NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres
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What can the viewers expect to see in NCIS Season 20? Continue reading to find out. 

Only seven days are left for the premiere of the most anticipated and beloved TV series franchise, NCIS, for its 20th season. Amazingly, the show started on September 23, 2003. After 19 years, the show gets a great reception from fans worldwide which makes each season even tougher to keep up with the prior season’s success which delivers in terms of content and characters arcs that the fans have grown to love and care about by investing so much time in watching these episodes.

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

So the pressure is high, and the anticipation is growing with each passing day, with viewers speculating. What can happen in the next season? Will it deal with new themes and subplots or be the same and consistent with the prior storyline? If you are one of them and as curious as we are, then you have reached the right place! As we’ve compiled everything, you need to know before the new season premieres. So that you know what you’re getting into before watching the series while recapping the previous seasons when it becomes available on the streaming platform next week. 

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

When will NCIS Season 20 premiere on CBS?

In a crossover premiere event, CBS will launch NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i into their new seasons together while having the casts of both shows participate in a manhunt for a deadly felon. The record 20th season of NCIS on the network will begin with the two-hour premiere, and NCIS: Hawai’i will enter its second season. Everything begins on September 19 at 9 p.m. (ET) on CBS and streams live and on-demand on Paramount+ to exclusively watch the episode premiere on the platform. 

The official Twitter handle of the show also confirmed the news by sharing a short clip from the crossover episode, quoting, “Are you ready? The #NCIS and #NCISHawai’i premiere crossover event is almost here – and it’s guaranteed to be explosive. It’s all starting next Monday, September 19 at 9/8c on @CBS.” Take a look at the official post below: 

The drama series is the No. 1 most-watched broadcast series this season, per Nielsen, drawing 11.11 million viewers and improving its new Monday 9 PM time slot by 149%, as per Nielsen. The credit for NCIS’s success goes to many factors, but the most belongs to the show’s producers, Belisarius Productions, in association with CBS Studios. Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Scott Williams, David North, and Donald P. Bellisario serve as executive producers.

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

NCIS Season 20: What to expect in the crossover episode?

Earlier, it was reported that the crossover episode would lead into the two series, and cast members will explore together across two hours, the hunt for a dangerous suspect unveils a complex network and a larger sinister plan that will take the D.C. team to Hawai’i in a race to thwart the next large-scale attack. It begins with the Season 20 premiere of NCIS at 9 PM.

The pilot episode, A Family Matter, picks up following the cliffhanger season 19 finale, with Special Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole) still on the run with his ex-wife Vivian (Terri Polo) and the team investigating who from his past might have a personal vendetta against him in hopes of clearing Parker’s name. Enlisting the help of NCIS: Hawai’i Special Agent Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and computer specialist Ernie Malick (Jason Antoon), who is in town meeting with director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) in preparation for a global military exercise, the group tracks down their prime suspect, The Raven.

The crossover event concludes with the Season 2 premiere of NCIS: Hawai’i, which follows at 10 PM. In the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” episode, Tennant’s team, along with NCIS agents Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Knight (Katrina Law), track The Raven’s whereabouts on the island of Oahu and learn about his plans to attack RIMPAC (The Rim of the Pacific Exercises), the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. NCIS stars Gary Cole, Brian Dietzen, and Diona Reasonover also guest star in the episode.

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

Which cast members are returning for NCIS Season 20?

The main cast members who are expected to appear in the upcoming season are as follows with their respective character descriptions: 

  • Sean Murray as Timothy McGee: NCIS Senior Special Agent, second in command of MCRT
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres: NCIS Special Agent
  • Katrina Law as Jessica Knight: NCIS Special Agent
  • Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer: Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS
  • Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines: Forensic Specialist for NCIS
  • Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance: NCIS Director
  • David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard: NCIS Historian and former Chief Medical Examiner
  • Gary Cole as Alden Parker: Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Major Case Response Team (MCRT) assigned to Washington’s Navy Yard, former FBI Special Agent turned NCIS agent. 

The notable guests who are reported to appear in the upcoming season are Joe Spano as Tobias Fornell, Private Detective, and former FBI Senior Special Agent. Moreover, for the crossover episodes these are the cast members who are expected to appear in the episode are Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant, NCIS Special Agent in Charge, and Jason Antoon as Ernie Malik, NCIS cyber intelligence specialist. 

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

NCIS Season 20 Episodes

The exact number of the episodes is not disclosed as of September 12, 2022. But it is expected that the season will be consistent with the prior season and have at least 20 episodes with an average runtime of 39–44 minutes. The titles of the first three episodes were revealed by the network, which is as follows:

  • S20E1: A Family Matter – September 19, 2022
  • S20E2: Daddy Issues – September 26, 2022
  • S20E3: Unearth – October 3, 2022

CBS will release the official synopsis and titles of the rest of the episodes in the coming weeks as the premiere begins on a weekly basis. Hence, we suggest fans be patient for the time being and look forward to the pilot episode of NCIS Season 20, which will begin with Episode 1 as a crossover event that concludes in NCIS: Hawai’i season 2 episode 1.

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

Where can you stream NCIS Season 20?

NCIS is currently available to watch on Paramount+, fuboTV, and Netflix. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users.

Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on CBS’s official website, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel on Mondays in the 9 p.m. (ET) time slot. You can stream NCIS for free on Pluto and CBS based on the viewers’ location. 

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

NCIS Season 20 Official Trailer

The first official promo of the upcoming season was released on September 1, 2022, with the tagline stating, “Get ready for the return of NCIS Season 20 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 2 with the special two-hour crossover premiere event on September 19th on CBS.”

The official trailer for NCIS Season 20 of 1:30 minutes was released recently, which did not disclose any major storyline and spoilers, instead implying that the first episode will take up right where last season’s Raven-centric cliffhanger left off. Take a look at the official promo and trailer below:

NCIS Season 20 Official Synopsis

The official synopsis of NCIS Season 20 states, “Following the cliffhanger Season 19 finale, with Special Agent Alden Parker still on the run with his ex-wife Vivian, the team investigates who from his past might have a personal vendetta against him in hopes of clearing Parker’s name. Enlisting the help of Special Agent Jane Tennant and computer specialist Ernie Malick, who are in town meeting with director Leon Vance in preparation for a global military exercise, the group tracks down their prime suspect, The Raven.”

NCIS Season 20: Everything you need to know before the new season premieres

Let us know in the comments what you are most excited to see in NCIS Season 20.

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