NCIS (standing for Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is a CBS police procedural, debuting 2003. The spin-offs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans later followed.
- In The Muppets, CDE's network comparison schedule shows NICS on CBS on Tuesday (the regular NCIS time-slot) followed by NICS: California
- In the season one NCIS: New Orleans episode "The Insider", Sebastian Lundcomplains that Danny Malloy got to go to a crime scene. In response, Danny says "Today the crime scene, tomorrow your job, Big Bird" to which Sebastian replies "First of all, I consider me more like a Beaker than a Big Bird". Shortly after, Wade tells "Beaker" to settle down as there's plenty of work for the two of them.
- In the second season NCIS: New Orleans episode "I Do," Big Bird is mentioned several times. Christopher LaSalle finds an image of Sonja Percy on Facebook wearing a yellow dress to which he says "Big Bird called, and he wants his feathers back". Shortly after the agents have a video conference with Sebastian, Sonja checks up on a clue and Christopher interrupts her. Sonja complains that they are stealing her thunder to which Meredith Brody says "Yeah, by all means, Big Bird, continue". Sebastian quickly says "finally others are being called Big Bird around here".