If this is what you're into:
The reason the L & O franchise wears so well in reruns is because it doesn't try to upstage the city in which it's set......and you're peeved about the shift to CSI-like bombast, don't complain. Just go watch THIS.
The Wire is the answer to all your "annoyed with CSI" needs.
Edit: If nothing else, this scene justifies HBO. Very much not work safe.