The Best Current Procedural Dramas TV Programs

The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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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? 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!

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

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    NCIS

    2003 More
    88
    added by: admamc8
    Mark Harmon, Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly 
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    Law & Order

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    Hawaii Five-0

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    72
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    Rizzoli and Isles

    58
    added by: JuliePolverelli
    Sasha Alexander , Angie Harmon 
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    bones

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    53
    added by: clandra28
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    52
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    49
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    NCIS: Los Angeles

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    44
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    34
    added by: gschwayze
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    2005 More
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