Special Report

The Best Detective Shows of All Time

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5. Fargo
> IMDb user rating: 8.9/10
> IMDb user votes: 349,276
> Series run: 2014-Present
> Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

“Fargo” is a dark anthology series in the same vein as the Coen Brothers film of the same name. It follows Midwestern crooks, cops, and the civilians who get caught in the middle of their schemes.

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4. True Detective
> IMDb user rating: 8.9/10
> IMDb user votes: 526,637
> Series run: 2014-2019
> Starring: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

“True Detective” is an anthology series that follows different heinous crimes and the police departments that investigate them. Over its run, it has featured A-list stars like Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Rachel McAdams, and more.

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3. Death Note
> IMDb user rating: 9.0/10
> IMDb user votes: 274,862
> Series run: 2006-2007
> Starring: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

“Death Note” is one of the most popular anime series of all time. It follows a high school student who finds a notebook that allows the user to kill anyone whose name is written in the book. The student then decides to use the notebook to take out criminals.

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2. Sherlock
> IMDb user rating: 9.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 857,750
> Series run: 2010-2017
> Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

“Sherlock” is the BBC’s modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective series. It follows an eccentric but brilliant sleuth and his partner as they seek to solve the most difficult cases.

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1. The Wire
> IMDb user rating: 9.3/10
> IMDb user votes: 308,603
> Series run: 2002-2008
> Starring: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

With an IMDb user rating of 9.3/10, “The Wire” ranks as the best detective show in TV history. The HBO drama follows Baltimore detectives as well as the drug dealers they pursue.

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