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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 16 Seasons 2012

Season 12
4.6 out of 5 stars (212) IMDb 7.7/10

As CSI enters its 12th season, the team is still recovering from the fallout from the Nate Haskell case several months after its completion. Ray Langston has been let go and a new CSI supervisor, D.B. Russell, played by Ted Danson, has been hired.

Starring:
Ted Danson, Marg Helgenberger
Original air date:
May 9, 2012

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Season 12

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1. 73 Seconds

Multiple shootings and stabbings on a public tram leave the CSI team with one witness and a lot of questions.

CC TV-14 September 21, 2011 43 minutes
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2. Tell-Tale Hearts

Three suspects come forward with three different reasons why they killed an entire family and the CSI team has to determine who is telling the truth.

CC TV-14 September 28, 2011 43 minutes
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3. Bittersweet

While on a date, Stokes realizes a piece of art at an exhibit has decomposing body parts in it, which leads to a full-blown investigation.

CC TV-14 October 5, 2011 43 minutes
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4. Maid Man

The former Mayor of Las Vegas is shot at the Mob Museum and the CSIs embark on a history lesson in search of clues.

CC TV-14 October 12, 2011 43 minutes
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5. CSI Down

When a hijacked medevac helicopter with CSI Brody aboard goes missing, the entire team is on hunt.

CC TV-14 October 19, 2011 43 minutes
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6. Freaks & Geeks

When a Jane Doe is found near the freakish attractions of a 19th-century-inspired traveling sideshow, the team investigates a cast of unusual characters.

CC TV-14 November 2, 2011 42 minutes
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7. Brain Doe

When the CSI team arrives at a car crash, they find three casualties and a human brain that doesn't belong to any of the victims.

CC TV-14 November 9, 2011 44 minutes
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8. Crime After Crime

When the CSI team investigates three seemingly unrelated murders, they discover someone is getting revenge for cold case murders that were never solved.

CC TV-14 November 16, 2011 42 minutes
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9. Zippered

When the CSI team discovers a deceased rancher was also a ballistics expert, they have to work with the FBI to solve the case.

CC TV-14 December 7, 2011 43 minutes
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10. Genetic Disorder

When the body of a naked dead man is discovered by Dr. Robbins' wife in their master bedroom, it leads to a lot of questions for the CSI team.

CC TV-14 December 14, 2011 43 minutes
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11. Ms. Willows Regrets...

When Willows works with the FBI again after a professional hit occurs at a law firm she recommended to her friend.

CC TV-14 January 18, 2012 43 minutes
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12. Willows in the Wind

The CSI team says goodbye to Catherine Willows as she makes a life-changing decision.

CC TV-14 January 25, 2012 44 minutes
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13. Tressed to Kill

When a woman is found dead and her hair is done up '70s style complete with vintage clothes, the CSI team discovers clues that point to a killer with a hair fetish.

CC TV-14 February 8, 2012 43 minutes
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14. Seeing Red

Russell asks for advice from a former colleague on a case involving the death of a man's ex-girlfriend. Elisabeth Shue Joins The Cast As New CSI Julie Finlay.

CC TV-14 February 15, 2012 42 minutes
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15. Stealing Home

When a house is stolen completely off its foundation, the CSIs are on the case in search of answers. Meanwhile, new CSI Julie Finlay showcases her skill in blood analysis.

CC TV-14 February 22, 2012 43 minutes
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16. CSI Unplugged

When a blackout cripples the city, the CSIs must revert to old-school methods to solve the case of a missing child.

CC TV-14 February 29, 2012 43 minutes
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17. Trends With Benefits

The CSIs are brought in to solve the case of a recently murdered student whose death photo ends up trending on the Internet.

CC TV-14 March 14, 2012 43 minutes
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18. Malice in Wonderland

When the CSI team is called in to investigate a robbery-homicide at an "Alice In Wonderland"-themed wedding, they have little to work with to find a killer. (Jaclyn Smith guest stars)

CC TV-14 March 21, 2012 44 minutes
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19. Split Decisions

When the CSI team is called in to investigate a man who is shot at point-blank range in a local casino, they shut down the entire building to find their killer.

CC TV-14 April 4, 2012 42 minutes
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20. Altered Stakes

When Stokes learns that a man he helped put in prison is going to have his conviction overturned, the CSI team needs to prove the killer is guilty again or he will be released.

CC TV-14 April 11, 2012 44 minutes
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21. Dune and Gloom

When a bomb kills an off-road race truck driver mid-race, the CSI team is called on the scene to investigate why.

CC TV-14 May 2, 2012 42 minutes
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22. Homecoming

The CSI team investigates three dead bodies just blocks away from a campaign dinner, they think they know who the killer is before making a shocking discovery. (Guest stars include Peri Gilpin, Enrique Murciano, Conor O'Farrell and Jaclyn Smith)

CC TV-14 May 9, 2012 43 minutes
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CSI is the long-running CBS procedural drama about a group of crime scene investigators in Las Vegas. The show was a big hit for most of it's run and eventually became one of the most watched TV shows in the world. However, the show had to go through some changes after original star William Petersen left midway through season 9. They brought in film star Laurence Fishburne as the new lead and the transition appeared to go smoothly. However, I think most fans can say the show eventually went into a rut creatively and viewership started to drop in seasons 10 and 11. It was no longer the top show on Thursday nights. After Fishburne decided to leave after a low rated season 11, CBS brought in long-time TV star Ted Danson as the new lead. He played DB Russell, the new night supervisor and a former Seattle CSI. Honestly, after I heard that Danson was cast, I wasn't in love with the choice. But, to my suprise, Danson brought new life to an aging show. I think the Russell character added some fun and quirkiness that had been missing in the Fishburne years and I think he gelled immediately with the cast. I also think some of the stories in season 12 felt really fresh and the cast appeared rejuvinated. The show also made the move to Wednesdays at 10pm and ratings were up. It performed quite well against Law and Order SVU and was neck to neck with the new ABC drama Revenge for the top spot in the timeslot.

Unfortunately season 12 also marked the final season for long-time star Marg Helgenberger, who played CSI Catherine Willows. Helgenberger left the show midway through season 12 and I think the writers did the character justice and gave Catherine a proper and memorable sendoff.
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In the 12th season of CSI introduces the three new characters, Elisabeth Shue, Elisabeth Harnois joins in as the new CSI's Julie Finlay, and Morgan Brody. Also joining in former "Cheers" star Ted Danson joins in as the new CSI Supervisor D.B Russell. After 12 seasons, 263 episodes, Marg Helgenberger returns in her final season of the show as Catherine Willows. The 12th season of CSI contains 22 episodes!! And thank god that it's coming back for it's 13th season!!
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I have always been a huge fan of CSI so don't look at this review like I hate change because I embrace change. I found the first episode to be the WORST season transitioner ever. It took them half of the episode to explain everything we wanted to know after the events of season 11 so I find I could not really enjoy it. After that weird stumble, it got better and I grew to like Ted Danson's character. As sad and hard as it was to say goodbye to Marg(Catherine Willows), her last two episodes were the best and most memorable ones of the season. I commend the writers on doing her character justice and sending her off well. The episode "tressed to kill" I found really creepy in a good way. After that episode the rest of the season(except for the finale)wasn't even worth watching. At first I thought Elizabeth Shue might be okay in this and it would take a few episode for her to grow on me. However after watching her performance three weeks in a row, the only thing I was convinced of was that she is one of the worst actors I have ever seen. Nothing is genuine about her acting and she acts like she's better than everyone else. You can also tell that while George Eads(Nick) tries to get along with Shue's character "Finn" Jorja and Eric(Sara and Greg)could care less about her and want nothing to do with her. If you're fans of the original characters on the show then don't go out and waste you're money on this season. They push Shue and Danson's characters to the foreground so much that you see maybe 2 minutes of the original characters per episode or they are cut out alltogether. CBS should really listen to their fans more because with Shue's extremly bad acting and Sara, Nick, and Greg getting pushed to the backround it is highly likely that season 13 will be their last. Way to sink an awesome show CBS =(
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After Grissom left and Langston came in, the show felt tired and forced. To be honest, I bought these discs because I had all of the previous seasons and I wanted to give it "one last shot." I am pleased to say I was glad to find the writing was crisp again and the episodes worth watching.
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This is one of the few shows that has stayed strong after 12 years! I've loved CSI since the beginning, and the show continues to grow strong.

After 2 and a half seasons, Laurence Fishburne has left the show as Langston. I love Laurence Fishburne, I think he is a great actor. BUT, although he seemed to be a logical choice to replace Grissom, he just wasn't that great. I mean, he was OK, but now I missed Grissom even more. This season, Fishburne is out, and his replacement? Ted Danson. Im not gonna lie, I was REALLY skeptical about this decision. So, is Ted Danson a good new addition to the cast?

Fortunately, the answer is yes! Sure, he is still no Grissom, but, he still gives a great performance as the new character Russell. He has that strange, fun quality, yet, different from Grissom. I love this new character, and he fits in nicely with the cast. A big surprise this season is, unfortunately, the departure of Catherine Willows. It's very emotional, but well written, and her character had a good departure. A few episodes after her departure, we get another new character this season: Elisabeth Shue as Julie Finlay. Overall, her character is OK. Im not saying anything bad about her character, we just don't know much about her yet.

As for the writting, it continues to stay strong. Sure, there are hits and misses, but, there is more good here than bad. Overall, I only have two little problems with this season: I REALLY wish Laurence Fishburne had a special guest appearance in the first episode. Although the first episode is written good and introduces Ted Danson well, you don't see Laurence Fishburne on screen to welcome Ted Danson.

My one other complaint, is that the final episode ends with (obviously) a cliffhanger.
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