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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 truTV, TLC Forensic Files is an American documentary-style series that reveals how forensic science is used to solve violent crimes, mysterious accidents, and even outbreaks of illness. The show was ...more

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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cold Case Files A&E Cold Case Files (A&E, 1999) is a reality legal docuseries hosted by Bill Kurtis. The show documents the investigation of many long-unsolved murders (referred to as "cold cases" in ...more

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Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Dateline NBC NBC Dateline NBC, or simply Dateline, is a weekly American television newsmagazine/reality legal show that is broadcast on NBC. It was previously the network's flagship news magazine, but now ...more

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The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The First 48 A&E The First 48 (A&E, 2004) is an American documentary television series that offers an insider's look at the real-life world of homicide investigators.

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Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
ncwebb added Homicide Hunter Investigation Discovery Homicide Hunter is an American documentary television series showcasing the career of retired Colorado Springs police detective Joseph Kenda. It debuted October 25, 2011 on Investigation ...more

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Snapped is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Snapped Oxygen Snapped is a British narrated American true crime television series that airs on the Oxygen Network. Snapped debuted on August 6, 2004, and is produced by Jupiter Entertainment.

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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Unsolved Mysteries Spike, CBS, NBC Unsolved Mysteries is an American television program, hosted by Robert Stack from 1987 to 2002 and later by Dennis Farina starting in 2008. The show was broadcast first as specials in 1987, then ...more

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American Justice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Conbon07 added American Justice The Biography Channel, A&E For over ten years, AMERICAN JUSTICE® has been the gold standard of criminal justice programming, tackling today's toughest issues through the cases that challenge and change the law. Famous ...more

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The FBI Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The FBI Files Discovery Channel The FBI Files is an American television docudrama series that originally ran from 1998 to 2006. It was carried by the Discovery Channel cable network and produced by New Dominion Pictures of ...more

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Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
wendy-aston added Cold Justice TNT Cold Justice is a 2013 TV Program.

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America's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
America's Most Wanted Fox Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television America's Most Wanted is an American television program produced by 20th Television, and was the longest-running program of any kind in the history of the Fox Television Network until it was ...more

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Solved is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Solved Investigation Discovery Solved is an American true crime television series that airs on the Investigation Discovery network. The show also aired on TLC. Debuting on October 13, 2008, Solved is produced in conjunction ...more

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Disappeared is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Disappeared Disappeared is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery which debuted on January 11, 2010. The series contains interviews and commentary by people involved in various ...more

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Nightmare Next Door is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
shane-denford added Nightmare Next Door Investigation Discovery

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added 48 Hours CBS 48 Hours is an American documentary/news magazine television series that airs on CBS. The series has been broadcast on the network since January 19, 1988. The program airs Saturdays at 10:00 ...more

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Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Killing Fields

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO, 2015) is a documentary miniseries directed by Andrew Jarecki. Exploring the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the ...more

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Deadly Women is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Melissa71 added Deadly Women Investigation Discovery Deadly Women is a television series first aired in 2005 on the Discovery Channel, focusing on female killers. It was originally a mini-series consisting of three episodes: "Obsession", ...more

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City Confidential is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Conbon07 added City Confidential The Biography Channel, A&E City Confidential is an American documentary television show, transmitted on the A&E Network, which singled out a community during each episode and investigated a crime that had occurred ...more

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The New Detectives is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The New Detectives Discovery Channel The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science is a documentary true crime television show that aired two to three different cases in forensic science per episode. Episode reruns currently ...more

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A Crime to Remember is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Christina Brown added A Crime to Remember Investigation Discovery Styles may change, but murder lasts forever. Step into the past and unravel the intricacies of real-life murder cases of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Set against the backdrop of Studebakers, fedoras, and ...more

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
mwalker added 20/20 ABC News, American Broadcasting Company 20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes ...more

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cops Fox Broadcasting Company Cops is an American documentary/reality legal series that follows police officers, constables, sheriff's deputies, and federal agents during patrols and other police activities including vice ...more

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Killer Kids is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
raylee-cooper added Killer Kids The Biography Channel Killer Kids provides an in-depth profile of the lives of kids who kill. What can possibly motivate kids to commit criminal acts and even murder? From hate crimes to gang initiations, murders of ...more

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The Killing Season is listed (or ranked) 25 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 sex workers discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. Authorities believe these killings are the work of the Long Island Serial Killer, who after five years remains at large. Forging relationships with cyber-sleuths, journalists and victim's families, Zeman and Mills uncover connections that suggest Long Island is just the beginning.

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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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True Crime with Aphrodite Jone... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Christina Brown added True Crime with Aphrodite Jones Investigation Discovery True Crime with Aphrodite Jones is an American documentary television series airing on Investigation Discovery, hosted by Aphrodite Jones. The show is very similar in format to On the Case with ...more

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I (Almost) Got Away With It is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Josephine Mbire added I (Almost) Got Away With It Investigation Discovery I (Almost) Got Away With It is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery. The series debuted on January 12, 2010. The series features true stories of people who ...more

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Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Making a Murderer Making a Murderer is an American documentary television series that premiered on Netflix in 2015. The ten-episode first season, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, explores ...more

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American Greed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Greed American Greed, also called American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels, And Suckers and American Greed: Scams, Schemes, And Broken Dreams, is a weekly American "true crime" television ...more

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Killer Instinct is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
alicia-carolyn-rowe added Killer Instinct Fox Broadcasting Company Killer Instinct is an American crime drama television series filmed in Vancouver that originally aired on the Fox Network. The pilot episode aired on September 23, 2005, and the final episode ...more

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Alaska State Troopers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
ameleewilliams1 added Alaska State Troopers National Geographic Channel Alaska State Troopers is an American documentary television series that airs on National Geographic Channel and premiered on October 14, 2009. It is narrated by Marc Graue. The show follows the ...more

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Swamp Murders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
mwalker added Swamp Murders Across the Deep South, heat, humidity and darn good hiding places provide a perfect backdrop for dark, despicable deeds. Murky waters take secrets to the grave in SWAMP MURDERS when bogs, bayous ...more

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Vanity Fair Confidential is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
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Scorned: Love Kills is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Scorned: Love Kills Scorned: Love Kills is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery that premiered on January 21, 2012 and features tales of love gone fatally wrong. The series has been ...more

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Behind Mansion Walls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Behind Mansion Walls Investigation Discovery Behind Mansion Walls is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery that debuted June 6, 2011. The series, hosted by Christopher Mason, tells the stories of crime and ...more

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Deadly Affairs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Jennifer Berkane added Deadly Affairs Deadly Affairs is an American documentary television series on Investigation Discovery that debuted on September 28, 2012. The series tells true stories of love affairs that ended up deadly and ...more

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The People v. O. J. Simpson: A... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is the first season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. Based on the book by Jeffrey Toobin, the ...more

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The Assassination of Gianni Ve... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX, 2018) is the second season of the FX true crime anthology television series American Crime Story. Based on the book by Maureen ...more

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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Wendy Tanner added Without a Trace CBS

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Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002, to May 19, 2009. The series follows the cases of a Missing Persons ...more

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Dr. G: Medical Examiner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
jill-celaya added Dr. G: Medical Examiner Discovery Health Channel Dr. G: Medical Examiner is a reality television series shown on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. Dr. G, or Dr. Jan Garavaglia, is the Chief Medical Examiner with Florida's District Nine ...more

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Dark Minds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
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The Staircase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
GlennSugden added The Staircase Soupçons is a 2004 French television miniseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade documenting the trial of Michael Peterson, accused of murdering his wife. Following from de Lestrade's ...more

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Murder Calls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
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American Experience is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Experience Public Broadcasting Service American Experience is a television program airing on the Public Broadcasting Service Public television stations in the United States. The program airs documentaries, many of which have won ...more