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The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows  

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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 Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
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
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 Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
serahayoon added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
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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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel
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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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more
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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak
This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more
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Oz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen
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) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
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) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson
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) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell
This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves incidents with the help of his son, a detective played by his ...more
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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward
Silent Witness is a British drama series, produced by the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations. First broadcast in 1996, and still on air, the series ...more
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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise
21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. ...more
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Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
clash1977 added Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto
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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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan
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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Dalziel and Pascoe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Warren Clarke, Robert Powell, Colin Buchanan
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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The Commish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen
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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The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Malahide, Simon Williams
The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is a British detective television series adapted from nine of the Roderick Alleyn novels by Ngaio Marsh. It originally aired between 1990 and 1994. In the pilot ...more
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The Cops is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
The Cops John Henshaw, David Crellin, Katy Cavanagh
The Cops is a British television series made by World Productions for the BBC. The production, set in the fictional town of Stanton in Northern England, was noted for its documentary-style ...more
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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more
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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special ...more
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Silk Stalkings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Charlie Brill
Silk Stalkings is a drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991. The show was creator Stephen J. Cannell's longest running series. Its title is a wordplay on silk
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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
serahayoon added Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds
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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Third Watch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles
Third Watch is an American drama series which first aired on NBC from 1999 to 2005, for a total of 132 episodes, broadcast in six seasons of 22 episodes each. The show was set and filmed in New ...more
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Profiler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows
Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez
Profiler is an American crime drama that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series follows the exploits of a criminal profiler working with the FBI's fictional Violent Crimes Task Force based ...more