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The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows 

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Updated November 5, 2019 1.9k votes 404 voters 21k 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Mystery, + more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Procedural drama, Drama, + more

Bones is an American procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Mystery, + more

Castle is an American drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...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: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 6 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller

Numbers is an American drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI Special ...more

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 7 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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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Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 80

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Suspense, + more

Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 10 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 11 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

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 12 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 Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama

Lie to Me is an American drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 13 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, + more

White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more

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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 14 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

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 319

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

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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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 229

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Live action, + more

This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, + more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 18 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Legal drama, Legal

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: USA Network, ION Television

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 81

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 21 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

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 242

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 23 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 24 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

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Live action

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

Premiered: 1968

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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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