‘NCIS’: Michael Weatherly Said Some Law Enforcement Professionals Complain ‘NCIS’ Characters Get Lab Results Way Too Fast

An important element of each NCIS episode is getting accurate lab results so that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team can solve crimes. Without these results, it would be nearly impossible to confidently wrap up a case. One thing you’ll probably notice is the results come back before the show ends, neatly tying up a difficult case.

Michael Weatherly once said law enforcement professionals love the show, but they’re not fond of how quickly the characters get their lab results back. Here’s what Weatherly once said about how professionals view the show.

What Michael Weatherly enjoyed about Abby’s lab

Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette on the set of NCIS |  Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette on the set of NCIS | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

In a 2013 interview with CBS about the different NCIS sets, Weatherly listed Abby’s lab as one of his favorites. He says this set is a lot of fun and has good energy. “Abby’s lab is fun,” said Weatherly in his CBS interview. “[Abby’s] there, which means it’s exciting.” One NCIS set Weatherly doesn’t care for, however, is the MTAC (Multiple Threat Assessment Center) room, which he described as a strange and lonely place.

An important element of Abby’s lab is the music that plays during those scenes. NCIS producer Josh Rexon told CBS he wanted to find a way to make Abby’s lab different from the rest of the sets. “When everybody kind of comes into her world, it was thought that rather than go with conventional score all the time, to kind of create a unique mixture of music that supports her personality and at the same time supports the wonderful energy that she brings to the show and to those scenes,” said Rexon.

What some people in law enforcement really think of the lab scenes

The NCIS lab, which is now run by Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover), is quite entertaining. Many fans love when the show has scenes from the lab, with all its high-tech equipment and computers. However, some law enforcement professionals don’t think the way the lab works is realistic. Here’s what Weatherly once said in a 2012 interview with Australian television show The Project:

Due to the conventions of television, we have to collapse time frames and we get our DNA evidence sparklingly fast. It just twinkles right out of that machine. So, there’s a lot of that stuff that forensically gets people miffed, in terms of the true detective work. But something I’ve heard from a lot of law enforcement and just people in general, is that that the dynamic feels real to them.

Michael Weatherly explains why fans love ‘NCIS’ so much

NCIS cast | Cory Osborne/CBS via Getty Images
NCIS cast |Cory Osborne/CBS via Getty Images

During his interview with The Project, Weatherly discussed why NCIS is so popular. He told host Lucy McDonald people love the show because it has so many different types of entertainment rolled into one. Fans can get drama, humor, and even a little romance:

We give away chuckles, a good scare or two. A little bit of the penny dreadful, sort of ghoulish body in the morgue with the thing. We have some good clues. A ripping good yarn. I would say that’s the weirdness of NCIS. It’s a combo platter you didn’t even think you wanted in your living room. And then we serve it to you hot and fresh every week. It is a weird show.

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