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

What are some good true crime TV shows? Examples include Disappeared and Snapped, among other real crime shows. What is the best true crime show of all time? If you've caught any true crime shows full episodes, you know which ones you like and probably have a quick answer when someone asks you, "What are the greatest true crime shows?" You're well aware that these are the best real life crime shows ever.

Upvote the true crime TV series you think are the best and rerank to see how your favorites stack up against the rest. True crime series are incredibly engaging and arguably some of the best shows on TV.
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Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Forensic Files Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas, Roy Shuler

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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cold Case Files Danny Pino, Anthony Green

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Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Dateline NBC Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins

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Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Snapped Laura San Giacomo

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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Unsolved Mysteries Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

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The FBI Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The FBI Files James Kallstrom, Anthony D. Call, Bob Featherer

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American Justice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Justice Bill Kurtis

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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Making a Murderer

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Solved is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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America's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cold Justice Kelly Siegler, Yolanda McClary, Alan Brown

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Disappeared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Disappeared Christopher Crutchfield Walker, David Van Norman, Heather Ashley Chase

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City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
City Confidential Paul Winfield, Keith David, David Madison

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Nightmare Next Door is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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The New Detectives is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli

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Deadly Women is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Deadly Women Lynnanne Zager

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Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Killing Fields

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
48 Hours Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant, Erin Moriarty

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

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Killer Kids is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
20/20 Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

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A Crime to Remember is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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The Investigators (US) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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The Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The Killing Season "The Killing Season" from Executive Producer Alex Gibney follows documentarians, Joshua Zeman (Cropsey) and Rachel Mills as they investigate one of the most bizarre unsolved serial killer cases of our time -- ten dead ...

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True Crime with Aphrodite Jone... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones Aphrodite Jones^! Randy Thomas^! Jonathan Brown-Tea

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Alaska State Troopers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Alaska State Troopers Marc Graue, Jared Noll, Daron Cooper

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I (Almost) Got Away With It is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
I (Almost) Got Away With It Bill Ratner^! Thomas Dalby^! Steve C. Porter

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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Killer Instinct Chi McBride, Kristin Lehman, Johnny Messner

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American Greed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Greed Stacy Keach^! Kristin Reyer^! Michael Shnayerson

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Behind Mansion Walls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Behind Mansion Walls Bill Ratner

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Vanity Fait Confidential is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Vanity Fait Confidential

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Scorned: Love Kills is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Scorned: Love Kills

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Swamp Murders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Swamp Murders

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Dark Minds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Dark Minds Jessica Drew, Yasmin Horner, Victoria Morgan

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Deadly Affairs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Deadly Affairs

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American Experience is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Experience David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy