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Impossible Quiz: How Many of These 20 Actors Can You Match with Their Popular, Long-Running Television Series?

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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Here’s a fun quiz. All of the actors below star in long-running, popular series that aired within the last ten years. Most of them are still on them are still on the air. Many of them have run for more than a decade. All the actors below are series regulars.

I’ll give you a hint. They’re all procedurals on network television. There’s a copy/paste list of numbers below for the comments, and I’ll leave the answers in the comments by 5 p.m. EST today.


1. Pauley Perrette

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2. George Eads

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3. Jamey Sheridan

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4. Tamara Tunie

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5. Matthew Gray Gubler

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6. Tamala Jones

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7. Eric Szmanda

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8. Jeremy Ratchford

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9. Daniela Ruah

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10. Amanda Righetti

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11. A.J. Cook

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12. Seamus Deaver

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13. Jorga Fox

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14. Brian Dietzen

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15. Tim Kang

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16. Adam Rodriguez

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17. Kathryn Erbe

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18. Carmine Giovinazzo

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19. Barrett Foa

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20. Tracie Thoms

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  • Tarn

    CHO!!!
    I love Tim Kang's deadpan delivery, he's one of the reasons I am still watching The Mentalist despite it's frequent descent into formula. Well, and Simon Baker's cheeky grin.

    If the answer's Castle, The Mentalist, or CSI Vegas (Grissom era) I know them, otherwise I don't. I've never got into those other shows.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3.
    4. Law and Order SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7.
    8. NCIS LA
    9. Red John*
    10.
    11. Castle
    12. CSI
    13. NCIS LA
    14.
    15. Red John*
    16. CSI Miami
    17.
    18.
    19. NCIS LA
    20.
    *Can't remember name of show but the long term villain is Red John.

    Oh gods, this is seriously disturbing. I really should not know all this. I shall see myself out now.

  • Melissa

    1.NCIS
    2.CSI
    3.
    4.
    5.
    6.
    7.
    8.Cold Case
    9.
    10.
    11.
    12.
    13.CSI
    14.
    15.
    16.CSI-Miami
    17.L&O-the other one
    18.
    19.
    20.Cold Case

    That's all I got...procedurals are so boring>.>

  • Spoons

    This is a trick question! I am pretty confident all these actors are on the same procedural crime show, the name of which escapes me.

  • Naye.2 greatatforgettinglogins

    I named almost all of them and then I got to #20 and it blew my day, because I could think was "that stupid stupid stupid show with the chick that doesn't brush her hair arrgghh". My parents didn't get cable until 2009, and my dad is one of THOSE dads, so many of my nights were spent rolling my eyes at the fact that every single case that was solved was because somebody got a guilty conscience after 20 years and not due to actual police work... and then watching a rerun of it. Moral of the story is, kill all the witnesses. I totally prefer drinking castor oil to watching Cold Case.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. L&O:CI
    4. L&O:SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS:LA
    10. The Mentalist
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15. The Mentalist
    16. CSI:Miami (YEAAAAHHHH!!!)
    17. L&O:CI
    18. CSI:NY
    19. NCIS:LA
    20. Cold Case

    A handful probably technically qualify for multiple, but I went for best known/most recent.

    And now, I'm off to kill myself because I've just realized how utterly I've wasted my life.

  • Waytansea

    *Gets up out of chair
    *Opens window
    *Sticks head out
    *yells "I LOVE CASTLE LIKE HELL, AND I WANT MORE!"

  • Corvus

    1. No idea.
    2. No idea.
    3. My dad used to watched this.
    4. No idea.
    5. No id...

    Wait, #1 is that show with Jamie Lee Curtis that makes my mother cross because she doesn't like Jamie Lee Curtis's character which can be awkward because we live a block over from Jamie Lee Curtis who is perfectly nice when they see each other in the store.

    6. No idea.
    7. No idea.
    etc.

  • Visual evidence that about anyone could get cast in this genre

  • heatseeker

    I knew WAY fewer than I thought I would. I'm shocked.

  • DominaNefret

    1. NCIS

    2. CSI

    3. Original

    4. SVU

    5. Criminal

    6. Castle

    7. CSI

    8. Cold Case

    9. NCIS: LA

    10. ?

    11. Criminal Minds

    12. Castle

    13. CSI

    14. NCIS

    15. Law and Order something?

    16. CSI Miami

    17. CI

    18. CSI NY

    19. NCIS LA

    20. Cold Case

    ....... I have watched a lot of marathons

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  • pajiba

    Answers!

    1. NCIS

    2. CSI

    3. Law and Order: Criminal Intent

    4. Law and Order: SVU

    5. Criminal Minds

    6. Castle

    7. CSI

    8. Cold Case

    9. NCIS: Los Angeles

    10. The Mentalist

    11. Criminal Minds

    12. Castle

    13. CSI

    14. NCIS

    15. The Mentalist

    16. CSI: Miami

    17. Law and Order: Criminal Intent

    18. CSI New York

    19. NCIS: Los Angeles

    20. Cold Case

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Only one of them matters: CASTLE!

  • grr arrgh

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Cold Case (Complete Guess)
    4. Law and Order: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI: Miami
    8. Cold Case
    9. Uh...I have no idea.
    10. The Mentalist
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15. Uh...CSI: Miami?
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
    18. CSI: Ny
    19. NCIS: LA
    20. Numbers? (I loved her on Wonderfalls. Do I get points for knowing her from that?)

  • charmingtown

    1. NCIS

    2.CSI

    3.Law & Order CI

    4.L&O: SVU

    5.Criminal Minds

    6.

    7.CSI

    8.Cold Case

    9.NCIS:LA

    10.Mentalist

    11.Criminal Minds

    12.Castle

    13.CSI

    14.

    15.Mentalist

    16.CSI: Miami

    17.L&O: CI

    18.CSI: New York

    19.NCIS: LA

    20.Cold Case

  • e jerry powell

    After about a dozen episodes of each they all start to run together, no? Between Bruckheimer and Wolf, there should be an entire wing of a SAG-AFTRA retirement home for crime procedural casts.

  • AvaLehra

    I have no idea but all I know is that Randall Flagg is there -- and he still scares me/gives me the tingles.

  • jon29

    I recognize the faces of 4 of these people in a "Did I see that dude/lady on a commercial for JAG, or something?" kind of a way. I'll be over here waiting for my prize.

    I SAID, I'm waiting for my prize.

  • Laura Cox Witherington

    I guess CSI: Someplace for all of them. I don't watch this shit.

  • cj

    I had to leave a voicmail for the assist from Grandma, so I was on my own for most of these.

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Law and Order: CI
    4. Law and Order SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8.
    9.
    10. The Mentalist
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. CSI
    13.
    14.
    15.
    16. CSI Miami
    17. Law and Order: CI
    18.
    19. NCIS LA
    20.

  • tjedison

    It's "Jorja" Fox, not Jorga. And I knew every one of them, since I love most of the shows they are (were) on. Why does a procedural have to be considered "crappy"? Most of these shows are well-written, well-acted and directed.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Well-acted and well directed, maybe. Well-written? Some of them, some of the time. Most of their stories are so heavy-handed that they beat you either over the head with "A Message" (L&O is especially guilty of this) or are impossibly contrived, like Criminal Minds. It's not that I don't like them (although I only watch Castle and Criminal Minds nowadays), but you have to be aware that you essentially consume a very bland meal made from ingredients of middling quality.

  • kinoumenthe

    I could name most of them, (even the one I don't watch, NCSI and Cold Case because I was exposed once or twice at other people's place). All of those are shows I usually watch while doing something else. There are very few shows that retain my attention these days anyway, procedural or not, and by that, I mean giving them my full attention. I can practically count them on the finger of one hand and they are not on this list.
    Actually, that list serves to remind me mostly of the ones I've stopped watching around last year (csi and csi: New York). I couldn't stand the bad writing on csi anymore, and to be honest, the series really lost it's soul for me once Grissom was out. CSI: new York was good in the beginning, but it became more and more holier-than-thou and I've had enough. Castle I've stopped mid-season and just can't be bothered to watch anymore.

    The ones I've stopped a very long while ago : csi: miami and criminal minds. I've never watched L&O, but I do watch the UK one and SVU still. I kind of like The Mentalist for SOME of it's actor's performances.

  • tjedison

    The L&O franchise I have given up on, mostly for the reason you said. I don't watch Criminal Minds any more because there are only so many psycho serial killers I can take. Castle, NCIS, and the Mentalist are fairly well written and acted. The characterizations are good. CSI, except for the original one, were kind of jokes or spoofs to me. Miami had its moments of unintentional humor. The writing on the flagship CSI Vegas has really gone downhill, and is sort of on life support.

    That being said, sometimes a bland meal of middling quality hits the spot. And these shows are light years better than a lot of basic cable procedurals, like Suits or Covert Affairs. Yikes.

  • Siege

    Solidarity, fellow procedural watcher! I know they're not high-class "edgy" television, but I like them, and I refuse to be ashamed!

  • tjedison

    Amen.

  • DataAngel

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI: Original
    3. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    4. L&O: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI: Original
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS: LA
    10. The Mentalist
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI: Original
    14. NCIS
    15. The Mentalist
    16. CSI: Craptacular. I mean Miami
    17. L&O: CI
    18. CSI: NY
    19. NCIS: LA
    20. Cold Case (Go Baltimore!)

  • Modernlove

    One up for the Baltimore love.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    1. NCIS

    2. CSI (although not currently, because
    he’s mean to pregnant ladies and whatnot)

    3. L&O SVU

    4. L&O (all of them, I think)

    5. Criminal Minds

    6. Something with doctors?

    7. CSI NY?

    8. Something on CBS

    9. Not a clue

    10. The Mentalist?

    11. Criminal Minds

    12. Dunno, but I might start watching
    whatever it is

    13. CSI

    14. Dunno

    15. The Mentalist

    16 CSI Miami? Is that still on?

    17. L&O

    18. CSI NY

    19. Huh?

    20. No clue.

    Funny thing is - I don't watch any of those shows.

  • sourbob

    They're all on a bunch of bullshit with initials, right?

  • tjedison

    Castle, The Mentalist, and Cold Case aren't "initials".

  • sourbob

    They're called "jokes." And your alien overlord really should have filled you in on them if you were hoping to blend in.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    1. NCIS

    2. CSI Las Vegas

    3. Criminal Intent

    4. L&O: SVU

    5. Criminal Minds

    6. Castle

    7. CSI Las Vegas

    8. Cold Case

    9.

    10. The Mentalist

    11. Criminal Minds

    12. Castle

    13. CSI Las Vegas

    14. NCIS

    15. The Mentalist

    16. CSI Miami

    17. Criminal Intent

    18. CSI New York

    19.

    20.Cold Case

  • denesteak

    wow. I'm not even gonna try bc I don't really watch procedurals, but it's really bizarre to see these people out of context without their co-actors.

  • PerpetualIntern

    We seem to have a downvoting troll in our midst...

  • Emisme

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    4. Law & Order: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS: Los Angeles
    10. Mentalist
    11. ?
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. ?
    15. Castle
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    18. CSI: New York
    19. NCIS: Los Angeles
    20. Cold Case

  • Anthony Hoffman

    1. Boring Network Procedural
    2. Boring Network Procedural
    3. Boring Network Procedural
    4. Boring Network Procedural
    5. Boring Network Procedural
    6. Boring Network Procedural
    7. Boring Network Procedural
    8. Boring Network Procedural
    9. Boring Network Procedural
    10. Boring Network Procedural
    11. Boring Network Procedural
    12. Boring Network Procedural
    13. Boring Network Procedural
    14. Boring Network Procedural
    15. Boring Network Procedural
    16. Boring Network Procedural
    17. Boring Network Procedural
    18. Boring Network Procedural
    19. Boring Network Procedural
    20. Boring Network Procedural

  • Miss_Heather

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    4. Law & Order: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8.
    9. NCIS: LA
    10. Mentalist
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15. Mentalist
    16.
    17. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    18.
    19. NCIS: LA
    20. Cold Case

  • simplysarah

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3.
    4.
    5. Criminal Minds
    6.
    7.
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS
    10.
    11. Criminal Minds
    12.
    13. CSI
    14.
    15.
    16. CSI: Miami
    17.
    18. CSI: New York
    19.
    20. Cold Case

  • JenVegas

    uh I know which shows all of these people are on...so what you're saying is I watch too many shitty network procedurals, eh?

  • Sean Whaley

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
    4. Law and Order: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS: LA
    10. The Mentalist
    11. [A show on CBS... I only visit my parents so much...]
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15. The Mentalist
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
    18. CSI: NY
    19. NCIS: LA
    20. Cold Case

  • Wrestling Fan

    A lot of those people I recognize because my mom watches their shows.
    but if they aren't on NCIS, CSI, or The Mentalist, I couldn't tell you which shows they're on.

  • mrsdalgliesh

    I'm surprised and relieved that I did not recognize a few people.

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. L&O: CI
    4. L&O: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS: LA
    10.
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15.
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. L&O: CI
    18. NCIS:LA
    19.
    20. Cold Case

  • L.O.V.E.

    A bunch of people from the 8 different CSI shows and Amada Righetti from The O.C.

    I dont accept any other answer pertaining to Ms. Righetti.

  • Meagan

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
    4. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. Numbers?
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS: LA
    10.
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15.
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
    18. CSI: New York
    19. NCIS: LA
    20. Cold Case

    I watch too many police procedurals...

  • Dumily

    Bullshit that #18 and #19 are two different people. I'll never believe it.

  • Siege

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3. Law & Order: CI
    4. Law & Order: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8. Cold Case
    9. NCIS: LA
    10. The Mentalist
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14. NCIS
    15. The Mentalist
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Law & Order: CI
    18. CSI: NY
    19. NCIS: LA
    20. Cold Case

    I'm not sure what it says about me that I not only know all these, but have seen ALL these shows, and was a faithful viewer of most of them. (I promise, I'm not 70, either.)

  • $65530708

    20. Tracie Thoms

    Wonderfalls should be the the long running television show she is recognized for, damn it.

  • withfloyd

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3.
    4.
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI: Miami
    8.
    9.
    10.
    11. Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14.
    15. The Mentalist
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Cold Case
    18. CSI: NY
    19.
    20. Cold Case

  • AudioSuede

    1. NCIS

    2. Some garbage

    3. Hey! It's the Vice President from Homeland!

    4. Law & Order

    5. Criminal Minds

    6. Some crap

    7. Some nonsense

    8. Some tripe

    9. Some miscellany

    10. Some cheese

    11. Some piddle

    12. I wanna say Royal Pains?

    13. Okay, I don't care what she's done since The West Wing, I'm saying The West Wing.

    14. Some filler

    15. Some trash

    16. NCIS?

    17. It's on the tip of my tongue.......DAMMIT!

    18. Some treacle

    19. Some dung

    20. Some fertilizer

    What do I win?

  • BWeaves

    6 and 12 are Castle.

    I have never seen the other actors or their shows.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Right there w/you. I would think the average Pajiban wouldn't be watching the CSI:(Insert Large Metropolis Here) shows, but clearly people are watching them since there are so many versions available

  • Rob

    Zero, not a single one. I know they are all on cop/law shows and I don't watch any of them.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I'm with you. I really don't like procedurals. Just not my bag.

  • socallmeshirley

    I also got zero. I feel so out of touch.

  • Modernlove

    1. NCIS
    2. CSI
    3.
    4. Law & Order: SVU
    5. Criminal Minds
    6. Castle
    7. CSI
    8. Cold Case (I shamelessly loved that show)
    9.
    10.CSI: New York
    11.Criminal Minds
    12. Castle
    13. CSI
    14.
    15.
    16. CSI: Miami
    17. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
    18.
    19. NSIC: LA
    20. Cold Case

  • Kit McGee

    18: CSI: NY

  • Kit McGee

    3 is L&C:CI too. He was the original captain.
    and really, should cancelled shows be on this list?

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    Visual evidence that about anyone could get cast in this genre

  • Modernlove

    I never really watched it! Which is how I missed him. I actually didn't really watch any of these shows....

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