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The Best Current Crime Drama Series

Updated November 19, 2020 6.2k votes 1.2k voters 23.0k views81 items

List RulesVote 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, 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. Prodigal Son is another good crime drama series currently airing. 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? Give the best series a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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    Lucifer
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

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    Blue Bloods
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    Blue Bloods

    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan

    Premiered2010

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    NCIS
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

    NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Chicago P.D.
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    135

    Chicago P.D.

    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda

    Premiered2014

    Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Wentworth
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    95

    Wentworth

    Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva

    Premiered2013

    Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May... more on Wikipedia
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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    154

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... more on Wikipedia

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    NCIS: New Orleans
    119
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    NCIS: New Orleans

    Scott Bakula, Lucas Black

    Premiered2014

    NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    The Rookie
    50
    25

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    Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson

    Premiered2018

    The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley,... more on Wikipedia

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    NCIS: Los Angeles
    143
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    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

    Premiered2009

    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    The Blacklist
    154
    136

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Chicago Fire
    108
    93

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    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney

    Premiered2012

    Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by... more on Wikipedia
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    True Detective
    100
    118

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    American Crime Story
    71
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    American Crime Story

    Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

    Premiered2016

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    Luther
    80
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    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

    Premiered2010

    Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Perry Mason
    10
    2

    Perry Mason

    Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany

    Premiered2020

    Perry Mason (HBO, 2020) is an American drama television series, based on the Perry Mason... more on Wikipedia

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    Jack Ryan
    51
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and... more on Wikipedia

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    Fargo
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

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    FBI: Most Wanted
    30
    35

    FBI: Most Wanted

    Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza

    Premiered2020

    FBI: Most Wanted (CBS, 2020) is an American crime drama television series created by Dick Wolf... more on Wikipedia

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    Stumptown
    31
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    Stumptown

    Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson

    Premiered2019

    Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mindhunter
    38
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe... more on Wikipedia

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    Ozark
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on Wikipedia

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    Better Call Saul
    56
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Prodigal Son
    22
    41

    Prodigal Son

    Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips

    Premiered2019

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    Peaky Blinders
    35
    65

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,... more on Wikipedia

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    Billions
    31
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    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

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