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The NCIS Movies You Never Knew Existed

Viewers just can't get enough of stories about crime and mystery, which is why "NCIS" is a show with enduring popularity all around the world. The CBS drama has kept viewers on the edge of their seats since 2003, delivering 18 captivating seasons and some exciting spinoffs in that time. The procedural, which follows the titular naval investigators as they solve some complex cases, is one of the longest-running non-animated shows in the history of the small screen. That's no small feat. Creating a hit series is difficult enough at the best of times, but maintaining that level of success for almost two decades is quite incredible. "NCIS" doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon either, as the 19th season is set to premiere later this year.

"NCIS" hasn't made the jump to the big screen yet, but Gibbs and the gang have appeared in some movies during the franchise's run. Most viewers just won't have been accustomed to them as they only aired in one country.

A bunch of NCIS movies were shown overseas

At the time of this writing, there are nine "NCIS" movies, all of which were released in the United Kingdom between 2013 and 2016. However, if you're a fan of the show and feel upset about missing out on unseen content because you don't have access to British television, you needn't worry.

The films are essentially compilations of episodes that all fans will be more than familiar with. In most cases, the "NCIS" television films are made up of episodes that were shown in multiple parts originally. For example, "NCIS: Judgement Day" is basically just both parts of the titular two-parter from Season 5. "Kill Ari" and "Engaged," among others, were given a similar treatment.

Other films remixed storylines that took place over several episodes in a season, including "The NCIS Movie: Payback," which combined Season 7's "Patriot Down," "Borderland," and "Rule Fifty-One." You get the idea. The TV movies make for some concise and entertaining viewing outside of the typical parameters of a season, and they're a nifty way to promote established shows to new viewers.