100 best detective series

List of the best TV series in the detective genre, selected by visitors to our site: Sherlock, House, Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained, Supernatural, Stranger Things, The Mask The Animated Series, True Detective, The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, Lost, Lie to Me, Resident Alien, За час до рассвета, The Method, Central Russia's Vampires, Minority Report, Westworld, Desperate Housewives, Bates Motel, Forever, The Master and Margarita
Sherlock (2010)
Markimdb: 9.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:30

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

House (2004)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genredrama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained (2013)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrefantastic, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA

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Supernatural (2005)
Markimdb: 8.4
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration00:43

When they were boys, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it. Now, the Winchester brothers crisscross the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, battling every kind of supernatural threat they encounter along the way.

Stranger Things (2016)
Markimdb: 8.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration03:09

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.

The Mask The Animated Series (1995)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, family, cartoon, short, crime, detective
CountryUSA

The Mask aka The Mask: Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the film of the same name. The show ran for two seasons, from August 12, 1995 to March 8, 1997, on CBS, and spawned its own short-run comic book series, Adventures of The Mask. John Arcudi, former writer of the original comics, penned two episodes of the cartoon. It originally was played during the CBS Kidshow line-up on Saturday mornings, but after being cancelled, it was moved to Cartoon Network. The show also ran in syndication.

True Detective (2014)
Markimdb: 8.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00

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.

The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed (1979)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genreaction, drama, crime, detective
CountrySoviet Union
Duration05:59

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Lost (2004)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrefantastic, thriller, fantasy, drama, adventure, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.

Lie to Me (2009)
Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

The world's leading deception researcher, Dr. Cal Lightman, studies facial expression, body language and tone of voice to determine when a person is lying and why, which helps law enforcement and government agencies uncover the truth. But his skills also make it easier for him to deceive others.

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Resident Alien (2021)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama, detective
CountryUSA

Crash-landed alien Harry takes on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor. Arriving with a secret mission, he starts off living a simple life…but things get a bit rocky when he’s roped into solving a local murder and realizes he needs to assimilate into his new world. As he does, he begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his mission and asking the big life questions like: “Are human beings worth saving?” and “Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?”

За час до рассвета (2021)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryRussia

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The Method (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryRussia
Duration02:47

The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is eager to get the internship with the glorious investigator but she could hardly expect the challenges she would face while working with Rodion. Together they investigate the cruelest crimes that took place in the history of Russian criminality.

Central Russia's Vampires (2021)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, comedy, detective
CountryRussia

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Minority Report (2016)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:58

Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals... before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs - "precognitives" Dash, Arthur and Agatha - who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, and justice leans more on sophisticated and trusted technology than on the instincts of the precogs.

Westworld (2016)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrefantastic, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:31

A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Desperate Housewives (2004)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, 2012. Executive producer Cherry served as showrunner. Other executive producers since the fourth season included Bob Daily, George W. Perkins, John Pardee, Joey Murphy, David Grossman, and Larry Shaw. The main setting of the show was Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional American town of 'Fairview' in the fictional 'Eagle State'. The show followed the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of a dead neighbor who committed suicide in the very first episode. The storyline covers thirteen years of the women's lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2017. They worked through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood. The show featured an ensemble cast, headed by Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van de Kamp, and Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis. Brenda Strong narrated the show as the deceased Mary Alice Young, appearing sporadically in flashbacks or dream sequences.

Bates Motel (2013)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma's husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

Forever (2014)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genrefantastic, fantasy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:40

Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe knows Henry’s secret.

The Master and Margarita (2005)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryRussia
Duration08:20

The Master and Margarita is a Russian television production of Telekanal Rossiya, based on the novel The Master and Margarita, written by Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov between 1928 and 1940. Vladimir Bortko directed this adaptation and was also its screenwriter.

The Adventures of Puss in Boots (2015)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, adventure, family, western, cartoon, short, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:25

The world's greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur is back in this original series filled with daring adventures, great boots, and laugh-out-loud fun! The entire family will be entranced by Puss' fantastical CG world filled with new characters, exotic locations and mystical tales that make up the stuff of legends. There's nothing that can get in this celebrated swashbuckling kitty's way...except maybe a hairball.

Riverdale (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:10

Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Charmed (1998)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Three sisters (Prue, Piper and Phoebe) reunite and unlock their powers to become the Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, whose prophesied destiny is to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks. Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern day San Francisco.

Big Little Lies (2017)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:46

Subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies tells the tale of three mothers of first graders whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Harley Quinn (2019)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, adventure, cartoon, crime, detective
CountryUSA

Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City.

Over the Garden Wall (2014)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, family, cartoon, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:11

Two brothers, Wirt and Greg, find themselves lost in the Unknown; a strange forest adrift in time. With the help of a wise old Woodsman and a foul-tempered bluebird named Beatrice, Wirt and Greg must travel across this strange land, in hope of finding their way home. Join them as they encounter surprises and obstacles on their journey through the wood.

Money Heist (2017)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountrySpain
Duration01:52

To carry out the biggest heist in history, a mysterious man called The Professor recruits a band of eight robbers who have a single characteristic: none of them has anything to lose. Five months of seclusion - memorizing every step, every detail, every probability - culminate in eleven days locked up in the National Coinage and Stamp Factory of Spain, surrounded by police forces and with dozens of hostages in their power, to find out whether their suicide wager will lead to everything or nothing.

Dark (2017)
Markimdb: 8.8
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryGermany, USA
Duration02:13

A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.

Grimm (2011)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrehorror, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

The Mentalist (2008)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration00:43

Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.




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