Complete list of 2000s American detective shows

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Below is a complete list of American detective/mystery/crime shows from the 2000s, in alphabetical order. This includes shows that started in the 1990s and continued into the 2000s, as well as shows that started in the 2000s and continued into the 2010s. At the turn of the millennium, there was a surge in popularity of reality and true-crime series. However, the list below includes only scripted/fictional shows.

Clicking on a title link in the list below will take you to my post about that specific show (if I have created one). Additionally, the list also includes links to places where you can watch/stream the show online.




  • Damages (2007-2012) [stream here]
  • Dark Blue (2009-2010) [stream here]
  • Desperate Housewives (2004-2012) [stream here]
  • Dexter (2006-2013) [stream here]
  • Diagnosis: Murder (1991, 1992, 1993-2001, 2002)
  • The District (2000-2004) (comedy)
  • The Division (2001-2004)
  • The Evidence (2006)
  • Eyes (2005)
  • Fastlane (2002-2003) (comedy) [stream here]
  • The Forgotten (2009-2010)
  • The Fugitive (2000-2001)
  • Ghost Whisperer (2005-2010) [stream here]
  • Glory Days, a.k.a. Demontown (2002) (comedy, horror)



  • K-Ville (2007-2008) [stream here]
  • Karen Sisco (2003-2004)
  • Keen Eddie (2003-2004) (comedy)
  • Kidnapped (2006-2007)
  • The Kill Point (2007) [stream here]
  • Killer Instinct (2005-2006)
  • Kingpin (2003)
  • Law & Order (1990-2010) [stream here]
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011) [stream here]
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a.k.a. Law & Order: SVU (1999-present) [stream here]
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005-2006) [stream here]
  • Level 9 (2000-2001) (sci-fi)
  • Leverage (2008-2012) [stream here]
  • Lie to Me (2009-2011) [stream here]
  • Life (2007-2009) [stream here]
  • Life on Mars (2008-2009) [stream here]
  • Line of Fire (2003-2005)
  • Lost (2004-2010) [stream here]





  • Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001)
  • Wanted (2005)
  • What’s New, Scooby-Doo? (2002-2006) (cartoon) [stream here]
  • White Collar (2009-2014) [stream here]
  • Wild Card, a.k.a. Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2003-2005)
  • The Wire (2002-2008) [stream here]
  • Without a Trace, a.k.a. Vanished (2002-2009) [stream here]
  • Women’s Murder Club (2007-2008)
  • The X-Files (1993-2002, 2016-2018) [stream here]

If you know of a show that is missing from the list above, or if you have any other additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments!


  1. I really need your help to find a series in which a boy (age around 12?) was killed by his friend. He was found dead in the pool of his house with a cut from the sex organ up to the chest. A suspect is a girl who live nearby. All i can remember is the main character is a police/detective with straight blonde hair. She always wear formal clothes.. She came to visit the girl and was lead to the treehouse where that boy and the girl used to stay together. Anyway, there’s one scene that the girl was questioned and the detective knew that she was lying through the camera. In the end, the mother of the boy found out and grabbed the girl but then was shot by her mother. She falled into that pool and died, kinda the same scene as her son.
    Ps: ive been looking for this series for years but havent found out yet :((


    1. Wow, that sounds like an intense show! I don’t know which one it is off-hand, but will keep thinking about it and see if I can figure it out and get back to you.

      Do you have any more information about it? For instance when you watched it (will help narrow down the time period). And whether this was a mini-series, a single episode of a series, or maybe a TV movie? And of course whether it’s American or British or possibly produced in a different country.


  2. There was a show, roughly 2004-2007. Main character a woman who is a decetive of sorts but her husband passed away and she gets involved in paranormal cases. I remember a scene, or maybe multiple times has to go in a sensory deprivation tank. I think she gets headaches when visions come? She has a male side kick who helps her, and a scientist friend who helps her reach these states in the deprivation tank. There is something mysterious about her past. Can you help me?! Thanks!


    1. I think I recall the show you’re talking about, but the name is currently evading me. I’ll have a longer think about it and hopefully can help with figuring it out tomorrow.


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