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List Rules Procedural crime dramas currently airing in a first TV run

List of top procedural dramas currently on-air in 2016-2017. Television dramas fall into two categories: procedural and serial. Dramatic series in the procedural genre often have one new plot line every week, as opposed to a serial, shows with a continuing story arc or plot. Procedurals often follow a "case-of-the-week" formula, which makes the story easy for television viewers to follow. A number of procedural programs have been included in the greatest TV dramas of all time. This list includes both serial cop dramas and serial legal dramas, as well as long-running procedurals.

One of the most successful procedural drama franchises is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which premiered in 2000 and has launched two popular spin-offs CSI: NY and CSI: Miami. Current procedural dramas feature a dynamic and memorable lead character with a quirky personality, from mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), to forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel). Ensemble casts are also common in any drama procedural, especially in most-watched shows set around a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or courtroom. The predictable format of such highly-rated programs also makes it easy to air as re-runs because viewers often don't have to follow a certain order or have seen previous episodes.

What is the best current procedural drama? Many are among the best current network dramas, and all are great TV entertainment. Use the list below to vote for the top dramatic procedural that is currently on-air, and if your favorite show isn't included, make sure to add to the list so that other viewers can become fans, too!

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
admamc8 added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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305 159
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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230 136
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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263 224
bones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
clandra28 added Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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221 116
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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187 159
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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243 247
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

8
246 291
Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

9
195 135
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

10
177 144
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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100 93
Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
emmatiede added Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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138 145
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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121 112
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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76 85
Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
emmatiede added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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97 118
Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Major Crimes Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

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82 144
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
gschwayze added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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75 129
Perception is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Perception Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

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71 88
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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39 50
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Alexis Hayes added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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59 59
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Merijo Dietrich added Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

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30 48
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Alexis Hayes added Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Adalaide A. O'Brien, Alana De La Garza, Gary Sinise

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44 87
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
maggiedempsey added Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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29 25
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
JackBrown added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf SkarsgÄrd

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23 55
CSI: Cyber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Alexis Hayes added CSI: Cyber Shad Moss, Hayley Kiyoko, Patricia Arquette

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3 58
19-2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Randy Thomas added 19-2 Adrian Holmes, Jared Keeso, Dan Petronijevic