2000s TV The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows  

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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.

Which good 2000s crime show is the best? Vote your favorites up!

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...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 Bones is an American crime 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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Breaking Bad is an American crime 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 ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime 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) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette 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 criminal ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson 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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24 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s 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) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine 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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s 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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson 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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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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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 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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez 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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan Law & Order: Criminal Intent is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and ...more

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more

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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds 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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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins 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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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more