The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows TV Programs
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The Best Ever Police Procedural Shows

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 items ranging from "Criminal Minds" to "Dexter," this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    added by matt.lack8 Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Anthony Michael Hall, Maggie Lawson, Corbin Bernsen

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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    most listed Claire Forlani, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Sela Ward

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    Tim Roth, Jennifer Beals, Monica Raymund

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    Kyra Sedgwick, Mary McDonnell, J.K. Simmons

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    Navi Rawat, Judd Hirsch, David Krumholtz

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    Paul Wesley, Kathryn Morris, Frances Fisher

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    Roselyn Sánchez, Poppy Montgomery, Charles S. Dutton

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    John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman

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    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley

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    ranked low on reranks Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    Alfre Woodard, Dennis Franz, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Paul Wesley

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    ranked low on reranks Lucy Liu, C. Thomas Howell, Regina King

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    often listed James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Jr.

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    Felicia Day, Salli Richardson, Erica Cerra

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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    ranked low on reranks & added by matt.lack8 James Spader, Parminder Nagra, Megan Boone

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    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

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    Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman

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    Eamonn Walker, Cyril Nri, Natalie J. Robb

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Mary McCormack, Lesley Ann Warren, Nichole Hiltz

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    ranked low on reranks Tony Shalhoub, Melora Hardin, Ted Levine

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, Meg Foster

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    Robert Blake, Dana Elcar, Michael D. Roberts

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    ranked low on reranks & added by willyboymcoy Missy Peregrym, Charlotte Sullivan, Gregory Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Gross

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    ranked low on reranks Glenn Close, Forest Whitaker, Alex O'Loughlin

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    ranked high on reranks Bebe Neuwirth, Jerry Orbach, Fred Thompson

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    ranked low on reranks & added by gothicfrog1 Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Hope Emerson

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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    added by gothicfrog1 Scott Bakula, C. C. H. Pounder, Lucas Black

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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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    Nia Long, Kim Raver, Bobby Cannavale

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    Elijah Wood, Alfre Woodard, Melissa Leo

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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