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The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows  

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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

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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

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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

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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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: 10

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: 8

Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...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

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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

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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

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 5

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

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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

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 13

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) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 12

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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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

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Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 20

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24 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 10

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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

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 12

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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

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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

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