I refuse to watch cop procedurals on principle ... there are too many good shows with - gasp - original themes ... The Wire
You do realize that The Wire
is a "cop procedural" show, right? I mean, it does cop procedural better than any show I've ever seen, and it's one of the best shows I've ever seen at creating truly realistic, complex characters. But each season is, more or less, structured around the "cop procedural" premise of catching "the bad guys" ... to the point where McNulty will turn on anyone who isn't going balls out after said "bad guys."
Not that I would ever compare The Wire
. One is a truly great series which explores the depths of human nature while the other is, more or less, cartoonish. Still, Fringe
is an entertaining, if somewhat hollow, show. But if you're going to dismiss it, better to do so on the manner with which it executes its stories (a legitimate point of criticism, mind you), than the premise itself.