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The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s 

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Updated November 20, 2019 1.9k votes 283 voters 2.8k 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: 7

Number of Episodes: 80

Network: Showtime

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) 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 is an American 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 September 29, ...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: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

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 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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Broadcasting Company

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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

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 319

Network: NBC

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: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 229

Network: CBS

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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 8

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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: CBS

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Justified is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 14 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 is an American 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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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

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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
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The Following is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: AMC

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 71

Network: CBS

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: FX

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas of the 2010s
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

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