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Unspeakable Crimes The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows  

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These are the best 2010s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. From good 2010s crime drama series that follow law enforcement agents trying to catch the bad guys, to lawyers working the system, to school teachers turned drug kingpins! There is a little something for everyone. 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.

Homeland is a good 2010s show that focuses on the biggest crime there is – terrorism. Other great series that appear on this top 2010s crime drama TV shows list include Dexter, The Blacklist and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Which 2010s crime series is the best? Help us decide by voting your favorites to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s 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) 3 on the list The Best 2010s 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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s 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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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bones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s 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 Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s 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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s 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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s 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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British crime drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jason Beghe^! Jon Seda^! Sophia Bush Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The first season follows former FBI ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena ...more