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The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows 

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Updated November 5, 2019 2k votes 420 voters 22k views 44 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime dramas that aired on TV in the 2000s

These are the best 2000s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes.  Some of these good 2000s crime drama series are absolute television classics that changed the medium forever, while others, though great, won't go down as truly game changing. And that's fine! Not everything can be "the best." That's where your votes come in. What are the top 2000s crime shows? Vote up your favorites!

What shows will you find on this best 2000s crime drama TV shows list? Perhaps the best 2000s crime series was The Wire. Through designating different characters as the series' lead each season, The Wire provided viewers with a well-rounded look at cops, criminals and the community members who fight for what's right. The Sopranos was also a good crime show that aired in the 2000s.

Breaking Bad shared the story of a law-abiding citizen turned meth kingpin with suspense and drama. Other good shows on this top 2000s crime drama TV shows list include Criminal Minds, NCIS and White Collar.

So which good 2000s crime show is the best? Give your favorites a vote up!

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. After his family is murdered, a con man posing as a psychic medium (Simon Baker) uses his ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W. Marlowe. A homicide detective (Stana Katic) reluctantly works with a best-selling mystery novelist ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

Network: BBC Four, HBO

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and ...more

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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 337

Network: CBS

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: USA Network

Monk (USA, 2002) is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman. A brilliant detective with an extreme case of OCD (Tony Shalhoub) helps the San ...more

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s 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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24 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 24 (Fox, 2001) is an American drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: CBS

Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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NUMB3RS is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 118

Network: CBS

Numbers (CBS, 2005) is an American crime drama television series created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton. Special Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his brother Charlie Eppes (David ...more

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 86

Network: HBO

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 261

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: TNT

The Closer is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and ...more

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: Fox

Lie to Me (Fox, 2009) is an American crime drama television series created by Samuel Baum. A master of studying facial expressions and involuntary body language, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and ...more

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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 42

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29, 2011, to May 28, 2013, and starred Dana Delany as medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt. The series was ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 191

Network: A&E, CBS

CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: FX

The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more

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