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NCIS Season 16 premiered on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 8pm EST in the United States, having been renewed for a sixteenth season on April 13th, 2018.

The season concluded May 21, 2019.

Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon NCIS Special Agent in Charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray NCIS Senior Special Agent who is the second in command.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama NCIS Special Agent.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham NCIS Special Agent.
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Forensic Psychologist.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Kasie Hines Diona Reasonover NCIS Forensic Specialist who is Abby's replacement.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS Chief Medical Examiner.

Cast notes

  • Only two of five original cast members, Mark Harmon and David McCallum remain on the cast.
  • On Wednesday July 18th, 2018, Diona Reasonover was promoted to main cast as "Kasie", Abby's replacement for Season 16.
  • Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano), will appear in episode 3, "Third Wheel"
  • Kayla Vance (Naomi Grace), Director Vance's daughter will appear in the Season Premiere ("Destiny's Child").
  • Joey Peanuts from the NCIS Season 8 episode "Baltimore", will make an appearance in the Season Premiere "Destiny's Child".
  • Cote de Pablo returned to reprise her role as Ziva David in the season finale.
  • This is the only NCIS season not to have an episode directed by Dennis Smith.

Trivia

  • Filming for this season started on Monday, July 16th, 2018, according to Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer).
  • It will be the first season to not air alongside Bull since the latter's premiere. The latter show has instead been moved to Monday. Replacing Bull's slot is instead going to be the series premiere of FBI, and starting on April 9, 2019, the series premiere of The Code.

Episodes

As with previous seasons, all episodes will be broadcasted on Tuesday's at 8:00.

NCIS Sixteen - Episode List

 
Episode Number Production Title Airdate Summary
Series Season Code
355 1 1601 Destiny's Child September 25th, 2018 Gibbs is assigned the role of acting director while the team searches worldwide for Director Vance's whereabouts.
356 2 1602 Love Thy Neighbor October 2nd, 2018 After a Navy lieutenant is found murdered in his hot tub, the team interviews several families in the victim's peculiar neighborhood. Also, Torres must face the consequences after a volatile night out with Palmer.
357 3 1604 Boom October 9th, 2018 One of the NCIS agents is starstruck after the team investigates an explosion outside the home of Navy Petty Officer First Class Todd Nicholas and his wife, popular reality TV star Sheba Nicholas. Also, Vance continues physical therapy for the injuries sustained when he was held hostage.
358 4 1603 Third Wheel October 16, 2018 Gibbs’ quiet vacation at his remote cabin is interrupted by a surprise visit from Tobias Fornell and Navy Captain Phillip Brooks, as well as a call from NCIS asking for his help locating a robber hiding in the woods near him.
359 5 1605 Fragments October 23, 2018 After a 50-year-old tape recording left by a murder victim is found, the NCIS team tries to exonerate Ray Jennings, the Marine serving a life sentence for the crime.
360 6 1606 Beneath the Surface October 30, 2018 After NCIS arrives at a Halloween crime scene, Torres recognizes the victim as a friend from federal law enforcement training while Jimmy thinks his lab is haunted by ghosts after objects keep mysteriously moving.
361 7 1607 A Thousand Words November 13, 2018 After a mural by a street artist and activist is stolen, the NCIS investigation leads to a conspiracy regarding a Navy contractor and the safety of ocean mammals. Also, Bishop shares a special connection with the street artist.
362 8 Friendly Fire November 20, 2018 McGee and Bishop travel to Afghanistan after a murder case in the states is linked to a string of soldiers killed by friendly fire overseas while Kasie leaves the lab and accompanies Torres into the field to process additional forensic evidence.
363 9 Tailing Angie December 4, 2018 When the lead suspect of an unsolved and high-profile robbery case is released from prison, the NCIS team resumes their investigation with an undercover stakeout.
364 10 What Child Is This? December 11, 2018 The team’s holiday plans are put on hold when the murder investigation of a Navy veteran includes the discovery of a newborn baby who has no identification and no apparent ties to a family.
365 11 Toil and Trouble January 8, 2019 United States Secretary of Defense Wynn Crawford shuts down Gibbs's murder investigation and demands that Special Agents McGee and Torres be arrested for their actions in the case.
366 12 The Last Link January 15, 2019 An old family friend, Army Corporal John Sydney, beseeches Gibbs to join him on a road trip to search for a missing military I.D. bracelet while a Navy Lieutenant in NCIS protective custody is poisoned by an infamous drug dealer.
368 13 She February 12, 2019 After a malnourished and confused nine year old girl is found hiding in a storage unit, NCIS reopens an old missing persons case when the girl is believed to be the daughter of a Navy recruit who disappeared 10 years ago while Bishop soon discovers notes that former NCIS Special Agent Ziva David kept on the case long after the team officially stopped investigating.
367 14 Once Upon a Tim February 19, 2019 McGee reluctantly visits his high school after the unique computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a department of defense contractor. The case escalates when an intruder breaks into McGee’s home in an attempt to steal his archaic high school computer.
369 15 Crossing the Line February 26, 2019 The NCIS team investigates a man overboard fatality from a Navy destroyer at sea while Torres is frustrated with Vance’s assignment to mentor three high school students.
370 16 Bears and Cubs March 12, 2019 Jimmy is torn between family and work after his father-in-law, Ed, asks him to tamper with evidence from NCIS's current murder investigation while Ed's poker buddy, Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., offers to help with the case.
371 17 Silent Service March 26, 2019 Director Vance is notified by the Pentagon that the nuclear submarine Gibbs and Bishop are aboard to conduct a murder investigation has gone radio silent.
372 18 Mona Lisa April 2, 2019 Torres relies on his team’s investigative skills after he wakes up on a dilapidated fishing boat, covered in blood and unable to remember the last 12 hours.
373 19 Perennial April 9, 2019 Following an active shooter lockdown at a naval hospital, the NCIS team searches for a suspect who fled the scene with Sloane also investigating after she discovers that someone from her past was inside the hospital and as such, is a key witness in the case.
374 20 Hail & Farewell April 16, 2019 NCIS investigates the murder of a Marine Major believed to have been killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon after human remains are discovered at a construction site. A personal history with the victim drives Gibbs to solve her crime.
375 21 Judge, Jury... April 30, 2019 After entering cold case DNA into the system, Kasie solves a 30-year-old murder case, but a loophole in the legal system may set the suspect free. Also, McGee visits an elite technology company in Silicon Valley that is offering him a highly paid position.
376 22 ...and Executioner May 7, 2019

After NCIS finds a secret government bank account that’s funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, the team must determine who is acting as judge and jury.

377 23 Lost Time May 14, 2019 The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Marine Sergeant in the States who was hailed as a war hero for his efforts overseas. Also, Gibbs turns to Doctor Grace Confalone for advice after he uncharacteristically unravels and abandons his team at a crime scene investigation.
378 24 Daughters May 21, 2019 Former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell pleads with Gibbs to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers and suppliers in the area after his daughter, Emily Fornell, is hospitalized from an opiate overdose. Gibbs is haunted by the personal aspects of the case and his history with vigilante justice.
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