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List Rules Must only be the best Crime Fiction TV series.

The very best crime fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This is a list of the greatest crime fiction shows to ever grace the airwaves. Airwaves are the waves that TV shows ride on. They are in the air and you can't really see them. Popular crime fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years because they are, uh, popular - so there's often debate about what the most entertaining crime fiction show of all time is. Seriously, these are the things that people debate. Don't let your favorite crime fiction television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. 

This list includes Law & Order, Ironside and more. These are some of the best Crime Dramas of all time! Cops! Lawyers! THE SYSTEM!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best crime fiction show of all time?" and "What are the greatest crime fiction shows?"

These are the best crime shows! The best crime TV shows! Get it?! What do you think are the best crime shows on TV? Why don't you vote about it?
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507 233
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

The Best G-Rated Crime Fiction Movies The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

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399 202
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

3
306 186
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

4
297 190
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

5
358 155
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

6
276 198
Castle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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339 219
bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

8
234 160
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
DebayushChakraborty added The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

9
199 147
Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

10
222 170
Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

11
168 135
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

12
201 134
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

13
181 138
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

14
159 75
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
David Grasch added The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

15
217 132
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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184 125
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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121 68
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
antony23 added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

18
132 122
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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110 62
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

20
242 137
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

21
175 155
24 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

22
85 104
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

23
128 107
Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
KaraAnnPalmer added Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

24
204 149
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

25
148 120
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

26
115 64
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

27
162 151
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

28
97 123
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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112 109
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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100 94
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
MarioArley added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

31
70 94
21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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86 82
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

33
124 111
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

34
68 51
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Danny Marks added Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

35
82 95
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

36
116 90
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

37
151 115
CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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86 109
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

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87 72
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
MarioArley added White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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107 117
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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50 43
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Lorena Corradin added Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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100 115
Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

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46 30
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
D. emmelinegrace added Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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81 117
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

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97 97
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, M├Ądchen Amick

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62 70
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
MarioArley added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

47
44 24
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
JaredSimper added Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

48
45 42
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

49
61 59
Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
starks added Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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76 103
Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander