Special Report

The Best Detective Shows of All Time

Source: Courtesy of American Movie Classics

45. The Killing
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10
> IMDb user votes: 105,113
> Series run: 2011-2014
> Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Liam James

Based on the Danish series “Forbrydelsen,” “The Killing” is a crime show about the murder of a 17-year-old girl and the homicide detectives investigating it.

Source: Courtesy of USA Network

44. White Collar
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10
> IMDb user votes: 124,883
> Series run: 2009-2014
> Starring: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen

“White Collar” centers on a highly intelligent con artist, forger, and a thief who helps the FBI catch other con artists, forgers, and thieves as part of a work-release program.

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43. Wire in the Blood
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10
> IMDb user votes: 7,821
> Series run: 2002-2009
> Starring: Robson Green, Mark Letheren, Emma Handy, Mark Penfold

Unlike the majority of the TV shows on this list, the main character in “Wire in the Blood” is not a detective but a clinical psychologist who gets inside the heads of serial killers and helps the police solve crimes.

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42. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10
> IMDb user votes: 14,961
> Series run: 2012-2015
> Starring: Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Ashleigh Cummings

Set in 1920s Melbourne, Australia, “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” follows a glamourous private detective known for her dagger-sharp wit and pearl-handled pistol.

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41. Unforgotten
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10
> IMDb user votes: 19,431
> Series run: 2015-Present
> Starring: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jordan Long, Lewis Reeves, Nicola Walker

“Unforgotten” is a British crime drama that follows a team of London detectives who investigate crimes, usually about a missing person’s case or murder committed years, even decades, ago.

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