NCIS TV Show Quiz

By: Allie T.
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About This Quiz

So, you think you know everything there is to know about NCIS? Do you know what the name of the TV series was during its first year of release? We can hear your mind ticking away trying to figure it out. The answer is, "Navy NCIS." The "Navy" was dropped after the first season due to a redundancy of the title: Navy - Navy Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS). Consider this a gift of knowledge, because this may be the only question not on this quiz, but it sets you up for what to expect. 

While NCIS is known for its spin-offs, can you figure out which popular TV series NCIS was a spin-off of? You may know that, but did you know that the NCIS characters were introduced in two full episodes of that original TV series? 

Gibbs is arguably the most popular character on the show, and you'll get your fair share of questions surrounding him. From his past influences to questions such as who married his ex-wife and which branch of the military Gibbs served in.

Think you're ready? Order up a caf-pow, relax and take this quiz. Don't worry, you've got an entire NCIS team behind you if you need help. 


What do the initials NCIS mean?

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigates crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

What network airs 'NCIS?'

CBS is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network", in reference to the company's iconic logo.

The first spin-off of 'NCIS' is located in _________?

Hetty Lange is at the helm on 'NCIS: Los Angeles.'

The second spin-off of 'NCIS' is located in ________?

Dwayne Cassius Pride is in charge in NOLA.

Who is the Director of NCIS?

Leon Vance is played by Rocky Carroll who is a classically-trained actor.

Who is in charge of the NCIS team?

Gibbs uses few words to communicate and still uses a flip phone.

What is Gibb's full name?

His father, Jackson Gibbs, named Leroy.

Gibbs served in what branch of the military?

The Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since 1834.

Gibbs was a ________ for the marines.

A USMC Scout Sniper is a Marine, highly skilled in fieldcraft and marksmanship, who can deliver long-range precision fire on selected targets, from concealed positions.

Which team member likes to boast that he is a "Very Special Agent?"

Tony is an ex-cop from Philadelphia.

Who is the medical examinator?

Dr. Mallard is played by David McCallum who shot to fame in the U.S. back in the 1960's in the TV show, "Man from U.N.C.L.E."

What is Dr. Mallard's nickname?

Ducky grew up in Scotland.

What two NCIS Special Agents also appeared on the show Jag'?'

The episodes are "Meltdown" and "Ice Queen."

Before he died, who was Gibbs long-time mentor and friend?

Gibbs and Franks were part of a group of young and accomplished NIS (as NCIS was known as prior to 1992) agents known as the "Fed Five" who gained recognition for apprehending the notorious "Privileged Killer" during the mid-1990s.

Who is the Director before Vance steps into the job?

Director Sheppard is gunned down at the end of Season Eight.

Who always comes through for Gibbs in the lab?

Abby is played by Pauley Perrette who also appeared in 'Almost Famous' and 'The Ring.'

What does DiNozzo's father do for a living?

DiNozzo Sr., is played by Robert Wagner who played Number Two in the 'Austin Powers' movies.

What FBI agent also married Gibb's ex-wife Diane Sterling?

Fornell and Gibbs were both married to Diane Sterling.

'NCIS' is a spin-off of what series?

'Jag" was an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario. It ended in 2005.

Who had the nickname "Probie" for at least the first five seasons?

DiNozzo gave McGee the nickname because Tim was a junior agent and was portrayed as timid and inexperienced in the early seasons.

What major event in Gibbs early life had a major impact on him?

His wife Shannon, along with their eight-year-old daughter Kelly, was murdered by a Mexican drug dealer named Pedro Hernandez.

McGee writes ______ stories.

McGee writes under the name "Thom E. Gemcity," which is an anagram of "Timothy McGee".

Who has a coffin in their home?

Abby sleeps in the coffin.

Who is Ziva David?

Before becoming a NCIS agent, Ziva was an agent with Mossad.

Who moves from the NSA to NCIS?

Ellie is played by Emily Wickersham who first made a splash as Rhiannon on the 'The Sopranos.'

Where is the east coast division of NCIS located?

The Washington Navy Yard is the former shipyard and ordnance plant of the United States Navy, and is the oldest shore establishment of the U.S. Navy.

Which NCIS member died on a rooftop?

Kate is shot in the head by sniper and Mossad double-agent Ari Haswari.

DiNozzo has a daughter with ________?

Tony did not know about the existence of his daughter until the end of season fourteen.

Who builds boats in his basement?

Building boats and other objects in his basement helps Gibbs release stress.

Who saves Gibb's life after he is shot by a child?

Dr. Cyril Taft is played by Jon Cryer who may be best known as playing Alan on "Two and a Half Men."

What happens to Vance's wife?

Vance's wife and Ziva's father are both gunned down at the Vance residence.

Who is Ducky's timid, yet intelligent assistant?

Palmer is nearly always blamed by Ducky for getting them lost on the way to the crime scene.

What drink does Gibbs always bring Abby?

Caf-Pow is fictional a high energy-caffeine drink.

Who is Leroy Jethro Gibbs named after?

Leroy was a good friend and business partner of Gibb's father Jackson Gibbs.

How many seasons has 'NCIS' been on-air?

The 15th season begins September 2016.

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