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Shows Like Burn Notice: Crime Shows That Don't Take Themselves Too Seriously

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.

Shows like Dogs: Dog TV

If your friends Instagram posts of their puppy is just not enough for you, check out these series featuring all dogs, all the time.

Shows Like Angie Tribeca: Good Cop, Funny Cop

These 21st century police comedy shows range from your traditional mismatched buddy cop formula (Common Law) all the way to outright absurdism (Angie Tribeca).

Good Cop, Non Cop

Not saying these lighthearted series are formulaic, but you can create your own by pairing an eccentric psychic, novelist, conman, anthropologist, magician, etc. with a grizzled cop, private investigator, FBI agent.

Shows like Bones: Lighthearted Buddy Cop Shows

Sure they have badges and carry guns, but these dynamic police duos do not take themselves too seriously.

Shows Like Monk: USA's Blue Sky Era

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.

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