Best Crime TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Crime TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense and suspense. Plot: crimes, murder, investigation, male protagonist, law enforcement, violence, danger, police officer, criminal and dishonesty. Genre: Crime, Drama and Mystery. Country: USA, UK and France.
Best Crime TV shows
Best Crime TV shows
TOP TV Shows: The Mentalist (2008), Breaking Bad (2008), Elementary (2012), Lupin (2021), The Sopranos (1999), Sherlock (2010), Dexter (2006), True Detective (2014), Narcos: Mexico (2018), Lie to Me (2009), Forever (2014), Better Call Saul (2015), The X-Files (1993), Ozark (2017), Peaky Blinders (2013), Bosch (2014), Criminal Minds (2005), Fargo (2014), Snowfall (2017), The Blacklist (2013).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.2
 179K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: intellectual, exciting, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, investigation, outsmarting, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, serial killer, murder, justice, special agents, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 9.5
 1.7M
Breaking Bad (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live, he becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's ...
Style: captivating, tense, serious, psychological, clever ...
Plot: drug dealing, life is a bitch, crimes, drug lord, master criminal, family problems, double life, drug dealer, drug cartel, life turned upside down, ambition, unlikely partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new mexico, albuquerque new mexico, usa
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 7.9
 109K
Elementary (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with ...
Style: witty, suspenseful, serious, talky, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, riddles and clues, private detective, crimes, partners, talented, intelligence, prodigy, law enforcement, mastermind, unconventional method, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.5
 100K
Lupin (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.
Style: tense, psychological, exciting, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, revenge, thief, criminal, police, father son relationship, missing person, theft, escapades, prison, dishonesty, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france
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 9.2
 370K
The Sopranos (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The Sopranos is an American television drama created by David Chase. The series revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home ...
Style: serious, cynical, psychological, clever, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, mafia, dark humor, criminal heroes, killings, crimes, family relations, family life, mob boss, ambition, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
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 9.1
 891K
Sherlock (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
TV show
Story: A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.
Style: clever, captivating, witty, serious, psychological ...
Plot: investigation, private detective, mind game, riddles and clues, prodigy, genius, sherlock holmes, mastermind, british, intelligence, murder mystery, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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 8.7
 710K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, crimes, hidden identity, vigilantism, loner, forensics, corpse, police detective, crime investigation, right and wrong, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 8.9
 544K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: bleak, neo noir, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, investigation, partners, murderer, partners against crime, crimes, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 8.4
 81K
Narcos: Mexico (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: See the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in 1980s Mexico.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, exciting, intense, suspense ...
Plot: drug cartel, marijuana, crimes, corruption, cocaine, business, drug dealing, undercover agent, drug dealer, drug lord, organized crime, tiger ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
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 8.0
 118K
Lie to Me (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his ...
Style: clever, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: deception, riddles and clues, uncover truth, crime investigation, investigation, outsmarting, crimes, human nature, fbi, talented, psychology, expert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 8.3
 57K
Forever (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: immortality, law enforcement, supernatural, investigation, female detective, immortal, supernatural ability, friendship, murder investigation, laboratory, morgue, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: new york, usa
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Better Call Saul (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, ...
Style: witty, captivating, realistic, tense, stylized ...
Plot: dark humor, crimes, dishonesty, hotshot lawyer, workplace situations, moral dilemma, private investigator, cons and scams, lawyer client relationship, family relations, legal, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002, 2000s
Place: usa, new mexico, albuquerque new mexico
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 8.6
 217K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to ...
Style: mind bending, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, ufo, paranormal investigation, investigation, top secret, special agents, alien contact, conspiracy, fbi, paranormal activity, space and aliens, mysterious place ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2010s, 2000s, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., phoenix arizona, arizona
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 8.5
 267K
Ozark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.
Style: suspense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, family relations, crimes, rivalry, murder, teenage girl, violence, survival, law enforcement, teenage boy, investigation ...
Place: mexico, missouri, chicago illinois
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 8.8
 480K
Peaky Blinders (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
Style: captivating, tense, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, gang, crimes, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, mafia, determination, power struggle, rise to the top, cruelty ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, ireland, london
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 8.5
 64K
Bosch (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, these are the stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs. But behind his tireless momentum is a man who is haunted by his past and struggles to ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: police detective, law enforcement, coworker, police investigation, determination, crimes, riddles and clues, lapd, murder investigation, suspicion, murder, homicide detective ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.1
 188K
Criminal Minds (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU ...
Style: serious, psychological, exciting, rough, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: special agents, fbi, murder, crimes, profiler, team, law enforcement, investigation, serial killer, forensics, policewoman, investigator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, virginia, arizona
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 8.9
 361K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, neo noir, clever, cynical ...
Plot: dark humor, crimes, police investigation, small town, small town life, policewoman, psychopath, snow, killings, law enforcement, killer, scheme ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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 8.2
 17K
Snowfall (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and it's name is crack. Set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it, the story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course.
Style: realistic, rough, cynical, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealer, ghetto, cocaine, african american, drugs, drug dealing, u.s. government, smuggling, latinx lead, illegal drugs, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: usa, los angeles, central america, south central los angeles, nicaragua ...
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 8.0
 237K
The Blacklist (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In ...
Style: captivating, serious, clever, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fbi, special agents, master criminal, unlikely partners, mind game, law enforcement, crimes, outsmarting, terrorism, partners, investigation, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Person of Interest (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Person of Interest follows former CIA paramilitary operative, John Reese, who is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, artificial intelligence, hi-tech, partners against crime, hacker, computer system, computer genius, mysterious character, computers and web, crimes, privacy invasion, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.8
 403K
Narcos (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Colombia
Duration: 49 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, gangsters, drug dealer, drug dealing, cartel, smuggling, master criminal, rise to the top, crimes, illegal drugs, cia agent, politics ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, 90s
Place: colombia, latin america, panama, mexico, miami ...
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 8.5
 219K
The Punisher (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
Style: brutal, exciting, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilante, justice, violence, vengeance, one man army, vigilantism, fight scenes, gunfight, murder, revenge, superhero, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, afghanistan
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 8.3
 85K
Ray Donovan (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the sprawling mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players, and makes their problems disappear. His father's unexpected release from prison sets off a chain of events that shakes the ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: power relations, hollywood, family relations, crimes, identity crisis, intrigue, family secret, family problems, blackmail, teamwork, businessman, relatives ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.2
 307K
Lucifer (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals. But the longer he's away from the underworld, the ...
Style: entertaining, captivating, romantic, humorous, colourful ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: devil, supernatural, lucifer, fallen angel, immortality, hell, demon, female detective, immortal, supernatural power, homicide detective, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.3
 128K
White Collar (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Neal Caffrey, a con man, forger and thief, is captured after a three-year game of cat and mouse with the FBI. With only months left serving a four-year sentence, he escapes to look for Kate, his girlfriend. Peter Burke, the FBI agent who initially ...
Style: exciting, captivating, light, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: cons and scams, mastermind, fbi, unlikely partners, art thief, special agents, con artists, genius, law enforcement, criminal, intelligence, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Mare of Easttown (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
Style: captivating, suspense
Plot: murder investigation, homicide detective, murder mystery, small town life, small town, murder, lesbian daughter, drug abuse, crime investigation, female detective, investigation, dysfunctional family ...
Place: pennsylvania
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 8.2
 158K
Castle (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.
Style: witty, realistic, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious
Plot: female detective, romancing partners, police detective, riddles and clues, homicide detective, police investigation, investigation, writers, crime investigation, murder, murder investigation, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.3
 517K
Prison Break (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, escape, prison life, fugitives, determination, confined, scheme, fbi, self sacrifice, conspiracy, manhunt, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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The Chestnut Man (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A young woman is found brutally murdered in a Copenhagen playground. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts. Adapted from the acclaimed novel.
Style: psychological, captivating, enigmatic, tense, brutal ...
Plot: murder, missing person, forest, police, murderer, secret, serial killer, young woman, murder investigation, investigation, forensics, crime solving ...
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