten and left in a coma after acquiring evidence exonerating him in the case. By the end of season three, Danny had embarked on a relationship with his fellow CSI, Lindsay Monroe. In season four, he felt responsible when Ruben, the son of one of his neighbors, was killed on his watch and, out of pain and guilt, slept with Ruben's mother, Rikki. Though it is never explicitly stated that Lindsay knows about Danny's infidelity, Danny believes that she "probably knows." Danny's withdrawal from Lindsay puts a strain on their relationship that seems to melt away in season five, when Lindsay tells Danny that she is pregnant. Though scared about becoming a father, Danny nevertheless looks forward to the birth of his child and proposes to Lindsay. Danny and Lindsay eventually wed, with Mac and Stella as their witnesses ("Green Piece"). Danny and Lindsay's daughter, Lucy, is born at the end of episode 523 ("Greater Good"). In the season 5 finale ("Epilogue, Part I"), Danny is severely injured in a drive-by shooting and in 601 ("Epilogue, Part II"), is shown in a wheelchair. Though initially pessimistic about his recovery, Danny works hard to stand and walk again; by the end of episode 604 ("Dead Reckoning"), he has managed to stand up on his own. He begins walking with the assistance of a cane in the next episode, and by episode 608, "Cuckoo's Nest," Danny is walking on his own.

  • CSI Detective Third Grade: Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap): worked as a CSI for three years in Montanamarker and finally realized her dream of moving to a big city like New Yorkmarker. Her Northwesternmarker 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. Excited and always willing to learn, Lindsay offers a fresh perspective to the lab, rarely hinting at the dark and devastating secret that originally motivated her to dedicate her life to being a CSI. She often does little experiments with science and the evidence, which has endeared her to Mac and Stella. When she first came to New York, she was typically given all of the dirty jobs like sifting through tiger dung ("Zoo York") and recovering evidence from a pool of lubricant ("Trapped"). Because of her roots, Danny affectionately calls her "Montanamarker." For the majority of season three, Lindsay kept Danny at arm's length while she tried to deal with memories triggered by the secret from her past, but after the events of "Sleight Out Of Hand," she allows herself to get close to Danny, and they consummate their relationship in the season three finale, "Snow Day." The relationship becomes strained in season four after Danny withdraws from Lindsay after the tragic death of his neighbor's son, and Lindsay steels herself to let Danny go until he makes a heartfelt apology for his actions. In episode 509 ("The Box"), Lindsay reluctantly admits to Danny that she is pregnant with his child; her reluctance comes from her uncertainty about his reaction to the news. Danny, however, soon accepts and welcomes his impending fatherhood. Lindsay turns down a marriage proposal from Danny in the following episode, feeling that the time is not right, but she and Danny eventually do wed (episode 517, "Green Piece"). Lindsay gives birth in 523 ("Greater Good") to a daughter, who she and Danny name Lucy.

  • Medical Examiner: Doctor Sid Hammerback (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 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. Sid nearly dies from a severe allergic reaction to a meatball hero he ate in episode 317 ("The Ride In") and is saved by the timely intervention of Stella Bonasera. Twice divorced, Sid is currently married with two daughters, one of whom is in college (episode 302, "Not What It Looks Like"). In episode 502 ("Page Turner"), he almost dies of radiation poisoning from a victim in the morgue. In episode 518 ("Point of No Return"), he comes face to face with the horror of what one of his former employees was doing - Marty Pino had been harvesting the organs of drug users, using them to make heroin, which he sold for profit. After getting fired from the lab, Pino began murdering drug addicts for his raw materials. Sid manages to convince Pino to turn himself in.

  • Laboratory Technician: Adam Ross (A.J. Buckley): is a lab tech originally from Phoenixmarker, Arizonamarker. His specialty is trace evidence. He sometimes accompanies the CSIs to crime scenes to aid in reconstruction or evidence collection. Adam has a severe dislike of snow and cold weather (episode 313, "Obsession"); he remarked that because he is from Phoenixmarker, he consideres temperatures below 85 degrees Fahrenheit cold. He admits during "Some Buried Bones" that "his father was a bully" after he recognizes a suspect's instinctual flinch as shying from an anticipated strike, which seems to hint that Adam himself had been abused as a child. He also ran a PCR test on Stella's blood to determine if she had contracted HIV from a piece of HIV infected glass at a crime scene that she had accidentally cut herself on. In "Snow Day," he and fellow CSI Danny are held hostage in a warehouse and he sustains a few cigarette burns on his hand. In episode 506, Adam gets a letter of termination, with which he confronts Mac. Mac, who truly did not know anything about the letter, confronts the chief; the chief cites budgetary concerns. Mac and Stella then argue over keeping Adam over the new DNA machines the lab has on order; Mac wants to keep Adam, but Stella wants the machines. In the end, Adam's co-workers voluntarily give up vacation time in order to help keep him at the lab.

  • CSI Detective Third Grade: Doctor Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper): formerly a 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. He had several years' experience in the emergency room (episode 202, "Grand Murder at Central Station"). After losing two patients, he abandoned surgery in favor of the medical examiner's office. At the start of season two, Hawkes has moved from the autopsy room and into the field. In episode 311, "Raising Shane," Hawkes is arrested as the prime suspect in a robbery and murder, but the rest of the team, despite being removed from the case, end up proving his innocence through a seemingly-unrelated case. In 601, it is revealed that he is suffering from insomnia.

  • NYPD Homicide Detective First Grade: Donald "Don" Flack, Jr. (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 good friends with Danny Messer, and is always willing to lend an ear to Danny's problems. Flack has to arrest his former police mentor, Gavin Moran, when it comes to light that Moran had concealed evidence in episode 117 ("The Fall"). Flack was severely injured in a bomb explosion and ended up in a coma in the cliffhanger of the season 2 finale, episode 224, "Charge of this Post." As of the season three premiere, he is fully recovered and back on duty with the CSI team, chasing down suspects with all of his previous endurance. Flack is very protective of his "guys," sometimes to a fault. It is shown in the episode "Consequences" that he was reluctant to help Mac when evidence seemed to point to one of his men as the killer in a case Mac was working. Flack was ordered to hand over his notebook, which contained details of a drug bust in which some of the drugs disappeared, over to Mac, which caused some serious tension between them for a brief period of time. By the end of season three, the tension had dissipated, and Flack steadfastly supported Mac when the latter was questioned about the death of serial killer Clay Dobson ("...Comes Around"). In the beginning episode of season 5 ("Veritas"), his sister Samantha becomes a suspect when it's discovered that the bank robber holding Mac hostage was seen in her car at a toll booth. She claimed to have loaned it to a friend, who is now dead, and later gets cleared. It is later revealed in the seventh episode of that season ("Dead Inside") that she is an alcoholic. Also revealed in that episode is his relationship with fellow detective Jessica Angell, who is killed in the line of duty in the season finale.

  • CSI Detective Third Grade: Aiden Burn (Vanessa Ferlito): is a Brooklynmarker native who has the ability to adapt to new situations very quickly. She is dismissed from the team in Season 2, Episode 2 ("Grand Murder At Central Station") after becoming obsessed with a rape case concerning her friend and considering planting evidence to implicate a suspect, D.J. Pratt, who had allegedly raped the same victim previously (the victim did not seek to press charges then). She does not actually plant the evidence, but breaks the seal on an evidence packet containing one of Pratt's hairs. Because of this, Mac feels he had no choice but to fire her to preserve the integrity of the CSI lab. Aiden agrees with Mac's decision because she does not know if she would resist the temptation in the future, but before leaving, manages to extract a promise from Mac that he will get Pratt for his crime. After her dismissal from the crime lab, Aiden is working on getting her private investigator's license while trying to find evidence that will conclusively tie Pratt to the rape case. In another episode from season two, "Heroes," she is lured, ambushed, and brutally murdered by Pratt and incinerated inside a stolen car after having shadowed him for months. In the heat of the moment, she leaves behind critical evidence that she knew would help her former colleagues close in on Pratt. Aiden's murder devastates the entire CSI: NY team.

Character Overview

Season CSI Supervisor CSI Assistant Supervisor Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) Technician Medical Examiner Detective
1 Det. Mac Taylor

(Gary Sinise)
Det. Stella Bonasera

(Melina Kanakaredes)
Det. Danny Messer

(Carmine Giovinazzo)
Det. Aiden Burn

(Vanessa Ferlito)
Vacant Various Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

(Hill Harper)
Det. Don Flack

(Eddie Cahill)
2 Det. Lindsay Monroe

(Anna Belknap)
Det. Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

(Hill Harper)
Adam Ross

(AJ Buckley)
Dr. Sid Hammerback

(Robert Joy)

Guest stars

CSI: NY has cast a number of celebrity guest stars over the years including Ed Asner, Brian Hallisay, Matt Barr, Michaela McManus, Kid Rock, Nelly Furtado, Joey Lawrence, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Michael Clarke Duncan, Marlee Matlin, Sasha Cohen, Maroon 5, Julia Ormond, Criss Angel, Suicide Girls, Chris Daughtry, Rumer Willis, Nelly, Ashlee Simpson, Pete Wentz, John McEnroe, Katherine McPhee, Craig T. Nelson, Shailene Woodley, Rachelle Lefèvre, Mykelti Williamson, Kellan Lutz, Edward Furlong ,Deanna Russo and Paul Wesley

In 2009 guest actor Ed Asner got an Emmy nomination for his role in the season five episode "Yahrzeit."



The characters of CSI: NY are introduced during the second season CSI: Miami episode, "MIA/NYC NonStop." The shows cross over a second time in the CSI: Miami season four episode, "Felony Flight," in which Mac travels to Miami to assist Lt. Horatio Caine of Miami in tracking down a common nemesis. The story is continued in the second season CSI: NY episode, "Manhattan Manhunt," when the murderer flees to New York and Horatio returns to New York with Mac to continue the investigation.

In addition, episode 3-22, "Cold Reveal," which aired May 9, 2007, features a crossover between the series and Philadelphia-based police procedural Cold Case in which Det. Scotty Valens of the Philadelphiamarker Police Department travels to New York to investigate a cold case involving Stella. This episode marks the first time that characters from a show outside the CSI franchise crossed over onto a CSI episode.

In season 6, CSI: NY crosses over with both CSI (for the first time) and CSI: Miami (for the third time), in a three part story. Dr. Ray Langston from CSI starts off in Miami, travels to New York, and journeys back home to Vegas.



Like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, CSI: NY has spawned a series of comic books and novels 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 Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers

(in millions)
18–49 Rating/Share


September 22, 2004 May 18, 2005 2004–2005 #21 13.6 13/13 (#23)

September 28, 2005 May 17, 2006 2005–2006 #22 14.2 12/12 (#23)

September 20, 2006 May 16, 2007 2006–2007 #28 13.9 11/11 (#25)

September 26, 2007 May 21, 2008 2007–2008 #23 11.3 TBA

September 24, 2008 May 14, 2009 2008–2009 #16 13.03 TBA

September 23, 2009 Spring 2010 2009–2010 #18 13.96(to date) (TBA)


DVD releases

DVD Name Ep# Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 (UK Edition)
Full season Part 1 Part 2 Full season
The Complete First Season 23 October 18, 2005 October 24, 2005 March 27, 2006 March 27, 2006
The Complete Second Season 24 October 17, 2006 September 19, 2006 December 5, 2006 October 17, 2006
The Complete Third Season 24 October 9, 2007 April 30, 2007 October 15, 2007 October 15, 2007
The Fourth Season 21 September 23, 2008 July 14, 2008 October 27, 2008 October 27, 2008
The Fifth Season 25 September 29, 2009 August 10, 2009 September 7, 2009 September 7, 2009
Region 2 DVD releases have followed a pattern whereby each season is progressively released in two parts (each of 11 or 12 episodes [with the exception of season 4, in which part 2 had 9 episodes], with special features split up) before finally being sold as a single box set.

Online sales

Country Store Available Seasons
UKmarker Demand Five 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
USAmarker iTunes Store 4, 5 & 6
Germanymarker VOXnow 2, 3, 4 & 5
Hong Kongmarker Deltamac 1, 2 & 3

Broadcast History

United Kingdom broadcast history

  • First Run: Broadcast on Five currently at 9pm on Saturday nights
  • Repeats: Repeats are shown on Five and Five USA

  • Five broadcasts the newest season of CSI:NY from January alongside the newest season CSI, both shows end in May/June. CSI: Miami begins to run from August and when that finishes in December, CSI: NY and CSI are ready to run the cycle again. Five doesn't split up the seasons with breaks for Christmas etc. They run the season each week until it reaches the last episode.

United States broadcast history

  • First Run: May 17, 2004–present: Wednesdays 10:00pm/9:00pm Central Time
  • 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 will be airing [the show] in the daytime (1-3pm) and early evening (5-7pm), leaving TNT to air the show in primetime.

See also


  1. Batallones, Henrik. "Langston Goes Cross-Country: The Whole 'CSI' Franchise Does A Crossover". BuddyTV, August 7, 2009. Accessed 27 August 2009.
  3. C.S.I.: NY DVD news: The 5th Season Formally Announced |
  4. The Futon Critic: Spike TV Highlights -- April 2007
  5. Remembering Ed McMahon; WGN Pulls Hillbillies; TNT Adds CSI NY -- June 23, 2009

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