If you like "Numb3rs", then you might enjoy...

Charles Eppes, a mathematician, and his brother, Special Agent Don Eppes teams up to solve criminal cases for the FBI together. Charles and his friends from CalTech University and uses equations to help solve various crimes.

TV-Shows

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Sherlock

Sherlock is a new contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Many of the details and stories from the original books are kept, only modernized to fit in today's society and technology. Now his most important tool, after his brilliant mind, is a modern smartphone. Doctor Watson is a fairly young medical veteran of the Afghan war. Together they navigate a web of cryptic clues and myriad of lethal killers to get at the truth

Is it good:
This is the best adoption of the Sherlock Holmes books I have ever watched. It`s truly exciting to watch Sherlock's fast and leaping but accurate deductions. This is a show everyone should try out.

Why:
In Sherlock Holmes do use science to solve cases, just like Ebs to in Numb3rs. Holmes also uses it to learn to become a better investigator. The scientific methods are not his prime focus. Homes mainly solves crimes by discovering a bunch of clues in a rapid manner and then he uses logical deductive and inductive reasoning to solve his cases.

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The Blacklist

An FBI most wanted fugitive, Raymond Reddington, joins FBI to help bring down criminals and terrorists. He agrees to help to catch these bad guys only if he gets Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler, as his handler. After their first victory, a list of dangerous but unknown criminals is revealed by Red. And with a special team, they start to catch them one by one.

Is it good:
I like it, a cool show. Not only is the show about catching criminals, a second thrilling plotline surrounding Elizabeth Keen is also in play over the whole show. It`s cool to watch worldwide criminals taken down. I wonder if there exist people similar to Raymond Reddington, that would be scary.

Why:
The blacklist focuses more on a longer story with a global conspiracy. Raymond "Red" Reddington works as a kind of consultant to help the FBI catch criminals. Only Red uses his knowledge from being high up in the criminal world himself. Even with the differences you should check out The Blacklist if you like Numbers.

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Eureka

Eureka is a small hidden town populated by America’s brightest scientists. They work cutting edge inventions and discoveries. Sadly for them, but funny for us, in their enthusiasm they tend to be forgetful about the safety surrounding their projects, which usually leads to unnatural and hilarious chaos! Sheriff Jack Carter and his daughter accidentally stumble upon Eureka, and Jack ends up being hired as the new sheriff in town. He got more than he bargained for when he has to deal with all the quirky geniuses living in Eureka and their crazy experiments.

Is it good:
This is an absolutely hilarious show. Every episode has some new crazy accidents to be taken care of. I was so sad when it was canceled.

Why:
Eureka is a little different, but you might like it if you like numbers. It's not a police procedural focused show, but Jack Carter is the sheriff and he solves problems that often come from some strange experiment that has had an unusual outcome.

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Lie to Me

Dr. Cal Lightman is a deception specialist that reads the truth from people`s faces. He has partnered up with Dr. Gillian Foster to create the Lightman Group, selling their services as deception experts. His personal team also includes Eli Loker and Ria Torres. They also start to cooperate with the FBI with Ben Reynolds as their liaison. They tackle all kinds of cases using their skills to look for deception.

Is it good:
This is a really good series. It`s interesting to see how facial and body reading is used to solve cases.

Why:
Dr. Cal Lightman also uses science to solve cases. He is the leading scientist on facial micro-expressions. Numbers and Lie to Me have many similarities even when Lie to Me focuses more on human behavior science than on math-related sciences.

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Castle

Rick Castle, a popular crime author, is asked to help NYPD homicide to investigate a murder that is an exact copy of one of the murders in one of his books. Because of his helpfulness in the first case, and his personal relationship with the major, he gets permission to tag along Detective Kate Beckett and her team for researching material for his upcoming books.

Is it good:
It is interesting to listen to all the crazy ideas Castle rattles of for how and why crimes are committed. I really like this show.

Why:
Castle is also a consultant or a kind of consultant, but instead of being a scientist he is a bestselling author. He uses his knowledge from researching his crime novels to help out. If you like Numb3rs then you will probably like Castle.

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The Mentalist

Patrick Jane a former famous psychic outs himself as a fake after a serial killer called Red John kills his family. Jane blames himself because he right before the murder where mocking Red John on national TV in his psychic persona. He starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he easier can hunt down Red John. His skills as a mentalist, ex psychic comes in handy when working on cases because he is exceptional at drawing logical conclusions from minute details.

Is it good:
This is a really good show. They drag the Red John story out a little too long, but that`s OK since the main part of the show is the individual cases and the relationships between the characters.

Why:
Numb3rs have a few things in common with The Mentalist, mainly that Patrick Jane is also a brilliant police consultant. But Patrick's field of expertise is on the human mind. Patrick's motives for helping out is not entirely altruistic.

Tv Show cover: Bones

Bones

Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, a highly-skilled forensic anthropologist, and her team join FBI, with Agent Seeley Booth as their handler, in solving crimes where only the bones of the victims are reminding.

Is it good:
Bones is one of the better forensic crime shows. It is based on a book series, but it actually has very little in common with the books.

Why:
Bones and Numb3rs are both similar in that they both are police procedural show with a strong focus on scientific methods and explanations. If you like Numb3rs then you should definitely give Bones a try.

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The Las Vegas Police Department Crime Scene Investigations bureau is the second busiest crime lab in America. This show follows CSI officers working her as they use the best scientific and technical methods to solve puzzles and catch criminals.

Is it good:
CSI is one of the best shows in its genre. Almost every story is interesting and imaginative. Only bad thing is that it has been dragged out a little too long. They could have ended it earlier.

Why:
CSI and Numbers are both shows that show how science is used to solve cases. It is more serious and tries to look more realistic. Definitively give CSI a try if you like Numbers.

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Monk

Adrian Monk is an ingenious San Francisco detective. Since the murder of his wife, he has suffered from intensified OCD and a variety of phobias. Before this, he was a detective at San Francisco Police Department but he was laid-off because of his problems. He later has managed to come back as a consultant.

Is it good:
This is a good detective show. I watched up to season 5 or 6, but then I fell off. But I have some fun memories from the parts I did watch.

Why:
Adrian Monk does not go about solving his cases with scientific methods, but he is excellent at discovering the smallest clue and tying them together to find out what happened.

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Person of Interest

John Reese, a former CIA operative, is recruited by Harold Finch, billionaire software-genius, to prevent violent crimes. Harold created a machine for the government, a machine that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen. This is done by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera. Harold discovered that the machine sees everything from potential terrorist acts to violent crimes that involve ordinary people. The government considered everything but acts of terror "irrelevant", so Harold made the system capable of giving him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime. Harold and John work together to try to stop these crimes before they happen.

Is it good:
This show has good timing with Snowden`s released documents. If we only get a little father in the AI field we might soon have machines like this. I love the show but hate the thought of governments getting machines like this.

Why:
In "Person of Interest" they also use science-based methods to solve their problems, mainly computer-related methods.

Tv Show cover: Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

This show follows a team from the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), a subsection of the FBI. They travel to local police stations to investigate serial killings or other crimes likely involving a mentally distorted unsub (Unknown or unidentified subject). They use profiling to track and apprehend the unsubs. This means they are using psychology and statistics to come up with the basic characteristics of the unsub and the victims.

Is it good:
This is one of the more interesting criminal shows. I watched up to season seven, I think, but then I fell off. But this show is definitely worth giving a try.

Tv Show cover: Elementary

Elementary

Elementary is a modern take on the classic stories of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is now living and working as a detective in New York, although he lived and worked in England earlier. He works as a consultant to the NYPD and is assisted by the beautiful Joan Watson, a former surgeon, who now works as a sober companion. She is originally hired to help Sherlock stay away from his coke habit but also ends up as an assistant for Sherlock.

Is it good:
It`s not the best Sherlock series, but it is still a good show. Interesting to have a female Dr. Watson.

Tv Show cover: NCIS

NCIS

We follow a team of NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) agents. The team leader Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his agents; Senior Field Agent Tony DiNozzo, a womanizing movie enthusiast, Ziva David, a former Mossad officer, and a skilled fighter, and Junior Field Agent Timothy McGee, computer geek. The team is assisted by the Abby Sciuto, a cool black-clad goth lab tech, and Dr. Donald Mallard, a medical examiner full of interesting stories ad factoids.

Is it good:
NCIS is a cool crime show. Not to heavy on the forensic side and with a dash of witty humor.

Book

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Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1) by Richard Castle

Nikki Heat is a very skilled homicide detective that leads one of New York Citys top homicide squads. One day she is slapped with an unusual challenge by the commissioner, he has given her the command to let the superstar journalist Jameson Rook ride along with her on homicide investigations to research an article NYPD. Pulitzer- Prize-winning journalist Jameson Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling are seriously challenging Nikki's detective skills.

Is it good:
The Nikki Heat books are OK crime books. There are plenty of better crime books out there. But if you like the TV show castle then they are worth a try.