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So you’ve blown through 20 plus years of material and are looking for something to replace Law and Order. (Hard as that may be.)

Maybe you’re addicted to the suspense. The psychological drama. Or just the sheer creep factor.

Whatever you’re in it for, we’ve put together a variety of crime shows that range from tense and intriguing to downright gruesome. 

So enough suspense, here are our 14 favorite picks for the outstanding shows about the baddies. 

Criminal: UK, Spain, Germany, France

The Netflix series Criminal takes the procedural crime drama to a new and gripping level. This tense, psychological series is centered around the interrogation of various criminal suspects and never leaves the police station. 

Each series in the anthology has three episodes, all shot in the country’s native language. Deftly written and acted, we suspect Law and Order fans will love it.  

Watch Criminal on Netflix

The Fall

Fans of Law and Order: SVU, this ones for you. This gruesome series follows Detective Stella Gibson (Jillian Anderson) as she tracks down a brutal rapist and murderer, played by Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades of Grey.

No matter what you think of FSG, Dornan is chillingly believable in the role of the creepy psycho. Frankly, I even wonder how the guys can get a date after playing this part.

All that aside, this sultry, sicko crime show will keep you on edge to the very end.

Watch The Fall on Netflix

American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson

Even people that were glued to their TVs during the trial of the century will be captivated by this mini-series. The show focuses on the events around OJ Simpson’s trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

With strong performances and lots of behind the scenes details you may have missed, you’ll be sucked in by the fall of an American hero all over again. Definitely worth watching!

Watch American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson on Netflix

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Mindhunter

This series is based on a book by John Douglas, a real-life FBI agent and criminal profiler. Dark and brooding, the series delves into the sometimes surprising motives of killers and the psychological strain it places on the people who probe their twisted minds.

Mindhunter is a gripping character drama with episodes that may linger in your thoughts long after they’re over.

Watch Mindhunter on Netlfix

Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

If you want to get into the mind of a real-life serial killer, check out this documentary on Netflix. This fresh telling of the bone-chilling exploits of serial killer Ted Bundy includes confessional recordings, testimonies from victims and investigative reporting.

How could such a handsome and charming man be the perpetrator of such horrific deeds? Delve in and see. 

Watch Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix

Bodyguard

Hugely popular in the UK, you can now catch this procedural thriller on Netflix. In it, a military vet turned police officer (played by Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden) must protect the life of a high-profile politician in turbulent times.

With plenty of suspense and action, you’ll soon see why audiences find it addictive.

Watch Bodyguard on Netflix

Happy Valley

Don’t expect a fairy tale ending in the ironically named Happy Valley. The show follows the life of police officer Catherine Cawood after the violent crime that drove her daughter to suicide. 

As she methodically pieces the evidence together, the details of the tragedy begin to unfold. With standout performances all around, this is another great find on Netflix.

Watch Happy Valley on Netflix

Longmire

This thoughtful drama set in Wyoming originally aired on A&E. The show follows Sheriff Longmire as he investigates murder cases while trying to navigate the complex waters of tribal authorities, local government and powerful families.

Starring Robert Taylor and Lou Diamond Phillips, this study on crime and Western values is another great series to sink your teeth into. 

Watch Longmire on Netflix

Making A Murderer

This gripping and popular Netflix series follows the real-life case of accused killer Stephen Avery. Did he really do the crime, or was he the victim of a system that seeks guilty verdicts instead of finding the truth?

Two seasons follow this whodunnit and the appeal case that followed the original trial. You may be surprised at the high-level corruption that investigators unmask. 

Watch Making a Murderer on Netflix

Who Killed Little Gregory

This is another gritty crime documentary from Netflix about the unsolved murder of 4-year old Gregory Villemin.

The child’s body was found in October of 1984 in the Volonge River of eastern France. Shortly after, the boy’s uncle received an anonymous phone call from someone claiming responsibility for the killing as revenge.

Despite the tip-off, the killing has remained unsolved for over 30 years. But with local jealousies, family feuds and various accusations that lead nowhere, it makes gripping (if macabre) fare for those entranced by mystery.

Watch Who Killed Little Gregory on Netflix

River

This crime drama from across the pond stars Stellan Skarsgard as inspector John River. Skarsgard is at the top of his game as a grumpy but brilliant detective haunted by the death of his ex-partner and the victims of the crimes he must solve. 

Mystery lovers won’t want to miss out on this one!

Watch River on Netflix

When They See Us

This emotional mini-series is based on the true story of the Central Park Five, a group of young African American men who were charged with a vicious crime despite the lack of evidence. 

The racial profiling, corruption and hate that fueled the happenings make it a heartbreaking tale that seems all too relevant today. 

Watch When The See Us on Netflix

Luther

Idris Alba won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a Critic’s Choice Television Award for his turn as John Luther in this fascinating crime drama from the BBC.

Obsessed by the darkness of the crimes he solves, Inspector Luther battles his own demons as well as the monsters he pursues in real life. The powerhouse performance and excellent production values make this investigative cop show an absolute standout.

Watch Luther on BCC

Ozark

Nobody is solving any crimes here. But if it’s suspense you’re looking for, Ozark is guaranteed to keep your heart rate in the aerobic zone. 

When Larry Byrd (Justin Bateman) starts laundering money for the Mexican drug cartel, he and his family are caught up in a complicated and deadly web that seems impossible to unravel.

Ultra-tense and brilliantly acted, you may want to cover your eyes sometimes. But you won’t be able to stop watching it. 

Watch Ozark on Netflix

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