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The Best Crime TV Shows on Netflix Instant

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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    Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster
    1,207
    255

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2005

    GenresCrime,Drama,Drama,Mystery,Thriller

    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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    Mark Harmon, Sean Murray
    440
    117

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2003

    GenresAction, Adventure, Crime, Drama, 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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    Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan
    602
    183

    PremieredSeptember 20, 2010

    GenresCrime,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
  • 4
    James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff
    508
    150

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2013

    GenresAction,Crime,Drama,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
  • 5
    Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T
    611
    194

    PremieredSeptember 20, 1999

    GenresAction,Crime,Drama,Drama,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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    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay
    672
    220

    PremieredOctober 23, 2009

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 7
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
    536
    172

    PremieredJuly 25, 2010

    GenresAdventure,Crime,Drama

  • 8
    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter
    533
    176

    PremieredOctober 1, 2006

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 9
    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul
    413
    146

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2008

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 10
    Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson
    243
    64

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2011

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 11
    David Tennant, Olivia Colman
    355
    124

    PremieredMarch 4, 2013

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 12
    Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips
    312
    102

    PremieredJune 3, 2012

    GenresAction, Crime, Drama

    Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, this contemporary crime drama stars Australian actor Robert Taylor in the title role, the charismatic and dedicated  ...more
  • 13
    Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson
    321
    115

    PremieredMay 4, 2010

    GenresCrime, Crime, Drama, Drama

    Luther is a brilliant but emotionally impulsive detective who is tormented by the dark side of humanity while hunting down murderers. Once the self-destructive detective knows the killer's identity,  ...more
  • 14
    Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg
    140
    33

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2010

    GenresCrime, Drama

    Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, the New York Police Commissioner, and patriarch of the Reagan clan, a multigenerational family of cops. Frank's oldest son is Danny, a seasoned detective and Iraqi  ...more
  • 15
    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy
    277
    128

    PremieredJanuary 21, 2013

    GenresCrime,Drama,Thriller

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal
    208
    95

    PremieredSeptember 3, 2008

    GenresCrime,Drama

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    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. The series follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a  ...more
  • 17
    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter
    213
    100

    Premiered2015

    GenresDrama

    Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica  ...more
  • 18
    Kerry Washington, Guillermo Díaz
    204
    101

    PremieredApril 5, 2012

    GenresDrama

    Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management firm  ...more
  • 19
    Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi
    137
    74

    PremieredSeptember 26, 2007

    GenresCrime, Drama

    After serving time (12 years!) for a crime he didn't commit, Detective Charlie Crews returns to his job at the LAPD but gets a cool reception from his new partner, Detective Dani Reese, and their  ...more
  • 20
    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory
    119
    60

    PremieredSeptember 12, 2013

    GenresDrama,Drama

  • 21
    Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Josh Hopkins
    98
    45

    PremieredSeptember 27, 2015

    GenresDrama, Thriller

    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
  • 22
    Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix
    77
    35

    PremieredMarch 23, 1997

    GenresCrime, Drama, Mystery

    Based on the crime-novel series by author Caroline Graham, "Midsomer Murders" follows the efforts of Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby to solve crimes that occur in the wealthy, isolated English  ...more
  • 23
    Pedro Pascal, Arturo Castro
    79
    39

    PremieredAugust 28, 2015

    GenresCrime, 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
  • 24
    Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster
    93
    57

    PremieredMay 27, 2012

    GenresAction, Drama, Science Fiction

    Detective Kiera Cameron is a cop from the year 2077 who was raised to rely on technology more than anything else, even herself. Now she and a group of deadly criminals called Liber8 are trapped in  ...more
  • 25
    Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey
    103
    67

    PremieredDecember 18, 2015

    GenresCrime,Documentary

    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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List Rules: Crime drama TV series available to watch instantly on Netflix