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The Best Original Series On Acorn TV 

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Updated July 13, 2020 474 votes 139 voters 5.2k views 41 items

List Rules Vote 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.

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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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 ...more
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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action

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 ...more
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Vera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Crime, 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
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mys... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Costume 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 ...more
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Keeping Faith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Keeping Faith Eve Myles, Mark Lewis Jones, Hannah Daniel

Premiered: 2018

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.

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Mystery Road is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Mystery Road Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman

Premiered: 2018

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.

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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

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 ...more
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Inspector George Gently ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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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The Loch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran, William Ash

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Crime 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 ...more
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800 Words is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
800 Words Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, 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 ...more
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The Brokenwood Mysteries... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
The Brokenwood Mysteries Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland, Nic Sampson

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Suspense, 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 ...more
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Jack Irish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Crime, 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 ...more
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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, 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) ...more
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Detectorists is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Lucy Benjamin

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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), ...more
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Janet King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Marta Dusseldorp

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

Janet King is an Australian television drama series which began airing on ABC1 from 27 February 2014. It was created as a spin-off from the 2011 legal drama Crownies. It follows the story of ...more
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Striking Out is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Striking Out Amy Huberman, Rory Keenan, Emmet Byrne

Premiered: 2017

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. 

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Queens of Mystery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham, Sarah Woodward

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Murder mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Crime, Drama, + more

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
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Ms Fisher's Modern Murde... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson, Catherine McClements

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Crime, Costume drama, Historical drama, Period drama, + more

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 ...more
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Agatha Christie's Poirot... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Crime, Drama, Adventure film

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 ...more
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The Witness for the Pros... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
The Witness for the Prosecution Billy Howle, Kim Cattrall, Monica Dolan

Premiered: 2016

The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC One, 2016) is a 2016 British mystery drama thriller television series based on the Agatha Christie short story of the same name. The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse..

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Partners in Crime is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Partners in Crime Jessica Raine, David Walliams, James Fleet

Premiered: 2015

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.

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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy, 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 ...more
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My Life Is Murder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
My Life Is Murder Lucy Lawless, Bernard Curry, Ebony Vagulans

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Mystery

My Life Is Murder (Acorn TV, Network Ten, 2019) s an Australian murder mystery, crime comedy-drama television series. The shwo follows the adventures of fearless private investigator Alexa Crowe ...more
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Straight Forward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Cecilie Stenspil, Arlo Green, Stephane Garneau-Monten

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Crime, Thriller

Straight Forward (Acorn, 2019) is a New Zealand-Danish crime thriller television series. After a family member is murdered, con woman (Silvia Cecilie Stenspil) decides to get even by robbing the ...more
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Dead Still is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Michael Smiley, Jimmy Smallhorne, Eileen O'Higgins

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Dead Still (Acorn TV, 2020) is a comedy crime television series starring Michael Smiley. Set in 1880s Ireland in the Victorian era heyday of 'postmortem photography' the six-episode period drama ...more