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Television is a ubiquitous force in our society. But can it be said that popular television is transforming Canadian society? In this chapter, we will address the potential impact of one form of television media, the crime drama, on the legal system in Canada. In recent years, the news media has dubbed this potential influence the CSI effect. In the first part of this chapter we will consider an overview of the CSI effect and its potential influences. Next, we will examine some recent research on the CSI effect in the United States, followed by recent and ongoing Canadian research. Finally, we will consider some preliminary conclusions about the potential impact of the CSI effect.