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The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s 

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Updated November 20, 2019 2k votes 307 voters 3.5k views 55 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime drama series that aired in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. These 2010s crime drama series range from law enforcement agents trying to catch the bad guys, to lawyers working the system, to school teachers turned drug kingpins. Like much of the TV of the decade, there's something for everyone, whether you're into the serialized prestige of Ozark or the cheesy procedural nature of The Blacklist. So, what are the best 2010s crime shows? Vote up your favorites!

What shows will you find on this best 2010s crime drama TV shows list? In the 2000s, Idris Elba played drug lord Stringer Bell on The Wire, but the 2010s found him switching sides and playing the tenacious detective John Luther on Luther. Both shows blurred the lines between good and bad, as well as, cop and criminal. Further bluring the lines of what it means to be a good person this past decade was Homeland, Dexter, and Fargo - each show with a completely different tone and yet all of them completely enthralling. And then there are the shows that were deadly dark and shockingly funny - Barry and Killing Eve cheif among them.

Which 2010s crime series is the best? Help us decide by voting your favorites to the top of this list.

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 2017

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

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Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Premiered: 2012

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2004

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

Premiered: 2013

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
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Premiered: 2010

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

Premiered: 2013

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

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