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The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s 

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Updated November 19, 2019 6.6k votes 684 voters 4.1k views 39 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite procedurals that aired in the 2010s

See what others think are the best 2010s procedural dramas based on fan votes. With the 2010s nearing a close, it's now clear that this decade had an abundance of fantastic procedurals. Unlike the procedurals of the old days that simply showed cops or doctors going about their daily routines, shows like The Rookie and House proved that shaking up a familiar formula with complex characters is a great way to create something engaging every single week. By taking this formula, and adding in some juicy serialized storylines, it's a good bet that a few of these top procedural dramas from the 2010s may very well still be on air in the next decade.

What will you find on this list of the best 2010s procedurals dramas? Shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation which ran for 15 years, and others like The Good Doctor, which is only just getting started. Some of these shows, like Blue Bloods, bundle police procedurals and family dramas in one great package, while others dive into more sci-fi and genre-tinged concepts, like Person of Interest, The Mentalist, and Grimm.

What shows are your favorites? Give the best 2010s procedural dramas a vote up and maybe you’ll get more people hooked.

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House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 177

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

House (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a pain medication-dependent, unconventional, misanthropic ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

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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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 337

Network: CBS

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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. After his family is murdered, a con man posing as a psychic medium (Simon Baker) uses his ...more

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: USA Network, ION Television

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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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: TNT

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 2010) is an American police procedural television series based on the novel of the same name by Tess Gerritsen and created by Janet Tamaro. Detective Jane Rizzoli and ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: CBS

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: CBS

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: NBC

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an ...more

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Premiered: 2017

Network: ABC

The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 175

Network: NBC

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter
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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 99

Network: NBC

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: CBS

Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan. The series revolves around John Reese, a former CIA officer, who is recruited by ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 238

Network: CBS

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

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The Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Daniella Alonso, Jill Flint, Ken Leung

Premiered: 2014

Network: NBC

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: CBS

Scorpion is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his genius friends help each ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

Premiered: 2012

Network: ABC

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Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

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