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The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.8k votes 791 voters 40k views 26 items

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

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Imposters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Inbar Lavi, Rob Heaps, Parker Young

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Sneaky Pete is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Sneaky Pete Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae

Premiered: 2015

Sneaky Pete (Amazon, 2015) 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 ...more

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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

Premiered: 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 ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Hustle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Rob Jarvis

Premiered: 2004

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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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt Nix. After being disavowed by the U.S. government, a covert ops agent (Jeffrey Donovan) uses his ...more

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

Premiered: 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 ...more

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The Catch is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Good Behavior is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Straight Forward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Cecilie Stenspil, Arlo Green, Stephane Garneau-Monten

Premiered: 2019

Straight Forward (Acorn, 2019) is a New Zealand-Danish crime thriller television series. After a family member is murdered, con woman (Silvia Cecilie Stenspil) decides to get even by robbing the ...more
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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

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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The Riches is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver, Shannon Woodward

Premiered: 2007

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Graceland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Brandon Jay McLaren

Premiered: 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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Premiered: 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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Shut Eye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Jeffrey Donovan, KaDee Strickland, Susan Misner

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Don't Trust the B---- in... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock

Premiered: 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 ...more

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Coronation Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Ian McKellen, Michelle Keegan, Helen Flanagan

Premiered: 1960

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Angel from Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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Standoff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Con Artists
Gina Torres, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt

Premiered: 2006

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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