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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    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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

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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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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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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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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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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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    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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    Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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    Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

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    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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    Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell

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    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

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    Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

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