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The Best Detective TV Shows  

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

From shows like Sherlock to True Detective, this list has all the best detective TV shows

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

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
akibnavidkhan added Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
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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Monk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added 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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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more
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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Father Brown is a British television period drama which began airing on BBC One on 14 January 2013. It features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. The series is ...more
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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
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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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
konstantinos20142 added Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang
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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Psych is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson
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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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
michael-devenny added Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon
This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony ...more
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Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman
Lewis is a British television detective drama produced for ITV. A spin-off from Inspector Morse, like that series it is set in Oxford. Kevin Whately reprises his character Robert ...more
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The Doctor Blake Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
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The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series which premiered on ABC1 on Friday 1 February 2013 at 8:30 p.m. The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien ...more
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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Jeff Mullin added Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell
This series is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after WWII, created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after the long-running ...more
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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos
The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more
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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke
Sherlock Holmes is the name given to the TV series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by British television company Granada Television between 1984 and 1994, with the first two series ...more
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
James Englebert added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
Castle is an American 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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
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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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JomidarArafatSafinPratik added David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker
Broadchurch is a British television drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. The ...more
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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts
Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more
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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JoséValente added Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly
Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both City and CBC Television, titled The Artful Detective in the United States, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a ...more
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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately
Inspector Morse is a British detective drama television series based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter. It starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis. The ...more
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Vera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JoséValente added Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon
Vera is a British detective television series based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves. It stars Brenda Blethyn and is broadcast on ITV and in the United States on public television
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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter
Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles, California. The show ran ...more
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DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Andrea Lowe
DCI Banks is a British crime drama series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the ITV network. The series is based on Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks novels and stars Stephen Tompkinson as ...more
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a 1987 CBS television movie and pilot created and written by Bob Shayne involving the famous detective Sherlock Holmes finding himself in the modern world.
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Mannix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
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