The best procedurals on TV
A newbie's guide to the world of one-hour mysteries like ''House'' and ''The Mentalist''
No show takes bolder risks, from last season’s hallucinated affair between House (Hugh Laurie) and his boss, to his addiction, to his stint in a mental facility.
Rick Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) chemistry with his partner Beckett (Stana Katic) and daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) gives the show its retro charm.
CSI has inventive freaks, including a judge with a Mr. Hyde side, a devious moppet, and a killer who made miniatures of crime scenes — in advance.
Brennan (Emily Deschanel) loves investigating gooey corpses in trees, swamps, luau pits, even outhouses, and then the camera gets in nice and close.
TV sleuths are all mind readers. Only The Mentalist‘s reformed fake psychic Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) knows what you’ll do before you do it.
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