My Top 20 All Time Favorite Police/Detective/Crime TV Shows

Here is a list of the my top all time favorite crime TV shows.
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1.
Third Watch (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct. (44 mins.)
 
2.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD who investigate sexually related crimes. (60 mins.)
 
3.
24 (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
 
4.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
 
5.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. (45 mins.)
 
6.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This third Law & Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view. (60 mins.)
 
7.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
8.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (44 mins.)
 
9.
New York Undercover (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Drugs, robbery, corruption, rape, murder. Cops versus criminals. The undercover war has started. Welcome to New York City. (60 mins.)
 
10.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
 
11.
Criminal Minds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. (42 mins.)
 
12.
Southland (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
 
13.
Cold Case (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she's assigned "cold cases" -- older crimes that have never been solved. (44 mins.)
 
14.
NCIS (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. (60 mins.)
 
15.
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service's Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks. (43 mins.)
 
16.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas. (60 mins.)
 
17.
CSI: Miami (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit. (43 mins.)
 
18.
CSI: NY (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
CSI Head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City. (43 mins.)
 
19.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Detectives from NYPD's 15th squad investigate homicides within their precinct. An Emmy award winning series. (45 mins.)
 
20.
21 Jump Street (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The cases of an undercover police unit composed of young looking officers specializing in youth crime. (60 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Wacks