From Variety – ‘CSI’ Farewell Panel Talks How DNA, Hair Fibers & Plushies Changed TV & Society

The show’s cinematic style and focus on coroners, instead of police officers, set it apart. William Petersen shared his experience at a pathology convention when coroners thanked him for highlighting their profession.

“They said, ‘We are finally out of the closet now. We get invited to parties, I can talk to girls and they call me back because they think it’s cool that I’m a coroner,’” Petersen remembered.