13 POPULAR ‘CSI’ CHRACTERS: MY LEAST TO MOST FAVORITE. SHARING MY LEAST TO MOST FAVORITE CSI CHARACTERS. © RISSI JC

13 POPULAR ‘CSI’ CHARACTERS: MY LEAST TO MOST FAVORITE

April 10, 2022 5 Comments

Like other topics one of the things I’ve talked about more than once is the older and new revived CBS show CSI. Here too, I’ve written a few things about it because golly, it has some hard-hitting and interesting moments. More so in the early seasons when I’d imagine writers weren’t focused (as much) on the mentality of being culturally “accepted” and instead just telling a GOOD story no matter what that looks like. Just for fun and since I’m almost done with the original CSI run, I’m going to chat about my least to most favorite CSI characters. Just for funsies!

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The show follows a group of Crime Scene Investigators, the cases they encounter and the detectives they work the cases with. For many years, the team is led by Gil Grissom (William Peterson, who produced it even after no longer starring) and his second Katherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger). Later, after some shakeups, changes and some mistakes, D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) leads the team and later, after Katherine departs for a new job, his second Jules Finlay (Elisabeth Shue) joins the team, a woman who shares a past with Russell. Of course, the team is comprised of many other characters, but these are the primary leaders of the leadership variations that come and go.

Today I’m sharing the main characters from the many seasons (fifteen!) of the original series and which ones I like better and which ones I don’t like as well. I’ve also largely watched this without reading spoilers and it’s been SO fun to try and guess the character connections that crop up rather than know them all. Let’s jump in and meet some of the well-liked and loved characters from the 15-year series.


LEAST AND MOST FAVORITE ‘CSI’ CHARACTERS

Listing these from the least to most favorite characters


13: CATHERINE WILLOWS

Appears seasons 1 – 12; and again much later on | Played by Marg Helgenberger

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Catherine is a character I have a love-hate relationship with. I think she’s good at what she does, and I’d have zero issue with her being a boss as she strives to be and eventually does. However, I think she’s WAY too much sometimes. As a boss, she needs to reel in her temper and emotional play on the cases or in how she interacts with others. She’s intelligent, and has great potential. Additionally, I think she’s far too reckless and has that kind of “wild” side to her that she doesn’t want to tame and she allows herself a potential moral and ethical complication that’s wrong. Her approach to a relationship is also hypocritical.

12: DAVID HODGES

Appears seasons 1 – 15 | Played by Wallace Langham

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Truth is, I do really grow to like David. Quite well. I think he’s a good guy who’s brain is so technical and smart (for lack of more eloquent words) that he doesn’t always know how to be tactful in some situations. Like Catherine, David is intelligent, he just doesn’t always know how to shut that off.

11: RAYMOND LANGSTON

Appears seasons 9 – 11 | Played by Laurence Fishbourne

I really liked this character when he’s introduced just prior to Gil’s departure. However I’m a little disappointed in the way he’s written out. This all leading up to the choices he makes. I understand the story line and get the why of the extreme, but it just feels like “too much.” This aside I admire his even keeled attitude and how very serious he takes his job and because of this, he’s thorough. I admire that most about him; his buttoned up first day is also fun!

10: JIM BRASS

Appears seasons 1 – 15 | Played by Paul Guilfoyle

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Like so many characters, I like Jim. He’s not everyone’s type of character because honestly, he’s one of those “old fashioned,” tough as nails cop. He takes a kind of more self “justice” approach to his thinking which I think will rub many the wrong way. However, I also think his story, which doesn’t get a lot of play is SUPER interesting.

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9: JULES FINLAY

Appears seasons 13 – 15 | Played by Elisabeth Shue

Ah, Jules or Finn if you don’t want to be in trouble! Despite hanging out with her character for a while now (I’m almost done with the entire run of the show), I don’t not like her, but she’s also not a favorite. Like so many of the women, I think she has this men-suck kind of attitude and yet, she’s quick to have a fling with anyone who catches her eye. I’d like to see her have a bit more integrity, however, I do think her backstory is interesting to try and puzzle through! Additionally, I have to give her credit for how she handles a potential IA investigation. It’s one of the better stories about a teammate being in trouble I’ve seen.

8: WARRICK BROWN

Appears seasons 1 – 8 | Played by Gary Dourdan

If you’ve seen this, you know Warrick’s story isn’t the happiest one. He has more than one case of baggage he cannot kick to the curb and as a result it gets him in trouble more than once. Had he managed to kick these, which I think he does closer to the end of his run, I think his character could have been unstoppable. He’s good beneath the mistakes, and I respect that he respects how good his friend (and boss) was to him when really this second chance was a risk for more than just Warrick. I also appreciate that he does the moral thing in one of his story threads.

7: D.B. RUSSELL

Appears seasons 13 – 15 | Played by Ted Danson

Saying I like him is probably premature because I haven’t completed the series just yet. However in the role of boss, I like D.B. He has a past which I haven’t quite worked out yet (again because I’m not done yet), but I think finally I do have a grasp on some of the connections and where writers are leading it. I’m pretty sure my first guess is WAY off, so now I’m just seeing if my clue gathering pays off.

6: SARA SIDLE

Appears seasons 1 – 8 + off and on, and again in seasons 11 – 15 | Played by Jorja Fox

I do like Sara and can respect her emotional battles. They, to me, feel honest as Fox portrays them, and most the time, authentic to her character. Like Catherine, I think at times she does a few things that seem “off” for her and rather than be level headed, which she most often is, she goes off a little too easily.

5: MORGAN BRODY

Appears Seasons 11 – 15 | Played by Elisabeth Harnois

The daughter of a former lab boss turned sheriff, Morgan is a good seed character. I don’t agree with her assessment on men at times nor do I appreciate what she says about another character’s marriage, but overall, I think she’s a character easy to root on and for.

4: WENDY SIMMS

Appears seasons 6 – 11 | Played by Liz Vasey

A lab tech specializing in DNA, Wendy is a likable character who may have a smaller part than some of the characters but still makes an impression. She stands up for herself but it still compassionate and I like that about her. Plus, seeing her and some of the other lab techs get an episode spotlight here and there (along with making for more unique storytelling, too) makes things even more fun.

3: NICK STOKES

Appears seasons 1 – 14 | Played by George Eads

I think Morgan and Nick may actually be more on a “tied” scale (on this list) than anything. I have always liked Nick’s character; for the most part, he’s a good balance of gentleman and also… just a male. He’s kind to his female co-workers and because of the actor’s background, he has that Texas and Southern drawl which makes him, sometimes starkly, feel out of place compared to everyone else, in Vegas.

2: GREG SANDERS

Appears seasons 1 – 15 | Played by Eric Szmanda

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I so like Greg. He starts as a kind of quirky and wild lab tech before earning his place as a field CSI. He works hard, and is earnest, with a love of old mob and Vegas history. He’s one of those good guy TV characters who also has a bit of a shy streak that makes him hard for anyone to dislike. Greg also seems like a character who was perhaps so popular, he became a permanent regular.

1: GIL GRISSOM

Appears seasons 1 – 9 | Played by William Peterson

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If I had to guess, I’d say lots of people don’t like Gil (reasons I won’t get into because spoilers!). However I will say, as a boss, I do like him. I think he’s one of the more level headed characters on TV and as a boss, he’s a good character. As regards his relationship to one of the characters, well, I haven’t found out the full extent of that yet, so maybe when all that comes to light I’ll feel about him differently. However as it stands now, I do like him.

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You can find the show on Amazon Video with a Paramount+ add on; or at publication, it’s with Hulu.

What about you? Do you like any of these characters? Who do you like best? How would you list your least vs favorite characters? Have you seen the show? Did you like or dislike it? Comment all the comments below. Let’s chat.

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  • Angela April 12, 2022 at 8:18 AM

    Gil was always my favorite character, too, with Nick being a close second. I actually couldn’t stand Jules Finlay!

    • Rissi JC April 21, 2022 at 2:15 PM

      I have this love-hate relationship with Jules (and Catherine too). At times I like her, and other times, she does something that BUGS me. This was probably a little premature because I still haven’t finished the series fully and I’ve a feeling, there’s one or two more secrets I’m going to learn. :) I really like that Nick is more of a gentleman (mostly) and I think Gil is a solid, even keeled (which I LOVE) team leader compared to some I’ve met.

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