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The Best Original Series On Acorn TV

Updated May 24, 2021 1.1k votes 211 voters 8.5k views49 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that had their US premiere on Acorn TV.

The subscription streaming service Acorn TV has distinguished itself by not only producing original content but by being the first place the best new British dramas premiere in the US. It's not only favorite British series that are available on Acorn TV, but the channel also offers programs from Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain. What original and new series are on Acorn TV right now? Check out these Acorn TV shows and acquisitions that are sure to satisfy any fan of dramas, mysteries, and other favorites from across the pond (and down under).

Thanks to having a parent company that also has an interest in the Agatha Christie estate, Acorn TV has shown US premieres of shows such as The Witness for the Prosecution and the last episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot. They also have worked with the BBC, ITV, RTÉ One, and the Australian Broadcasting Company to provide first US distribution of shows such as Manhunt, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Striking Out. Acorn TV original series include more British mystery shows such as Queens of Mystery and Agatha Raisin.

Dozens of Acorn TV exclusive shows are available for under $6 a month. Which current Acorn TV shows are your favorite? Make your voice heard and vote thumbs up or down on all the Acorn TV shows below.

  • 1

    Foyle's War

    Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell

    PremieredNovember 3, 2002


    This series is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after WWII, created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after the long-running series...  more

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  • 2

    Midsomer Murders

    Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix

    PremieredMarch 23, 1997

    GenresCrime drama, Mystery

    This is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by Anthony Horowitz....  more

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  • 3

    Keeping Faith

    Eve Myles, Mark Lewis Jones


    Keeping Faith (Acorn TV, 2018) is a British dramatic mystery thriller television series. Small-town Welsh lawyer Faith (Eve Myles) must cut short her extended maternity leave when her husband and business partner, Evan, goes missing and, as the truth of his actions surface, Faith must fight to protect her family and her sanity.

  • 4


    Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison

    PremieredMay 1, 2011

    GenresCrime drama

    Vera is a British detective television series based on the works of crime author Ann Cleeves. It stars Brenda Blethyn and is broadcast on ITV and in the United States on public television stations....  more

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  • 5

    The Brokenwood Mysteries

    Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland

    PremieredSeptember 28, 2014

    GenresCrime drama

    The Brokenwood Mysteries (Prime, 2014) is a New Zealand detective and drama television series. Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) is sent from Auckland to Brokenwood to investigate a local...  more
  • 6

    800 Words

    Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler


    GenresDrama, Comedy

    800 Words (Seven Network, 2015), stylised as "800 words", is an Australian–New Zealand comedy-drama television series. George Turner (Erik Thomson) is a popular columnist for a top-selling Sydney...  more
  • 7

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

    Essie Davis, Nathan Page

    PremieredFebruary 24, 2012

    GenresCrime drama

    Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on ABC on 24 February 2012. The series is based on author Kerry Greenwood's novels and was created by...  more


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  • 8

    The Loch

    Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran

    PremieredJune 11, 2017

    GenresCrime drama, Drama

    The Loch (ITV, 2017) is a British television drama miniseries, created by screenwriter Stephen Brady. The six-part series follows DS Annie Redford (Laura Fraser), a small town police officer with the...  more
  • 9

    Agatha Christie's Poirot

    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser

    PremieredJanuary 8, 1989

    GenresMystery, Crime drama, Adventure

    Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional Hercule...  more

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  • 10

    Queens of Mystery

    Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham


    GenresMurder mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Crime, Drama

    Queens of Mystery (Acorn TV, 2019) is a British comedy-drama murder-mystery television series. Matilda Stone (Olivia Vinall) is a young detective who has been assigned to the constabulary in her...  more
  • 11


    Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones

    PremieredOctober 2, 2014


    Detectorists (BBC Four, 2014) is a British single-camera television comedy series created by Mackenzie Crook. The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, Amndy (Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones), who...  more
  • 12

    Murdoch Mysteries

    Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy

    PremieredJanuary 24, 2008

    GenresDrama, Mystery

    Murdoch Mysteries (Citytv, 2008) is a Canadian television drama series based on characters from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings. In the 1890s, William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) uses...  more

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  • 13

    Inspector George Gently

    Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby

    PremieredApril 8, 2007

    GenresCrime drama, Mystery

    Inspector George Gently is a British television series produced by Company Pictures for BBC One, set in the 1960s and based on some of the 46 Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter. The...  more

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  • 14

    Mystery Road

    Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis


    Mystery Road (Australian Broadcasting Company, 2018) is an Australian television drama series. Detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) is assigned to investigate a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station, but his investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.

  • 15

    Striking Out

    Amy Huberman, Rory Keenan


    Striking Out (RTÉ, 2017) is an Irish television legal drama television series. When Dublin-based solicitor Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman) discovers her fiancé and fellow solicitor Eric has been cheating with a colleague, she leaves him and their prestigious law firm to set up her own practice specializing in family and divorce law. 

  • 16

    Jack Irish

    Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp


    GenresCrime, Drama, Crime drama

    Jack Irish (ABC1, 2012) is an Australian television drama series. Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is an a criminal lawyer turned debt collector and troubleshooter who is engaged to find a missing person,...  more
  • 17

    Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries

    Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson

    PremieredFebruary 21, 2019

    GenresMystery, Crime drama

    Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (Seven, 2019), also stylised as Ms Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries, is an Australian drama television miniseries and a spin-off of the drama series Miss Fisher's...  more
  • 18

    Agatha Raisin

    Ashley Jensen, Mathew Horne

    PremieredJune 7, 2016

    GenresCrime drama, Mystery, Comedy drama

    Agatha Raisin is a British comedy-drama television series based on the novel of the same name by M. C. Beaton. Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), a public relations professional, gives up her life in...  more
  • 19

    No Offence

    Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry


    GenresComedy, Crime, Drama

    No Offence (Channel 4, 2015) is a British television police procedural drama television series. The show follows a team of detectives from Friday Street police station, a division of the Manchester...  more
  • 20


    Iain Glen, Dawn French


    Delicious (Sky 1, 2016) is a British television drama television series. Set in Cornwall, England, celebrity chef Leo (Iain Glen) is married but having an affair with his first wife, a talented cook from whom he stole many of his recipes and cheated on for years.

  • 21

    The Level

    Karla Crome, Laura Haddock

    PremieredSeptember 30, 2016

    GenresCrime drama

    The Level (ITV, 2016) is a six-part British crime drama that focuses on DS Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome), a detective with the National Crime Division, who is assigned to Brighton CID to investigate the...  more
  • 22


    Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons



    Manhunt (ITV, 2019) is a British television drama based on the true story surrounding the initial investigation into the death of French student Amélie Delagrange. Led by Detective Chief Inspector...  more
  • 23


    Benjamin Noble, Anethe Alfsvag


    GenresCrime, Drama, Thriller

    Outlier (Acorn TV, 2021) is a Norwegian crime drama thriller series created by Arne Berggren and Kristine Berg. A young girl is found killed at a camping resort and criminal psychologist Maja Angell...  more

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  • 24


    Adrian Dunbar, Carolina Main


    Blood (Acorn TV, 2018) is an Irish television drama series. Cat Hogan (Carolina Main) returns to West Meath upon her mother's sudden death after an accident at home that may not have been truly an accident, on her return she is drawn into old secrets, older betrayals, mind games and the lies family tell each other.

  • 25

    Partners in Crime

    Jessica Raine, David Walliams


    Partners in Crime (BBC, 2015) is a British drama television series based on the Agatha Christie Tommy and Tuppence detective novels. Crime-fighting duo, Tommy (David Walliams) and Tuppence (Jessica Raine) Beresford, solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950s Britain.