The very best film noir shows on television, ranked from best to worst. The noir genre features "black" as night grimy-crimey dramas that follow grizzled hard-boiled detectives solving mysterious and perplexing murders. Popular film noir TV shows have been a staple of television for years, made popular by black-and-white series Dragnet and The Fugitive in the 1960s. Recent years have shown a revival in the genre—perhaps in the wake of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series—with so-called "Nordic noir" series such as The Killing (originally a Danish series that was later adapted in English), Sweden's Wallander, and The Bridge. Likewise, noir is popular in Britain, where Broadchuch and Happy Valley are among the most-watched programs. On this side of the pond, Veronica Mars was a noir mystery masquerading as a teen show in the early 2000s, and True Detective and Fargo all incorporate elements of the genre into their gritty anthologies.
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Peter GunnCraig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi
WallanderKenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe
Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesEssie Davis, Nathan Page
Martin Kane, Private EyeFrank M. Thomas, Lloyd Nolan
Gang BustersMyrna Dell, Richard Crane