CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Name: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Abbreviation(s): CSI
Creator: Anthony E. Zuiker
Date(s): October 6, 2000-present
Medium: Television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Official CBS Site
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CSI is a tv show that revolutionized US crime dramas during the 2000s. It is almost entirely responsible for the switch from older styles of shows like Starsky & Hutch or Moonlighting to a new style where forensic evidence and science are given far more screen time than interrogation or interviews. Programs like Bones show its influence. Offline, it has been blamed for a change in jury attitudes in the United States, most notably for raising unrealistic expectations about the use of forensic evidence; in the real world forensic science processes are slow and extremely expensive, and the cost of the forensic science devoted to some cases in the show would probably require most of the annual budget available to the real-world LVPD. Another consequence of the show's popularity was an unrealistic impression of the "glamour" of the job, leading to a demand for more college courses, far outstripping the actual needs of the field; at its height there were several times more students than jobs available in the field, and every job advertised received hundreds of applicants.[1]

CSI is both the name of the parent show and the name typically applied to the overall franchise, which also includes CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, and CSI: Cyber.


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Many pairings between CSI franchise characters are referred to by name smooshes or fanciful pairing names.[2][3]

Het - Grissom/Sara, Nick/Sara, Nick/Catherine, Catherine/Grissom, Warrick/Catherine, Greg/Sara

Slash - Nick/Grissom, Nick/Greg

Femslash - Sara/Catherine


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  1. "Axe falls on forensics students". 
  2. A list of pairing names from a CSI:NY fan wiki.
  3. A list of pairing names from a CSI:Miami fan wiki.