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TV The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time  

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Procedural dramas can get your adrenaline pumping and keep you hooked from the get go, but which procedural dramas are the best? This list of the greatest procedural drama shows ranks the greatest in the genre. From the Law and Order franchise to shows like Bones and Scandal, pick your favorites below! 

Popular procedural drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining procedural drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite procedural drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of procedural drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best procedural drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest procedural drama shows?" Vote up your favorites to the top of the list. 

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bones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan - 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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Monk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Psych is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley - Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell - This show is an American drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena Sud and ...more

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan - NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It premiered on ...more

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak - This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy - Life on Mars is a science fiction drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series of the ...more

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Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek - Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on the Syfy network. Executive-produced by Jack Kenny and David Simkins, the dramatic comedy from ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn - The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber - Medium is an American television drama series that premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005, ending its run on that network on June 1, 2009. The series then moved to CBS on September 25, 2009, airing ...more

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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CSI:NY is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper -

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Law and Order UK is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter -