Fresh Takes on Crime Shows

by NarniaIsAwesome | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

We know these shows. And we know the drill: kick-butt hero who fights drug dealers and gets the love interest. But what if these shows were rebooted with different plots? Which would you want to watch? Discuss here!

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1. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 6,074

New Premise: In present day, two siblings uncover a series of writings belonging to their deceased father, Malibu Private Investigator Jim Rockford. The journals detail unexplained and supernatural things he witnessed during his years on the job. As they read, the show flashes back to the 1970's when he experienced them. Genre: Sci-fi/Horror/Action/Drama

2. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 16,203

New Premise: Mystery writer Jessica Fletcher lives through her fictional heroine of the same name. She secludes in her mansion in Cabot Cove, Maine, and soon the lines between the real Jessica and made up one begin to blur. Genre: Drama/Physiological Thriller

3. Remington Steele (1982–1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business.

Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, James Read

Votes: 6,552

New Premise: Lara Holt journeys to Brazil to export fine steel from Remington Steele Group for the United States - but the company's CEO has plans to draft her into reconnaissance. Genre: Drama/Action

4. Simon & Simon (1981–1989)

60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver, Tim Reid

Votes: 3,933

New Premise: Rick Simon is a private investigator with a thriving business, but things get eerie when he suspects he has a clone. Genres: Sci-fi/Drama/Action

5. 21 Jump Street (1987–1991)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of an undercover police unit composed of young looking officers specializing in youth crime.

Stars: Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete

Votes: 9,964

New Premise: A young cop in Vancouver wanders up abandoned 21st street... only to find that it is a portal to a parallel dimension, and ends up in Metropolis, Evergreen State. Genres: Sci-fi/Drama/Action

6. MacGyver (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Robin Mossley

Votes: 33,018

New Premise: Angus MacGyver, a retired detective in Scotland, spends his days tracking down the elusive Loch Ness Monster, who he believes is responsible for killing his family. Genre: Action/Cryptozoology

7. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, John Karlen

Votes: 2,897

New Premise: Two rival crime bosses fight for control of futuristic Manhattan in 2049. They are both investigated by detectives of the NYPD, Shirlene Holmes and Joanna Watson. Genre: Action/Crime/Sci-fi

Suggested by Ed Jones.

8. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 6,501

New Premise: A couple of gritty cops discover they all have a passion for blues music, and form a band - but it may interfere with their jobs. Genre: Comedy

9. Miami Vice (1984–1990)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 20,938

New Premise: When the President of the United States becomes incapacitated, the job is handed down to his lazy Vice President, who hails from Miami, Florida, and he must learn to handle his duties wisely. Genre: Comedy

10. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,244,497

New Premise: A reluctant rancher must tame a wild horse his father named "Bad". Genre: Drama/Family

11. Better Call Saul (2015– )

TV-MA | 46 min | Crime, Drama

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 255,024

New Premise: In the 1870's, Saul Goodman claims he invented the telephone before Alexander Graham Bell, which leads to all sorts of issues. Genre: Dramedy/Historical Fiction

12. CHiPs (1977–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.

Stars: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Paul Linke

Votes: 6,905

New Premise: Two brothers inherit a snack food company famous for it's potato chips. Genre: Comedy

13. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Votes: 5,142

New Premise: In an apocalyptic future, residents of Hawaii struggle with an unexplained change in weather, where the temperature in the beach state doesn't get over 50 degrees. Genre: Sc-fi/Drama

14. You (2018– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him.

Stars: Penn Badgley, Ambyr Childers, Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan

Votes: 67,511

New Premise: Each episode of the series presents a mystery, and is left unsolved only for the audience (you) to puzzle out. Genre: Crime/Mystery

15. Shetland (2013– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DI Jimmy Perez and his team investigate crimes within the close knit island community of Shetland.

Stars: Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell, Steven Robertson, Mark Bonnar

Votes: 8,174

New Premise: A New York cop is introduced to his new partner: a shetland pony with a knack for solving crime. Genre: Comedy/Crime

16. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 156,996

New Premise: Two indentical detectives, Sara and Queenie Peak, meet and discover they are actually twins separated at birth. Genre: Drama/Crime

17. Monk (2002–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Votes: 59,746

New Premise: Adrian, a Catholic monk in Ireland, solves crime in his small community. Genre: Drama/Mystery

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