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The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s 

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Updated November 20, 2019 1.9k votes 290 voters 3k 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) 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 ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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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

Network: NBC

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime drama television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, ...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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

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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
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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 337

Network: CBS

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W. Marlowe. A homicide detective (Stana Katic) reluctantly works with a best-selling mystery novelist ...more

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

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: CBS

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: CBS

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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: HBO

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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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: BBC One, BBC HD

Luther is a British 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 on 4 ...more

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 15

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 238

Network: CBS

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: ITV, UTV, STV

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: FX

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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

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: CTV Television Network, CBS

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