TV Dramas

Personal selection of great television dramas.

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1.
Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV Series)
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The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett. (60 mins.)
 
2.
Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. (60 mins.)
 
3.
Harry O (1973 TV Series)
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Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine... (60 mins.)
 
4.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
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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.)
“ Great plot and soundtrack. And the actors are very good. But after Season 4, the show lost quality. ” - Thomaz Kravezuk
 
5.
The Streets of San Francisco (1972 TV Series)
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A veteran cop with more than 20 years of experience is teamed with a young Inspector to solve crimes in San Francisco. (60 mins.)
 
6.
The Sweeney (1975 TV Series)
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British police TV series which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid-1970s starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. (60 mins.)
“ Thaw and Waterman delivers great performances. The soundtrack is amazing and the plots are realistic and exciting. "You're Nicked!" ” - Thomaz Kravezuk
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Monk (2002 TV Series)
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Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way. (47 mins.)
 
9.
Columbo (1971 TV Series)
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes. (100 mins.)
 
10.
Baretta (1975 TV Series)
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The cases of maverick undercover New York City detective Tony Baretta. (60 mins.)
 
11.
Kojak (1973 TV Series)
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A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city. (60 mins.)
 
12.
The Fugitive (1963 TV Series)
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A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer. (51 mins.)
 
13.
Police Story (1973 TV Series)
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Classic anthology series, which details the personal lives of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department... (120 mins.)
 
14.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
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The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. (45 mins.)
 
15.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
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NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
16.
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
17.
Magnum, P.I. (1980 TV Series)
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The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator. (48 mins.)
 
18.
Mannix (1967 TV Series)
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Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias. (60 mins.)
 
19.
Mission: Impossible (1966 TV Series)
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An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture. (50 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Vega$ (1978 TV Series)
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Dan Tanna is a private investigator in the gambling town of Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas can be seedy or glamorous... (60 mins.)
 
22.
S.W.A.T. (1975 TV Series)
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The missions of a major city's police department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit. (60 mins.)
 
23.
Cannon (1971 TV Series)
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Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
24.
Barnaby Jones (1973 TV Series)
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The exploits of milk-swilling, geriatric private eye Barnaby Jones. (60 mins.)
 
25.
Detroit 1-8-7 (2010 TV Series)
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The everyday trials and tribulations of Detroit's homicide unit. (42 mins.)
 
26.
Ironside (1967 TV Series)
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Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco. (60 mins.)
 
27.
Blue Bloods (2010 TV Series)
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Revolves around a family of New York cops. (43 mins.)
 
28.
Serpico (1976 TV Series)
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Frank Serpico was a maverick New York City detective who, after turning in a large number of "bad" cops and later being shot in the face... (60 mins.)
 
29.
Chicago Story (1982 TV Series)
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This is the story of three lawyers, a street cop, two detectives, and two doctors in the Windy city. And how an incident or person's life is affected by one or more of these people. (90 mins.)
 
30.
Dallas (1978 TV Series)
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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
 
31.
The F.B.I. (1965 TV Series)
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The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. (60 mins.)
 
32.
Dan August (1970 TV Series)
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Detective August works the crime beat in his home town, Santa Luisa CA, working with (and against) people with whom he grew up. (60 mins.)
 
33.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 TV Series)
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An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas. (60 mins.)
 
34.
Quincy M.E. (1976 TV Series)
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder. (60 mins.)
 
35.
Remington Steele (1982 TV Series)
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The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business. (60 mins.)
 
36.
Moonlighting (1985 TV Series)
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency. (60 mins.)
 
37.
T.J. Hooker (1982 TV Series)
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The weekly adventures of tough-as-nails veteran police officer Sgt. T.J. Hooker, who rides the beat with his rookie partner Vince Romano. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Dragnet (1951 TV Series)
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Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles. (30 mins.)
 
39.
L.A. Law (1986 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm. (46 mins.)
 
40.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
 
41.
The A-Team (1983 TV Series)
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Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military. (60 mins.)
 
42.
St. Elsewhere (1982 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital. (60 mins.)
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
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The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking... (47 mins.)
 
45.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
46.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future. (49 mins.)
 
47.
Carga Pesada (1979 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
48.
Plantão de Polícia (1979 TV Series)
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A reporter, Pena, is investigating the drug business in Brazil.
 
49.
CHiPs (1977 TV Series)
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The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. (60 mins.)
 
50.
Cop Shop (1977 TV Series)
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Life in a suburban police station. (50 mins.)
 
51.
Division 4 (1969 TV Series)
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This series was about the wide variety of cases dealt with by the Criminal Investigation and Uniform branches at Melbourne's fictional Yarra Central police station. (50 mins.)
 
52.
Homicide (1964 TV Series)
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The show was about crimes and cases actioned by the Victorian (Australia) homicide squad, with many cases based of real cases. (50 mins.)
Director: Colin Eggleston
 
53.
Lou Grant (1977 TV Series)
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The trials of the former TV station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff. (60 mins.)
 
54.
Matlock Police (1971 TV Series)
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Policing in a small rural town ...early 70's popular in its day (50 mins.)
 
55.
The Professionals (1977 TV Series)
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This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5)... (50 mins.)
 
56.
Eight Is Enough (1977 TV Series)
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This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children. (60 mins.)
 
57.
Dallas (1978 TV Series)
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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
 
58.
Nash Bridges (1996 TV Series)
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A smart alecky San Francisco cop and his get rich quick scheme of a partner keep tabs on crime and take down the bad guys in the Bay Area. (60 mins.)