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The Best Police TV Shows on AcornTV

Finding a good Police TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Police TV shows of all time streaming on AcornTV.

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1. Line of Duty

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87/100
Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: A drama about the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anticorruption unit.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, fuboTV, AMC Premiere & 3 others). 30 episodes (81%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Prime Suspect

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Year: 1991-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Highly skilled Detective Inspector Jane Tennison battles to prove herself in a male dominated world.

Where to Watch: 15 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, BritBox & AcornTV). 15 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $4.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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3. Rebus

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Year: 2000-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Rebus is the title of the detective drama TV series based on the Inspector Rebus novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin set in and around Edinburgh. The series was produced by STV Productions for the ITV network. Four seasons have been aired; series 1 starred John Hannah and was made for STV by his own production company, Clerkenwell Films. A new cast featuring Ken Stott as DI John Rebus was introduced for the second and subsequent series.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (71%) are available to watch free online (Plex). 14 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & AcornTV).

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4. Midsomer Murders

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72/100
Year: 1997-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 22
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The peacefulness of the Midsomer community is shattered by violent crimes, suspects are placed under suspicion, and it is up to a veteran DCI and his young sergeant to calmly and diligently eliminate the innocent and ruthlessly pursue the guilty.

Where to Watch: 123 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other). 127 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, BritBox & AcornTV). 127 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. Murdoch Mysteries

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71/100
Year: 2008-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 16
Drama, Crime

What it's about: A Victorian-era Toronto detective uses then-cutting edge forensic techniques to solve crimes, with the assistance of a female coroner who is also struggling for recognition in the face of tradition, based on the books by Maureen Jennings.

Where to Watch: 53 episodes (24%) are available to watch free online (Plex). 216 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Hoopla & AcornTV). 203 episodes (91%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. Vera

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 10
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A sharp detective with a messy life, DCI Vera Stanhope patrols her “patch” of northeast England, pursuing the truth in cases of murder, kidnapping, and blackmail. Vera is obsessive about her work and faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage.

Where to Watch: 40 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox, Hoopla & AcornTV). 40 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. Foyle's War

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Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 10
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Foyle's War opens in southern England in the year 1940. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war.

Where to Watch: 35 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 28 episodes (80%) are available to rent or buy from $4.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. Bloodlands

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58/100
Year: 2021-2021Seasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Northern Irish police officer DCI Tom Brannick connects a suicide note with an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (25%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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9. Manhunt

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Year: 2019-2021Seasons: 2
Crime, Biography

What it's about: The true story of London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton's manhunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Hoopla & AcornTV). 3 episodes (50%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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10. No Offence

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62/100
Year: 2015-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: Keeping these streets clean is a Herculean task, enough to demoralize even the keenest rookie – but there’s a reason why this hotchpotch of committed cops are on this force, on this side of town. Drug labs, arsonists, neo-Nazis and notorious murderers are all in a day’s work for this close-knit team, led by the dizzyingly capable but unquestionably unhinged DI Vivienne Deering. But when a particularly twisted serial killer emerges it leaves even the most hardened of these seasoned coppers reeling.

Where to Watch: 21 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (PlutoTV). 21 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 21 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. Suspects

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Year: 2014-2021Seasons: 5
Crime, Mystery

What it's about: Set in London, each episode is a self-contained story, starting with a news report, then following the team of three detectives as they investigate the circumstances the crime. The cases themselves are hard-hitting with contemporary themes, such as the search for a soldier with PTSD, a murder that has been made to look like an assisted suicide and the gang rape of a young teenager.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (26%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 23 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 23 episodes (74%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Wire in the Blood

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63/100
Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill's uncanny ability to see into the minds of murderers means he finds it difficult to distance himself from disturbing cases.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (71%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 15 episodes (44%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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13. Taggart

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Year: 1983-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 27
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Taggart is a Scottish detective television programme.The series revolves around a group of detectives initially in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police, though various storylines have happened in other parts of the Greater Glasgow area, and as of the most recent series the team have operated out of the fictional John Street police station across the street from the City Chambers.

Where to Watch: 105 episodes (63%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, BritBox & AcornTV). 2 episodes (1%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Touching Evil

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Year: 1997-2021Seasons: 3
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Touching Evil is a British television drama serial, which began airing in 1997. It was produced by United Productions for Anglia Television, and screened on the ITV network. The first series consists of six fifty-minute episodes. It was created by Paul Abbott, and written by Abbott with Russell T Davies. The serial was very popular, and led to two sequel serials in 1998 and 1999, although these were not written by Abbott or Davies. The star is popular actor Robson Green, playing a police officer, DCI Dave Creegan, whose injuries after a shooting leaves him with strange abilities to sense criminals. Touching Evil was co-produced by Green's own independent production company, Coastal Productions. Green's co-star was Nicola Walker, playing Creegan's colleague DI Susan Taylor.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (39%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & AcornTV). 2 episodes (9%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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15. Balthazar

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Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Facing a series of complex murder cases, new police commander Hélène Bach must learn to work with the brilliant yet exasperating Raphaël, who can make the dead speak like no-one else.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV).

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16. The Last Detective

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Year: 2003-2021Seasons: 5
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The Last Detective is an ITV drama starring Peter Davison as Dangerous Davies. The first series aired in 2003 with three more seasons succeeding this. The first consisted of a pilot and three episodes, the second and the third series both consisted of four normal episodes and the fourth series increased the run to five episodes and the duration of each individual episode to 90 minutes as opposed to the previous 70-minute format. As of 2007 this series had 17 episodes in total.

Where to Watch: 17 episodes (77%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & AcornTV). 4 episodes (18%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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17. Vexed

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57/100
Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: Comedy drama following a mismatched pair of police officers who disagree on everything with their partner, from policing to their personal life.

Where to Watch: 9 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Crackle). 9 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Philo & AcornTV). 9 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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18. Without Motive

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Year: 2000-2021Seasons: 2
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Detective Constable Jack Mowbray has seen a lot of disturbing things on the job. But somehow the family man has never taken it home with him—until now. The brutal murder of a young woman in Bristol sets off a chain of events that may change Mowbray forever and tear his family apart. When the Bristol murder is linked to a series of recent killings, the investigating team grows to more than a dozen detectives and just as many petty jealousies and full-blown rivalries. Mowbray’s boss, DCS Henderson keeps the pressure on as it becomes clear that the latest killing will not be the last. Mowbray and his colleagues race to find a predator who will strike again—without apparent motive.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox & AcornTV).

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19. The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

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48/100
Year: 1987-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The Ruth Rendell mysteries is a British television series made by TVS and Meridian Television for ITV between 2 August 1987 and 11 October 2000.

Where to Watch: 35 episodes (49%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & AcornTV).

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20. 19-2

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Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 4
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The day-to-day life of two unwilling partners of the Montreal Police Department, Officers Nick Barron and Ben Chartier. These two beat cops patrol the urban sprawl of downtown's 19th district, in cruiser No. 2. 19-2 is about the tensions and bonds that develop between two incompatible men of very different temperaments and life experiences. Over time, Nick and Ben's mistrust and antagonism for each other give way to moments of mutual respect and a wavering chance at a true partnership.

Where to Watch: 38 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 38 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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21. Code of a Killer

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Year: 2015-2021Seasons: 1
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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22. Murphy's Law

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Year: 2001-2021Seasons: 5
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Murphy's Law is a BBC television drama starring James Nesbitt as an undercover police officer, Tommy Murphy.

Where to Watch: 23 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi & Plex). 23 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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23. Black Work

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51/100
Year: 2015-2021Seasons: 1
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: 'Black Work' is the story of Jo Gillespie, a woman who's husband is shot dead in the line of action, in his job as a undercover cop. Jo, a police officer herself soon has to confront issues in her marriage and family life in order to discover who really killed her husband.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 1 episodes (33%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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24. Trial & Retribution

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50/100
Year: 1997-2021Seasons: 13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Trial & Retribution is a feature-length ITV police procedural television drama series that began in 1997. It was devised and written by Lynda La Plante as a follow-on from her successful television series Prime Suspect. Each episode of the Trial & Retribution series is broadcast over two nights. The 2008 series 10 had 10 episodes, the longest run of the drama so far. The latest series was number 12 which aired in February 2009.

Where to Watch: 44 episodes (86%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 29 episodes (57%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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25. Goodnight Sweetheart

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53/100
Year: 1993-2021Seasons: 7
History, Comedy

What it's about: Gary Sparrow is an ordinary bloke in 1990s Britain, married to the ambitious Yvonne and working as a TV repairman. Then his whole world changes when he stumbles upon a portal to WWII-era London and begins a dual life as an accidental time traveler.

Where to Watch: 57 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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26. Single-Handed

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Year: 2007-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Single-Handed is an Irish television drama series, first broadcast on RTÉ Television in 2007. Set and filmed in the west of Ireland, it focuses on the life of a member of the Garda Síochána, Sergeant Jack Driscoll. Three two-episode, single-story series aired one each on consecutive nights in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Series Four, consisting of three stories told over six episodes, began in RTÉ One November 2010. The series is partially inspired by garda corruption in County Donegal.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (67%) are available to watch free online (Vudu). 12 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 12 episodes (67%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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27. East West 101

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Year: 2007-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Zane Malik and the Major Crime Squad investigate crime and murder in all quarters of multicultural Sydney.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV). 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & AcornTV). 20 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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28. Liverpool 1

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44/100
Year: 1998-2021Seasons: 2
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Day to day, on the streets, they're at the sharp end of the fight against the drug pushers, porn barons, paedophiles and pimps who run this great port's crime networks. In this dark unequal world DC Isobel de Pauli is a stranger - not to crime, but to the ancient, unseen blood connections that pulse in the veins of Liverpool's criminals... and cops.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV). 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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29. Pie in the Sky

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Year: 1994-2021Seasons: 5
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: Pie in the Sky is a British offbeat police comedy drama programme starring Richard Griffiths and Maggie Steed, created by Andrew Payne and first broadcast in five series on BBC1 between 13 March 1994 and 17 August 1997 as well as being syndicated on other channels in other countries, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The series departs slightly from other police dramas in that the protagonist, Henry Crabbe, while still being an on-duty policeman, is also the head chef of the title restaurant set in the fictional town of Middleton and county of Westershire.

Where to Watch: 40 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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