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The Best Current Crime Drama Series

Updated January 7, 2021 6.3k votes 1.2k voters 23.9k views85 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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    James Spader, Megan Boone

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    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

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    Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson

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    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney

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    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

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    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

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    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

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    FBI: Most Wanted

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    Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips

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