From 'Cold Case' to 'CSI': Procedural Law TV Shows Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

Which of these was NOT a "CSI" spinoff?

"CSI" spun off several shows, including "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York" and "CSI: Cyber."


Who is the crime scene investigation supervisor for the graveyard shift on "CSI"?

Will Petersen plays CSI supervisor Gil Grissom on the crime scene drama.


What year did "Bones" premiere?

"Bones," which is based on the books of Kathy Reichs, came out in 2005.


Who plays Dr. Temperance Brennan on "Bones"?

Emily Blunt stars as Dr. Bones, with David Boreanaz in the role of Agent Seeley Booth.


True or false: "Dragnet" started as a radio program.

"Dragnet" premiered way back in 1949 as a radio program and wasn't transformed into a TV show until 1951.


When did the first color version of "Dragnet" premiere?

"Dragnet" ran in black and white until 1959 and came back to TV in full color in 1967.


What procedural police drama stars Angie Harmon?

Harmon stars as Detective Jane Rizzoli in "Rizzoli and Isles."


Whose books is the "Rizzoli & Isles" series based on?

The Rizzoli and Isles characters come from the books of thriller writer Tess Gerritsen.


What year did "Law & Order" premiere?

The show, which often spent the first half focused on the investigation of a crime and the other half on the related courtroom drama, ran from 1990 to 2010.


Which procedural police show features Dr. Olivia Benson?

Dr. Olivia Benson and company solve crimes against special victims in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."


What year did "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" premiere?

"Criminal Intent" ran for 10 seasons, from 2001 to 2011, and featured an in-depth look at the perpetrators in high-profile cases.


What classic police show starred Andy Griffith?

Andy Griffith starred as Matlock, an expensive defense attorney who was well worth his steep fees.


What is Matlock's first name?

Andy Griffith played Ben Matlock for nine seasons, from 1986 to 1995.


What actor played Arnie Becker in "L.A. Law"?

Actor Corbin Bernsen played attorney Arnie Becker in "L.A. Law," which premiered in 1986.


Which series starred David James Elliott?

On "JAG," David James Elliott played Lt. Harmon Rabb Jr. of the U.S. Navy.


What branch of the military does Mac belong to on "JAG"?

Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie is a lieutenant colonel in the Marines on "JAG."


What year did "Perry Mason" premiere?

"Perry Mason" hit the airwaves in 1957 and ran for nine seasons through 1966.


Who played the title character in "Perry Mason"?

Raymond Burr played Mason, a tough criminal defense attorney from Los Angeles.


What was the name of Perry Mason's secretary?

Actress Barbara Hale played Mason's secretary, Della Street, on the black-and-white law drama.


Where is "The Practice" set?

The David E. Kelley legal drama takes place in Boston.


Who plays Bobby Donnell on "The Practice"?

Dylan McDermott stars as Bobby Donnell of Robert Donnell and Associates on "The Practice."


What year did "NCIS" premiere?

"NCIS," which stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, premiered in 2003.


True or false: "NCIS" is a spinoff of "JAG."

"NCIS" is a spinoff of "JAG" set at the Navy Yard in Washington.


Who plays Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on "NCIS"?

Mark Harmon stars as Gibbs, a former Marine and longtime NCIS agent, on "NCIS."


Where is the show "Blue Bloods" set?

"Blue Bloods" follows the New York City-based Reagan family of police officers.


Which member of the Reagan family is murdered in the line of duty?

After Joe is murdered, his father Frank often spends his time investigating the corrupt cops responsible for Joe's death.


What city is "Cold Case" set in?

"Cold Case," which ran from 2003 to 2010, focuses on the work of Detective Lilly Rush and the Philadelphia Police Department.


What year did "Hill Street Blues" debut?

"Hill Street Blues," which told the tale of a police department in an unnamed city, ran from 1981 to 1987.


Who played Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue"?

Dennis Franz starred as Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue," which picked up eight Emmys during its debut season.


What year did "Without a Trace" premiere?

"Without a Trace," which tells the story of a missing persons unit in New York City, ran from 2002 to 2009.


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Procedurals cover a single criminal case in one episode, outlining the crime, solving it, and sending the perp to jail all in under an hour. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the criminals, cases and characters of procedural law TV shows.

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