NCIS Season 21: Will it be the last season?

NCIS Season 21: Will it be the last season?
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Will the much-anticipated 21st season of NCIS be the final one? Here is everything we know so far.

After being on air for the last twenty years, some viewers have started to wonder if the next season of this beloved police procedural television series will be the last one or not. After all, it’s an impressive milestone for any television show to last for so many years and still retain the same popularity and love with a massive fan following, which just keeps growing with each season as new viewers also tune in every year to stream the new chapter of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. 

The show effectively combines elements of military drama, police procedural genres, and comedy. That makes it an ideal family television programme for everyone to enjoy together every week. It’s not far-fetched to say this, but the show has become a part of many viewers’ lives, and saying goodbye would be difficult for them. So, if you are wondering about this beloved show’s future plans, then you have reached the right place to get all the answers!

In this article, we’ll try to determine whether or not the NCIS will return for another season.  

NCIS Season 21: Will it be the last season?

NCIS: What does the future look like for this show?

As of writing this, we know that curiosity to learn about the future has been at an all-time high, but one should be happy as recently the series has been renewed for a 21st season, which is quite exciting news and secures the fate of the show for another year! But we can’t help but notice that many viewers are still puzzled as to why the show wasn’t granted a “multiple season order,” which typically consists of two to three seasons, by giving an early renewal to offer viewers confidence. 

Sadly, this time around, the series was renewed for just one season for the 2023–24 CBS broadcast season, which isn’t that bad at all, but we can understand why it caused a bit of concern among the loyal viewers. Right now, it is safe to assume that the plans for an additional season haven’t been confirmed by the show creators, as their prime goal is the release of the next season. So, the future status of the show is at a standstill. 

We assume that the crew is waiting to see how the reception of the 21st season will be before they move forward to get it renewed for another year and create new plotlines. To be honest, the overall ratings of the show are too good to let go this early on, so we think that any major network like CBS will try their best to not cancel the show anytime soon! Hence, there is a high chance that the network might renew this beloved franchise for many more years once the new season starts airing. 

We’ll just have to wait and see what the future has in store. Until then, everything relating to the potential renewal of the show for a 22nd or 23rd season is up in the air.

NCIS Season 21 Release Date: When will it premiere on CBS? 

The filming of the new season hasn’t even begun yet, and it will take quite some time to properly schedule the production stage, which usually commences around the summer season, but due to the ongoing writer’s strike, many networks have had to close their writers’ rooms for a temporary period of time until a proper resolution for the writer’s pay is made. This strike can cause a major shift in the 2023–2024 primetime schedule, and if it happens, the network will acknowledge it. 

In the meantime, much to viewers’ delight, CBS recently unveiled the 2023–2024 primetime schedule, which still seems to be going as per plan, and NCIS Season 21 is still confirmed to be part of the fall lineup, with September being the likely release window, at the same time slot every Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and later on Paramount Plus. Not only that but NCIS: Hawai’i will also return for a third season, for which the release date will be announced later. 

NCIS Season 21: What to expect from the next season?

Not much has been revealed, but we are sure that the show will be true to the theme, which follows: NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

The next season will definitely pick up major plotlines from the final episode of NCIS Season 20, “Black Sky,” which is directed by Diana Valentine and written by Brendan Fehily and David J. North. In the episode, viewers got to see that Torres finds himself in prison as the team tries to stop an impending terror attack on U.S. soil. A major cliffhanger from the previous season’s finale will serve as inspiration for the upcoming season’s storyline expansion and resolution of all unanswered questions.

The main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows: 

Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres, Katrina Law as Jessica Knight, Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines, David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, Gary Cole as Alden Parker. The series is created by Donald P. Bellisario, and NCIS is produced by Bellisarius Productions in association with CBS Studios. Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Scott Williams, David North, and Bellisario serve as executive producers.

NCIS Season 21: Will it be the last season?

NCIS Season 21: Where to stream?

If you haven’t been able to keep up with the seasons, then you can watch all the earlier episodes of NCIS exclusively on the CBS website or the CBS app, depending on the user’s location, which will also later be available to watch on the official website. The viewers may also watch as it airs live through platforms like YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV.

The series is also available on Paramount Plus, FuboTV, and Netflix, along with all the prior seasons. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing it on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on Pluto for free based on the viewer’s location. 

Catch up on the previous seasons and let us know what you think of NCIS being renewed for Season 21 in the comments.