Americans watch television crime dramas because we are intrigued by issues involving crime, justice, and equality under the law.
Crime dramas storylines often depict a crime and viewers often follow the persons who try to solve the crime — and that makes such shows popular. It is the genre we binge-watch the most. Crime dramas — and its multitude of sub-genres such as mystery, comedy, and noir — are also often among the longest running shows of any television category. And few other television genres have created more spin-offs than crime dramas.
The latest television crime drama “For The People” is set to premiere on March 13 on ABC. Whether this program will have the staying power of “Law & Order” or “NCIS” remains to be seen. In recognition of the genre, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled the best and worst crime dramas of all time.