By Darren Franich
Updated October 25, 2010 at 02:55 PM EDT

People on TV dress well. They dress outside of their purported salary range. They dress outside of anyone’s salary range. Nowhere is this reality/fantasy divide more clear than in the Procedural Land. Medical examiners wear high heels at a crime scene. Henleys are the shirt of choice for the well-manicured crimefighter on the go. Yeesh, the characters on NCIS: L.A. basically look like employees at a Silicon Valley start-up company, solving crime as a team-building exercise. As viewers, we accept that TV people dress several fashion levels above their actual profession. If every character dressed normally, it would be depressing. It would be like the BBC without an accent. Not that! Anything but that! See below for a helpful visual analysis of what articles of clothing your favorite gumshoes and attorneys are wearing RIGHT NOW…

Image Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS; Neil Jacobs/CBS; Randy Tepper/Showtime; Bob D’Amico/ABC; Michael Muller/USA; Vivian Zink/NBC; Jeffrey Neira/CBS; Monty Brinton/CBS

Image Credit: Michael Ansell/ABC; atrick McElhenney/FX; Craig Blankenhorn/CBS; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Robert Voets/CBS

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