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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Crime TV series.

The very best crime shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest crime shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular crime TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining crime show of all time is. Don't let your favorite crime 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. The list of crime television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Examples of shows on this list: Cool Million, Inspector George Gently and many more.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best crime show of all time?" and "What are the greatest crime shows?"
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Criminal Minds 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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bones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin Bones is an American crime 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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
miskolc added NCIS 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 criminal ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas Dexter 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 leads a secret life ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina 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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot ...more

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
miskolc added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine 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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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more

The Best 2000s Crime Drama TV Shows

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Inspector Morse Rachel Weisz Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character in the eponymous series of detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. On television, he appears in the 33-episode 1987–2000 drama series ...more

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department ...more

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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Foyle's War Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell Foyle's War is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after the Second World War, created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after ...more

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Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Forensic Files 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

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
miskolc added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the ...more

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Murder Call is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Murder Call Bojana Novakovic, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mochrie Murder Call was an Australian television series, created by Hal McElroy for the Southern Star Entertainment and seen on the Nine Network between 1997 and 2000. The idea to the series was born by ...more

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Father Dowling Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Father Dowling Mysteries Tom Bosley, Tracy Nelson, Mary Wickes Father Dowling Mysteries is an American television mystery series that aired from January 20, 1989 to May 2, 1991. Prior to the series, a TV movie aired on November 30, 1987. For its first ...more

The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series

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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
miskolc added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It premiered on ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style ...more

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Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo Law & Order: Trial by Jury is an American television drama about criminal trials set in New York City. It was the third spin-off from the long-running Law & Order. The show's almost ...more

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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hunter Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from ...more

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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell Diagnosis: Murder is a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective ...more

The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History

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Harry O is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Harry O David Janssen, Anthony Zerbe, Paul Tulley Harry O, sometimes spelled Harry-O, is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons on ABC from 1974 to 1976. The series starred David Janssen and was executive produced by Jerry ...more

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Interpol Calling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Interpol Calling Edwin Richfield, Charles Korvin Interpol Calling was a 1959 Rank Organisation and Jack Wrather Productions television crime drama series for ITC Entertainment. The programme, which ran for one series of 39 half-hour monochrome ...more

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Mannix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Mannix Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title ...more

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Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hawkins James Stewart, Sam Elliott, Strother Martin Hawkins is a television series which aired for one season on CBS between 1973 and 1974. The mystery, created by Robert Hamner and David Karp, starred James Stewart as rural-bred lawyer Billy Jim ...more

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Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Heartbeat Sophie Ward, Peter Firth, Derek Fowlds Heartbeat is a British police drama series set in 1960s North Riding of Yorkshire and broadcast on ITV in 18 series between 1992 and 2010. It was made by ITV Studios at the Leeds Studios and on ...more

The Best Detective TV Shows

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Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines Lie to Me is an American crime drama television series. It originally ran on the Fox network from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2011. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The ...more

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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Hollywood Beat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hollywood Beat John Matuszak, Jack Scalia, Edward Winter Hollywood Beat is a mid-1980s American television police drama starring Jack Scalia, Jay Acovone, Edward Winter and John Matuszak. The series aired Saturday night at 8:00 p.m Eastern time.

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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Forensic Investigators is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Forensic Investigators Lisa McCune Forensic Investigators: Australia's True Crimes is an Australian television show hosted by Lisa McCune which aired on the Seven Network. It aired from 2004 to 2006. Focusing on actual Australian ...more

Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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McCloud is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
McCloud Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter, J. D. Cannon McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. The series starred former Gunsmoke regular Dennis Weaver, and for six of its seven years on the air it aired ...more

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Man of the World is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Man of the World Craig Stevens, Graham Stark, Tracy Reed Man of the World was an ATV drama series, distributed by ITC Entertainment. The show ran in the United Kingdom in 1962 and 1963 for 20 one-hour episodes in monochrome. The series stars Craig ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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FBI: The Untold Stories is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
FBI: The Untold Stories Renee O'Connor, Pernell Roberts F.B.I.:The Untold Stories is a police drama anthology series which was aired in the United States by ABC from 1991 to 1993.

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Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Homicide: Life on the Street Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven ...more

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HolbyBlue is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
HolbyBlue Zöe Lucker, Cal MacAninch, Kieran O'Brien HolbyBlue is a British police drama series that aired on BBC One from 2007 to 2008. Produced by the BBC, Red Planet Pictures and Kudos for BBC One, it is a spin-off of the successful BBC One ...more

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Haunting Evidence is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Haunting Evidence Haunting Evidence is an American documentary television series following the travels of a psychic profiler, a medium, and a paranormal investigator. The trio travels the United States ...more

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Hawaiian Eye is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hawaiian Eye Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens, Douglas Mossman Hawaiian Eye is an American television series that ran from October 1959 to September 1963 on the American Broadcasting Company television network.

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Inspector George Gently is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Inspector George Gently Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard Inspector George Gently is a British television series produced by Company Pictures for BBC One, set in the 1960s and based on some of the 46 Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter. The ...more

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Halifax f.p. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Halifax f.p. Jacqueline McKenzie, Rebecca Gibney Halifax f.p. is an Australian television crime series produced by Nine Network from 1994 to 2002. The series stars Rebecca Gibney as Doctor Jane Halifax, a forensic psychiatrist investigating ...more

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Hardcastle and McCormick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hardcastle and McCormick Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. ...more

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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Crime TV Shows
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Patricia Routledge, Dominic Monaghan, Derek Benfield Hetty Wainthropp Investigates is a gentle British crime/comedy drama television programme that aired from 1996 to 1998 on BBC One. Patricia Routledge starred as the titular character, Derek ...more