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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, medical 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 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added 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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bones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
clandra28 added 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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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 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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
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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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 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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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 Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a ...more

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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 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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Grimm 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
gschwayze added True Detective Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
emmatiede added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Major Crimes Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison Major Crimes is an American television police procedural series starring Mary McDonnell. It is a successor spin-off of The Closer and premiered on TNT August 13, 2012, following that show's ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
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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Perception is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
LanaYoshii added Perception Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan Perception is an American crime drama television series created by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman. The series stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist who ...more

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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 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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Merijo Dietrich added Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
JackBrown added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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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 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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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Procedural Dramas
Alexis Hayes added Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Gary Sinise, Alana de la Garza, Daniel Henney Tyler Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS, 2016) is an American police procedural series created by Erica Messer. It is the third show in the Criminal Minds franchise. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders ...more

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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 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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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 19-2 is a Canadian police drama television series. The show presents the lives of several fictional patrol officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal as they deal with ...more