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The Best Shows About the FBI  

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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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

creator: Jeff Davis

Producers: Peter Schindler, Aaron Zelman, Mark Gordon

Network: A&E, CBS

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

Characters: Penelope Garcia, Spencer Reid, Emily Prentiss, David Rossi, Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, + more

Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 2 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

creator: Jeff Eastin

Producers: Clifton Campbell, Fox Television Studios, Don Kurt, Jeff Eastin

Network: USA Network

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

Characters: Neal Caffrey, Mozzie, Clinton Jones, Sara Ellis, Diana Berrigan, + 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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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

Characters: Raymond 'Red' Reddington, Elizabeth Keen, Dembe, Tom Keen, Harold Cooper, + more

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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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) 5 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

creator: Bruno Heller

Producers: Bruno Heller, David Nutter

Network: CBS

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

Characters: Patrick Jane, Teresa Lisbon, Kimball Cho, Grace Van Pelt, Wayne Rigsby, + more

The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more
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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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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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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

creator: Hart Hanson

Producers: Barry Josephson, David Boreanaz, Ian Toynton, 20th Century Fox Television, Emily Deschanel, + more

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Procedural drama, Drama, + more

Characters: Temperance "Bones" Brennan, Seeley Booth, Dr Lance Sweets, Angela Montenegro, Jack Hodgins, + more

Bones is an American 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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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: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

creator: Chris Carter

Producers: James Wong, David Greenwalt, David Nutter, Paul Rabwin, Chris Carter, + more

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder, Cigarette-Smoking Man, Alex Krycek, Walter Skinner, + 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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24 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 24

creator: Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow

Producers: Peter M. Lenkov, Michael Klick, Brannon Braga, Brian Grazer, Tim Iacofano, + more

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Characters: Jack Bauer, Kim Bauer, David Palmer, Teri Bauer, Chloe O'Brian, + more

24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more
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FBI is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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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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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 12 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

creator: Jerry Bruckheimer

Producers: David Nutter, Jerry Bruckheimer, Timothy Busfield

Network: CBS

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

Characters: Jack Malone, Martin Fitzgerald, Samantha Spade, Elena Delgado, Chet Collins

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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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 13 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

creator: Cheryl Heuton, Nicolas Falacci

Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker

Network: CBS

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

Characters: Charlie Eppes, Larry Fleinhardt, Amita Ramanujan, Alan Eppes, Nikki Betancourt, + more

Numbers is an American 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 Special ...more
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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Premiered: 2014

creator: Nick Santora

Producers: Heather Kadin, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Nicholas Wootton, Walter O'Brien, + more

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Action

Characters: Paige Dineen, Walter O'Brien, Happy Quinn, Toby Curtis, Sylvester Dodd, + more

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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Graceland is listed (or ranked) 15 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

creator: Jeff Eastin

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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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

creator: J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Producers: Brad Kane, Patrick Ward, Jeff Pinkner, Bryan Burk, Joe Chappelle, + more

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Characters: Olivia Dunham, Walter Bishop, Peter Bishop, Charlie Francis, Phillip Broyles, + more

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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The Following is listed (or ranked) 17 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

creator: Kevin Williamson

Producers: Kevin Williamson

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

Characters: Joe Carroll, Emma Hill, Ryan Hardy, Mike Weston, Joey Matthews, + more

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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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 229

creator: Anthony E. Zuiker, Ann Donahue

Producers: Bernie Laramie, Nicholas Fuentes, Jerry Bruckheimer, Judith McCreary, David Weddle, + more

Network: CBS

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

Characters: Gil Grissom, Sara Sidle, Catherine Willows, Warrick Brown, Nick Stokes, + more

This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...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

creator: Edward Allen Bernero

Producers: Deborah Spera, Edward Allen Bernero, Mark Gordon

Network: CBS

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

Characters: Beth Griffith, Gina LaSalle, Sam Cooper, Ben

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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CSI: Cyber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Peter MacNicol, Patricia Arquette, Charley Koontz

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 1

creator: Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E. Zuiker

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, crime drama

Characters: Avery Ryan, Daniel Krumitz, Elijah Mundo, Simon Sifter, Raven Ramirez, + more

CSI: Cyber is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on March 4, 2015, on CBS during the 2014–15 network television schedule.
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Covert Affairs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

creator: Chris Ord, Matt Corman

Producers: Doug Liman, James D. Parriott, Dave Bartis

Network: USA Network

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

Characters: Annie Walker, Auggie Anderson, Calder Michaels, Katia Brooks, Sophie Jacklin, + more

Covert Affairs is a USA Network television series starring Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham. The one-hour drama premiered on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. The show concluded its first season on ...more
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Criminal Minds: Beyond B... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The F.B.I. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Marvin Miller

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 240

Producers: Quinn Martin

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural

Characters: Special Agent Tom Colby, Lewis Erskine, Arthur Ward

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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
Twin Peaks
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows About the FBI
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Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

creator: Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa

Producers: Avi Nir, Michael Klick, Ran Telem, Michael Cuesta, Howard Gordon, + more

Network: Showtime

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

Characters: Nicholas Brody, Carrie Mathison, Dana Brody, Saul Berenson, Jessica Brody, + more

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