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The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made 

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Updated March 23, 2020 595 votes 67 voters 2.6k views 52 items

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

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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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: Spike, CBS, NBC, Lifetime Television

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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 3 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 the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more
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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant, Erin Moriarty

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 26

Network: CBS

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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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Danny Pino, Anthony Green

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 126

Network: A&E

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
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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Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda, Carl Marino

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: Investigation Discovery

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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Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas, Roy Shuler

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: truTV, TLC

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 First 48 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
The First 48 Dion Graham, Caroline Mason, Tony Mullins

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 244

Network: A&E

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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Network: BBC America

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more
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Bones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more
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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Dean Strang
Making a Murderer (Netflix, 2015) is a crime documentary series written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The series explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Premiered: 2013

Network: NBC

The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime drama television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, ...more
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The Confession Tapes is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: NBC

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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Seduced By Evil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made

Premiered: 2019

Network: Oxygen

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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
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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American Justice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Bill Kurtis

Premiered: 1992

Number of Episodes: 265

Network: The Biography Channel, A&E

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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FBI is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Proven Innocent is listed (or ranked) 22 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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A Haunting is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Anthony D. Call, Mark Joy, Lorraine Warren

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: Discovery Channel

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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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Laura San Giacomo

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: Oxygen

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) 25 on the list The Creepiest Crime TV Shows Ever Made
Your Worst Nightmare Eric Abraham, Clark Sarullo, Kevin Todde Coughlin

Premiered: 2014

Network: Investigation Discovery

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