Special Report

The Best Detective Shows of All Time

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30. Police Squad!
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 17,281
> Series run: 1982
> Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton, Ed Williams

Even though “Police Squad!” aired for only one season — a total of six episodes — it was so popular that it was turned into the Naked Gun film franchise. The crime comedy is basically a parody of police crime stories.

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29. Southland
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 25,554
> Series run: 2009-2013
> Starring: Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, Ben McKenzie

“Southland” is an American crime TV show that tells the story of several people working for the Los Angeles Police Department, including a rookie cop, detectives, and a woman trying to join the elite SWAT team.

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28. Forbrydelsen
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 26,209
> Series run: 2007-2012
> Starring: Sofie Gråbøl, Morten Suurballe, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen

“Forbrydelsen,” meaning “the crime” in English, is a Danish police drama that follows a female detective inspector and the difficult cases she is trying to solve. Each episode covers 24 hours of the investigation.

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27. Happy Valley
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 36,672
> Series run: 2014-2022
> Starring: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Charlie Murphy, James Norton

“Happy Valley” is a British crime drama that revolves around the strong-willed police sergeant Catherine Wood, who lives with her recovering alcoholic and heroin addict sister.

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26. Bosch
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 59,426
> Series run: 2014-2021
> Starring: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick

In “Bosch,” an LAPD detective works to solve complicated cases while struggling with the stress of the job.

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