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List Rules Must only be the best Crime Fiction TV series.

The very best crime fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This is a list of the greatest crime fiction shows to ever grace the airwaves. Airwaves are the waves that TV shows ride on. They are in the air and you can't really see them. Popular crime fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years because they are, uh, popular - so there's often debate about what the most entertaining crime fiction show of all time is. Seriously, these are the things that people debate. Don't let your favorite crime fiction television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. 

This list includes Law & Order, Ironside and more. These are some of the best Crime Dramas of all time! Cops! Lawyers! THE SYSTEM!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best crime fiction show of all time?" and "What are the greatest crime fiction shows?"

These are the best crime shows! The best crime TV shows! Get it?! What do you think are the best crime shows on TV? Why don't you vote about it?
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525 242
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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2
411 213
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

3
314 197
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

4
307 200
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

5
388 159
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

6
289 203
Castle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

7
347 226
bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

8
244 163
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
DebayushChakraborty added The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

9
204 153
Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

10
232 176
Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

11
189 143
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

12
170 143
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

13
206 142
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

14
165 81
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
David Grasch added The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

15
191 130
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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16
221 138
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

17
127 72
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
antony23 added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

18
121 65
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

19
136 127
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

20
252 141
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

21
176 161
24 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

22
88 109
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

23
213 154
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

24
131 111
Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
KaraAnnPalmer added Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

25
132 69
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

26
151 124
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

27
167 154
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

28
101 128
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

29
118 113
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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104 97
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
MarioArley added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

31
75 96
21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

32
89 85
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

33
126 114
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

34
71 55
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Danny Marks added Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

35
84 98
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

36
154 117
CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

37
117 93
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

38
57 44
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Lorena Corradin added Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

39
87 112
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

40
90 75
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
MarioArley added White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

41
111 119
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

42
101 119
Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

43
47 33
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
D. emmelinegrace added Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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82 119
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

45
65 70
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
MarioArley added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

46
102 100
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, M├Ądchen Amick

47
50 26
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
JaredSimper added Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

48
48 45
The Shield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

49
63 61
Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
starks added Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

50
76 106
Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Crime Dramas
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander