Top Ten Best Crime Dramas


This is for all the crime dramas, both inside the courtroom and on the streets. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Criminal Minds
Totally love this show, it's brilliant. Really love Spencer Reid, Matthew Gubler does a great job of portraying this character. He's also very attractive. Love the friendship between Derek and Penelope, and think that it is one of the best shows out there. Watched series one in the last two days, can't wait for the rest of them!
Best crime drama out there, by far!
Favourite characters are Derek Morgan and Spencer Reid. Am I the only one that think that spencer is kinda attractive but in a dorky way?
I watched all 7 seasons in 2 weeks and I couldn't stop for a day. The last 2 weeks I have been so obsessed with the show that I can't wait for it to come back on... Amazing Characters, awesome cases and sometimes creepy serial killers
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2CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Should be number ONE not number Six, it is the most watched T.V. show in the world

3The Mentalist
The mentalist is a great show and the enigma gets closer to resolution with each episode. The main character patrick jane is likeable to the audience and introduces humour into the storylines.
This show makes you THINK. Wake up, people, it's not only about guns and murders! THE MENTALIST is about crimes and how you try to solve them by using your mind.
The Mentalist, The scariest not scary guy I know, laugh out loud. Like anyone could kick his arse, but he could do way more than inflict physical pain, with little to no effort.
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Best show in the universe! It is 10,000,000,000,000,000 better than law and order! My favorite character is Dr. Brennan!
( Temprance) She is a Forensic Anthropologist who is AMAZING at it! Makes me study 100 times harder in science! Once you see one episode you will be addicted because it is so awesome!

100,000,000,000,000,000,000 / 10
I love BONES! IT is the best show ever my favorite character is Booth a trained sniper and a awesome guy. I LOVE THIS SHOW. This show is a 9000000/10 I love this show. It's so interesting. It makes me want to try harder in science.
bones is so funny, I love her relationship with booth! classic crime drama with a twist 10/10
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Started watching NCIS about 4 years ago got addicted ordered box set and watched every single episode within a week.

Love tony and zivas relationship so good
Honestly, NCIS has the best combination of serious and funny! They have really interesting plots and they have a sorta really tight relationship that when one Special Agent dies you're gonna be like.. "Noo, why?! " I have a box set of most of the seasons. I recommend to get them
I love this show bcoz a lot of crime show are dim-witted the stupidest person alive could tell you what happens nxt on most shows where NCIS is inellectual compared 2most n thats y I love it
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The best crime drama ever I have seen so far! No doubt I love beckett and castle. It should be ranked at the top 51
Castle should be at the very top! I really don't know how it came 14th...
Ric castle is the best thing that ever happened to crime drama. Iblove just how hilarious he is. Ruggedly handsome too! Laugh out loud
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7NCIS: Los Angeles
You"ve got to love the keeks team. Those guys are just meant to be.

8CSI: New York
The most favourite crime drama that ever made :) I liked this one better than the other CSI franchise such as Miami and Las Vegas. Hell dude, just look at the how Mac, Danny, Flack, and the others handle the case! So awesome!
This is my favourite show on TV. The acting on this show is just fantastic


Best T.V. crime drama. lightyears above the metalist which I also like and much better than the other CSI's

9Hawaii Five-0
This should definitely be number one with NCIS: LA behind it, its the most amazing show imaginable


Very enjoyable and great character interaction and plots


Fell in love with this show the first time you watched it! It is so realistic have watched all 5 series's don't no what to do now since it is gone! ' Must watch... By the way it is about an sru team! The characters are REALLY INTERESTING and if your looking for a show that is like a soap but stills cop drama this is the one for you!

The Contenders

11Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit
This show is downright amazing! Non stop action through out every episode, I love it so much
LOVE Law and Order SVU! The drama makes your heart beat out of your chest and the chemistry between the actors just makes it all the more better.

How is monk not #1? The show is funny, creatively written, and nail biting
Monk is the best...

13Law and Order: Criminal Intent

14The Shield

15CSI: Miami

Dexter is one the best crime dramas ever made. It truly deserves to be way higher in this list. It is a brilliant story and Dexter the main character played by Michael C. Hall is maybe the best and most lovable serial killer the T.V. has ever had.

What the hell it's doing in 16th! Come on people! Sherlock is class! 1
Awesome adaptation from Doyle's work. Surely will get addicted to it.

18Lie to Me
Oh this one is good! So sad there's only 3 seasons. Very captivating!

19Breaking Bad
How is breaking bad not number 1?
Or even on the list for that matter before.
Really, and where is the wire.

20Without a Trace
Great cast, drama, action...It has everything! I love all the seasons, ecspecially season 4. My favorite character would be Elena.

21Cold Case


23Saving Grace

Just fun to watch!

25Nash Bridges

26White Collar

27Prison Break

28The Closer

Crime, Comedy, nuff said.


29Murdoch Mysteries

30The X-Files
My mom watches this show it's weird



32Rizzoli & Isles
Two strong female leads, a dash of humour and interesting plot lines. What's not to love?

The best crime drama, french


I just love Damian Lewis, he's so funny!

35Death In Paradise
Ben Miller is killing the audience with his uptight humourous performance. Loving the irony of death on a paradise like island.

36Veronica Mars
A brilliant mixture of mystery, drama, action, humour and romance
A weird and wonderful mixture of teen drama, noir thriller and Shakesperian tragedy. Razor sharp dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, well-crafted plots and superb acting by a young, relatively inexperienced cast. It also features one the small screens hottest, absorbing and most heartwrenching romantic entaglements.



39The Killing

40Miss Marple

41Inspector Rex


43Major Crimes
One episode of this show and you'll be thinking 'Brend who? '. More focus on the team and the same killer storylines


45Agatha Christie's Poirot
Miss lemon
Is very funny

46Father Brown

47Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

48New Tricks

49Redfern Now

50The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

51The Finder
It is only one season due to the deathe of Michael clarke duncan but I love it and the finder and psych are the only actually funny crime shows I've been able to find, please tell me if one of the above is good other than the fact its on a list of how good they are. psych watchers know what I mean by funny.

52Sons of Anarchy

53The Wire

54Law and Order

55Midsomer Murders
I love Midsomer murders my favorite sgt is gavin troy he is easily the cutest and I love him
Brillant show the best of the sunday dramas

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