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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 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 Line of Duty: British Police Teams

Unlike the solo detective or slightly mismatched pairs of cops, these shows feature teams of complementary (and often quirky) sleuths; there is no "I" in team, although to be fair there is an "i" in crime.

Shows like The Fall: Cat and Mouse Thrillers

It all started with Sherlock Holmes and Dr Moriarty--the epic and prolonged chess match between two worthy adversaries--full of relentless pursuit, near captures, and tight escapes. Whether it's spies, serial killers, or terrorists these baddies are too slippery to catch easily.

Shows like Mindhunter: Getting Inside the Criminal Mind

Think of them as therapists' badass cousins: these criminal profilers use the power of psychology to delve deep into the twisted minds of the worst criminals--typically serial killers.

Shows like Line of Duty: Interrogation Room Police Dramas

Many cop shows feature a scene or two inside the interrogation room, but these dramas make them the center of the action--these shows are more psychological thrillers than typical police procedurals--and Line of Duty is the best of the lot.

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