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The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows 

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Updated September 12, 2019 2.3k votes 452 voters 41.1k views 27 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime drama series that aired in the '90s

These are the best 1990s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. And there really is something for everyone on this list. From some good 90s crime drama series about cops and robbers, to others about super sleuths, Mob bosses, and more! What are the top 1990s crime shows? Vote up your favorites!

What shows will you find on this best 1990s crime drama TV shows list? From 1993-2005, NYPD Blue kept viewers entertained with its characters' dramatic police work and complicated personal lives. Dennis Franz won four Emmy Awards for playing the role of Andy Sipowicz on the cop drama. The Commish was also a good crime drama series that aired during the 90s.

Organized crime was the profession of the main characters of the great 90s drama The Sopranos. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s crime drama TV shows list include Law & Order, Matlock and Nash Bridges.

Do you have a favorite crime drama show from the 1990s? Give the best series a thumbs up and share some of your favorite storylines in the comments section.
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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 319

Network: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 20

Number of Episodes: 456

Network: NBC

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
serahayoon added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 86

Network: HBO

The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he ...more

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 261

Network: American Broadcasting Company

NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically ...more

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: HBO

Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 195

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 203

Network: CBS

Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more

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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: CBS

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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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The Commish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC in the United States from 1991 to 1996. The series focuses on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner ...more
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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: NBC

Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from ...more

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Homicide: Life on the St... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
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Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 122

Network: NBC

This series is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC ...more

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Dalziel and Pascoe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Warren Clarke, Robert Powell, Colin Buchanan

Premiered: 1996

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

Dalziel and Pascoe is a popular British television crime drama based on the novels of the same name, written by Reginald Hill. The series was first broadcast on 18 March 1996, with Warren Clarke ...more
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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 122

Network: CBS

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: NBC

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The Inspector Alleyn Mys... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Malahide, Simon Williams

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 9

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Profiler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 83

Network: NBC

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Silk Stalkings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Charlie Brill

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 176

Network: USA Network, CBS

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The Cops is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
The Cops John Henshaw, David Crellin, Katy Cavanagh

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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Third Watch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 132

Network: NBC

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
serahayoon added Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 18

Number of Episodes: 372

Network: ITV, UTV, STV, ITV

Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios at the Leeds Studios and on ...more
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Agatha Christie's Poirot... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 62

Network: ITV, UTV, STV, ITV

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