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The Best Shows About the FBI 

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Updated May 30, 2019 17k votes 5.3k voters 201.4k views 39 items

List Rules TV series that are focused on the FBI (underlying theme, not single episodes)

The FBI has been the focus of many great procedural dramas. Which makes sense because The FBI are like super cops. The only thing more fun than playing cops and robbers is player super cops and super robbers which is basically what the FBI TV series on this list are. They're just great big games of super cops and super robbers. These are the best FBI TV shows that have ever been produced for the benefit of all mankind.

Looking for some new FBI shows to watch? Of course you are. Who isn't?! Take a look at this list and let it guide you to your next binge watching adventure full of guns and forensics and conspiracy theories and politics and FBI Agents that play by their own rules but get results!
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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

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

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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

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

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime drama television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, ...more
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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
LanaYoshii added Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Mystery

Quantico (ABC, 2015) is an American television drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran. A bright FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy ...more
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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
LanaYoshii added Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more
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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

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

The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. The show follows former "psychic" Patrick Jane, who is a consultant to the ...more
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Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

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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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Limitless (CBS, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Craig Sweeny, based on the 2011 film. Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a 28-year-old burnout and struggling musician, ...more
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24 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
andrew-marbaniang added Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, + more

24 (Fox, 2001) is an American drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los ...more
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NUMB3RS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 118

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, 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 ...more
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Graceland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 4

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Action, Action film

Graceland is an American drama television series created by Jeff Eastin that premiered on the USA Network on June 6, 2013. On November 11, 2014, it was announced that Graceland was renewed for a ...more
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The Following is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 15

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The first season follows former FBI ...more
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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Kwesi Jay added Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 93

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Action

Scorpion is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his genius friends help each ...more
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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 160

Network: CBS

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

Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002 to May 19, 2009, following the cases of a Missing Persons Unit of ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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FBI is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
vvanmil added Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama

F.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Daisy Saavedra added Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 337

Network: CBS

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

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more
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Criminal Minds: Suspect ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Forest Whitaker, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Kelly

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: CBS

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

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior is an American police procedural drama starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo that aired on CBS. The show debuted in February 2011 as a spin-off from the ...more
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The F.B.I. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Marvin Miller

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 240

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural

The F.B.I. is an American television series broadcast on ABC from 1965–74. It was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, and the characters almost always drove Ford vehicles in the series. Alcoa ...more
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Criminal Minds: Beyond B... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Dawn Dinosaurs added Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Gary Sinise, Alana de la Garza, Daniel Henney Tyler

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, Crime drama

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS, 2016) is an American police procedural series created by Erica Messer. It is the third show in the Criminal Minds franchise. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Mystery

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more
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CSI: Cyber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Peter MacNicol, Patricia Arquette, Charley Koontz

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, crime drama

CSI: Cyber is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on March 4, 2015, on CBS during the 2014.
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Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Glued2It!! added Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: USA Network

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

Covert Affairs (USA, 2010) is an American drama series created by Matt Corman and Chris Ord. Fresh out of the farm, Annie Walker must adapt to the challenging life of a CIA operative under the ...more
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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Oana Ioana added Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Thriller

Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The ...more