From 2009 to 2016, the show Castle was the talk of the town. Nathan Fillion as the famous writer Richard Castle, and Stana Katic as the serious Detective Kate Beckett, the comedy-detective show was a hit. So whether you’re looking for lighthearted procedurals or complex detective shows like Castle, we have curated a great list that you should check out. Castle and Kate’s relationship resembles the typical odd couple forced to work together. Castle is a goofy man-child who truly loves his family, while Kate is a dedicated and robust detective. Castle is one of those rare shows where all supporting characters are an absolute delight. The show is a perfect blend of comedy, drama, and action. With a healthy dose of gruesome scenes, thrill, and sometimes a musical number, the flat-out fun show Castle has rightfully won many accolades in its run.
List of TV Shows Like Castle
- The Mentalist
- The Rookie
- True Detective
- White Collar
- Criminal Minds
- Person of Interest
- Lie To Me
1. The Mentalist (2008)
The Mentalist follows a ‘psychic’ turned detective Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) with extraordinary skills of observation. He works as a consultant with the Bureau of Investigation in California to solve crimes. Similar to Castle, the main character has great chemistry with his female boss, Teresa Lisbon, a Senior agent and leader of ‘Serious Crimes Unit’. Shows like The Mentalist fall in the same genre as Castle, detective mystery shows with a fun twist.
The main character, like Castle, is a cocky yet likeable man, absolutely full of himself. Simon Baker in The Mentalist brilliantly brings out the spiritual and physical struggles of the character. The Mentalist is funny, charming, thought-provoking and absolutely entertaining to watch. If you wish to watch TV shows like Castle, then you should probably watch this one.
2. Sherlock (2010)
The show Sherlock, as the name suggests, is an adaptation of the iconic stories of detective Sherlock Holmes. This 2010 modern-day re-imagining has gained high popularity since its release with an insanely dedicated fan following. And it’s no mystery why; the show has an exceptionally talented cast of actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Andrew Scott, to name a few.
Sherlock uses technology and forensic science with his brilliant skills of deduction, observation, and logical reasoning, which makes the show go beyond perfection. The tales of Sherlock Holmes inspire every genius character in some way or another, and Castle is no exception. So, if you search for TV shows like Castle, Sherlock is an unmissable watch.
3. The Rookie (2018)
Ever wondered what if Castle was a police officer? This show is your answer. The Rookie is an American police procedural crime drama television series that follows John Nolan, a 45-year-old recently divorced man. After helping the police during a bank robbery, he is inspired to move to LA and pursue a new career as a police officer. John becomes the oldest rookie of the force.
The show is, however, not always as light-hearted as Castle. John is met with scepticism from higher-ups and must navigate the dangerous and unpredictable world of ‘young’ cops. Nevertheless, Nathan Fillion manages to keep humour present in the serious show- in a way that feels true to life. Binge-worthy, The Rookie is perfect if you miss Nathan and wish to watch shows similar to Castle.
4. Bones (2005)
Bones is a crime procedural drama created by Hart Hanson with a forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology investigation. Bones is loosely based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs, who also produced the show. The show ran a long course of 12 seasons before it was eventually cancelled.
Bones follows the pairing of a doctor and an FBI agent, Dr Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan and FBI Agent Seeley Booth in an unusual approach to examining the remains of the victims for investigating the murder. The main characters have great chemistry and the show has a good balance of gravitas and humour. Bones has been a comfort watch for many viewers. If you are searching for TV shows similar to Castle that you can watch for a long time, Bones will be a great choice.
5. True Detective (2014)
The show True Detective is a seasonal fantasy series following a pair of detectives, namely Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson). The detectives are in pursuit of a serial killer in Louisiana with links to occult crimes from over 17 years. True Detective is a fantastic TV series, the performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson left me speechless.
The story unfolds in a way you won’t expect, True Detective is not just about a typical fashionable pair of detectives solving crimes through the streets of London but about two broken degenerating people struggling to resist the corrupting world around them. The show makes clever and witty use of vocabulary in the narrative to describe the feelings of the characters. Well, the second season of the show is quite weak but True Detective does manage to pick up where it started by its third season. If you want to see series like Castle, we recommend that you check out True Detective.
6. White Collar (2009)
White Collar is a Police Procedural Drama that centres on a former con artist and criminal, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). Neal cuts a deal for his sentence and works as a criminal consultant with the Law Enforcement agency FBI under Special agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKey). Like Castle, Neal is an easy-going, charming, and cultured guy while Peter much like Kate Beckett is a buttoned-up professional.
Here’s a clip from White Collar
Talented and undeniably gorgeous Matt Bomer’s performance as the sophisticated and highly skilled artist Neal Caffery is too good to miss. Just as well, the performances by the rest of the cast are absolutely on point. I really adore Willie Garson as Mozzie. The show decided to end on a high note with its 6th season. A 100% binge-worthy show has the protagonist you might be looking for. So I say, White Collar is a perfect match for you if you’re looking for shows like Castle.
7. Psych (2006)
Psych is an American detective comedy-drama series created by Steve Franks in 2006. The central character, Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Shawn has an eidetic memory and learns a lot about detailed observation from his father, former detective Henry. Often called a ‘Psych’, Shawn formerly insists that there’s no such thing but after police are suspicious about his involvement in a crime he solves, he tells everyone that he is indeed a Psychic.
The show Psych has been praised for its comedic-juvenile style of script writing, the dialogues are spontaneous and brilliant. The main characters of Shawn and his best friend and work partner Burton Guster form a hilariously engaging chemistry. A highly underrated show, Psych ran for 8 seasons and has 3 movies with consistent quality acting performances and humour. So, if you are looking for TV shows like Castle, Psych is the perfect choice for you.
8. Criminal Minds (2005)
The police procedural drama, Criminal Minds follows a group called the Behaviour Analyst Unit (BAU) of criminal profilers. They work for the FBI to help solve crimes and find a suspect known as ‘unknown-subject.’ The show manages to handle a large cast well. Every character gets the opportunity to shine. The dark and somewhat grim story of Criminal minds is very compelling.
Criminal Minds is action-packed and full of suspense. Having been on the air for 15 seasons, the show has gained a dedicated viewership. Much of the cast changes as the seasons progress, but the presence of the well-liked core cast keeps the viewers hooked. For a show running as long as Criminal Minds, writers managed to write new episodes with engaging plots almost every time. If you want to watch shows similar to Castle then Criminal Minds will be worthy of a watch.
9. Person of Interest (2011)
Person of Interest is a Sci-fi crime drama. It follows John Reese, a former special forces soldier, and CIA operative. A bygone soldier, John is thought to be dead by everyone. But he is alive and now a homeless man in New York. Harold Finch, a billionaire software genius, builds a computer called ‘the Machine’ that monitors all electronic media and communications to predict future terrorist activities. Harold approaches Reese to intercept the possible threats.
On the surface, Person of Interest seems like a standard procedural crime drama series. However, it is, in fact, a well-crafted action sci-fi that explores the concepts of AI vs. human nature. In addition, the main characters of the show are phenomenal. If you want to explore more shows like Castle with a sci-fi element, Person of Interest will keep you on the edge of your seat.
10. Lie to Me (2011)
Loosely based on Dr Paul Ekman and his real-life research, Lie to Me is a crime drama television series. The protagonist, Cal Lightman (Tim Rothe) is the world’s leading deception expert. To solve crimes and expose the truth, he uses his studies of facial expressions and involuntary body language. Like Castle, Lie to Me is highly engaging and suspenseful.
Here’s a clip from Lie To Me
At the beginning of the show, Lightman’s team’s new associate, Ria Torres is labelled ‘natural’ at deception detection. Her innate talent does not sit well with Cal’s academic approach and so Cal often tries to show off while she proves a worthy opponent to his challenges. Even though the show only lasts 3 seasons before getting cancelled, it’s quite entertaining. If you want to see more shows like Castle, Lie to Me should be a great choice for you.
A couple of great investigative series like Castle didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless:
- Body of Proof
- Rizzoli and Isles