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The Best 1990s Crime Drama TV Shows

Updated September 12, 2019 2.7k votes 568 voters 60.4k views27 items

List RulesVote 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

    Fred Dalton Thompson, Alana De La Garza
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    The X-Files

    Chris Owens, Jerry Hardin
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Philip Winchester, Melissa Sagemiller
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime...  more

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    NYPD Blue

    Henry Simmons, Gail O'Grady
    NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal...  more

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    The Sopranos

    Drea de Matteo, Federico Castelluccio
    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase....  more

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    Walker, Texas Ranger

    Noble Willingham, Clarence Gilyard
    Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS, 1993) is an American action crime television series created by...  more

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    Carol Huston, Kene Holliday
    Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of...  more

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    Diagnosis: Murder

    Charlie Schlatter, Cynthia Gibb
    This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark...  more

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    The Commish

    Theresa Saldana, Michael Chiklis
    The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC in the United...  more

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    Homicide: Life on the Street

    Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson
    This series is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a...  more

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    L.A. Law

    Harry Hamlin, Michael Tucker
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    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer
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    Kirk Acevedo, Rita Moreno
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    21 Jump Street

    Michael Bendetti, Dustin Nguyen
    21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox...  more

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    Nash Bridges

    Don Johnson, Cheech Marin
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    Silk Stalkings

    Charlie Brill, Mitzi Kapture
    Silk Stalkings is a drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991. The...  more

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    Dalziel and Pascoe

    Warren Clarke, Jennifer James
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    Prime Suspect

    Brian F. O'Byrne, Kenny Johnson
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    Third Watch

    Tia Texada, Jason Wiles
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    Ally Walker, Julian McMahon
    Profiler is an American crime drama that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series follows...  more

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    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    Fenella Woolgar, Deborah Findlay
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    Silent Witness

    William Gaminara, Clare Higgins
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    The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

    Tom Wilkinson, Patrick Malahide
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    Inspector Morse

    John Thaw, James Grout
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    Alex Norton, Blythe Duff
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