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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!

  • 1

    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    PremieredOctober 23, 2009

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an honest...  more

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  • 2


    Timothy Hutton, Aldis Hodge

    PremieredDecember 7, 2008

    Leverage (TNT, 2008) is an American action crime drama television series created by John Rogers and Chris Downey. A former insurance investigator (Timothy Hutton) recruits a team to con and steal...  more

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  • 3

    Sneaky Pete

    Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale

    PremieredAugust 7, 2015

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  • 4


    Inbar Lavi, Rob Heaps

    PremieredFebruary 7, 2017

    Imposters (Bravo, 2017) is a dark comedy television series created by Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein. The series follows con-artist Maddie (Inbar Lavi) who gets involved in relationships with men and...  more
  • 5

    The Mentalist

    Simon Baker, Robin Tunney

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2008

    The Mentalist (CBS, 2008) is an American police procedural television series created by Bruno Heller. After his family is murdered, a con man posing as a psychic medium (Simon Baker) uses his keen...  more

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  • 6


    Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn


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  • 7

    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar

    PremieredJune 28, 2007

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  • 8

    Lie to Me

    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams

    PremieredJanuary 21, 2009

    Lie to Me (Fox, 2009) is an American crime drama television series created by Samuel Baum. A master of studying facial expressions and involuntary body language, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his...  more

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  • 9

    The Catch

    Mireille Enos, Peter Krause

    PremieredMarch 24, 2016

    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
  • 10

    Good Behavior

    Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto

    PremieredNovember 13, 2016

    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) finds...  more

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  • 11

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    PremieredFebruary 8, 2015

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  • 12


    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    PremieredJuly 21, 2017

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  • 13

    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    PremieredJanuary 30, 2013

    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 an...  more

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  • 14

    Generation Hustle

    Brian Jones, James MacCallum

    PremieredApril 22, 2021

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  • 15


    Chris Rock, Glynn Turman

    PremieredApril 15, 2014

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  • 16

    The Riches

    Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver

    PremieredMarch 12, 2007

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  • 17


    Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander

    PremieredSeptember 21, 2015

    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 of her...  more

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  • 18


    Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit

    PremieredJune 6, 2013

    Graceland (USA Network, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Eastin. Rookie FBI agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) is assigned to live with a group of undercover agents in a...  more

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  • 19

    Coronation Street

    Barbara Knox, Helen Worth

    PremieredDecember 9, 1960

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  • 20

    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

    Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker

    PremieredApril 11, 2012

    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC, 2012) is an American sitcom created by Nahnatchka Khan. Chloe is a New York party girl with the morals of a pirate. She causes trouble for her naive small...  more
  • 21

    Shut Eye

    Jeffrey Donovan, Kadee Strickland

    PremieredDecember 7, 2016

    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 as a...  more
  • 22

    Angel from Hell

    Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2016

    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....  more
  • 23

    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane

    PremieredApril 30, 2017

    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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    Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde

    PremieredFebruary 14, 2016

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    Gina Torres, Ron Livingston


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