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A Guide to Popular TV Dramas: Part 1


Television is a vast wasteland. With so many shows on right now, how do you know which one to choose from? Dramas and comedies are the most popular forms of genre. But within the context of dramas, what is the right show for you? This blog series is a handy guide to some of the most popular dramas (divided into subcategories: Character Driven Procedural, Plot Driven Procedural, Serial Dramas and Supernatural Dramas) currently airing today, some of which are based on ratings, others based on my recommendations. All of which are available either at the Niles Library (click on the link to access online catalog) or as interlibrary loan.

Character Driven Procedural: As the title implies, the lives of the characters are just as important as the “case of the week” without sacrificing one for the other as is often the case with plot driven procedural. Due to the nature of this type of show, new viewers are able to catch an episode without requiring them to know what happened previously and thus easier to follow. However, nowadays, certain procedural shows have a running thread sprouted from one episode that carries it to the next episode or the rest of the season despite its episodic nature.


Starring Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. This show chronicles his team of highly trained agents investigating crimes in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and of domestic crimes where the Navy is involved. Part C.S.I, part crime drama. Overall, a fun show.


Starring Nathan Fillion as acclaimed mystery writer Richard Castle who works as a consultant to the NYPD under the guidance of homicide detective Kate Beckett as they solve crimes of an unusual nature. Think an edgier, darkerĀ Moonlighting-esque series.


Stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. This series chronicles two lawyers, Mike Ross and Harvey Specter as they try various cases while maintaining the secret that Mike does not have a law degree, and therefore, is not considered a lawyer.

White Collar

Stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay as con artist Neal Caffrey and FBI Special Agent Peter Burke respectively as they investigate white collar crimes of various nature. This show stands out as it details the personal life of an law enforcement official as much as his professional life.

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