The 14 Things You See in Every Cop Show

Cops + Crimes = Crazy good TV. These 14 essential ingredients, found on our favorite CBS crime series, may be the perfect recipe for crafting a great cop show.

1. A Grisly Crime to Investigate

1. A Grisly Crime to Investigate

Because run-of-the-mill murders are boring. The weirder and more specific the crime, as in, oh we don’t know, a double homicide on a research boat in NOLA, the better the investigation!

Watch NCIS: New Orleans Tuesdays at 9/8c. 
2. Rough-Around-The-Edges but Brilliant Detective(s)

2. Rough-Around-The-Edges but Brilliant Detective(s)

Describing Sherlock Holmes as “difficult” is an understatement, but, thankfully for the NYPD, so is calling him “smart.”
Watch Elementary Thursdays at 10/9c. 

 
4. A Supportive, Sometimes Frustrated, Civilian Significant Other

4. A Supportive, Sometimes Frustrated, Civilian Significant Other

Savannah doesn’t get to spend much time with her hunky crime-fighting bf Derek. Luckily, she’s just as busy with her job as a doctor.
Watch Criminal Minds Wednesdays at 9/8c.

 
5. Partners Who Would Do Anything for one Another That Also Annoy Each Other

5. Partners Who Would Do Anything for one Another That Also Annoy Each Other

McGarrett and Danno’s epic bromance is destined to be honored in the Hall of Fame of TV Crime-fighting Partners. That’s a thing, right?
Watch Hawaii Five-0 Fridays at 9/8c.
6. The Life of One Team Member is Put Into Jeopardy

6. The Life of One Team Member is Put Into Jeopardy

Things get really real for the OSP team when Eric’s life is threatened.
Watch NCIS: Los Angeles Mondays at 10/9c.

 
7. Removal of Sunglasses Before Any Pivotal Declaration

7. Removal of Sunglasses Before Any Pivotal Declaration

Before any statement that will shift the tide of the investigation can be spoken, shades must be removed. 

Watch CSI: Miami on CBS All Access
8. A Trip to the Forensic Lab That Proves Illuminating

8. A Trip to the Forensic Lab That Proves Illuminating

Leave it ‘ol Abby to discover the key to solving the case and bringing the culprit to justice.
Watch NCIS Tuesdays at 8/7c.

 
9. Partners With Excruciatingly Delicious Will They/Won't They Tension

9. Partners With Excruciatingly Delicious Will They/Won't They Tension

Even after Jamie and Eddie shared that epic kiss, these partners still haven’t resolved their romantic angst. The tension hurts so good.
Watch Blue Bloods Fridays at 10/9c. 
10. Everyone Rushes the Tech Guru

10. Everyone Rushes the Tech Guru

When the one on the team with the best cyber skills goes to work, they never have enough time. Between the detectives rushing them and small windows of opportunity for hacking into criminal activity, it's amazing what crime-fighting techies can accomplish. 
Watch CSI: Cyber premiering March 4th. 
11. A Cray-Cray Criminal is Revealed

11. A Cray-Cray Criminal is Revealed

Even when we think we know everything about the killer, the big reveal always goes way beyond expectations.
Catch up on past seasons of The Mentalist  on CBS All Access.
12. The Team Brainstorms Possible Leads Back at the Station

12. The Team Brainstorms Possible Leads Back at the Station

No one breaks down the pattern of obsessive criminals like the collective effort of the TAU team.
Watch Stalker Wednesdays at 10/9c.

 
13. A Drama-Filled Office Environment

13. A Drama-Filled Office Environment

Cool guys, nerds, good cops, and bad all intermingle, for better or worse, back at the station.
Watch Battle Creek, premiering Sunday, March 1 at 10/9c. 
 
14. A Very Satisfying Arrest is Made

14. A Very Satisfying Arrest is Made

Finally putting dastardly dudes like Johnny Moreau in handcuffs make all the danger and risk of the job worth it.
Watch Hawaii Five-0 Fridays at 9/8c.