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The Best True Crime TV Shows

Updated November 11, 2020 28.2k votes 7.5k voters 651.6k views98 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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  • 1
    Forensic Files
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    Forensic Files

    Dayle Hinman, Peter Thomas

    Premiered1996

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    Cold Case Files
    1,213
    315

    Cold Case Files

    Danny Pino, Anthony Green

    Premiered1999

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    #155 of 537 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time#70 of 151 The Best TV Crime Dramas

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    Dateline NBC
    1,269
    376

    Dateline NBC

    Lester Holt, Ann Curry

    Premiered1992

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    The First 48
    1,160
    374

    The First 48

    Dion Graham, Caroline Mason

    Premiered2004

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    Homicide Hunter
    1,077
    349

    Homicide Hunter

    Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda

    Premiered2011

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    48 Hours
    523
    139

    48 Hours

    Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant

    Premiered1988

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    Unsolved Mysteries
    792
    246

    Unsolved Mysteries

    Robert Stack, Dennis Farina

    Premiered1987

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  • 8
    Cold Justice
    782
    256

    Cold Justice

    Kelly Siegler, Yolanda McClary

    Premiered2013

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    American Justice
    574
    191

    American Justice

    Bill Kurtis

    Premiered1992

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  • 10
    Snapped
    795
    287

    Snapped

    Laura San Giacomo

    Premiered2004

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  • 11
    A Crime to Remember
    401
    122

    A Crime to Remember

    Michelle McNamara, Francis Reilly

    Premiered2013

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  • 12
    The FBI Files
    514
    187

    The FBI Files

    James Kallstrom, Anthony D. Call

    Premiered1998

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    #24 of 210 The Best Documentary Series & TV Shows#9 of 37 The Best True Crime Docudramas

  • 13
    20/20
    348
    109

    20/20

    Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir

    Premiered1978

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  • 14
    Nightmare Next Door
    446
    166

    Nightmare Next Door

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  • 15
    Disappeared
    485
    188

    Disappeared

    Christopher Crutchfield Walker, David Van Norman
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  • 16
    Killing Fields
    384
    136

    Killing Fields

    Rodie Sanchez, Aubrey St. Angelo
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  • 17
    America's Most Wanted
    455
    180

    Premiered1988

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    Deadly Women
    418
    163

    Deadly Women

    Lynnanne Zager

    Premiered2005

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  • 19
    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
    412
    161

    Premiered2015

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    Making a Murderer
    301
    115

    Making a Murderer

    Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey
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  • 21
    City Confidential
    323
    134

    City Confidential

    Paul Winfield, Keith David

    Premiered1999

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  • 22
    Solved
    397
    180

    Solved

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  • 23
    Web of Lies
    159
    50

    Web of Lies

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  • 24
    The New Detectives
    322
    153

    The New Detectives

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  • 25
    FearThy Neighbor
    147
    51

    FearThy Neighbor

    Neighbors turn against each other with frightful consequences.

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