TV The Best True Crime TV Shows  

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The 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 show of all time is. 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 spot. The list of true crime television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date, when available.

What are some good true crime TV shows? Examples include Disappeared and Snapped, among other real crime shows. What is the best true crime show of all time? If you've caught any true crime shows full episodes, 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.

Upvote the true crime TV series you think are the best and rerank to see how your favorites stack up against the rest. True crime series are incredibly engaging and arguably some of the best shows on TV.
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Forensic Files is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Forensic Files Dayle Hinman^! Peter Thomas^! Roy Shuler

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516 119
Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cold Case Files Danny Pino, Anthony Green

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580 145
Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Dateline NBC Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Keith Morrison

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603 166
The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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505 127
Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
ncwebb added Homicide Hunter Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda, Carl Marino

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428 113
Snapped is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Snapped Laura San Giacomo

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358 100
Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Unsolved Mysteries Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

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304 79
The FBI Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The FBI Files James Kallstrom, Anthony D. Call, Bob Featherer

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297 77
Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Making a Murderer

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281 73
American Justice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Conbon07 added American Justice Bill Kurtis

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297 94
Solved is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Solved

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221 71
Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
wendy-aston added Cold Justice

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229 79
America's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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190 63
Disappeared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Disappeared Christopher Crutchfield Walker, David Van Norman, Heather Ashley Chase

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163 53
Nightmare Next Door is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
shane-denford added Nightmare Next Door

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180 70
The New Detectives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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Deadly Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Melissa71 added Deadly Women Lynnanne Zager

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141 44
Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Killing Fields

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165 62
City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Conbon07 added City Confidential Paul Winfield, Keith David, David Madison

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144 48
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli

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91 18
48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added 48 Hours Maureen Maher, Peter Van Sant, Erin Moriarty

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cops Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

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69 24
A Crime to Remember is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Christina Brown added A Crime to Remember

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93 44
Killer Kids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
raylee-cooper added Killer Kids

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
mwalker added 20/20 Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

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The Investigators (US) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The Investigators (US)

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The Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
KarlRichmondJones added The Killing Season "The Killing Season" from Executive Producer Alex Gibney follows documentarians, Joshua Zeman (Cropsey) and Rachel Mills as they investigate one of the most bizarre unsolved serial killer cases of our time -- ten dead ...

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True Crime with Aphrodite Jone... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Christina Brown added True Crime with Aphrodite Jones Aphrodite Jones^! Randy Thomas^! Jonathan Brown-Tea

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I (Almost) Got Away With It is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Josephine Mbire added I (Almost) Got Away With It Bill Ratner^! Thomas Dalby^! Steve C. Porter

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88 70
Alaska State Troopers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
ameleewilliams1 added Alaska State Troopers Marc Graue, Jared Noll, Daron Cooper

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90 75
American Greed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Greed Stacy Keach^! Kristin Reyer^! Michael Shnayerson

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46 32
Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
alicia-carolyn-rowe added Killer Instinct Chi McBride, Kristin Lehman, Johnny Messner

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27 15
Behind Mansion Walls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Behind Mansion Walls Bill Ratner

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27 17
Scorned: Love Kills is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Scorned: Love Kills

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25 18
Vanity Fait Confidential is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Candice Baldwin added Vanity Fait Confidential

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27 22
Swamp Murders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
mwalker added Swamp Murders

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16 11
Deadly Affairs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Jennifer Berkane added Deadly Affairs

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Dark Minds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
h1pp13ch1c added Dark Minds Jessica Drew, Yasmin Horner, Victoria Morgan

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42 78
American Experience is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Experience David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy