The Best Current Procedural Dramas TV Programs
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The Best Current Procedural Dramas

List Criteria: Procedural crime dramas currently airing in a first TV run

List of top procedural dramas currently on-air. Television dramas fall into two categories: procedural and serial. Dramatic series in the procedural genre often have one new plot line every week, as opposed to a serial, shows with a continuing story arc or plot. Procedurals often follow a "case-of-the-week" formula, which makes the story easy for television viewers to follow. A number of procedural programs have been included in the greatest TV dramas of all time. This list includes both serial cop dramas and serial legal dramas, as well as long-running procedurals.

One of the most successful procedural drama franchises is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which premiered in 2000 and has launched two popular spin-offs CSI: NY and CSI: Miami. Current procedural dramas feature a dynamic and memorable lead character with a quirky personality, from mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), to forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel). Ensemble casts are also common in any drama procedural, especially in most-watched shows set around a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or courtroom. The predictable format of such highly-rated programs also makes it easy to air as re-runs because viewers often don't have to follow a certain order or have seen previous episodes.

What is the best current procedural drama? Many are among the best current network dramas, and all are great TV entertainment. Use the list below to vote for the top dramatic procedural that is currently on-air, and if your favorite show isn't included, make sure to add to the list so that other viewers can become fans, too!

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