CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve grisly murders. The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter, and character-driven drama in the same vein as the original series in the CSI franchise, except that the Miami CSIs are cops first, scientists second.
On February 1, 2012, the network announced that the 10th season of CSI: Miami would be trimmed to 19 episodes to make room for the debut of mid-season replacementNYC 22. On May 13, 2012, both series were canceled.
CSI: Miami was filmed primarily in California. Indoor scenes were shot at Raleigh Manhattan Studios in Manhattan Beach, California. Most outdoor scenes were filmed in Long Beach, as well as portions of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Beach areas of Marina Green Park and Rainbow Lagoon Park in downtown Long Beach were often used for other outdoor scenes, as the newly constructed high-rise condos there gave the pretense of being in Miami. Many outdoor location shots were also filmed in Miami-Dade County, Florida including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach.
The sculptured walkway paying tribute to the old Pike Roller Coaster can be seen in the background in the episodes "Wrecking Crew" and "Under The Influence". Footage from the Biscayne Courthouse, visible prominently in the episode "Recoil", among others, was filmed at the Water Garden Park in Santa Monica, at 34.028728, -118.471331. Other locations of Long Beach are used such as the Naples district, where its canals and upscale homes with large boat docks and palm trees give a feel of Miami.
CSI Level 3 Day Shift Supervisor: Lieutenant Horatio "H" Caine (David Caruso) is the head of the Miami-Dade crime lab, a former NYPDhomicide detective, a forensic analyst, and former bomb squad officer. Horatio is known to be very protective of his team, often going out of his way to assist them when needed. He is an outstanding marksman, and does not hesitate to use deadly force. He also very often goes to extraordinary lengths to save evidence or a potential victim. His demeanor is serious, direct, and to the point. Horatio appears to have a good sense for how to communicate with children who have just experienced traumatic ordeals. Horatio uses the "stay-calm" approach while comforting victims, killers, etc. Horatio is usually seen wearing a pair of sunglasses. Horatio was briefly married to Marisol Delko Caine (Alana de la Garza); the marriage ended when she was murdered by a Mala Noche sniper in "Rampage". In "Dangerous Son", Horatio discovered that he has a sixteen-year-old son named Kyle Harmon (Evan Ellingson). "John Walden" is a cover name he used sixteen years earlier doing undercover special task force work in Pensacola, FL where Horatio met Julia (Elizabeth Berkley) (Kyle's mother). The episode "In The Wind" revealed that Kyle is in Afghanistan. In "Going Ballistic", Caine is apparently shot, but it is later revealed in the episode, "Resurrection", that he faked his death in order to stop a sale of illegal bullets. His formation of the team in 1997 is depicted in flashbacks in the episode "Out of Time", shortly after he became the head of the new investigative unit swiftly renamed CSI.
CSI Level 3 Day Shift Assistant Supervisor: Detective Calleigh Duquesne (Emily Procter) is a ballistics specialist. Calleigh's slight build, blonde good looks, and southern belle accent often lead others to underestimate her, but she is a brilliant and a dedicated scientist. Her father is an alcoholicattorney who has tried to rehabilitate himself several times. She follows the letter of the rules at all times. In "Ambush", a website seems to be stalking her and it is later discovered that the person behind it is Dan Cooper whom she was involved in catching for stealing deceased CSI Tim Speedle's credit card. In "All In", she is kidnapped and forced to help cover up a crime scene, but is later saved by her fellow CSIs. In "Smoke Gets in Your CSI's", Calleigh was rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation when she and Ryan Wolfe escaped from a burning house with a dead body. In "Seeing Red", Calleigh shot Eric Delko, and in "Out of Time", Eric is in critical condition and a flashback occurs back to 1997 and Calleigh's first day on the job. As of seasons 7 and 8, she is in a romantic relationship with Eric Delko.
CSI Level 3: Detective Ryan Wolfe (Jonathan Togo) was working as a police officer at the time he was hired for the lab virtually on the spot by Horatio Caine, who noted Ryan's immaculate care of his gun with approval, likely due to Wolfe having OCD. He first appeared in "Under the Influence" but did not become a regular cast member until "Hell Night". Ryan was replacing fallen CSI Tim Speedle, who died in the line of duty as a direct result of his poor gun maintenance. Ryan was impaled in the eye with a nail gun in "Nailed". At the end of the episode "Burned", Ryan was fired for being directly linked to a murder suspect and not disclosing it to the department. Seeking jobs as both a crime-scene expert, an expert witness for the defense, a firearms range technician, and applying to work as an ME Investigator while applying for reinstatement, he was later reinstated. In "Going Ballistic", Ryan receives a text message saying, "It is done," right after Horatio is shot and presumed dead. It is revealed in the seventh season premiere that he was asked by Horatio to assist in setting up Horatio's own execution, so he could go undercover. At the end of "Target Specific" and throughout the episode "Wolfe In Sheep's Clothing", Ryan was kidnapped and was forced by the Russian mob to cover up a crime.
MDPD Homicide Detective: Sergeant Frank Tripp (Rex Linn) is a Texas-born homicide detective who accompanies the team to the crime scenes. He is known for interrogating suspects in his typical sarcastic manner and has a good working relationship with all the CSIs. He is divorced with three kids, revealed in "Dispo Day". After passing the Sergeant's Exam in the beginning of "Dangerous Son", Tripp was required to spend some time in uniform on a patrol rotation, but soon returned to the homicide unit and plainclothes in "Guerillas in the Mist". He often accompanies the CSIs to the crime scene to lend a hand and provide extra cover.
CSI Level 2: Officer Natalia Boa Vista (Eva LaRue) is a DNA analyst who upon first arriving, was only allowed to work on cold or unsolved cases due to the restrictions of her federal grant. She escaped an abusive marriage before joining the department, when her association with a society for battered women was key to helping the team solve the murder of a woman. At the end of season four, it is revealed that Natalia is an FBI informant in the lab, assigned to help build a case against Horatio Caine and his team. Natalia was revealed to be the mole in the lab. In season 5, much to her distress, she discovered her abusive ex-husband Nick Townsend (Rob Estes) was out of prison when he served her with a restraining order and he was working for a private company that cleans up crime scenes. The two shared a tense relationship until Nick's murder, a crime for which Natalia was briefly considered the prime suspect. In "Darkroom", Ryan Wolfe finds a stash of photographed girls and Natalia discovers that one of the pictures is her sister Anya and DNA from a crime scene reveals that Anya is indeed one of the women that the CSIs are looking for. In "Tunnel Vision", Natalia was finally certified to carry a firearm, and she shot a suspect in self-defense with her Glock 26 for the first time. In "Count Me Out", Natalia was involved in a meth lab explosion that caused hearing loss.
CSI Level 3: Detective Eric Delko (Adam Rodríguez) is the fingerprint and drug identification expert of Cuban and Russian descent. He is also the team's underwater recovery expert. In "Shattered", Delko's job is endangered when he is arrested for drug possession, but it is discovered that the marijuana was for his sister, Marisol Delko Caine (Alana de la Garza), to ease the pain of her leukemia treatments, who was murdered by a Mala Noche sniper after she married Horatio Caine. In "Man Down", while trying to rescue a woman kidnapped by escapee Clavo Cruz (Gonzalo Menendez), Delko was shot in the head by one of his henchmen and critically wounded. He survived and went back on the team, but suffered some memory loss. In "And How Does That Make You Kill?", Eric told his psychiatrist of his affection for CSI Calleigh Duquesne. In "The DeLuca Motel", it is discovered that he has been staying in a motel because someone is following him. They found out that his real father is from Cuba and is trying to kill him. In "Seeing Red", Eric was trying to help his father and is seen escaping a gun silo, only to be shot at by friend Calleigh. He survives and is shown waking up in a hospital room in "Out of Time". Actor Adam Rodríguez did not return full-time for the eighth season and was replaced by former CSI Jesse Cardoza (Eddie Cibrian). Delko shows that he is leaving by telling Calleigh that he is going to leave the CSI team because life is too short. On February 19, 2010, Adam Rodríguez announced on his Twitter page that he will be returning to the show as a regular. As of season 7 and season 8, he is in a romantic relationship with Calleigh Duquesne.
CSI Level 3 Day Shift Assistant Supervisor: Lieutenant Megan Donner (Kim Delaney) was Horatio's predecessor who went on indefinite leave from her job following the death of her husband. She briefly returned to work alongside Horatio, who had since been promoted to head investigator of the CSI unit, but later resigned, finding the pressure of the job to now be more than she could handle. Some of this information appeared to be retconned early in the show's eighth season in an episode that featured flashbacks to the case that prompted the creation of the CSI squad; in the newly established canon, Donner (who was mentioned but not seen in the episode) still worked at the lab, but the squad was headed by Horatio from its inception. Actress Kim Delaney's character was reportedly written out due to the lack of chemistry between her and Caruso.
CSI Level 3: Detective Timothy "Tim" Speedle (Rory Cochrane) (known by his nickname "Speed") was a trace evidence and impressions expert; originally from Syracuse, New York, who worked for the St. Petersburg PD in 1997, and had a degree in biology from Columbia University. Speed was killed in the line of duty in, "Lost Son;" he had not maintained his firearm diligently and was shot by a suspect when it misfired during a shoot-out. The character was written out at the request of actor Rory Cochrane, who wanted to pursue a career in film and reportedly disliked the long, arduous shooting schedules for CSI: Miami. The actor later reprised his role as a hallucination of Eric Delko in "Bang, Bang, Your Debt". It was revealed in "Out of Time", that Jesse Cardoza knew Tim Speedle, who was working for the St. Petersburg PD in 1997, and Cardoza asked Horatio if he wanted him to be part of his new team.
MDPD Homicide Detective: Detective Yelina Salas (Sofia Milos) was a Colombian homicide detective frequently attached to CSI investigations, and the widow of Horatio's brother Raymond Caine. She later starts a relationship with IAB Sergeant Rick Stetler, Horatio's personal nemesis. After her husband Raymond was revealed to still be alive, she left with him and their son for Brazil, where they planned to keep a low profile for Ray's safety. She reappears in the fifth season premiere, "Rio". Horatio and Eric fly to Rio de Janeiro to hunt down Antonio Riaz, who murdered Horatio's wife and Delko's sister Marisol. While in Rio, Riaz kills Raymond Caine and is enlisting Ray Jr. into drug running in the shantytowns of the area. Yelina and Ray Jr. wind up back in Miami, and Yelina goes into business as a private investigator revealed in "Burned". In "Dangerous Son", Yelina investigates a suspect for Horatio, and she locates a birth certificate that reveals that the parolee is in fact Horatio's biological son. Yelina also returns for the seventh season premiere, going undercover to help Horatio capture enemy Ron Saris. She was kidnapped in the episode "Seeing Red", but was rescued by Horatio.
Medical Examiner: Dr. Alexx Woods (Khandi Alexander) was a Miami-Dade medical examiner. Alexx began her medical career in New York as a physician and became a medical examiner with the CSI team after moving to Miami for personal reasons. She is a very emotional person, and is more of a "mother" figure for the CSI team, showing great concern for them. She also often talks to the dead bodies in a comforting and caring tone as she examines them. She is married with a son and daughter. In "Rock and A Hard Place", her son is named the prime suspect in a murder; this causes Alexx to rethink her job in the M.E.'s Office (and her place on the team as well as her friendship with the other CSI's), and she quits, saying to Horatio, "I need to spend more of my time taking care of the living." Horatio responds by saying that should she wish to return, her post would be open for her. Alexx returned in "Smoke Gets in Your CSI's" as a part-time ER doctor at Dade General.
Medical Examiner: Dr. Tara Price (Megalyn Echikunwoke) was the day-shift medical examiner who replaced Dr. Alexx Woods (Khandi Alexander) in the seventh season. She made her debut in "Won't Get Fueled Again" and became part of the main cast credits in "Bombshell". In "Cheating Death", CSIs Eric Delko and Ryan Wolfe play a joke on her that almost results in the entire case being compromised. In the end of "Divorce Party", Tara is shown to steal a bottle of Oxycodone (an opioid analgesic medication) from a victim in the morgue and blames it on Julia Winston. Also, Horatio Caine has his son Kyle working as an intern for her after he gets into trouble. In "Dissolved", Ryan Wolfe confronts Tara about the stolen pills in her locker. When Julia takes the autopsy hostage because of what she did, Tara is arrested. Actress Megalyn Echikunwoke's image was removed from the main cast credits after "Dissolved".
CSI Level 2: Officer Jesse Cardoza (Eddie Cibrian) was a former LAPD officer who transferred back to the MDPD. In "Out of Time", a flashback to 1997 depicts Cardoza's departure from the Miami crime lab and transfer to Los Angeles, following in the conclusion of a case that led to Horatio Caine's becoming head of the new investigative unit that became CSI. He returns in "Hostile Takeover", as a member of the team, taking Eric Delko's place. When he returns, the lab is attacked and he is taken hostage along with three other people, but he is rescued by Horatio. After that, in the episode "Show Stopper", there is a discrepancy in the department's Hummer mileage log; Jesse does not explain it at first, but later on, in the locker room, he explains to Calleigh that he was following a woman and who was in danger from a man he'd dealt with in California, and that he'd transferred back to Miami because the man in question had also killed Cardoza's wife. It is revealed in the ninth season premiere that he died after being poisoned by halon gas in the eighth season finale, having suffered head trauma in the fall.
CSI: Miami has utilized an extensive cast of recurring characters on the show. Recurring characters can be found as technicians in the crime lab, as homicide detectives, as family members of main characters, and as villains, among others.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: "Cross-Jurisdictions" (S02E22) - The Miami CSI team helps the Las Vegas CSI team track down a murderer of socialite couples. This episode serves as the pilot for CSI: Miami.
CSI: NY: "Manhattan Manhunt" (S02E07) - Horatio comes to New York to help Mac Taylor capture a serial killer who eluded them in Miami. Continued from CSI: Miami: "Felony Flight" (S04E07).
CSI: NY: "Hammer Down" (S06E07) & CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: "The Lost Girls" - These two episodes respectively serve as the second and third parts of the CSI Trilogy, in which Ray Langston helps Horatio and Mac Taylor take down a human trafficking ring. CSI: Miami: "Bone Voyage" (S08E07) is part one.
CSI: Miami has been named the World's Most Popular TV Show following rating studies of 20 countries worldwide after NCIS. A 2006 survey conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media showed that CSI: Miami was featured in more top ten viewing charts than any other show and that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was the world's sixth-most popular show.
* The Region 4 releases of the first two seasons were initially divided up into two parts of 11 or 12 episodes before being released in full season DVD "fat packs", with large cases compared to the slimline cases DVD distributors opt for now. The release dates detailed here are for the re-released seasons in slimline cases. The two-part releases as well as the "fat pack" full season releases of the first two seasons were released much earlier than these re-releases. The subsequent seasons were first released in the slimline cases.
** = Dates for re-released slim line full season packaging; all half-seasons have been discontinued.
The CSI: Miami Region 2 DVD releases are released in two parts, the first part is released with 11, 12 or 13 episodes and then the second part is released containing the rest of the episodes and special features are split up between the two parts and on the same day that the second part is released they are available for purchase as a full season. All seasons have now been re-released in full.
CSI has also been released as a series of mobile games. In fall 2007, CBS teamed up with game developer Gameloft to bring CSI to mobile phones. The first of the series to be published was CSI: Miami. The game features actual cast members such as Horatio Caine, Alexx Woods and Calleigh Duquesne who are trying to solve a murder in South Beach with the player's assistance. The game is also available for download on various iPod devices.
In 2008, Gameloft and CBS released CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – The Mobile Game which is based on the original series in Las Vegas, NV. This game introduces the unique ability to receive calls during the game to provide tips and clues about crime scenes and evidence. As for the storyline, the game developers collaborated with Anthony E. Zuiker (the series creator) to ensure that the plot and dialogue were aligned with the show's style.
First run: September 2002 - May 2010, Mondays at 10/9pm. October 2010 – April 2012, Sundays at 10/9pm.
Repeats: CBS repeats CSI: Miami sometimes on weekends during the Crimetime Saturday slot. CBS will also continue to run CSI: Miami in syndication for years to come.
Repeats: CSI: Miami has been syndicated on A&E since 2005. Both A&E and Spike share the return rights to the crossover episodes (with CSI: NY), Felony Flight and Manhattan Manhunt. On December 2, 2011 AMC acquired syndication rights of the series, and would begin airing the episodes on January 2, 2012. The show airs regularly at 5/4pm Monday through Friday. In August 2012 WE tv started airing reruns of the show.
Ireland broadcast history
First run: Broadcast on RTÉ Two at 9pm on Thursdays (RTÉ normally broadcasts the show around 10 weeks before the UK's Channel 5 does).
First run: Sky Living, 9pm on Friday nights, normally after the end of the season on RTÉ Two.
Repeats: Repeats are shown on RTÉ Two, 3e and Sky Living.
United Kingdom broadcast history
First run: Broadcast on Channel 5 currently between 9:30pm and 10:20pm (usually 10:10pm) on Saturdays instead of Tuesdays as previously stated.
First run: Sky Living, 9pm on Friday nights, normally after the end of the season on Channel 5.
Repeats: Repeats are shown on Channel 5, 5USA and Sky Living.
Channel 5 broadcasts CSI: Miami during the summer, and once it ends, CSI: NY and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation begin. Channel 5 does not split up the seasons with breaks for Christmas, etc., instead running the season continuously.