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The Best 1960s Crime Drama TV Shows

Updated June 14, 2019 2.3k votes 602 voters 51.8k views

List RulesVote 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.

Which 60s crime show is the best? Vote for your favorites!
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  • Mission: Impossible1
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    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

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  • Hawaii Five-O2
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

    Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and...  more
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  • The Untouchables3
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    Robert Stack, Jerry Paris

    Premiered1959

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  • Columbo4
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    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

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  • Dragnet5
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    Dragnet

    Jack Webb, Harry Morgan

    Premiered1952

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  • Perry Mason6
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    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from...  more
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  • The Fugitive7
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    William Conrad, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1963

    This film is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions...  more
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  • Mannix8
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    Mannix

    Robert Reed, Mike Connors

    Premiered1967

    Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created...  more
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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.9
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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum

    Premiered1964

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  • Ironside10
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    Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr

    Premiered1967

    Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967, to January...  more
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  • Adam-1211
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    Adam-12

    Martin Milner, Kent McCord

    Premiered1968

    Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles...  more
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  • The Avengers12
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    The Avengers

    Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg

    Premiered1961

    The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers...  more
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  • 77 Sunset Strip13
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    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes

    Premiered1958

    77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and...  more
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  • Peter Gunn14
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    Peter Gunn

    Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi

    Premiered1958

    Peter Gunn is an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC...  more
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  • Burke's Law15
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    Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

    Premiered1965

    The F.B.I. is an American television series broadcast on ABC from 1965–74. It was sponsored by...  more
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  • Wanted: Dead or Alive17
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    Premiered1958

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  • Batman18
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    Batman

    Adam West, Burt Ward

    Premiered1966

    Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character...  more
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  • The Mod Squad19
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    Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III

    Premiered1968

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  • I Spy20
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    Robert Culp, Bill Cosby

    Premiered1965

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  • Hawaiian Eye21
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    Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens

    Premiered1959

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    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

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    Dustin Hoffman, Diahann Carroll

    Premiered1958

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    Premiered1982

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    Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings

    Premiered1992

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