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The Best 2000s CBS Dramas 

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Updated June 15, 2019 888 votes 120 voters 2.5k views 24 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite CBS dramas that aired on TV in the 2000s

These are the best 2000s CBS drama shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some good 2000s CBS drama TV series were based in classic "trouble at the office" scenarios, and others found some pretty juicy plot-lines through family issues. Also, many of the best 2000s CBS drama shows were sci-fi or fantasy.

What series will you find on this best 2000s CBS drama shows list? CSI: Crime Scene Investigation debuted in 2000 and became one of CBS' flagship shows. Its spinoffs, CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, both also appear on this list of the greatest CBS dramas from the 2000s. The Ghost Whisperer was another popular CBS drama that aired in the 2000s.

Cold Case, which ran from 2003 – 2010, hooked fans with police drama and old murder mysteries. Other good shows that appear on this top 2000s CBS drama shows list include The Agency, NCIS and The Education of Max Bickford.

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 337

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 140

CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 156

Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. The show follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane, who is a consultant to the ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 191

CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more

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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 160

Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009, following the cases of a Missing Persons Unit of ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 227

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 107

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NUMB3RS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 118

Numbers (CBS, 2005) is an American crime drama television series created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton. Special Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his brother Charlie Eppes (David ...more

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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 69

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 29

Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more

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Touched by an Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 211

Touched by an Angel is an American supernatural drama series that premiered on CBS on September 21, 1994, and ran for 211 episodes and nine seasons until its conclusion on April 27, 2003. ...more

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Numb3rs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 138

Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS-TV. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character is a ...more

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The District is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Craig T. Nelson, Roger Aaron Brown, Sean Patrick Thomas

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 89

The District is a television police drama which aired on CBS from October 7, 2000 to May 1, 2004. The show followed the work and personal life of the chief of Washington, D.C.'s Police
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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg, Raphael Sbarge

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 67

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Guardian is an American drama series which aired on CBS from September 25, 2001 to May 4, 2004. In the United States, as of 2012, it is being broadcast in re-runs on the Sleuth Channel and ...more

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Shark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 38

Shark is an American legal drama created by Ian Biederman that originally aired on CBS from September 21, 2006 to May 20, 2008. The series stars James Woods.

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That's Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Zachary Quinto, Vanessa Lachey, Ellen Burstyn

Premiered: 2000

That's Life is an American comedy-drama series created by Diane Ruggiero, that was broadcast on CBS from October 1, 2000 to January 26, 2002.
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The Agency is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Paige Turco, Rocky Carroll, David Clennon

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

The Agency is a CBS television drama that followed the inner-workings of the CIA. The series was created by Michael Frost Beckner and was executive produced by Michael Frost Beckner, Shaun ...more
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Close to Home is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Christian Kane, Jennifer Finnigan, Kimberly Elise

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

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Eleventh Hour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Jane Lapotaire

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 4

Eleventh Hour is a four-part British television series developed by Granada Television for ITV by writer Stephen Gallagher. It follows the adventures of Professor Ian Hood, Special Advisor to ...more
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The Education of Max Bic... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s CBS Dramas
The Education of Max Bickford Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Wesley, Katee Sackhoff

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

The Education of Max Bickford is a television drama that aired from 2001 to 2002 on CBS. It starred Richard Dreyfuss as the title character, a college professor of American Studies at Chadwick ...more