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  • Awesome Music:
    • The Who song chosen as the theme of this show "Won't Get Fooled Again", a song that fits with the intense action that is present in this show.
    • The utterly nonchalant music playing during the climax of "All In" that captures both the utter confusion of the bad guy as to what the hell just happened and how badly the team outclasses him in the end.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Eric/Calleigh romance: the best thing that's ever happened to the show? Or a 'nomance' that's been dragging the show to its grave for years?
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    • This show itself for the CSI fandom in general. It was either a great show or the show that was made unwatchable (and made other CSI entries unwatchable) by David Caruso.
  • Cargo Ship: Horatio and the sunglasses.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Crazy Awesome: Once you get over the fact that it's not even trying to be serious business, the show is this. The difficulty in that line of thought is that everything that happens in the show seems to suggest it takes itself VERY SERIOUSLY. Not to mention the marketing...dear god, the marketing...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Julia Winston, who appeared in all of seven episodes, yet keeps popping up in the fandom.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Julia, Horatio's secret baby-mama, who doesn't wear a bra and had a neckline steadily lower over the course of a two-parter. Well, she was a Showgirl...
  • Funny Moments:
    • The cast does their best Horatio imitations.
    • David Caruso was also pretty good at taking the mickey out of himself. In this video, he makes jokes about his young daughter not liking the Halloween costume he picked out and the immortal line (while he's having his hair brushed) "In the second half of the day, we turn the wig around." Caruso also loved Jim Carrey's imitation of Horatio.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the episode "Blown Away", the team nabs a pair of storm-chasers who have actually been looting homes abandoned by people fleeing an approaching storm and murdered a young woman who interrupted them. In the wake of 2017's Hurricane Irma in Florida, there are reports of people doing precisely the same thing—no violence yet, fortunately.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Season six finale: Horatio goes to an airport to send his ex-wife and son into hiding, gets shot in the stomach, appears to die on the shiniest tarmac in history. Wolfe gets text: "It's done". Season seven reveals Horatio to have faked his death, Wolfe to be in on it, and it all to be part of a gambit to lure Ron Saris out of the space between the first and second commercial breaks.
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    • Season nine finale: Horatio appears to get shot in the stomach/side, Natalia gets locked in a car trunk and pushed into the harbor. Season ten premiere: Horatio jumps into the harbor out of nowhere, gets Natalia out of the trunk, incapacitates bad the space of The Teaser.
  • Memetic Mutation: Looks like it's time for...(puts on sunglasses) the opening sequence. Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhhh!
  • Misblamed: David Caruso is blamed for Caine's cheesy portrayal, but he emotes a lot more in earlier seasons and can actually act on other shows. It seems like the producers deliberately decided to Flanderize him.
  • Narm Charm: Horatio Caine Parks His Car. So Narmy it's TOTALLY AWESOME.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Closer to Simultaneous Recognition: Adam Baldwin got famous playing Jayne on Firefly, but while it was airing and before it had become a cult classic, he was running a radiation response team in a first-season episode of CSI: Miami.
    • Similarly, Kim Coates played recurring villain Ron Saris in seasons six and seven just as he was finally gaining some mainstream recognition as Tig Trager in Sons of Anarchy. Hilariously, there's an episode where he accidentally kills Juice (Theo Rossi)!
    • Colby Granger hit someone with his car during the hurricane evac.
    • Before playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Chris Pine played a murder suspect in "Extreme".
    • Grant Gustin is in the episode "Terminal Velocity". There's also the twist of the episode where he has a twin. Not only would Gustin portray a CSI himself in The Flash (2014), that show (and The 'Verse it's a part of) would periodically abuse Acting for Two because of alternate universes, including with Gustin's own character.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Between Calleigh/Horatio, Calleigh/Delko and Calleigh/Ryan fans, mostly, although there was also a smaller one between fans of Natalia/Eric and Natalia/Ryan.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Everything ridiculous about the original CSI, distilled to pure form.
  • The Woobie: Even fans that don't like him admit that when Ryan puts on the Puppy-Dog Eyes they have the intense urge to just hug him and reassure him everything will be okay. Especially given how the show liked to beat him up - throwing him into a hurricane and getting him shot with a nail gun, among other instances.

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