Nine seasons. 200 episodes. The No. 1 show on TV.
Did those numbers just blow your mind? Well, if you're a NCIS fan (and who isn't?!) they shouldn't as that's exactly what the CBS hit drama is celebrating tonight with their 200th episode. Talk about a milestone achievement!
We hit the NCIS set to chat with Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo and the rest of the cast to celebrate their awesomeness, champagne and cake included!
Hey, don't feel too bad if you can't believe NCIS has already hit 200 episodes because some of the cast can't believe it either. "I never thought, first of all, that it would last this long, and second of all, that it would be the number one show," de Pablo says. "We always thought we had a good show and we certainly like working, but to think, Oh we're going to get to number one, may not be the right attitude just in case you don't make it!"
Brian Dietzen echoes de Pablo's sentiment, saying, "Two hundred episodes is ridiculous. To be number one after 200, I don't know if there's a whole lot of precedent for that. All of us are pretty thankful for what we've got."
Something the entire cast agrees on? How much they love their jobs! "It's the greatest job in the world," Perrette tells us with a big smile. "I love being here!" Harmon adds with pride, "We've all done this from the beginning together, this crew, this cast, these writers and we've had a lot of changes over the years and managed to get better at what we do here."
Weatherly, who says the 200th episode "feels similar to 100, but twice as good," admits he didn't think NCIS would make it this far when he signed onto the show. "I did a TV show called Dark Angel, which had James Cameron and Jessica Alba. [It was] a giant Fox show," he says. "I thought that one was going to go 200 episodes and then when I did the pilot for this, I was like, 'This one will never go!' So it shows you don't go to Vegas with me because I am not the man to follow the betting advice!"
NCIS' 200th episode airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.
To hear more from the NCIS cast, including Sean Murray and David McCallum, watch our interviews with them above! Then head on over to the comments to tell us your favorite NCIS moment and/or episode!