‘9-1-1’ premiered on January 3, 2018, and is a police procedural show which is kind of a throwback to the number of 70s-80s cop shows which were hugely popular back then. ‘9-1-1’ revolves around first-responders from Los Angeles, California. The first responders are the teams which have to appear the quickest at a crime scene. They include police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and others. The very famous Angela Basset plays one of the lead characters, Athena Grant, who is a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, and Aisha Hinds play other major characters in the series. ‘9-1-1‘ is presented in a serialized format and does not follow any one particular story-arc, but revolves around the team, their personal lives, and the crimes they tackle together.
The series has been well-received by the critics and audiences and might help bring police dramas back on the map again. There have been many popular police dramas which have reached iconic status. Here is the list of shows similar to 911 that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like 9-1-1 on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. NCIS (2003-)
‘NCIS’ stands for Naval Crime Investigation Service, and this show is about a group of investigators who solve crimes involving the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. The group on which this show focuses on is a Major Case Response Team of the NCIS. Mark Harmon plays the lead role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Interestingly, NCIS itself was a spinoff of the series JAG (1995) where the character of Gibbs was first introduced. The show itself has now given birth to spinoffs like ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ (2009-) and ‘NCIS: New Orleans‘ (2014-). Fans who enjoy police procedurals surely a treat ahead of themselves if they wish to check out ‘NCIS’.
11. Criminal Minds (2005-)
Unlike ‘NCIS’ or ‘9-1-1’, ‘Criminal Minds’ is a show that tells a story of some members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit’. Their job mainly is to create behavioral patterns of notorious criminals and try and figure out what crimes they might be committing next. The cast is headed by Mandy Patinkin, who plays the role of Jason Gideon. Gideon is widely considered the BAU’s best officer, and he gets to lead the most important cases. However, his own personal demons are also disturbing him constantly throughout the show. The series has been so popular that it gave birth to two American spinoffs, namely, ‘Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior’ (2011-) and ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ (2016-2017). Further, a Korean spinoff was also created in 2017, but it did not continue further.