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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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 1 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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 investigations ...more
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 10 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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 13 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
Bones is an American 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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 the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more
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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 22 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 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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Crime Drama TV Shows
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial This show is an American 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 Sud and ...more
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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 25 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