Of the prevailing TV franchises, which is your favorite?
- “Law and Order,” the original and its variants, like “Law and Order, SVU” (with Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson) and “Organized Crime” (a new spin-off with Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler), and “CriminaI Instinct” in syndication. Also in the mix: “Trial by Jury,” “Los Angeles,” “True Crime.” The original ran 20 seasons ; “SVU” is the all-time champ, with 22 seasons and counting.
- “NCIS,” the original as well as the spin-offs, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and the not-yet-born “NCIS: Hawai‘i”?
- “Chicago,” and its trio of red hot hits, “Med,” “Fire,” and “P.D.”?
Current new “Law” and “Chicago” series are still in production, on primetime NBC and CBS, but the reruns are plentiful, over several platforms, on KPXO (ION TV), USA, and other streaming services.
Procedurals, featuring crime investigators and first responders, continue to be immensely popular and are not likely to disappear anytime soon.
FYI, the “Law & Order” template is not yet over; “Law & Order: Hate Crimes” and “Law & Order: For the Defense” are also brands seeking an audience; the former might emerge on the
But to which brand are you most loyal?