The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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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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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Bones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas


    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas


    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas


    Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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    Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Perception is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

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    Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas


    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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    Adrian Holmes^! Jared Keeso^! Dan Petronijevic

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    Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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    Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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    NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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

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    Adalaide A. O'Brien^! Alana De La Garza^! Gary Sinise

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    Shad Moss, Hayley Kiyoko, Patricia Arquette

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    Crossing Lines is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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