Thriller TV Shows

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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,245,049

2. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 250,987

3. True Detective (2014– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch

Votes: 450,946

4. Fargo (2014– )

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 279,814

5. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 157,067

6. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 66,650

7. Twin Peaks (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 44,942

8. Edge of Darkness (1985)

307 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice

Votes: 3,281

9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, Thriller

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

Votes: 6,987

10. Person of Interest (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes--including the civilians' roles--are left a mystery.

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 154,093

11. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 282,335

12. Nowhere Man (1995–1996)

44 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Thomas Veil is a documentary photographer who, in the course of one evening, seemingly has his whole existence erased. It appears as if some mysterious and powerful entity has coerced ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Megan Gallagher, Marvin LaRoy Sanders, Sam A. Mowry

Votes: 1,562

13. The Americans (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.

Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Keidrich Sellati, Holly Taylor

Votes: 74,217

14. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,350

15. The Blacklist (2013– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.

Stars: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold

Votes: 162,385

16. Damages (2007–2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A law school graduate becomes the protégée of a successful high-stakes litigator.

Stars: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Zachary Booth

Votes: 26,591

17. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 2,965

18. Mr. Robot (2015– )

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin

Votes: 282,274

19. 24: Live Another Day (2014)

TV-14 | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer comes out of hiding in London to head off a massive terrorist attack while being hunted down by American forces dispatched by President James Heller.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Yvonne Strahovski, Tate Donovan, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Votes: 41,387

20. Hunted (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Drama

Meet Sam. A spy. A hunter. And herself hunted by an enemy more ruthless and determined than any she's ever known.

Stars: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie

Votes: 8,288

21. Nikita (2010–2013)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A rogue assassin returns to take down the secret organization that trained her.

Stars: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford

Votes: 46,648

22. Strike Back (2010– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe.

Stars: Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes, Daniel MacPherson

Votes: 27,042

23. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Votes: 143,825

24. Whitechapel (2009–2013)

180 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A fast-tracked inspector, a hardened detective sergeant, and an expert in historical homicides investigate modern crimes with connections to the past in the Whitechapel district of London.

Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman

Votes: 10,032

25. Burn Notice (2007–2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A spy recently disavowed by the U.S. government uses his special ops training to help others in trouble.

Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless

Votes: 65,013

26. Prison Break (2005–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 435,714

27. 24 (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 163,983

28. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 7,150

29. Leverage (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A crew of high-tech crooks attempt to steal from wealthy criminals and corrupt businessmen.

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf

Votes: 39,422

30. Designated Survivor (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn

Votes: 64,073



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