On guard of the law: 20 series about the police

Stereotypical movie cops gobble up donuts, avenge partners, suffer from evil bosses, and sometimes even fight crime in between. Modern series about police officers show the everyday life of law enforcement officers much more interesting and diverse. In the next selection of crime stories about the guardians of the law, you are waiting for the fight against internal demons, moral contradictions, heartfelt passions and, of course, the investigation of the most intricate crimes.

Best in Los Angeles (2019 – 2020)

Modern spin-off of the crime film franchise “Bad Boys”. Two partners are completely different from each other in character: one is an avid party girl, the other is an exemplary wife and mother. Each has enough secrets of the past and psychological problems, but the thirst for justice blurs the differences. It is not easy for girls to get along with each other, but together fighting friends become a powerful force capable of bringing to light the most dangerous criminals of the city.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
LA’s Finest

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Jessica Alba, Gabriel Union, Duane Martin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


911 rescue service (2018 – 2021)

Foreign series about the police, fire brigade and ambulance. Once in an emergency, people dial 911. Emergency services immediately rush to help. Cops, firefighters and paramedics deal with the most shocking situations, sometimes risking their lives. Difficult work constantly throws up moral dilemmas, and in addition to saving other people’s lives, the heroes also have to solve their own problems.

Original title:
9-1-1

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Rookie (2018 – 2021)

A forty-year-old builder is going through a difficult divorce from his wife. A collision with bank robbers pushes the hero to cardinal changes in life. The man decides to move to Los Angeles and become a police officer. New colleagues chuckle at the age recruit. However, perseverance, a sense of humor and a sincere desire to fight crime will help overcome the skepticism of colleagues.

Original title:
The Rookie

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Nathan Fillion, Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Steel Star (2017 – 2020)

A London detective moves with his family to a small Canadian town to lead the local police force. Due to the discovery of an oil field, many migrants rush there, and drug trafficking, gambling , and drunken fights appear in the picturesque outback. The hero of the new police series is trying to restore order. A tough confrontation with crime reveals an unpredictable dark side in an officer experiencing a personality crisis.

Original title:
Tin Star

Genre:
Drama, Crime, Thriller

Actors:
Tim Roth, Genevieve O’Reilly, Abigail Lauri…

Country:
UK, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age Limits :
16+


SWAT: City of Angels SWAT (2017 – 2021)

A black sergeant, formerly of the Marine Corps, leads the LAPD Special Squad. Tough guys, able to cope with any criminal gang, are distinguished by a heavy temper. The hero will have to win the trust of his subordinates, prove that he did not take his place because of the color of his skin, and find out who is trying to use the police for criminal purposes with cunning manipulations.

Original title:
SWAT

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime, adventure

Actors:
Shemar Moore, Alex Russell, Lina Esco…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Lethal Weapon (2016 – 2019)

Foreign series about cops based on the cult comedy action movie . A middle-aged detective contemplating retirement is assigned a new partner. The former Navy SEAL recently lost his pregnant wife and is struggling with the loss. The police become true friends, support each other in life, and masterfully conduct investigations, sending gangsters and murderers to jail.

Original title:
Lethal Weapon

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Damon Wayans, Keisha Sharp, Kevin Ram…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Bosch (2014 – 2020)

The laconic homicide detective is considered one of the best cops in the city. A detective can successfully resist the mafia or easily figure out a hardened killer, but one long-standing unsolved case of the murder of a teenager has haunted Harry Bosch for many years. The plot of the series is based on detective novels by American writer Michael Connelly.

Original title:
Bosch

Genre:
Drama, crime

Actors:
Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Chicago Police (2014 – 2021)

The list of the best series about cops continues part of the large-scale Chicago franchise, which tells about the work of various public services in the city. Each episode tells about the everyday life of the police station in a variety of manifestations – from patrolling the streets to investigating high-profile and intricate crimes. Three months of training under the guidance of real Chicago police officers made the actors play realistic.

Original title:
Chicago PD

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Jason Beh, John Seda, Sophia Bush…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Happy Valley (2014 – 2016)

A lonely woman serves as a police sergeant in a remote town and raises her grandson after her daughter’s suicide. The heroine has to deal with her psychological problems and save local residents from insolent criminals. Another case is connected with the death of her daughter and becomes an ordeal for a woman, and then a drug dealer kidnapped the child of a local tycoon and demands a huge ransom…

Original title:
Happy Valley

Genre:
Drama, Crime

Actors:
Sarah Lancashire, Shivan Finneran, Reese Conna…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.4

Age Limits :
16+


Brooklyn 9-9 (2013 – 2020)

Highly rated comedy cop series that won two Golden Globes. The joker detective brilliantly solves crimes, he succeeds in comical ridiculous tricks no worse. Colleagues and superiors crept up to match the detective, so there will be a sea of ​​sparkling jokes and eccentric situations. Although positive and complete confusion reigns in the precinct, not a single criminal will go unpunished.

Original title:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Andy Samberg, Andre Broger, Terry Crews …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


On duty (2012 – 2021)

After an unsuccessful anti-terrorist operation with a tragic outcome, an experienced operative is transferred to a quieter place – the anti-corruption department. A detective is assigned to investigate a special case. The suspect is a real hero – a senior inspector, famous for his record breaking rate. During the investigation, a large-scale conspiracy is revealed that also involves honest servants of the law.

Original title:
Line of Duty

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Martin Compston, Vicki McClure, Adrian Dunbar …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Good Cop (2012)

One of the best action series about the police, which has collected many positive reviews from viewers. The main character is a real good cop, completely giving himself to work. The drug mafia kills the detective’s partner, causing him to fall into a severe depression. Without a comrade-in-arms and best friend, life for the hero loses its bright colors, and all thoughts are taken over by a single desire – to take revenge .

Original title:
Good Cop

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Michael Angelis, Warren Brown, Don Gale …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Rule of Law (2011)

The Chicago Police Department is headed by a woman for the first time. The determined and hardworking boss is determined to deal a crushing blow to both street crime and corrupt officials from the city council associated with the Irish mafia. The most important part of the investigation is entrusted to an experienced detective with a tough temper and an ambitious young rookie.

Original title:
The Chicago Code

Genre:
Action, drama, crime

Actors:
Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, Matt Lauria …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Blue Bloods (2010 – 2021)

In the list of the best foreign series about the police, one cannot do without a crime drama that has lasted on the air for twelve seasons. In the center of events is a police dynasty from New York – all members of the family work in law enforcement. The youngest son, having successfully graduated from the academy, refuses a prestigious position in a law firm to become a simple cop.

Original title:
Blue Bloods

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Rookie Cops (2010 – 2015)

Three girls and two guys, having received diplomas of graduation from the academy, join the ranks of the Canadian police. The recruits have learned the curriculum well, but real life with all the difficulties and dangers will be more complex and unpredictable. Young cops are looking for criminals, participate in the suppression of riots and learn to live in the rhythm of the big city.

Original title:
Rookie Blue

Genre:
Drama, Crime

Actors:
Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits :
16+


Beach Cop (2010 – 2013)

An interesting series about the police has earned the approval of foreign and domestic viewers. An experienced detective is forced to move from Chicago to a small town in Florida because of an affair with the boss’s wife. The hero expects that he will play golf and sunbathe among girls in bikinis, but the new place of residence is simply overwhelmed by a wave of crime. The cop will have to forget about the original plans and take up the restoration of order in the beach paradise.

Original title:
The Glades

Genre:
Action, drama, crime, detective

Actors:
Matt Passmore, Kiele Sanchez, Carlos Gomez …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Southland (2009 – 2013)

The Los Angeles Police Department lives an active and busy life. Cops catch bandits and drug dealers, investigate murders . An experienced operative dreams of becoming the first woman to join the special forces . A green newcomer, learning the basics of the profession under the guidance of a seasoned inspector, seriously doubts whether he can become a good detective.

Original title:
Southland

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz, Sean Hatosy …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Reno 911 (2003 – 2020)

The top series about the police continues with an explosive crime comedy that parodies documentaries about the everyday life of law enforcement agencies. Reno County has some of the toughest cops in all of Nevada. Experienced professionals bravely fight crime, and also constantly get into ridiculous situations, aggressively sort things out with each other, and twist office romances.

Original title:
Reno 911!

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Thomas Lennon, Cedric Yarbrough, Robert Ben Garant …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


The Wire (2002 – 2008)

A special unit in Baltimore uses eavesdropping equipment and covert video recording to fight organized crime. The police bring to light drug dealers, expose corrupt officials, reveal fabricated sensations in the media. The cult television series is worth watching for all fans of high-quality and realistic cinema.

Original title:
The Wire

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Wendell Pierce…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 9.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Shield (2002 – 2008)

A foreign crime drama that broke genre stereotypes and showed the dark side of American law enforcement officers. LA police selflessly protect citizens from crime, but sometimes they have to break the law for a good purpose – fabricate evidence, turn a blind eye to petty offenses in order to catch a mafia boss, steal money from criminals. And sometimes the servants of the law cross the border between good and evil more often than the nearest street.

Original title:
The Shield

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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