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The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now 

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List Rules Vote up the best shows that depict crime and law enforcement that are currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

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.

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
bigcraig 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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
carlybobarly added 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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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SWAT is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell
S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name. Locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant Hondo Harrelson (Shemar Moore) is torn between loyalty to ...more
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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FBI is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki

Premiered: 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.
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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Bosch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Luke Albright added Bosch Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 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
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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause
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 ...more
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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
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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Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
aaronk1228 added Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

Premiered: 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) ...more
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Criminal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
David Tennant, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Youssef Kerkour, Nathalie Baye

Premiered: 2019

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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Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Milly Alcock, Paula Arundell, Sean Barker

Premiered: 2020

Reckoning (Netflix, 2020) is a thriller television series created by David Hubbard and David Eick. The series explores the darkest corners of the male psyche through the eyes of two fathers, one ...more
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Marcella is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Anna Friel, Nicholas Pinnock, Ray Panthaki

Premiered: 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 ...more