These crime and police procedurals mix genuine thrills with just the right amount of lighthearted banter, reeling you in without leaving you too depressed to finish your dinner. The USA network is well represented.
Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.
Although they've taken a grittier turn recently, USA used to follow an explicit 'Blue Sky' formula for their crime-comedy, literally setting them in cities with perpetual blue skies, and figuratively maintaining an upbeat, optimistic tone. List includes shows clearly inspired by the Blue Sky formula.