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On January 4, 2015, I will be shutting down the server that hosts The TV IV website. It has been a very long time since I've been able to put any decent amount of time into the site, and ad revenue is plummeting. I think it is time to shut it down or hand it off to someone who can keep it going properly. If you are interested in taking over the site's code and data, contact administrators at tviv.org. --CygnusTMtalk


Procedural

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Procedural (often called police procedural) is a term used to describe a television drama that details the process of solving a mystery, particularly a crime. Typically, little attention is paid to long term plot arcs and character development (as opposed to serialized shows), and each episode stands on its own.

The prototypical TV procedural is Dragnet. Since the 1990s, the success of such shows as Law & Order and CSI has resulted in a number of spinoff and copycat shows, and throughout the 2000s, this has been one of the more popular formats on television.