91% of people can't name these TV crime dramas from an image. How will you do?

By: Craig
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Crime dramas are the most popular genre on TV. Whether you are a fan of serial killers, hi-tech investigators or the old-fashioned private-eye, there are plenty of crime dramas to find. But how good are your own sleuthing skills? See how many of these TV crime dramas you can name from just an image.

"Homeland" focuses on a bipolar CIA agent played by Claire Danes. Danes won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series in 2012 and 2013 for her role. Interestingly, Halle Berry was first offered the role before Danes. Originally, her character was not meant to be bipolar, but Danes, who studied psychology at Yale, decided that it would add an interesting angle to the character.

"Blue Bloods" is a police drama that follows the lives of an extended New York family all who work in the police force. The series stars Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Tom Selleck. At Selleck's request, almost every episode contains a dinner scene to keep the sense of family in the series intact. Interestingly, Len Cariou, who plays Selleck's father, is only 5 years older than him.

"CSI: NY" follows Detective Mac Taylor and his team who solve difficult crimes in New York City. The series ran for 9 seasons from 2004 to 2013. Taylor is played by Gary Sinise, well known for his role as Lieutenant Dan Taylor in "Forrest Gump." Interestingly, while filming an episode, an actual dead body was found in the same building where the crew was set up. It turned out to be the mummified remains of a missing tenant in the apartment block.

Steve McGarrett, played by Alex O'Loughlin, returns to the island of Hawaii to hunt down his father's killers. Once offered the chance to run his own hand-picked task force of police officers, McGarrett can't turn down the opportunity. This reboot premiered 42 years after the original series. Why the Five-0? Well, it is because Hawaii is the 50th state in the United States.

This series focuses on a motorcycle enthusiast looking to balance his life after starting a family. Show creator, Kurt Sutter, released a book about the show just after the final episode aired towards the end of 2014.

This series is a bold new approach to the character of Sherlock Holmes. The creator of the show decided to make the character playing Watson a woman. Mostly this was to show that man and a woman can work and live together without any romantic sparks flying about. Interestingly, neither Jonny Lee Miller nor Lucy Liu had ever read the story of Sherlock Holmes before signing up for the project.

A murder of a young boy brings a media frenzy to a small seaside town, and everyone in the town has a secret to share. The dog that often acts alongside Pauline Quirke is named Bailey and is her own pet.

"The Mentalist" stars Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, and Tim Kang. In the series, Patrick Jane, played by Baker, stops his job as a psychic to search for the murderer who killed his wife and daughter. To this end, he joins the California Bureau of Investigation as a consultant. The series aired from 2008 to 2015 and included 151 episodes.

"Waking the Dead" is a crime drama that aired from 2000 and lasted for 9 seasons. The series focuses on old unsolved crimes that are revisited using modern crime fighting methods, as well as new techniques brought on by technology. Each episode of the series was 120 minutes long, broken up into two 60-minute parts. The series stars Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston and Will Johnson.

This remake of the old Sherlock is both modern and new. The famous detective and his partner are now solving crimes in the 21st century. The cast in this series includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Una Stubbs. "Sherlock" was meant to have 6 episodes per season of 60 minutes each, but it changed to 3 episodes per season, each 90 minutes long.

"Fargo" is a series where each new season starts a new storyline, following murders around Minnesota, which always lead back to the town of Fargo. The series stars some big names, like Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst and Ewan McGregor. In each of the seasons, there is at least one cast member that was featured in a movie directed by the Coen Brothers.

"Narcos" follows the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The series is extremely popular and has been renewed for both a third and fourth season. This is also the first series from Netflix to include Chilean actors in its cast. The word Narco refers to a drug trafficker.

Idris Elba stars in this crime drama, portraying a genius detective that solves cases and gets himself into dangerous situations. In 2012 the series won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series. From "Luther," Elba went on to become a big Hollywood star.

"CSI: Miami" is about the Crime Scene Investigation unit of the Florida police with David Caruso in the lead role. The series first aired in 2002 and went on for 10 seasons and 232 episodes. Interestingly, all beach scenes were actually filmed in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles.

"The X-Files" takes a look at all the unexplained and mysterious cases of the FBI. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are the stars of the show which first aired in 1993 and ran until 2002 before making a comeback after 14 years in 2016. The series won 3 Golden Globes. Even though it first ended in 2002, it is still aired on various channels around the world.

Set in Baltimore, "The Wire" follows the fight between drug lords and city law enforcement. Interestingly, throughout the series, there isn't one of the characters that can be seen in every episode. Chris Bauer who plays Frank Sobotka had to wear a fat suit to make sure his character looked big enough for his role.

The series first aired in 2013 and stars James Spader, Megan Boone and Diego Klattenhoff. It tells the story of a notorious criminal, on the run for decades, who suddenly turns himself in, demanding to speak profiler Elizabeth Keen. Interestingly, all episodes in the first three seasons are actually named after criminals on the FBI blacklist.

Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic take the lead roles in this long-running crime drama series. Richard Castle, played by Fillion, is a crime mystery author who joins the NYPD to help research his books. The series aired for the first time in 2009 and ended in 2016. Interestingly, finding a leading lady proved difficult as before Katic was cast, Fillion read with 125 other actresses to find the correct match.

"Breaking Bad" follows the shenanigans of a high school chemistry teacher with cancer and a high school dropout who start their own drug business. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Dean Norris are the lead actors in this series. In 2014 the show won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series and Best Performance by an Actor for Cranston. Aaron Paul was nominated for his supporting role.

A team lead by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs investigates crime cases in Washington, DC. Interestingly, whenever there are flashbacks of the younger Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, it is actually his son Sean. Also, in the NCIS offices, you can see a picture of the creator Donald P. Bellisario hanging on the wall of the most wanted.

"Hill Street Blues" was a very popular police drama in the 1980s. It ran for 7 seasons and 144 episodes with Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren and Bruce Weitz in the lead roles. The theme tune became very popular and even won a Grammy. It was composed by Mike Post.

Based on the novel by Caroline Graham, this British series has been commissioned for a new season in 2018. It follows the story of a long-serving policeman who must investigate murders in the fictional English county of Midsomer.

With a 20-year run and a massive 456 episodes, "Law & Order" was an extremely popular crime drama series that ran between 1990 and 2010. The show won numerous awards, including Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Starring Dennis Franz and Gordon Clapp, "NYPD Blue" follows the detectives Manhattan’s 15th precinct. The show ran for 261 episodes across 12 seasons from 1993 to 2005. Interestingly, one of the cast, John F. O'Donohue spent his early life as a detective in New York. Most episodes in the series show a period of a single day.

"The Fall" stars Gillian Anderson, from "X-Files" fame, playing the role of a policewoman brought in to catch a serial killer in Belfast. Anderson so much enjoyed the role that she says Stella Gibson is the best character she has ever portrayed. Interestingly, there are plenty of guitar references in the series, with many names used being that of actual guitar companies, brands, and accessories.

"Top of the Lake" was nominated and won a Golden Globe in its first season. This went to actress Elisabeth Moss. It also stars Jane Campion, known for "The Piano." In season 2, Nicole Kidman joined the cast. "Top of the Lake" was the first TV series ever to appear at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival.

Only running for two seasons, "Life on Mars" tells the story of a policeman, who after a vehicle accident, wakes up in the early 1970s. It stars John Simm and Philip Glenister. After initially rejecting the script, the BBC finally agreed to shoot the series eight years after it had been written. "Life on Mars" includes continual references to the 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland.

This popular crime drama has run since 2005. It focuses on the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit who travel the United States solving crimes. They are led by Aaron Hodgner, played by Thomas Gibson. Interesting the character of Penelope Garcia, played by Kirsten Vangsness was only meant to feature in a single episode. She was so well received that she was then written into the storyline. The series was originally called "Quantico."

A British series, "Hinterland" is set in Wales and follows policeman Tom Mathias, played by Richard Harrington, a man set on carrying out his duties but at the same time, troubled by his past. Interestingly, all speaking scenes were filmed over, once with the actors speaking in English and then again in Welsh. Hinterland also stars Mali Harries.

This crime comedy follows Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, an unconventional cop in the 99th precinct. The show was created by Daniel J. Goor and Michael Schur and also stars Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews and Melissa Fumero. Interestingly, all scenes are shot as scripted and then re-shot with the actors adding their own lines to see if the scene could be improved or made even funnier.

"True Detective" features some big Hollywood names including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (both season 1) and Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell (season 2). The first season was extremely well received. In fact, on average just over 11 million people watched each episode giving HBO their biggest viewership numbers since 2001.

"Prime Suspect" brought the incredible acting talents of Helen Mirren to a larger audience. Interestingly, although the series went on for seven seasons, each season only consisted of two episodes, each of which ran for over one and half hours. The series also starred Tom Bell and Ralph Fiennes. The series was based on the experiences of policewoman DCI Jackie Melton.

This British series features Cillian Murphy in the lead role. It tells the story of gangsters in the English city of Birmingham. It is set in the year 1919. Interestingly, the soundtrack to the series is provided by many of today's rock music stars including the White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, and PJ Harvey. The title song is "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The late David Bowie was a massive fan of the show.

A spin-off of the popular "Law and Order" series, "Special Victims Unit" is set in New York and follows a team that only investigate crimes of a sexual nature. The series is still running after 18 seasons! Mariska Hargitay has starred in over 400 episodes while Ice-T was only meant to star in 4 episodes liked the show so much, he stayed on. Interestingly, Hargitay is actually also a trained rape counselor.

This series follows Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in her quest to solve difficult murder cases. She receives help from the FBI in the form of agent Seeley Booth. "Bones" stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz in the lead roles. The character of Brennan is based on real life anthropologist, Kathy Reichs. Zooey Deschanel, sister of Emily, has appeared in a "Bones" episode where she played Brennan's cousin.

A spy crime drama, "The Americans" tells the story of two Soviet spies during the Cold War passing themselves off as an ordinary American couple. It stars Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys. The story is loosely based on a Russian sleeper cell of agents uncovered in 2010 who had been in the United States for decades. They were sent back to Russia when exchanged for Americans held by that country.

This American series follows two detectives, one from the U.S. and one from Mexico, who are put together to try and catch a serial killer operating in both countries. It stars Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir. This is based on a series from Sweden and Denmark called "Bron."

"Dexter" follows the life of a Miami Police Department crime scene blood splatter analyst. By night, however, he has a dark secret. Dexter is actually a serial killer, killing those evil people he deems are not needed in society. His sister, a policewoman herself, doesn't know his dark secret. Dexter ran for 96 episodes over 8 seasons and stars Michael C. Hall. All in all, Dexter dispatches with 117 people during the series.

Airing from 1999 till 2007, all in all, "The Sopranos" ran for six seasons. It follows the life of a mob boss from New Jersey, Tony Soprano, who was played by James Gandolfini. Interestingly, the series was hit with a salary dispute in season four. Gandolfini paid each cast member $33,000 of his own money for filming to go ahead.

A U.K. series, "Line of Duty" stars Martin Compston and Vicky McClure and looks specifically at police corruption. Interestingly, the show had to make use of retired cops to provide advice after the British police refused to co-operate with producers. Some serving officers also helped but remained anonymous.

Set in Oxford, England, this series follows Inspector Lewis and his sidekick James Hathaway as they solve a variety of cases, often dealing the upper echelons of society. The character of Inspector Lewis was once the understudy another famous detective, Inspector Morse.

"Quantico" tells the story of new FBI recruits under training in Virginia. All is not well, however, as one could be a sleeper terrorist. It stars Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin and Johanna Braddy. Interestingly, in season one, all the episode titles are the last words said in each episode. This naming convention did not carry through to later seasons.

Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, "Twin Peaks" was an iconic TV series in the early 1990s that gained a cult following very quickly. It focused on the town of Twin Peaks and its inhabitants after the body of a young girl, Laura Palmer, is found on a beach, leading to an FBI investigation. The show stars Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean and Mädchen Amick amongst others. In 2017, a new series of the same name takes place 25 years after the events of the first series.

Starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, "The Killing" ran for four seasons between 2011 and 2014. It is based on a Danish series of the same name. The show was originally canceled by AMC after the second season but between Fox and Netflix it carried on for a third and fourth season.

This popular series follows a group of law students and their professor as they get involved in a murder plot which threatens to turn their lives upside down. It stars Viola Davis, Billy Brown, and Alfred Enoch. Davis was nominated for and won an Emmy in 2015 for her role in the show, making her the first African-American woman to win this Lead Actress award.

Starring acclaimed British actor Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander" follows a Swedish detective solving crimes in his native country. It is based on the writings of Henning Mankell who wrote a number of crime novels featuring Wallander. The series also stars Rupert Graves, Nicholas Hoult, and David Warner.

A staple of television in the '70s, Columbo, played by Peter Falk is a homicide detective based in Los Angeles. Episodes often included the classic line "Oh, there is just one more thing," as Columbo solved case after case. Interestingly, Columbo's first name is never mentioned.

A computer expert and an ex-CIA member help stop crimes before they happen, thanks to a brilliant piece of computer programming developed for the government. This series has Jim Caviezel and Kevin Chapman in the lead roles. Before Jim Caviezel took the lead role it was offered to Kyle Chandler who turned it down.

A British series set in Yorkshire, "Happy Valley" stars Sarah Lancashire as policewoman Catherine Cawood. Creator Sally Wainwright had written the role for Lancashire after she starred in a previous series of Wainwright's, "Last Tango in Halifax." The series also features Siobhan Finneran.

"CSI" is the original series in the franchise. The show ran for 15 seasons, from 2000 to 2015, and featured George Eades and Eric Szmanda. It follows the CSI team of the Las Vegas police, who solve crimes around Sin City. Interestingly, in real life the CSI lab at Vegas is the second most active crime lab in the United States, behind the FBI.

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