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Mark Harmon received a call during the summer between seasons 3 and 4 telling him to stop shaving - because Gibbs was to have a more gruff look, along with a mustache.
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Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby, actually graduated with a degree in Forensics in college, and then moved to New York to get her masters, and it was there that she got in to acting. before coming to NCIS. Producers have said that most of the personality and interests displayed by Abby come from Perrette just playing herself.
In one episode Kate asks Gibbs "Gibbs? What did Ducky look like when he was younger?" Gibbs answers "Ilya Kuryakin". Ilya Kuryakin is the role David McCallum played in the show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964).
Whenever we see flashbacks featuring young Gibbs, the younger version is played by Mark Harmon's son, Sean.
The hand tools that Mark Harmon uses on the set of NCIS, are mostly his own. Those are the tools that he uses in his own personal workshop.
Michael Weatherly once stated this when rumors that Mark Harmon was leaving NCIS, "He's the spine of the show. Without him it's a show about jellyfish. We need our spine."
There are two types of NCIS special Agents: full time agents wear a gold badge, part time Agents wear a Silver badge.
Many of the character's histories are taken from the actor's real lives. For instance, Michael Weatherly's father has a large fortune from a family business, as does Tony's father (and Weatherly's Dark Angel character). Abby Scuito states she used to go through old cars to see what happened to them and try to find out what went wrong, and Pauley Perrette did this in her childhood.
Sean Murray (Special Agent Timothy McGee) is the step son of Donald P. Bellisario, and his sister on the show is in fact his step sister in real life.
There is a picture of Donald P. Bellisario hanging on the "NCIS Most Wanted Wall"
The sound heard at the beginning and end of each Act, when the scene goes to black and white is Donald P. Bellisario making that noise into a microphone. He wanted a unique way of bookending each act and took a microphone and went into a studio and made that sound into the microphone.
At one point, Michael Weatherly's character states "I've got a better chance of hooking up with Jessica Alba than these guys do of infiltrating SeaLift.". Michael Weatherly was engaged for a time to Jessica Alba and starred opposite her on Dark Angel (2000).
In 2005 Mark Harmon requested that nobody make any fuss about his September 2nd birthday. New cast member Lauren Holly had other ideas though. The frequent victim of Harmon's practical jokes, she collaborated with Michael Weatherly on a Harmon birthday extravaganza. First they ordered 150 t-shirts that read 'It's Mark Harmon's birthday', that were passed out to the entire crew. On Thursday, September 1st, she waited in her hotel room for the heads-up call from Weatherly that shooting was wrapping. At three o'clock a.m., still in her pajamas, Holly got the call, loaded up her car with party supplies and drove back to the show's sets in Santa Clarita. She and Weatherly then proceeded to cover Harmon's trailer with crepe paper, helium balloons and piñatas, then dumped large amounts of confetti everywhere. They decorated every wall, truck and trailer, then, with the cooperation of the art department, put up a picture of Harmon on all the plasma-screen displays in the squad-room set. Holly then hopped on a plane on Friday to fly back to her husband and three sons in Chicago and waited for word on Harmon's reaction. When Harmon arrived to work he saw everyone in identical t-shirts, holding signs, and assumed there was a strike. Weatherly was called by the nervous producers, who were worried what Mark would think, and who was behind it. Michael replied "I'm not going to name any names. Lauren Holly". Harmon was very touched by the gesture, which was filmed so he could take the DVD home to his wife. He did however tell Lauren with a grin, "Payback's a bitch".
Two real-life NCIS directors (David Brant and Thomas Betro) and the real-life Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus have all made cameo appearances on the show.
DiNozzo's wealthy father cut him off from his inheritance when he was 12 years old. Michael Weatherly's father cut him off from his inheritance when he decided to pursue acting.
In the opening credits of the first couple seasons, an aircraft carrier is seen going under the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a clip from the opening credits of The Presidio (1988), starring Mark Harmon as a San Francisco police inspector investigating a murder on the Presidio army base in San Francisco.
On the set of NCIS Mark Harmon uses a 1972 Airstream he restored himself.
Mark Harmon, who was born in 1951, would be old enough to be a Vietnam era veteran, but his character of Gibbs stated that he was a Gulf War veteran as he was too young to be a Vietnam vet, so Gibbs is much younger than Harmon.
Michael Weatherly's character's father is played by Robert Wagner. Prior to doing NCIS Weatherly actually played Robert Wagner in a TV movie The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) about Wagner's wife.
Jethro Gibbs's father Jackson Gibbs (played by Ralph Waite ) was a World War II US Army Air Force fighter pilot, as was Mark Harmon's real life father Tom Harmon.
In addition to Troian Bellisario, one of Donald P. Bellisario's children, who plays as McGee's sister, there is also one of his sons, Michael Bellisario who plays as Charles (Chip) Sterling who star on the show.
Donald P. Bellisario named the character Leroy Jethro after his family. His brother's name is Leroy and his father's middle name is Jethro.
Lauren Holly originally auditioned for the part of Kate.
The t-shirts that Gibbs wears while working on the boat in the basement of his home are sent to Mark Harmon from law enforcement agencies around the country. He also occasionally wears a sweatshirt with the letters "NIS". This stands for "Naval Investigative Service", the predecessor of the NCIS. An agent with Gibbs' seniority would have begun his career working under that name.
Donald P. Bellisario was not sure whether Mark Harmon would be right for the role of Gibbs. However, following his role as Agent Simon Donovan on The West Wing (1999), he eventually decided to cast him.
MTAC stands for the Multiple Threat Assessment Center. Previously the Antiterrorist Alert Center (ATAC), it was changed in 2002 in response to its expanding role after the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and attacks of September 11th, 2001.
The Dodge Chargers used by these Navy department agents are a color called Deep Water Blue, a special color costing several hundred dollars more than a standard black or white car, which a Federal agency would most likely choose.
During one episode, Gibbs was trying to solve a crossword puzzle. As his character is rarely in step with pop culture, he asked DiNozzo for a TV drama with 8 letters. Tony answers St. Elsewhere (1982), which has more than 8. Mark Harmon played Dr. Bobby Caldwell on that show from 1983 - 1986.
Mark Harmon, Rocky Carroll, and Lauren Holly all appeared together on Chicago Hope.
A satellite image of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid sometimes appears on Gibbs' computer.
During the opening credits there is a note about what NCIS represents and it reads: The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is a worldwide federal law enforcement organization whose mission is to protect and serve the Navy and Marine Corps and their families.
DiNozzo is a fan of the shows Airwolf (1984) and Magnum, P.I. (1980), both also created by Donald P. Bellisario.
The pilot for this series aired as a two-part episode of JAG (1995) in the spring of 2003. Two major changes were made for the series. A gimmick in which Ducky is shown talking to corpses - from the corpse's point of view - was dropped, and a character named Viv Blackadder (played by Robyn Lively) was replaced by the character played by Sasha Alexander.
David McCallum appeared in every episode until Season 6, Episode 23, "Legend Part II". Even though he plays the medical examiner, this included shows where people weren't even murdered. In those episodes, Ducky would consult on the psychology of the case, or offer personal advice.
NCIS Headquarters is shown to be at the Washington, DC Navy Yard. In reality, the Headquarters was moved in 2011 to a new facility at Quantico Marine Base, Quantico, VA.
"FLETC" (flet c) is often referred to in regard to trainees. The word is an acronym for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. NCIS, along with 82 other federal agencies, train recruits at FLETC-Glynco, just north of Brunswick, Georgia.
The boat that Gibbs is building is an Amigo Kit from Glen-L.
When NCIS was originally the Naval Investigative Agency (NIS) it was part of Naval Intelligence.
Dell sponsors all the laptops and PCs shown in every season.
The title of McGee's novel "Deep Six" is the name of an actual novel written by Clive Cussler.
In "Enemy On The Hill" Abby is seen holding a locket of her adoptive mother. The photo is Pauley Perrette's real mother Donna Bell.
The sidearm carried by all of the agents is the Sig Sauer P228, a 9mm-only variant of the popular P226 semi-automatic. Adopted by the US military as the M11, it is standard issue not only for NCIS but also their Army counterpart, CID, and is also popular with Special Warfare troops for its ruggedness, reliability, and accuracy.
The show was originally entitled "Navy NCIS". They dropped the "Navy", which was redundant because the "N" in "NCIS" stands for "Naval" referring to the Navy. "NCIS" stands for "Naval Criminal Investigative Service".
Rocky Carroll and Michael Weatherly were born exactly five years apart. Carroll on July 8th, 1963 and Weatherly on July 8th, 1968.
The 7th season was the first to not have a new set of opening credits at the start of the year, despite the fact the show was headed into its most successful season yet.
Michael Bellisario (son of producer Donald P. Bellisario) who played Chip Sterling, previously played Michael Roberts on JAG (1995), the show NCIS spun-off from.
Don Johnson was offered the role of Agent Gibbs. He turned it down.
Gibbs joined NCIS because of the death of his wife and daughter.
Timothy McGee uses the pseudonym Thom E Gemcity for his novel 'Deep Six'. Thom E Gemcity is an anagram for Timothy McGee.
The team frequently issues BOLOs for people - this stands for 'Be On Look Out'
Jennifer Aniston expressed interest in the role of Kate, but in order for her to accept the role, production would have had to wait for her to finish the final season of Friends.
Donald P. Bellisario confirmed that before Sasha Alexander decided to leave the show, his plan for Season 3 was to build on the Tony/Kate relationship, and the ideas for the episodes "Under Covers" and "Boxed In" (which had large emphasis on the Tony/Ziva relationship) were both ideas conceived with the intention of forcing the characters to confront their emotional attachments to the other.
Donald P. Bellisario considered casting Scott Bakula (who starred in his previous television production, Quantum Leap) as Gibbs. 11 years later, Bakula was cast as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, Gibbs's former partner and star of NCIS: New Orleans.
On a document Abby writes in one of the episodes, she lists her full name as "Abigail Beethoven Sciuto."
Harrison Ford, who was experiencing a bit of a slump around the time of the series's conception, was urged by colleagues to pursue the role of Gibbs. He did not, but Mark Harmon's Gibbs does allude to this in the first episode, name-dropping Harrison Ford and his film Air Force One.
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Although Sasha Alexander and Rocky Carroll never worked together on the show, they both appeared in the movie Yes Man (2008).
Gibbs and his team frequently talk about "Local LEO's". LEO is short for Law Enforcement Officer(s).
McGee is a fan of the electronic music group "Venetian Snares". There is a small poster to the right of him on his wall.
Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd was the first agent other than Gibbs to conduct a solo interrogation. 1x21: Split Decision.
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Gibbs was a Gulf War veteran, but the tee-shirt he occasionally wears could be a reminder of his NIS origins. Although the NIS was renamed in 1985, becoming the NSIC, then the NISC, it was only in 1992 the NCIS was taken out of the uniformed navy's control and a civilian director appointed.
On season 2 episode 10, Gibbs keeps getting phone calls from people asking about a Volkswagen Bug for sale. Frustrated, Gibbs asks,"Do I look like someone who would drive a Bug?!" In "The Deliberate Stranger" (1986), Mark played serial killer Ted Bundy, who drove a VW Bug.
David McCallum plays Donald Mallard. Mallard is a breed of duck, hence his nickname Ducky. His name could also be construed to be Donald Duck.
In a scene where the team is gathered at a Friday happy hour, Ducky (David McCallum) orders a Macallan.
One of the computer monitors used on the set is a 1600SW Flat Panel monitor built by Silicon Graphics in 1999 (hence the SGI abbreviation logo).
Often times in the monitors behind DiNozzo's desk Frontrunner and Trax trains from UTA in Salt Lake City UT can be seen in a loop.
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In numerous episodes someone is told to "watch your 6". During World War II pilots would call-out the positions of enemy airplanes by referring to their bearings via the use of a pretend clock face. 12 O'Clock meant the enemy was directly ahead, whereas 6 O'Clock would mean directly behind. Basically this means "watch your tail". Another comment "I've got your 6" means "I've got your back".
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In season 2, episode 2, McGee and DiNozzo are in a hotel room where DiNozzo is watching an old rerun of "Ozzie and Harriet". Ozzie and Harriet were Mark Harmon's sister Kristin's in laws in real life.
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According to Pauley Perrette on the 'tour of Abby's lab' extra on the seasons 8 DVD, Bert "the Farting Hippo" has to be locked up at the end of shooting because extras and production interns have tried walking off with him before.
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Although it is said that the show ("NCIS") takes place in the same universe as "JAG" and "Hawaii 5-0", actor Terry O' Quinn ("LOST") guest stars in multiple episodes of all 3 shows as 3 different characters with different names.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

One of the pictures on the 'most wanted' wall is of agent 'G' Callen from NCIS:Los Angeles. Presumably under cover using one of his aliases.
Due to the several crossovers between them, the series is set in the same universe that JAG (1995), NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), Hawaii Five-0 (2010), NCIS: New Orleans (2014) and Scorpion (2014).

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