TV crime dramas to watch this week: Feb. 24 to March 1

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "The Darkest Journey Home" Episode 21002 -- Pictured: Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/NBC)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- "The Darkest Journey Home" Episode 21002 -- Pictured: Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/NBC) /

Which TV crime dramas should you watch this week? Law & Order: SVU and Lincoln Rhyme lead our picks for the week of Feb. 24 to March 1, 2020.

With so many TV crime dramas on the air, which ones should you watch and which ones can you skip? Our weekly watchlist will tell you which crime dramas are worth your time this week.

The week of Feb. 24 will be frustrating for fans as viewing options are limited, thanks to some shows finishing up seasons and others being sidelined by the next debate between Presidential candidates, including some of the biggest hits. But never fear, there are still options.

Here’s what to watch in TV crime dramas this week, along with previews where available:

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Law & Order: SVU brings back Rollins’ sister

A familiar face returns in “Eternal Relief From Pain” (Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC). Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) once again has problems with her sister (recurring guest star Lindsay Pulsipher), who might be a key witness in the next investigation. Every time her sister turns up, nothing good happens—so what’s the issue this time? And what will make this episode different from the ones before?

Genre viewers will also enjoy a slew of TV veterans in the guest cast. Aside from Pulsipher, there’s also Mark Linn-Baker (best known from his years starring on the sitcom Perfect Strangers), James Morrison (24), and Zuleikha Robinson (The Lone Gunmen) reprising her recurring role as the SVU team’s frustrating new Bureau Chief.

Tommy‘s no good, very bad day

The Edie Falco-led TV crime drama Tommy continues with “19 Hour Day” (Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS). Newly installed police chief Abigail “Tommy” Thomas (Falco) ends up juggling multiple issues on the same day, including a bomb threat. This is only the show’s fourth episode, and it’s still trying to find its stride.

Matt Servitto (Brotherhood) guest stars as Assistant Chief Blevins in an episode that will tell us a lot about this series. It’s all hands on deck to deal with these different issues, so how will the show handle multiple storylines? Will it be able to deploy all of its characters effectively and tell each story fully? Or will the script be as chaotic as the day it’s trying to depict?

Lincoln Rhyme blows up

Tommy isn’t the only show using a bomb as a plot device this week. So is Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt for the Bone Collector. In “Requiem” (Friday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC), the latest case of the week is a serial bomber setting off explosives throughout Manhattan.

This episode is also going to focus heavily on the relationship between the titular Bone Collector and his wife Danielle, which NBC claims is about to reach “a terrifying crossroad.” That seems like it’s going to be bad news for Danielle, but you’ll have to watch to find out.

The fact that the show is trying to develop those relationships and make its antagonist a fully formed human being is one of the things that sets it apart from other TV crime dramas, so what happens here could have long-term effects on the rest of the season—and thus the show’s renewal chances.

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What’s on your TV crime dramas shortlist this week? Let us know what you’ll be watching in the comments.