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Top Police Dramas and Cop Shows: ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ and More

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From iconic classics to modern hits, police dramas and cop shows have captured audiences’ attention for decades. Here are some of the best:

  1. ‘Law & Order: SVU’ As part of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order franchise, SVU has become a powerhouse in crime dramas. Led by Mariska Hargitay, the series delves into sexually motivated crimes, captivating viewers for over 20 seasons.
  2. ‘Chicago P.D.’ A key component of the One Chicago universe, Chicago P.D. follows the city’s Intelligence Unit as it tackle crime under Detective Hank Voight’s leadership.
  3. ‘NYPD Blue’ This ABC series, running for 12 seasons, provided an intense look into the lives of detectives at the NYPD’s 15th Precinct, led by Dennis Franz’s iconic portrayal of Andy Sipowicz.
  4. ‘Cagney & Lacey’ Breaking barriers with female leads, Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless starred as detectives in this CBS series, earning critical acclaim and multiple Emmys.
  5. ‘Monk’ Tony Shalhoub’s portrayal of Adrian Monk, a detective with obsessive-compulsive disorder, brought humor and heart to crime-solving in San Francisco.
  6. ‘Blue Bloods’ This CBS drama follows the Reagan family, with Tom Selleck as Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, offering a unique blend of family dynamics and police work.
  7. ‘Rookie Blue’ Following rookie officers in Toronto’s 15th Division, this ABC drama provided a fresh perspective on the challenges of law enforcement.
  8. ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander starred as crime-solving best friends, highlighting the bond between a detective and a medical examiner in Boston.
  9. ‘FBI’ & Spinoffs From the FBI’s New York office to international cases, this procedural drama and its spinoffs offer a glimpse into the bureau’s investigative work.
  10. ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Both the original and the revival captivated audiences with their portrayal of crime fighting in the Hawaiian Islands, blending action and intrigue.
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These timeless classics and contemporary favorites continue to entertain audiences with their gripping storylines and memorable characters.

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