20 exciting series about the police for every taste

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Soviet classic, hilarious parody and grim crime drama.

20. Streets of broken lamps

  • Russia, 1998 — present.
  • Crime, detective.
  • Duration: 16 seasons.
  • IMDb: 6,1.

Such a list can’t do without one of the main series of the late 90s. the Story “Streets of the broken lanterns” (later better known as just “Cops”) with humor talks about the everyday life of police officers investigating the murder.

The first seasons of the series were very popular on Russian TV. Characters like Casanova (Alexander Lykov) and Dukalis (Sergei Selin) and is eventually turned into memes. And the scene with the song Alla Pugacheva “Call me” gained national popularity.

But after 2005, the series changed almost the whole cast, and the project began to lose viewers. I’m sure many would be surprised to know that the “Streets of the broken lanterns” come out so far.

19. Born of the revolution

  • USSR, 1974-1977.
  • Adventure, detective, historical.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7,5.

The Soviet mini‑series of 10 episodes, tells about the formation of militia in the Soviet Union. The plot revolves around Nikolai Kondratiev, who in 1917 went to work as a criminal investigation. Over the years he manages to work his way up to the rank of Lieutenant General and uncover many crimes.

Interestingly, the action of the series takes years: it starts immediately after the revolution and ends in the seventies. Thus the plot shows not only the fate of the protagonist, but also important events in the life of the country.

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18. C. S. I.: crime scene investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

  • USA, Canada, 2000-2015 year.
  • Drama, Thriller, crime.
  • Duration: 15 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7,6.

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Frame from the TV series “C. S. I.: crime scene investigation”

The plot of the series tells about the work of the forensic laboratory of the police of Las Vegas. Dr. Gil Grissom and his team investigate the most intricate crimes, including serial killers. From justice do not escape even the most devious villains.

Many professionals have criticized this series for implausible methods of investigation and completely unrealistic professionals. However, he was loved by the audience just because of its grotesquely. In addition to the 15 seasons of “the scene” ended the two-hour finale, was released two spin‑offs about new York and Miami, as well as the TV series “C. S. I.: the Cyberspace”.

17. The investigation leading Experts

  • USSR 1971-1989 years.
  • Detective, drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7,6.

The famous Soviet TV series, appeared on screens for many years, tells the story of three employees of the Moscow police. The investigator Znamensky, inspector of the criminal investigation Tomin and forensic expert Kibrit (from their names and formed the word “Experts”) catch speculators and counterfeiters, and even investigating murder.

The series would be created on the proposal of the Minister of internal Affairs of the USSR to show the viewer the “human” image of the policeman. And so in the story, very few car chases and shootouts, the work of the main characters are shown quite realistic: the office, paper and conversations. The classic series had only 22 full-length episode. And in 2002 came two more series with the subtitle “Ten years later”.

16. Law and order

Law & Order

  • United States, 1990-2010 years.
  • Crime, detective, drama.
  • Duration: 20 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7,7.

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Scene from the TV series “Law and order”

The famous parallel procedural COP show talks about the police and lawyers. Detectives investigating the most complex and serious crimes and then prosecutors have to prove guilt of suspects in court.

Surprisingly, the authors of “Law and order” for a long time were not allowed to run your project on the TV as the channels questioned the interest of the audience. But in the end the series has lived for 20 seasons. Since 1999 began to expand and spin‑off “Law & order: svu,” which continues to this day. And then there are four more series in the franchise.

15. Major

  • Russia, 2014 — present.
  • Mystery, psychological Thriller, drama.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7,9.

The son of the oligarch Igor Sokolovsky grew up without a mother and never even tried to work, though, and received a law degree. After the fight the hero with a COP father sends him to serve in the ATS, where “major” is, of course, are not happy. But from this event begin to change in the character of Igor.

Despite a penchant for clichéd plots, this series is very much to the audience. In 2014, he got almost all tops popular domestic projects. And then “the Major” became the first Russian TV series, bought Netflix for the show.

14. Collapse

The Fall

  • USA, 2013-2016 year.
  • Drama, crime, detective.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,2.

London detective Stella Gibson arrives in Belfast to inspect the activities of the local police. It is accepted for the investigation of the deaths of successful women middle-aged and soon goes on the trail of a maniac.

“Collapse” is built on the confrontation of two charismatic characters — the detective and the killer. Moreover, the authors did an unusually kind to show maniac simple person, who even have their principles. A significant role in perception is played and that this role took the star of “50 shades of grey” Jamie Dornan. And detective Gibson played the audience favorite of Gillian Anderson.

13. Colombo


  • USA, 1968-2003 years.
  • Detective, crime.
  • Duration: 13 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,2.

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Frame from the TV series “Columbo”

Police Lieutenant Columbo is not like the tough detective: he is absent-minded and unkempt. And instead of questioning Colombo prefers to talk about his wife. But really he can solve any most complicated crime.

“Colombo” could be called “detective in reverse”. It immediately show the perpetrator, who often conceives the perfect crime. And the whole affair is how funny the Lieutenant will lead the attacker to clean water.

12. Life on Mars

Life on Mars

  • UK, 2006-2007.
  • Drama, crime, fantasy.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,3.

Police inspector Sam Tyler of the modern Manchester has the offender and falls under the car. Waking, he realizes that he was in 1973. At first Tyler thinks he is in a coma or gone mad. But in the end he has to get to work in the police.

The British channel BBC interestingly combined a nostalgic detective story with a fantastic plot. But still the main role took John SIMM, who know everything in the image of the Master in “Doctor Who”. Later came the American remake, and then the Russian version is called “side of the moon”.

11. Police squad!

Police Squad!

  • USA, 1982.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8,4.

A parody of the series tells about the everyday life of one of the divisions of the American police. The whole plot is based on the total lack of logic and absurd humor. This project was born the famous “Naked gun”. In “Police squad” you can see Leslie Nielsen in the role of Frank Drebin (and the title character in every episode change) and lots of familiar gags.

The authors of the series, the brothers Zucker and Jim Abrahams made a bet on recurring jokes in every episode to announce the invited star, but it dies right in the opening credits. And the head that sends the police to the scene, in a strange way always comes before employees. Alas, there were only six episodes of the series, after which it was closed.

10. Brooklyn 9-9

Brooklyn Nine‑Nine

  • USA, 2013 — present.
  • Comedy, crime.
  • Duration: 7 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,4.

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Scene from the TV series “Brooklyn 9-9”

Detective Jake Peralta is a smart investigating crimes. But he absolutely doesn’t want to respect the chain of command, and generally behaves the most serious. The problems start when their Department comes a new head, requiring compliance with the rules.

The atmosphere of “Brooklyn 9-9” reminds me of the famous “Clinic”. Here was a Comedy moments on the brink of farce go side by side with serious and poignant themes. After the fifth season of the Fox network decided to close the project, but he was immediately picked up by NBC, continuing to produce the series.

9. Homicide

Homicide: Life on the Street

  • USA, 1993-1999 year.
  • Drama, crime, detective.
  • Duration: 7 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,5.

Every day on the streets of Baltimore murders occur, and to disclose their accounts for the homicide detectives. The story begins with the fact that one of the shifts, comes to a beginner who used to work in the protection of the mayor.

Ironic that one of the main roles in this rather dark series was played by Andre Brauer. He later starred in the Comedy “Brooklyn 9-9” is a very different way.

8. Luther


  • UK, 2010 — present.
  • Thriller, mystery, drama.
  • Duration: 5 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,5.

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Frame from the TV series “Luther”

Detective John Luther, through their erudition and ingenuity is able to unravel the complex case. That’s just his methods are not always legal. Yes the problems in his personal life and unstable character, he can be very cruel.

In this series the famous Idris Elba played one of his best roles. Luther looks very ambiguous: it protects the law, but he sometimes looks almost sinister. By the way, the show is the Russian adaptation, it’s called “Klim”. However, there the story changed, showing that the main character lived with wolves.

7. On duty

Line of Duty

  • UK, 2012 — present.
  • Drama, crime, detective.
  • Duration: 5 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,6.

After a shootout during anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the death of an innocent man, Steve Arnott refused to cover their colleagues. In the result he was transferred to the Department for the fight against corruption. And soon he is surprised to learn about the corruption of many police officers and their ties to organized crime.

In this show the police do not show their best side. Therefore, the Department refused to advise the authors of the project. In the end, they were retired police officers and current employees on the condition of anonymity.

6. Bridge


  • Sweden, Denmark, Germany, 2011-2018.
  • Mystery, crime, Thriller.
  • Duration: 4 season.
  • IMDb: 8,6.

Police finds a dead body. It is cut in half and lying flat on the border between Sweden and Denmark in the middle of the Øresund bridge. The investigation has taken detectives from both countries. And gradually they realize that this case involved a politician.

The unusual concept of this European series shows the work of the police from the two States. And so later the idea was picked up by other countries. His version took the United States and Mexico, and then there was the Anglo‑French the Tunnel. And then there was a TV series from Germany and Austria, Russia and Estonia, and even Singapore and Malaysia.

5. Shield

The Shield

  • USA, 2002-2008 year.
  • Drama, crime, Thriller.
  • Duration: 7 season.
  • IMDb: 8,7.

20 захватывающих сериалов про полицию на любой вкус

Still from the TV series “the Shield”

In this crime drama, the work of the police Department are shown with a very unexpected side. The main characters solve crimes and protect civilians. But they cover the drug, tampered with evidence and brutally beat out the testimony of criminals. As in all of life.

Ambiguous and hard series very much both the audience and the critics. He was nominated five times for Emmy awards (though won only once) and five for “Golden globe”, and then “the Shield” already took two awards.

4. Fargo


  • USA, 2014 — present.
  • Black Comedy, crime, drama.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8,9.

Criminal anthology based on the films of the Coen brothers, tells the story of various criminals and the strange situations in which they find themselves. In the first season of loser Lester Nygaard meets a killer Bosom Malvo, the second a simple girl Peggy Blomquist accidentally kills the son of a known criminal. And in the third ray Stasi tries to Rob his twin brother.

But in each season for criminals followed by a decent and intelligent police officers who consistently bring the villains to clean water. The realism and the violence in “Fargo” are juxtaposed with humor and beautiful shots. For this he was loved by the audience.

3. The meeting place cannot be changed

  • USSR, 1979.
  • Crime, drama, mystery.
  • Duration: 5 episodes.
  • IMDb: 8,9.

Retired officer Vladimir Sharapov after the war is to serve in the criminal investigation. It is led by captain Zheglov, methods which cause the beginner a lot of questions. Together, they have to investigate murder of Larisa Gruzdevaya and calculate a gang of robbers “the Black cat”.

This legendary series many loved by the spectacular actors. In the first place to Vladimir Vysotsky, who played the role of Gleb Zheglov. Ironic that the party leadership did not really want to see the favorite of the audience in this role. In the end, Stanislav Govorukhin even had to cheat to achieve the purpose of Vysotsky. And as a result, the film came out great.

2. True detective

True Detective

  • USA, 2014 — present.
  • Mystery, drama, crime.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 9,0.

Famous anthology talks about the different investigations. In the first season, two detectives investigated the murder of a woman. Then interdepartmental group investigates the death of an important official. And in the third season, the partners are looking for a missing girl after the death of her brother.

All the seasons of the series is nonlinear: the action develops in two or three time intervals. And even more important that in parallel with the investigations show important stages in life of the main characters. And often the fate of the characters is pretty grim.

1. The wire

The Wire

  • USA, 2002-2008.
  • Thriller, drama, crime.
  • Duration: 5 seasons.
  • IMDb score of 9.3.

Police in Baltimore are investigating the case of the sale of drugs associated with the local mafia. Detective James McNulty with phone taps trying to gather evidence. But soon he is faced with corruption and bureaucracy.

This show is a true legend from HBO. Love it for a realistic atmosphere, full of detail and very vivid account of life in the city. And in the project there was a lot of real public figures in Baltimore, Maryland.

And what TV shows about the police loved you? Please share your recommendations in the comments.

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