American TV series about the police

List of the best American TV series about the police according to viewers: The Rookie, Southland, The Shield, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Reno 911!, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, True Detective, Law & Order, The Wire, Walker.

In the top there are new series of 2022, a plot description and trailers for series that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration00:45
CharactersPolice, Criminals, Heroes, Special agents
PlotInvestigation
StyleFor men, Atmospheric, Action, Twisted plot, Fascinating

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper (Cudlitz), a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman (McKenzie), who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams (King), whose unending caseload hits closer to home; and Sammy Bryant (Hatosy), a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner.

Markimdb: 8.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersPolice, Partners
StyleSpectacular, Action

The story of an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct where some of the cops aren't above breaking the rules or working against their associates to both keep the streets safe and their self-interests intact.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration00:43
CharactersPolice

The series follows Las Vegas criminalists working for the Las Vegas Police Department as they use physical evidence to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic drama, which has inspired a host of other cop-show "procedurals". The series mixes deduction, gritty subject matter and character-driven drama. The network later added spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, which have both been cancelled after ten and nine seasons respectively.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration00:22
CharactersPolice

Reno 911! is an American comedy television series on Comedy Central that ran from 2003 to 2009. It is a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement documentary shows, specifically COPS, with comic actors playing the police officers. Most of the material is improvised, using a broad outline, and with minimal scripted material. The series spawned a film, Reno 911!: Miami, featuring the same cast. Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver both starred in and are billed as creators of the series.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration00:23
CharactersPolice, Criminals
PlotInvestigation

A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.

Markimdb: 8.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersSerial killers, Maniacs, Police, Partners, Detectives
PlotInvestigation
PlaceUSA
StylePopular, Worth watching, Spectacular, Atmospheric, Atmospheric

An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice

Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Markimdb: 9.3
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersPolice, Mafia, Lesbians, Lawyers
StyleWorth watching, Atmospheric, Action

Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, drama, western, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, Partners
PlaceUSA
StyleFor men

Reboot of the 1993 series focusing on Walker as he returns from years undercover. A widower and father of two, he begins fighting crime with a new partner, who is one of the only female Rangers in history.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersPolice

Police Squad! is a television comedy series first broadcast in 1982, created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, and starring Leslie Nielsen. A spoof of police procedurals, the series featured Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker's usual sight gags, wordplay and non sequiturs. While a parody of many television shows and movies, it bore a particular resemblance to the Lee Marvin cop show, M Squad and the late 1960s series Felony Squad. Although cancelled after only six episodes, the show spawned the successful Naked Gun film series. TV Guide ranked it #7 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".

Markimdb: 8.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers, Journalists, Veterans
PlaceCourt, USA
StyleSpectacular, Action, By books, Dark

Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, these are the stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs. But behind his tireless momentum is a man who is haunted by his past and struggles to remain loyal to his personal code: “Everybody counts or nobody counts.”

Markimdb: 8.9
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration00:53
CharactersPolice
PlaceSmall towns, USA
StylePopular, Atmospheric, Fascinating

A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:47
CharactersPolice

An American police procedural chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, short, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersInvestigators
PlotInvestigation, Death, Martial Arts, Divorce

From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, a team of special agents investigates any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice

Every villain has a noble cause, and every hero has a dark side.Detective Ryan Lopez is a rising star in Los Angeles' elite Gang Task Force. What the world doesn't know is that long before Ryan became a cop, he pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers – a powerful Latino gang called Los Angelicos. When Ryan's best friend and police partner is senselessly killed by a notorious gang member, Ryan teams up with longtime Task Force member Cassius Green who has been at the forefront of the city's war on organized crime. In this war between law enforcement and gangs, the series explores how only people who really know the streets can win the battle on the streets.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantastic, action, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:58
CharactersSuperhero, Heroes, Detectives, Superhero team
PlotSuperpowers, FBI
PlaceUSA
StyleAtmospheric

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersTeenagers, Scammers, Friends
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleFor girls, Spectacular, Fascinating

A grieving teen finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school after they all land in the same Shoplifters Anonymous group.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersPartners
PlaceUSA
StyleSpectacular, Action

Former Syracuse, New York, police detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that gives her the ability to visually remember everything. She reluctantly joins the New York City Police Department's Queens homicide unit after her former boyfriend and partner asks for help with solving a case. The move allows her to try to find out the one thing she has been unable to remember, which is what happened the day her sister was murdered.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:38
PlotTime travel, Investigation, Adventures, Weapons
PlaceUSA
TimePost-apocalypse, Future
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating

Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers
PlotDeception
PlaceUSA

Sidelined after an accident, hotshot Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller restarts his career — and his trademark Lincoln — when he takes on a murder case.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersScammers, Partners
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Fascinating

NYC 22 follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan. With unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, the new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and the people they swore to protect.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers
PlotMissing people, Parties
PlaceUSA
StyleAction, Based on real events

In the late 1960s, a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:02
CharactersGangsters, Single mothers
PlacePrison, USA
TimeDark ones
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

Fresh out of prison, world-class thief Daisy ”Jett” Kowalski is forced back into doing what she does best by dangerous and eccentric criminals determined to exploit her skills for their own ends.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:11
CharactersSerial killers, Detectives
PlotLove, Investigation
PlacePrison, Psychiatric hospitals, USA

The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers think to help the NYPD.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPolice, Criminals
PlaceUSA
StyleFor men

The story of Ben Clemens, who after 32 years as a border patrol agent is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of the United States. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black and white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, crime, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation
StyleAction, Based on real events, Fascinating

An exploration of the case of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, committing 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, and true crime author Michelle McNamara's obsessive quest to find justice on behalf of his victims.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersJudges, Criminals, Lawyers
PlaceCourt
StyleFascinating

A look at the personal and professional lives of the judges, lawyers, clerks, bailiffs and cops who work at an L.A. County courthouse.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPrisoners
PlotDeath, Justice, False accusations
PlacePrison, USA
StyleAction

Based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files, with the goal of turning the viewer into a detective.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:26
PlotInvestigation
PlaceUSA
StyleEasy, Action, Fascinating

An absurdist, retro-futuristic 80s cop extravaganza. The series follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak, a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller, won't get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work.





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