LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — 15 years ago in early October, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” came into our homes for the first time.
337 episodes later, we watched the landmark and groundbreaking show for the last time on Sunday.
CBS 2 Entertainment Reporter Suzanne Marques talked to the cast and crew at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills two weeks ago. The Center gave the “CSI” family a chance to talk about what the show meant to them and the audience.
“We have a great message,” creator and producer Anthony Zuicker said. “Which is – on the worst day of people’s lives, you can come in and solve a crime and bring peace of mind to the survivor and put the bad guy behind bars.”
Statistics show that during it’s 15-year run, “CSI” had an estimated world audience of nearly 74 million viewers, a fact that most of those in front and behind the camera credit to chemistry.
“We had such a tight group, tight camaraderie, and you know a big family because we spent many many years together and many hours together,” Marg Helgenberger said.
The show sparked the creation of several other crime scene drama’s, including “CSI: Miami.” “CSI: New York”, and “CSI: Cyber.”
Wallace Langham, who played Dr. David Hodges on the show, said, “When they called wrap, I went into my lab and quietly wept alone for a little while. I can admit that.”
While the show originally starred William Peterson and Marg Helgenberger, other names joined the cast later on, including Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue.
The show won six Emmys in its 15-year span, and was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards, as well.
For more information about the series, visit the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation website.