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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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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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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

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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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bones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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Southland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Southland Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King

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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Closer Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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Rookie Blue is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Rookie Blue Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Prime Suspect Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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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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In Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
In Plain Sight Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor

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Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith