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TV Shows & Series: Best Crime TV Shows/Series

Crime films, in the broadest sense, is a film genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir. Screenwriter and scholar Eric R. Williams identified crime film as one of eleven super-genres in his screenwriters’ taxonomy, claiming that all feature-length narrative films can be classified by these super-genres. The other ten super-genres are action, fantasy, horror, romance, science fiction, slice of life, sports, thriller, war and western. Williams identifies drama in a broader category called "film type", mystery and suspense as "macro-genres", and film noir as a "screenwriter's pathway" explaining that these categories are additive rather than exclusionary. Chinatown would be an example of a film that is a drama (film type) crime film (super-genre) that is also a noir (pathway) mystery (macro-genre). ()

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Money Heist(2017-2021)

TV-MA
| 1h 10min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.2/5 (with 8,020 votes)

To carry out the biggest heist in history, a mysterious man called The Professor recruits a band of eight robbers who have a single characteristic: none of them has anything to lose. Five months of seclusion - memorizing every step, every detail, every probability - culminate in eleven days locked up in the National Coinage and Stamp Factory of Spain, surrounded by police forces and with dozens of hostages in their power, to find out whether their suicide wager will lead to everything or nothing.

Riverdale(2017-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 6,217 votes)

Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Lucifer(2016-2021)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Crime, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.3/5 (with 5,742 votes)

Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar abandoned his throne and retired to Los Angeles, where he has teamed up with LAPD detective Chloe Decker to take down criminals.But the longer he's away from the underworld, the greater the threat that the worst of humanity could escape.

Elite(2018-)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Crime, Mystery, Drama
4.1/5 (with 3,850 votes)

When three working class kids enroll in the most exclusive school in Spain, the clash between the wealthy and the poor students leads to tragedy.

Peaky Blinders(2013-)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Drama, Crime
4.3/5 (with 2,632 votes)

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

Arrow(2012-2020)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure
3.4/5 (with 2,458 votes)

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Dark(2017-2020)

TV-MA
| 53min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Drama, Mystery, Crime
4.2/5 (with 2,395 votes)

A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.

The Act(2019)

TV-MA
| 53min per episode | Drama, Crime
3.8/5 (with 2,212 votes)

A seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories with the first season following Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother.

Prison Break(2005-2017)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama
4.1/5 (with 1,768 votes)

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 out.

Sherlock(2010-2017)

TV-14
| 1h 30min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.3/5 (with 1,717 votes)

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

Mr. Robot(2015-2019)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.1/5 (with 1,605 votes)

A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.

Chucky(2021-)

TV-MA
| 46min per episode | Crime, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 1,523 votes)

After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies — and allies — from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins.

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The Purge(2018-2019)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Mystery, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1,503 votes)

Set in a dystopian America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is a mysterious savior who’s impeccably equipped for everything the night throws at them. As the clock winds down with their fates hanging in the balance, each character is forced to reckon with their pasts as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

Marvel's Daredevil(2015-2018)

TV-MA
| 52min per episode | Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure
4.1/5 (with 1,497 votes)

Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock uses his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil.

Scorpion(2014-2018)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Crime
4.1/5 (with 1,490 votes)

Based on a true story, Scorpion is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis, an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru.

Dexter(2006-2013)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 1,408 votes)

Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(1999-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 1,380 votes)

In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.

Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord(2012)

45min per episode | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 1,326 votes)

Pablo is a man with a natural ability for business. Early in his life, Pablo is introduced to the business of cocaine and the power it yields. A young life of crime lands Pablo in and out of jail as he builds is criminal empire. Pablo expands his power through politics but it is not long before his conflicts as a Congressman and a drug lord collide. Pablo has his enemies executed, but not before the United States activates its own war on the Medellin cartel.

Gotham(2014-2019)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.8/5 (with 1,312 votes)

Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

The Mentalist(2008-2015)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,304 votes)

Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.

Criminal Minds(2005-2020)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 1,301 votes)

An elite team of FBI profilers analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's most experienced agent is David Rossi, a founding member of the BAU who returns to help the team solve new cases.

Better Call Saul(2015-)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,259 votes)

Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut. The series tracks Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer".

Sin senos sí hay paraíso(2016-2020)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,174 votes)

A young woman born in a mafia-controlled town seeks revenge on those who wrongfully harmed and imprisoned her family.

Bones(2005-2017)

TV-14
| 40min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,168 votes)

Dr. Temperance Brennan and hercolleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Boothwith murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification methods are useless.

The Blacklist(2013-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 1,131 votes)

Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In the last two decades, he's made a list of criminals and terrorists that matter the most but the FBI cannot find because it does not know they exist. Reddington calls this "The Blacklist". Reddington will co-operate, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.

iZombie(2015-2019)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Drama, Crime, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.9/5 (with 1,106 votes)

A medical student who becomes a zombie joins a Coroner's Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity. But every brain she eats, she also inherits their memories and must now solve their deaths with help from the Medical examiner and a police detective.

The X-Files(1993-2018)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Crime
4.2/5 (with 1,075 votes)

The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to mainstream cases.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine(2013-2021)

TV-14
| 21min per episode | Comedy, Crime
4.1/5 (with 1,047 votes)

A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.

The End of the F***ing World(2017-2019)

TV-MA
| 21min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Crime
4.1/5 (with 1,042 votes)

James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a darkly comedic road trip in search of her real father.

Directed by Jonathan Entwistle, Lucy Tcherniak - With Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

Blindspot(2015-2020)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama, Action & Adventure
3.7/5 (with 1,026 votes)

A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there's one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. "Jane," Agent Weller and the rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed.

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