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The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series

Updated March 19, 2021 25.8k votes 3.4k voters 57.9k views71 items

List RulesTelevision series based on a crime fighting duo only

Sometimes the best TV crime series are is based on a duo of great crime fighting duos rather than an ensemble cast or one hero/heroine solving the crimes by themselves/themself. It's always more fun to watch a "dynamic duo" than just one super sleuth. The relationship between the inseparable pair is the most important part of these shows that featuring tag team crime fighters - their relationship informs how the rest of the show will function and how the crimes will (or won't) be solved.

The sidekick and the hero are equally important and every hero needs a great sidekick. These are the best crime fighting duos in TV history! Vote for your favorites now!  
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    Supernatural

    Misha Collins, Jared Padalecki
    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more
  • 2
    506
    424

    Psych

    Kirsten Nelson, James Roday Rodriguez
    Psych (USA Network, 2007) is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by...  more
  • 3
    579
    271

    Bones

    T.J. Thyne, John Boyd
    Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart...  more
  • 4
    292
    230

    Magnum, P.I.

    Gillian Dobb, Roger E. Mosley
    Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private...  more
  • 5
    244
    219

    Monk

    Jason Gray-Stanford, Tony Shalhoub
    Monk (USA, 2002) is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by...  more
  • 6
    654
    327

    Castle

    Seamus Dever, Stana Katic
    Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W....  more
  • 7
    372
    332

    Rizzoli & Isles

    Sasha Alexander, Brian Goodman
    Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 2010) is an American crime drama television series created by Janet...  more
  • 8
    391
    410

    Elementary

    Aidan Quinn, Lucy Liu
    Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based...  more
  • 9
    374
    361

    White Collar

    Marsha Thomason, Sharif Atkins
    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin....  more
  • 10
    279
    308

    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Curtis Armstrong
    Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14,...  more
  • 11
    272
    272

    Grimm

    Bree Turner, Russell Hornsby
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    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by...  more
  • 12
    237
    199

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Philip Winchester, Melissa Sagemiller
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime...  more
  • 13
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    734

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tanya Moodie
    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and...  more
  • 14
    1,134
    115

    Lucifer

    Tom Welling, Tricia Helfer
    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series...  more
  • 15
    253
    85

    The Mentalist

    Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman
    The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno...  more
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    515
    618

    The X-Files

    Chris Owens, Jerry Hardin
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    The X-Files (Fox, 1993) is an American science fiction horror drama television series created...  more
  • 17
    273
    319

    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser
    Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a...  more
  • 18
    264
    323

    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos
    Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by...  more
  • 19
    169
    188

    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Bailey Chase
    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by...  more
  • 20
    259
    309

    Remington Steele

    Pierce Brosnan, James Read
    Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael...  more
  • 21
    172
    181

    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Sonny Shroyer, Catherine Bach
    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network...  more
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    306
    379

    Batman

    Madge Blake, Yvonne Craig
    Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character...  more
  • 23
    203
    259

    Simon & Simon

    Mary Carver, Gerald McRaney
    Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24,...  more
  • 24
    134
    126

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Eric Christian Olsen, Chris O'Donnell
    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama...  more
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    172
    184

    Arrow

    Rick Gonzalez, Paul Blackthorne
    Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti,...  more