NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?
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How many actors are coming back and leaving the series for NCIS Season 20? Continue reading to find out.

After months of waiting, the fans will finally be able to see the return of the whole crew of NCIS on CBS for the 20th Season on Monday, September 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. After all, it 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 series also has been strong on social, with over 95.8 billion potential social media impressions. 

As the next season approaches, many viewers are curious to know which cast members are coming back for more drama and action to continue the legacy of this beloved TV series. The official Twitter handle of NCIS also shared the update among its followers on June 23, 2022, quoting, “Grab your gear – #NCIS returns with an ALL-NEW season Monday, September 19. You won’t want to miss it.” Take a look at the official post below:  

To ensure that the story of the upcoming season will be explored in relation to these characters and their own story arcs, which is always a benefit to see in the wider picture of the series, we have listed the names of these incredible actors and actresses for you. Continue reading to find out which cast members will be back for NCIS Season 20.

Gary Cole as Special Agent Alden Parker

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Alden Parker is a former FBI Special Agent-turned-NCIS Supervisory Special Agent who, as of 2022, is the new team leader of the NCIS Major Case Response Team, which operates out of the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Timothy Farragut “Tim” McGee is an NCIS Special Agent who is also the former temporary leader of the main NCIS Major Case Response Team in the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Originally, he was an NCIS Agent assigned to the Norfolk Naval Base, McGee regularly assisted Gibbs’s team with occasional cases before joining the main NCIS team on a permanent basis in September 2004.

Wilmer Valderrama as Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Nicholas “Nick” Torres is an NCIS Special Agent and a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team led by NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Alden Parker. He is the son of Miguel Torres, the brother of Marine Lucia Campbell, brother-in-law of murdered Navy Commander George Campbell, and uncle of Amanda Campbell.

Brian Dietzen as Dr. James Jimmy Palmer

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

James “Jimmy” Palmer, a physician and the Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team, is also known by the alias “Autopsy Gremlin.” Ducky resigned from his post as NCIS Medical Examiner in March 2019, and Palmer was appointed in his place. Breena Palmer and Dr. Palmer were married from May 2012 till her death from the Covid-19 virus in December 2020. Victoria Elizabeth Palmer is the couple’s daughter.

Diona Reasonover as Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Kasie Hines is the current Forensic Scientist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team out of the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and the replacement for Abigail Sciuto after she left at the end of season 15. In season 19, for the episode titled, Starting Over, we learned that Kasie is in the early stages of a relationship with Piper, one of the techs from the Sub-Basement at the Navy Yard.

Katrina Law as Special Agent Jessica Knight

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Jessica Knight is an NCIS Special Agent who was assigned to the REACT Unit in the Navy Yard Washington D.C. After her team was presumably disbanded, Knight subsequently joined the main NCIS Major Case Response Team. We discover that Jessica’s cousin is being married in the episode, Thick As Thieves, of last season and that her date abandoned her. She invites James Palmer after trying in vain to get Nick Torres and Tim McGee to accompany her as her “plus one” in order to avoid upsetting her family by being unmarried.  At the episode’s conclusion, they depart for the wedding after he gives his consent.

Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Leon James Vance is the Director of NCIS. He is also the husband/widower of Jackie Vance, father of Kayla and Jared Vance, brother-in-law of Michael Thomas, and son-in-law of Lamar Addison.

David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Donald Horatio “Ducky” Mallard, D.H.L. (hon.) is a retired Doctor and also the former official Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team led by NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. In addition to performing autopsies on the victims, Ducky composes a psychological profile on any potential suspects or criminals that the team encounter, having graduated after taking a forensic psychology course.

Teri Polo as Vivian Kolchak

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Teri Polo will play Vivian Kolchak, Parker’s ex-wife and a former FBI agent who joined the Defense Department as a paranormal investigator after their divorce from the FBI. She’s scheduled to make her debut in the season 19 finale and then makes infrequent appearances in NCIS Season 20.

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Which NCIS actor departed the series in Season 19?

Mark Harmon: Mark Harmon, who plays NCIS Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, won’t be returning for the next season. He is a fictional character in the CBS TV series NCIS. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper turned special agent who commands a team for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. 

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mark Harmon opened up for the first time about his exit from NCIS last fall. He stated, “What has always drawn me here is the character I play and to keep it fresh and to keep it challenging,” the 70-year-old actor said in the clip, before alluding to the possibility that it was time to close this chapter in his career — for now. “Plot-wise, this character has taken the path that it did. I thought it was honest and OK with.” Harmon then assured NCIS fans Gibbs is still alive and kicking, enjoying the simpler things in life: “I’m not retired… The character is living in Alaska as far as I know.”

Additionally, he also acknowledged that he was “not sure” how long he would be gone, quoting, “My gut’s telling me, I’ll know when I find it,” Gibbs said of what exactly he’s looking for. “This sense of peace, I have not had this since Shannon and Kelly died and I’m not ready to let it go.” He then offered his protege the unofficial reins of the NCIS office. “I could not have hoped for anyone better to watch my back for the past 18 years than you,” he said to McGee.

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Where can you stream NCIS?

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 9/8c time slot. You are able to stream NCIS for free on Pluto, CBS, and NBC based on the viewers’ location. 

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

NCIS Official Synopsis

The synopsis of the series states, “NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT) special agents based at the Washington, D.C. field office in Washington Navy Yard. For the first eighteen seasons, the team was led by Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a Marine veteran, and seasoned investigator.”

NCIS Season 20: Which cast members are returning for the upcoming season?

Catch up on previous seasons while you wait for NCIS Season 20 to premiere on CBS next month.  

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