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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 The Wire: Gritty Crime Shows

These series feature crooked cops and ruthless criminals who mix it up on the garbage-strewn streets of big cities. Pioneering shows like NYPD Blue and the Shield focused on cops in US cities, but the best of the current batch are anchored in the lives of gang members on the mean streets of Birmingham, Rome, Paris and Dublin.

Best Drama TV

Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.

Shows like The Wire: City Life from Multiple Perspectives

Inspired by The Wire, these series and documentaries analyze the vibrant life of American cities from the perspectives of the politicians, criminals, police officers, the press, and others. They'll have you riding the subway with fresh interest.

Shows like the Wire: Drug Dealers on the Street

Forget international cartel kingpins, these drug dealers stake out the corners of Dublin, Miami, and Baltimore, with a heater in the belt...probably a lot cooler than the 35 year-old Brian who delivers pot in your neighborhood.

Shows like The Wire: David Simon TV

After more than a decade as a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, David Simon went on to create and produce some of the most realistic and best-written TV series ever, including his classic The Wire.

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