The decade that gave us boy bands, Pokémon, and reality TV also brought some of the best crime shows of any generation. Emerging technology in the 1990s created new methods to catch criminals, and TV writers deployed those tactics throughout their scripts. Special effects and CGI also raised the level of how viewers could consume crime TV, leading to mind-bending plots and edge-of-your-seat drama. For some, however, traditional detectives and their trusty sidekicks are always more than enough to remain entertained.
Stacker compiled data on all crime TV shows from 1990-1999 and ranked them according to IMDb user rating, with ties broken by votes. To qualify, the show had to have at least 1,500 votes. Only English-language shows were considered.
Some of the highest-voted shows only lasted one season, while others were spun-off into other equally successful series. Of course, the most popular crime shows led to a trove of T-shirts, special-edition DVDs, and even movies. Keep reading to discover which “Law & Order” is the most revered among audiences, how Batman was refreshed for audiences in the '90s, and which Oscar-winning director unsuccessfully tried to launch a film based on a group of animated nocturnal heroes.
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