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The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows

Updated November 5, 2019 2.9k votes 482 voters 26.4k views44 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    Premiered2008

    The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno... more on Wikipedia
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    Bones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Bones

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz

    Premiered2005

    Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart... more on Wikipedia

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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

    NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional... more on Wikipedia

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series... more on Wikipedia

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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

    Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W.... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Monk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

    Premiered2000

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... more on Wikipedia
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    The Wire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

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    Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Cold Case

    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino

    Premiered2003

    Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos... more on Wikipedia

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    White Collar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    Premiered2009

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    24 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin

    Premiered1990

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    NUMB3RS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    NUMB3RS

    Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz

    Premiered2005

    Numbers (CBS, 2005) is an American crime drama television series created by Nicolas Falacci... more on Wikipedia

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    Psych is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and... more on Wikipedia
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    Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Lie to Me

    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams

    Premiered2009

    Lie to Me (Fox, 2009) is an American crime drama television series created by Samuel Baum. A... more on Wikipedia
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    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

    Premiered2009

    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

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  • 21
    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

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    Body of Proof is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Body of Proof

    Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan

    Premiered2011

    Body of Proof is an American medical drama television series that ran on ABC from March 29,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Closer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    The Closer

    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered2005

    The Closer is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh... more on Wikipedia
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    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

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    The Shield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows
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    The Shield

    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

    Premiered2002

    The Shield (FX, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan. Led... more on Wikipedia
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