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The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the crime television series that have historically delivered the creeps.

Are you into creepy crime TV shows? When it comes to crime TV series, you don't have to dig too deep to get to the ones many people feel are creepy. Crime and a good creep-factor are what make these shows fun to watch, but sometimes, watching them might leave you to lock your doors and sleep with the lights on. Let's face it, many of these shows depict horrific crimes carried out by real and frightening people... who might just be on the other side of that door!

The creepiest television series revolving around crime often feature real-world killers and monsters who threaten our daily lives. Some of these series feature real people, while others are dramatic representations of the worst people and crimes imaginable. Whatever your preference, they all have a good amount of creepiness to keep you from wanting to venture out in the dark all by yourself...

Which of these creepy television shows freaks you out the most? Vote up your favorite and watch as the creepiest rises to the top!

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Homicide Hunter is an American documentary television series showcasing the career of retired Colorado Springs police detective Joseph Kenda. It debuted October 25, 2011 on Investigation ...more
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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant, Erin Moriarty
48 Hours is an American documentary/news magazine television series that airs on CBS. The series has been broadcast on the network since January 19, 1988. The program airs Saturdays at 10:00 ...more
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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith
Unsolved Mysteries is an American television program, hosted by Robert Stack from 1987 to 2002 and later by Dennis Farina starting in 2008. The show was broadcast first as specials in 1987, then ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
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 1979, the series revolves around two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and ...more
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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more
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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Danny Pino, Anthony Green
Cold Case Files (A&E, 1999) is a reality legal docuseries hosted by Bill Kurtis. The show documents the investigation of many long-unsolved murders (referred to as "cold cases" in ...more
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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins
The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators.
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Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas, Roy Shuler
Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and even outbreaks of illness. The show was ...more
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The Confession Tapes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
The Confession Tapes (Netflix, 2017) is a true crime television documentary series created by Kelly Loudenberg. A critical look into some true crime cases where American law enforcement made up ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette
NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more
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Seduced By Evil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Seduced By Evil (Oxygen, 2019) is an American documentary true crime television special. The show delves into the world of Derek Alldred, a criminal mastermind who sought out relationships with ...more
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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang
This series is an American documentary television series that premiered on Netflix in 2015. The ten-episode first season, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, explores the ...more
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Bones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
Bones is an American procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more
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Proven Innocent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James
Proven Innocent (Fox, 2019) is an American legal drama television series created by Janet Tamaro. Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer (Rachelle Lefevre) with a hunger for justice, a ...more
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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush
Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more
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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Laura San Giacomo
Snapped is a British narrated American true crime television series that airs on the Oxygen Network. Snapped debuted on August 6, 2004, and is produced by Jupiter Entertainment.
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Your Worst Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Your Worst Nightmare Eric Abraham, Clark Sarullo, Kevin Todde Coughlin
Your Worst Nightmare (Investigation Discovery, 2014) is an American true crime documentary television series. Narration guides each episode, blending reenactments of key events with commentary ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
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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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren
A Haunting is a 2005 American paranormal anthology television series that depicts eyewitness accounts of possession, exorcism, and ghostly encounters. The show originally aired from October 28, ...more
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The Frankenstein Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Sean Bean, Tom Ward, Richie Campbell
The Frankenstein Chronicles (A&E, 2015) is a British television period crime drama series created by Benjamin Ross and Barry Langford, and a re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. ...more
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FBI is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki
F.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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American Justice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Bill Kurtis
For over ten years, AMERICAN JUSTICE® has been the gold standard of criminal justice programming, tackling today's toughest issues through the cases that challenge and change the law. Famous ...more
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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill
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