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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    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    The Wire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

  10. 10
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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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    NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Monk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    Blue Bloods

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    Psych is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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    CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    bones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Numbers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

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    The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    The Closer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    The Closer Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

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    Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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    Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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    Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Prime Suspect Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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    Southland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Southland Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King

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    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    The Shield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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    Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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    Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Waking the Dead Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson

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    NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Walker, Texas Ranger Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

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    Kojak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

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    Eureka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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    Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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    Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts

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    In Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows


    In Plain Sight Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor

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    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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    Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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