This new police procedural series, ‘9-1-1,’ premiered on January 3, 2018, and it’s a throwback to the popular 1970s and 1980’s cop shows that were popular at the time. First responders from Los Angeles, California, are the focus of ‘9-1-1.’ The first teams to arrive at a crime scene are known as first responders. Some examples of these professionals include law enforcement officers, paramedics, and firefighters. Athena Grant, a Los Angeles Police Department officer played by Angela Basset, is one of the film’s main characters. Aisha Hinds, Oliver Stark, and Peter Krause also star in the show. There are no specific story arcs that revolve around the team, their personal lives, or the crimes they investigate together in ‘9-1-1.’
Fans and critics alike have given the series an enthusiastic reception, which could help bring police dramas back into the limelight. Many popular police dramas have become classics over the years. The following is a ranking of similar shows to 911 that we think you should watch. Movies like 9-1-1 are available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
12. NCIS (2003-)
For those unfamiliar with the acronym “NCIS,” it refers to a team of investigators tasked with solving crimes involving the United States Navy or Marine Corps. The NCIS Major Case Response Team is the subject of this show. Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, is the show’s star. NCIS was a spinoff of JAG (1995), which introduced the character of Gibbs in the first episode. ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ (2009-) and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ (2009-) are spinoffs of the original show (2014-). If you’re a fan of police procedurals, then ‘NCIS’ is definitely worth checking out.
11. Criminal Minds (2005-)
Criminal Minds, in contrast to “NCIS” and “9-1-1,” is a show about the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. They are tasked with creating the behavioral patterns of notorious criminals and attempting to predict what crimes they will commit in the future. Among the ensemble members is Mandy Patinkin, who portrays Jason Gideon in the film. Since Gideon is widely regarded as the BAU’s best officer, the most important cases are assigned to him. Throughout the show, his own personal demons keep him awake at night. ‘Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior’ (2011-present) and ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ are two American spinoffs of the original series (2016-2017). An additional Korean spinoff was created in 2017, but it has since ceased operations.
10. Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)
Taking place in the fictional Hill Street Police Station, Hill Street Blues was one of the most critically acclaimed police dramas ever made. The show’s debut season was a critical and commercial success, garnering the second-highest number of Emmy nominations ever for a first season. In addition to focusing on solving crimes, the show explores the moral dilemmas that police officers face when confronted with criminals and crime. ‘Hill Street Blues’ explores the constant struggle that police officers have to reconcile their personal and professional lives.
9. The Killing (2011-2014)
Two police officers, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, are the focus of the crime drama The Killing. The two main protagonists are played by Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, respectively. ‘Forbrydelsen,’ a Danish series, served as inspiration for the show. Since its debut in 2007, The Wire has received widespread critical acclaim, with some deeming it one of the most addictive crime shows on television.
8. Kojak (1973-1978)
To move on from police dramas, we’ll focus on another type: Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak of the New York City Police Department. Abby Mann won an Academy Award for her work on the show. In addition to focusing on police investigations and solving crimes, ‘Kojak’ also addressed important issues such as inmates’ rights, the treatment of people of color by the police, and the widespread corruption among the ranks of law enforcement officers itself. Many people think of Kojak as one of the most recognizable characters in television history. The actor who played the title role was none other than Telly Savalas.
7. Major Crimes (2012-2018)
major crimes is another well-known police procedural drama, and it began as an offshoot of the television show ‘The Closer” (2005-2012). Major Crimes begins with Captain Sharon Raydor being promoted to Chief of the LAPD’s Major Crimes Unit. After Brenda Leigh Johnson stepped down as Deputy Chief, Raydor assumed command. Major Crimes has incorporated many of the ‘The Closer’ cast members into its cast. Critics have praised the series’ writing and acting. Actress Mary MacDonnell portrayed Captain Sharon Raydor in the film.
6. The Shield (2002-2008)
‘The Shield’ is a television series about the LAPD’s efforts to combat corruption, gang violence, and drug trafficking in the Farmington neighborhood. The show focuses on the Strike Team, a group of police officers who are authorized to use force in order to stop the spread of crime in the district. To get information from criminals, they’ll sometimes resort to illegal means. Michael Chilkis, who played Detective Vic Mackey in the first season of ‘The Shield,’ won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his performance. ‘The Shield’ won a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for best television show.
5. Line of Duty (2012-)
For many, the BBC show ‘Line of Duty’ is one of its best. It tells the story of three police officers, DC (David Tennant) and PC (Anthony Head). Corruption charges are being investigated by Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) who have been named “Officer of the Year” despite being corrupt. Characters, stories, and a break from the usual police-and-criminal series formula have been praised in the series’s critical reception.
4. Prime Suspect (1991-2006)
‘Prime Suspect’ was written by Linda LaPlante and stars Hellen Mirren in the lead role. She plays Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a member of the Metropolitan Police. The plot revolves around Tennison’s struggle to maintain her dignity in a setting that has traditionally been dominated by men. Detect Chief Superintendent Mike Kernan backs her aspirations. BFI has ranked the series 68th on its list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programs. Three BAFTA Awards and one Emmy Award were given to Mirren for her portrayal of Jan Tennison.
3. Law & Order (1990-2010)
‘Law & Order’ is a New York City-based legal procedural and police drama. While the series lasted for 20 seasons, it was a huge success. When it came to apprehending criminals and prosecuting them, each episode ran for an hour. The legal system’s operations were shown in the second half-hour of each episode. The series has spawned a spin-off, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ which is currently in its 20th season (starting with the 1999 premiere). With ‘Gunsmoke’ (1955-1975), the show and its spinoff are the only three live-action drama series to have lasted 20 years. Throughout its long run, the show has been widely praised and has won numerous awards.
2. Broadchurch (2013-2017)
Chris Chibnall is the creator and writer of ‘Broadchurch.’ All the seasons are focused on one case, the murder of a small town boy, which attracts a lot of media attention to that town and the surrounding area. The series ran for three seasons and kept viewers guessing right up until the very last episode. Throughout its run, the show was widely praised and won numerous awards for its intense writing and acting. Because of the show’s success, an American remake, titled ‘Gracepoint,’ was made. After only one season, the remade show was canceled due to the low critical reception.
1. The Wire (2002-2008)
Each season of ‘The Wire’ focuses on a different aspect of the criminal underworld in Baltimore, Maryland, making it one of the most popular television shows of all time. It’s the gang and drug-related crimes that take center stage in Season 1. The second season focuses on the crimes taking place in and around the port. In the other seasons, bureaucracy, education, and the media are discussed. The show’s trademarks were its realistic dialogue and intense, gritty police work. It has received universal acclaim from reviewers and publications, and is regarded as a benchmark in the history of television shows about crime and police work.