Since the 50s with Dragnet collecting 'just the facts', the crime show has stood as a reliable piece of entertainment for the television department.
The genre has grown in tandem with the evolving medium and reached pinnacle heights with shows like NYPD Blue, The Wire, and Breaking Bad.
There’s no slow-down in quantity or quality at present either; the crime procedural is still the staple of network television with Law & Order and its hundred spin-offs and rip-offs still prevalent. Yet, over in cable and streaming land, stand-outs like Peaky Blinders, Narcos and Mindhunters are receiving their due as cutting-edge serial storytelling.
It's a grand shame, then, that several high-quality shows are being left by the wayside without applause or awards. Of course, it happens in this day-and-age of our ‘Golden Age of Television’ that things get lost in the mix due to mismarketing, an ill-matched network, or not standing out against its competition.
With May's renewal season upcoming - a time where plenty of worthy yet ignore shows get axed - it's time to get educated in these great crime shows that most of you have been missing.