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Best Crime TV

A (police) round-up of some of the highest rated, award-winning, most popular, and most influential crime shows--crime doesn't pay except for streaming services.

Shows Like Rake: Barristers in Robes

Don't let their powdered wigs and flowing gowns fool you, these barristers, solicitors, and judges are every bit as clever and ruthless as their American counterparts.

Shows like Broadchurch: Best British Crime

The birthplace of Sherlock Holmes has produced some of the greatest crime and detective series in recent years, including Peaky Blinders, Line of Duty, Happy Valley, Luther, Broadchurch and of course Sherlock--don't forget to check out related lists including British Women on the Case, Grizzled British Detectives, Cracking the (Inspector) Morse Code, and Agatha Christie and her Admirers.

Shows like American Crime: The Human Cost of Crime

Most crime shows focus on catching and trying the culprit, but these series explore the enduring impact of crime on victims, families, communities, and the accused themselves.

Shows like Law and Order: Courtroom Drama

Shows about prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and juries, ranging from fictional procedurals to re-enactments of real life trials.

Jimmy McGovern Dramas

You may not know his name, but Jimmy McGovern has written some of the highest quality British drama in recent decades.

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