Crime TV Shows

About Crime

Crime has been one of television's favorite subjects since the birth of the medium. In the 1950s and 1960s, the detective story was as popular on television as it was in mainstream novels and on the radio, and as innovative programs introduced new styles of acting, editing and storytelling, the crime drama was instrumental in changing the way that television drama overall was created.

Crime-related television programming comes in many different varieties. Detective stories and mysteries had their roots in other media, and they made the transition to television without modification. The detective story follows the actions of a single hero, usually a police detective or a private investigator, as he attempts to solve a crime and apprehend its perpetrator. A mystery often employs the same type of subject matter, but in a mystery, the identity of the perpetrator is typically kept from the audience until the end of the story.

The police procedural has its roots in popular novels, but as a subgenre of crime fiction it was most fully developed on televisions. These dramas follow the work of detectives or police officers, much as detective stories do, but the police procedural is more concerned with creating a realistic and convincingly depiction of the police officers' daily duties.

Many crime dramas could also slip easily into the action genre. In terms of plot, these stories have the structure of detective stories or mysteries, but they emphasize the violence, physical confrontations and perilous situations that plague the hero as he tries to solve the crime.

Finally, true crime stories take advantage of non-fiction stories of crimes, criminals and victims. These programs may be either fictionalized, semi-documentary or fully documentary in nature. Fictionalized programs base their stories on actual crimes but may alter significant details for dramatic effect. Semi-documentary programs try to stay true to the details of the crime but may include dramatic re-creations of events, while documentaries present the story of the real-life crime as accurately as possible.

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Billions
Billions
Wentworth
Wentworth
Snowfall
Snowfall
Power
Power
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Queen of the South
Queen of the South
Money Heist
Money Heist
Goliath
Goliath
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
Chicago PD
Chicago PD
Gotham
Gotham
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Dead North
Dead North
The Americans
The Americans
The Wire
The Wire
Unsolved
Unsolved
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
The Bridge
The Bridge
Black Lightning
Black Lightning
Quantico
Quantico
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
The Sinner
The Sinner
The Trade
The Trade
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
Rookie Blue
Rookie Blue
The Last Defense
The Last Defense
Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue
Murder Chose Me
Murder Chose Me
The Good Fight
The Good Fight
Blindspot
Blindspot
Taken
Taken
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
iZombie
iZombie
Knight Rider
Knight Rider
Deadly Sins
Deadly Sins
Sneaky Pete
Sneaky Pete
Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
Knight Rider Classic
Knight Rider Classic
McMafia
McMafia
EastEnders
EastEnders
How To Get Away With Murder
How To Get Away With Murder
American Gods
American Gods
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
Ice
Ice
Murder Comes to Town
Murder Comes to Town
True Detective
True Detective
Web of Lies
Web of Lies
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Justified
Justified
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Fear Thy Neighbor
Fear Thy Neighbor
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoli & Isles
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon
White Collar
White Collar
Private Eyes
Private Eyes
Foyle's War
Foyle's War
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
Miss Marple
Miss Marple
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
Bull
Bull
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Eyewitness
Eyewitness
See No Evil
See No Evil
Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery
Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery
Father Brown
Father Brown
Sr. Avila
Sr. Avila
North Woods Law
North Woods Law
People Magazine Investigates
People Magazine Investigates
Las munecas de la mafia
Las munecas de la mafia
DCI Banks
DCI Banks
Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards
Unforgotten
Unforgotten
Seven Seconds
Seven Seconds
A Touch of Frost
A Touch of Frost
Waco
Waco
Death Row Chronicles
Death Row Chronicles
Obsession: Dark Desires
Obsession: Dark Desires
Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies
S.W.A.T. (2017)
S.W.A.T. (2017)
Mafia's Greatest Hits
Mafia's Greatest Hits
Breaking Homicide
Breaking Homicide
Gangland Undercover
Gangland Undercover
Bosch
Bosch
Reasonable Doubt
Reasonable Doubt
Prime Suspect
Prime Suspect
Absentia
Absentia
Deception (2018)
Deception (2018)
Poirot
Poirot
Gone
Gone
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
Live PD: Police Patrol
Live PD: Police Patrol
Behind Bars: Rookie Year
Behind Bars: Rookie Year