Forensics' time had come and it was a great way to do a cop show. Nobody knew how to note us because nobody understood forensics.
We were on episode 9 or 10 and already kicking butt ratings-wise before anybody really paid a lot of attention to us.
"They called me the night before the upfronts and told me I had to get to New York! I think CBS just wanted us to hold some of , where it ran for 12 years.
"I have to admit, it did take us all by surprise when it premiered with such a high number and exploded onto the scene," says CBS Television Studios President David Stapf, who at the time was the head of CBS' current programming department.
From the way the show was lit and colored to its visual re-creations of crime scenes to the way the show tracked bullets through victims' bodies, it looked like nothing that had come before it.