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The Best Current Crime Drama Series  

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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. 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
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
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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 4 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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 6 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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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated ...more
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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
voting closed at #8 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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 12 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Criminal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
David Tennant, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Youssef Kerkour, Nathalie Baye
Criminal: UK, Criminal: France, Criminal: Germany, and Criminal: Spain (Netflix, 2019) are parts of a police procedural anthology series created by Kay Smith and Jim Field Smith. The series ...more
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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera
Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon
Nancy Drew (The CW, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series based on the titular character of a mystery book series. After 18-year-old Nancy Drew's (Kennedy McMann) college plans ...more
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Bluff City Law is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Barry Sloane
Bluff City Law (NBC, 2019) is an American crime drama thriller television series. The series follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specialize in the most controversial landmark ...more
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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young
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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Limetown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci, Marleee Matlin
Limetown (Facebook Watch, 2019) is an American television drama based on the podcast of the same name created by Zack Ackers and Skip Bronkie. The story follows Lia Haddock (Jessica Biel), a ...more
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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal
Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman, based on the graphic novels of the same name written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. ...more
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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Alexa Skye Swinton, Allison Tolman, Ashley Aufderheide
Emergence (ABC, 2019) is an American mystery-themed thriller drama television series created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. Long Island's Peconic Bay police chief, Jo Evans (Allison ...more