Basic premise: Science + Crimes + NY = television.
Why it’s here: Gary Sinise, who was mentioned when I talked about the Stand. Another example of Gary Sinise playing Gary Sinise. The concept actually works a little better here, because they don’t push the science angle as hard as they do for Las Vegas in CSI. It also makes sense that the NYPD would have this insanely expensive equipment a normal CSI lab would use, like, three times in ten years.
Why it isn’t higher: The characterization is a touch weaker here than in CSI. To avoid that show’s occasionally over-the-top antics, they err on the side of downplaying stuff. Not every crime procedural needs a comedy element, but this one is a little too serious.