NCIS: Hawaiʻi

NCIS: Hawaiʻi is an American action crime drama and police procedural television series that debuted on CBS on September 20, 2021. It is a spin-off of the long-running series NCIS and the fourth series in the NCIS franchise. The series was created by Christopher Silber, Jan Nash, and Matt Bosack who also serve as writers and executive producers alongside Larry Teng who directed multiple episodes. Vanessa Lachey, Alex Tarrant, Noah Mills, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon, Tori Anderson and Kian Talan star in the series.

NCIS: Hawaiʻi
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Also known asNCIS: Hawaii
Created by
ComposerTree Adams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Executive producers
  • Christopher Silber
  • Jan Nash
  • Matt Bosack
  • Larry Teng
  • Randy Sutter
  • Joshua Rexon
  • Yalun Tu
Production locationsOahu, Hawaii
Running time44–45 minutes
Production companies
  • Harp to the Party Productions
  • Close to the Land Productions
  • CBS Studios
DistributorCBS Media Ventures
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2021 (2021-09-20) –
present (present)
Related showsNCIS franchise
External links


The series follows a fictional team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who work out of the Pearl Harbor Field Office which is led by Special Agent Jane Tennant.[1] The team Investigates crimes related to the military and national security.




  • Enver Gjokaj as Joe Milius: a high-ranking Navy Captain and Deputy Chief-of-Staff to Commander, Pacific Fleet.[3]
  • Mahina Napoleon as Julie Tennant: Jane's youngest child.


No.Title [7]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [7]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Larry TengMatt Bosack & Jan Nash & Christopher SilberSeptember 20, 2021 (2021-09-20)HAW1016.59[8]
2"Boom"Larry TengJan Nash & Christopher SilberSeptember 27, 2021 (2021-09-27)HAW1025.54[9]
3"Recruiter"Ruben GarciaMatt Bosack & Yalun TuOctober 4, 2021 (2021-10-04)HAW1035.54[10]
4"Paniolo"Larry TengNoah EvslinOctober 11, 2021 (2021-10-11)HAW1045.29[11]
5"Gaijin"Tim AndrewRon McGeeOctober 18, 2021 (2021-10-18)HAW1055.35[12]
6"The Tourist"[13]Yangzom BraunAmy RutbergNovember 1, 2021 (2021-11-01)HAW106TBD
7"Rescuers"[14]James BamfordYakira ChambersNovember 8, 2021 (2021-11-08)HAW107TBD



On February 16, 2021, anonymous sources told The Hollywood Reporter that deals were being finalized on a potential fourth series in the NCIS franchise, titled NCIS: Hawaii, as it neared a straight-to-series order from CBS.[15] They also said that series would be created and executive-produced by Christopher Silber, Jan Nash, and Matt Bosack, with Silber and Nash also serving as co-showrunners.[15][16] Unlike the other series in the franchise, it is not planned to start with a backdoor pilot within another series.[17] The series location would also create potential crossover opportunities with CBS's other Hawaii-based drama, Magnum P.I.[18] NCIS: Los Angeles previously crossed over with Magnum P.I.'s now concluded sister series, Hawaii Five-0, in 2012.[18] The sources also said that the producers had already started looking for a director for a pilot and were working on hiring writers.[15]

In early April 2021, it was reported that the series was expected to be picked up for the 2021–22 television season.[19] On April 23, 2021, CBS officially ordered NCIS: Hawaii to series.[20] Larry Teng was also announced to be executive producing the pilot episode.[21] Bosack, Nash, and Silber wrote the pilot episode for the series.[22][23] The series name was also officially changed to NCIS: Hawaiʻi, adding an ʻokina in an effort to reflect the official spelling used in the Hawaiian language.[24] On October 11, 2021, CBS gave the series a full season order.[25]


On April 7, 2021, it was reported that CBS was looking to cast a female lead for the NCIS: Hawaii making it the first series in the franchise to do so.[26] The character for the female lead was tentatively named Jane Tennant and casting for the role as well as other principal characters began around the same time.[1] On April 30, 2021, it was announced that Vanessa Lachey was the first to be cast as a series regular in the role of Jane Tennant.[24][27] Meanwhile, Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon were also cast as series regulars to portray Lucy and Ernie, respectively.[28][27] It was later announced that Noah Mills had joined the cast as Jesse.[5] Tori Anderson and Kian Talan were cast as series regulars in the roles of Kate Whistler and Alex.[6] On July 8, 2021, Alex Tarrant joined the main cast as Kai and Enver Gjokaj was announced to be recurring as Joe Milius.[29]


The series is planned to use the production facilities built for Hawaii Five-0, which concluded in 2020.[18] For the pilot episode, Larry Teng served as the director while and Yasu Tanida provided cinematography work.[21][30] Filming for the series began at an undisclosed location on the North Shore of Oahu with a traditional Hawaiian blessing on June 16, 2021.[31][32] Two days later on June 18, filming took place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam.[33] Both the first and second episodes had concluded filming by July 22.[34]


CBS announced its fall broadcast schedule on May 19, 2021, for the 2021–22 television season, with the new series on Mondays at 10:00 PM ET, immediately following parent series NCIS.[35] The first teaser trailer was released on the same date featuring Lachey speaking about the premise and her role on the series.[36] On July 12, 2021, CBS announced a series premiere date of September 20, 2021.[37] TVLine released exclusive first look promotional photos from the series three days later on July 15.[38] A second teaser trailer was released in August 2021, featuring a joint promo with NCIS.[39]


Critical responseEdit

Caroline Framke of Variety gave the premiere a positive review and wrote: "The show still feels of a piece with "NCIS" proper, military jargon, efficient dialogue, flashy mysteries and all. If you're already a fan, it's worth giving a shot. If not, there are plenty of other shows in the sea."[40]


Viewership and ratings per episode of NCIS: Hawaiʻi
No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 20, 2021 0.5 6.59[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Boom" September 27, 2021 0.5 5.54[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Recruiter" October 4, 2021 0.5 5.54[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Paniolo" October 11, 2021 0.4 5.29[11] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Gaijin" October 18, 2021 0.5 5.35[12] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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