CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue as the second spin-off from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which trails the investigations of a team of New York City Police Department forensic scientists as they unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes.
Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), a dedicated and driven crime-scene investigator who believes that everything is connected and everyone has a story, is a decorated Marine who served in Desert Storm and dabbled in war photography. The job is his life; he focuses on cases until they are solved.
He and his partner, Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), a well-traveled, well-educated detective, an orphan who flourished in spite of the system, share a passion for the job. Stella is a jack-of-all-trades and has an unmatched desire to find answers for the victims of violent crimes, due in part to questions about her past.
Kanakaredes left the show at the end of Season 6 and was replaced by the newest addition, Josephine "Jo" Danville (Sela Ward), an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C., whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim.
They lead a team of experts through the gritty and kinetic city that never sleeps.
The team includes Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), an investigator with an unflappable spirit and a troubled family history, which he uses on the job as he blends his own set of hybrid ethics. Messer was personally selected to join the team by Mac, and he attempts daily to live up to that honour and responsibility.
Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) is the crime lab's former coroner, a brilliant Ph.D. who transitioned to the field team.
Joining them is Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), an edgy, hardcore homicide detective with a quick wit, impressive forensic insight and a long family history in law enforcement; and Lindsay Monroe Messer (Anna Belknap), a young, athletic CSI with a Midwestern work ethic who is willing to roll up her sleeves to tackle any job, and rarely hints at the dark and devastating secret that originally motivated her to dedicate her life to being an investigator.
Lindsay and Danny are married, and have a daughter, Lucy.
Rounding out the team is lab rat Adam Ross (AJ Buckley) and eccentric coroner Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy).
The New York CSIs may have a different process from those in Las Vegas or Miami, but they are guided by the same steadfast determination. These skilled investigators follow the evidence as they piece together clues and eliminate doubt, to ultimately crack their cases.
CSI: NY is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Jerry Bruckheimer, Anthony E. Zuiker, Jonathan Littman, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Pam Veasey and Peter Lenkov are executive producers.
The series aired in the USA on CBS from 22 September, 2004 to 22 February, 2013. There are 197 hour-long episodes in nine seasons.