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The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series

Updated October 16, 2020 25.0k votes 3.1k voters 51.2k views66 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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  • 1
    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Psych is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

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

    Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    253

    Bones

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz

    Premiered2005

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

    Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Monk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

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

    Monk (USA, 2002) is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    332

    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

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

    Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W.... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

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

    Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Rizzoli & Isles

    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Crime drama

    Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 2010) is an American crime drama television series created by Janet... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    404

    Elementary

    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery

    Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis

    Premiered1985

    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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    White Collar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    Premiered2009

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

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin.... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    198

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

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

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    177

    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

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

    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 15
    Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser

    Premiered1975

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

    Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Longmire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-Western

    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    70

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Mystery, Drama

    The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Simon & Simon

    Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid

    Premiered1981

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama

    Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Batman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Batman

    Adam West, Burt Ward

    Premiered1966

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp

    Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

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

    Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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

    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
  • 23
    CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

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

    CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series
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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

    Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre.... more on Wikipedia
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