A police procedural TV series CSI: Miami is a spin-off of the immensely renowned CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The forensic drama now airing its 9th season first premiered on September 23, 2002 on CBS. The show now runs a total 207 episodes. CSI: Miami has been named the World’s Most Popular TV Show following rating studies of 20 countries worldwide.
The 2006 survey that was conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media showed that CSI: Miami was featured in more top ten viewing charts than any other show.
CSI: Miami depicts a cutting-edge scientific method of investigation by the South Florida team of forensic experts to unravel crimes, alongside the old-fashioned police works in uncovering crime scene operations. Suddenly, instead of simply saying who-the-unit, solving crimes is now a matter of how-the-unit, and whether anyone left traces of evidence that cannot escape the blue ALS light. A whole new team of forensic investigators get on hold as they dig deeper and probe deeply on what truly happened based on facts, deciphering clues and matching evidences. These procedural highlights delight and suspense viewers in this police investigating drama series.
However, contrary to its title, the series is primarily filmed at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles. The indoor scenes are shot at the Manhattan Studios in California while the outdoor shots are mostly taken at the Long Beach, California. There are only few shots of its episodes that are actually filmed in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the newly- constructed high rise condominiums around the California setting complete the pretense of the Miami location. In addition, the building that’s used for the external shot of the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory is actually the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Credit Union headquarters located at 14600 Aviation Boulevard, Hawthorne, California.
The show is top billed by David Caruso who plays Lt. Horacio Caine. He is the Head of the Miami-Dade crime lab and known to be very protective of his team being a former NYPD homicide detective, a forensic analyst, and a former bomb squad officer. Then, there is Calleigh Duquesne who is played by Emily Procter, a ballistic specialist who follows by the book at all times. Her feminine figure of slight built-blonde good looks and southern belle accents often suggest incapability having belonged in a paternal work environment and therefore leads others to underestimate her. She is also involved in numerous romantic interests, and one of which is with their fingerprint and identification expert Eric Delko, played by Adam Rodriguez. The team’s medical examiner is Dr. Alexx Woods, portrayed by Khandi Alexander, who began as a medical practitioner in New York and later joined the CSI team after moving to Miami for personal reasons. She is more of the mother figure of the team, showing great concern and emotional interests to them. Together with other homicide detectives, crime lab technicians, DNA analysts and notable police officers, family members and villains, they make the drama an exciting and definitely an episode to look forward to one after the other.