In just one week’s time, NCIS: Los Angeles is going to be celebrating an incredible feat in its 200th episode. Few shows ever make it to this point — yet, the flagship version of the show has done that and then some!
Tuesday night’s new episode of the CBS series, entitled “Voices,” is the whopping 338th episode of the show. There aren’t many scripted dramas out there with more — you’d have to look at Law & Order: SVU as one, given that this show recently aired its 416th episode.
Will NCIS find a way to be able to cross that 400-episode threshold as well? It’s hard to think about, mostly because the idea of any show making it so far into a run is almost inconceivable at this point. Yet, with this series CarterMatt does think there is a pretty good chance we could see it happen for a few different reasons.
1. The ratings are still good – Are they what they once were? No, but this remains the most-watched drama series on television — and the most-watched television series in the entire world. When you consider that, it’s hard to imagine CBS deciding to end the show any time soon.
2. Some of the original cast is still there – While Pauley Perrette may be leaving the show at the end of the season, this is a show that does still have many of its longtime cast members around including Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, and Sean Murray. While not all of them were regulars from the get-go they have all been part of the show for well over a decade and there’s a certainly familiarity that viewers have with them. After a long day of work there’s something comforting about being able to go home and see some of these familiar faces.
3. There are plenty more stories to tell – The world is always changing, and with that of course comes a wide array of different cases that the NCIS team could take on. The military is as important in America as it was back when the show first premiered — there isn’t any shortage of stories to tell as a result of that.
When would a 400th episode arrive?
If the show continues to air seasons of 24 episodes or more, there is a good chance that you’ll get a chance to celebrate a milestone 400th episode of NCIS at the end of season 17 — that’s only two more renewals! That’s probably not as far in the future as some would think and we do believe that it’s absolutely possible.
In looking at the show’s future beyond this milestone we do think that it will last however long the cast and crew wants to make it happen. Beyond Perrette, there hasn’t been much in the way of legitimate stories involving around other cast members leaving.
Do you think NCIS will make it to 400 episodes?
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