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Let’s just face it at this point, television viewers:

The world belongs to NCIS. We simply live in it.

Last night on CBS, viewers headed to The Big Easy on NCIS New Orleans Season 1 Episode 1, as Scott Bakula led a new team of NCIS agents in one of the world’s most iconic cities.

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Bakula’s Special Agent Dwayne Pride is a man who loves New Orleans, especially its jazz and its gumbo. He doesn’t love its criminal underbelly, but he does take, well, pride in putting them away.

Pride is known as “King,” he’s a native of New Orleans and he’s driven by his need to do what is right.


As for those who comprise Pride’s team?

There’s Working Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays very hard but works even harder. He’s portrayed by Lucas Black.

There’s also Special Agent Merri Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a new beginning. She’s played by Zoe McLellan.

Let’s not also forget about coroner Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder), as eccentric as she is intelligent.

And, finally, there’s quirky Forensic Scientist, Sebastian Lund. He is portayed by Rob Kerkovich.

What did you think of this unit? Or this NCIS spinoff in general? Are you in its for the long haul? Are you craving some gumbo right about now? Go watch NCIS: New Orleans online if you missed the opener.

And now grade the NCIS: New Orleans premiere: