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Published:April 5th, 2007 07:19 EST
CSI: Cool, Sexy, Intriguing

CSI: Cool, Sexy, Intriguing

By Garrett Godwin

In the 1990s and beyond, Dick Wolf and NBC ruled the airwaves with the brand known as Law & Order and its two spin-offs, Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent.

Now, we are in the 2000s." Created by Anthony E. Zuiker and executive produced by uber-Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has help CBS take over the ratings reign.

Debuting in the fall of 2000, the series follows a team of forensic scientists-investigators that solve crimes behind the glitz and glamour of Sin City known as Las Vegas." Headed by the brilliant yet quirky and eccentric Gil Grissom (William Petersen), they speak for those that cannot speak for themselves: the dead.

CSI started to air on Friday nights in its freshman season, becoming one of the breakout hits that fall." When it moved to Thursday nights, it became the number-one series in America, spawning two spin-offs (CSI: Miami and CSI: NY).

Now in its seventh season, the show is facing tough competition against ABC`s Grey`s Anatomy as the top show both on Thursday nights and in America.""

The focus this season is the surprise, yet secret, romance revealed last May"between Grissom and fellow CSI Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), causing mixed reaction among loyal fans." While others stated that they were made for each other and it has been a long time coming, some wanted Grissom and his second-in-command Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) to be a"couple, while few like Grissom better with Lady Heather (Melinda Clarke), who will return later this"season." Expect Grissom and Sara`s romance to be ousted in May, when she becomes a missing person`s case.

What makes CSI so different from other crime shows is the writers and producers show that science is really cool, as well as making the show more like a movie due to innovative special effects." However, what"sets it apart from other shows is that it is a "howdunit" more than a "whodunit" -- how the crime was committed first, with the evidence and leads them to the killer.

Catch CSI five days a week on the Spike Network and new episodes Thursday nights at 9pm on CBS." In addition, relive the series from the beginning, with seasons 1-6 on DVD.

The evidence never lies.