The 10 Best Cop Shows of The Last 10 Years

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The 10 Best Cop Shows of The Last 10 Years

"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?" —Cops (not on this list)

10. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000-Present)
I have to admit that every spinoff increases my bias against this franchise (and Jerry Bruckheimer), but we'll give it props for playing Radiohead, Cocteau Twins and Sigur Rós during the forensics test montages. And for the crazy "Toe Tags" episode, where the dead victims tell their own stories.

9. Law & Order (NBC, 1990-Present)
This show has opened almost every one of its 433 episodes (not including spin-offs) with the discovery of a body or the witness of a crime. Followed by the investigation of the crime. Followed by the prosecution of a crime. If it's formulaic, it's a formula that creator Dick Wolf keeps taking to the bank.

8. Monk (USA, 2002-2009)
Tony Shalhoub has been quietly, brilliantly, obsessive/compulsively bringing viewers to the USA network with his depiction of Adrian Monk. Monk is a private detective, but we'll give that a pass since he's both a former cop and his primary employer is the San Francisco Police Department. His OCD was severerly aggrivated following his wife's murder, but that obsessive attention to detail is what makes him a great detective. The series ends this December.

7. The Closer (TNT, 2005-Present)
We'll forgive New York native Kyra Sedgwick's over-the-top accent as she portrays a sassy Georgia deputy chief on the streets of L.A. because she's just so darn likeable, dominating scene after scene of this TNT series.

6. Reno 911! (Comedy Central, 2003-Present)
No subject is safe from Comedy Central's hilarious mockumentary series about Reno's finest. With plenty of alumni from The State both in front of and behind the camera and guest appearances from Patton Oswalt, Rainn Wilson, Aziz Ansari, Rob Corddry, David Wain, Michael Ian Black and just about anyone else who makes us laugh, Reno 911! is the funniest cop show since they killed off Police Squad series.

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