The crime show genre, whether it involves police detectives or private eyes and/or the various non-official specialists who help them, is one of the most popular on television. Audiences love the suspense and intrigue of hard-working sleuths doggedly searching for clues to hunt down criminals and bring them to justice.
There have been hundreds of crime shows over the years, some much better than others.
Some of these shows ran for well over a decade, while others became cult classics after just a few seasons on the air – or even less. (These are the best TV shows that were canceled after one season.)
To determine the 25 best shows ever made, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data from IMDb, an online movie and TV database owned by Amazon. Television shows with the “detective” keyword tag or “crime” genre label were ranked based on the average IMDb user rating and number of votes, as of July 2022.
24. The Blacklist (2013-)
> IMDb rating: 8.0 / 10 (242,711 votes)
> Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold
“The Blacklist” follows a former Navy officer turned master criminal who surrenders to the FBI and begins helping them catch dangerous spies, mafia bosses, and terrorists.