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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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The Doctor Blake Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JoséValente added The Doctor Blake Mysteries

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360 185
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
akibnavidkhan added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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400 150
Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows

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207 166
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added Columbo Peter Falk^! Mike Lally^! John Finnegan

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192 103
Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
michael-devenny added Midsomer Murders Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

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145 66
Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Jeff Mullin added Foyle's War Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell

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136 62
Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added Inspector Lewis Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman

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174 148
Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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143 117
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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162 65
Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added Agatha Christie's Poirot David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

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115 132
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Chris Abraham added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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131 71
Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JoséValente added Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

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95 68
Vera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JoséValente added Vera Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon

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147 137
Psych is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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99 81
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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113 54
Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added Inspector Morse John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately

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122 87
The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
konstantinos20142 added The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang

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87 122
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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65 52
DCI Banks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added DCI Banks Stephen Tompkinson^! Jack Deam^! Andrea Lowe

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81 49
Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JomidarArafatSafinPratik added Broadchurch David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker

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70 101
The Return of Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows

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77 77
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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84 102
Ripper Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
jobill added Ripper Street Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg

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35 111
Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

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62 52
Castle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
James Englebert added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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75 62
Wallander is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Ken Gumowski added Wallander Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark

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74 20
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Marianna Stotesbury added Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

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54 64
Whitechapel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JoséValente added Whitechapel Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis, Steve Pemberton

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46 88
Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
jobill added Silent Witness Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward

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44 89
Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Richard777 added Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

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40 89
Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
jobill added Waking the Dead Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson

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35 85
Rebus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
jobill added Rebus Ken Stott, Claire Price, Jennifer Black

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30 81
Mannix is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Mannix Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack

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18 96
Riptide is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Riptide Kelly Preston, Anne Francis, Richard Lewis

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38 20
Rosemary & Thyme is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Chefgranny added Rosemary & Thyme Felicity Kendal, Pam Ferris, Ryan Philpott

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52 50
Luther is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JomidarArafatSafinPratik added Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

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22 23
Cadfael is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Linda Rees McCoy added Cadfael Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Michael Culver

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41 61
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
horseplayer added Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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46 91
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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16 84
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Ce... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Jason Gray-Stanford^! John Payne^! Akiko Morison

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31 58
Kojack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
horseplayer added Kojack

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13 85
C.A.T.S. Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
C.A.T.S. Eyes Rosalyn Landor, Leslie Ash, Tracy Louise Ward

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26 74
Murder in the First is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Murder in the First James Cromwell, Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson

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9 76
Banyon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Banyon Robert Forster, Joan Blondell, Richard Jaeckel

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17 69
Hec Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Hec Ramsey Kurt Russell, Stella Stevens, Harry Morgan

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18 72
Dirk Gently is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Dirk Gently Stephen Mangan, Darren Boyd, Lisa Jackson

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14 69
Bored to Death is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Bored to Death Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, Ted Danson

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7 41
Awake is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
JomidarArafatSafinPratik added Awake Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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10 61
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe Jeff Goldblum, Ben Vereen

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9 65
Checkmate is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detective TV Shows
Checkmate Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot, Jack Betts