‘NCIS’: The Cast Thanked the ‘Real NCIS’ for Nearly 400 Episodes and 17 Seasons With One Heartfelt Tweet

NCIS is the clear winner of ratings, throughout the networks. In the last week alone, the procedural drama garnered 11.761 million viewers, with no other show rising above 9 million. There’s a reason so many tune in week after week for 17 seasons straight. It likely has to do with the fact that the series is based on a “real-life NCIS” agency.

The cast of NCIS posted a heartfelt video this week. In it, they thank the real people behind the series’ stories, colliding the two worlds to every die-hard fan’s content.

‘NCIS’ slated to take part in Paley Center Honors for nearly 400 episodes

Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, Emily Wickersham as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs | Eddy Chen/CBS via Getty Images

The cast of NCIS is set to appear at the Paley Center Honors. With 17 seasons and nearly 400 episodes completed, some of the show’s stars will represent the show on March 15.

The Paley Fest “brings you together with the talent behind your favorite TV shows,” according to the website. The event offers screenings, followed by Q & A sessions between the audience and cast members.

This year’s event includes appearances by NCIS stars, Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham, Wilmer Valderrama, Maria Bello, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, Rocky Carroll, David McCallum, Frank Cardea, and Steven Binder.

Here’s how the cast of ‘NCIS’ thanked the ‘Real NCIS’

On Feb. 18, stars of NCIS took to Twitter to give a special thanks to the people behind the “real NCIS.”

“We congratulate those selected for recognition for 2019 special agents and civilians of the year,” Wilmer Valderrama said.

“All of us here are honored to have represented the agency for 17 years and nearly 400 episodes,” Emily Wickersham added.

“While we solve cases in a very limited time-frame, we constantly strive to capture the dedication, teamwork, and professionalism that NCIS stands for.

Sean Murray honored the service NCIS provides, protecting the Navy and Marine Corps. He recognizes the mission “has become increasingly complex in the face of current worldwide events.”

Mark Harmon thanked the families who also sacrifice, saying “we support you in carrying out duties for our country. With all our gratitude, thank you and we wish everyone at NCIS a very happy birthday.”

The official ‘NCIS’ Twitter account provides insight into the inspiration behind the hit series

Since 2003, the hit CBS series highlighted the work of real-life NCIS agents, however fictionalized. The civilian agency aids in criminal investigations, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity.

The 54-year-old agency has approximately two-thousand employees and more than one thousand Special Agents in over 41 countries. The official NCIS Twitter account utilizes the success of the show to educate on the inner workings of the institution.

The site also provides a link for those with tips to help in the search for M.I.A. service members. The account also shows how to spot things like charity fraud, phishing scams, and more.

Having a real-world connection to a show that highlights such positions makes NCIS that much more special. No wonder it’s lasted so long.

NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.