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The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now

Updated April 29, 2021 9.1k votes 3.3k voters 152.7k views37 items

List RulesVote up the best shows depicting crime and law enforcement that are currently airing new episodes.

Television fans love TV crime shows for so many reasons. Crime and criminal shows come in so many shapes and sizes that it can be hard to nail down which one is really the best. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes they're romantic, sometimes they're creepy and sometimes they're pure dramas. Crime shows often include the best TV policemen and detectives, memorable characters with strong problem solving skills. Best of all though, they give us a look at crime from all different angles.

On Blacklist, you see the perspective of a master criminal, while Criminal Minds and Mindhunter take fans inside the minds of the worst of the worst.

Some of the best crime series have already come and gone. Shows like The Mentalist and White Collar have ended and great older crime TV shows like The Sopranos and Murder, She Wrote have long since passed into crime show history, while others have stuck around and become the best crime dramas of the past decade. Along the way, viewers have also been subjected to some truly awful crime shows. Luckily, right now, there are plenty of great crime shows to choose from. Whether you like your investigations with a touch of humor or with heaps of suspense, there's something for everyone nowadays when it comes to crime dramas on TV.

Check out this list of the top crime shows currently on TV and upvote the series you think are the greatest.

  • 1


    Mark Harmon, Sean Murray

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2003

    NCIS (CBS, 2003) is an American police procedural drama series created by Donald Bellisario and Don McGill. The series revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal...  more
  • 2

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    PremieredSeptember 23, 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 to...  more
  • 3

    Blue Bloods

    Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2010

    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 City...  more
  • 4

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T

    PremieredSeptember 20, 1999

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama series created by Dick Wolf. Set in New York City, the series follows the dedicated detectives who...  more
  • 5

    Chicago P.D.

    Jason Beghe, Patrick Flueger

    PremieredJanuary 8, 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 the...  more
  • 6


    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    PremieredJuly 21, 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
  • 7


    Chris Rock, Glynn Turman

    PremieredApril 15, 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 in and...  more
  • 8


    Shemar Moore, Alex Russell

    PremieredNovember 2, 2017

    S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name created by Robert Hamner. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn...  more
  • 9

    The Rookie

    Nathan Fillion, Mekia Cox

    PremieredOctober 16, 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
  • 10


    Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki

    PremieredSeptember 25, 2018

    F.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation....  more
  • 11

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J

    PremieredSeptember 22, 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 Angeles...  more
  • 12


    Angela Bassett, Peter Krause

    PremieredJanuary 3, 2018

    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who...  more
  • 13


    Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector

    PremieredFebruary 6, 2014

    Bosch (Amazon, 2014) is an American police procedural web television series developed by Eric Overmyer, based on the novels by Michael Connelly. An LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver) works to...  more
  • 14


    Idris Elba, Ruth Wilson

    PremieredMay 4, 2010

    Luther (BBC One, 2011) is a British crime serial drama created by Neil Cross. DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the...  more
  • 15

    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    PremieredApril 8, 2018

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer,...  more
  • 16

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    PremieredFebruary 8, 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 kind hearted...  more
  • 17

    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman


    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds, based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. Police detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates brutal...  more
  • 18

    Animal Kingdom

    Ellen Barkin, Shawn Hatosy

    PremieredApril 4, 2016

    Animal Kingdom (TNT, 2016) is an American drama television series developed by Jonathan Lisco. Based on the 2010 Australian film, the series follows a teenage boy (Finn Cole), who moves in with a...  more
  • 19

    Death in Paradise

    Ralf Little, Élizabeth Bourgine

    PremieredOctober 25, 2011

    Death in Paradise (BBC One, 2011) is a British-French crime drama television series created by Robert Thorogood. After investigating the murder of a police officer on a Caribbean island, British...  more
  • 20


    Anna Friel, Ray Panthaki

    PremieredApril 4, 2016

    Marcella is a British crime noir detective series produced, written and directed by Hans Rosenfeldt. Former London detective Marcella Backland is devastated when her husband leaves her and their two...  more
  • 21

    Murdoch Mysteries

    Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy

    PremieredJanuary 24, 2008

    Murdoch Mysteries (Citytv, 2008) is a Canadian television drama series based on characters from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings. In the 1890s, William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) uses...  more
  • 22

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2019

    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
  • 23

    Good Girls

    Christina Hendricks, Lidya Jewett

    PremieredFebruary 26, 2018

    Good Girls (NBC, 2017) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenna Bans. Struggling to make ends meet, three suburban housewives (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) decide to...  more
  • 24

    In the Dark

    Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham

    PremieredApril 4, 2019

    In the Dark (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series created by Corinne Kingsbury. When the police dismiss her "witness" account, a blind woman (Perry Mattfeld) sets out to find the...  more
  • 25

    American Crime Story

    Cuba Gooding, David Schwimmer

    PremieredFebruary 2, 2016

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