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The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time 

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Procedural Drama TV series.

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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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend
Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29, 2011, to May 28, 2013, and starred Dana Delany as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt. The series was ...more
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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 28 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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 29 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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In Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor
In Plain Sight is an American dramatic television series on USA Network. The series revolves around Mary Shannon, a Deputy United States Marshal attached to the Albuquerque, NM, office of the ...more
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For Life is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Nicholas Pinnock, Indira Varma, Joy Bryant
For Life (ABC, 2020) is an American legal drama television series created by Hank Steinberg. Prisoner Aaron (Nicholas Pinnock) becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a ...more
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Homicide: Life on the St... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto
This series is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC ...more
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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Mary McDonnell, G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison
Major Crimes (TNT, 2012) is an American television police procedural series created by James Duff, and a spinoff of The Closer. Following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra ...more
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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 36 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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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more
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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson
Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more
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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more
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CSI: Cyber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Shad Moss, Hayley Kiyoko, Patricia Arquette
CSI: Cyber is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on March 4, 2015, on CBS during the 2014–15 network television schedule.
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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
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, following the cases of a Missing Persons Unit of ...more
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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago
Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more
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Law and Order UK is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter
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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC on September 22, 2011. It stars Maria Bello as Detective Jane Timoney. The series is a ...more
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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge
Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more
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Leg Work is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Leg Work
Marisa Tomei, Frances McDormand, Margaret Colin
Leg Work is an American detective drama television series created by Frank Abatemarco that premiered on CBS on October 3, 1987. The show was short-lived and only 10 episodes were produced, of ...more
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Bedlam is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Ashley Madekwe, Gemma Chan, Will Young
Bedlam is a British supernatural drama television series created by David Allison, Neil Jones, and Chris Parker. It was first broadcast on 7 February 2011 on Sky Living and Sky Living HD. The ...more