2015 The Best Current Procedural Dramas  

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List Rules Procedural crime dramas currently airing in a first TV run

List of top procedural dramas currently on-air in 2016-2017. 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
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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+ - 247 209
bones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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+ - 279 148
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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+ - 204 108
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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+ - 205 130
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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+ - 175 149
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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+ - 181 125
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

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+ - 234 235
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

9
+ - 236 280
Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

10
+ - 167 134
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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+ - 114 98
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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+ - 87 86
Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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+ - 127 136
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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+ - 95 106
Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Major Crimes Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

15
+ - 79 131
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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+ - 70 118
Perception is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Perception Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

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+ - 49 46
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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+ - 68 78
Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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+ - 38 78
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf SkarsgÄrd

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+ - 58 79
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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+ - 29 40
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Adalaide A. O'Brien, Alana De La Garza, Gary Sinise

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CSI: Cyber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
CSI: Cyber Shad Moss, Hayley Kiyoko, Patricia Arquette

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+ - 2 46
19-2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
19-2 Adrian Holmes, Jared Keeso, Dan Petronijevic