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The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s  

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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
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) 2 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes
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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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter
The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more
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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill
Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the ...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
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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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman
Person of Interest is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a former ...more
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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov
Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez
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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Psych is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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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
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more
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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush
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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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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
The Night Shift is an American medical drama series that premiered on May 27, 2014, on NBC. The series was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and follows the lives of the staff who work the ...more
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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas
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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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper
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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
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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Flashpoint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson
Flashpoint is a Canadian police drama television series that debuted on 11 July 2008 on CTV in Toronto. In the United States, the series currently airs reruns on Ion Television and in the United ...more
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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Procedural Dramas of the 2010s
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli
iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more