‘NCIS’: Besides Ziva, Which Character Do Fans Want To Return To the Show?

NCIS is one of the highest-rated dramas on network television and has been for quite some time now. Fans tune in every week to see their favorite characters investigate crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

Over the years though some of the most beloved characters have exited the show leaving fans to hope that they could eventually return. One tease about a fan favorite returning to the series came up in Season 16 when viewers learned that Ziva David, played by Cote de Pablo, was still alive. This left viewers anticipating her return in the season finale or at some point in Season 17. But Ziva’s not the only character fans would like to see back on the popular series.

Cote de Pablo
Cote de Pablo on ‘NCIS | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

For any cast members that were killed off, the best chance we have of seeing them again is in a dream sequence. But when the door is left open our favorite characters could pop up at any time.

We once thought all hope was lost with Ziva after she was supposedly killed in an explosion. However, her death happened off-screen and in the Season 16 episode titled “She,” Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham) found out that Ziva was in fact alive.

According to a recent fan poll in which 100 people were surveyed about who they would like back on NCIS Ziva captured over half the votes with 51%. But who else would viewers like to see walk back in the NCIS office?

Abby Sciuto

Pauley Perrette on 'NCIS'
Pauley Perrette on ‘NCIS’ | Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images

Pauley Perrette, who played Abby Sciuto, left the series after 15 seasons amid rumors that she and co-star Mark Harmon were feuding. While those reports had fans thinking she would never return, the writers did not close the door on her possibly making a cameo in the future.

Perrette’s character survived a shooting that left her colleague Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) dead. She then decided to move to the U.K. to start a charity foundation in his name. After Abby’s exit, Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover) joined the team as a full-time forensic scientist.

So how badly do fans want to see Abby come back? Well, she only received 9% of the poll votes.

Tony DiNozzo

Michael Weatherly on 'NCIS'
Michael Weatherly on ‘NCIS’ | Jace Downs/CBS via Getty Images

One of the most popular characters fans had to say goodbye to was Anthony DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly. The actor, who was a series regular since the first episode of NCIS, left at the end of Season 13 to star in the series titled Bull.

After Ziva’s apparent death, Agent DiNozzo left the team in order to raise their daughter. But after learning that Ziva’s alive viewers can’t help but wonder if DiNozzo will be appearing in some future episodes.

That’s something that would obviously delight fans since DiNozzo came in right behind Ziva as the character fans want to see back the most with 24% of the vote.

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