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1. Crimes That Shook Australia (2013–2018)

Documentary, Biography, Crime

Hosted by Matt Doran (Season 3) and Stan Grant (Seasons 1&2), this series investigates Australian crimes that upset and stunned the nation. Using gripping interviews with people at the ... See full summary »

Stars: Stan Grant, Matt Doran, Nig Richards, Adam Abreu

Votes: 47

2. Real Detective (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Each episode is a crime solution reenactment of a real murder. The actual detectives offer commentary throughout the show.

Stars: Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin, Mizinga Mwinga

Votes: 1,958

3. Crimes That Shook Britain (2008– )

Documentary, Crime

A look at some of the most infamous crimes in U.K. history

Stars: Tom Roberts, Patricia Winker, Paul Bergquist, Don Gayle

Votes: 106

4. Forensic Files (1996–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Tom Bevel, Skip Palenik, Lowell Levine

Votes: 3,683

5. The F.B.I. Files (1998–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Real FBI cases are recounted through reenactments and interviews with law enforcement and forensic scientists.

Stars: James Kallstrom, Anthony D. Call, Bob Featherer, Susan Rae

Votes: 792

6. Cold Case Files (2017– )

Crime

Tense new series exploring cold cases from victims death to criminal conviction. Expertly narrated by a foreboding Danny Glover.

Stars: Danny Glover, Bill Kurtis, Laurent Andruet, Bradford Eckhart

Votes: 418

7. Cold Case Files (1999– )

44 min | Documentary, Crime

Unsolved crimes locked away in dusty file cabinets. Time is an ineffectual balm. Painful memories are left to a victim's loved ones. What happens when a killer gets away with murder? Thanks... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Dave Reichert, Kathy Mills, Melvyn Foster

Votes: 1,212

8. 48 Hours (1988– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, News

One of television's most popular true-crime series, investigating shocking cases and compelling real-life dramas with journalistic integrity and cutting-edge style.

Stars: Dan Rather, Maureen Maher, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant

Votes: 1,489

9. Most Evil (2006–2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Crime

Series follows Columbia University's Michael Stone as he searches for the roots of evil in human beings by exploring acts committed by infamous criminals and ordinary people which he rates on his "scale of evil".

Stars: Michael Stone, Tim Hopper, Kris Mohandie, Robert Sciglimpaglia

Votes: 747

10. Born to Kill? (2005– )

60 min | Documentary, Crime

Each episode is a look into the childhood and life of serial killers.

Stars: Christopher Slade, Louis B. Schlesinger, Helen Morrison, David Wilson

Votes: 138

11. American Justice (1992– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Bill Kurtis hosts this documentary series that profiles criminal cases involving high profile murders, serial killers, and organized crime. Each episode culminating with the justice dispensed by the American legal system in each case.

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Sonny Vellozzi, Linda Fairstein, F. Lee Bailey

Votes: 591

12. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 3,866

13. Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (2011– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime

Lt. Joe Kenda solves cases.

Stars: Josh Casaubon, Joe Kenda, Carl Marino, Sandra Mann

Votes: 2,314

14. Serial Killers (2006– )

Documentary, Crime

Some of the most notorious murderers in recent history are examined. Using dramatic reconstruction and expert testimony, this is a forensic account of the perpetrators and the detectives in the crimes that shook the world.

Stars: Tim Pigott-Smith, Gregg McCrary, Franc Violi, Aldo Innocenti

Votes: 117

15. Snapped (2004– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

Investigations of multiple mysterious and violent cases.

Stars: Sharon Martin, Jody Flader, Daniel Luce, Brian Edward Keith

Votes: 899

16. The First 48 (2004– )

60 min | Crime, Mystery, Reality-TV

The series follows detectives during the hours immediately following a homicide.

Stars: Dion Graham, Dave Walker, Nathan Schilling, Ronnie Leatherman

Votes: 2,451

17. The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta (2019– )

Reality-TV

A group of detectives working together to solve a murder case in Atlanta.

Stars: Andre Lowe, Adam Lee III, David Quinn, Brett Zimbrick

Votes: 76

18. Very Scary People (2019– )

Documentary, Crime, History

Revisiting the twisted lives of some of the most frightening, diabolical characters in recent history. The stories trace the heinous, criminal acts of these elusive miscreants and the eventual road to justice.

Stars: Donnie Wahlberg, Mark G. Hewitt, Cheryl Arutt, Michael Butterfield

Votes: 43

19. Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole (2019– )

Documentary

The stories of convicted child offenders imprisoned for life without parole, but are seeking resentencing.

Star: Max Wachtel

Votes: 16

20. FBI: Criminal Pursuit (2011– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Crime

FBI: Criminal Pursuit is a groundbreaking series that takes the audience inside the 21st Century FBI. The FBI is the most sophisticated law enforcement agency in the world ... pursuing the most dangerous criminals.

Stars: Bray Poor, John S. Howell Sr., Kristine Cornils, Terry McConnaughey

Votes: 216

22. CIA: Crime Investigation Australia (2005–2009)

60 min | Crime

Crime investigation Australia takes you deep into the Most horrific crimes Australia has ever seen.

Stars: Erryn Arkin, Olivia Stambouliah, Steve Liebmann, Andy Trieu

Votes: 96

23. Crime Stories (1998– )

Documentary, Crime

Crime Stories chronicles some of the most intriguing crimes in history. This investigative series takes the viewers behind the scenes, revealing what occurred, introducing the people ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Courage, Richard Belzer, James Naughton, Dan Savoie

Votes: 87

24. The Pig Farm (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Crime

Award-winning investigation into the crimes of Robert Pickton. This documentary explores why it took so many years to capture and convict Canada's most prolific serial killer. Troubling revelations about who knew what, and when.

Stars: Maggie Huculak, Vicki Gabereau, Tamara Hamilton, Renee Olbert

Votes: 127

25. People Magazine Investigates (2016– )

TV-14 | Crime

PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES uncovers the heart-wrenching true stories behind crimes that transcended headlines and became part of popular culture. Exclusive firsthand interviews reveal ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Helling, David Christopher Wells, Michael Wayne Brown, Alicia Dennis

Votes: 275



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