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.
- 1Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series... moreShemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler
- 2NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional... moreMark Harmon, Michael Weatherly
- 3The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... moreJames Spader, Megan Boone
- 4Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States... moreDonnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan
- 5How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series... moreViola Davis, Billy Brown
- 6Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah... moreBilly Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman
- 7Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... moreJason Bateman, Laura Linney
- 8Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... moreMariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni
- 9Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe... moreJonathan Groff, Holt McCallany
- 10Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by... moreJason Beghe, Jon Seda
- 11S.W.A.T. (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series based on the 1975 series of the same name.... moreShemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman
- 12The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley,... moreNathan Fillion, Afton Williamson
- 13F.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner... moreMissy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto
- 14NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama... moreChris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah
- 159-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and... more
9-1-1Angela Bassett, Connie Britton
- 16Bosch (Amazon, 2014) is an American police procedural web television series developed by Eric... more
BoschTitus Welliver, Jamie Hector
- 17Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam... moreTom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips
- 18Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe... moreSandra Oh, Jodie Comer
- 19Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John... moreIdris Elba, Warren Brown
- 20Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman,... moreCobie Smulders, Jake Johnson
- 21Animal Kingdom (TNT, 2016) is an American drama television series developed by Jonathan Lisco.... moreEllen Barkin, Scott Speedman
- 22Murdoch Mysteries (Citytv, 2008) is a Canadian television drama series based on characters... moreLisa Ray, Paul Rhys
- 23The Capture (BBC One/Peacock) is a crime mystery thriller television series created by Ben... moreHolliday Grainger, Callum Turner
- 24You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera... morePenn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail
- 25Criminal: UK, Criminal: France, Criminal: Germany, and Criminal: Spain (Netflix, 2019) are... moreDavid Tennant, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Youssef Kerkour