Best TV true crime shows

by loveunderlined | created - 09 May 2012 | updated - 23 Apr 2014 | Public

I have high standards. These are the ones that meet them.

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1. Cold Case Files (1999– )

44 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

Unsolved crimes locked away in dusty file cabinets. Time is an ineffectual balm. Painful memories are left to a victim's loved ones. What happens when a killer gets away with murder? Thanks... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Dave Reichert, Kathy Mills, Melvyn Foster

Votes: 1,036

unbeatable.

2. Forensic Files (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Skip Palenik, Tom Bevel, Lowell Levine

Votes: 2,832

3. I Survived... (2008– )

Documentary, Biography

What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? I Survived allows survivors to explain, in their own words, ... See full summary »

Stars: Michelle Renee, Bill Spade, Josh Long, David Handschuh

Votes: 549

4. Forensics: You Decide (2009– )

Documentary, Crime

Sometimes the same set of evidence can tell two very different stories. This series delves deep into the forensics of criminal cases where two sets of experts must battle it out to find the... See full summary »

Stars: David O'Brien, Louis Alvarez, David Anthony, Alan Berman

Votes: 18

5. American Justice (1992– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Bill Kurtis hosts this documentary series that profiles criminal cases involving high profile murders, serial killers, and organized crime. Each episode culminating with the justice dispensed by the American legal system in each case.

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Sonny Vellozzi, Linda Fairstein, F. Lee Bailey

Votes: 504

6. I (Almost) Got Away with It (2010– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

Murders, drug dealers, bank robbers or jail escapees. The stories are different, but the motive is always the same: to stay out of prison. See what pushed these fugitives to their crimes, ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Ratner, Steve C. Porter, Thomas Dalby, Carl Marino

Votes: 499

7. The First 48 (2004– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery, Reality-TV

The series follows detectives during the hours immediately following a homicide.

Stars: Dion Graham, Dave Walker, Ronnie Leatherman, Nathan Schilling

Votes: 2,165

9. The Shift (2008– )

60 min | Crime, Reality-TV

First class, experienced homicide detectives work together to solve murders of every kind and motive in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Stars: John Beach, Jeff Breedlove, Lesia Moore, Tom Tudor

Votes: 131

10. Prison Wives (2010– )

Documentary

Through in-depth interviews, documentary footage and dramatic recreations, Prison Wives tells the tales of crime and punishment, that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make your ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Dewig, Bradford Smith, Isaiah Varisano

Votes: 36

11. Life and Death Row (2014– )

Documentary

A BBC documentary that follows the lives of three American citizens on death row.

Votes: 216