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 truTV, TLC

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613 153
Dateline NBC is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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534 124
Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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623 172
The First 48 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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528 136
Homicide Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
ncwebb added Homicide Hunter Investigation Discovery

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442 119
Snapped is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Snapped Oxygen

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368 105
Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Unsolved Mysteries Spike, CBS, NBC

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315 84
The FBI Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The FBI Files Discovery Channel

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310 84
Making a Murderer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Making a Murderer

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289 75
American Justice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Conbon07 added American Justice The Biography Channel, A&E

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301 100
Solved is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Solved Investigation Discovery

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232 76
Cold Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
wendy-aston added Cold Justice TNT

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236 82
America's Most Wanted is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
America's Most Wanted Fox Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television

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202 64
Disappeared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Disappeared Investigation Discovery

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169 56
Nightmare Next Door is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
shane-denford added Nightmare Next Door Investigation Discovery

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150 46
Killing Fields is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Killing Fields

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

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154 50
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows

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171 63
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

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185 74
The New Detectives is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
The New Detectives Discovery Channel

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48 Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added 48 Hours CBS

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Cops Fox Broadcasting Company

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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
mwalker added 20/20 ABC News, American Broadcasting Company

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

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99 48
Killer Kids is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
raylee-cooper added Killer Kids The Biography Channel

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99 63
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 Investigation Discovery

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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 Investigation Discovery

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Alaska State Troopers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
ameleewilliams1 added Alaska State Troopers National Geographic Channel

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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

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American Greed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Greed

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31 20
Scorned: Love Kills is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Scorned: Love Kills

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30 20
Behind Mansion Walls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
zoe-krainik added Behind Mansion Walls Investigation Discovery

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31 25
Swamp Murders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
mwalker added Swamp Murders

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27 22
Vanity Fait Confidential is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
Candice Baldwin added Vanity Fait Confidential

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19 14
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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20 21
Dark Minds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
h1pp13ch1c added Dark Minds

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American Experience is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best True Crime TV Shows
American Experience Public Broadcasting Service