Not Filmed In D.C.

The studio of NCIS is in the Valencia part of Santa Clarita, Calif. At the corner of Avenue Hall and Avenue Crocker are buildings that house various NCIS sets. A lot of television has been shot in this picturesque city. Source

Not Filmed In D.C.
Didn't Trust The Audience

The acronym NCIS stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, but to help viewers out in the first season of the show it was given the redundant name, "Navy NCIS". Source

Didn't Trust The Audience
Language Coach

Chilean-American actress Cote de Pablo required a coach to properly pronounce Hebrew phrases in character as Ziva David. Source

Language Coach
Military Connection

Producer and 'NCIS' creator Don Bellisario (pictured right) served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 to 1959 and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was able to draw on this experience for producing the show. Source

Military Connection
Family Affair

It turns out that Producer Don Bellisario gets married a lot. Sean Murray (middle) who plays the role of Timothy McGee, is the stepson of Don Bellisario from his fourth marriage. Source

Family Affair
Connections

Producer Don Bellisario is also related to Troian Bellisario, who plays Spencer in Pretty Little Liars. Plus she plays the role of Sarah McGee. Her real stepbrother plays the role of Timothy McGee. Source

Connections
Can't We Get Along

Leroy Jethro Gibbs is played by Mark Harmon, originally selected for the role by producer and creator Don Bellisario. Disagreements between Harmon and Bellisario actually led to Bellisario leaving his role in 2007. In 2011 Bellisario received money from CBS from an out-of-court settlement based on his claim to the new 'NCIS: Los Angeles'. Source

Can't We Get Along
Who Knew?

Sasha Alexander played the role of Special Agent Caitlin Todd. Fans may have thought that it was the producer's decision to have her killed by a terrorist in the line of duty, but she actually insisted upon leaving the show. She reported finding the work exhausting. I can only speculate, but things may have been a little rough in the early days of Don Bellisario producing the show. Source

Who Knew?
The Real Building

In Season 5 Epsiode 16 titled Recoil (when Ziva is on the phone searching for Devon) the building seen through the window is the real NCIS building. Source

The Real Building
Real Tools

That the hand tools that Mark Harmon uses on the set of NCIS, are mostly his own. Those are the tools that he uses in his own personal workshop, the publicists would have us believe. However, the boats are bought as kits and it is hard to imagine that Harmon had to bring his own tools when the props department is so well set up....Source

Real Tools
Lllya

The first time Mark met David McCallum on the set of NCIS he called him Illya as David is very well known for playing the role of Illya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. David's response was, according to an interview that Mark did for an Australian newspaper, "Good God, that was 40 years ago!" Source

Lllya
DiNozzo On The Loose

Michael has been let loose with a camera, provided by the TV show Extra, and humorously filmed the set of the season 3 season finale of NCIS and his co-workers. Michael Weatherly proves himself to be a rather strange man who, perhaps, has not quite grown up...or an actor who can ham it up for his fans, using his DiNozzo persona. He then takes umbrage when reporters ask him whether DiNozzo is just an extension of Weatherly. Weatherly refutes this by pointing out that Weatherly is a dad with responsibilities, but DiNozzo is a playboy. Source

DiNozzo On The Loose
Get Your Head In The Game

A young Zac Efron appeared in the No. 13 episode in the third season. He played the role of Danny who had possession of missing Lieutenant Commander Amanda Wilkerson's phone. Source

Get Your Head In The Game
The Presidio

In the opening credits, the aircraft carrier going under the bridge is a clip from the opening credits of The Presidio (1988), starring Mark Harmon as a San Francisco police inspector investigating a murder on the Presidio army base in San Francisco. Source

The Presidio
Authenticity

Mark Harmon has been known to wear shirts which have been sent to him by his fans, so that he has authentically old Marine Corps and NIS/NCIS shirts to lounge about in at 'home'. Source

Authenticity
First Paid Acting Job

When asked to recount their first paid acting job, Harmon declared that his was to be in a gorilla suit making gorilla sounds. McCallum got all nostalgic and remembered his father taking him from Scotland to London in 1948 or so, when he was only 12, to play one of the Princes in the Tower on a BBC radio play. Lauren Holly's reaction was to breathe, with awe "The BBC!" (which is a nice compliment to the British Broadcasting Corporation and their radio output, in particular: if only we could get the radio version of NCIS...radio can be much more outrageous than TV can get away with...Ducky would be unstoppable). Source

First Paid Acting Job
Interesting

The sound heard at the beginning and end of each act, when the scene goes to black and white is Donald P. Bellisario making that noise into a microphone. He wanted a unique way of bookending each act and took a microphone and went into a studio and made that sound into the microphone. The use of the black and white stills or black and white clips are purposely intended to add a cinematic feel to the look of the show. It works. Source

Interesting
New Orleans

Pauley Perrette was born in New Orleans and her character Abby in NCIS is also born in New Orleans. And she has a Masters in criminology and sociology (but criminology is NOT the same as forensic science, folks). Source

New Orleans
Rocky For The Win

Rocky Carroll plays the role of Leon Vance, director of the NCIS. His character is the first black director and also the longest serving, at over six years in the position. Source

Rocky For The Win
Caf-Pow Recipe

Abigail Sciuto's favorite drink is the infamous Caf-Pow. The actress playing her (Pauley Perrette) actually does drink something in that cup while on set, but it isn't the fictional drink. In early seasons it was Hawaiian Punch, but due to Perrette's desire to cut down on sugar she eventually replaced it with unsweetened cranberry juice. Source

Caf-Pow Recipe
Mark The Restorer

On the set of NCIS, Mark uses a 1972 Airstream trailer that he restored himself as a 'Dressing Room'. The trailer has avocado green benchtops (our hearts would have been broken if he had chosen grapefruit pink). (and on a late night chat show, he said that the trailer was fixed up by carpenters...he might have meant the ones who work on the show...and when asked whether they did it for free, Mark laughed ironically and said that they definitely charged him for the work). Source

Mark The Restorer

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