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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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Dianne Wiest

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Amanda Righetti, Robin Tunney, Simon Baker

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    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow

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    Elisabeth Shue, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson

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    Alfre Woodard, Jeffrey Tambor, Dennis Franz

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    Amy Brenneman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso

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    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, Ted Levine

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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    Claire Forlani, Gary Sinise, Emmanuelle Vaugier

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Dulé Hill

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Bo Hopkins

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    Tim Roth, Jennifer Beals, Monica Raymund

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    Navi Rawat, Judd Hirsch, David Krumholtz

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    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Mary McDonnell

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    John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    Paul Wesley, Kathryn Morris, Paula Malcomson

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    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley

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    Lucy Liu, Regina King, C. Thomas Howell

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Roselyn Sánchez, Poppy Montgomery, Charles S. Dutton

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    Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Eva LaRue

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker, Alex O'Loughlin

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    Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, Richard Denning

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    Johnny Depp, Richard Grieco, Holly Robinson Peete

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Polly Walker, Tara Fitzgerald, Sue Johnston

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    Scott Bakula, C. C. H. Pounder, Lucas Black

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Salli Richardson

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    Robert Blake, Dana Elcar, Michael D. Roberts

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    Missy Peregrym, Charlotte Sullivan, Gregory Smith

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    Lesley Ann Warren, Mary McCormack, Nichole Hiltz

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    Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, William Duell

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