Top thirty crime procedurals, #10: Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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Basic premise: Insane criminals foiled by slightly less insane detective.

Why it’s here: Vincent d’Onofrio. He is absolutely phenomenal and his character makes the entire show work. When they introduce Jeff Goldblum in a later season, there’s almost too much awesome for one TV screen. Props to Olivia d’Abo, who plays his mortal nemesis, Nicole Wallace.

Why it isn’t higher: It’s already in the top 10, what more do you want? In all seriousness, if d’Onofrio and Goldblum were great, the supporting cast fell just the tiniest bit short. I also don’t like the whole “maybe d’Onofrio is so crazy because he’s secretly the criminal” line that they push in just one too many episodes.

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