Television: Murder in Six Easy Steps

CSI arrived in 2000 with little attention. Now it's killing the competition. Let us count the reasons

Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing cities in America. That may come as a surprise if you watch CSI (CBS, Thursdays, 9 p.m. E.T.), which kills off a few Sin City denizens each week in a fashion bizarre enough to interest America's newest favorite geeks: Gil Grissom (William Petersen), Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) and their fellow crime-scene investigators--forensics wizards who can see a culprit in a speck of blood. Despite having a high-profile godfather in movie blockbuster-maker Jerry Bruckheimer, CSI made its debut in fall 2000 with little notice. In some recent weeks, though, the stylish crime show has unseated...

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