The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows TV Programs

The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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List Criteria: Vote up your favorite police procedurals, current and long gone

The very best police procedural shows on television, ranked from best to worst. What is it about a group of detectives that can carry a series for years and years? Some of the longest running drama shows have been police procedurals, including the original "Law & Order," which ran for 22 seasons, and "Dragnet," which aired 450 episodes. This list of the greatest police procedural shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular police procedural TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about which is the most entertaining in the genre. While older whodunit shows like "Murder, She Wrote" have a bit of whimsical comedy in each episode, grittier versions like "SVU" are darker with gritty grimes. What is your favorite police procedural show? Don't let your favorite cop dramas and detective series get to the bottom of the list. Be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of police procedural television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date when available. With shows ranging from "Criminal Minds" to "Dexter," this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

What do you think are the best police procedurals? What are your favorite current cop shows?
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    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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    Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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    Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

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    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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    Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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    Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson

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    Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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    Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

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    Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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    Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor

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    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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