C.I.D. is an Indian television series airs on Sony Entertainment Television. The series is about a team of detectives belonging to the Crime Investigation Division of the Mumbai Police. It stars Shivaji Satam. The series is regarded as the longest running crime investigation TV series in India. The first investigative series on Indian Television, is today one of the most popular shows on Sony Entertainment Television. Senior Inspector Abhijeet and Senior Inspector Daya are also the major characters.

The series consists of hard-core police procedural stories dealing with investigation, detection and suspense. The protagonists of the serial are an elite group of police officers belonging to the Crime Investigation Department of the police force, led by ACP Pradyuman (played by the dynamic Shivaji Satam). While the stories are plausible, there is an emphasis on dramatic plotting and technical complexities faced by the police.

In 21 January 1998, Sony Entertainment Television and Fireworks Productions launched a weekly crime thriller called CID. CID set another record in 7 November 2004, when Mr B.P. Singh entered Guinness Book of World Records for canning an entire episode of CID named The Inheritance / C.I.D. 111 in just one single shot of 111 minutes (one hour fifty one minutes) without a single cut.

In 3 January 2005 Sony Entertainment Television and Fireworks Productions launched a daily investigative thriller called CID Special Bureau, which had a run of 168 episodes. But unfortunately in 27 April 2006, it ended its CID Special Bureau.

In 7 July 2006 launched a nation wide hunt called "CID Operation Talaash" in search of a new officer to join the CID team, which ended on 1 September 2006. Vivek Mashru was declared the winner of the hunt and his characters name is also Vivek.

CID is the longest running show in the history of [Indian Television] .[citation needed] It is a laborious effort of years by Fireworks Production, Mr. BP Singh, Mr. Pradeep Uppoor and their team of actors, writers and production. After its success CID's producers had arranged an Award function named "CID Gallantry Awards" on Tuesday, 26 January 2010 at 9:00 pm IST on Sony Entertainment Television to celebrate their 12th anniversary.

The C.I.D series is mainly popularly due to its strong performances, sometimes unintentionally funny dialogues, various twists and turns and eccentric cases. It has become a rage amongst the youth of India.

The CID team currently comprises of ACP Pradyuman, Abhijeet, Daya, Fredricks, Vivek, Tasha, Dr.Taarika and Dr.Salukhe. The actors –Shivaji SathamAditya SrivastavaDayanand Shetty, Dinesh Phadnis and others, are the pillars of the show. Two new characters namely, Inspectors Sachin and Kajal, were revealed on the 14 May 2010 episode of C.I.D. More new characters and a new format is set to be unveiled on the 28 May 2010.

C.I.D (Crime Investigation Department)
FormatPolice Procedural
Created byB. P. Singh
Directed byB. P. Singh

Country of origin India
No. of episodes613
7 Special Episodes
Producer(s)Pradeep Uppoor
B. P. Singh
Running time20-22 minutes
(Jan 21, 1998 - Mar 3, 2006)

40-43 minutes
(Mar 10, 2006 - Jul 17, 2009)

46-49 minutes
(Jul 24, 2009 - Mar 5, 2010)

58-60 minutes
(Mar 12, 2010 - Present)
Productioncompany(s)Fireworks Productions
Original channelSony Entertainment Television
Picture format480i (SDTV),
Original runJanuary 21, 1998 – present now Fri-Sat 10 pm (2 new stories) from 21 May