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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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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+ - 386 196
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

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+ - 301 180
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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+ - 291 185
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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+ - 343 151
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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+ - 268 193
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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+ - 331 215
bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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+ - 232 158
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

9
+ - 197 145
Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

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+ - 218 167
Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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+ - 164 133
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

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+ - 199 132
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

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+ - 175 135
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

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+ - 154 73
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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+ - 183 123
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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+ - 213 130
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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+ - 114 66
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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+ - 131 120
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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+ - 106 62
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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+ - 232 135
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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+ - 171 153
24 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

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+ - 127 106
Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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+ - 83 104
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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+ - 197 146
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

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+ - 147 117
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

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+ - 160 150
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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+ - 95 122
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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+ - 103 63
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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+ - 112 108
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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+ - 97 93
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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+ - 69 92
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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+ - 85 81
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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+ - 81 92
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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+ - 122 109
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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+ - 115 90
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

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+ - 65 50
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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+ - 150 114
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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+ - 85 107
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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+ - 107 116
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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+ - 48 40
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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+ - 100 114
Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

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+ - 46 29
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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+ - 81 71
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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+ - 79 116
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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+ - 60 69
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

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+ - 95 97
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, M├Ądchen Amick

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+ - 44 40
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

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+ - 42 23
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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+ - 44 33
NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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+ - 74 102
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