Favorite Forensic Shows on Today’s TV Lineup

Online criminal justice schools have an odd source to thank for a rise in popularity, television. Several forensic science shows have made what was once a relatively obscure occupation look cool and adventurous. Of course most of what you see depicted on the television is nothing like reality. Despite the extreme and unrealistic circumstances of what the shows depict as forensic science, there are elements of truth, which has helped younger generations see criminal justice in an entirely new light.

Here are some of the most popular forensic shows that have helped to increase the number of potential students who are looking into online criminal justice schools.

CSI, or Criminal Investigation Service, has been so popular that it has several related shows by similar names, such as CSI: Miami and NCSI. These shows are favorites because they draw you into the lives of a close-knit group of crime fighters. They are seen as humans with real lives who are just doing their jobs. While the shows are very engaging and entertaining, when it started in 2000 you would not have found very many forensic scientists who had lives even remotely similar to these stylish characters.

Law & Order
While the original Law & Order is no longer making new shows, the franchise is very much alive and thriving through shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The shows focus on the legal aspects of crime, relying heavily on what the scientists can determine from the scenes and patterns. There is very little cross over between the different forensic areas. You specialize in a field and you won’t be out pounding the streets looking for answer. Unfortunately, the lab is where you will get most of your work done. Much less glamorous, but far safer.

Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds takes a much closer look at criminal psychology and the forensic field that deals with thinking like a perpetrator. The show is thrilling and often leaves you feeling anxious for the characters. In reality, anyone is this field will be more like a typical psychologist, not an “out on the streets” crime fighter.

Even though it only produces three shows a year, Sherlock has brought modern forensic science into an entirely new light. From the first episode where Sherlock took two minutes to fully analyze a woman and determine nearly all of the important facts needed for the case, you feel absolutely captivated by this remarkably intelligent character. In reality, science takes more than just a quick mind; it takes analysis and testing, scientific requirements that take time and patience.

These shows have helped bring attention to a once obscure field. Thanks to the popularity, more students are considering getting a degree from online criminal justice schools. The shows are very entertaining, but in reality, what you can expect as a forensic scientist will be much tamer and you stand nearly no chance of encountering a life-threatening situation at work, and certainly not one every week.

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  1. I love procedural shows. They’re the only ones I watch every week. I wish we had a university here that offers forensic science (or is there?) as a course. I’d gladly be a second courser just for that. Hehe!

  2. I love watching such themed shows. I watched CSI before but not now.

  3. forensic science shows have gone mainstream

  4. Ever since I got a child, I only watch Nickelodeon shows. lol

  5. I am actually not into watching forensic or thriller shows. I always get nervous and even take it to my dreams. Hehe

    Mommy Maye

  6. haha…CSI and Criminal Minds are my favorite, scientific kasi ang approach!

  7. I like Sherlock and other British detective shows like Midsummer Murders and Wire in the Blood. So sick of Hollywood.

  8. iv been a huge follower of CS series before… i love the LA series, i like their weird cases; the NY series for the high profile crimes… and Miami, well i dont really love Horacio but i just like how maarte he seems hehehe 😀

  9. I’ve seen few episodes of CSI. I’m more on Korean series lately hehe

  10. Bones is my favorite crime and forensics show. Pwede ring Detective Conan. Hahaha. I hope we also come up with local but high-quality shows like these!

  11. I like Sherlock the best. There’s a bit of mind play and the scenes are classic.

  12. I love watching these shows, CSI and Law&Order in particular, but I haven’t really followed them closely through the years. Sherlock, I would like to checkout soon too.

    I’ve been trying to leave a comment on your Firmoo post but I keep getting an error 🙁

  13. kat, maea and i both like sherlock holmes too! 🙂 too bad they only have a few eps

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