Picks and Pans Review: NCIS
CBS (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET)
Now in its fourth season, and a solid ratings performer, this series about a Naval Criminal Investigative team based in Washington is relatively low-tech, and big developments in any given case unfold clunkily. Things blow up, people fall over balconies and so on, but NCIS is not exactly a throat-grabber. What makes it hum along nonetheless is the sense of friendly rapport and informality among a cast that includes Mark Harmon and the appealingly breezy Michael Weatherly as Agent DiNozzo. Aside from Lauren Holly, playing a boss lady with sometimes bristling tenseness, this crew doesn’t seem all that far removed from the razzing electronics-store staff in The Forty Year-Old Virgin. Only they have security clearances.