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Wednesday on TV: Old friend returns for "CSI's" 300th episode

First Published      Last Updated Oct 23 2013 11:07 am

Tonight, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) does something very few scripted TV series have done before - it airs its 300th episode.

And one of its former stars returns to mark the occasion. Marg Helgenberger is back a Catherine Willows to help the team solve a case that has haunted them for 14 years.

Yes, "CSI" is in the midst of its 14th season.

There's behind-the-scenes irony here. ABC's television studio developed "CSI," but the ABC network rejected the show for its lineup. "CSI" then moved to both the CBS studio and the CBS network where, along with its two spinoffs, it has run for a total of 729 episodes. And counting.


p class="TEXT_w_Indent">ABC really could have used shows like that over the past few years.

By the way, the other scripted TV series that have passed the 300-episode mark are:

"Gunsmoke" - 635 episodes

"The Simpsons" - 532 (and counting)

"Law & Order" - 456

"Ozzie & Harriet" - 435

"Bonanza" - 430

"Dallas" - 382 (and counting)

"My Three Sons" - 378

"Lassie" - 352

"Danny Thomas" - 351

"Knots Landing" - 344

"ER" - 331

"Law & Order: SVU" - 322 (and counting)

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