TV The Best Film Noir TV Shows  

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

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

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
shakawat.aman added True Detective Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
slaft added The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Peter Gunn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Peter Gunn Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright Peter Gunn is an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC television networks from 1958 to 1961. The show's creator was Blake Edwards. It was also directed by ...more

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more

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Mob City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Mob City Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough Mob City is an American neo-noir crime drama television series created by Frank Darabont, based on real-life accounts of the L.A.P.D. and gangsters in 1940s Los Angeles as chronicled in John ...more

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name ...more

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The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
slaft added The Untouchables John Rhys-Davies, William Forsythe, David James Elliott The Untouchables is an American crime drama series that aired for two seasons in syndication, from January 1993 to May 1994. The series portrayed work of the real life Untouchables federal ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Naked City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Naked City Dustin Hoffman, Diahann Carroll, Lawrence Dobkin Naked City is a police drama series which aired from 1958 to 1963 on the ABC television network. It was inspired by the 1948 motion picture The Naked City and mimics its dramatic ...more

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The Singing Detective is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
The Singing Detective Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Joanne Whalley The Singing Detective is a BBC television serial drama, written by Dennis Potter, which stars Michael Gambon and was directed by Jon Amiel. The six episodes were "Skin", ...more

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Gang Busters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Gang Busters Myrna Dell, Richard Crane, Myron Healey Gang Busters was an American dramatic radio program heralded as "the only national program that brings you authentic police case histories." It premiered as G-Men, sponsored by ...more

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77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added 77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith 77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith and Edd Byrnes. Each episode was one hour long. The show ...more

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Martin Kane, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Martin Kane, Private Eye Frank M. Thomas, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Tracy Martin Kane, Private Eye was an American radio series and television crime series sponsored by United States Tobacco Company. It aired as a radio series from 1949 to 1952 and was simultaneously ...more

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Mike Hammer, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
slaft added Mike Hammer, Private Eye Stacy Keach, Shannon Whirry, Peter Jason Mike Hammer, Private Eye is an American syndicated television program based on the adventures of the fictitious private detective Mike Hammer, created by novelist Mickey Spillane. The show ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
JomidarArafatSafinPratik added Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more

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Run for Your Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
slaft added Run for Your Life Ben Gazzara, Nicholas Colasanto, Jack Krupnic Run for Your Life is an American television drama series starring Ben Gazzara as a man with only a short time to live. It ran on NBC from 1965 to 1968. The series was created by Roy Huggins, who ...more

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Rocky King, Inside Detective is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Rocky King, Inside Detective Roscoe Karns Rocky King, Inside Detective is an American television series broadcast on the DuMont Television Network on Sundays at 9pm ET from January 15, 1950 to December 26, 1954. This series was one of ...more

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Man Against Crime is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Nathan Yocum added Man Against Crime Ralph Bellamy, Robert Preston, Frank Lovejoy Man Against Crime starring Ralph Bellamy, one of the first television programs about private eyes, ran on CBS, the DuMont Television Network and NBC from October 7, 1949 to June 27, 1954. The ...more

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Adventures of Superman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Adventures of Superman George Reeves, Noel Neill, Bill Kennedy Adventures of Superman is an American television series based on comic book characters and concepts created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The show is the first television series to ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
leo-villamil added Gotham Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Ringer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Ringer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd Ringer is an American television series that initially aired on The CW from September 13, 2011 to April 17, 2012. The series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays twin sisters Bridget Kelly and ...more

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Point Pleasant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Point Pleasant Elisabeth Harnois, Grant Show, Sam Page Point Pleasant is a television series that first aired on the Fox Network in January 2005. It was cancelled in March 2005 due to poor ratings. Point Pleasant boasted many of the same crew behind ...more

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Terriers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
joshsexton added Terriers Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James, Laura Allen Terriers is an American crime comedy-drama television series created by Ted Griffin that aired on FX from September 8 to December 1, 2010. The show was canceled by FX on December 6, 2010 after ...more

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Cruel City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Cruel City Cruel City is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Jung Kyung-ho, Nam Gyu-ri and Lee Jae-yoon. It aired on jTBC from May 27 to July 30, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 for 20

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Gotham Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Noir TV Shows
Gotham Girls Adrienne Barbeau, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny Gotham Girls is an American Flash animation series focusing on several of the female characters of Gotham City, created and produced jointly by Warner Bros. Animation and Noodle Soup Productions ...more