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
Snowfall
Snowfall
Queen of the South
Queen of the South
Chicago PD
Chicago PD
How To Get Away With Murder
How To Get Away With Murder
Black Lightning
Black Lightning
Gotham
Gotham
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
YOU
YOU
Ray Donovan
Ray Donovan
Sacred Games
Sacred Games
Narcos
Narcos
Mr. Mercedes
Mr. Mercedes
Al Hayba
Al Hayba
The Wire
The Wire
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
FBI
FBI
True Detective
True Detective
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon
The Sinner
The Sinner
Blindspot
Blindspot
The Purge
The Purge
Money Heist
Money Heist
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Dateline: Secrets Uncovered
Wentworth
Wentworth
American Gods
American Gods
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
EastEnders
EastEnders
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Rogue
Rogue
Billions
Billions
Carl Weber's The Family Business
Carl Weber's The Family Business
Eyewitness
Eyewitness
Take Two
Take Two
Cold Justice
Cold Justice
Deadly Women
Deadly Women
North Woods Law
North Woods Law
Women in Prison
Women in Prison
Dead North
Dead North
Sr. Avila
Sr. Avila
My Crazy Ex
My Crazy Ex
Home Alone
Home Alone
The Americans
The Americans
A Very English Scandal
A Very English Scandal
Crime 360
Crime 360
Elite
Elite
Homicide Hunter
Homicide Hunter
Las munecas de la mafia
Las munecas de la mafia
The Shocking Truth
The Shocking Truth
Taken
Taken
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Behind Bars: Rookie Year
Behind Bars: Rookie Year
Guilt
Guilt
After The First 48
After The First 48
Gomorra
Gomorra
Married with Secrets
Married with Secrets
Gangland Undercover
Gangland Undercover
Betrayed
Betrayed
I Almost Got Away with It
I Almost Got Away with It
American Monster
American Monster
Bad Blood
Bad Blood
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger
The Killing Season
The Killing Season
Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue
S.W.A.T. (2017)
S.W.A.T. (2017)
Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
The Following
The Following
The Unit
The Unit
Justified
Justified
Monster in My Family
Monster in My Family
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Eleven
The Eleven
Dying to Belong
Dying to Belong
Injustice
Injustice
Rookie Blue
Rookie Blue
The Little Drummer Girl
The Little Drummer Girl
Unraveled
Unraveled
Obsession: Dark Desires
Obsession: Dark Desires
House of Horrors: Kidnapped
House of Horrors: Kidnapped
Guilty Rich
Guilty Rich
Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol
Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol
Ozark
Ozark
iZombie
iZombie
Evil Genius
Evil Genius
Dark Woods Justice
Dark Woods Justice
Gone
Gone
The Missing
The Missing
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Bull
Bull
The FBI Files
The FBI Files
Blood Drive
Blood Drive
Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris
Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris
The Murder of Laci Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson
JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald
JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald
Evil Kin
Evil Kin
Live PD Presents: PD Cam
Live PD Presents: PD Cam