Cool Cop Shows

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1.
Southland (2009 TV Series)
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The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
“ I remember seeing Seasone one of 'Southland' on its original network, and thinking - 'this show is too good, it will never last', sadly I was right, luckily the people at TNT had some vision and saw Southland for the awesome cop show that it is, and gave it a new home where it's been going for five seasons now.
For whatever reason, only Season One was available to rent on Netflix for years, however as of February 2013, seasons two, three, and four all showed up at once in my Q - allowing me to finally see the rest of the series, and reminding me all over how excellent Southland is. ” - PurplePest
 
2.
Luther (2010 TV Series)
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A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. (60 mins.)
“ The best modern day homicide detective show around. Luther is a an engaging example of excellence in BBC programming. With Series 1 and 2 now both streaming on Netflix, better plan stock up and stay in as once you get started you will be compelled to chew through the 10 episodes available like a pint of police show ice cream. Can't wait for Series 3 ” - PurplePest
 
3.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
“ The Wire really is as good as everyone says, and if you are even remotely interested in crime / cop shows, you owe it to yourself to seek this out and indulge through all five seasons of David Simon's masterpiece. ” - PurplePest
 
4.
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993 TV Series)
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A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore. (60 mins.)
“ After you finish watching 'The Wire', you can feed your craving for David Simon's take on crime shows, with 'Homicide: Life on the Streets' the series that got him writing for television in the first place. With 122 episodes spread out over 7 seasons worth of shows, you'll have plenty to dig into and worth going through these one disc at a time on Netflix.
Fans of the Wire will recognize plenty of actors who show up here first, not the least of which is the city of Baltimore which dutifully serves as David Simons muse, inspiring him to craft some of the best crime stories around. ” - PurplePest
 
5.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
“ Okay, maybe it's a bit of a stretch to call this a 'cop-show' - or is it? Twin Peaks central character is an fbi agent solving crimes... ” - PurplePest
 
6.
Crime Story (1986 TV Series)
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The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime. (60 mins.)
Director: Gary A. Sinise
“ Sure everyone knows Michael Mann's 'Miami Vice', however few seem to recall one of the coolest cop shows ever made - Crime Story - Set in the early 60's the show carries us from Chicago to Las Vegas through two seasons worth of epic struggle between Lt. Mike Torello and his colorful mafia nemesis Ray Luca. ” - PurplePest
 
7.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
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The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
“ The Shield reflects an ugly mood the USofA found itself in as the 21st century began. Hard hitting handheld camera angles captures all the action as a neighborhood boils over on the sweltering sunny streets of L.A.. And while the first few seasons play better than the rest, it's worth watching the entire story arc of the corrupt police hero Michael Chiklas portrays. ” - PurplePest
 
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The Killing (2011 TV Series)
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A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car. (45 mins.)
“ This is the kind of show that people seem to either love the way it creeps along the streets of the pacific northwest, or are bitter after the end of season cliffhanger enough to not forgive the way the show's plot line shares a lot of similarities with Twin Peaks.

And while I wish Season two would show up on Netflix already, the Killings minor complaints are easily overshadowed by the actors brilliant performances which keep you glued to the screen. ” - PurplePest
 
9.
Justified (2010 TV Series)
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Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. (44 mins.)
“ Justified is a reliable Elmore Leonard ride. US Marshall Raylan Givens gives chase to Boyd Crowder in the hills of Kentucky and the shows bourbon barrel flavor makes for good watching. ” - PurplePest
 
10.
Robbery Homicide Division (2002 TV Series)
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Drama centers on Lt. Sam Cole and his team of cops in the elite robbery/homicide division of the Los Angeles Police Department. (60 mins.)
“ This was a Michael Mann produced series that had its life cut short by the real-life crimes committed by the shows lead actor whose life was spinning out of control while this was in production. The show does a terrific job of painting the hard streets of LA, and when you compare it to Mann's later work on his film 'Collateral' you can see how his cinematic romance with the underbelly of the city of angels began.
Sadly this show has never been released on DVD and I long for the day when I can watch all 13 episodes again (streaming, whatever...) For now, this one is remains just a fleeting 'memory' of a lost show. ” - PurplePest
 
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Life on Mars (2006 TV Series)
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After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers. (60 mins.)
“ Even though this show has a sci fi element to it, at its core it's a cool cop detective show set in the UK of the 1970's. ” - PurplePest
 
12.
Life on Mars (2008 TV Series)
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A present-day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s. An American remake of the BBC series. (60 mins.)
“ And while I normally think making a US update of a UK show is kind of redundant (we speak the same 'english' language) - this American-ized version of the British series has enough going for it (like Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, and Harvey Keitel) to make it more than worthwhile. Fans of the UK show may enjoy the storytelling even if the 'ending' is different than the original series. ” - PurplePest
 
13.
Detroit 1-8-7 (2010 TV Series)
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The everyday trials and tribulations of Detroit's homicide unit. (42 mins.)
“ Michael Imperioli does a great job as the leading detective Fitch in this cool cop show set in Detroit. This is another crime series that you can easily burn through as its currently available on Netflix streaming. Sadly ABC only gave it one season's worth of shows, but they're all worth watching. ” - PurplePest
 
14.
Powers (2015 TV Series)
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Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner. (42 mins.)
“ This is a television adaptation of the superb comic series written by Brian Bendis that puts the 'police procedural' take on the superhero genre. According to the books letter page, a Power pilot episode has been developed, and is currently undergoing some re-working at FX - ((fingers crossed that they give it the 'green light' and we get to see it sometime soon!!)) ” - PurplePest