CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The series follows Las Vegas criminalists “Crime Scene Investigators” working for the Las Vegas Police Department. There were twenty-three episodes in the first season, including the two part pilot episode written by Anthony Zuiker, the series creator.
The first season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. It is the only season of the CSI franchise that was broadcast in 4:3 ratio. It was however filmed in 16:9 ratio and the widescreen versions are present on the Blu-ray disc.
Grissom investigates a murder staged to look like a suicide with precious little evidence. Warrick and Catherine take the case of a drunk who breaks into the house where he had been staying and is shot to death. Nick talks to a man who picked up a woman who drugged and robbed him.
A man is killed after winning a fortune and then dumping his girlfriend. So, Grissom, Nick, and newcomer to the CSI team, Sara Sidle, investigate this one. Holly Gribbs is in the hospital and Warrick is up for suspension for leaving her at the crime scene by herself.
Crate N’ Burial:
Grissom, Nick, and Sara search for a kidnapped woman and find more than they expected. Catherine and Warrick investigate the hit and run death of a little girl.
Pledging Mr. Johnson:
Grissom and Catherine investigate when a leg is found severed from a body in a lake. They suspect the husband and boyfriend. Meanwhile Sara and Nick investigate a fraternity pledging gone terribly wrong.
Friends and Lovers:
Grissom and Warrick take the case of a young man who is found naked in the desert without an obvious cause of death. Sara gets to find out why the body of a woman who was buried last week is in a dumpster. Catherine and Nick investigate the killing of a school’s dean by the school’s founder.
Who are you?:
Catherine violates department protocol when she takes the case of a rape accusation against her ex-husband. Warrick and Sara search for the missing bullet that will either exonerate or indict a cop for murder. Grissom and Nick investigate when a female skeleton is found under a house buried in cement.
When a teenager and her sister are the sole survivors of the gruesome murder of four members of one family in a quiet suburban neighborhood, Grissom and his entire team investigate the crime. What initially looks like a bizarre cult murder becomes more disturbing when they discover the motive behind the massacre.
Royce Harmon was murdered 3 months ago in a scene staged to look like a suicide. Now another murder has taken place. Whoever the killer is he has a thorough knowledge of forensics, he purposefully has left evidence, and has baffled Grissom and his team. Warrick and Nick investigate the case of a man who went over a cliff in his car and is now unconscious.
Grissom and his team investigate the death of a first class passenger on a flight to Las Vegas. The investigators are forced not only to examine the physical evidence, but also to interview all of the first class passengers to get their personal accounts of the incident.
Sex, Lies and Larvae:
Grissom and Sara investigate a bug riddled body found in the desert. Warrick and Catherine look in to the theft of some valuable art. Nick gets to find out why a missing woman’s car is found at the bus station. Warrick is suspected of having gambled on duty.
A woman is abducted from a supermarket. In the store, Grissom finds a bathroom stall door that claims five women have been killed. Warrick is caught in a casino on duty and is paired with a reluctant Sara. Their case is the apparent murder and robbery of a man who is found by his brother. Nick gets pulled in by his prostitute friend who gets in a scuffle with hotel security.
A man about to go on trial for arson and the murder of his wife and child seeks assistance from Grissom to help prove his innocence. Meanwhile, Catherine and Nick investigate the underground world of sports gambling when a teenager is murdered at close range.
A bomb goes off in an office building killing one and injuring many more. The chief suspect is a security guard who left minutes before the explosion and has knowledge in bomb making. Nick helps his prostitute friend again. After giving in to his passion, she is found dead the next morning. Naturally, Nick is a suspect and to make it worse, Ecklie has the case.
To Halve and to Hold:
When a single human bone is discovered in the desert, Grissom and Catherine must cover miles of territory to find the rest of the skeleton. And Warrick and Sara trace the death of a male stripper to members of a wedding party who may have celebrated a little too hard the night before the nuptials.
At a swanky fundraiser, attended by the sheriff, a woman turns up dead in the pool. The owner of the house is away and a young couple is housesitting. Warrick looks into an apparent professional hit in the glass elevator of one of the hotels.
Too Tough to Die:
A woman is abducted from a mall parking garage. She’s raped, beaten, shot and left for dead. Sara collects evidence from her and grows attached to her. Nick and Grissom analyze the crime scene. Catherine and Warrick are given boxes of evidence from a shooting that goes to trial in four days. The CSI who had the case has quit and they have to prove what happened. To make Catherine’s life more complicated, Eddie has taken out a second mortgage without her knowledge.
A body is found in a pottery store in what’s apparently a robbery that was interrupted. Fingerprints at the scene seem to match a twenty year old kidnapping case. Sara and Warrick look into a case where a woman burned to death in her home. The woman was burned to an ash but only the chair she was in was burned, the rest of the house is fine. Sara believes they have a case of spontaneous combustion.
A couple leaving a restaurant on their anniversary are killed in the street and their car is stolen. The crime scene is compromised when it rains shortly after the CSIs arrive. It gets more mysterious when the car is found and it becomes a new crime scene. Catherine looks into the collapse of a city owned residence that kills three elderly women. She runs into problems with the city engineer responsible for the building.
The entire team investigates the abduction of the infant child of a well to do family. Suspicion immediately falls on the child’s parents when the evidence shows that the family is hiding something, the case takes a darker turn.
Sounds of Silence:
Grissom, Sara and Warrick investigate a deaf man who was run over by a car. However, the investigation shows that he died before the car even struck him. The team’s encounters with the dean of the deaf man’s school reveals a secret about Grissom. Catherine and Nick investigate an apparent mob hit that leaves five dead in a coffee shop.
Justice is Served:
Grissom, Nick, and Warrick take the case of a jogger who was killed by a wild animal in the park. It gets complicated when they discover that the jogger had his liver removed after he was killed. Catherine and Sara investigate the death of a six year old girl at a shady carnival.
On the day Grissom has to evaluate his team, a head is found in the trunk of a car. While Gil and Catherine work on the head, Sara and Nick investigate a body in the desert that’s missing it’s head. Warrick looks into a murder in juvenile detention in which his young friend James is the only witness.
The Strip Strangler:
The team is investigating the ongoing murders by a signature killer. The killer has some knowledge of forensics and has left little evidence behind. With the investigation somewhat stalled, the sheriff invites the FBI to join the case. This makes Grissom angry and it only gets worse when Sara offers to bait the killer
* Character Profiles
* “Who Are You” CSI Music Video
* Featurette: “CSI” – People Lie… but the Evidence Never Does
2000 – 2001
Color / 17 Hours 5 Minutes
William Petersen: Gil Grissom
Marg Helgenberger: Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan: Warrick Brown
George Eads: Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox: Sara Sidle
Paul Guilfoyle: Captain Jim Brass
Robert David Hall: Dr. Al Robbins
Eric Szmanda: Greg Sanders
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