Looking for more fabulous TV shows like White Collar to add to your binge list in 2018? We’ve got you covered! These 17 crime shows will keep you busy for months! They’ve got it all: comedy, drama, mystery, even romance! Let’s check them out!
White Collar is a police procedural, drama television series that aired on USA for 6 seasons, from October 23, 2009 to December 18, 2014. The series focuses on the unconventional working relationship between FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Neal Caffrey, a talented con artist and Burke’s criminal informant. White Collar stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson and Tiffani Thiessen. Here are some TV shows like White Collar to watch, when you finally put down the Snapchat filters that is.
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TV Shows Like White Collar
Head up! I’ve noted which of the TV Shows Like White Collar you’ll find on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu to make it easier for you. Just keep in mind that shows switch to different streaming providers all the time. Shows on Netflix today may be on Hulu tomorrow. Many networks are going with their own streaming services now and never releasing the shows to the “big three.” Okay, enough about that, let’s check out the shows like White Collar, shall we?
Burn Notice is a drama, action television series that aired on USA for 7 seasons, from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. Burn Notice was one of the top TV shows like White Collar on Netflix for a while, people seemed to be talking about it a lot! The show chronicles the life of past United States Army Special Forces soldier and current CIA Contractor, Michael Westen.
After he was kidnapped, beaten and burned in a Nigeria failed operation, he discovers that if he leaves his hometown of Miami, Florida, someone in a position of power wants him dead. Burn Notice stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless and Cody Bell. Do you remember the CBS television series, Cagney & Lacey from the 1980’s? Well, Sharon Gless played the main role, Christine Cagney.
The Blacklist is a crime thriller television series that has aired on NBC for 5 seasons so far, premiering on September 23, 2013. Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler, finds herself face to face with a career criminal, Raymond Reddington. Reddington has eluded capture for several decades, but is willing to turn himself in, with the condition that he only work with Keen. The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold and Harry Lennix. This is one of the absolute best shows on television! James Spader is such an amazing actor and brings so much to the series! You can find this one on Netflix!
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Sherlock is a crime drama television series that has aired on PBS for 4 seasons so far, premiering on July 25, 2010. The series is based on the Sherlock Homes detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It takes place in London in modern times as Sherlock Holmes, a famous sleuth and Doctor John Watson, solve a series of crimes. Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs, Mark Gatiss and Louise Brealey. I love anything with Sherlock Holmes, so of course, I love this television series. Find it on Netflix.
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Psych is a top detective comedy and one of my fav drama TV shows to watch more than once! I absolutely love Corbin Bernsen. If his name sounds familiar, you may remember him in the lead role of Arnie Becker, on the NBC television series, L.A. Law. Psych aired on USA for 8 seasons, from July 7, 2006 to March 26, 2014. The series showcases Shawn Spencer, a Santa Barbara Police Department Crime Consultant, who has everyone believing that he uses his psychic powers to solve crimes, when the truth is, it is nothing more than his great detective skills and amazing observational skills. Psych stars James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson and Corbin Bernsen. This one isn’t on Netflix, but it is included with your Amazon Prime membership.
Leverage is a television drama series that aired on TNT for 5 seasons, from December 7, 2008 to December 25, 2012. The series chronicles the adventures of 5 team members, Parker, a thief; Alec Hardison, a hacker; Eliot Spencer, a retrieval specialist; Sophie Devereaux, a grafter and Nathan Ford, an insurance specialist, as they utilize their skills to help everyday citizens deal with injustices from wealthy and corrupt businessmen. Leverage stars Beth Riesgraf, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, Gina Bellman and Timothy Hutton. You really need to binge watch this show because it is totally amazing! It’s one of the TV shows like White Collar that really brings it all: comedy, action, intrigue, and even a little romance. Season 1 is included with your Prime membership.
Breakout Kings is a crime, drama, thriller television series that aired on A&E for 2 seasons, from March 6, 2011 to April 29, 2012. This show is kind of a cross between White Collar and Orange Is the New Black, in my opinion. The series revolves around a team of U.S. Marshals and former fugitives, working together to capture prison escapees. Breakout Kings stars Laz Alonso, Brooke Nevin, Serinda Swan, Jimmi Simpson and Malcolm Goodwin. Find this one on Netflix.
Covert Affairs is an action, drama television series that aired on USA for 5 seasons, from July 13, 2010 to December 18, 2014. The series centers on Annie Walker, a CIA trainee working as a Field Agent, alongside August Anderson, a blind tech operative. Covert Affairs stars Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham, and the entire series is included with your Prime membership.
Franklin & Bash
Franklin & Bash is a comedy, crime, drama television series that aired on TNT for 4 seasons, from June 1, 2011 to October 22, 2014. I was a huge fan of this show and still like to re-watch the series every now and then! Remember the popular NBC television series, Saved by the Bell, in the late 80’s? Well, the guy who plays Peter Bash, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, played the main role of Zack Morris on the show. Franklin & Bash centers around Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, who are not only lifelong friends, but also a pair of unconventional lawyers working at the same law firm. Besides Gosselaar, the series also stars Breckin Meyer. Unfortunately, this is one of the few TV shows like White Collar that isn’t streaming for free on one of the big three. TNT does have an app that lets you watch full episodes, though.
In Plain Sight
In Plain Sight is a crime, drama, mystery television series that aired on USA for 5 seasons, from June 1, 2008 to May 4, 2012. The series focuses on Mary Shannon, who works for the U.S. Marshals, while trying to also deal with her family and personal lives. In Plain Sight stars Mary McCormack. I really enjoyed watching this show and was sad when it ended. I liked the fact that it showed not only the professional side of the main character, but also her personal life too. This is another one that isn’t streaming on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. However, you can watch it through the USA website or their app.
Fairly Legal is a legal comedy, drama television series that aired on USA for 2 seasons, from January 20, 2011 to June 15, 2012. The series follows Kate Reed, who works as an attorney at her father’s law firm, but later becomes a mediator. Fairly Legal stars Sarah Shahi. Watch it on the USA website or their app.
Chuck is an action, comedy, drama television series that aired on NBC for 5 seasons, from September 24, 2007 to January 27, 2012. The series showcases Chuck Bartowski, a computer geek who unknowingly downloads important government spy secrets into his brain. Chuck stars Zachary Levi. If you’re looking for comedic TV shows like White Collar, this is the one to start with! Chuck used to be on Netflix, but it looks like it’s gone. The NBC app is actually pretty decent, so I suggest downloading that to watch it.
Suits is a legal drama television series that has aired on USA for 7 seasons so far, premiering on June 23, 2011. The series chronicles Mike Ross, a talented lawyer who never stepped foot inside a law school, working for Harvey Specter, one of New York’s top lawyers. Suits stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. This show is funny and serious, all at the same time. I love how they work together, to keep Ross’ secret (he never went to law school) from becoming public knowledge. Suits is included with your Prime Membership.
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The Mentalist is a crime, drama, mystery television series that aired on CBS for 7 seasons, from September 23, 2008 to February 18, 2015. This was one of my all-time favorite crime shows, especially because of the main actor, Simon Baker. I fell in love with his acting, when he starred in the 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada, as Christian Thompson. The series revolves around Patrick Jane, who works as a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation, helping to solve murders, using his skills that he obtained, as a former, fraudulent psychic medium. CBS shows are the hardest to find streaming on the big three. You’ll need CBS All Access to watch this one.
Human Target is an action, drama, adventure television series that aired on FOX for 2 seasons, from January 15, 2010 to February 9, 2011. The series centers on Christopher Chance, a unique bodyguard, who protects his clients by totally integrating himself into their lives. Human Target stars Mark Valley. Watch full episodes on the FOX website or through their app.
Person of Interest
Person of Interest is a sci-fi, crime, drama television series that aired on CBS for 5 seasons, from September 22, 2011 to June 21, 2016. The series centers around Harold Finch, a wealthy computer programmer, who creates a program for the government, which provides them with the identities of criminals and victims of cases, but not the details of the actual crimes. Person of Interest stars Michael Emerson. If you were a fan of the ABC television series, Lost, you will surely recognize Michael Emerson, because he played the role of Ben Linus, the leader of The Others, on the show. This one is streaming on Netflix now!
Elementary is a crime drama television series that has aired on CBS for 5 seasons so far, premiering on September 27, 2012. The series is kind of like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and I am a huge fan of anything Sherlock Holmes. It focuses on Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant at Scotland Yard, now living in New York City, employed as a police consultant, working with Dr. Joan Watson, a former surgeon. Elementary stars Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Find this one on HULU.
Bones is a comedy, crime, drama television series that aired on FOX for 12 seasons, from September 13, 2005 to March 28, 2017. The series follows the crime-solving team of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, a forensic anthropologist and Seeley Booth, an FBI Special Agent. Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. If you are looking to continue your fix of David Boreanaz, you can currently find him on the CBS military drama Seal Team, in the lead role of Jason Hayes. This isn’t just my favorite of the TV shows like White Collar, it’s also one of my all-time favorites of any show! The entire series is available on HULU.
These TV shows like White Collar should keep you in binge mode for a long time! Bones alone will keep you busy for months (or weeks, if you binge like I do). Many of the other shows on the list have at least 5 seasons, so you won’t run out of entertainment any time soon.
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