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The Best Crime TV Shows on Netflix Instant

Updated May 20, 2021 15.9k votes 6.0k voters 280.7k views64 items

List RulesCrime drama TV series available to watch instantly on Netflix

Crime dramas are some of the most suspenseful to watch on television. If you love the crime genre and need some new shows to check out, there are plenty of good shows to watch on Neflix.  True crime shows often tackle social issues like sexism, race relations, and more. Which crime drama, currently available on Netflix Streaming, is worth watching for the first time - or again and again?

Some of the top crime TV shows on Netflix right now include Criminal Minds, White Collar, Sherlock, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, among many others. So, whether you need a new show to catch or you have an idea of just which crime shows on Netflix are best, check out the list below and cast your votes.

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    Criminal Minds

    Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Law

    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 show...  more
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Sean Murray

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2003

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Adventure, Mystery

    NCIS (CBS, 2003) is an American police procedural drama series created by Donald Bellisario and Don McGill. The series revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal...  more
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    Hawaii Five-0

    Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

    PremieredSeptember 20, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, 2010) is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968-1980 television series. The title of the new show uses a zero instead of the...  more
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller

    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 to...  more
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    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    PremieredOctober 23, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an honest...  more
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T

    PremieredSeptember 20, 1999

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Drama, Action, Thriller

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama series created by Dick Wolf. Set in New York City, the series follows the dedicated detectives who...  more
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    Making a Murderer

    Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey

    PremieredDecember 18, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Crime

    Making a Murderer (Netflix, 2015) is a crime documentary series written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The series explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County,...  more
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    Midsomer Murders

    Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix

    PremieredMarch 23, 1997

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony Horowitz....  more
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    PremieredJuly 25, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Crime drama

    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 (Benedict...  more
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan. An ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) and a wealthy programmer (Michael Emerson) save lives...  more
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    Broadchurch

    David Tennant, Olivia Colman

    PremieredMarch 4, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Broadchurch (ITV, 2013) is a British serial crime drama television series created by Chris Chibnall. Police detectives DI Alec Hardy (David Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) investigate a...  more
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    Luther

    Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson

    PremieredMay 4, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Drama, Crime

    Luther (BBC One, 2011) is a British crime serial drama created by Neil Cross. DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the...  more
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    Blue Bloods

    Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    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 City...  more
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    The Following

    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy

    PremieredJanuary 21, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    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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    Marcella

    Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki

    PremieredApril 4, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Marcella is a British crime noir detective series produced, written and directed by Hans Rosenfeldt. Former London detective Marcella Backland is devastated when her husband leaves her and their two...  more
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    Life

    Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi

    PremieredSeptember 26, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Life is an American crime drama television program created by Rand Ravich that aired for two seasons on NBC. It was produced by Universal Media Studios under the supervision of executive producers...  more
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    Quantico

    Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Josh Hopkins

    PremieredSeptember 27, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Quantico (ABC, 2015) is an American television drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran. A bright FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy...  more
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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    PremieredSeptember 12, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Drama

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian...  more
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    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Arturo Castro

    PremieredAugust 28, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar...  more
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    Death Comes to Pemberley

    Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Death Comes to Pemberley is a three-part British television drama based on the best-selling P.D. James novel of the same name, a murder mystery continuation of the events of Jane Austen's Pride and...  more
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    Twin Peaks

    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean

    PremieredApril 8, 1990

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

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    Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that...  more
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    Crossing Lines

    William Fichtner, Donald Sutherland

    PremieredJune 18, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Action, Crime, Drama

    Crossing Lines is an English, French and German language television series created by Edward Allen Bernero and Rola Bauer. The series was premiered on June 9, 2013, at the screening for the Opening...  more
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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips

    PremieredJune 3, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Western

    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming,...  more
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    PremieredOctober 1, 2006

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work for...  more
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan...  more