CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, most commonly referred to as simply CSI, is a well known crime drama television series based in the United States. The show originally premiered on CBS in October of 2000, and follows Las Vegas criminalists (who are identified as “Crime Scene Investigators”- hence, where the show got it’s name). CSI was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The majority of the series was filmed at Universal Studios, located in Universal City, California. The show spawned a whole host of other cop-shows based upon the same type of thing.
A Crime Scene Investigator is a personal who uses physical evidence so that they may solve a variety of grisly murders. The show’s main characters use a combination of this physical evidence and an amount of deduction to solve their crimes. CSI, the show, has combined gritty subject matter and personal character-driven drama in order to make it both more interesting and more personable for viewers. There have thus far been thirteen seasons (with the last season ending in May of 2013).
The plot of the television series is that a team of forensic investigators have been trained to solve crimes by examining the evidence found at the crime scene and elsewhere. They are on the case every hour of every day, collecting evidence and finding the missing pieces which will eventually solve the current mystery.
Although CSI is extremely popular, it has met with a substantial amount of controversy. Many people dislike the level and explicitness of graphic violence, images, and sexual content that is shown on the series. People have also accused the show and it’s spin-offs as pushing the boundary for what is deemed acceptable for viewing on prime-time television.
Another big controversy surrounding the show has to do with the way it depicts police procedure. Some people say that the show lacks any realism in this aspect. The characters in the show not only take on those aspects which true Crime Scene Investigators do, but also those that are traditionally meant for detectives and/or general police personnel.