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The Best Police TV Shows on HBO MAX

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 HBO MAX.

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1. True Detective

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8.9/10
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90/100
Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 24 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Luther

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Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Drama, Crime

What it's about: A dark psychological crime drama starring Idris Elba as Luther, a man struggling with his own terrible demons, who might be as dangerous as the depraved murderers he hunts.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Starz, BritBox & 1 other). 20 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz). 20 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. The Wire

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Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

Where to Watch: 60 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 60 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Prodigal Son

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Mystery

What it's about: The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers think to help the NYPD.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (15%) are available to watch free online (FOX). 33 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu, fuboTV & 1 other). 8 episodes (24%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (FOX). 34 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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5. The Leftovers

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8.3/10
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Year: 2014-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.

Where to Watch: 28 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 28 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Person of Interest

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Thriller, Mystery

What it's about: John Reese, former CIA paramilitary operative, is presumed dead and teams up with reclusive billionaire Finch to prevent violent crimes in New York City by initiating their own type of justice. With the special training that Reese has had in Covert Operations and Finch's genius software inventing mind, the two are a perfect match for the job that they have to complete. With the help of surveillance equipment, they work "outside the law" and get the right criminal behind bars.

Where to Watch: 103 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 103 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Rizzoli & Isles

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Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets her guard down, while the impeccably dressed Maura displays a sometimes icy temperament — she is, after all, more comfortable among the dead than the living. Together, the best friends have forged a quirky and supportive relationship; they drop the protective shield in each other's company, and combine their expertise to solve Boston's most complex cases.

Where to Watch: 105 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 105 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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8. Cold Case

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Year: 2003-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases.On May 18, 2010, CBS announced that the series had been canceled. The series currently airs in syndication, and also on Ion Television on Friday in the U.S. and on Viva in Canada. Sleuth channel occasionally airs it at midnight on the weekdays. In 2011, the show began airing on MyNetworkTV.

Where to Watch: 156 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX).

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9. Wallander

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Year: 2009-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: This drama follows Inspector Kurt Wallander – a middle-aged everyman – as he struggles against a rising tide of violence in the apparently sleepy backwaters in and around Ystad in Skane, southern Sweden. Based on the international best-selling books by Henning Mankell.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & BritBox). 12 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $4.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. The Closer

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Year: 2005-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Drama, Crime

What it's about: Deputy Police Chief Brenda Jean Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the world's best interrogator eventually wins over even her toughest critics.

Where to Watch: 109 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 109 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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11. Major Crimes

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Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor heads up a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes.

Where to Watch: 105 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 105 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Southland

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Year: 2009-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: A raw and authentic look into the Los Angeles crime scene, going far inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. The show centers on four main characters: Officer John Cooper, a seasoned cop who will have to prove himself again after recovering from surgery; Officer Ben Sherman, who still has much to learn after recently completing his training rotation; Detective Lydia Adams, whose unending caseload hits closer to home; and Sammy Bryant, a former detective who decided to go back to being a uniform cop after the traumatic death of his partner.

Where to Watch: 43 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 43 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Scott & Bailey

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65/100
Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Drama, Crime

What it's about: D.C. Rachel Bailey and D.C. Janet Scott have a robust and engaging friendship which enables them to draw upon each other’s strengths and investigate murders for the Manchester Metropolitan Police.

Where to Watch: 33 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu, BritBox & 1 other). 33 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. DCI Banks

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Year: 2011-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A thrilling drama based on the novels by Peter Robinson. Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Hulu, BritBox & 1 other). 38 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Without a Trace

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Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The series follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.

Where to Watch: 160 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX). 160 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. The Case Against Adnan Syed

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Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Crime, Documentary

What it's about: Explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, a case brought to global attention by the hugely popular Serial podcast.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 3 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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17. La unidad

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Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A secret unit of cops is assembled to stop a terrorist band from attacking Spain after their leader is arrested there.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX).

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18. Epitaphs

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Year: 2004-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Horror, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Epitafios is a 2004 13-episode, Argentinian crime fiction TV mini-series with the tagline: El Final Está Escrito ... The End Is Written. The series, which takes place in an unnamed South American city, was shot in Buenos Aires. The series was produced by HBO Latin America and Argentinian TV/film company Pol-Ka Producciones. It was written by Marcelo Slavich and Walter Slavich and directed by Alberto Lecchi and Jorge Nisco. Although all of the actors were Argentinian, a neutral Spanish was used instead of the local Rioplatense Spanish, avoiding colloquialisms such as the local vos in favor of the more common tú.The series debuted in Australia on SBS in May 2007 under the title If The Dead Could Speak. It premiered in Poland on Cinemax on November 6, 2008. In Germany, it premiered on November 6, 2009 on pay TV channel FOX under the title Epitafios - Tod Ist Die Antwort.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 26 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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