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NCIS Hawai‘i stars Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant and Noah Mills as Jesse identify themselves, while Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy Tara looks on.

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Zoom meetings. Dinner prep. Homework oversight. Lacrosse carpool. Life has a way of hijacking your ability to hunker down and binge-watch really good television. That’s where summer comes in. With (hopefully) less on your to-do list, and an air-conditioned family room calling your name, now’s the time to tune in to Paramount+ and catch up on CBS’s new and returning dramas, as well as its breakout comedy of the year. Here’s your guide to the must-stream shows of 2022.

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NCIS: Hawai'i

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Alex Tarrant as Kai Holman, Noah Mills as Jesse, and Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant

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Plot: Come for the sparkling sun and surf, stay for the savvy of Jane Tennant, a soccer mom who is also the first female special agent in charge of NCIS Hawai‘i. Tenacious and smart, Tennant has risen through the ranks by pushing back against sexism in a system that has consistently pushed back against her. Along with her team of talented specialists, Tennant balances duty to family and country while investigating unsolved murders, kidnappings, and various mysteries around the Navy and Marines.

Players:

Vanessa Lachey Jane Tennant, head honcho of NCIS Hawai‘i

Noah Mills Jesse Boone, former big city homicide detective, expert interrogator, and Tennant’s sometimes confidant

Yasmine Al-Bustami Lucy Tara, a junior member of Tennant’s team who does whatever it takes to get the job done

Alex Tarrant Kai Holman, the new kid on the team and the only native Hawaiian

Jason Antoon Ernie Malik, the resident cyber-intelligence expert

Favorite Scene: “It has to be during the season finale, for the sole reason that everyone was in one space together and it was literally a big ol’ party. It was a beautiful way to wrap up the year.” —Yasmine Al-Bustami

NCIS: Hawai'i airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

CSI: Vegas

Three stars of CSI Vegas walk with their equipment and gear to a crime scene

From left: CSI Vegas’ Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome, and Mandeep Dhillon

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Plot: The high-tech series that ran for 15 seasons and spawned several spinoffs is back, this time in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire crime lab and release thousands of convicted killers onto Sin City’s streets, a team of brilliant investigators (both new and familiar faces from the original CSI) unite, deploying cutting-edge forensic techniques to crack cases and catch bad guys.

Players:

Paula Newsome Maxine Roby, head of the Las Vegas crime lab

William Petersen Gil Grissom, quick-witted forensic entomologist who ran the lab in the original series

Jorja Fox Sara Sidle, Grissom’s partner in crime solving and beyond

Wallace Langham David Hodges, former lab tech turned expert witness

Matt Lauria Joshua Folsom, a high-level investigator who typically takes the lead on the crime of the week

Mandeep Dhillon Allie Rajan, a hard-working level-II CSI born in India and educated in the U.S.

Favorite Scene: “Episode 6: There’s a creepy clown motel— complete with dead clowns!—an ominously squalid and rattling narcotic-dispensing ice cream truck, origami, and a cast of bountifully quirky characters, including a serial killer! Quite a lot for our CSIs to juggle! Brilliantly penned, shot, lit, directed, and edited!” --Matt Lauria

Watch CSI: Vegas on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

FBI

FBI\u2019s Zeeko Zaki and Missy Peregrym in dramatic profile.

FBI’s Zeeko Zaki and Missy Peregrym

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Plot: A fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and the reason the FBI franchise was born.

Players:

Missy Peregrym Maggie Bell, a seasoned investigator who’s in charge of the team while out in the field

Zeeko Zaki Omar Adom “O.A.” Zidan, a New Yorker, military vet, and Muslim whose fluent Arabic comes in handy

Jeremy Sisto Jubal Valentine, assistant special agent in charge who coordinates the movement of field agents from the team’s high-tech offices

Alana De La Garza Isobel Castille, the quick-thinking special agent in charge

John Boyd Stuart Scola, an Ivy League– educated Wall Streeter turned FBI agent

Katherine Renee Turner Tiffany Wallace, whose NYPD background is often an asset in the field

Favorite Scene: “We had about 20 minutes of sunlight left to film the scene where O.A. finds Sunny in the Season 4 crossover [featuring FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International cast members]. We were in the most beautiful mansion on a little lake outside Budapest. We got the shot in one or two takes and got to watch the sun set.” —Zeeko Zaki

Watch new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

FBI: Most Wanted

A group of state patrol officers pore over a document on the hood of a car in a scene from FBI Most Wanted

Dylan McDermott takes charge on FBI: Most Wanted.

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Plot: This first FBI spinoff follows the Fugitive Task Force, which tracks and takes down notorious criminals on the bureau’s— you’ve got it—Most Wanted list.

Players:

Dylan McDermott Remy Scott, leader of the Fugitive Task Force

Julian McMahon Jess LaCroix, the former leader of the Fugitive Task Force who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Keisha Castle-Hughes Hana Gibson, a special agent with a sharp sense of humor and the team’s master of data mining

Roxy Sternberg Sheryll Barnes, an ex-NYPD detective with elevated street smarts thanks to undercover gang work in the Bronx

Alexa Davalos Kristin Gaines, a Navy vet turned tireless special agent

Miguel Gomez Ivan Ortiz, whose street-cop instincts are key to his undercover work

Watch FBI: Most Wanted Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

FBI: International

The stars of FBI Internation pose on set in Hungary.

From left: FBI International’s Carter Redwood, Heida Reed, Luke Kleintank, and Vinessa Vidotto

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Plot: The third iteration of the FBI brand follows savvy operatives from the FBI’s elite International Fly Team. Based in Budapest (where the show shoots), the Fly Team travels the globe, tracking and de-escalating threats against American citizens in exotic locales.

Players:

Luke Kleintank Scott Forrester, a cool-headed agent and leader of the International Fly Team

Heida Reed Jamie Kellett, a special agent on the Fly Team who develops an even more special relationship with one of her co-workers

Vinessa Vidotto Cameron Vo, a West Point grad and the newest member of the group

Carter Redwood Andre Raines, a background in accounting makes this special agent the brainiac of the bunch

Christiane Paul Europol agent Katrin Jaeger, a tough-as-nails liaison between the Fly Team and local police

Favorite Scene: “It was in Episode 7, but it didn’t make the final cut. The Fly Team was in Prague and had to pay this madame for information. We had a scene where we all had to pool our money together to pay her, and we could not get through the scene without cracking up. It just escalated every time we did a take, and it still makes me giggle thinking about it.” —Heida Reed

Watch new CBS Drama FBI: International takes the action abroad on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+!

Ghosts

The Cast of the CBS tv show Ghosts pose in the parlor of the haunted mansion.

Ghosts’ Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar. Back row, clockwise from bottom left: Danielle Pinnock, Devan Chandler Long, Sheila Carrasco, Asher Grodman, Brandon Scott Jones, Richie Moriarty, Román Zaragoza, and Rebecca Wisocky

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Plot: Inspired by the 2019 BBC series of the same name, Ghosts stars Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar as city dwellers who inherit a country estate that they decide to turn into a B&B. The hitch? The manse is inhabited by unwelcoming guests—the many lively spirits of deceased residents who now call it home.

Players:

Rose McIver Samantha, the upbeat estate owner who sees dead people

Utkarsh Ambudkar Jay, Samantha’s skeptical husband who doesn’t see dead people

Brandon Scott Jones Isaac, the Revolutionary War captain

Richie Moriarty Pete, the overly optimistic scoutmaster whose archery accident has stayed with him

Danielle Pinnock Alberta, a Prohibition-era lounge singer

Asher Grodman Trevor, a Wall Street bro caught with his pants down

Román Zaragoza Sasappis, a Native American from the 1500s

Sheila Carrasco Flower, the sweet hippy from the ’60s

Rebecca Wisocky Hetty, the onetime lady of the house

Devan Chandler Long Thorfinn, a Viking explorer

Favorite Scene: “My favorite moment is the prom scene from the episode ‘Attic Girl.’ You can see the love between Sam and Jay. I’m a rom-com sucker, so to be able to be a part of that moment was really special.” -Utkarsh Ambudkar

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The DNA-helix-inspired spiral staircase that is a feature of the CSI: Vegas set.

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By Maria Neuman

With the latest incarnation of the CSI series, the forever-favorite forensics drama seems to have come full circle, with classic cadaver-sleuthing characters (Gil Grissom, Sara Sidle, and David Hodges) joining a new crew (Maxine Roby, Allie Rajan, and Josh Folsom) and returning to the place where it all started—Sin City. The updated CSI: Vegas opens a new chapter for the Crime Lab, and it needed a new look to match because even morgues deserve a makeover every now and again.

“The design brief was to develop the next generation, cutting-edge forensics laboratory in Las Vegas,” says Alex Hajdu, who has also done production design on Magnum P.I. “The look is a building that had a history before becoming a crime lab.” This is evident in the sleek entry foyer with cast concrete walls, terrazzo floors, and a striking DNA helix-inspired spiral staircase.

“I looked at images and architectural drawings of similar buildings, like the 1950s Chase Bank in Palm Springs.” Naturally, Hajdu also perused the previous CSIs; the midcentury design pattern is the connecting thread through them.

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The Who's Pete Townshend performing live on stage.

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By Nate Millado

When CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker was searching for a theme song, CBS execs wanted a "rock anthem." So they called the legendary band The Who and showed them the main title sequence scored to "Who Are You," Zuiker revealed in an interview with the Television Academy Foundation. "[Pete] Townshend and [Roger] Daltrey liked it, signed off on it, and it became part of our lore," Zuiker recalls. "And once we did Miami and NY, it was a no-brainer to keep spinning off and doing the same songs from the same band."

CSI: Vegas comes full circle when it premieres Oct. 6 on CBS. Not only are OG cast members Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) returning, but so is the original theme song. (Joy Oladokun covers the iconic "Who Are You.) A look back at every CSI theme song by The Who!

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Theme — "Who Are You"

CSI: Miami Theme — "Won't Get Fooled Again"

CSI: NY Theme — "Baba O'Riley"

CSI: Cyber Theme — "I Can See For Miles"

CSI: Vegas Theme — "Who Are You" (Cover)

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The stars of CSI: NY

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By Nate Millado

CSI comes full circle this fall, returning to the city where it all started (Las Vegas) with some familiar faces, Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle. The procedural was a massive hit right out the gate and reinvigorated the crime drama with its cinematic look, fully fleshed-out ensemble, and impressive (for the time) effects. It's no wonder, then, that the mothership has spawned four spinoffs, including the highly anticipated CSI: Vegas. Here's a look back at two decades of CSI.

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-2015)

Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen pose in front of a background of cracked glass

Marg Helgenberger and William Petersen in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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Original cast: William Petersen as Gil Grissom, Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows, Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown, George Eads as Nick Stokes, Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle, and Paul Guilfoyle as Jim Brass

What it was about: The Las Vegas PD Criminalistics Division is the #2 crime lab in the U.S—and for good reason! The night-shift team, led by CSI director and entomologist Gil Grissom (Petersen), uses forensic techniques and cutting-edge technology to crack cases that have baffled just about every other crime lab. The rest of the CSI team includes ex-stripper-turned-CSI Catherine Willows (Helgenberger), Vegas native and recovering gambler Warrick Brown (Dourdan), workaholic Sara Sidle (Fox), and empathetic Texan Nick Stokes (Eads).

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CSI: Miami (2002-2012)

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David Caruso starred as Horatio Caine in CSI: Miami, inspired by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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Original cast: David Caruso as Horatio Caine, Kim Delaney as Megan Donner, Emily Procter as Calleigh Duquesne, Adam Rodriguez as Eric Delko, Rory Cochrane as Tim "Speed" Speedle, and Khandi Alexander as Alexx Woods

What it was about: We shift from the neon lights of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to the sun, sand, and swamp of CSI: Miami. The Dade County crew still uses forensic science to catch their criminals, but they also happen to be cops with the power to arrest!

Spun off from: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In Season 2, Episode 22 ("Cross Jurisdictions"), a lead on a kidnapped girl in Vegas sends Willows and Brown to Florida, where they meet their Miami counterpart, Horatio Caine (Caruso).

CSI: NY (2004-2013)

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Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes starred as Detectives Mac Taylor and Stella Bonasera in CSI: NY.

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Original cast: Gary Sinise as Mac Taylor, Melina Kanakaredes as Stella Bonasera, Carmine Giovinazzo as Danny Messer, Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn, Hill Harper as Sheldon Hawkes, and Eddie Cahill as Don Flack

What it was about: This gritty installment of the franchise was set on the mean streets of New York. The NYC crime lab team was led by Detective Mac Taylor (Sinise), a former Marine and NYPD veteran who lost his wife on 9/11. Kanakaredes played his partner, Stella Bonasera, a savvy investigator who—being a true New Yorker—often speaks before she thinks.

Spun off from: CSI: Miami. In Season 2, Episode 23 ("MIA/NYC Nonstop"), Caine heads to the Big Apple to fulfill a promise to 16-year-old Laura Spellman, who discovered the bodies of her slain parents. The sunglass-toting CSI from Miami vows to find their killer and joins forces with Taylor (Sinise) and the CSI: NY team, who are investigating a murder that might be related.

CSI: Cyber (2015-2016)

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Emmy and Oscar winner Patricia Arquette headlined CSI: Cyber.

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Original cast: Patricia Arquette as Avery Ryan, James Van Der Beek as Elijah Mundo, Peter MacNicol as Simon Sifter, Shad Moss as Brody Nelson, Charley Koontz as Daniel Krumitz, and Hayley Kiyoko as Raven Ramirez (Ted Danson reprised his CSI character of D.B. Russell in Season 2.)

What it was about: While previous agents in the CSI franchise tracked down criminals in dark alleyways, CSI: Cyber searched the dark web for anonymous criminals plotting illegal activities behind their keyboards. Inspired by real-life cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI.

Spun off from: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In Season 14, Episode 21 ("Kitty"), the CSIs enlist the help of Avery Ryan from Washington, DC, to investigate the cyber-related murder of a prominent casino owner's wife.

CSI: Vegas (2021)

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Paula Newsome as Maxine Roby and Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle on CSI: Vegas.

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Cast: William Peterson as Gil Grissom, Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle, Paula Newsome as Maxine Roby, Matt Lauria as Josh Folsom, Mandeep Dhillon as Allie Rajan, and Mel Rodriguez as Hugo Ramirez

What it's about: CSI opens a new chapter in the city where it all began—Las Vegas. Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle return to the crime lab to investigate a new threat that could potentially release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Sin City. They'll enlist a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby to follow the evidence in order to preserve and serve justice, deploying the latest forensic techniques.

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