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These are the very best detective TV shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest detective fiction shows also includes pictures from the shows. Popular detective fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining detective fiction show of all time is. Don't let your favorite detective 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. The list of detective fiction television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

From shows like Sherlock to True Detective, this list has all the best detective TV shows

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

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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+ - 137 59
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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+ - 124 68
Monk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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+ - 81 57
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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+ - 51 21
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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+ - 78 70
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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+ - 112 70
Psych is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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+ - 62 29
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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+ - 47 13
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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+ - 42 23
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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+ - 57 56
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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+ - 44 47
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows

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+ - 51 43
Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ripper Street Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg

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+ - 29 47
Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

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+ - 42 22
Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

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+ - 21 18
Mannix is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Mannix Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack

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+ - 29 15
Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Foyle's War Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell

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+ - 50 41
Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows

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+ - 26 12
Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Inspector Morse John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately

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+ - 25 15
Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Inspector Lewis Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

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+ - 25 20
Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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+ - 24 19
Vera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Vera Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon

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+ - 24 37
Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Silent Witness Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward

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+ - 16 40
Riptide is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Riptide Kelly Preston, Anne Francis, Richard Lewis

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+ - 17 14
Wallander is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Wallander Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark

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+ - 23 37
Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

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+ - 22 37
Rebus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Rebus Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black

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+ - 19 19
Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Whitechapel Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis, Steve Pemberton

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+ - 23 40
Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Waking the Dead Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson

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+ - 15 16
The Doctor Blake Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows

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+ - 26 9
Castle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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+ - 11 13
DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
DCI Banks Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe

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+ - 23 11
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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+ - 18 11
Kojack is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Kojack

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+ - 15 8
Luther is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

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+ - 14 14
McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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+ - 12 7
Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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+ - 14 36
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Ce... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Jason Gray-Stanford, John Payne, Akiko Morison

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+ - 32 41
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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+ - 10 7
The Killing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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+ - 9 8
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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+ - 11 37
C.A.T.S. Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
C.A.T.S. Eyes Rosalyn Landor, Leslie Ash, Tracy Louise Ward

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+ - 7 6
RIVER is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows

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+ - 8 8
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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+ - 7 28
Banyon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Banyon Robert Forster, Joan Blondell, Richard Jaeckel

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+ - 6 11
Mike Hammer, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Mike Hammer, Private Eye Stacy Keach, Shannon Whirry, Peter Jason

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+ - 7 14
Cannon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Cannon William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman

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+ - 5 7
Angel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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+ - 6 10
The Fall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
The Fall Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch

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+ - 4 8
The Missing is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows