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The Best Original Series On Acorn TV

Updated May 24, 2021 1.2k votes 224 voters 8.9k views50 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.

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  • 1
    Michael Kitchen, Anthony Howell
    70
    12

    PremieredNovember 3, 2002

    GenresDrama

    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
    Neil Dudgeon, Nick Hendrix
    60
    12

    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
    Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison
    55
    16

    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

    #7 of 55 The Very Best British Crime Dramas, Ranked#30 of 121 The Best Detective TV Shows#101 of 162 The Best TV Crime Dramas

  • 4
    Eve Myles, Mark Lewis Jones
    49
    12

    Premiered2018

    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.

  • 5
    Essie Davis, Nathan Page
    52
    18

    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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  • 6
    Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland
    43
    9

    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
  • 7
    Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler
    38
    9

    Premiered2015

    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
  • 8
    David Suchet, Hugh Fraser
    31
    5

    PremieredJanuary 8, 1989

    GenresAdventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery

    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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  • 9
    Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran
    33
    8

    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
  • 10
    Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby
    29
    5

    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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  • 11
    Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp
    27
    4

    Premiered2012

    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
  • 12
    Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham
    28
    7

    Premiered2019

    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
  • 13
    Adrian Dunbar, Carolina Main
    26
    5

    Premiered2018

    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.

  • 14
    Ashley Jensen, Mathew Horne
    27
    7

    PremieredJune 7, 2016

    GenresComedy, Drama, Crime, Drama, Mystery

    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
  • 15
    Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy
    32
    13

    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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  • 16
    Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis
    33
    16

    Premiered2018

    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.

  • 17
    Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry
    23
    6

    Premiered2015

    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

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  • 18
    Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson
    26
    11

    PremieredFebruary 21, 2019

    GenresCrime, Drama, Mystery

    Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries (Seven, 2019), also stylized as Ms. Fisher's MODern Murder Mysteries, is an Australian drama television miniseries and a spin-off of the drama series Miss...  more
  • 19
    Iain Glen, Dawn French
    20
    4

    Premiered2016

    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.

  • 20
    Amy Huberman, Rory Keenan
    22
    7

    Premiered2017

    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. 

  • 21
    Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones
    26
    11

    PremieredOctober 2, 2014

    GenresComedy

    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
  • 22
    Martin Clunes, Stephen Wight
    24
    13

    PremieredJanuary 6, 2019

    GenresCrime, Crime, Drama, Thriller

    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
    Karla Crome, Laura Haddock
    12
    1

    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
  • 24
    Adrian Holmes, Jared Keeso
    11
    2

    Premiered2011

    GenresAction/Adventure, Drama, Action

    19-2 is a Canadian police drama television series. The show presents the lives of several fictional patrol officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal as they deal with police business...  more
  • 25
    Marta Dusseldorp, Damian Walshe-Howling
    16
    9

    PremieredOctober 5, 2014

    GenresDrama

    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 Senior...  more