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NCIS - (S09E01)

Drama . Crime . Comedy . Adventure . Action

Gibbs and the NCIS team have to find answers regarding Tony's months-long assignment when an NCIS agent is found dead.

Episode Title: Nature of the Beast
Airs: 2011-09-20 at 20:00
  • Noel Holston

    NCIS is going to succeed first and foremost because of Harmon. His character is more or less the same quietly confident, genial guy he played when he was Allison Janney's ill-fated love interest on "The West Wing." He's essentially playing himself, and he's very good at it. [23 Sept 2003, p.B02]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    While it's true that television has been overloaded with acronyms lately and the redundant, long and confusing Navy NCIS is an egregious offender, it's also true that television is exploding with quality dramas and this is another of them.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Virginia Heffernan

    Another well-plotted show by Donald P. Bellisario.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    It's all nicely done, if you like this sort of thing. And there are a lot of people who like this sort of thing, judging by the ratings of both "JAG" and "CSI." [23 Sept 2003, p.C08]

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's a competent clone, one that features a promising ensemble cast led by Mark Harmon and David McCallum - that's right folks, Illya Kuryakin from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." If you have a taste for procedurals and a liking for Harmon's quiet charm, you'll find the show engaging enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.D14]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Phil Rosenthal

    Too much of the pilot is spent trying to make us understand what NCIS is, and too much of this NCIS unit's time is devoted to wrestling for jurisdiction within the federal government. Just let these people do their work and we might actually have something beyond a mere potboiler. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    There's too much of this jurisdictional stuff and an overload of staring by Gibbs, most of it directed at the coltish Caitlin. The story is fairly involving, though. And Mr. Harmon is an underrated actor who's added some softer touches after playing Gibbs as a humorless taskmaster in a two-part JAG that introduced the character. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    There's nothing terribly wrong with the show except that it draws from the same procedural well as CSI, Law & Order and the show from which it's spun, JAG. [23 Sept 2003, p.Hou1]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    This is a formulaic but fairly competent series with delusions of grandeur.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Unfortunately for CBS, one tiny flaw slipped into its otherwise masterful plan: The network let JAG's Don Bellisario do the clone-off rather than the folks at CSI. That may not affect the ratings, but in terms of quality, it's a deal breaker.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    And the evidence is plain: Millions of Americans sense that terrorism is in their midst, and CBS doesn't mind kicking up that fear a notch for the sake of gaining a rating point or two. [23 Sept 2003, p.E-6]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Harmon brings a light touch to this schizophrenic show. He's a sensitive cowboy who does his job and then goes home to work on a boat he's building. [23 Sept 2003, p.B1]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    You'll never regret missing Navy NCIS if you forget to watch. [23 Sept 2003, p.1F]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    There's nothing flashy or special about this series, but it's satisfying and impressive in an old-fashioned way - much more so, in this opener, than its parent, "JAG." A lot of it is due to the ease with which Harmon and McCallum embody their characters. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    Don't get this show mixed up with anything important on TV, though you may find it enjoyably diverting, if you can forgive the immorality of its premiere episode. I can't. [23 Sept 2003, p.C09]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    Harmon gives the show a serious injection of star power, and David McCallum plays a colorful medical examiner named Donald "Ducky" Mallard -- Bellisario went wacky with the names. This average crime procedural needs Ducky and every bit of personality it can muster. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Craig Tomashoff

    Instead of giving NCIS a playful touch, which could have distinguished it from "JAG," the writers repeatedly make every word and every situation as predictable as possible. Even the attempts to be hip and humorous -- Gibbs gets some shut-eye on a gurney alongside a corpse, the tattooed Sciuto loves to party into the wee hours -- seem as fresh and innovative as an "Adam-12" marathon.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    No surprises here, unless Shannen Doherty oozes out of one of the petri dishes. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    But the oddest thing here is Harmon. Normally a charmer, his Gibbs is all stony glances and smarmy silences. Why waste that natural likability? [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ann Donahue

    There's not a lot of originality being shown here, which is distressing to see in an initial effort that's so glacially paced. The audience literally knows what's coming and is forced to wait for the conclusion for the scenario to come to fruition.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Navy NCIS may not be ghastly, but it's a mutation, gratuitous and clunky. We don't need another criminal investigation show and we don't need another military justice show, and this series is those two, two, two shows in one.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    But if its idea of entertainment is a new domestic terrorist threat every week - as it is in tonight's debut - no thanks. As for the stars, Harmon is Harmon, an acquired taste I never acquired. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    As slow-witted as its redundant title would have you believe. [22 Sept 2003, p.3]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review

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