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The Best Current Crime Drama Series 

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Updated March 23, 2020 6.7k votes 1k voters 18.8k views 78 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite crime dramas that are on TV or a streaming service right now

In to crime shows? Well, here are the best current crime drama TV shows of 2019, 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 and is considered one of the best crime dramas of the past decade. 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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix, Fox

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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: CBS

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) 3 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

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) 4 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: NBC

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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Foxtel

Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
voting closed at #8 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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 238

Network: CBS

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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
miskolc added Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 175

Network: NBC

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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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

Premiered: 2015

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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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Quincy added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
ConnorRichardson added Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: BBC One, BBC HD

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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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
voting closed at #20 Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

Premiered: 2015

Network: The CW

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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

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal

Premiered: 2019

Network: ABC

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: AMC

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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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Fox

Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series. The show centers on a young profiler, whose father is a serial killer who is known as "The Surgeon."
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FBI: Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza, Keisha Castle-Hughes

Premiered: 2020

Network: CBS

FBI: Most Wanted (CBS, 2020) is an American crime drama television series created by Dick Wolf and a spin-off of the series FBI. The show is centered on the Fugitive Task Force of the FBI that ...more

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