How Long It Would Take To Watch All Of NCIS


While binge-watching an entire series can typically be done in a couple of long nights or weekends, watching the whole gamut of NCIS shows would take much longer than that. The original NCIS series has been on air since 2003 and has 21 seasons. In season 21, the franchise celebrated the 1000th episode of NCIS between the flagship and its spinoff series. The 1000 NCIS episodes comprise NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Hawai’i, and NCIS: Sydney. With so many shows to watch, fully experiencing the franchise is a serious investment.

It would take a long time to watch all 1000 episodes (and counting) of the NCIS franchise, and it’s about to get even trickier with the introduction of two new series that will expand the shared NCIS universe even further. NCIS: Origins and NCIS: Tony & Ziva will add more episodes to the NCIS roster, telling the stories of core Major Case Response Team members Jethro Gibbs, Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), and Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly). The characters hail from the main series, which had released 467 episodes ahead of NCIS season 22.

It Would Take Around 30 Days To Watch All Of The NCIS Universe

Binge-Watching NCIS Would Take One Month

To binge-watch the entire NCIS universe, the avid viewer would need 42,936 minutes and 47 seconds to spare. In other words, that’s over 715 hours (or between 29 and 30 days). If a person wanted to have an NCIS marathon, watching NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Hawai’i, and NCIS: Sydney from start to finish without taking any breaks, they would need to watch for a whole month straight. A good starting point could be getting familiar with the franchise through NCIS: Sydney, the only series that can be comfortably watched in a day or so.


While getting to know Gibbs, Tony, Ducky, and the rest of the MCRT on a deeper level is intriguing, catching up with the Washington D.C. team alone would take 335 hours or about 13 days. If a person wanted to brief themselves from the time that Leroy Gibbs boarded Air Force One in NCIS season 1, episode 1, “Yankee White,” to the NCIS season 21 finale, they would need to take about two uninterrupted weeks to do so. Having so much NCIS universe to explore is exciting, but there is only so much time in a day.

How Long It Would Take To Watch The Main NCIS Show At A Realistic Speed

Watching NCIS Would Realistically Take Two Years

It’s understandable not to have a whole month to dedicate to NCIS, and that would be without sleeping or taking any breaks. If a person wanted to experience NCIS at a realistic speed, watching the entire franchise while viewing about an average of an hour of NCIS daily would take almost two years. By then, another season of the flagship series could have been released, adding to the load. That’s in addition to new seasons from NCIS: Origins, Tony & Ziva, and Sydney, which will continue to expand the NCIS timeline, respectively.