Police, Crime and Detective TV Series on DVD and VideoBack to homepage
Most people develop their original interest in becoming a private detective or police officer from watching their favorite police and crime series on TV. Whether it began with watching Thomas Magnum cruise around Hawaii in a red Ferrari, or quoting Colombo’s famous line, “Just the facts ma’am”, it’s hard not to think they were cool. In fact, they were the very definition of cool.
Although Hollywood’s depiction of law enforcement officers and private investigators often over-glamorizes the profession, the wide variety of investigation shows, police dramas, and crime scene investigation series help position private investigations as a desirable and interesting career.
Police dramas, crime scene investigation shows, and legal television series are a standard part of the programming on any major network. In addition, the classic private investigation TV shows often run in syndication and most are available on DVD and video as listed below.
Most of the TV shows are based on fictional characters, but many of the plot lines are pulled straight from newspaper headlines of the times. And of course, the names are changed to protect the innocent.
Following is a list of our favorite TV shows for private eyes. Most of the season episodes are available on DVD and video at Amazon.com:
- Barney Miller
- Boston Legal
- Burn Notice
- Cagney & Lacey
- Charlie’s Angels
- CHIPS – California Highway Patrol
- CSI – Crime Scene Investigation
- CSI Miami
- Dog the Bounty Hunter
- Get Smart
- Hart to Hart
- Hawaii Five-O (or Hawaii 5-0)
- Hill Street Blues
- Instructional Self Defense Fighting Videos (currently unavailable)
- JAG – Judge Advocate General
- Knight Rider
- Law & Order
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
- Magnum P.I.
- Miami Vice
- Mike Hammer
- Mission Impossible
- Murder She Wrote
- NCIS – Naval Criminal Investigation Service
- NYPD Blue
- Remington Steele
- Rockford Files
- Simon & Simon
- Starsky & Hutch
- The A Team
- The Closer
- The Mod Squad
- The Shield
- The Streets of San Francisco
- The Sopranos
- Walker Texas Ranger – Starring Chuck Norris
Many of the TV series run in syndication and are also available through online television networks like Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. In addition, all of the police dramas and crime TV series are available on DVD on Amazon.com.
Many of the DVD sets include extras and bonus features such as: interviews with the cast, crew, director and producer, bonus episodes, made-for-TV movies, promos, montages, and never before seen footage.