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The Best True Crime TV Shows

Updated January 4, 2021 28.1k votes 7.6k voters 658.3k views83 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows that follow and investigate true crimes.

These are very best true crime shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest true crime shows also includes pictures from the shows, when available. Popular true crime TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining true crime shows of all time are. Don't let your favorite true crime television programs in history fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top. The list of true crime television television series below includes information like the program's cast and premiere date, when available.

What are some good true crime TV shows? Examples include Disappeared and Snapped, among other real crime shows that pair docudrama with thorough investigation, or use their format as true crime miniseries to dive deep into a story. What is the best true crime show of all time? If you've caught any true crime shows, you know which ones you like and probably have a quick answer when someone asks you, "What are the greatest true crime shows?" You're well aware that these are the best real life crime shows ever.

True crime series are incredibly engaging and arguably some of the best shows on TV. Vote up the true crime TV shows you think are the best and rerank to see how your favorites stack up against the rest.

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  • Forensic Files1
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    Forensic Files

    Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas

    Premiered1996

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  • Cold Case Files2
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    Cold Case Files

    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

    Premiered1999

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  • Dateline NBC3
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    Dateline NBC

    Lester Holt, Ann Curry

    Premiered1992

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  • The First 484
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    The First 48

    Dion Graham, Caroline Mason

    Premiered2004

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  • 48 Hours5
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    48 Hours

    Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant

    Premiered1988

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  • Homicide Hunter6
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    Homicide Hunter

    Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda

    Premiered2011

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  • Unsolved Mysteries7
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    Unsolved Mysteries

    Robert Stack, Dennis Farina

    Premiered1987

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  • Cold Justice8
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    Cold Justice

    Kelly Siegler, Yolanda McClary

    Premiered2013

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  • American Justice9
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    American Justice

    Bill Kurtis

    Premiered1992

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  • Snapped10
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    Snapped

    Laura San Giacomo

    Premiered2004

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  • A Crime to Remember11
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    A Crime to Remember

    Marc A. Hermann, Michelle McNamara

    Premiered2013

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  • 20/2012
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    20/20

    Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir

    Premiered1978

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  • The FBI Files13
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    The FBI Files

    James Kallstrom, Anthony D. Call

    Premiered1998

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  • Disappeared14
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    Disappeared

    Christopher Crutchfield Walker, Kiff VandenHeuvel

    Premiered2010

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  • Killing Fields15
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    Killing Fields

    Rodie Sanchez, Aubrey St. Angelo

    Premiered2016

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  • Nightmare Next Door16
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    Nightmare Next Door

    Greg Diefenbach, James Davenjay

    Premiered2011

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  • Deadly Women18
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    Deadly Women

    Lynnanne Zager

    Premiered2005

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  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst19
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    Premiered2015

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  • Making a Murderer20
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    Making a Murderer

    Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey

    Premiered2015

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  • Solved21
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    Solved

    Kathleen Garrett, Skoti Collins

    Premiered2008

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  • Web of Lies22
    170
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    Web of Lies

    Nathan Wiley, Cherise Silvestri

    Premiered2014

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  • The New Detectives23
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    The New Detectives

    Gene Galusha

    Premiered1996

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  • FearThy Neighbor24
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    FearThy Neighbor

    Tish Iceton, David Bacque

    Premiered2014

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  • Your Worst Nightmare25
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    Your Worst Nightmare

    Eric Abraham, Clark Sarullo

    Premiered2014

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