TV Drama The Best Current Crime Drama Series  

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In to crime shows? Well, here are the best current crime drama TV shows of 2018-79, ranked by user votes. From some good current crime drama series that are about cops and criminals, to others that are about the lawyers who put the bad guys away for good! While those are the more "by the book" tropes of crime shows, some of the top current crime shows on this list feature some truly groundbreaking characters, and bar-raising storylines.

What shows will you find on this best current crime drama TV shows list? True Detective revolutionized the TV crime drama by casting new actors to play new roles in each subsequent season. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey were great in season one and Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch continued their intensity in the second season. Homeland is another good crime drama series currently airing.

The inmates of a female prison are the main characters in the great current crime show Orange Is the New Black. Other good shows featured on this top current crime drama TV shows list include NCIS and Better Call Saul.

Do you have a favorite crime show currently on television in 2019? Give the best series a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
miskolc added Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown
Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
ConnorRichardson added 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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan
NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It premiered on ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson
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 ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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 1979, the series revolves around two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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Narcos: Mexico is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Michael Peña, Diego Luna, Tenoch Huerta Mejía
Narcos: Mexico (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama web television series created by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, and a companion series to Narcos. The rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an ...more