Best TV shows about the FBI

Taryn Davies
Published: March 8, 2016

This week sees the premiere of Quantico, a new drama about FBI recruits in training, so in anticipation of the new series we run through our favourite TV shows about the FBI.

Quantico premieres on March 10, 9pm on Alibi, based at Quantico the series looks at the new recruits who have all been chosen for their own specific reason. One of them manages to even become a suspect in a terror attack that's been the biggest in the US since 9/11.

Quantico is premiered in the UK in March

(ABC/Guy D'Alema)

So ahead of the premiere of Quantico, here are some of our favourite TV shows about the FBI.

Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds might have been running since 2005 but it still produces series that have us gripped from start to finish, some of which are incredibly creepy and off-putting. We’ve seen agents come and go, murdered and abducted over the series, but we still have hopes that Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss will make a return. Dr Spencer Reid is another of our favourite modern day detectives too.

White Collar

Neil Caffrey (Matt Bomer) is a con artist who makes a deal with the FBI to help agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay) catch people who commit the kind of crimes that landed Caffrey in jail. So, essentially, it’s a crime procedural in which one of the detectives is a criminal. A large part of what makes it work so well is that Caffrey’s con-artist skills mean you never know when he’s about to switch things around and just which side he’s working for.

The best TV shows about the FBI


Blindspot was one of our favourite new TV shows of 2015, with great reason too. The show will undoubtedly have you gripped from the first episode when a beautiful Jane Doe, is found in a bag in Times Square naked but covered in tattoos and with no memory. The tattoos reveal a story though, and she has to work with the FBI to find out what that is.

There are questions to be answered and you won’t turn your back on this programme until you know them all.

The best TV shows about the FBI


The Blacklist

James Spader stars as former US Navy officer and criminal Raymond Reddington, who starts to work for the FBI with his own list of dangerous criminals in a bid to keep himself out of prison.

It's not just a typical crime drama, it has a story within the story that keeps you coming back for more. When you think you've seen enough, it gets better and you want more.

James Spader is riveting and his presence goes a long way toward making this twisty crime drama compelling.


The best TV shows about the FBI

The X Files

The X-Files focuses on two very different FBI agents, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, who are forced to work together to solve unexplainable mysteries. Through nine seasons and two films of the sci-fi, The X-Files managed to keep viewers on their toes and now, 22 years since the first episode aired, the award-winning series has made a comeback with original actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.


The best TV shows about the FBI


For 12 seasons Bones had us hooked with their compelling storytelling about FBI cases on human remains, this was all about the forensics.