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The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s 

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Updated January 23, 2020 473 votes 85 voters 27 items

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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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Castle is an American drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

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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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 229

Network: CBS

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House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Sazonana added Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 177

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: CBS

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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
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Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 20

Number of Episodes: 456

Network: NBC

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: USA Network

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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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: CBS

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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 160

Network: CBS

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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Psych is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: USA Network, ION Television

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 261

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 195

Network: USA Network, MyNetworkTV, NBC

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 118

Network: CBS

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 191

Network: A&E, CBS

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 227

Network: CBS, NBC

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: FX

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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Conrad, Camryn Manheim

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 107

Network: CBS

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: CTV Television Network, CBS

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New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman

Premiered: 2003

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of the 2000s
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 168

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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