Unspeakable Crimes The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists  

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If you've ever watched a movie or television show about con artists, odds are you thought to yourself that you could have seen the con coming. That's what's fun about TV shows about con artists: throwing ourselves into the situation and considering how we would handle things. Would we be fooled by such an obvious trick or could we pull off the con ourselves? These questions are the reason TV shows about con artists and similar crime dramas are so much fun to watch and also why there are so many to choose from.

A television show that features a con artist as the main character offers a significant challenge for the writers and, when they pull it off, it's almost a con itself. Series like White Collar create a dynamic relationship between the con artist character and the FBI agent who brought him to justice only to find themselves working together once a certain expertise is needed. Other series like American Gods hide the con behind characters like Wednesday whose entire purpose seems to be to con the main character, Shadow, into doing something he wouldn't normally do. In short, there's a long list of good shows about con artists, but which is the best? Cast your votes below. 

If you're simply seeking recommendations for some con artists TV shows, browse this list for some great ideas. Of course, feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing!

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more

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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane Leverage is an American television drama series, which aired on TNT from December 7, 2008, to December 25, 2012. The series was produced by Electric Entertainment, a production company of ...more

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Sneaky Pete is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae Sneaky Pete is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston. The series follows a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to avoid his past ...more

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Imposters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Inbar Lavi, Rob Heaps, Parker Young Imposters (Bravo, 2017) is a black comedy television series. Originally called My So-Called Wife, the series follows con-artist Maddie (Inbar Lavi) who gets involved in relationships with men ...more

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Hustle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Rob Jarvis Hustle is a British television drama series made by Kudos Film and Television and broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. Created by Tony Jordan and first broadcast in 2004, the series ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks 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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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 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, ...more

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Coronation Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Ian McKellen, Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on ...more

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Good Behavior is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney Good Behavior (TNT, 2016) is an American drama television series based on the novella series by Blake Crouch. Released from prison on good behavior, con artist Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more

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The Catch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Mireille Enos, Peter Krause, Alimi Ballard The Catch (ABC, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Kate Atkinson, Helen Gregory, and Jennifer Schuur. After becoming the victim of fraud by her fiancé, private ...more

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The Riches is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver, Shannon Woodward The Riches is an American television series which was originally broadcast from March 15, 2007, to April 30, 2008, on FX. The series starred Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines Lie to Me is an American drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman ...more

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Angel from Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kyle Bornheimer Angel from Hell is an American single-camera fantasy sitcom created by Tad Quill. The series is about an angel named Amy, who acts as a guardian for Allison, forming an unlikely friendship.

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Don't Trust the B---- in Apart... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is an American sitcom created by Nahnatchka Khan that aired on ABC in the United States from April 11, 2012, to January 15, 2013. The series originally ...more

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Graceland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito Graceland is an American drama television series created by Jeff Eastin that premiered on the USA Network on June 6, 2013. On November 11, 2014, it was announced that Graceland was renewed for a ...more

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Standoff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Gina Torres, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt Standoff is an American drama series that premiered on the Fox network on September 5, 2006. Created by Craig Silverstein, the series focused on an FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit whose members ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz 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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Shut Eye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Susan Misner Shut Eye is an American drama television series created by Les Bohem, airing on the streaming service Hulu. The series centers around the life of failed magician Charlie Haverford, who now works ...more

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Con is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Con Skyler Stone Con is a television series on Comedy Central in which con artist Skyler Stone revealed the secrets of his profession by performing confidence tricks, scams, and hoaxes of various degrees of ...more

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Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P. J. Byrne Vinyl (HBO, 2016) is an American period drama television series created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter. A New York music executive (Bobby Cannavale) in the 1970s ...more