The greatest cop TV shows, ever!

News that Jennifer Lopez is all set to get her very own Cop show on TV may have a few of you cancelling your cable subscriptions, but don’t. There are loads of superb police shows currently airing or available to download. Here are just a few.


True Detective (2014 — ) 

Director: Nic Pizzolatto

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Plot: The lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.

This place is like someone’s memory of a town, and the memory is fading.

The Wire (2002—2008)

Creator: David Simon

Cast: Dominic West, John Doman

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

Nah, yo, it ain’t like that. Look, the pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick. They be out the game early.”

Unless they some smart ass pawns.”


Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

Plot: A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who he believes have escaped justice.

If I wanna be around for my son I have to do this right. I’m killing for two now

Twin Peaks (1990—1991)

Creators: Mark Frost, David Lynch

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean

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

I’ve performed the autopsy in Jacques Renault. Stomach contents revealed, let’s see, beer cans, a Maryland license plate, half a bicycle tire, a goat, and a small wooden puppet. Goes by the name of Pinocchio.

The Shield (2002 — 2008)

Creator: Shawn Ryan

Cast: Michael Chiklis, Walton Goggins

Plot: 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.

The edge is where we live, all of us, all the time. People trying to convince themselves otherwise is just an exercise in self-deception.

Justified (2010 — )

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

Plot: Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky.

You gonna cut down a tree that size you better make sure you bring a very big saw.

Luther (2010 — )

Creator: Neil Cross

Cast: Idris Elba, Warren Brown

Plot: A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Never had an affair before. So don’t know what to do. Is it still called an affair if I’m sleeping with my wife behind her lover’s back?

Psych (2006 — )

Creator: Steve Franks

Cast: James Roday, Dulé Hill

Plot: A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers that help solve crimes. With this assistance of his reluctant best friend the duo take on a series of complicated cases.

Shawn: This place is trashed.

Gus: Maybe Johnny Depp stopped by.

Shawn: I’m sorry, did that joke just arrive in a time machine from 1992?

Life on Mars (2006 — 2007)

Cast: John Simm, Philip Glenister

Plot: After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler (Simm) wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of ‘Sweeney’ type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers.

You’re nicked for the murder of Delphine Parks, the rape and attempted murder of Nina Akiboa. Anything you say will be taken down, ripped up and shoved down your scrawny little throat until you’ve choked to death.

Broadchurch (2013 — )

Cast: Olivia Colman, David Tennant

Plot: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

For God sake…Bloody Twitter! These people’s lives have been destroyed. And now our incompetence has made it worse.

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