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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, 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 Orange is the New Black, you see the perspective of inmates, The Good Wife shows the legal side of it all, Jessica Jones proves that just because you have super powers doesn't mean that crime is easy, and Criminal Minds takes 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 TV crime shows like The Sopranos and Murder, She Wrote have long since passed into crime show history. 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 in 2016-2017 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
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette 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 criminal ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Gabby Gellerman added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Mindhunter Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in 1979, the series ...more

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
carlybobarly added Ozark Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Esai Morales Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crimeozark drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa 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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British crime 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 ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
alissa5320 added Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
bigcraig added Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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Bosch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Luke Albright added Bosch Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino Bosch (Amazon Video, 2014) is an American police procedural web television series created by Michael Connelly. An LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver) works to solve the murder of a ...more

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Wentworth Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson 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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Happy Valley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Siersha 2 added Happy Valley Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton, Siobhan Finneran Happy Valley (BBC One, 2014) is a British crime drama television series created by Sally Wainwright. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous ...more

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Penélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Ricky Martin The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX, 2018) is the second season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. Based on the book by Maureen ...more

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more

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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. ...more

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Fearless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crime Shows on TV Right Now
Fearless Ian Somerhalder, Bianca Lawson, Eric Balfour