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The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series

Updated January 15, 2021 25.9k votes 3.3k voters 55.3k views70 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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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

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    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

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    Adam West, Burt Ward

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