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The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.7k votes 536 voters 44.6k views

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime dramas that aired in the '60s

These are the best 1960s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. Some of these good 60s crime drama series follow law enforcement agents as they attempt to catch criminals, while others are about the lawyers who put the bad guys away for good. And many other things! Television is diverse! Some of the top 1960s crime shows even have undercover agents. Wow!

What shows will you find on this best 1960s crime drama TV shows list? When it comes to making sure the right person pays for a crime, no one does it better than Perry Mason. This great 60s crime series ran from 1957-1966. The Fugitive is another good crime drama show that aired in the 1960s.

Mission: Impossible called to the elite members of the IMF to stop crime on the highest of levels during its seven season run. Other good shows that appear on this top 1960s crime drama TV shows list include The Mod Squad, The Avengers and Adam-12.

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

Premiered: 1957

Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

Premiered: 1968

Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

Premiered: 1963

This film is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
RobLein added Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

Premiered: 1952

Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

Premiered: 1966

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Robert Stack, Jerry Paris, Walter Winchell

Premiered: 1959

The Untouchables is an American drama that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the ABC Television Network, produced by Desilu Productions. Based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar ...more

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77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith

Premiered: 1958

77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes. Each episode was one hour long. The show ...more

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

Premiered: 1964

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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

Premiered: 1968

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Ironside is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway

Premiered: 1967

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Mannix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1967

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

Premiered: 1961

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Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Peter Gunn Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright

Premiered: 1958

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

Premiered: 1968

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Burke's Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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The F.B.I. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Marvin Miller

Premiered: 1965

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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Wanted: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Steve McQueen

Premiered: 1958

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The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton

Premiered: 1968

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1966

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1965

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Hawaiian Eye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1959

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1982

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1977

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Naked City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dustin Hoffman, Diahann Carroll, Lawrence Dobkin

Premiered: 1958

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Maigret is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings, James Larkin

Premiered: 1992

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