“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
― Nelson Mandela

Are you a crime show buff in search of some of the best crime dramas television has ever seen? Well, watching crime shows can be a truly thrilling experience. It allows one to predict and think about what the possible outcomes of a case can be and the evident twists and cliffhangers make the experience a truly enthralling one. There are a plethora of shows like this across the globe, that are sure to leave you mind-blown and in awe. Here is a list of 10 of the best crime shows on television for you to kick back and relax.

  1. True Detective

This crime anthology is an American show that came into being in 2014. The first season follows a group of detectives who work day and night to crack the care of a serial killer, who has been on the run for about 17 years. Sounds enthralling, doesn’t it? This season is well-acclaimed among critics and had received a high rating on most platforms. It has also won several awards for acting, writing, cinematography, and much more. If you are a crime show lover, this show is sure to be one you will thoroughly enjoy.

  1. The Shield

This crime show is one of the best ones in the genre of crime and is truly a must-watch. This show takes an unexpected turn from the usual crime shows we are all so used to watching. It shows us how those in the line of law sometimes tend to justify criminality in ways we would never expect. The show is mainly about following officials going about their day-to-day work while dealing with questions of morality and keeping the suspense high at all times.

  1. Breaking Bad

This show was a ground-breaking one indeed. It is sure to be one you have never seen before. It aired way back in 2008 but continues to steal the hearts of all people across time. The show revolves around Walter White; a high-school chemistry teacher who uses his knowledge to cook meth, and gets into the drug trade business with his former student, Jesse Pinkman. White’s supreme knowledge of chemicals pushes him to make some of the purest meth anyone has ever seen and sales spike high for the duo. White later begins to have problems with his family, owing to his side business. He also tries to escape and play safe at home, as his brother-in-law is an official at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  1. Luther

This show is about Luther, who often goes down the dark route, just like Sherlock Holmes. Although a fantastic detective, he tends to get too involved in the case and his commitment drives him to violence and obsessive behaviors. This also puts strain on his relationship with his wife. Alice Morgan is another character that makes viewers have a love/hate relationship with her. The series of events that take place in this show that ran from 2010 to 1019 are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat at all times.

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  1. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

If you are a crime show lover, then you have definitely heard or watch at least a few episodes of this fantastic show. The show primarily deals with providing justice to victims of sexual harassment. Although this is a sensitive topic, it is the need of the hour. Some of the contents of the show can be triggering for some, and hence, viewer discretion is advised. However, this show is one of the best crime shows out there. It gives viewers the satisfaction of watching the perpetrators of heinous crimes being caught and it also gives viewers some of the best crime-fighting duos.


  1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents

How can one speak about crime shows without speaking about Alfred Hitchcock himself? This show is one that ran from 1955 to 1965, it is a true classic and can be watched and enjoyed by all, irrespective of age. Each hour-long episode of this show entailed a top-notch star and gave viewers a life lesson along with an unpredictable twist at the end. Some of the famous personalities on the show included Dick York, Carmen Mathews, Patricia Hitchcock, etc. This American show was later renamed The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and it is truly a must-watch for any crime show buff.

  1. Dexter

This show is one of the most thrilling ones television has ever seen. Dexter is the main character in the show, who struggles with serial killer urges. However, he uses that to drive him to gain justice for those who have been wronged. Although Dexter tried his best to lead a normal life with a wife and child, his urges always tend to come in the way. What makes the show a heart-warming one along with a cutting-edge one is Dexter’s relationship with his sister, who is also a detective. This show is one that is truly worth binging on and is sure to have you hooked to the screen.

  1. The Fall

This is a crime show set in scenic Ireland and premiered in 2013. In this show, a detective works tirelessly to crack the code and bring justice to victims who cannot fight for themselves. Stella Gibson is a senior in the field and in charge of cases that have been open and unresolved for over 28 days. She assesses these cases and soon ropes in local detectives from across the country to get in on the case. Throughout the course of the show, Stella and her time work day-in and day-out but face a number of challenges and obstacles inside and outside the department.

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  1. The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

If you think you were on track about what happened at the O.J. Simpson trial, well, this show is here to prove you wrong. The magnitude of the situation and the series of events that took place after a single night, where things got out of hand is truly astounding. The best part of this show is that it not only follows the trial closely but also lets the audience witness the lives that were impacted by the incident. This is truly a one-of-a-kind show and it is one you cannot afford to miss.

  1. Hannibal

This three-season crime show is truly as good as a thriller to watch. The show is critically acclaimed and its actors have received praise and awards galore. The show follows detectives and behavior science professionals, who come together to crack the case of a serial killer. The true twist is sure to leave you shocked when Lecter’s true intentions are revealed. Will Graham on the other hand is sure to leave you surprised and in awe when he displays his empathy towards often psychotic killers. Lecter however tries to use this trait of Graham’s to take him on a path less traveled.


Now that you know some of the best crime shows out there, you are all set to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and prepare to be hooked to your screen for hours on end. If you’re looking for the perfect weekend binge, this list will be sure to help you with just that.