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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Power
Power
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
The Wire
The Wire
Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
Queen of the South
Queen of the South
The Disappearance
The Disappearance
Gotham
Gotham
Chicago PD
Chicago PD
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
EastEnders
EastEnders
Justified
Justified
How To Get Away With Murder
How To Get Away With Murder
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon
True Detective
True Detective
Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies
American Gods
American Gods
Mindhunter
Mindhunter
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Peaky Blinders
Kidnapped
Narcos
The Sinner
The Americans
Tin Star
Miss Marple
Riviera
Father Brown
Twin Peaks: The Return
Wentworth
I Almost Got Away with It
Poirot
Orange is the New Black
Snowfall
Shark
Ozark
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Bull
Rookie Blue
Billions
A Touch of Frost
Ten Days in the Valley
Rillington Place
Foyle's War
The Disappearance of Maura Murray
Criminal Confessions
The Good Fight
Blindspot
Quantico
Grantchester
Silent Witness
The Missing
Rizzoli & Isles
White Collar
Goliath
Sneaky Pete
Spiral
iZombie
Surviving Escobar- Alias JJ
Live PD: Police Patrol
The Mentalist
The Blacklist: Redemption
Knight Rider
Cold Justice
How It Really Happened
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Broadchurch
Red Rock
Bosch
Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord
The Dukes of Hazzard
Shades of Blue
Get Shorty
The Murder of Laci Peterson
Gangland Undercover
Love Kills
Street Justice: The Bronx
Cold Squad
Prime Suspect: Tennison
The Mist
Cadfael
Dragnet
Republic of Doyle
Marvel's Agent Carter
The Unit
Wire In The Blood
Manhunt: Unabomber
Prime Suspect
Homicide Hunter
American Vandal
Horror at the Cecil Hotel
The Following
The Rockford Files
Death in Paradise
Columbo
Knight Rider Classic
My Crazy Ex
Women in Prison
Black Mirror