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The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite procedurals that aired in the 2000s.

Do Castle or NCIS top your list of the best procedural dramas of the 2000s? They do for many fans! The 2000s were a boon for anyone that liked procedural shows. During this time, procedural dramas mainly told stories centered around crime and police work. In fact, some of those shows still air to this day, with nearly a decade’s worth of seasons.

On this list of the best procedural dramas of the 2000s, you’ll find shows such as Criminal Minds, which depicts the inner-workings of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Premiering 2005, the show has been a hit on CBS for 11 great seasons, thanks in part to a great cast which includes Mandy Patinkin, Joe Mantegna, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Another top procedural drama from the 2000s is The Mentalist, which starred Simon Baker.

Monk, starring Tony Shalhoub as the title character, captured all of the drama of detective work while giving viewers a splash of comedy for added entertainment. Other great procedurals that appear on this list include Lie to Me, The Practice, and Without a Trace.

Which show do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Voice your opinion by voting up the best procedural dramas of the 2000s already on this list or adding any great series you think is missing.
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Castle (2003) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Castle presenter and historian Marc Morris introduces us to 10 of the best-preserved examples across the United Kingdom. Castles were both a fortress and a home. Built to withstand armed assault ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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Bones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
Bones is an American procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more
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Monk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine
Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more
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House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Sazonana added Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette
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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson
White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more
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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Sazonana added Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang
The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson
Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more
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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn
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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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan
This show is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the ...more
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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins
The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more
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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines
Lie to Me is an American drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman ...more
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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002, to May 19, 2009. The series follows the cases of a Missing Persons ...more
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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim
Ghost Whisperer is an American television supernatural drama, which ran on CBS from September 23, 2005, to May 21, 2010. The series follows the life of Melinda Gordon, who has the ability to see ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel
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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux
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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez
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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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch
Numbers is an American drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI Special ...more
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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle
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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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson
The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more
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New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman
New Tricks is a British procedural comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by DSI Sandra ...more