Top Ten Best Crime Dramas

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This is for all the crime dramas, both inside the courtroom and on the streets.

The Top Ten

1 Criminal Minds Criminal Minds Criminal Minds is an American police procedural crime drama television series created by Jeff Davis, and is the original show in the Criminal Minds franchise.

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

Awesome, suspenseful, well-written and well acted. The crimes are surprisingly realistic, and the characters are wonderfully layered. Also, Spencer Reid is just adorable, and that always helps!

THE BEST!

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2 NCIS

Great Show! Love Mark Harmon playing Gibbs, he has that awesome combination of Serious Marine, and funny boss. Hopefully Gibbs doesn't start thinking about retirement or resignation, because that looks like where it's headed. Best Show 10/10! Love this show!

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

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

Ever since I started watching,I have been hooked. Best show out there. Great plots,acting,and characters, NCIS is Hard to beat.

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3 Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit

It's a show that cares for all its characters... victims, killers, suspects and detectives. None is fully bad or good, every one got their flaws and also their bright sides. And there's not always a happy ending, and often there is a conflict between what's just and what's the least bad solution, and yeah, sometimes along the way innocent lives get destroyed by wrong accusations and mistakes. But it is not entirely pessimistic, often cases are successfully closed and justice is served. Like in real life, there may or may not be a happy end. It's not like a regular crime drama... it's a varied and perfectly paced character study of the highest possible quality, and with some of the greatest performances in recent history. - Martin_Canine

Probably the most consistent show, rarely a dull episode. The show has just enough graphic imagery and never gets too silly.

This show is downright amazing! Non stop action through out every episode, I love it so much

This show is amazing!

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4 The 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.

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.

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 Deductions to lying and manipulation it's the best detective show out there

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5 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Should be number ONE not number Six, it is the most watched T.V. show in the world

Should be #2 behind criminal minds

Love this show very good

6 Castle Castle Castle is an American crime-comedy-drama television series, which aired on ABC for a total of eight seasons from March 9, 2009 to May 16, 2016. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios.

This is a show that I have watched grow and develop with me. The enticing cases, the humour, the different character-themed episodes and Castle and Beckett's long-awaited yet fulfilling love story are the things that make this what it is today - A MUST WATCH and a real lesson in DOING CRIME THE FUN WAY! Honestly, this show is supposed to be at the very top!

This show is good not only because of the suspense but because of the chemistry between the two protagonists. Great choice of actors! Nice story over all.

God, I am so addicted to this show. I have watched every episode at least thrice and still can't get enough of it

Castle should be #1. This show is suspenseful, hilarious, and addictive. Each episode is just great. This show rocks.
It doesn't focus on one subject for too long; it has a balance.
This is one of the best shows ever. - maarilynmaanson

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7 Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013.

Seriously.
How is breaking bad not number 1?
Or even on the list for that matter before.

Really, and where is the wire.

Wow, this lost really sucks.

This is the best show period and this is way better than NCIS, BITCH!

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8 Bones

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

Microcosm of American society today

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9 Sherlock

This programme makes you think and cleverly creates tension. I love the acting and the script is intelligent. It should be higher up on the list as it draws you in with the life of Sherlock and Watson.

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.

Better than every show on this list other than maybe Criminal Minds

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10 CSI: 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 - axelsonfire

I love csi New York the most in the csi series

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

The Contenders

11 Dexter

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.

Dexter is good in the beginning but midway on I feel they lost there direction and just wanted to keep pumping out seasons. Starts great ends mediocre.

Dexter deserves to be in the top 5. Unique storyline and brilliant acting. My favorite character is debra, dexter's foul mouthed sis

Creative direction, awesome music, incredible plots and...Masuka!

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12 CSI: Miami
13 NCIS: Los Angeles

A good show loved it

You"ve got to love the keeks team. Those guys are just meant to be.

14 Hawaii Five-0

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

Very enjoyable and great character interaction and plots

At least in the Top 10. 8th seasons and still exciting.

Hawaii Five-0 should 100% be in the top 5

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15 The Wire The Wire The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the cable network HBO in the United States.

A lot of these shows are fluff and something you can have in the background playing and not miss much. The wire and breaking bad are story driven from beginning to end. Should be top two.

If you're listing this here, I have to vote for it. It does have crime. It is a drama. Yet it's primarily so much more. Among the greatest works of Art in this media. - Billyv

Greatest show ever. Really depicts American society

The wire on #43 are you f--ing kidding me...

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16 Person of Interest

I love this show

This show is sooo underrated I can't even stand it

17 Sons of Anarchy Sons of Anarchy Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter that aired from 2008 to 2014.

Definitely breaking bad tier. First 5 seasons great however last 2 were just decent. don't believe the rumors of it being some sort of redneck reality show it's better than shows like criminal minds and NCIS in the way that mortality for the main characters is real. Each episode is important so its different from them in that way

A very good show

18 The Shield

A good show loved it

19 Blue Bloods

The family interaction makes this a phenomenal show, from what might otherwise be just another cop show. Tom Selleck is perfect for his role, now nearing the end of a wonderful career.

20 True Detective True Detective True Detective is an American anthology crime drama television series created and written by Nic Pizzolatto.
21 Monk

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

I love this show

Monk is the best...

22 Crossing Jordan
23 Law and Order

The original and longest running of them - Frouze

Is this a joke? How's law & order not first?

24 Lie to Me

Much talent, based on a real person, real examples of movers-and-shakers (in the news) who are exposed by facial expressions and body language (as examples) during the plot-line of the episodes. Female lead is easy-on-the-eyes, too.

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

25 Law and Order: Criminal Intent

A very good show

26 Longmire

More character development then action. Very good actors and writing: Nice to see something other than cities, too. Modern day western with big skies, horses, heroes, and villains. Sadly, no head-spinning action or gore.

Quite realistic western characters and situations.

I loved this show

I love this show!

27 Numbers
28 The Blacklist

A good movie we need more family movies without a lot of (Drama) just fun fun fun.

good

29 Flashpoint

I loved the show

30 Van der Valk
31 Psych

One of my favorites... Shawn and Gus are hilarious

So addicting! I love it!

32 Without a Trace

Lets put this show back on. I love it and all the other shows to.

Great cast, drama, action...It has everything! I love all the seasons, ecspecially season 4. My favorite character would be Elena.

33 Columbo Columbo Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.
34 Elementary

Really people! It's a nicely done American! "who dun-it." Get the stick out...

35 NCIS: New Orleans

Nice spin-off of NCIS. Well done!

36 The Sweeney
37 Broadchurch Broadchurch Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends.

Simply, another English who-dun-it that they do so well, with a "Doctor Who," actor!

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38 The Closer

Crime, Comedy, nuff said. - fireinside96

39 White Collar

All the stuff for a good crime, drama, comedy T.V. series. Very entertaining. Full of suspense and humor in a fast scene, smart talking and clever twist of events... Binge-watched the 6 seasons for few days. Great, handsome, beautiful actors and actresses. After few months, still got the hang of it... great show... actually binge-watched it again... hehehe

40 Cold Case

41? This show is awesome and exiting - Organ

41 Prison Break Prison Break Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 to 2009. The series revolves around two brothers.

The best... I love scofield, the way he lives for others just awesome should be at least in top 3.

42 Chicago P.D.

This has a really good cast, it's different & raw! I hot into it late but I'm glad I got into it, I like how it crosses with Chicago Fire & it even crossed with Law & Order SVU last season! Watch one episode you'll be hooked!

The best

43 Saving Grace
44 Southland

Really people! Watch it.

45 Major Crimes

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

46 Spiral

The best crime drama, french

47 Sherlock Hound Sherlock Hound
48 Nash Bridges

Old style, good looking, detective series.

49 Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

A brilliant mixture of mystery, drama, action, humour and romance

Teen out does police. It's good.

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.

50 Murdoch Mysteries

A favorite of my wife.

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