The Best TV Crime Dramas

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List Criteria: 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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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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    Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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    Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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    Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

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    Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    often listed
    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan

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    Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

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    Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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    Rachel Weisz

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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