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Published:April 28th, 2007 07:47 EST
NCIS Continues to Climb Rank with SeasonThree on DVD

NCIS Continues to Climb Rank with SeasonThree on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

With weeks away from the secrets of all secrets this season, see why NCIS is Tuesday's #1 show with the third season, now available on DVD.

From Donald P. Bellasario comes a spin-off of JAG, following a team of federal agents investigating military crimes.  Led by anti-authority and no-nonsense Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) sets out to follow the chain of command and protect our nation.

Last season, both NCIS and viewers were saddened at the loss of Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Sasha Alexander), who was killed by arch-nemesis Ari. 

However, Caitlin's death sparked interested into the series, leading to an audience growth during the summer of 2005.

Written by creator Bellasario, the two-part season opener "Kill Ari" follows the team dealing with the loss of their fallen comrade and friend as Gibbs holds a no-holds-barred mission to find Ari.  Alexander made a special guest appearance to provide the closure for Cailtin, marking a new chapter and beginning for NCIS.

Joining the series last season was Lauren Holly as new NCIS Director Jenny Shepard, who once had a romantic past with Gibbs as a NCIS agent.  Also new is Cote de Pablo as Mossad officer Ziva David, the sister of Cailtin's killer, who had to earn not only the trust and respect of the NCIS team, but also the trust and respect of Gibbs.

Now available on DVD, NCIS' third season has all 24 episodes with audio commentaries on selected episodes, featurettes such as "NCIS: A Season of Change", and much more.

The series hits its stride last season not only in ratings, but also truly within the writing, standing its own feet without JAG, which ended in 2005 after a decade stint.  What makes NCIS different is because of Donald P. Bellasario, focusing on the characters and the relationships between them more than just solving the case every week.

Episode highlights from season three includes:

"Frame-Up": NCIS must band together when Tony (Michael Weatherly) is framed for murder.

"Probie": McGee (Sean Murray) questions his competence as a NCIS agent when he is under investigation for shooting an undercover cop.

"Hiatus": The two-part finale also written by Bellasario that finds Gibbs suffering from amnesia as the NCIS team discovers more about his past, and must help him get his memory back to catch a terrorist.  And someone leaves NCIS -- until season four.

Gibbs and his team continue to keep America with NCIS: The Complete Third Season, now available on DVD.