Crime Shows and Movies The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series  

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List Rules Television 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Artie_Moon added Batman Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two crime-fighting heroes ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
aayush-soni added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more

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bones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
bunny99 added bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin Bones is an American crime procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
True Detective Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the ...more

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley 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 ...more

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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Simon & Simon Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid, Jameson Parker 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 ...more

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine 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 ...more

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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
sherry-copeland added Longmire Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips “Longmire,” a contemporary crime thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch Numbers is an American crime drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen 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 ...more

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Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added Rawhide Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray 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, ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander 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 ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
kayla-love added Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
kayla-love added The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker 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. Crime scene investigator ...more

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
iZombie Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli 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 ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. ...more

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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
zoe-krainik added Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride Pushing Daisies is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. The series stars Lee Pace as Ned, a ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added The Avengers Diana Rigg, Patrick Macnee, Ian Hendry 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 ...more

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
miskolc added Chicago P.D. Jason Beghe^! Jon Seda^! Sophia Bush 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 ...more

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King & Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
King & Maxwell Jon Tenney, Rebecca Romijn, Ryan Hurst King & Maxwell is an American drama television series that debuted on June 10, 2013, and aired on TNT. The series featured Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as Washington, D.C.–based former ...more

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll 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 ...more

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Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Almost Human Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly Almost Human is an American science fiction/crime drama that aired from November 17, 2013, through March 3, 2014, on Fox. The series was created by J. H. Wyman for Frequency Films, Bad Robot ...more

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross 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 ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
zoe-krainik added Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the ...more

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added I Spy Bill Cosby, R Robert Culp, Antoinette Bower I Spy is an American television secret-agent adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
miskolc added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
LanaYoshii added Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Riptide is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added Riptide Kelly Preston, Anne Francis, Richard Lewis Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from December 3, 1983 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray. It was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. ...more

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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added The Wild Wild West Agnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin 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 ...more

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Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Unforgettable Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao Unforgettable is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on CBS on September 20, 2011. The series was developed by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci, and stars Poppy ...more

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Silk Stalkings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Silk Stalkings Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Charlie Brill Silk Stalkings is a crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991, as part of the network's late-night Crimetime After Primetime programming package. Broadcast for two ...more

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Perception is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Perception Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan Perception is an American crime drama television series created by Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman. The series stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist who ...more

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
tamarra-daeva added Moonlight Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring 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, ...more