At this point, Netflix is the number one streaming service provider. They have something for everyone and their original content is top shelf. And one of the better things they provide are some amazing crime-based TV shows. They have everything from light-hearted crime shows to scripted series that could possibly make your stomach turn. The best part is that Netflix has sourced some of the best-scripted crime shows from around the world and put them all in one place for your viewing pleasure. France, Australia, England, and Canada are just some of the countries that have gotten their content featured on Netflix. There are no signs of Netflix slowing down either, and to be honest, we are just trying to keep up!
Luther is one of Idris Elba’s first credits as an established actor. Elba plays DCI John Luther, but he's no regular detective chief inspector; he is hardened and emotionally unstable. Not only is he dealing with his personal drama, but he is also dealing with the trauma that comes with a job like his and trying to crack some gruesome cases. It has elements of a thriller that has made our skin crawl a time or two. Creator Neil Cross is known for making series and writing novels that just make you want to hide under your covers. Some of his other work includes Doctor Who and that very creepy 2013 film Mama with Jessica Chastain.
9. The Sinner
The Sinner was meant to be a limited series when it initially aired on TV. It starred Jessica Biel as a young mother who one day snaps and ruthlessly kills a man on a beach. The show did so well that it was picked up for a second season. So, obviously, Netflix had to get their paws on the streaming rights. The Sinner takes you on a number of twists and turns trying to figure out why a normal, sane young mother would just kill a man. We dive into her past and learn some pretty messed up things about her mother, her sickly sister and what lead to her fatal breaking point.
8. The End Of The F***ing World
Two teenagers traveling across the country committing unintentional crimes? Yes, please. The End of the F***ing World is a dark comedy-drama about a young man who is 100% sure he is a psychopath and budding serial killer. He leaves his home at his "kind of" girlfriend's request, and on a search for her absentee father. There are a few problems though; he is trying to pick the right time to murder her and the two end up committing a number of criminal activities in an attempt to survive as two teenagers without money or guidance. Needless to say, a few hilarious things happen and some really scary situations arise. Season two is in the works and with the way season one left off we are on the edge of our seats.
David Tennant has a great career. He has appeared in comedies, had a turn at being Dr. Who, and as always, he plays an amazing detective. Broadchurch is about he and his partner Ellie Miller solving crimes for three seasons. Season one’s crime focused on the murder of a young boy in their small town of Broadchurch and gave the viewer insight into just how small towns can unravel when one horrible thing goes wrong. In the following two seasons, the town is still reeling from the season one murder while having to endure two new murders and kidnappings. This show is certainly one that has to be watched from season one but it has enough content to make you want to binge.
6. Happy Valley
Happy Valley, like Broadchurch, takes place in a small town where you just can’t get away from the person who was convicted of assaulting your daughter and basically being the reason why she committed suicide. Well, that’s the case for DCI Catherine Cawood who is now divorced, taking care of her daughter’s unwanted son, a product of assault — oh, and did we mention that her recently sober sister has moved into her house? All this on top of her job is a burden and the viewer feels that immediately. This show isn’t just about the crime that occurs, it’s also about the pressures of raising a grandchild who is the reason for her daughter's suicide. She's also dealing with her daughter’s attacker getting out of jail and well, we won’t ruin anymore for you.
5. Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood is on a roll; first, The Handmaid’s Tale and now Alias Grace. Alias Grace focuses on a young woman who is accused—along with her boyfriend at the time—of murdering her employer and his mistress. The story takes a number of twists and turns and will have you wondering what’s real and what's fake. The acting is phenomenal and the story takes an interesting twist. If you have not read the book then you will be in for a surprise. There are only six episodes and it is a pretty easy watch for a rainy weekend.
This show is now Emmy-nominated and every episode was written by Sarah Polley, someone who truly appreciates the art of TV writing. It was initially adapted for TV by Hulu, but Netflix was not going to miss the chance to stream it.
4. Deep Water
Deep Water is a slept-on Australian miniseries and if it wasn’t for Netflix, anyone outside of Australia would most likely not have heard of it. It stars Yael Stone from Orange is the New Black and Noah Taylor who plays Preacher’s version of Adolf Hitler. They are a crime duo who becomes obsessed with investigating gruesome murders within the LGBTQ+ community. The story is based on a series of murders that took place in Australia in the 1980s and '90s against gay men. There are only four episodes so needless to say, things get intense rather quickly and the viewer gets submerged into the darkness that consumes this series.
Two families brought together through marriage and stuck together by tragedy. Childhood sweethearts get married but are murdered quickly after returning home from their honeymoon. At the same time, an odd man shows up in their small town injured and somehow connected to the murder. Does that catch your attention? This show is an easy binge with only four episodes, but don’t let the lack of episodes confuse you, it is just as juicy. Also, you know that things will move fast because they only have four episodes to offer you. It's a classic murder mystery with an ending that might make you cringe.
You is one of the more popular and more recent crime shows on Netflix. It started out on Lifetime but found a new home with the Netflix family. It follows a young man who is basically insane and obsessed with a woman who happens to walk into his place of work one day. He begins to follow and insert himself into her life but not without suspicion. He manipulates her friends, her family, and even her ex-boyfriend. What's worse is he is willing to kill whoever gets in his way. It’s a trippy tale told from the point of view of the stalker.
This show was the first German show optioned by Netflix and who would have thought it would have been so popular? It has been compared to Stranger Things, which a huge comparison to go up against. Dark focuses on a small town where children keep going missing. The viewer soon finds out that there is something off about four particular families in this town. Not only because it’s some of their kids that go missing but because they continually accuse one another of things. The show spans from 1953, 1986, and all the way up to the present day. There is a lot to unpack but it’s worth the wait.