Best Crime Series

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1. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 5,891

2. Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Dempsey, a tough NYPD cop, is sent to a London undercover police unit teamed up with the sophisticated, sexy, blonde Makepeace. They hunt down the top of London's underworld - when not quarreling.

Stars: Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, Ray Smith, Tony Osoba

Votes: 1,274

3. Alias (2001–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 42,295

4. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 23,876

5. Rookie Blue (2010–2015)

42 min | Crime, Drama

Andy McNally and her friends are out of the academy and must adjust to the challenging life of a police officer at the 15th Division in Toronto.

Stars: Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne

Votes: 15,395

6. Hawaii Five-0 (2010– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father's killer. The Governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-0).

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Taylor Wily, Daniel Dae Kim

Votes: 61,618

7. Life (I) (2007–2009)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton

Votes: 31,524

8. Burn Notice (2007–2013)

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

A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.

Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless

Votes: 64,753

9. Covert Affairs (2010–2014)

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

Fresh out of the farm, Annie Walker must adapt to the challenging life of a CIA operative under the guidance of her handler, Auggie. But soon she realizes her recruit might have to do with her last boyfriend rather than her talent.

Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 25,272

10. Charlie's Angels (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A cat burglar, a car thief, and a dirty cop get a chance to turn their lives around; fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend.

Stars: Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez

Votes: 3,870

11. NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa, Linda Hunt

Votes: 44,840

12. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 600,588

13. Las Vegas (2003–2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Welcome to the Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where you can do anything you want, but Ed Deline and his crack surveillance team will be watching. Just remember: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Stars: Josh Duhamel, James Caan, James Lesure, Vanessa Marcil

Votes: 24,733

14. Nikita (2010–2013)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A rogue assassin returns to take down the secret organization that trained her.

Stars: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford

Votes: 46,466

15. Hunted (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama

Meet Sam. A spy. A hunter. And herself hunted by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known.

Stars: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie

Votes: 8,243

16. Dollhouse (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A futuristic laboratory has erased the identities of lost young people, and now imprints them with the temporary identities they need to fulfill assignments for clients.

Stars: Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett

Votes: 44,123

17. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 163,385

18. Unforgettable (2011–2016)

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

Carrie Wells, a former police detective, has a rare ability to remember virtually everything she experiences including detailed visual recall. She returns to police work and uses her ability to solve crimes.

Stars: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao, Jane Curtin

Votes: 14,766

19. Boston Legal (2004–2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.

Stars: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 40,269

20. The Pretender (1996–2000)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A specially gifted man, with the ability to instantly master any skill, escapes from a secret testing facility and travels the country taking on different jobs and helping strangers while hiding from his kidnappers.

Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Jon Gries

Votes: 13,946

21. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 432,423

22. Chuck (2007–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

Stars: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Vik Sahay

Votes: 120,953

23. Flashpoint (2008–2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions and trials of a Toronto police tactical unit.

Stars: Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Sergio Di Zio

Votes: 15,695

24. CSI: NY (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

C.S.I. head Detective Mac Taylor and his team solve crimes in New York City.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper, Eddie Cahill

Votes: 41,333

25. Bones (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and cocky F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders. Quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones.

Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne

Votes: 130,135

26. Human Target (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An unique bodyguard protects his clients by secretly infiltrating their lives in order to draw out and eliminate threats.

Stars: Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma

Votes: 16,627

27. King (2011– )

Crime, Drama

Life of detective Jessica King does not run exactly smoothly. When she becomes the head of the Major Crime Task Force, she is eager to prove she is the best cop in town.

Stars: Amy Price-Francis, Alan Van Sprang, Gabriel Hogan, Tony Nardi

Votes: 1,162

28. Hustle (2004–2012)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A motley group of London con artists pulls off a series of daring and intricate stings.

Stars: Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Rob Jarvis, Adrian Lester

Votes: 20,599

29. Leverage (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 39,190

30. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 133,020

31. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

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

An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

Votes: 73,383

32. La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)

60 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Aclandestine anti-terrorist organization fakes the death of a convicted murderer and trains her in the fighting skills necessary to succeed in her new job.

Stars: Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer, Roy Dupuis

Votes: 8,430

33. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

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

Detective Jane Rizzoli and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Votes: 27,600

34. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 712,524

35. The Event (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a man goes looking for his missing girlfriend, he stumbles upon a government conspiracy that is bigger than the president himself.

Stars: Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Zeljko Ivanek

Votes: 24,921

36. The Net (1998–1999)

45 min | Thriller

Computer programmer Angela Bennett discovers a shadowy group of cyber terrorists who completely erase her true identity. Falsely labeled a criminal, she finds herself on the run, and she'll never stop until she's got her life back.

Stars: Brooke Langton, Joseph Bottoms, Eric Szmanda, Mackenzie Gray

Votes: 342

37. Nash Bridges (1996–2001)

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

A smart alecky San Francisco, California cop and his get rich quick scheme of a partner keep tabs on crime and take down the bad guys in the Bay Area.

Stars: Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Jeff Perry

Votes: 5,798

38. 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: 32,776

39. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn

Votes: 49,822

40. Fastlane (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Two undercover cops take down the highest and lowest criminals in Los Angeles.

Stars: Peter Facinelli, Bill Bellamy, Tiffani Thiessen, Big Boy

Votes: 3,220

41. Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)

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

A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.

Stars: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle

Votes: 8,988

42. Knight Rider (2008–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is an artificially intelligent car that can hack any system, shoot weapons like a jet fighter, and use holograms to transform into other vehicles. ... See full summary »

Stars: Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Paul Campbell, Smith Cho

Votes: 8,525

43. F/X: The Series (1996–1998)

45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Rollie Tyler, a special effects expert, helps his detective friend solve crimes by making criminals see what they want to see. But what is real and what is illusion?

Stars: Cameron Daddo, Christina Cox, Richard Waugh, Jason Blicker

Votes: 611

44. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Two spies are recruited by an intelligence agency. They pose as a married couple Mr. and Mrs. Smith when they are on their missions.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Maria Bello, Roy Dotrice, Aida Turturro

Votes: 495



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