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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    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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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, Mos Def

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    Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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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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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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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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    Roselyn Sánchez, Poppy Montgomery, Charles S. Dutton

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    Paul Wesley, Kathryn Morris, Frances Fisher

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    Alfre Woodard, Dennis Franz, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley

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    John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    Lucy Lawless, Taylor Cole, Paul Wesley

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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman

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

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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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    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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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 & added by matt.lack8 James Spader, Parminder Nagra, Megan Boone

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    Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman

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    Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, Meg Foster

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

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    Eamonn Walker, Cyril Nri, Natalie J. Robb

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    Robert Blake, Dana Elcar, Michael D. Roberts

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    Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Gross

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    Bebe Neuwirth, Jerry Orbach, Fred Thompson

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

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

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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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    Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

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    Nia Long, Kim Raver, Bobby Cannavale

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Elijah Wood, Alfre Woodard, Melissa Leo

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    Heather Locklear, William Shatner, James Darren

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