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The Best 1990s Procedurals 

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Updated December 8, 2018 146 votes 39 voters

List Rules Vote up your favorite procedurals that aired in the '90s.

Ever wonder if anyone else thought JAG was one of the best 1990s procedurals? Find out what others think in the list below! These 1990s procedurals run the gamut from being about lawyers to tell the story of police officers. Some of these top procedurals have left their mark by shaping the genre for future procedural dramas.

What shows will you find on this best 1990s procedurals list? NYPD Blue was such a great 1990s police procedural that it still holds the title for longest-running ABC drama to this day. The show became an instant hit when it premiered in 1993, thanks in part to a stellar cast including Dennis Franz, David Caruso and Amy Brenneman. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is another great procedural that aired on television in the '90s.

Angela Landsbury starred as mystery writer/amateur detective, Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote, which aired its finale in 1996 after 12 seasons on air. Other good series that are featured on this top 1990s procedurals list include The Commish, Law & Order, and The Practice.

Which 1990s procedural is the all-time best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a vote up or adding your own contender in this list of the best 1990s procedurals.

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

Premiered: 1984

This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

Premiered: 1986

Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
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Premiered: 1952

Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name ...more

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Premiered: 1993

NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically ...more

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Homicide: Life on the St... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

Premiered: 1993

This series is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC ...more

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

Premiered: 1997

The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
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Premiered: 1987

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Bakersfield P.D. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Ron Eldard, Giancarlo Esposito, Chris Mulkey

Premiered: 1993

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Dimos Dicoudis added Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

Premiered: 1973

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McCallum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
John Hannah, Richard O'Callaghan, Gerard Murphy

Premiered: 1995

McCallum is a British television series that was produced by STV Productions and ran from 1995 to 1998. Dr Iain McCallum was the original lead character, played by Scottish actor John Hannah. ...more
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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Dimos Dicoudis added Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

Premiered: 1984

Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more

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New York Undercover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, Patti D'Arbanville

Premiered: 1994

New York Undercover is an American police drama that aired on the Fox television network from 1994 to 1998. The series stars Malik Yoba as Detective J.C. Williams and Michael DeLorenzo as ...more

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Taggart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie

Premiered: 1983

Taggart is a British detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler, who wrote many of the episodes, and made by STV Productions for the ITV network. The series revolved around a ...more

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The Commish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Premiered: 1991

The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC in the United States from 1991 to 1996. The series focuses on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner ...more

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The Detectives is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Jasper Carrott, Hugh Dennis, Robert Powell

Premiered: 1993

The Detectives is a British comedy television series, starring Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, and George Sewell. It aired on BBC One, and was a spoof of police dramas. It was written by Mike ...more
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Millennium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn

Premiered: 1996

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Brimstone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Teri Polo, John Glover, Lori Petty

Premiered: 1998

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Cracker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Procedurals
Cracker Josh Hartnett, R. Lee Ermey, Angela Featherstone

Premiered: 1997

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