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CSI Quiz: How Big A Crime Scene Investigation Fan Are You?

The original CSI team: Jorja Fox, George Eads, William Petersen, Gary Dourdan, Marg Helgenberger, and Paul Guilfoyle.

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The iconic original series ran for 15 seasons and was the world's most popular TV show.

By Nate Millado

It doesn't take a forensic scientist to know why CSI: Crime Scene Investigation mattered. The evidence is all there. CSI was the world's most popular show for six years at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, the series was nominated for 40 Emmys (and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble), and it essentially reinvented the procedural, spawning four spin-offs and counting! So how much of a CSI fanatic are you? Take our quiz and find out!

Get all 10 correct: Congrats, you're a CSI Level III.
Get 8 right: You're CSI Level II.
Get 6 right: You're CSI Level I.
Get 5 or fewer right: Better luck next time, CSI Trainee!

Stream episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Paramount+! And catch the series premiere of CSI: Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 10–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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#1: Gil Grissom is a forensic entomologist. What does he study?

William Petersen as Gil Grissom looking at evidence

William Petersen as Gil Grissom on CSI.

Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS.

A) Insects
B) Reptiles
C) Blood
D) Monkeys

*Keep reading for the answer to #1.

#2: According to Grissom, the only thing that can't lie is...

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Grissom (William Petersen) uses an evening at home to construct a miniature of his office.

Photo: Michael Desmond/CBS.

(Answer to #1: A. Entomology is the study of insects.)

A) The body
B) The science
C) The evidence
D) The dead

*Keep reading for the answer to #2.

#3: What was Willows' occupation before joining the CSI team?

Marg Helgenberger as Willows in the lab

Willows (Marg Helgenberger) and the CSI team are called in to investigate the murder of a girl found strangled to death in a press box at a local high school.

Photo: Robert Voets/CBS.

(Answer to #2: C. In the pilot episode, Grissom tells Warrick, played by Gary Dourdan: "Forget about making a hundred, forget about the victim, forget about the suspect, and focus on the only thing that can't lie: the evidence.")

A) Cabaret singer
B) Stripper
C) Blackjack dealer
D) UNLV professor

*Keep reading for the answer to #3.

#4: Which former Cheers star joined CSI in Season 12?

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The cast of Cheers.

Photo: NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.

(Answer to #3: B. "The character was introduced in the pilot script as Catherine Willows, CSI-3, single mother, ex-stripper," Marg Helgenberger told CBS This Morning. "Some of the female producers thought about changing that backstory once we got picked up and put on the air, and I said, 'No, no, no, this is a woman who, that journey she took is much different than most people who go into law-enforcement, and I thought it really informed the character and the story. So I'm glad I stood up for my stripper-dom!")

A) Kelsey Grammer
B) Woody Harrelson
C) Ted Danson
D) Rhea Perlman

*Keep reading for the answer to #4.

#5: Which Oscar-nominated director—and CSI fan—directed the episode "Grave Danger"?

George Eads as Nick Stokes examining an evidence bag

George Eads as Nick Stokes on CSI.

Photo: Robert Voets/CBS

(Answer to #4: C. Sam Malone himself joined the cast of CSI! Ted Danson played D.B. Russell.)

A) Ron Howard
B) Quentin Tarantino
C) Clint Eastwood
D) David Fincher

*Keep reading for the answer to #5.

#6: What is the name of The Who hit that serves as the original CSI theme song?

\u200bThe intro to CSI

The intro to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Photo: YouTube

(Answer to #5: B. Quentin Tarantino directed the Season 5 finale.)

A) "Who Are You?"
B) "Won't Get Fooled Again"
C) "Baba O'Riley"
C) "I Can See For Miles"

*Keep reading for the answer to #6.

#7: What's the name of the dominatrix entwined with Grissom for much of the series' run?

Melinda Clarke wearing red and black

Melinda Clarke guest-starred on CSI starting with the second season.

Photo: Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images.

(Answer to #6: A. The answer is "Who Are You?" "Won't Get Fooled Again" was the theme for CSI: Miami. "Baba O'Riley" was the CSI: NY theme. "I Can See For Miles" opened CSI: Cyber.)

A) Lady Macbeth
B) Lady Whistledown
C) Lady Heather
D) Lady Luck

*Keep reading for the answer to #7.

#8: Which one of these is NOT true about Warrick (Gary Dourdan)?

\u200bGary Dourdan as Warrick Brown on CSI

Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown on CSI.

Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images.

(Answer to #7: C. Lady Heather had her hooks in Grissom up until the series finale.)

A) He's the only Las Vegas native on the team.
B) He had a severe gambling problem.
C) He was romantically involved with Julie Finlay (Elisabeth Shue).
D) He was a prime murder suspect.

*Keep reading for the answer to #8.

#9: GSR—coined by fans for the Grissom-Sara Romance—is a nod to this oft-used CSI abbreviation.

Sara kissing Grissom on CSI

CSI fans loved the pairing of Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and Gil Grissom (William Petersen).

Photo: YouTube.

(Answer to #8: C. Julie Finlay did not join the CSI team until Season 12, while Warrick was murdered in the Season 8 finale.)

A) Grid search and recovery
B) Grand-scale robbery
C) Gene status regulation
D) Gun shot residue

*Keep reading for the answer to #9.

#10: What brought Willows and Grissom back to CSI for the series finale?

Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen return for the CSI series finale

The series finale of CSI.

Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images.

(Answer to #9: D. Gun shot residue refers to the presence or absence of residue, indicating whether a gun was fired—and who was near the weapon when it was discharged.)

A) A serial killer targets Vegas showgirls.
B) A CSI team member is kidnapped.
C) A suicide bomber detonates his vest at a casino.
D) A CSI team member is buried alive.

*Keep reading for the answer to #10.

CSI: Vegas premieres Oct. 6 on CBS

(Answer to #10: C. Sara Sidle was once kidnapped by The Miniature Killer, Nick Stokes was buried alive and rescued, and plenty of serial killers have terrorized Sin City over the series' 15-season run. But it was a suicide bomber who detonated in one of WIllows' casinos that brought the gang back together.)

Stream episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Paramount+! And catch the series premiere of CSI: Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 10–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

SUBSCRIBE NOW: Enjoy 4 Digital Plus 2 Print/Digital Issues Of Watch Per Year — For Free!

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