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The Best Neo-noir TV Shows 

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Updated October 3, 2019 645 votes 180 voters 7.7k views 29 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Neo-noir TV series.

Neo-noir shows feature action, adventure, and intrigue. Popular neo-noir TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining neo-noir show of all time is. Don't let your favorite neo-noir television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. Popular shows like True Detective, Fargo, Veronica Mars, and more are included on this list. 

This list answers the questions, "What is the best neo-noir show of all time?" and "What are the greatest neo-noir shows?" Vote your favorites to the top! 

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

Veronica Mars (UPN, The CW, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
hani-hariprabowo added Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: HBO

True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
hani-hariprabowo added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

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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Marvel's Jessica Jones ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
hani-hariprabowo added Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
hani-hariprabowo added Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

Premiered: 1998

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: TV Tokyo

Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
hani-hariprabowo added Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: AMC

The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud. A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the ...more

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Batman: The Animated Ser... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
TomahawkChunker added Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: Fox Kids, Fox Broadcasting Company

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Bosch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
gerard flynn added Bosch Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino

Premiered: 2014

Network: Amazon

Bosch (Amazon, 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 13-year-old ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Tanya Malik added Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: HBO

Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Bored to Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: HBO

This series was an American comedy series that ran on HBO from September 20, 2009 to November 28, 2011. The show was created by author Jonathan Ames, and stars Jason Schwartzman as a fictional ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: AMC

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 lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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Terriers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
hani-hariprabowo added Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James, Laura Allen

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: FX

Terriers is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Ted Griffin that aired on FX from September 8 to December 1, 2010. The show was canceled by FX on December 6, 2010 after ...more

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Perpetual Grace, LTD is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Jimmi Simpson, Ben Kingsley, Jackie Weaver

Premiered: 2019

Network: Epix

Perpetual Grace LTD (Epix, 2019), formerly named "Our Lady, LTD," is an American neo-noir thriller television series created by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris. James (Jimmi Simpson), a ...more
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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 111

Network: USA Network, FX, NBC

Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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The Big O is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Mitsuru Miyamoto, Steve Blum, Akiko Yajima

Premiered: 2001

Network: WOWOW

The Big O is a Japanese animated television series created by designer Keiichi Sato and director Kazuyoshi Katayama for Sunrise. The writing staff was assembled by the series' head writer, ...more

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Carnival Row is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Waj Ali

Premiered: 2019

Network: Amazon Video

Carnival Row (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American neo-noir fantasy web television series created by René Echevarria and Travis Beacham. As a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a ...more

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Hap and Leonard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
James Purefoy, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jimmi Simpson
Hap and Leonard (Sundance, 2016) is an TV drama series adapted from Joe R. Lansdale's series of novels of the same name. In 1980s East Texas, Hap Collins (James Purefoy) is a white working class ...more
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Fallen Angels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 15

Network: Showtime

Fallen Angels is an American neo-noir anthology television series that ran from 1993 to 1995 on the Showtime pay cable station and was produced by Propaganda Films. No first-run episodes were ...more
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Ringer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: The CW Television Network

Ringer is an American television series that initially aired on The CW from September 13, 2011 to April 17, 2012. The series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays twin sisters Bridget Kelly and ...more

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What/If is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Renée Zellweger, Dave Annable, Juan Castano

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

What/If (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Mike Kelley. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material ...more
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Fortitude is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
gerard flynn added Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl, Darren Boyd

Premiered: 2014

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Sky Atlantic

Fortitude (Sky Atlantic, 2015) is a British sci-fi psychological thriller television series created by Simon Donald. Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest ...more
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Mob City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Neo-noir TV Shows
Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough

Premiered: 2013

Mob City is an American neo-noir crime drama television series created by Frank Darabont, based on real-life accounts of the L.A.P.D. and gangsters in 1940s Los Angeles as chronicled in John ...more