Great Moments In NCIS History: Celebrate These Huge Milestones!

NCIS airs its first episode

1. NCIS airs its first episode

NCIS' premiere episode, "Yankee White" aired on September 23, 2003.

Since then, we've watched as the team has grown with each other, found love, said goodbyes, and saved the day. Check out all of these huge milestones for the NCIS family, both on- and off-screen.

Watch "Yankee White" (Episode 1, Season 1 of NCIS) on CBS All Access.
DiNozzo sets his sights on Jeanne Benoit

5. DiNozzo sets his sights on Jeanne Benoit

Jeanne Benoit first appeared on NCIS in "Sandblast" while on a date with who she believed was Tony "DiNardo." Unbeknownst to her, DiNozzo was working undercover to get closer to her arms-dealing father, La Grenouille. 

Watch "Sandblast" (Episode 7, Season 4 of NCIS) on CBS All Access
NCIS pays tribute to Ralph Waite

15. NCIS pays tribute to Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite brought smiles to the faces of the cast and fans alike with his portrayal of Jackson Gibbs. When he passed away in 2014, everyone at NCIS knew they wanted to honor him. The Season 11 finale, "Honor Thy Father," was written as a tribute to an actor they considered family. 

Watch "Honor Thy Father" (Episode 24, Season 11 of NCIS) on CBS All Access
Gibbs visited his old home

18. Gibbs visited his old home

For years, Gibbs struggled to deal with the death of his wife, Shannon, and his daughter, Kelly. In "Personal Day," he took his first steps toward healing. 

It started when DEA Agent Luis Mitchell wanted to scatter his dad's ashes over the Pacific Ocean and asked Gibbs to accompany him. Luis' father, Kurt Mitchell, died protecting Shannon and Kelly from drug-runner Benson Long's minions. Gibbs couldn't say no.

Inspired by Luis' strength, Gibbs decided to stop by his former home and to start tending to his old wounds. 

Watch "Personal Day" (Episode 2, Season 13 of NCIS) on CBS All Access.
NCIS hits the rare 300 episode mark—and Gibbs moves forward

20. NCIS hits the rare 300 episode mark—and Gibbs moves forward

NCIS commemorated 13 years and 300 episodes by featuring MusiCorps, a music rehabilitation program for wounded soldiers, in "Scope." The talented Taye Diggs made a special guest appearance as Sergeant Aaron Davis.

Following a moving day with this inspiring group of soldiers, we also witnessed a poignant personal milestone for Gibbs. After spending countless nights sleeping on his own couch, he finally rested his head on the bed he once shared with his late wife, Shannon.

Watch "Scope" (Episode 18, Season 13 of NCIS) on CBS All Access.
DiNozzo met his daughter, Tali

22. DiNozzo met his daughter, Tali

DiNozzo was devastated after learning that Ziva died in an airstrike in Israel, but the tragedy brought an unexpected joy. Until then, DiNozzo was unaware they'd had a daughter. The moment he met Tali, he know his life would never be the same. With her sweet smile and bubbly personality, the adorable Tali changed DiNozzo's life for the better. To spend more time with her, the very special agent said a tear-jerking goodbye to NCIS in "Family First."

Watch "Family First" (Episode 24, Season 13 of NCIS) on CBS All Access.

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