NCIS Season 20 Release Date, Plot, Trailer, Cast & News to Know

Here’s everything that viewers need to know about NCIS Season 20, including the CBS drama’s plot details, cast, trailer and release date.

There’s no question that NCIS is a once-in-a-generation television series. Its fanbase is huge and covers a wide range of demographics. Because of that, the CBS drama has one of the most consistent followings of any show currently on TV, lasting for 435 episodes. That long run continues this fall, as the team begins its first full season without Gibbs at the helm. In fact, Gibbs’ absence will set the tone for going forward.

Season 19 was a doozy. It was filled with heartbreak, drama, personal struggles and romances — and that’s not even counting the cases of the week. With Season 20 set to continue some important stories, here’s what is known so far about the upcoming season’s plot, cast and release date.
What Is NCIS Season 20’s Plot?

When Season 20 picks up, it will be at full speed. In usual NCIS fashion, the Season 19 finale ended on an ominous cliffhanger. Agent Parker had been framed for m****r. Even though the FBI was hot on his trail, he went into hiding with his team promising to clear his name. Unfortunately, the FBI wasn’t the only person looking for Parker. Through some clearly nefarious circumstances, Parker’s ex-wife had reentered the picture and went into hiding with him. Then, in the closing seconds of the finale, she answered a text saying, “It’s done. I have him.” Thanks to the synopsis of the opening episode (via Cinemablend), fans know that she is in league with the infamous Raven — who will be the major villain to start the season.
While proving Parker’s innocence will be a major part of Season 20’s early episodes, the rest of the season also promises to focus on characters’ personal lives — like the budding relationship between Jimmy Palmer and Agent Knight. In an interview with, NCIS showrunner Steven D. Binder “We’ll be seeing their non-work life a little more. I think one of the cores of the show is the cases. The show’s called NCIS, it’s about the Naval C******l Investigative Service. But anyone who watches the show knows that it’s really about the people on the show.” Additionally, NCIS fans can look forward to more crossovers with NCIS: Hawai’i. In fact, the season opener will show Tennant’s Hawai’i team helping catch the Raven, and Hawai’i’s opening episode will continue that storyline as the DC crew travels to Oahu.
Who Is in NCIS Season 20’s Cast?

Even though NCIS has had a lot of cast shakeups over the years, it’s always one of the best ensembles on TV. Season 19 saw the departures of series regulars Maria Bello, Emily Wickersham and of course, Mark Harmon. But back for Season 20 in their longtime roles are Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Rocky Carroll, Diona Reasonover, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum. After being introduced last season, Gary Cole will once again portray Alden Parker and Katrina Law will be Jessica Knight.

Teri Polo played Vivian Kolchak in the Season 19 finale, and she will reprise the role in in Season 20. Kolchak is Agent Parker’s ex-wife, a former FBI agent and a current paranormal investigator. She is a recurring character in the new season according to Deadline, so it’s possible that the plot surrounding her and Parker won’t be resolved early in the season. If nothing else, more of Parker’s mysterious past will obviously come to light in upcoming episodes.
Does NCIS Season 20 Have a Trailer

NCIS has released a teaser for Season 20. Like normal, it didn’t really tease any plot points. Yet, it did hint that the opening episode “A Family Matter” would pick right up with the Raven-centric cliffhanger from last season. Additionally, it showed that the episode would be part of a crossover event with NCIS: Hawai’i. Special Agent Tennant and computer specialist Ernie will assist in finding the Raven. Then, in Hawai’i’s opening episode — which is titled “Prisoners’ Dilemma” — Torres and Knight will travel to Oahu, intent on stopping the Raven’s latest scheme.
What Is NCIS Season 20’s Release Date?

NCIS Season 20 will premiere September 19 at 9:00 p.m. That means that NCIS will keep the Monday night time slot it moved to in Season 19 and continue to serve as the lead-in to its latest spinoff NCIS: Hawai’i. For anyone who misses the original airing, new episodes can be found on Paramount+ The start of the new season will be here soon enough. In the meantime, though, previous seasons of NCIS are also available on Paramount+, as well as Netflix, and in reruns can regularly be found on USA Network.

NCIS Season 20 premieres Sept. 20 on CBS. This article will be updated with trailers and further information as it becomes available.

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