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The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series

Updated May 21, 2021 25.7k votes 3.5k voters 59.0k views72 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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    Simon & Simon

    Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney

    PremieredNovember 24, 1981

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker...  more
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    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    PremieredJune 28, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt Nix. After being disavowed by the U.S. government, a covert ops agent (Jeffrey Donovan) uses his highly...  more
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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman

    PremieredJune 23, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime drama, Law

    Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of New...  more
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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1965

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry said...  more
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    NUMB3RS

    Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz

    PremieredJanuary 23, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery, Thriller

    Numbers (CBS, 2005) is an American crime drama television series created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton. Special Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his brother Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz), a...  more
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    CHiPs

    Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada

    PremieredSeptember 15, 1977

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police officers...  more
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    PremieredOctober 7, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)...  more
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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    PremieredSeptember 8, 1966

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

    Kirk and Spock
    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star...  more
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    Hart to Hart

    Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

    PremieredAugust 25, 1979

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Adventure, Action

    Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style of...  more
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    Dragnet

    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan

    Premiered1952

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from...  more
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Stephen Dorff

    PremieredJanuary 12, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences....  more
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    Cagney & Lacey

    Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless

    PremieredMarch 25, 1982

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars Tyne...  more
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    Chicago P.D.

    Jason Beghe, Patrick Flueger

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2014

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller

    Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol the...  more
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    The Avengers

    Diana Rigg, Patrick Macnee

    PremieredJanuary 7, 1961

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Adventure

    The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and Steed...  more
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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum

    PremieredSeptember 22, 1964

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work...  more
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    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

    Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan

    PremieredMarch 19, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Miniseries

    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Disney+, 2021) is an American television limited series based on the Marvel Comics' characters Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier...  more
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    Bulletproof

    Ashley Walters, Noel Clarke

    PremieredMay 15, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Action, Crime drama

    Bulletproof (Sky One, 2018 and CW, 2019) is a British television drama series, created by and starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters. the series follows NCA detectives, and best friends, Aaron...  more
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    The Wild Wild West

    Robert Conrad, Ross Martin

    PremieredSeptember 17, 1965

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Western, Adventure

    The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and 1980,...  more
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    Rawhide

    Clint Eastwood, John Ireland

    Premiered1959

    Genres (Tv)Western, Action/Adventure

    Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965, before...  more
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    L.A.'s Finest

    Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba

    PremieredMay 13, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    L.A.'s Finest (Spectrum, 2019 )is an American drama television series created by Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier and based on the Bad Boys film series. DEA Agent Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union) joins...  more
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    iZombie

    Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical resident...  more
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    Moonlight

    Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

    PremieredSeptember 28, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy

    Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television drama created by Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson, who was also executive producer for all episodes with Joel Silver, Gerard Bocaccio, Gabrielle...  more
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    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    PremieredMarch 4, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Broadchurch (ITV, 2013) is a British serial crime drama television series created by Chris Chibnall. Police detectives DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) investigate a...  more
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    Miss Scarlet and The Duke

    Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin

    PremieredJanuary 6, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Animals, Documentary

    Miss Scarlet and The Duke (PBS, 2021) is a British-Irish period crime drama created by Rachael New. The revolves around Eliza Scarlet as she joins forces with a Scotland Yard Inspector to solve crime...  more
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    Haven

    Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour

    PremieredJuly 9, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Science fiction, Fantasy

    Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in Maine...  more