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The Best Current Crime Drama Series 

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Updated August 7, 2020 7.7k votes 1.1k voters 21.5k views 67 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, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...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

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

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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

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

Premiered: 1999

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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

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 ...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

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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

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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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

Premiered: 2014

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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
miskolc added Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

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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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Quincy added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Premiered: 2018

The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
ConnorRichardson added Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

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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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Premiered: 2016

American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, and Tom Rob Smith. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

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) 16 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Premiered: 2018

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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FBI: Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza, Keisha Castle-Hughes

Premiered: 2020

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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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal

Premiered: 2019

Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman, based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka. A Marine veteran struggling with PTSD (Cobie Smulders) ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 2017

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford ...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

Premiered: 2017

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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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage

Premiered: 2019

Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. Using his ability to view crimes from the perspective of the killer, a disgraced former ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson

Premiered: 2013

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff

Premiered: 2016

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, loosely based on the legal battles between Preet Bharara and ...more

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Home Before Dark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Crime Drama Series
Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller

Premiered: 2019

Home Before Dark (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American mystery drama television series created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik and based on the life of young journalist Hilde Lysiak. The show follows a ...more

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