Here’s a round up of the best crime shows that you can watch right now – without having to wait on tenterhooks for the next episode to appear, because seriously, what kind of a person just watches one episode of a TV series anymore?
Few genres lend themselves so readily to binge-watching as crime, by virtue of the fact that there’s a mystery to be solved and therefore a reason that you have to get to the end right now. Here are some crime shows that should be eating up all your weekends for the foreseeable future.
With a second season set to air in September, now is the perfect time to watch José Padilha’s thrilling series about the rise of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Filmed in Colombia and following Escobar’s life from 1970 to 1992, there’s plenty of action in this true-to-life account. The show even includes real archival footage of the era for an extra (frighteningly) realistic feel.
Orange Is The New Black
The US doesn’t need John Oliver to dictate the failings of its penal system for comedic effect – no, it already has Orange Is The New Black, the pitch black comedy based on the experiences of Piper Kerman and her memoir about living for a year in a women’s prison. The episodes just get better and better, if you’re not already telling friends/parents/strangers about this show today, there’s no better reason not to commence binge viewing today.
Top of the Lake
If you like your dramas distinctly “masterpiecey”, this Emmy-winning mysterious and haunting series set in New Zealand is definitely for you. The story follows a detective as she investigates the disappearance of a pregnant young girl.
If Gangs of New York had a sequel and that sequel was set in Birmingham, this is what it would be. An absolute British triumph of television starring Cillian Murphy as crime boss Tommy Shelby as he runs rackets post World War I with his flat-capped gang, The Peaky Blinders. Notable appearances from Sam Neill other big names couple together to make it one of the best things that the BBC have made in years.
This noir detective drama has actually been made twice – one with Welsh dialogue and once with English. The latter is on Netflix, and it follows the story of a troubled detective on the run from his London past. With murders and small town secrets a-plenty, it’s an incredibly gripping show that doesn’t lose its human element.
Slotting straight into the same universe of the original Cohen Brothers film, Fargo is a charming (and bloody) indie-fied crime series for the coffee house generation. All ironic jumpers, funny characterisations, suspense and Billy Bob Thornton sporting the worst haircut of his career. Essential viewing for anybody with eyeballs.
One of the best British crime thrillers of recent years, with Idris Elba playing the growling Detective Chief Inspector who blurs the lines between right and wrong in order to get the job done. As the series develops, the crimes stretch across multiple episodes and the complications of Luther’s life become ever more tangled, making it almost impossible to watch just one episode.
It might start to flag a little towards the end but Michael C Hall’s ‘good-guy’ serial killer Dexter Morgan rode the first wave of boxset binges when it kicked off way back in 2006 and it still holds up with the best of them. If you’re a fan of dubious anti-heroes, Miami sunshine and wry humour then this is your kind of show.
When Sherlock launched in 2010 it immediately had the feeling of a show that would be beloved for years, as if it had already been around for decades but we’d only just noticed. Even once you know how all the crimes were committed it still bears repeat viewing for the beautifully drawn friendship between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Obviously. We’re not going to berate you if you haven’t seen it yet, but you know you’ve got a treat in store when you do get round to it, and that you’re probably going to have to cancel all your plans until you’ve finished it.
When a mother is killed in a playground in broad daylight, nobody can seem to understand why. Then the police start receiving anonymous packages. This Netflix Original is up there with the best of British crime drama.
After taking a long career break, Marcella’s husband leaves her, prompting her to return to the murder squad and investigate a case that seems familiar.
[Adapted from ShortList UK]