Top thirty crime procedurals, #8: CSI

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Basic premise: Solving crime with Science!

Why it’s here: Although not the first show to use forensics as the main basis for crime solving, it’s one of the few modern shows to make the point. It’s done a great job of lasting as characters arrive and leave (although Grissom is still the best), working in character subplots without overwhelming the viewer.

Why it isn’t higher: The science is, occasionally, weak. Grissom’s horrible puns are equal parts awesome and horrible, especially with his little cock of the head to one side as he says it. It’s also getting to the point where it’s overly long in the tooth. It’s outlasted both spin-offs, but I just don’t know how much longer they can go.

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