Who Solves the Murder Mystery?

by leavey-2 | created - 28 Mar 2017 | updated - 15 Apr 2017 | Public

Crime TV-series are one of the most popular genres on TV. But it's not always the cop who catches the murderer.

Which series features the most creative sleuth (or team of sleuths) to solve the murder case?

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1. Elementary (2012– )

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

A modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes, with the detective now living in New York City.

Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 92,879

Addiction Specialist

2. The Blacklist (2013– )

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

A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.

Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold

Votes: 156,335

Another Criminal

3. NCIS (2003– )

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

The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington, D.C. Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Stars: Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette

Votes: 106,605

Army / Navy

4. 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: 593,172

Blood Spatter Analyst / Serial Killer

5. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

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

A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John", the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 151,274

Con Man

6. Lie to Me (2009–2011)

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

About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.

Stars: Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines, Monica Raymund

Votes: 103,083

Deception Expert

7. Matlock (1986–1995)

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

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,515

Defense Attorney

8. Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

45 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

Dr. Mark Sloan has a knack for getting into trouble, negotiating the twists and turns of mysteries and solving crimes with the help of his son, Steve, a homicide detective.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, Charlie Schlatter

Votes: 5,572

Doctor

9. Criminal Minds (2005– )

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

The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 137,572

FBI Profilers

10. Encyclopedia Brown (1989– )

55 min | Comedy, Family, Mystery

Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown is a ten-year-old boy genius who puts his talents to work fighting crime in the small town of Idaville. With his friend Sally nearby to protect him from Bugs ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Bremner, Laura Bridge, Dion Zamora, Taylor Negron

Votes: 69

Fifth Grader

11. 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: 129,346

Forensic Anthropologist

12. 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: 73,008

Forensic Evidence Investigation Experts

13. Forever (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A 200-year-old man works in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality.

Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Donnie Keshawarz

Votes: 48,925

Immortal 200-year-old Man

14. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

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

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 102,915

Law Students

15. Jonathan Creek (1997–2016)

TV-MA | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to the use of solving impossible crimes and mysterious murders.

Stars: Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan, Julia Sawalha

Votes: 5,792

Magician

16. Numb3rs (2005–2010)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Working for the F.B.I., a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes.

Stars: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch, Alimi Ballard

Votes: 36,978

Mathematician

17. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

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

The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

Votes: 4,440

Medical Examiner

18. Marple (2004–2013)

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 4,622

Nosybody

19. Psych (2006–2014)

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

A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Stars: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 77,009

Pharmaceutical Salesman

20. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)

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

A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress.

Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

Votes: 51,100

Pie-Maker (with the power to bring dead people back to life)

21. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

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

The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 19,296

Private investigator

22. Perception (2012–2015)

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

Dr. Daniel Pierce is an eccentric neuropsychiatrist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex criminal cases.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan, Arjay Smith

Votes: 17,683

Psychiatrist

23. Medium (2005–2011)

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

Suburban mom Allison DuBois attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber, Sofia Vassilieva

Votes: 23,990

Psychic Medium

24. New Tricks (2003–2015)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam

Votes: 4,305

Retired Police Officers

25. Hart to Hart (1979–1984)

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

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Lee Wilkof

Votes: 5,008

Self-Made Millionaire

26. Early Edition (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 41 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

His name is Gary Hobson. He gets tomorrow's newspaper today. He doesn't know how. He doesn't know why. All he knows is when the early edition hits his doorstep, he has twenty-four hours to set things right.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens, Billie Worley

Votes: 10,464

Stockbroker

27. Professor T. (2015– )

Not Rated | Crime, Drama

The eccentric professor Jasper Teerlinck is advisor to the police. A successful cooperation, although he drives his fellow man crazy.

Stars: Koen De Bouw, Tanja Oostvogels, Goele Derick, Carry Goossens

Votes: 736

University Professor

28. Moonlight (2007–2008)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A vampire lands work as a private investigator and falls for a mortal woman.

Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 22,730

Vampire

29. Grantchester (2014– )

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

A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, James Norton

Votes: 7,649

Vicar

30. Hotel Beau Séjour (2016– )

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.

Stars: Lynn Van Royen, Inge Paulussen, Jan Hammenecker, Kris Cuppens

Votes: 2,638

Victim's Ghost

31. Endgame (2011)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver ... See full summary »

Stars: Shawn Doyle, Patrick Gallagher, Katharine Isabelle, Carmen Aguirre

Votes: 3,242

World Chess Champion

32. 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: 132,261

Writer

33. iZombie (2015– )

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

A medical resident finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley

Votes: 53,096

Zombie



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