History Series / CSI

15th Jun '16 10:36:08 AM TheCheshireCat
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** "Toe Tags", which had the stories told from the corpses' perspective, like they were ghosts.

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** "Toe Tags", which had the stories told from the corpses' perspective, like they were ghosts. The cases themselves are normal, though; the supernatural elements are just a framing device.
6th Jun '16 9:28:31 PM Sullivan
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Often. Example: In "The Theory of Everything", Catherine asks Hodges to use his cyanide-sensitive nose at a crime scene: "Now, get down and sniff the rug." Hodges, with a wry smile: "That's all they ever want."
6th Jun '16 10:54:24 AM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Boom," security guard Dominic is quick to use his expertise in bomb-making (he even blows some of himself) to aid the team in the investigation of a bomb at an office building. At least, that's what Dominic ''thinks'' is happening. In truth, between his knowledge and his quirky behavior, the team considers him the prime suspect and Dominic goes along, even drawing how the bomb must have been set up, oblivious to how he's implicating himself. When a public defender tries to end a talk, Dominic just brushes her off as "they're being good to me." The team, meanwhile, come to the idea that Dominic is actually playing a twisted game of openly confessing without evidence to play them.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Boom," security guard Dominic is quick to use his expertise in bomb-making (he even blows some of himself) up himself in his spare time) to aid the team in the investigation of a bomb at an office building. At least, that's what Dominic ''thinks'' is happening. In truth, between his knowledge and his quirky behavior, the team considers him the prime suspect and Dominic goes along, even drawing how the bomb must have been set up, oblivious to how he's implicating himself. When a public defender tries to end a talk, Dominic just brushes her off as "they're being good to me." The team, meanwhile, come to the idea that Dominic is actually playing a twisted game of openly confessing without evidence to play them.
6th Jun '16 10:53:19 AM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: In "Boom," security guard Dominic is quick to use his expertise in bomb-making (he even blows some of himself) to aid the team in the investigation of a bomb at an office building. At least, that's what Dominic ''thinks'' is happening. In truth, between his knowledge and his quirky behavior, the team considers him the prime suspect and Dominic goes along, even drawing how the bomb must have been set up, oblivious to how he's implicating himself. When a public defender tries to end a talk, Dominic just brushes her off as "they're being good to me." The team, meanwhile, come to the idea that Dominic is actually playing a twisted game of openly confessing without evidence to play them.
** It gets to the point where, after a conversation Dominic clearly doesn't realize is actually an interrogation, Grissom openly says he can't tell if the guy is a mastermind playing them or "just crazy."
** The answer comes when [[spoiler: Dominic dies stopping a bomb from going off in a school and the team realize he really was a hero trying to help them out.]]
25th May '16 3:36:30 PM HamburgerTime
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* AccidentalMurder: One episode features an accident ''made to look like'' a murder. A three-year-old boy accidentally suffocates his infant brother while playing with him, and to prevent the little boy from having to live down this act all his life the parents and their oldest son concoct an elaborate fake kidnapping-murder scheme that manages to fool the [=CSIs=] for most of the episode. But the whole thing comes apart when [[JustOneLittleMistake they manage to trace the "ransom note" to the family's own printer]].



* AdultFear: One episode had two boys who went missing and the main suspect is a pedophile. It didn't help when the team had to enlist his help to try to find the boys and he began to [[NightmareFuel describe in detail]] to Grissom how he would lure a child to him by gaining their trust. Another suspect was one of the boys' abusive grandfather. Imagine you were the father of that man, forced to leave your son with him because the grandfather was the only one available to look after your son. And failed.

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* AdultFear: One episode had two boys who went missing and the main suspect is a pedophile. It didn't help when the team had to enlist his help to try to find the boys and he began to [[NightmareFuel describe in detail]] to Grissom how he would lure a child to him by gaining their trust. Another suspect was one of the boys' abusive grandfather. Imagine you were the father son of that man, forced to leave your son with him because the grandfather was the only one available to look after your son. And failed. [[spoiler: The pedophile did it]].
24th May '16 3:17:23 PM HamburgerTime
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* WhamLine: From the infamous Season 1 episode "Blood Drops:"
-->'''Tina Collins:''' I learned to deal. But when [[AbusiveParents he]] went for my ''[[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo daughter]]''--
20th May '16 4:09:58 AM foxley
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* MurderByRemoteControlVehicle: In "Boston Brakes", the VictimOfTheWeek is murdered by the use of a computer program that allows the braking and steering systems of a car to be remotely hacked.
18th May '16 2:19:01 PM nombretomado
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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Brody, Sara, and Catherine within the show [[spoiler: until Catherine left]]; among the female leads across the spinoffs there's [[Series/CSIMiami blonde Calleigh]] and [[CSINewYork brunettes Stella and Danville]].

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Brody, Sara, and Catherine within the show [[spoiler: until Catherine left]]; among the female leads across the spinoffs there's [[Series/CSIMiami blonde Calleigh]] and [[CSINewYork [[Series/{{CSINY}} brunettes Stella and Danville]].
18th May '16 11:35:48 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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[[FollowTheLeader Influenced a great many subsequent programs]]; most directly, it inspired its producer, JerryBruckheimer, to try and replicate this success with ''Series/WithoutATrace'' and ''Series/ColdCase'' (both in the same verse). It also followed in ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'''s 'franchise' footsteps, with ''Series/CSIMiami'' (''[[MemeticMutation Yeeeeeeeaaaahh!]]''), ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' and the newly ordered ''Series/CSICyber''. As of end of the 2013-14 season, there are 746 total episodes of ''CSI'', ''Series/CSIMiami'' (''[[RunningGag Yeeeeeeeaaaaahhhh!]]''), and ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', not including books, comic books, and video games related to the franchise. Please note, however, that it is not the oldest of the current crop of forensic shows, a title held by British show ''Series/SilentWitness''.

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[[FollowTheLeader Influenced a great many subsequent programs]]; most directly, it inspired its producer, JerryBruckheimer, to try and replicate this success with ''Series/WithoutATrace'' and ''Series/ColdCase'' (both in the same verse). It also followed in ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'''s 'franchise' footsteps, with ''Series/CSIMiami'' (''[[MemeticMutation Yeeeeeeeaaaahh!]]''), ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' and the newly ordered ''Series/CSICyber''. As of end of the 2013-14 season, there are 746 total episodes of ''CSI'', ''Series/CSIMiami'' (''[[RunningGag Yeeeeeeeaaaaahhhh!]]''), and ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'', ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', not including books, comic books, and video games related to the franchise. Please note, however, that it is not the oldest of the current crop of forensic shows, a title held by British show ''Series/SilentWitness''.



** Male leads: Las Vegas has [[CoolOldGuy white-haired]] Grissom and DB; [[Series/CSINewYork brunet Mac]] and [[Series/CSIMiami redhead Horatio]].

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** Male leads: Las Vegas has [[CoolOldGuy white-haired]] Grissom and DB; [[Series/CSINewYork [[Series/{{CSINY}} brunet Mac]] and [[Series/CSIMiami redhead Horatio]].



* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''CSI'' did this to launch ''Series/CSIMiami'', which in turn launched ''[[Series/CSINewYork CSI NY]]''.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''CSI'' did this to launch ''Series/CSIMiami'', which in turn launched ''[[Series/CSINewYork ''[[Series/{{CSINY}} CSI NY]]''.



** Rumours circulated for a while about a possible CSI London (although for accuracy, it should be SOCO London, as the real-life CSI equivalents of the British Police are called Scene Of (the) Crime Officers[[note]] The NYPD relies on ''CSU''--Crime Scene Unit''[[/note]]) such that, when Mac Taylor of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' visited London, there was an expectant hush among some viewers... which dissipated almost immediately, since London was just a stock-footage pretty backdrop for a mystery phone call, part of a very definitely American story arc.

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** Rumours circulated for a while about a possible CSI London (although for accuracy, it should be SOCO London, as the real-life CSI equivalents of the British Police are called Scene Of (the) Crime Officers[[note]] The NYPD relies on ''CSU''--Crime Scene Unit''[[/note]]) such that, when Mac Taylor of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' visited London, there was an expectant hush among some viewers... which dissipated almost immediately, since London was just a stock-footage pretty backdrop for a mystery phone call, part of a very definitely American story arc.



** Sort of with the original bios on the CBS website. Catherine was said to have been born in Bozeman, Montana (likely recycled to ''{{CSI NY}}''[='=]s Lindsay) and Grissom's father was said to have been involved in smuggling. The first guidebook, covering the first three seasons, has this information as well.

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** Sort of with the original bios on the CBS website. Catherine was said to have been born in Bozeman, Montana (likely recycled to ''{{CSI NY}}''[='=]s ''Series/{{CSINY}}''[='=]s Lindsay) and Grissom's father was said to have been involved in smuggling. The first guidebook, covering the first three seasons, has this information as well.



* TheVerse: In addition to its [[Series/CSIMiami three]] [[Series/CSINewYork spinoff]] [[Series/CSICyber shows]], the show has also shares a universe and crossed over with fellow CBS procedurals ''Series/WithoutATrace'' and ''Series/ColdCase''.

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* TheVerse: In addition to its [[Series/CSIMiami three]] [[Series/CSINewYork [[Series/{{CSINY}} spinoff]] [[Series/CSICyber shows]], the show has also shares a universe and crossed over with fellow CBS procedurals ''Series/WithoutATrace'' and ''Series/ColdCase''.



* YouLookFamiliar: Four of the franchise's primary actors (the ones in the opening credits) have appeared on all 3 series (there may have been more with the one time guest stars, a lot have done at least two) Lawrence Fishburne, David Caruso, Gary Sinise and Carmine Giovinazzo. But only characters Ray Langston, Mac Taylor and Horatio Caine have been on all 3 series since Carmine's guest appearance on the original CSI was 2 years before he began playing his ''{{CSI NY}}'' character. WordOfGod says the guest role didn't influence the CSI NY casting.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Four of the franchise's primary actors (the ones in the opening credits) have appeared on all 3 series (there may have been more with the one time guest stars, a lot have done at least two) Lawrence Fishburne, David Caruso, Gary Sinise and Carmine Giovinazzo. But only characters Ray Langston, Mac Taylor and Horatio Caine have been on all 3 series since Carmine's guest appearance on the original CSI was 2 years before he began playing his ''{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' character. WordOfGod says the guest role didn't influence the CSI NY casting.
17th May '16 3:00:25 PM Wordpainter
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** "The Invisible Gorilla" operates thusly: a test group watches a video that featured six people, three in white shirts, three in black shirts, passing a basketball back and forth. The test group was instructed to carefully count the number of passes made from one person to another. Afterward, the test group was asked, "Did you notice the gorilla?" Turns out that at one point in the video, a man in a gorilla costume walks into the middle of the basketball players, thumps its chest a few times, then walks off-stage. In total, the gorilla is onscreen for nearly nine seconds, and no one ever spots (even those people who go into the experiment knowing there is going to be a gorilla tend to not spot it at all).

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** "The Invisible Gorilla" operates thusly: a test group watches a video that featured six people, three in white shirts, three in black shirts, passing a basketball back and forth. The test group was instructed to carefully count the number of passes made from one white-shirted person to another. Afterward, the test group was asked, "Did you notice the gorilla?" Turns out that at one point in the video, a man in a gorilla costume walks into the middle of the basketball players, thumps its chest a few times, then walks off-stage. In total, the gorilla is onscreen for nearly nine seconds, and no one ever spots (even those people who go into the experiment knowing there is going to be a gorilla tend to not spot it at all). The experiment does depend somewhat on context, however--the black gorilla is "irrelevant information" because of the instruction to focus on the white-shirted players. In at least one repeat of the experiment in which the instructions were given to watch the black shirts instead, the gorilla was immediately spotted by nearly everyone.
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