The obsession with true crime has sparked a fresh wave of thrilling crime dramas. Get ready to be hooked as we present a curated collection of the most captivating crime TV shows since 2019, as chosen by viewers from all corners of the globe.
Crime shows have always held a special place in our hearts, captivating us with their gripping stories and unforgettable characters. Brace yourself for an electrifying lineup that includes Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Prodigal Son, and Warrior. Prepare to delve into the world of crime with a twist as traditional police procedurals get a modern makeover in the form of NCIS: Hawai’i, Law & Order: Organized Crime, and FBI: Most Wanted. But that’s not all – brace yourself for the return of classic crime dramas in the form of binge-worthy miniseries like Netflix’s Lupin and HBO’s Perry Mason. And for those who crave the mysteries of real-life crime, make sure not to miss Peacock’s Dr. Death or any of the phenomenal new true crime docuseries.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve got some exciting additions to our list that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be captivated by The Irrational, a mind-bending thriller that will challenge everything you thought you knew. Dive into the world of detective work with Mrs Sidhu Investigates, where a brilliant investigator uncovers shocking secrets. And for those who love a perfect blend of science and suspense, The Chemistry of Death will have you hooked from the very first episode.
Get ready for an adrenaline-filled journey through the best crime TV shows in recent years. It’s time to grab your popcorn, turn off the lights, and immerse yourself in the thrilling world of crime.
1. When They See Us
When They See Us is a gripping four-part miniseries that tells the devastating true story of five teenagers from Harlem – Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise. These young men were wrongly accused and convicted of a brutal crime in Central Park. The series, directed by the talented Ava DuVernay, is a powerful drama that features incredible performances from its ensemble cast. Jharrel Jerome, who plays Korey Wise, deserves special recognition for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal. Through its storytelling, the series not only exposes the injustices suffered by the Central Park Five, but also highlights the flaws within our criminal justice system.
Premiered: May 31, 2019
Actors: Michael Kenneth Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo
2. How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
A teenage nerd embarks on the journey of selling drugs online, ultimately rising to become one of Europe’s most prominent dealers.
Premiered: May 31, 2019
Actors: Danilo Kamperidis, Bjarne Mädel, Maximilian Mundt
3. City on a Hill
City on a Hill takes place in 1990s Boston, where crime and corruption run rampant. The story follows a group of complex characters who navigate a morally ambiguous world. At the center of the show is the partnership between Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward, played by Aldis Hodge, and FBI veteran Jackie Rohr, portrayed by Kevin Bacon. These two unlikely allies join forces to take down a criminal empire. The show has received critical acclaim and even earned a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. With its captivating storytelling and outstanding performances, City on a Hill keeps viewers hooked as they witness the unraveling of this gripping drama. It expertly combines suspense, action, and thought-provoking themes.
Premiered: June 16, 2019
Actors: Aldis Hodge, Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Tucker
4. Bosch: Legacy
Bosch starts a new chapter in his career and finds himself collaborating with a former adversary.
Premiered: May 6, 2022
Actors: Titus Welliver, Mimi Rogers, Madison Lintz
5. Dr. Death
Based on the true events of a Texas doctor whose patients suffer life-altering disabilities or even death, this story serves as inspiration.
Premiered: July 15, 2021
Actors: Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater
6. Prodigal Son
Prodigal Son is a mind-bending psychological thriller that takes us deep into the twisted relationship between criminal psychologist Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) and his infamous serial killer father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen). The show brilliantly explores the complexities of family dynamics while keeping us on the edge of our seats with its suspenseful storyline. It’s no wonder that this gripping series has received critical acclaim, thanks to its incredibly talented ensemble cast, including standout performances by Bellamy Young and Lou Diamond Phillips. Nominated for multiple awards, Prodigal Son expertly navigates the murky waters of morality and the chilling legacy of a murderous past, leaving viewers constantly craving for more.
Premiered: September 23, 2019
Actors: Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young
7. Perry Mason
Get ready for a fresh take on the classic courtroom drama in this remarkable series that explores the origins of the renowned criminal defense attorney, Perry Mason. Set in 1930s Los Angeles, the story follows a determined investigator, played by Matthew Rhys, as he unravels a complex case that ultimately transforms him into the iconic legal figure. The show features an exceptional cast, including Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow, whose compelling performances have earned high praise from critics. With its intricate storytelling, stunning visuals, and captivating period atmosphere, this series breathes new life into a timeless character for modern viewers.
Premiered: June 21, 2020
Actors: Matthew Rhys, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk
8. Impeachment: American Crime Story
Uncovering the national crisis behind the first presidential impeachment in over a century.
Premiered: September 7, 2021
Actors: Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Annaleigh Ashford
9. FBI: Most Wanted
FBI: Most Wanted is an exciting crime drama series that takes us into the high-stakes world of a team of elite agents. Their mission? To hunt down the most dangerous criminals in the nation. Leading the charge is Agent Jess LaCroix, played by the determined Julian McMahon. With their diverse skills and expertise, this talented crew is always one step ahead, outsmarting and capturing these elusive fugitives. The show has received praise for its captivating storylines and strong ensemble cast, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats as they witness the thrilling cat-and-mouse game between law enforcement and the criminal underworld. But what sets FBI: Most Wanted apart is its ability to infuse emotion and deliver well-developed characters, making it more than just your typical procedural drama.
Premiered: January 7, 2020
Actors: Dylan McDermott, Roxy Sternberg, Keisha Castle-Hughes
10. Why Women Kill
Why Women Kill” is a brilliantly crafted drama series that combines darkness and comedy, following the lives of three women from different eras who are all confronted with infidelity in their marriages. The show boasts an incredible ensemble cast, featuring the talented Lucy Liu as Simone and Ginnifer Goodwin as Beth Ann. It effortlessly blends humor and suspense, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating every surprising twist and turn. This acclaimed series has captured the attention of both fans and critics, receiving high praise for its intricate storytelling and sharp dialogue. As the lives of these women unexpectedly intertwine, “Why Women Kill” paints a vivid and captivating picture of love, betrayal, and the extraordinary lengths people will go to protect what’s theirs
Premiered: August 15, 2019
Actors: Allison Tolman, Lana Parrilla, B.K. Cannon
11. FBI: International
The FBI’s International Fly Team is responsible for monitoring and eliminating dangers that pose a threat to American citizens.
Premiered: September 21, 2021
Actors: Luke Kleintank, Heida Reed, Carter Redwood