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Published:April 7th, 2007 09:12 EST
CSI: Miami-- Still Popular, and on DVD

CSI: Miami-- Still Popular, and on DVD

By Garrett Godwin

First, there was Crockett and Tubbs.  Now there`s Horatio Caine and his team.

At the height of CSI`s popularity in 2002, creator and executive producer Anthony E. Zuiker striked when the iron was hot, and CSI:Miami was conceived.

Debuted in May 2002 in CSI`s second-season episode "Cross-Jurdictions" as a backdoor pilot, the series follows Caine (David Caruso) and his team of criminalists as they investigate crimes in sunny, sexy Miami.  Now, in its fifth season, CSI:Miami has all the ingredients that made the original a hit, but this spin-off is different because this team act more like cops while still following the evidence that help bring the killer to justice, speaking for those that can`t speak for themselves: the victims.  Another reason why CSI:Miami works is it also focuses a little bit more on the characters and their personal lives.

Not only is CSI:Miami Monday`s number-one show, but it is also the number-one show in the world.

Despite criticism for his acting, David Caruso is more than the series` star.  His character, Horatio Caine, is the heart and soul of CSI:Miami.  There is also some similarity between both the actor and his on screen alter ego.  Both Caruso and Caine are seeking redemption; the former for his off-screen behavior on NYPD Blue, and the latter for what happened in his childhood and in New York.  Both are making their way as the comeback kid.

Caine is also a tragic hero who has been through so much pain and sorrow in his life that his past made him into whom he is now.  In other words, what didn`t kill him made him stronger.  He is not only protector of Miami, but also protector of his team, women, and children, and will continue to keep fighting the good fight for as he longs as he lives.  It`s not business for H--- it`s personal.

Feel the heat on CSI:Miami five days a week on A&E, weekends in syndication, seasons 1-4 on DVD, and new episodes every Monday night at 10pm on CBS. 

When you`re in Miami, Caine and his team never close ... ever.