From ‘Hawaii Five-0’ to ‘Elementary;’ CBS seems to have mastered the art of crime story-telling. Most of their recent shows are running longer than the older, more iconic ones. ‘Blue Bloods,’ the American drama series, which stars Tom Selleck, is presently rounding up its ninth season, and this means it will be off the air for a while. The good news is, Frank Reagan isn’t going anywhere because all the previous seasons of the show are available to binge on Netflix.
The bad news is that last year, the ‘Blue Bloods’ TV show was ranked on the bottom half of scripted CBS programming in terms of its demography. This reduces the chances of it being renewed for a tenth season. If 2019 is where it ends for the Reagan clan, it may be time to start looking for other good cop shows to fill the void. We have composed a list of shows that are just as dramatic and action-packed.
The second installment of Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise premiered on the NBC network as a mid-season replacement on January 8th, 2014. The show weaves visual realism together with real-world headlines. It also does not stray too far from CBS’s ‘Blue Bloods,’ as the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit combat the city’s most heinous offenses.
With Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, and Sophia Bush carrying the show brilliantly, 'Chicago P.D.' typically comprises of grimy, shadowy scenes, just as ‘Blue Bloods.’ Another likeness between the two shows is the internal struggles faced by their lead characters, Tom Selleck’s Commissioner Frank Reagan, and Jason Beghe’s Detective Sergeant Henry Voight.
Currently running its sixth season and having been renewed for a seventh, on February 29th, 2019, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if 'Chicago P.D.' eventually joins 'Blue Bloods' as one of the current longest-running cop shows.
Currently on its fourteenth season, 'Criminal Minds' is one of CBS’s longest-running drama shows. A team of good-looking people who solve complex big city crimes is one incredible thing ‘CM’ shares with 'Blue Bloods.’ 'Criminal Minds,' which aired its pilot episode on September 22nd, 2005, tells the story of a group of behavioral profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioural Analysis Unit.
Its only slight difference from CBS’s other hit show is how it combines crime cases with the personal issues law enforcement go through. With an ensemble cast—which once included The Princess Brides’ Mandy Patinkin—Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini and Shemar Moore, 'Criminal Minds' is on its way to becoming the longest ever running drama series from CBS.
James Gordon is a rising detective in the dangerously corrupt Gotham City, where his late father was a successful district attorney. Brave, honest, and determined to prove himself, Gordon must navigate the dirty politics of Gotham’s justice system as well as the rise of malevolent villains. Fox’s 'Gotham,' which first aired September 2014, has gone on to show that reality is not what makes a gripping cop series.
Set in the fictitious and titular city of Gotham, against the backdrop of the DCU, the show developed by Bruno Heller makes a noticeable enough mark on the crime genre. Although the show is on its fifth and probably final season, all of it is available on Netflix as well. It is definitely worth the watch if you haven’t seen it already.
THE CHICAGO CODE
For what only lasted a few months way back in 2011, Fox’s 'The Chicago Code' holds an astounding 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show, known in some parts as ‘Ride-Along,’ quite similar to 'Blue Bloods,' told the stories of Teresa Colvin, the newly appointed first female Chicago Police Superintendent, played beautifully by Jennifer Beals, and her colleagues as they struggled to clean the crime-ridden streets of Chicago.
Fox canceled the show, which is praised for the dedication of its cast members, on May 10th, 2011. However, all thirteen episodes are still available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
HBO’s 'True Detective' packs quite the cast with multiple award winners like Mahershala Ali, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrel, and Matthew McConaughey. The neo-noir crime drama, written and created by Nic Pizzolatto, dynamically changes its storyline and cast with each season. The first season received excellent reviews from critics, earning high ratings for HBO.
Though the concept of this cop series is no doubt different from the much loved 'Blue Bloods,' it will certainly deliver your fill of heart-thumping action, well mixed with intelligent storytelling. As of this year, Pizzolatto is said to have a storyline for a potential season 4 in the works.
Surpassed only by 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'NCIS' is the second-longest-running scripted, non-animated U.S. primetime TV series currently airing. The show, which is a spin-off from 'JAG,' premiered September 23rd, 2003. It stars Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a court investigator (bearing some internal resemblance to Frank Reagan) who leads an elite arm of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The show delivers 39-44 minutes of high octane action, drama and thriller scenes and has been—since 2007—the most watched scripted show on American television. Co-created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill, the series synonymous with NBC shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon, and this will make a great fall back for anyone looking for good cop shows to get hooked on.
A show that has earned Andy Samberg two Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' is a police procedural comedy that was co-created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur for Fox in 2013. The series revolves around Samberg’s character, Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct, who comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the severe and stern Captain Raymond Holt—portrayed by Andre Braugher.
The show, which earned much acclaim in its run, was dropped after five seasons by Fox on May 10, 2018, and picked up the day after by NBC. A different vibe altogether, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' stays far away from the gloom and doom of 'Blue Bloods,' in what may not be inherently evil. The show delivers all that it promises; comedy and action, and for some, a well-needed break from the harsh "chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out" world the Reagans inhabit.
These are just a few of the many excellent crime series to catch up on while you wait, fingers crossed for a renewal announcement from CBS. If something happens and 'Blue Bloods' does not return, it is comforting to know that we can just as easily fill the cop-show sized hole in our hearts with any of these awesome shows.
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