FBI CBS. It’s Just a TV Show. What’s the Big Deal?

CBS’s new show – FBI – from TV producer Dick Wolf premieres this month on Tuesday, September 25, at 9/8c and I’ve decided to write a weekly recap and review blog post about each episode (I changed my mind about doing a second podcast. One is enough). I believe that at this time more than ever, the public is curious about who the FBI is and what the FBI does. Most people have never met a real FBI agent. FBI, the TV show, will become a reference point. As a true fan of police procedurals (I love Law & Order), I plan to watch the show but also jot down a few notes about FBI clichés or scenes where creative license was used. I’m sure the show’s writers and technical advisers will do their best to present an accurate portrayal of the FBI, but sometimes that can be difficult to do within TV time constraints. I’ll provide a review of FBI CBS, a reality check.

As you may recall, in 2016, Dick Wolf was able to convince the FBI to allow him to embed a TV production team and film crew inside the FBI’s New York office to capture behind-the-scenes real-life action stories of FBI agents and analysts at work. That should mean that CBS writers will have lots of real-life scenarios to use for the TV drama’s storylines and character development. But I wouldn’t have been able to come up with 20 clichés and misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies (podcast episodes 50 and 100) if there was no chance of an occasional factual digression.

You’ll be able to read my weekly review of FBI CBS blog posts here at  Jerri Williams.com. I’ll also link to them on Twitter – @jerriwilliams1 and Facebook – Jerri Williams Author. Once the show premieres, let me know if you have any questions. If I don’t have the answer, I think I might know a few retired agents willing to help me out.

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 250 episodes available for free on all popular podcast apps.


  1. graceOctober 6, 2021

    I just finished watching of FBI, season 4 episode 3, and I can’t believe they are allowing a plot that throws a hurting veteran under the bus. I love OA’s character, but I can’t believe he allowed them to talk him into altering his report that could have allowed his friend to get the help help he needed but instead would send him to prison. I hate show like this. They better writers.

    1. Jerri WilliamsOctober 6, 2021

      I didn’t watch. I’m not a regular viewer. I know too much to really enjoy the show, but I think the writers are great at keeping the plot tight and drama high. I guess they were giving OA his big scene.

  2. Anne.August 11, 2020

    I’m trying to watch an episode of the FBI series. The volume is so overpowering and unbelievably loud that I can’t hear the voices. I keep watching the show, but the. It’s just toooo loud. Has anybody else ever commented on this?

    1. Jerri WilliamsAugust 12, 2020

      I didn’t notice the volume, but I understand how distracting that must be for you.


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