The CBS drama JAG aired two backdoor pilot episodes in 2003, leading to the successful spin-off series NCIS. Over the past 20 years, NCIS has become one of the most popular scripted dramas worldwide. It has spawned three spin-off series and gained a large fan base. NCIS season 21 is expected to see the main cast remaining, with storylines diving deeper into their histories and relationships. The release date for NCIS season 21 is set for Monday, February 12, 2024, at 9pm. It can be watched live on CBS and streamed the next day on Paramount+. Sadly, the season will be missing David McCallum as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who passed away in 2023. The NCIS season 21 story will continue with case-of-the-week format along with longer story arcs. It will explore the character of Agent Torres and his undercover past, as well as the developing relationship between Palmer and Knight.