What's on TV Friday Nights - A Guide to Friday Night Television Dramas

After the days of Dallas, Falcon Crest and ABC's TGIF, Friday nights became one of the dullest nights on television. Until recently, Friday nights were considered television hospice - a night where networks would send a series to die a slow and sometimes painful death. However, things have drastically changed and Friday has now become a viable and exciting night of television dramas!

9:00 PM - CSI: New York (CBS)

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Back in 2000, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stormed onto the scene and introduced the forensic crime drama genre to millions and millions of viewers eager to get up close and personal into the scientific evidence of a crime. Thanks to technology now available, detectives are able to use the most unusual pieces of evidence to track down the perpetrator, making us realize that criminals often have no place to hide anymore. In this franchise we follow the men and women in the New York City crime lab, who are led by Detective Mac Taylor. Together, they gather their evidence, process the crime scene and hunt down the criminal using modern technology. Unlike the original CSI, this one also follows the lives of the main characters.

9:00 PM - 'Fringe' (Fox)

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The FBI has many divisions, but did you know they have one dedicated to fringe science? Television mastermind J.J. Abrams brings us this amazing sci-fi drama that allows viewers to suspend their disbelief for an hour and buy into the possibility that there is much more to science than we ever thought possible. This series focuses on three members of the FBI's fringe science division who investigate a parallel universe and a series of other mysterious cases no other department in the agency is equipped to deal with.

9:00 p.m. - 'Grimm' (NBC)

'Grimm' Photos - The Cast
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Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Grethel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella -- do you remember all those Grimm fairytales told to you as a child? In this twist on the traditional crime drama, rather than those being fairytales, it turns out the Grimms were actually profilers, telling the tales of true monsters and things that go bump in the night. The big bad wolf was really the big bad wolf... actually they're called blutbads. Detective Nick Burckhardt gets the shock of his life when he begins seeing creatures in seemingly normal human beings. He soon learns that he is a descendant of the Grimm family and it's his duty to rid the world of these dangerous fairytale creatures. He is assisted by blutbad Monroe and his partner Det. Hank Griffin and the three of them track down some of the most dangerous and elusive creatures known to mankind.
  • An Interview with Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe)
  • An Interview with Russell Hornsby (Hank)

9:00 p.m. - 'Nikita' (The CW)

Maggie Q as Nikita
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A young woman framed for murder is brought into a covert intelligence agency and forced to become a hired assassin. Once she realizes the very people she is working for are the criminals, Nikita escapes, determined to bring them down so she recruits another young woman who is brought in to become a killer and infiltrates Division, one mission at a time. It took three years, but Nikita finally rid Division of the poison that ran through the organization and is now running the show with her most trusted people at her side. Will she stay on target or will the lure of power finally get to her?

10:00 p.m. - 'Blue Bloods' (CBS)

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This crime drama centers around The Reagan's, a multi-generational family of New York City cops. As the New York Chief of Police, Frank Reagan treats his family much like he does the cops on his force, but when push comes to shove, he has a heart of gold and would do anything to protect his family. If you're looking for an action-packed crime drama that tugs at the heartstrings, this is one you don't want to miss.