‘NCIS’: Fans Point Out the Most Ridiculous Part of the Show

When it comes to successful TV shows, NCIS ranks right up there with Law and Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and Grey’s Anatomy. The show has been on the air for a long time and has developed a loyal following. 

NCIS has been incredibly popular with fans and, for the most part, fans are passionate about the drama on the show. But even hardcore fans have missed one little quirk that the show has had from day one. And once you hear it, you’ll agree, it’s the most ridiculous part of the show. 

How long has ‘NCIS’ been on TV?

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Mark Harmon on ‘NCIS’ | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

NCIS premiered on September 23, 2013. Currently, in its 17th season, the show shows no signs of slowing down.

The 17th season premiere, which featured the return of fan-favorite Cote de Pablo, brought in 12.3 million viewers. This made it the first show to cross the 10 million fan mark for the fall 2019 season. In comparison, the fall premiere of the NBC hit This is Us brought in under 8 million viewers.

Fans have questioned how much life the show has in it. Before the show got its spring renewal, there was concern season 16 might be the last. But with de Pablo’s return — the actress plays Ziva David on the series — the show appears to have new life. 

As for rumors that star Mark Harmon (Agent Gibbs) might leave the show, bringing it to an end, you can go ahead and ignore those. According to Harmon, he has no plans on going anywhere.

In a recent interview, the actor revealed he doesn’t feel it’s time for the show to end just yet. He said: “I’ve always thought if there’s ever a time where the writers are walking into the room and going ‘I don’t know what to do,’ then I think we all have to look at each other and call it a day. But, we’re not there yet.”

So what’s this ridiculous part of the show?

Have you ever taken a minute to think about the characters on NCIS? We’re not talking about their background or their personalities, we’re talking about their names.

Fans will always associate Harmon with Leroy Jethro Gibbs and de Pablo will forever be ingrained in the hearts of fans as Ziva David. But there’s one name that fans think is totally ridiculous. 

NCIS director Thomas Morrow was one of the show’s original characters. He was one of the characters that made the jump over from JAG. So what is it about Morrow that has fans shaking their heads? TOM MORROW = tomorrow. Yep, they named a character “tomorrow.”

But it gets better. Remember Jess Terdai from season 13? Say that name out loud. Did you catch that the writers named two characters yesterday and tomorrow? We’re anxiously awaiting the new character Tu Day.

‘NCIS’ isn’t the only show to have a little fun

Writers sneak in little Easter eggs and funny quirks all the time. Fans of the CW hit Supergirl may have noticed the subtle reference Alex Danvers made to her previous life on a hit ABC show.

During one episode Alex referred to her former job, as a doctor in Seattle. Obviously, fans of Grey’s Anatomy know that Chyler Leigh, who plays Alex, played a doctor on Grey’s Anatomy. 

Another CW show, Gossip Girl played this trick several times. In one episode, Blair was talking to Steven, played by Barry Watson. Watson is best known for his role in the late 90s show 7th Heaven. Blair hints to this one at one point as she tells Steven: “Oh, you must be in seventh heaven.”

During another episode, Georgina Sparks, played by Michelle Trachtenberg, was referred to as a vampire. Fans of Buffy the Vampire know that Trachtenberg was once a star of the show.