Cop shows have taken over most of the network real estate this season, with more than half of fall's new dramas centering on law enforcement.
If you're already juggling The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Castle and various CSI, Law & Order and NCIS series, then you might think you can't fit another helping on your plate. But the new buffet of cop series is tempting, so here's a list that will help you figure out which shows might hit the spot.
Best new hard-core cop show: Detroit 1-8-7 10 p.m. Tuesday on ABC
There's not a lot of humor in this by-the-book series that's reminiscent of NYPD Blue, with its jerky camera shots and no-nonsense approach to capturing scumbags and getting them off the streets. Michael Imperioli, better known as mob guy Christopher from The Sopranos takes that hard edge and works it as tough detective. We suspect he's got some dark skeletons in his closet. The short blasts of comedy come from Fitch's overachieving partner, Damon.
Sample dialogue: "Good cop, bad cop. He plays them all"
Best Old School cop show: Blue Bloods 10 p.m. Friday CBS
This series offers plenty of Friday night guy candy. Tom Selleck tops the list as the patriarch of the family and the police commish, a widower carrying on with a hot TV reporter. Donnie Wahlberg plays the rule-breaking son Danny. And rounding out the tasty trio is bright rookie and youngest son Jamie, played by Will Estes. Bridget Moynahan, as their sister Erin (a district attorney), is the only sibling not in uniform.
Sample dialogue: "Now he's just like the rest of us Reagans, another boot in a suit."
Best Buddy Cop Show: Hawaii Five-O 10 p.m. Monday CBS
Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin team up as a couple of bickering cops out to clean the crime out of paradise. The quips come as fast as the non-stop action.
Sample dialogue: Steve: "I am sincerely sorry, that is what I was trying to tell you last year when this conversation started."
Danny: "Your apology is noted, acceptance is pending."
Best cop fantasy show: No Ordinary Family 8 p.m. Tuesday ABC
George (Michael Chiklis) dreamed of doing more than just being a police sketch artist. After a plane crash in the jungle, he and his family gain super powers. Now, the dumpy dad's ready to hit the streets and take out the bad guys -- while still being a good dad and husband.
Sample dialogue: "Nobody ever saw what Superman's first day on the job looked like."
Best boot-kicking lady cop: Chase 10 p.m. Monday on NBC
U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) takes no backtalk from the bad guys. She's a woman on a mission, and that mission is to track down criminals and bring them to justice. Annie's not looking for a guy on a white horse. She'll rescue herself -- and those in danger -- just fine all by herself.
Sample dialogue: Bad guy: "Didn't your mom ever tell you not to play with guns?"
Annie: "My mom died when I was 8, so no."
By the way, you'll notice there's no best for the new Law & Order: Los Angeles. As much as it pains me to say this, there's nothing good about the newest franchise. Better to stay with Law & Order: SVU and remember the mother ship fondly.