NCIS is really a good TeeVee program. The writing is realistic, the characters well developed, and the mysteries usually pretty good, often with last minute twists. Of all of the characters, Gibbs (played with aplomb by Mark Harmon) is by far the most complex.
This piece is not intended to be a history of the show, but rather my take on the personality of the character. Various scenes that I remember may be used to illustrate my points, but once again this is more of a character analysis of Gibbs than a narrative of the program.
First and foremost, Gibbs is damaged goods. He was always in trouble when he was a kid, often rescued by his father, Jackson (played by the wonderful Ralph Waite). Some of these incidents are told in flashback, and the young Gibbs is played by Sean Harmon, Mark Harmon’s son by Pam Dawber.