History YMMV / CSI

10th Sep '16 9:13:54 PM ThePest179
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* CompleteMonster:
** Mandy and Cameron Klinefeld from season 4's "Assume Nothing" put the "unholy" back in UnholyMatrimony. A married couple united by a shared sexual fetish for rape and murder, the pair operate by abducting other husbands and wives, sexually torturing the women while making the men watch, with the ultimate goal of forcing them to MercyKill the women they love. They promise the husbands they can go free if they do this, but [[ILied they're lying]].
** Season 12 ArcVillain Laura Gabriel is a ruthless arms smuggler and BigBadFriend to [[TheLancer Catherine Willows]]. Playing a meek and submissive wife to her [[CorruptCorporateExecutive sleazy private military firm head husband Mark]], she uses this false personality to deflect blame off her and onto him as she funnels his company's weapons to TheMafia and {{The Cartel}}s. When the investigation starts getting too close to the truth, she hires employees of the company to murder her own lawyer and all of his staff; following this, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness she kills the assassins]] and burns their bodies beyond recognition in order to fake her own death and that of her right-hand man. She intended for an enraged Catherine to [[VigilanteExecution summarily execute her husband]], and also placed a contract on Catherine herself to clean up the last remaining loose end, not caring for her old friend in the slightest.
29th Aug '16 10:02:06 PM PaulA
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* SeasonalRot: Happens with nearly any LongRunner. While not ''bad'' in its later years, the show received a lot more press, ratings, and critical acclaim in its first few seasons (even earning a few Emmy nominations). One could make a case with show growing stale as early as Seasons 6/7, but it was likely Grissom's departure in Season 9 that really accelerated things.

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* SeasonalRot: Happens with nearly any LongRunner. While not ''bad'' in its later years, the show received a lot more press, ratings, and critical acclaim in its first few seasons (even earning a few Emmy nominations). One could make a case with show growing stale as early as Seasons 6/7, but it was likely Grissom's departure in Season 9 that really accelerated things.
4th Aug '16 9:09:01 PM HamburgerTime
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* HarsherInHindsight (Or Foresight, considering there was at least 5 hours between the conclusion and the show's airing): An episode about a very troubled person shooting up the LVPD (3 dead [[spoiler: including the gunman, a teenager; additionally the person who manipulated him into shooting was arrested]], at least a dozen wounded) airs ''the same day'' a very troubled person [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fort-hood-shooting-20140403,0,2607630.story shoots up an army base]] (4 dead including the gunman, over a dozen wounded).

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* HarsherInHindsight (Or Foresight, considering there was at least 5 hours between the conclusion and the show's airing): HarsherInHindsight:
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An episode about a very troubled person shooting up the LVPD (3 dead [[spoiler: including the gunman, a teenager; additionally the person who manipulated him into shooting was arrested]], at least a dozen wounded) airs ''the same day'' a very troubled person [[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fort-hood-shooting-20140403,0,2607630.story shoots up an army base]] (4 dead including the gunman, over a dozen wounded).wounded).
** "The Accused Is Entitled," which had an {{Expy}} of Creator/JohnnyDepp being accused of murdering two women he had a one-night stand with and the cast being exasperated by the fact that his being a wealthy celebrity enables him to hire the best lawyers, scientists, etc. to help get him off. More than a decade later the real Depp would be accused of wife-beating, which along with other contemporary scandals related to Creator/BillCosby and Creator/WoodyAllen among others has prompted serious discussion on the propensity of celebrities to get away with crimes.
10th Jul '16 12:34:08 AM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: Sara is either one of the most compelling and {{woobie}}ish characters on the show, or just plain crass and annoying.

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Sara is either one of the most compelling and {{woobie}}ish characters on the show, or just plain crass and annoying.
26th May '16 11:11:10 PM TSBasilisk
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Sqweegel, a serial murderer out to avenge unpunished crimes... while wearing a ''rubber gimp suit'', walking in a four-limbed hunch, and practically spitting his lines out. Despite hints he would return after escaping the cops he was never spoken of again.
21st May '16 8:12:19 PM HamburgerTime
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* EsotericHappyEnding: "Ch-ch-ch-changes," the 100th episode, becomes this [[FridgeHorror once the viewer remembers]] that [[UnholyMatrimony the villains]] had an adorable little daughter who knew nothing of her parents' misdeeds and is now completely alone in the world, since even her nanny ([[spoiler: who was also her surrogate mom since her mother is transgender and can't have children]]) was arrested for helping the couple cover up their crimes.
19th Jan '16 10:59:59 AM nombretomado
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: {{ABC}} turned the series down with the excuse of it being, "Too confusing for the average viewer". Of course, it became a smash hit for {{CBS}} and the start of the ForensicDrama genre. [[note]] ABC's decision to pass on CSI was one of the factors in Disney's second management shift in 2005. [[/note]]

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: {{ABC}} Creator/{{ABC}} turned the series down with the excuse of it being, "Too confusing for the average viewer". Of course, it became a smash hit for {{CBS}} Creator/{{CBS}} and the start of the ForensicDrama genre. [[note]] ABC's decision to pass on CSI was one of the factors in Disney's second management shift in 2005. [[/note]]
15th Jan '16 1:10:09 AM Anddrix
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: {{ABC}} turned the series down with the excuse of it being, "[[ViewersAreMorons Too confusing for the average viewer]]". Of course, it became a smash hit for {{CBS}} and the start of the ForensicDrama genre. [[note]] ABC's decision to pass on CSI was one of the factors in Disney's second management shift in 2005. [[/note]]

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: {{ABC}} turned the series down with the excuse of it being, "[[ViewersAreMorons Too "Too confusing for the average viewer]]".viewer". Of course, it became a smash hit for {{CBS}} and the start of the ForensicDrama genre. [[note]] ABC's decision to pass on CSI was one of the factors in Disney's second management shift in 2005. [[/note]]
15th Oct '15 1:35:30 PM jameygamer
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: {{ABC}} turned the series down with the excuse of it being, "[[ViewersAreMorons Too confusing for the average viewer]]". Of course, it became a smash hit for {{CBS}} and the start of the ForensicDrama genre.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: {{ABC}} turned the series down with the excuse of it being, "[[ViewersAreMorons Too confusing for the average viewer]]". Of course, it became a smash hit for {{CBS}} and the start of the ForensicDrama genre. [[note]] ABC's decision to pass on CSI was one of the factors in Disney's second management shift in 2005. [[/note]]
15th Oct '15 1:26:43 PM jameygamer
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** When Grissom returned in a guest spot in Season 11, and the rumours that he'll be back in Season 12 for Catherine's exit. Although he didn't return, the PTBs feared it would take too much focus off Catherine.

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** When Grissom returned in a guest spot in Season 11, and the rumours that he'll be back in Season 12 for Catherine's exit. Although he didn't return, the PTBs [=PTBs=] feared it would take too much focus off Catherine.Catherine.
** He DID return for the two-hour series finale in 2015.
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