TV 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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bones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin - Bones is an American crime 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
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan - Castle is an American crime 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
Scandal 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
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman - Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Law & Order 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) 6 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Psych 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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
NCIS 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 criminal ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
The Mentalist 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) 9 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Monk 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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell - The Killing is an American crime 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 ...more

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Hawaii Five-0 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) 12 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
NCIS: New Orleans 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) 13 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak - Murder, She Wrote is an American television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes ...more

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Law and Order UK is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Law and Order UK Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter

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CSI:NY is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
CSI:NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago - Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch - Numbers is an American crime 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 ...more

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
NYPD Blue 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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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins - The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt - Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Medium 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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Blue Bloods 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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CSI: Cyber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
CSI: Cyber 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. The series is the third direct ...more

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In Plain Sight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
In Plain Sight 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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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Kojak 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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Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto - Homicide: Life on the Street 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 ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
CSI: Miami 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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot ...more

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Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Major Crimes 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: NY is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
CSI: NY 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Criminal Minds 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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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Adam-12 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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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Prime Suspect 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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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines - Lie to Me is an American crime 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 ...more

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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Without a Trace 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. The series follows the cases of a Missing Persons ...more

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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Body of Proof 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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday - Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
NCIS: Los Angeles 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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
White Collar 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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Ghost Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Ghost Whisperer 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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Bedlam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Bedlam 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

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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Procedural Dramas of All Time
Young Justice 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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Leg Work is listed (or ranked) 43 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