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The Greatest TV Shows About Murders 

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Updated February 23, 2020 977 votes 153 voters 8.4k views 45 items

In a golden age of TV options, shows about murders and murder investigations spread all over the networks and streaming services. And why wouldn't they? For decades, television audiences have been fascinated by the criminal mind, especially where murder is concerned. If we're all very lucky, we won't ever have to deal with these situations in real life, which may be why we are so drawn to them on television. Considering this, what do you think are the best TV shows about murders?

In terms of murder TV shows, there's quite the variety to choose from. Shows like Dexter deal with murder from the perspective of the person committing the crimes. The titular antihero is fascinating and we can't help but root for him even though he's committing atrocious acts. Other series like Law & Order cover murders from the point-of-view of law enforcement and create believable scenarios the audience has found fascinating for years. Then you have docu-series like Making a Murderer, which explores the true story of a potentially-wrongfully-convicted killer—complete with in-depth interviews and more insight that's since come to light. Whether it's true crime shows you're after or something along the lines of top crime dramas, there's a long list of shows about murders you're sure to enjoy. 

For more recommendations on murder investigation shows and similar series, browse this list and feel free to add any you think are missing!

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: A&E, CBS

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Showtime

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also ...more

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Carly Kiel added Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: AMC

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: CBS

Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: CBS

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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: BBC One, BBC HD

Luther is a British drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered on 4 ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 20

Number of Episodes: 456

Network: NBC

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: TNT

The Closer is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and ...more

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
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) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Carly Kiel added Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 12

Network: The Biography Channel, CBS

This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
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Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

Premiered: 1968

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 69

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

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Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Kelly Siegler, Yolanda McClary, Alan Brown

Premiered: 2013

Network: TNT, Oxygen

Cold Justice (TNT, 2013) is an American unscripted true crime television series produced by Dick Wolf. The show follows former Harris County, Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and a team of ...more
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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
The Night Of John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
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Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: USA Network, ION Television

Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
aaronk1228 added Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: USA Network

Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more

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Agatha Christie's Poirot... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 62

Network: ITV, UTV, STV, ITV

Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more

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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Murders
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang
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