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The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series 

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Updated August 7, 2020 25.3k votes 3k voters 49.4k views 62 items

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
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

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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Psych is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Mystery

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
aayush-soni added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Mystery, + more

Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W. Marlowe. A homicide detective (Stana Katic) reluctantly works with a best-selling mystery novelist ...more
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

Premiered: 1980

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more
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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

Premiered: 1975

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
bunny99 added Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Comedy-drama, Police procedural

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more
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Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Artie_Moon added Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

Premiered: 1966

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp, + more

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 heroes who defend ...more
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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Drama, Romantic comedy, Mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lee Thompson Young

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Crime drama

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 2010) is an American crime drama television series created by Janet Tamaro, based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen. Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Chief ...more
13
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Crime drama

White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an ...more
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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
hollyflood added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more
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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more
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Monk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery

Monk (USA, 2002) is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman. A brilliant detective with an extreme case of OCD (Tony Shalhoub) helps the San ...more
17
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Detective fiction

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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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
slaft added Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

Premiered: 1979

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid, Jameson Parker

Premiered: 1981

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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) 21 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

Premiered: 1977

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more
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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
sherry-copeland added Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Neo-Western

Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming, ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf, and David Greenwalt, inspired by stories from The Brothers Grimm. ...more
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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
fandomoverload added Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Mystery, Drama

The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. After his family is murdered, a con man posing as a psychic medium (Simon Baker) uses his ...more