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The Best New Procedural Dramas of the Last Few Years

Updated November 23, 2020 132 votes 102 voters 1.6k views17 items

List RulesOnly series that premiered on or after January 1, 2017.

The best new procedural shows zero in on the inner workings of courthouses, hospitals, detective agencies, and more to keep viewers engaged in solving that episode's mystery illness or horrific crime. Since 2017, the genre has boomed with hits like Mindhunter, For Life, New Amsterdam. Which new procedural shows are the best? Vote below to help decide.

What shows will you find on this list? There are many good new procedural drama shows to choose from. The Good Doctor, set in the fictional San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital., follows a young savant doctor as he deals with a variety of health issues. The short-lived series Instinct used a former CIA profiler to solve crime. Other good new procedural shows featured on this list include All Rise and The Code.

Which procedural TV dramas are the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good shows we may have missed.

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  • The Rookie
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    The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, forty-year-old John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) moves from his comfortable, small town life to avigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a "young" cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Melissa O'Neil, Richard T. Jones
    • Premiered: 2018

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    The Good Doctor

    The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon with autism and savant syndrome at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett
    • Premiered: 2017

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  • The Resident
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    The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi. Idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant Senior Resident Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern-day medicine. Lives might be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Shaunette Wilson
    • Premiered: 2017
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    SWAT
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    S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he's tasked to run a highly trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco

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