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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 Fargo: Small town Good vs. Evil

Good and evil don't only clash at an epic scale: in these shows they battle it out in the more intimate arena of small-towns, as well as within the human heart.

Shows Like Burn Notice: Crime Shows That Don't Take Themselves Too Seriously

These crime and police procedurals mix genuine thrills with just the right amount of lighthearted banter, reeling you in without leaving you too depressed to finish your dinner. The USA network is well represented.

Shows Like Psych: Lighthearted Detective Shows

If you like your private investigators and police detectives without a troubled past and a drinking problem, this is the list for you--with well-adjusted detectives and a cynicism-free vibe.

Shows like Castle: Male Female Cop Partners

A twist on the classic buddy cop trope, where a man and woman team up to catch villains--the biggest mystery in these shows, however, is will they, won't they?

Shows Like Janet King: Crime from Down Under

Considering how many came over on convict ships, it's unsurprising the Ozzies have a fascination with crime, spawning some incredible crime-drama series.

Shows like Justified: Small Town, Big City Cop

The police officers in these shows move from big cities in search of a quieter life, but quickly learn that small towns can have as many dark secrets as any metropolis.

Shows like Inspector Morse: Cracking the Inspector Morse Code

Inspector Morse is arguably the most successful modern British detective franchise, spurring the sequel Inspector Lewis, the prequel Endeavour, and several shows with similar vibes. Set against the backdrop of a historic English village, these noir-free series feature detectives (often grizzled but erudite) pursuing baddies over cobblestoned lanes.

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