Special Report

The Best Detective Shows of All Time

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25. Broadchurch
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 104,152
> Series run: 2013-2017
> Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

“Broadchurch” follows the investigation of a young boy’s murder and the effect is has on the town and everyone in it.

Source: Courtesy of BBC America

24. Luther
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 128,762
> Series run: 2010-2019
> Starring: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Idris Elba plays the titular “Luther,” a detective chief inspector who is one of the best criminal investigators, but he does not always play by the rules and is haunted by his tragic past.

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23. Person of Interest
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 169,266
> Series run: 2011-2016
> Starring: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

In “Person of Interest,” a former CIA agent and a programmer team up to use surveillance and artificial intelligence to prevent crimes before they happen.

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22. Fringe
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 229,305
> Series run: 2008-2013
> Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Jasika Nicole

Sci-fi series “Fringe” was a cult classic that ran for five seasons. It follows an FBI agent, an eccentric scientist, and his son who all team up to investigate unexplained phenomena.

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21. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10
> IMDb user votes: 270,666
> Series run: 2013-2021
> Starring: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

One of the few comedies on this list, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” follows the daily lives of the NYPD’s 99th Precinct. Andy Samberg stars as the precinct’s lovable but goofy detective.

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