CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (6 Oct. 2000)

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A murder appears to be a suicide with very little evidence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Young ...
Dr. Gary Klausbach
Susan Gibney ...
Mr. Laferty
'Lesley Stahl' - Liquor Store Owner
Cedrick Terrel ...
Boe Wilson (as Cedrick Terrell)


Holly Gribbs has just joined the night shift. A murder appears to be a suicide with very little evidence. A drunk is shot to death in his own home. After a man picks up his girlfriend, she drugs him. Written by Erik Kirchner

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6 October 2000 (USA)  »

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In the nearly ten years of the series, the opening credits' (pilot epsiode) scene of Grissom's experiment dummy-being bludgeoned in the back of the head-has always been shown. See more »


When Catherine is talking to the little girl in the hospital, the window behind her has sunlight coming through it. The episode is supposed to take place at night, as subsequent scenes (showing that it is still night time) indicate. See more »


[explaining the job to Holly, the new girl]
Catherine Willows: We restore peace of mind. And when you're a victim, that's everything. Stick with it. At least until you solve your first, and if after that, you don't feel like King Kong on cocaine, then you can quit. But if you stay with it, my hand to God, you will never regret it.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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31 July 2013 | by (Porirua, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Utterly and unashamedly love this programme in all it's entirety.It has made me realize that many factors come into play in order to see justice is done. This programme has opened the door for many successful spin offs which needless to say, I also thoroughly enjoy. Adhereing to the same guidelines which made C.S.I such a hit will also ensure their continuity, fan base and success. The story lines, plots and cliffhanger series finales are mind-blowing to say the least. Thank you very much to the cast and crew for making this all so enjoyable and entertaining. I miss Grissom and Catherine as they were the leading forces for the C.S.I. teams. I wish them both well on their new endeavors.

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