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The Best Original Series On Acorn TV  

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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
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
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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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt
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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Mystery Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Mystery Road Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman

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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Vera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Brenda Blethyn, Jon Morrison, David Leon
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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Keeping Faith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Keeping Faith Eve Myles, Mark Lewis Jones, Hannah Daniel

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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Inspector George Gently is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard
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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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Martin Clunes, Katie Lyons, Claudie Blakley
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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The Brokenwood Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
The Brokenwood Mysteries Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland, Nic Sampson
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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The Loch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran, William Ash
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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Detectorists is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Lucy Benjamin
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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Queens of Mystery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham, Sarah Woodward
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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Striking Out is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Striking Out Amy Huberman, Rory Keenan, Emmet Byrne

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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Murdoch Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly
Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both City and CBC Television, titled The Artful Detective in the United States, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a ...more
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800 Words is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
800 Words Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony
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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Jack Irish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen
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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Janet King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Marta Dusseldorp
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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Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Myst... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Geraldine Hakewill, Joel Jackson, Catherine McClements
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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No Offence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Elaine Cassidy, Saira Choudhry, Julie Clerehugh
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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Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Blood Adrian Dunbar, Carolina Main, Diarmuid Noyes

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.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
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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Agatha Raisin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Ashley Jensen, Katy Wix, Mathew Horne
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 ...more
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The Level is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Karla Crome, Laura Haddock, Lindsey Coulson
The Level 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 murder ...more
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Girlfriends is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
Girlfriends Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson, Zoë Wanamaker

Girlfriends (ITV, 2018) is a British television drama. The story follows a trio of friends who are facing the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.

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The Witness for the Prosecutio... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Original Series On Acorn TV
The Witness for the Prosecution Billy Howle, Kim Cattrall, Monica Dolan

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..