Big-time movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer raised lots of eyebrows in Hollywood when he moved into episodic television drama, but this lavishly produced series quickly wowed critics and viewers alike, redefining cop shows and spawning numerous spin-offs and imitations. By Season 3, C.S.I. hit its stride creatively, and among these 23 episodes you'll find some of the series' very best. The exceptional team working for the Las Vegas Police Department is still headed by brusque, dedicated Gil Grissom (William Petersen), whose talented associates include ex-dancer and single mom Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), Nick Stokes (George Eads), Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan), and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), with Captain Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) providing support from the Detective Bureau. Notable episodes from this season include "A Little Murder, which finds the CSI team investigating the apparent suicide of a dwarf at a convention of little people; "Snuff, which exposes the investigators to the most sordid type of pornography; "The Execution of Catherine Willows, in which new DNA evidence seems to exonerate a convicted killer sent to Death Row on the strength of Catherine's testimony; and "Lady Heather's Box, a 90-minute episode that reunites Grissom with a professional dominatrix (future O.C. stunner Melinda Clarke) who previously figured in the "Slaves of Las Vegas episode from Season 2. The Season 3 episodes flesh out the principal characters and present them with a variety of professional and personal challenges, while maintaining the high standard of writing and feature-quality production values that made C.S.I. such a sensation.